Three members of Workington's Theatre Royal Youth (TRY) have succeeded in getting through to the next round of a national competition for young actors.

Caysie Ray, 14, from Moorclose, Tristan Wise, 17, from Camerton and Morgan Goodfellow, 17, from Cockermouth, have all been selected for the next stage of the youth round of the Monologue Slam competition.

Caysie, said: "Just to participate was quite surreal, getting through felt almost like I was dreaming. It’s a fantastic opportunity that Georgia and the theatre, as well as The Little Theatre Guild, have given us".

Tristan, said: "The monologue slam is an amazing opportunity and I’m so grateful to be a part of the northern final".

Morgan, added: "I found the process, at the beginning, nerve-wracking. But once I met the judges I felt more confident and prepared."

Members from TRY travelled to Newcastle at the end of April to audition at the Northern Stage where they each performed a one-minute monologue from a play, TV show, film, or from a piece that they have written themselves.

The youth category is open to actors aged 11 to 17 and is a chance for young actors to showcase their talents in front of industry professionals.

Georgia Douglas-Brown, TRY’s Youth Leader, said she was very proud of all the TRY members who took part in the auditions, and has heard that three of them have been selected for the national competition.

The next stage will take place on June 7 at Northern Stage, where the three actors will perform in front of a public audience and a panel of judges.

Judges will include Lorne Campbell - artistic director, Northern Stage, Janet Plater - agent, Sam Claypole - casting director and Graeme Thompson - creative producer, Live Theatre.

Georgia said that the three young West Cumbrian actors who have been chosen are all looking forward to this exciting opportunity.