Aspiring actor makes appeal for support

Aspiring actor Jay Petherick.
Aspiring actor Jay Petherick.

An aspiring actor from Sleaford is appealing for help in realising his dream of working in the arts after being offered a place at a top drama school.

Jay Petherick, 21, has been invited to attend the Guildford School of Acting, in Surrey, from October as a student on its master’s acting course.

Jay in The Magpie and the Yorkshireman, where he played Harold, a hotel owner obsessed with ensuring that he receives great reviews when he believes that inspectors are staying at the hotel. Picture: Ashley Walls

Jay in The Magpie and the Yorkshireman, where he played Harold, a hotel owner obsessed with ensuring that he receives great reviews when he believes that inspectors are staying at the hotel. Picture: Ashley Walls

The former St George’s pupil, who is currently studying drama at The University of Lincoln, has calculated, though, he needs to raise £26,000 to meet the cost of tuition, accommodation, and travel.

Minus a £10,000 student loan and £2,000 in earnings to date, he is now looking to raise the remainder through a combination of work, fundraising, and sponsorship.

“From a very young age it has always been my dream and burning desire to become a professional actor,” said Jay, who today lives in Lincoln.

He said a master’s would help increase his chances of securing auditions and work.

Jay in Richard III, as Richard. Picture:  Phil Crow

Jay in Richard III, as Richard. Picture: Phil Crow

“The entertainment industry is an incredibly tough and competitive place to work and to do so it is very important to stand out from the crowd,” he said.

He said he would be ‘forever grateful’ for any donations.

“It’s seems at the moment my dream is so near, yet so far,” he said.

You can donate to Jay at www.gofundme.com/jays-drama-school-fund