Olympic ceremony performer seeks Sheffield talent

Strike a pose: George Webster, right, helps to lead the National Youth Theatre auditions in Sheffield.                          PICTURE: SARAH WASHBOURN.

Strike a pose: George Webster, right, helps to lead the National Youth Theatre auditions in Sheffield. PICTURE: SARAH WASHBOURN.

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A PERFORMER who took part in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies is sharing his experiences to find the best acting talent in Sheffield.

George Webster, aged 20, from Kelham Island, is a member of the National Youth Theatre – and performed in the athletes’ team welcome ceremonies last summer.

He said: “Being part of it was a life-changing experience. For the Olympics I was part of a punk ensemble, and for the Paralympics I had the role of a ‘caller’, standing on a big elevated speaker!”

George is now back in Sheffield, in his third year of a degree at Sheffield Hallam University and auditioning for drama school. He hopes to go to LAMDA or Guildhall.

And at the Crucible Theatre, he helped to run auditions for a new generation of National Youth Theatre members, putting 100 Sheffield hopefuls through their paces.

Actors Daniel Craig and Dame Helen Mirren are both NYT graduates.

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