Setting his sights on the West End

A YOUNG Kilkenny man has scooped a scholarship at the prestigious Urdang Academy making his ambitions of performing in the West End a likely prospect.

A YOUNG Kilkenny man has scooped a scholarship at the prestigious Urdang Academy making his ambitions of performing in the West End a likely prospect.

The acclaimed school of performing arts has a 95% success rate with the vast majority of it’s graduates working in the industry. The former student at Kilkenny College was in the chamber choir since fourth year and has been involved in the Watergate since he was a child.

“I have always wanted to work in musicials and this is an amazing opportunity for me,” said Jamie. His mother Anne said that his family were ‘very proud of him’. “It always knew what he wanted to do and has followed it the whole way through,” she said.

The 21-year-old obtained a diploma in professional musical theatre in the UK and has his sights set on getting to the West End. “I got a full scholarship. I was one of five who received it out of 100 applicant. I had to audition anJamie d fortunately I got it as the fees are €11,000 per year.

Jamie has been involved in theatre since 1999 when he made his debut on the Watergate Theatre with Joesph. He has performed in numerous productions since and has also made a number of appearances on television.

Jamie is currently organising a fundraising show at the Set Theatre called Living the Dream. “It will be a variety show and will involve Jesters and a number of different acts to raise money to help cover his living costs while studying. “ The show will take place on August 26.