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20 September 2010

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Alex Mugnaioni
Photo courtesy of     Wolf Marloh

Alex Mugnaioni, who was at Abingdon School until July 2007, has won one of the UK’s most prestigious drama awards, a Laurence Olivier bursary from The Society of London Theatre, (SOLT).  The bursary will assist with his final year drama studies at Rose Bruford College in Kent. Established in 1987 to commemorate Lord Olivier’s 80th birthday, the Laurence Olivier bursaries aim to help students at the end of their second year who have potential talent but are facing financial difficulties, to complete their studies. In total, 10 bursaries, worth a combined total of £37,500, were awarded to promising drama students across the UK.

Having succeeded in the highly competitive audition process, the winning students were announced at a ceremony at SOLT in July.  Speaking about the award Alex, who is 22, says,  ‘The audition was great. I got to meet some very influential producers and casting directors.  I heard that I had won the award the morning of my final performance of “Richard III” at Rose Bruford. I think it is safe to say that, riding the wave of excitement the news had provided, I gave the most comfortable and confident performance out of the run that night. I plan to use the money for going to see theatre, buying plays and for photography.

‘I have always been interested in Drama. I have acted since I was a small boy at Josca’s, now Abingdon Prep School. My first production was “Oliver” where I played Mr Bumble. I followed my love for theatre (and music also) through to Abingdon School. I was so lucky that I had access to such wonderful facilities and staff that wouldn’t let my talents go to waste.

‘I don’t think I would be where I am now in my theatre career if it wasn’t for Abingdon School’s Arts department.  Jeremy Taylor, Abingdon’s Head of Drama, was always incredibly supportive and willing to help me in whatever direction I decided to take, whether it was film, music, or acting. Without his (and other staff’s) constant support and belief I don’t think I would have come to win this award. I owe Jeremy a lot.”

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