Celebrating the Successes of Central Students and Alumni | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Monday, 16 March 2015

Central is pleased to share some of the many recent successes of its students and alumni.

Final year Acting Musical Theatre and Acting Collaborative and Devised Theatre students Julianna Jennings and Karl Queensborough have both been named as runners up for the prestigious BBC Carleton Hobbs Bursary Awards.  Named after one of Radio's most distinguished actors, the Carleton Hobbs initiative has been run by BBC Radio Drama every year since 1953.  In its time, the competition has launched the careers of 184 outstanding graduating students.  The Carleton Hobbs bursary is aimed at students graduating from undergraduate or postgraduate courses which are run by accredited drama schools across the UK.  Via the scheme, distinctive, versatile radio voices are sought to form the a nucleus of new talent within the autumn season's Radio Drama Company.
Second Year Acting student Alfrun Gisladottir has been announced as this year’s winner of the 2015 Scottish Daily Mail Awards.  The award will assist with production costs and will enable Alfrun’s theatre company Raspberry Tart Ltd. to take the original show The Lost Art of Art’to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
2014 Theatre Lighting Design alumnus Matthew Wright has formed part of the team from Paul Nulty Lighting Design whose piece, ‘Anamorphisis’, won the Strand Lighting Upcycling Competition at the Philips Strand Lighting Design Competition. 
Ana Sofia Londono, a graduate of Central's MA Scenography course, has been shortlisted for a European Opera Prize; Directing and Design.  The competition is aimed at young directors and production teams aged up to 35, and is awarded every two years to the best production and design concept for an operatic work selected and communicated in advance.  The winners receive prizes of a total amount of 30,000 Euros.  The European Opera Prize also gives the winning team the opportunity to stage their concept in a renowned European opera house. 
Final year Acting Musical Theatre student Luke Farrugia will perform in the final round of The Stephen Sondheim Society's Student Performer of the Year Competition, due to be held at the Garrick Theatre on 17 May 2015
Final year Acting student Dominic Rye has been awarded the Alec Guinness Memorial Award by the Catholic Association of Performing Arts.
And finally, final year Acting student Joe Alwyn has been cast as the lead in Ang Lee's new film Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.
Congratulations to all of our students and alumni on these fantastic achievements!