With Drama occupying a lead role in the all-round education we pride ourselves on at Trent, it is exciting, but not surprising, to receive news of rising stars within the wider school community.
Harry Gilby – Harry made his debut in the West End in a production of The Full Monty. His big break came when he was cast as Charlie Lyndsay in multi-award winning feature film Just Charlie (2017), the touching story of a girl trapped inside a boy’s body. Harry’s performance in this complex role was a hit with critics and he was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards. His latest work will see him take on the challenge of portraying a young J R R Tolkien, as he stars alongside Nicholas Hoult in the soon-to-be-released film Tolkien.
Liv Hill – Liv’s acting career began when she was scouted by industry leaders Talent 1st during a GCSE Drama workshop at Trent. Her first onscreen role as Ruby in BBC drama Three Girls (2017) earned Liv a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress last year. Following in fellow OT Harry’s footsteps, she was also nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards for her starring role in Jellyfish (2018). Since then Liv has been named one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow, an annual showcase highlighting the most talented up-and-coming actors in the UK film industry.
The success of our alumni is the ultimate inspiration and motivator for pupils with a passion for Drama. Seeing young actors who have performed on the same school stage they have can transform the idea of professional acting from aspiration to career prospect.
Ali (Year 13) – At the end of last year Sixth Former Ali had the tremendous experience of filming upcoming blockbuster 6 Underground. The opportunity saw him star alongside Hollywood royalty Ryan Reynolds and gave him the chance to work with his childhood hero, renowned director Michael Bay.
Ellie (Year 10) – After appearing as an extra in several professional operas, Ellie was cast as Young Princess Fiona in the UK tour of Shrek the Musical in 2014. Fast forward three years and Ellie made a successful transition from stage to screen in her role as Sapphire in CBBC’s The Worst Witch. Ellie is now best known for her recurring role as Nancy in Jamie Johnson.
Speaking of her acting career so far, Ellie said, “Trent has really helped me to grow as a performer, and I feel so fortunate to have teachers that not only support my drama in school but also encourage me to pursue my ambitions outside of school as well.”
Drama at Trent is about showing young people the power of creative expression and equipping them with essential life skills in the process. Performing has the potential to liberate and empower, boost confidence and improve communication; every pupil can learn and grow through Drama. At Trent College we see the value and continue to invest in creative education. Contemporary onsite performance spaces and specialist teaching, managed by our very own Director of Drama, help our Trent thespians to reach their potential.
Our Scholar Programme is one avenue through which we support and nurture young talent. We offer Drama scholars opportunities to challenge their abilities outside of lessons with exclusive workshops by industry professionals and additional productions. Whether a pupil aspires to shine onstage or create magic behind the scenes, we have the experience and expertise to help turn those goals into achievements.