City College student Highly Commended by national Performing Arts Award

Published: 26th July 2018

Published by City College Southampton

We are delighted to announce that performing arts student, Aimee Grayson, has defied expectations by being Highly Commended as the Performing Arts Student of the Year in the national BTEC Awards 2018.

In September 2015 Aimee began her course with no previous experience in acting and little confidence. Despite having a disability, Aimee has excelled throughout her time at the College. She has taken many challenging and diverse roles such as Dame Flabby Babble in Aladdin and Lucius in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, and directing last year’s production of Macbeth. Accomplishments like this led to Aimee achieving a double distinction grade on the BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and her confidence has flourished, seeing her become one of the stand out students on the course and being Highly Commended in the Performing Arts Student of the Year BTEC Award.

In terms of her inspirations, Aimee credits actors Ian Dury and Andy Serkis. A notable quote for her came from Ian Dury, who suffered from Polio; "People like me don’t want your pity, we want your respect!" Aimee remarked: "As a wheelchair user constantly battling with depression and frustration, this quote made all the sense in the world to me."

Aimee has just completed her final year of the HND in Performing Arts at City College where she is expected to achieve another distinction grade. In terms of future goals, Aimee said: "I hope to one day work with Imaginarium Studios and pioneer the way for all actors, able-bodied and disabled, young and old. Because everyone can do it. Everyone."

Principal, Sarah Stannard, said: "We are extremely proud of Aimee’s achievements at City College. Her passion for acting and drive to succeed shines through in her performances.  Her ambition for herself and for others, and her courage in pushing through barriers, mean that she is a fantastic role model to other students, both able-bodied and disabled.  We wish her every success with her future career."

Image: Aimee Grayson receives national recognition

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