Kiera’s shares her experience of her special trip to London

Senior student, Kiera, was personally invited to the Stage Newspaper’s ‘New Year Party’ at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.

Kiera is this year’s Razzamataz Durham Scholarship winner and received a whole year’s tuition fees for her outstanding audition and continuous dedication to performing arts. Here’s her blog about her exciting trip to the big smoke …

It was a very early start as the train was at 8am. But luckily the journey went by quite quickly. It was absolutely freezing. I couldn’t believe London was even colder than Durham! We took the taxi to our hotel on Fleet Street near St Paul’s Cathedral. On Thursday afternoon we went for a walk along the Thames to Southbank. We passed the ITV Studios and surprisingly we saw Martin Lewis recording his TV Show. On Thursday evening, we went for dinner in a restaurant on Bow Street near where the majority of theatres were situated.

The show I went to see was MATILDA which was on at the Cambridge Theatre. It was amazing! All the actors played brilliant parts but my favourite was Bruce Bogtrotter who had an brilliant solo in ‘Revolting Children’. Overall the show was absolutely fantastic and it would be my dream to take part in a show like that.

On Friday I needed to be at Drury Lane Theatre Royal for 12 noon and I made sure I was there in plenty of time.  I picked up my name badge and waited for Helen and Lewis to arrive. When I went in we were shown into a big room in the theatre and all the guests mingled and people were asking me where I was from and what I did for my scholarship. I talked to Warren from Top Talent Agency in Manchester and he was very friendly. We then watched the awards. I appeared on the awards video on The Stage Newspaper website.  It was a great opportunity to be part of The Stage Awards Ceremony, and an incredible experience to remember.

Afterwards, we went to China Town because it was Chinese New Year and we had a meal in one of the restaurants in the central area. Next, we went to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, which was really cool and then we visited M&M World and I bought lots of M&M’s (which I still haven’t finished!) On Saturday we went shopping. We first went to Oxford Street where I bought lots of nice things. Secondly, we went to Covent Garden and we visited the market which was great. By the time we had visited Leicester Square and lots of other places, it was time to go back to the hotel to grab our bags and go to the train station. The journey home was quite quick like the way down but I was sad that the trip had finished. I had a brilliant time and I wish I could go back…

Kiera Xxx

Keep an eye out for this year’s Stage Scholarship competition opening for your child’s chance to apply for a whole year’s tuition fees and enjoy memorable experiences like Kiera’s. A huge thank you to Kiera for her wonderful blog (we must admit, we’re quite jealous of your jam packed adventure!) A much deserved trip for a very talented young lady.

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