The idea came from Roger Burnell - a familiar name to anyone who's been involved in youth drama in South Wales - and he's on this Thursday's Radio Wales Arts Show talking about It's My Shout as well as his own carer as a teacher and mentor.

Roger is the man who inspired Rob Brydon, Jason Hughes and a host of others to make careers as performers. The list of his ex pupils at Porthcawl Comprehensive school is truly impressive and, if you add to that, the names of youngsters he worked with through Mid Glamorgan (and subsequently Bridgend) Youth theatre it reads like a Who's Who of Welsh actors.

Through the It's My Shout scheme a new generation of young performers is gaining experience and hoping to follow in the footsteps of Michael Sheen, Owen Teale, Jan Francis and Ruth Jones.

The initiative is now making a mark throughout Wales and Roger's keen for more and more people to benefit from the opportunities it offers. Judging from the atmosphere at the awards in Porthcawl, there may be hard work involved but there's an equal amount of fun.

You can find out more about the scheme at

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