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By 5th November 2014News, On Campus

When he’s not training, the October half term break can be a relaxing time for Sam Longley, who is currently a student at Wyke Sixth Form College.

But shortly before this half term break, Sam received notification that he was one of twelve young men aged 16-20 from across the UK to have been selected for Frantic Assembly theatre company’s Ignition Project.

Sam, 17, studies P.E., Applied Science and Psychology at the College, and is also a member of Wyke’s Football 3rd team, playing a pivotal role in the College’s 2013 League-winning title. So he was perhaps an unusual choice for a company auditioning over 200 young actors.

Sam, who has no previous acting experience, attended a taster and trial conducted by Frantic Assembly on site at the College. Inga Hirst, Learn & Train Manager at Frantic Assembly said, “The standard was incredibly high and we had some really difficult choices to make”.

The week-long accredited residency in London involved working with a professional theatre company and performing at Stratford Circus Theatre in London.

The week concluded with a session filming at the National Theatre for a film about Frantic Assembly’s work.

Sam said: “I was pushed really hard, but it has taught me a lot about acting and I had particularly been looking forward to the opportunity to work with the company’s Artistic Director, Scott Graham.”

Chris Gruca, Head of Performing Arts at the College, said “This is a fantastic accomplishment and a real opportunity for Sam. He has had the honour of representing Wyke on the National stage.”