the West End beckons for Newbridge emigrant Shane Keogh-Grenade who has won the first Amy Winehouse scholarship to the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London.
The late singer was a former pupil of the school and her parents, Mitch and Jane Winehouse, have set up the scholarship in her memory.
“Shane did a shakespeare piece, a modern piece, and sang ‘Who’s Loving You’ as covered by Michael Jackson,” said proud mum Eileen Keogh from Newbridge. “He danced to a James Brown number using a combination of his Jackson 5 moves from Thriller, and his streetdance moves from the streetdance class he attends.”
The parents of the three finalists accompanied their children to the cafeteria of the Sylvia Young Theatre School, where the children were then taken to have their photographs taken with Mitch and Jane Winehouse, and past pupils of Sylvia Young Theatre School, singer/songwriter Eliza Doolittle and actor Matt Di’Angelo .
“Shane just went and did his thing without getting starstruck- the ‘imagine them in underwear’ trick works every time,” she added. “He advised they were all very encouraging, and especially enjoyed his vocal range in his singing piece, Eliza Doolittle particulary openly crying at his rendition. Shane’s thing is to make people laugh and he loves Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He remembers making the panel laugh, but not how. He’ll be starting his performance education in September.”