New stage as Falkirk’s Connor wins drama school place

Connor Bryson has won a place at a prestigious drama school
Connor Bryson has won a place at a prestigious drama school

A teenage actor has not let his deafness stop him making a big impact on stage and is now on his way to a world famous thespian training school.

Connor Bryson (18) will be able to build upon the natural talent he already has after landing a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship which will allow him to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The former Falkirk High School pupil will be one of the first actors to take part in a unique training initiative, ‘Deaf Theatre Skills’, which is run in partnership with Glasgow-based Solar Bear Theatre Company.

The pilot programme, possibly the first of its kind in the UK, involves 32-weeks of evening workshops for deaf people aged 18 and over.

Like Connor, all the participants have aspirations to pursue a career in stage and screen.

Connor, who has to receive information on casting calls via text or e-mail due to his hearing impairment, was excited when he learned he had won the scholarship.

He said: “I’m over the moon to have been awarded the Diamond Jubilee Scholarship to take part in this acting programme.

“I took part in the Conservatoire’s summer school and as a result applied for this new course.

“I enjoyed the summer course so much - it was a fantastic opportunity to work among deaf peers and be taught by tutors in a more visual way.

“I feel more confident in my acting skills as a result.

“I really can’t wait to get started.”

Professor Maggie Kinloch, vice principal of the Royal Conservatoire, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Solar Bear Theatre Company. It has enabled us to launch this unrivalled conservatoire-style training programme for talented young actors like Connor.

“We can make a real difference to the diversity of Scotland’s community of actors and enrich the pool of talent.”

Connor, who has acted in several Glasgow-based theatre productions, is sure he can make a big splash in that talent pool.

“Acting is my passion,” he said: “I thoroughly enjoy every minute of it. I want to show people what I am capable of.

“I always put 100 per cent into my acting and always perform what people ask of me and more.

“I take acting very seriously and I would be honoured if I had the opportunity to show people what deaf people are capable of.”