Performer scoops prestigious theatre award

Lauren Waine has been awarded a bursary award from the Laurence Oliver fund

Lauren Waine has been awarded a bursary award from the Laurence Oliver fund

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An ambitious performer from South Tyneside has used her acting skills to secure a prestigious theatre award.

Lauren Waine - named as the Gazette’s Young Performer of the Year in 2011 - is one of 13 students to secure the coverted Laurence Olivier Bursary award.

“It is such a prestigious award which I can now put on my CV. It’s just amazing to think I’m now part of this kind of Alumni.”

Lauren Waine

The 20-year-old, a student at Liverspool’s Institute of Performing Arts, was put forward for the chance to audition for the accolade, against 44 others from across the UK, by her tutors.

Lauren, from Whitburn, said: “To have been given the chance to perform on the West End stage, it was such a fantastic experience.

“I feel so lucky as there were a lot of outstanding students on my course and I was going up against the best from universities from across the UK.”

Lauren, who will be going into her third year of study, auditioned infront of judges, last Wednesday, and received the phone call she never thought she would on Friday.

“When they phoned and told me I had been accepted for the first time in my life I was absolutely speechless.

“It is such a prestigious award which I can now put on my CV. It’s just amazing to think I’m now part of this kind of Alumni.”

Lauren who hopes to carve career out of her passion for acting will be performing at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh and with the Westovians later this month.

The Laurence Olivier Bursary was set up by Society of London Theatre in 1987 to mark the 80th Birthday of actor Laurence Olivier, one of the greatest British actors of the 20th century.

Past receipients are Michael Sheen and Ewan McGregor.