Max auditioned to join the National Youth Musical Theatre and gained a lead role in West Side Story. This was a massive achievement as the auditions were held nationally and he was the youngest performer, at just age 16, where the age range was 16-23. Performers were expected to cover their own costs including training fees and accommodation whilst touring. Max’s father had died the previous year and his mother wasn’t in a position to pay for him. We therefore awarded him a contribution to help him join the NYMT.