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Rising star seeks help from the community

Laura Kearns 15th May, 2017 Updated: 15th May, 2017

AN ASPIRING actress is hoping the community will help her dreams come true.

Stratford College student Bryony Harrison knew she wanted to act from the age of seven, when she would belt out hits from the big screen and put on performances for her family.

Since then she has joined acting groups and performed across the country including at the London Palladium, Royal Albert Hall and even recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

And the hard work has paid off for the 17 year-old, who has been accepted onto a top musical theatre course in the capital.

Bryony, who hails from Knowle, told the Observer: “I found peace and love in musical theatre for as long as I can remember, however I never really realised how much of a big part of my life it would become.

“After performing at lots of different venues in different shows I realised I wanted to pursue musical theatre as a career rather than just a hobby.”

Bryony – who has starred in Hairspray and The Sound of Music, to name a few – was delighted to discover she had been accepted onto her dream course at the Performance Preparation Academy.

But at nearly £11,000 a year, and needing to pay for accommodation in Guildford, she is struggling to find the funds to make joining it a reality.

Along with her college course she is also working two jobs – one at a care home and one as a waitress in a bid to save money..

She is now hoping the community will help fund her joining the course.

Bryony – whose dream roles are as Éponine in Les Mis and Ellen in Miss Saigon – said: “I am delighted to have been offered a place, but due to having a disabled mum who is unable to work and a father trying hard to provide for the family, and with the course fee being so much, I am put in a position where i potentially might not be able to take this offer.

“I do not want to have to turn down this amazing opportunity due to lack of money, so I am trying to raise money in the hope that generous people will help me out so I can continue on the pathway to be a performer.”

Visit www.gofundme.com/bryonys-ppa-stage-school-funding or email harrisonbryony2@hotmail.com to donate.

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