Around 30 students from Carlisle College have spent the morning receiving acting and directing guidance from Hollywood star John Hurt and 'The Tempest' producer Don Boyd.
Georgia Armstrong, who is a student at Carlisle College, said:
"I was a big bag of nerves but I was settled by a hug from John Hurt and Don Boyd."
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