PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Murwillumbah high student Ally Burnham reading over her lines.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Murwillumbah high student Ally Burnham reading over her lines. Blainey Woodham

Arty Ally aims to make mark

THE writing is on the wall for Murwillumbah High School student Ally Burnham, whose skilful storytelling has put her on the path to success.

The writer was one of 10 students in New South Wales to be granted a place in the prestigious Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwrights Residency Program. After returning from Sydney, Ally said the program had inspired her to forge ahead.

"It feels great to be recognised for your work. You put so much effort in throughout the year, and get disappointed with exam marks," she said.

"You can become numb to it and lose hope, so this opportunity really gave me confidence that I am capable of pursuing a career in writing, and now I feel like I have the support and skills to do it."

The Year 12 student is no stranger to success after being nominated for a State Wind Band with her saxophone performance at Regional Music Camp, chosen as a top 10 finalist in the nationwide Bell Shakespeare Stage for Life opportunity, and winning an award in the Video Ezy short film festival.



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