A FUTURE star of the stage is in the making after a proud mum announced her son passed the auditions for a prestigious arts organisation.

Plume academy student Lewis Bridgeman has managed to get his foot in the door at the National Youth Theatre at only 14 years old.

The experience will allow the Year 10 pupil to participate in workshops and plays, and gain contacts in the professional acting world.

The experience is especially inspiring as Lewis has high-functioning autism and dyspraxia, which has sometimes been a challenge for him in social situations.

Mum Jayne Bridgeman, 44, from Maldon was very happy to hear the news.

She said: “He had to submit a tape back in March and then in April he was invited to do a 30-minute audition on Zoom.

“We found out he’s one of the youngest to get through and it’s unusual to get in first time.

“He’s a member now until he’s 26 so he can dip in and out of schoolwork.”

Lewis Bridgeman

Lewis Bridgeman

Lewis is currently studying GCSE Drama and hopes to go on to A-level Drama with the support of his teachers.

He also attends the Chelmsford Drama Centre at the weekends and will be taking his eight LAMDA exam this month with the support of his teacher Alison Dacey.

“Lewis has wanted to become an actor since the age of six,” Jayne added.

“He has huge anxieties in everyday life, but when he’s on the stage, he’s like a different person. He adores everything to do with theatre and film.

“I’m very proud, I love the theatre and we geek out together on Star Wars and Marvel things.”

Lewis Bridgeman (left) with mum Jayne at the Pride of Maldon Awards 2020

Lewis Bridgeman (left) with mum Jayne at the Pride of Maldon Awards 2020

Lewis hopes his story will be an inspiration to everyone to keep working at their dreams no matter the barriers they are facing.

Lewis is no stranger to the limelight, gaining a MENSA membership at 12 with an IQ of 130, and winning the Young Achiever Of The Year award at the Pride of Maldon awards 2020.

The family is now trying to raise £500 to fund his time at the summer intake course this year in Northampton.

To donate, visit crowdfunder.co.uk/help-lewis-on-his-acting-journey.