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Oliver Crawford, Aspire star and a student of St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton has been awarded one of three 2018 John Bell scholarships.

As one of 120 students who auditioned from regional schools across the country, Oliver impressed the judges with his Hamlet monologue.

As part of his scholarship, Oliver will receive a week of training and an ongoing mentorship at Bell Shakespeare HQ in Sydney. 

During his week of training Oliver will have the opportunity to attend acting masterclasses with Bell Shakespeare artists, watch rehearsals and a live performance of The Miser and perform his winning monologue for Founding Artistic Director John Bell, Artistic Director Peter Evans and a Bell Shakespeare cast.

Founded back in 1990 by John Bell, Bell Shakespeare is an Australia theatre company that specialises in producing and performing Shakespeare’s famous works in a contemporary style while providing aspiring actors the opportunity to develop their dramatic skills through their education and community programs.

“Receiving this scholarship is an extraordinary privilege which I never would have dreamed of,” said Oliver.

“To be able to spend a week with the company will help me work on my acting skills and grow as a performer while also immersing myself in the wonderful world of Shakespeare.”

“I am absolutely thrilled for Ollie and so proud of him,” said Anna Kerrigan, Artistic Director of Aspire.

“He is an incredibly hard working young actor and is always eager to learn, improve and challenge himself with different roles and genre’s. He is so deserving of this accolade.”

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