Actress appears at London theatre

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Former Casterton school pupil Haz Webb has appeared at London’s Old Vic Theatre.

Her role as Deb in the play Friends with Benefits was part of the theatre’s annual The 24 Hour Plays event presented by Old Vic New Voices in conjunction with Ideas Tap, a creative network organisation.

Haz was one of just 39 actors, directors, writers and producers chosen for their emerging talent, whittled down over two rounds of auditions from more than 2,500 entrants.

The ambitious event challenges those selected to create a production from scratch within just 24 hours, and then to perform it at the world-famous Theatre to a 1000-fold audience.

“With a workshop-based first round in groups of 100, the audition was a daunting start,” says Haz. ‘The only tips I could give for anyone attempting this would be to make sure you absolutely have your vocal technique in place and that it is ‘Old Vic ready’, have a lot of fun and, most importantly, be open to everything.”

Oscar-winning veteran actor Kevin Spacey is the The Old Vic’s artistic director.

Speaking about the event he said: “We supported these talented few by inviting them to The Old Vic and in just one day gave them the tools to flourish as a company on the project.

“The actors received vocal and physical tips for commanding the vast Old Vic auditorium.’”

Haz’s former drama teacher at Casterton School, Mrs Marriott, attended the event and said: “Haz gave an exceptional performance cementing my belief in her abilities, particularly her comic timing, her rapport and playfulness with the audience – she had everyone in the palm of her hand.”

Originally from Arkholme, Haz left Casterton School in 2004 and now lives in London where she is pursuing her acting career.

She studied acting at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts where she was nominated for the Spotlight prize in her final year.

Theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth (The Liverpool Shakespeare Festival), Man of the Moment (Northampton Royal and Derngate), Much Ado About Nothing and The Merchant of Venice (Derby Theatre) and Bangers & Slash (Edinburgh). Television credits include Doctors and Florence Nightingale (BBC).