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Thursday, 25 May, 2023

Young autistic actor is aiming for the West End — Autism Unlimited

A young student at Portfield School has advanced a step closer to his ambition of becoming an actor, by securing a full-time college drama place.

Fenton Loader, 17, from Bournemouth, learned he has been accepted to college in the same month that he appeared as Macbeth on stage at The Lighthouse Theatre in Poole.

He said: “It’s all been very exciting. I just can’t wait to get started in September and show everyone what I can do.”

Fenton first started performing whilst at mainstream primary school.

He said: “My first ever role was as Pumba in The Lion King when I was about 10. I had a blind audition, and I was very nervous, but I couldn’t wait to do it at the same time.

“I loved being on the stage acting as it gave me more confidence. I felt I could really express myself.

“But being at mainstream school was very difficult for me because my autism means I respond to some situations differently and this meant I struggled with managing my emotions sometimes. Once I started at Portfield School I was flying, because the teachers there understand me and have been able to help me learn and also discover my acting talent. They are amazing.”

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