Star of the BBC’s hit comedies Bad Education and Him & Her, Sarah Solemani has recently joined the board of the National Youth Theatre and is keen to talk about both her work, her experience with the organisation and what auditionees can expect for the 2016 auditions. In the following video, Sarah gives a nice overview of how her career got started and tips on how other people might get in to acting.
Sarah Solemani is an award-winning actress and writer. Her film credits include the forthcoming Bridget Jones’ Baby and Bad Education. Television credits include Him and Her, Bad Education, The Borgias, Skins and Psychoville. She has penned and starred in The Secrets – The Conversation part of a series of drama films produced by Working Title for the BBC. She is under commission to write original comedy with FX Studio in the US and has work in development with Kudos, Tiger Aspect and Working Title. Her first play was produced by the National Youth Theatre, where she started acting. Since then, her plays have been performed at the Soho Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Arcola, Southwark Playhouse, Old Vic, Theatre503 and the Public Theatre, New York.
Sarah Solemani NYT interview
The National Youth Theatre, the UK’s leading youth arts organisation, is holding auditions and interviews across the country for its 2016 intake acting and technical courses. Successful applicants will follow in the footsteps of alumni such as Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Chiwetel Ejiofor CBE and Sir Daniel Day Lewis, getting the chance to train with the NYT on acting and technical courses over the summer of 2016.
This will be the first time ever that the NYT has offered extended three week long technical courses alongside their renowned intake acting courses. Acting auditions take place between January and March 2016 and Technical Course interviews take place in February.
Playwright and star of Him & Her and Bad Education Sarah Solemani, who started her career in the NYT, commented: “Auditioning for the National Youth Theatre undoubtedly changed my life. It gave me world class training, introduced me into the industry and gave me friends for life. I wouldn’t have the career I have now without it.”
The NYT’s application process allows applicants from all backgrounds across the UK the chance to join the National Youth Theatre to build careers in the industry whilst working with other young people; the courses themselves provide extensive training on theatre and theatre practice. Out of the 4000+ people who auditioned in 2015, 500 were offered places, with 75% of successful applicants from outside London, 21% from BAME backgrounds and 55% female.
Artistic Director Paul Roseby said: “Whether you’ve never done drama before in your life or it’s the only thing you’re passionate about, if you’re interested in exploring your creative talent we want to meet you in 2016. As our former members in the entertainment industry and beyond prove, anything’s possible but it starts with an audition or interview.”
Former NYT Member and Doctor Who star Matt Smith said: “The National Youth Theatre is the reason I’m an actor. It’s given me great confidence, opportunity and life-long friends. I got an agent through performing with NYT and now I’m a professional actor who’s working. It completely transformed my life. No understatement.”