A Pelsall lad is making his television debut today (October 21) after being selected for CBBC programme Turbo Boost.
Aspiring actor and performer Joseph Riley, aged 12, spent seven days over the summer holidays being mentored by JLS star Aston Merrygold, as well as singer Nina Nesbitt. He then got to perform on the small bandstand with Gabrielle Aplin at Camp Bestival, in Dorset, before going on to perform two songs in front of 10,000 people at the Green Man Festival, Wales.
His adventure was filmed by the BBC programme, which looks for young talent across the country, at the same time as he performed at the Kingston Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames, after being chosen by the Youth Musical Theatre to play the part of a chimney sweeper in its summer production of Great Expectations.
Joseph, a member of the Walsall Youth Theatre, which is based at Forest Arts, for the past three years, loved the experience, said his mother Rowena.
“It gave him a real taste of what he would like to do in the future,” she said.
“He’s a confident boy anyway but what he learned on the programme and being in his first professional play has given him some amazing experiences.”
CBBC has uploaded a pre-show clip of the Shire Oak Academy student.