SOLT awards Olivier bursaries to 14 final-year drama school students

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Bursaries totalling £55,000 have been awarded to 14 drama school students across the UK, as part of a Society of London Theatre scheme that has previously helped actors such as Paterson Joseph and Ewan McGregor.

The Laurence Olivier Bursaries – ranging from £1,000-£7,500 – are aimed at providing support to students in their final year of drama school, who are facing financial difficulties completing their studies.

Students receiving bursaries this year are:

• David Burnett and Lizzie Clarke, Drama Centre London

• Crystal Condie, Bristol Old Vic

• Celeste Dodwell, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts

• Fiona MacNeil, Manchester School of Theatre

• Rebecca King, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

• Adam Newington, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

• Simon Mokhele, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

• Beth Mullen, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts

• Georgia Oldman, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

• Bronte Tadman, Oxford School of Drama

• Imogen Lindquist, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

• Rebekah Lowings, Guildford School of Acting

• Simon Haines, Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

All the bursaries are awarded by SOLT but money for four of them is donated by the Behrens Foundation, Barry Burnett (in memory of Carmen Silvera) and the Casting Directors Guild (in memory of Mary Selway).

SOLT president Mark Rubinstein said: “More than ever there are talented drama students who, without additional financial support, would be unable to complete their course. UK drama schools proposed more than 40 applicants. These were auditioned and interviewed by the panel [chaired by West End producer Lee Menzies] which then selected 14 students from 12 different colleges.”

The initiative was established in 1987 to mark the 80th birthday of Olivier.