Max heads to the capital for acting classes

Max Wilson
Max Wilson
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The Cardinal Newman College student is one of only 12 boys awarded a place at the prestigious Frantic Assembly’s 10th Ignition programme.

A would-be actor and former child gymnast, Max, who lives in Penwortham, near Preston, had to undergo a gruelling audition to get onto the programme.

He currently has a part-time job coaching at Preston Gymnastics Club and is also a member of Preston Youth Theatre. He has been acting since he was 13.

The 17 year-old A level student said: “I stumbled across the programme via the Youth Theatre director and thought I would have a go.

“I went to a taster session before the trials. Then went to trials in Birmingham and was over the moon when I found out I had got in.

I was in Fishergate having lunch with a friend when the call came. When I got off the phone I just screamed in Fishergate, really loudly.”

I think I was more shocked that someone from the North had got through more than anything because, especially at Birmingham, there were five or six trials whereas most other places only had one or two. So it is good to have representation from the region.”

Getting on to the programme will see Max and 11 other young men spending a week working with the Frantic Method, led by Artistic Director Scott Graham and Associate Director Neil Bettles.

Previous Ignition productions have centred on the themes of identity, self worth and the challenges of being a young man in the modern age.

The week will culminate in a public showcase performance at Stratford Circus Arts Centre next week.

Inga Hirst, Ignition producer, said: “We scoured the UK, saw around 600 young men and from them we’ve chosen 12 of the boldest and bravest performers to form our Ignition 2015 company.

“We feel inspired by their creativity, fearlessness and energy.”

Max is studying A levels in combined English, fine art and film studies and has his sights set on becoming an actor.

He is currently applying to drama schools.