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‘It is such an achievement for Jonathan’

TOP GONG Jonathan with co-writers Henry Lewis and Henry Shield accepting their award.

TOP GONG Jonathan with co-writers Henry Lewis and Henry Shield accepting their award.

A Heckmondwike comedian has won a top accolade at a national theatres award show.

Jonathan Sayer, 24, was given the Best New Comedy gong for his play,The Play That Went Wrong, at the 2014 Whatsonstage awards in London.

Dewsbury-born Jonathan was a pupil at Stuart Stage School in Heckmondwike.

Jonathan co-wrote the play with Henry Lewis and Henry Shield, as well as producing and acting in it at Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End.

He was presented with his award by Helen Mirren, who won the best actress award at a star studded ceremony in London. The play is now on a UK tour and will come to LeedsGrand Theatre in the summer.

While a pupil at Stuart Stage School, Jonathan acted in professional productions, touring in Whistle Down the Wind, Doctor Dolittle, Oliver and Les Miserables.

He went on to train with Cambridge Footlights and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Nick Teed, drama teacher at Stuart Stage School, said: “Jonathan attended classes at the school from eight years old and he always had a flair for comedy. Over the years we wrote many sketches together and I am so proud that all his hard work and dedication has paid off. This is such an achievement for a 24-year-old.”

 

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