Robyn’s a star in the making

Robyn Ashwood
Robyn Ashwood
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AT just 10 years old Robyn Ashwood is already treading the boards in London’s West End.

The St Leonards schoolgirl has landed a leading role in The Royal Shakespeare Company’s smash hit Matilda The Musical, which has won a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards, and continues to play to packed houses at London’s Cambridge Theatre.

Robyn, of Tudor Avenue, St Leonards, auditioned along with 1,200 other children, and was chosen to play Lavender, Matilda’s best friend.

She has been performing in an average of three shows a week since she took on the part last month.

Her dad Dave said: “We are amazingly proud. We can’t go to every show in London, but we go to about one a month. She has the full support of her family, including sister Meg, 13, who runs through lines with her, and her school St Mary Star-of-the-Sea, which has allowed her to take a considerable amount of time off for rehearsals.

Robyn is already a seasoned performer, and is a member of The Mad Fish Singing Studio.

One of her first performances was in a Hasleons production of Annie, aged just six, and she has recently toured with The Sound of Music, playing the parts of Martha and Brigitta, two of the von Trapp children.

Robyn’s future is looking bright, as she has been accepted to the notoriously selective Sylvia Young Theatre School, starting in September.

Mr Ashwood said that theatre is all that Robyn has ever wanted to do, and added: “To get into Sylvia Young is a pretty big achievement.

“She is absolutely ecstatic, and looking forward to the next five years.”