Brenda Taylor student Callum lands role in West End’s Matilda

Lifestyle / Tue 6th Mar 2018 at 08:55am

ELEVEN-year-old Callum Hudson, a pupil of the Brenda Taylor School, has landed the role of ‘Eric’ (the boy who has his ears stretched by the fearsome Miss Trunchbull) in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s West End production of ‘Matilda’.

Callum has been attending ‘The Brenda Taylor School of Dance and Performing Arts’, at the Harlow Dance Centre, Latton Bush since he was five years old.

He studies Musical Theatre, Ballet, Tap and Modern at the Brenda Taylor School which has come in useful as his role requires him to not only dance, but act, sing and perform a gymnastic routine too!

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Although this is Callum’s West End debut, he follows in the footsteps of many students from the school who have appeared in numerous West End productions over the 53 years that the school has been going.

He particularly follows Michael Kent who appeared in the original cast of ‘Matilda’ six years ago.

Callum beat hundreds of children to gain his role in the production and has enjoyed every second of his ‘West End’ experience.

Callum said,’It’s been a great experience that I will never forget. I’ve loved every minute of it as it’s such a fantastic first West End show to be in. It’s been my dream for ages and I’m so thankful for my time there.’

He has been appearing since September in up to five shows a week.

In addition to appearing in ‘Matilda’ and juggling his school work, he also appeared in the BT school’s Christmas production and has taken a dance exam only last week!

Teachers Brenda Taylor and Kathryn Taylor are extremely proud of his achievement. ‘He shows an incredible talent and intelligence for such a young performer, as well as the resilience, dedication and perseverance needed to succeed in professional theatre. We are thrilled that, after 53 years, the Brenda Taylor School continues to provide students with the very best dance and theatre training possible – allowing them to reach the highest level they can – even if they are only eleven!’

For more information about the Brenda Taylor School please visit:


Facebook: The Brenda Taylor School of Dance and Performing Arts
Phone: 01279 420596

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