Our Resident Theatre Practitioner and Old Giggleswickian, Miles Warburton, has beaten 5,000 other applicants to a place on one of the UK’s leading postgraduate drama courses. Miles will follow in the footsteps of Dame Judi Dench, Christopher Eccleston, Zoe Wanamaker, Rupert Everett and Martin Freeman when he joins the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s prestigious Contemporary Acting MA course. He is one of just 12 students to win a place this time. He will start the one-year intensive training course in September working alongside fellow students from New York, Spain and the UK.
As well as actor training, the course will involve creating two full scale productions showcasing the students' work to casting agents, directors from the National Theatre, the RSC and the Globe Theatre as well as theatrical agents from across the country. Miles' love of acting started here at Giggleswick. As a young actor he made the most of many opportunities, starting as an ensemble player in school productions such as Into The Woods and The Trojan Women. As he progressed he was cast in more challenging roles in Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, West Side Story, Metamorphosis and A View From The Bridge.
Miles gained a first-class degree with honours in Theatre and Performance at Warwick University then secured the year-long residency at Giggleswick, supporting our drama department and the RWT. His work here has included behind the scenes theatre experience as well as running outreach drama workshops with feeder schools and supporting individual students, which was a key element in catching the eyes of the admissions board at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Miles said “Working at Giggleswick has played a huge part in helping me to get a place – my role at the school has been very directorial, so as well as assessing pupils’ performance it has given me the chance to reflect. I’ve enjoyed being in the theatre environment at the Richard Whiteley Theatre.
I really enjoyed the audition process at Royal Central as the panel was very engaging and encouraging. I had an initial audition up against 5,000 other applicants where I had to perform two monologues – one Shakespeare and one contemporary. The second audition was narrowed down to 300 applicants. It involved performing two new monologues and taking part in workshops with the course leaders.”
Mark Turnbull said “This is a remarkable achievement which reflects the hard work Miles has put into developing his craft. We wish him every success, he undoubtedly has an exciting future ahead of him.”