TV and film stars scout top young acting talent in Leeds

Anthony and Matthew Lewis from Leeds.

Anthony and Matthew Lewis from Leeds.

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BUDDING theatre stars will take centre stage as they audition in front of Leeds-born Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis.

Top young talent is being sought for the Totally Lit North acting school in Leeds, and auditions are being held next weekend to find future stage stars.

Matthew, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, is patron at the school, which is run by his brother Anthony, who will also be on the judging panel.

The 26-year-old star, who has gone on to star in shows such as Bluestone 42 and The Syndicate, said: “This is a great new development for Totally Lit North. Theatre acting is acting in its purest form and a discipline that some of the finest performers have excelled in.

“It is a great compliment to the film and TV work the school do, but this gives a great chance to people that prefer the lure of the stage!

“Having worked in the West End myself, I know this course is a really exciting opportunity.”

He added: “I can’t wait to see the talent Leeds has to offer.”

The auditions for the new advanced theatre training course, for 11 to 19 year olds, will be held on Sunday, September 20 at the Yorkshire College Of Music and Drama off Woodhouse Lane. Potential students will need to prepare a one-minute monologue, and will be performing in front of an experienced panel made up of industry professionals, including Matt and Anthony themselves.

Anthony, 32, who has appeared in a number of shows including Casualty, Torchwood and Hollyoaks, said: “This is the first course of its kind with Totally Lit and we are delighted to bring it to Leeds, hopefully blazing a trail for the Manchester and London schools.”

Successful applicants will work with tutors from the National Youth Theatre, as well as drama school tutors and visiting special guest artists.

For more information, visit www.totallylitnorth.com.

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