Congratulations to Khy Elliott who has received this year’s Paul Ractliffe Memorial Scholarship, a very special young man and a worthy recipient of the award. Here’s what XtrAct Academy director, Danielle Brame-Whiting, has to say about him:
“Khy is 15 years old and has been attending XtrAct Drama Academy for two years. When he first came to XtrAct he was an extremely shy student with no performance experience, but a desire to learn. In his very first XtrAct performance he was so nervous he was shaking and his voice at times struggled to get the dialogue out. However, he did get that dialogue out. In fact, it is a defining quality of Khy, that even when things are a great challenge for him, he will still stand up and give it a go. Because of that, I have seen him go from strength to strength in his performances. In addition to XtrAct he has ventured out and was cast by Jopuka in a new commissioned work called ‘Transcendence’ by Jamie Hornsby produced in October 2019 and ‘The Trolleys’ by Sara West in January 2020. Most recently he performed for XtrAct as the Sharpener in a comedy by Danielle Brame Whiting called ‘The Pencils’.
“At XtrAct Khy is an extremely kind and supportive class member with a quick and hilarious sense of humour. He’s always respectful, keen for feedback and looking to go above and beyond what is required of him as a performer, a classmate, and a student. Admirable for any student, but Khy has an extra challenge as he suffers from severe episodic asthma that makes him susceptible especially in winter and bush-fire season. His parents have also had to be extra careful with him during this pandemic. Through all this, he always turns up to class with a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye, and kindness in every gesture and word.”
Here is Khy, pictured with Danielle, receiving his award:
For more information about the scholarshp, please click on THE PAUL RACTLIFFE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD from XtrAct Drama Academy
(Images in this post courtesy of XtrAct Drama Academy)