Forest Gate 15-year-old Cumberland School pupil wins place at top National Youth Theatre

PUBLISHED: 07:37 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:04 30 May 2018

Przemyslaw Glowacki, who lives in Forest Gate and attends Cumberland School in Plaistow, has won a place at the National Youth Theatre. Pic: TOM BARNES

Przemyslaw Glowacki, who lives in Forest Gate and attends Cumberland School in Plaistow, has won a place at the National Youth Theatre. Pic: TOM BARNES


An aspiring 15-year-old actor who couldn’t speak English when he arrived in the country three years ago is set to follow in the footsteps of his idols after winning a place at a world-famous theatre company.

Przemyslaw Glowacki, who lives in Forest Gate, has been accepted into the National Youth Theatre – which advertises itself as being the first of its kind– which has turned out talent including James Bond actor Daniel Craig, Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren and Luther star Idris Elba.

A thrilled Przemyslaw said: “I was so excited when I found out. It is such an amazing opportunity.

“When you see the people who have been part of the theatre in the past, you realise you are going to join this incredible community.”

Around 5,000 youngsters apply for the programme every year but only 500 are offered places.

Now the young performer will be put forward for auditions – including for film, television and West End productions – following a two-week induction in August.

The Cumberland School pupil’s achievement is even more impressive given he couldn’t speak English when he moved to London from Poland in 2015.

He said that when he started at Cumberland – based in Oban Close, Plaistow – he felt lost in the new language.

“But when I started making friends they asked me to go to drama club with them and I loved it,” he said.

And Przemyslaw has much to thank his school for after he missed an audition with the Camden Town based company because of difficulties getting there.

However, Cumberland organised for the theatre to hold try outs at the school.

A proud Przemyslaw said: “This is an amazing school with amazing teachers. They are really focused on helping you fulfil your dreams. I don’t think this would have happened at another school.”

Cumberland’s head of drama, Davina Wiltshire, said: “I am so proud of Przemyslaw. When he joined us he was very reserved and did not seem to have any interest in performing.

“Now he is completely different. He not only has confidence when he performs but he has confidence in all his work. He is excelling.”

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