A young actor is cele-brating winning a place at a prestigious drama school after he almost had to give up on his dream.
Patrick Price, 23, who lives in Solly Street in Sheffield city centre, has won a scholarship to study at drama school ALRA, starting in September.
ALRA – which has schools in London and Wigan – has received recognition of the highest order having won The Stage’s drama school of the year award.
For 13 months Partick has studied method acting,made famous by such luminaries as Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro, under the tuition of Louise O’Leary, artistic director of the StandBy Method Acting Studio.
Patrick, who acted as a youngster, put his dreams to turn professional on hold for many years as he lost confidence and found himself working 12-hour shifts in a call centre.
But a meeting with Louise and enrolment at StandBy re-ignited his love of acting and won him a place as one of only three others to win a scholarship to study at ALRA.
He still works at the call centre, but is looking forward to drama school and said: “This is fantastic news.
“I’m from a traditional working class background and this was only a dream, as I couldn’t afford tuition fees.”
He added: “But I stuck to my task and was lucky enough to get this scholarship, which means I receive £9,950 each year for tuition fees and £4,500 each year to live on.
“It shows that if you want something badly enough and you put everything into it, it does sometimes pay off.”
His tutor Louise O’Leary, who runs the studio on Eyre Street said: “Patrick is our latest success story and I’m so pleased for him.
“In the recent past we have also had Luke Goddard and Kyle Sinclair as successful graduates.
“When he came to me he had lost all his confidence, but to see him build that back up over the past 13 months and to get a place at ALRA has been so satisfying.”
To learn more about StandBy and how to enrol in classes call 07576 988292.