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Hampshire actress awarded bursary from the Mayflower

Ciara Parker will receive £3000 for the next three years Credit: Mayflower Theatre

A young Hampshire actress has been awarded a £9,000 bursary from the biggest theatre on the south coast to help fund her studies in the Arts.

Thanks to the Mayflower Theatre’s Youth bursary scheme, Ciara Parker, 13, from Chandlers Ford, will receive £3000 per year for the next 3 years to support training at Redroofs School for Performing Arts in Maidenhead.

Ciara began her acting career at Stagecoach performing arts at the age of 4 before joining the Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre.

“I am so grateful to the Mayflower Theatre for giving me this award so that I can follow my dream. It’s such a great help and I can’t thank them enough. It’s just the best news ever!”

– Ciara Parker

Ciara is currently starring in the Mayflower’s production of Oliver! this weekend. She will return to Redroofs in September and already has a busy performance schedule planned.

She will be filming with Tricell Films in October before jetting off to Italy during half term for an exclusive training opportunity with Teatro Stabile, a theatre in the heart of Verona, the city made famous as the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

She will also be taking time to visit the world famous Arena di Verona, the 1st century Roman amphitheatre still in use today and internationally known for its opera performances.

“I am passionate about engaging young people with their local theatre, whether that is in the audience or on stage. Our Community and Education programme aims to help young people develop life skills and if they have talent we want to assist them in developing a career in the Performing Arts. The theatre has always offered a bursary scheme, but now I want to reach out to those who need the support.”

– Michael Ockwell, Chief Executive of the Mayflower Theatre