Wagga High School student Abu Kebe has won a scholarship from the prestigious Bell Shakespeare Company.
Abu will spend a week in Sydney with the company and will participate in acting masterclasses and watch a week of the cast rehearsals.
“One of the classes will be taught by John Bell,” he said.
“Christmas came early.”
At the end of his week, which begins on January 29, Abu will perform his scholarship-winning monologue for artistic director Peter Evans and a Bell Shakespeare cast, who are currently doing Antony and Cleopatra.
Abu was one of 110 drama students who auditioned for the scholarship and one of just three winners.
For his audition, he performed one of Iago’s monologues from Othello.
The scholarship win caps a busy year for the 17-year-old, who was born in Sierra Leone and came to Australia to flee the violence there.
Abu, who is also a dancer, has just finished performing in Wicked, taken part in the Schools Spectacular and had a speaking role in The Merger.