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Please note in addition to Arsham doing the subjects listed above, he also took A Level Drama & Theatre Studies that has now been replaced by BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts (Acting).

Every year the National Youth Theatre (NYT) auditions over 5,000 young people from all over the UK for a chance to take part in their prestigious summer courses. Arsham Houseini, who attended de Stafford School before joining Reigate College, is currently in the Upper Sixth studying A Levels in Drama & Theatre Studies, Biology, Chemistry and a BTEC in Performing Arts (Acting). Here he talks about his involvement with the NYT and what he’s gained from the experience.

How and why did you get involved in the NYT?

A friend had taken part in a NYT summer school last year, so he suggested I applied. I knew it was difficult to get onto the programme, so when I got invited to go to an audition in London it was nerve-racking, to say the least!  Luckily the work we’d been doing in Theatre Studies at College stood me in good stead and I was delighted to be selected for a two week course focusing on physical theatre. The course culminated in a performance and as a result of my participation in the summer school I now have NYT membership. 

How does physical theatre differ from other forms of theatre?

It’s all about using movement and the body to express ideas, rather than dialogue. It includes movement, mime, gesture and dance. 

Who were you working with?

The course director was the acclaimed actor and choreographer Kane Husband, who choreographed for the National Youth Theatre at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. It was an amazing opportunity to learn from him. 

What did you enjoy best about the course?

I  think being surrounded by so many talented young people from across the UK. I made friends who I know I’ll keep for life. We learnt so much from each other and every day there was a great buzz. It was inspiring. 

How has the experience helped you?

It’s definitely inspired me to pursue a career in acting and motivated me to succeed. In February I’ve got the National Youth Theatre casting auditions for a chance to perform in the West End. 

What are your plans for the future?

I know the world of acting can be tough, so my plan is to study for a Chemistry degree, hopefully at Sussex University, before joining drama school. That way I’ve got something to fall back on if I don’t make it as an actor. For more information and to apply for the programme visit

Arsham, 2016

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