Ex ARA Pupil Stars In West End Theatre Production

Ex ARA pupil Vaneeka Dadhria stars in West End Production ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’.

Vaneeka attended Alec Reed Academy in 2014 completing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate and Diploma in  Performing Arts. She then went on to study further and attended St Mary’s University to study a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts. Graduating from University in 2019, Vaneeka landed her first professional acting job, starring in West End production ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ alongside James McAvoy.

A review of the production from The Guardian mentions “Vaneeka Dadhria’s magnificent beatboxing – gulping, pulsing, hissing, ticking – continuously gees up the rhythm” click here to read the full review.

Vaneeka’s success is something that we are extremely proud of. She states that “The encouragement, guidance and motivation given by my teachers throughout my years at ARA helped me not only in school, but in university and now my professional work as an actor. Studying the BTEC at ARA gave me an in-depth knowledge of what an actor and performer needs to bring to the stage. Preparation for auditions is key in the world of acting, and the brilliant Mr Selby ensured I’m ready and prepped for the creative world ahead in all aspects. These are skills I used throughout my time at St Mary’s University, and I’m using them now in the professional world. The strength and support of the performing arts department encouraged and helped me to create my confidence which I continue to use.”

If you’re looking to pursue a career in The Arts then why not apply for a position at ARA, take a look at our Post 16 Prospectus here.  


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