Amy is a radio star!

Amy Wright, Holy Cross year 7 pupil, walking through stage curtains.Holy Cross student Amy Wright is a radio star – and hopes this is the first step on the road to acting fame.

Visually impaired Year Seven student Amy is currently appearing on a BBC Cbeebies Radio programme after being selected from a host of other actors.

And Amy, 11 ,says it’s the perfect role for her as she is a ‘chatterbox.’

Her dad Stuart said: “We were approached by a Manchester based charity ‘Henshaws’ which supports visually impaired adults and children across the North of England to ask if we would be interested in auditioning for a BBC Cbeebies Radio programme.

“The producer at the BBC had worked with Henshaws before and approached them to ask if they knew any visually impaired 10-year-olds who might be interested.

“Amy’s name was put forward along with others and, as she has always been interested in drama, goes to lessons with ‘Little Voices’ and is a member of Buckshaw VAMP, she was really keen to give it a go.

“They sent us a script and a researcher and the producer came to our house last year and Amy read the part of the main character and Amy was lucky enough to get the part.

“The producer was really keen for the part to be played by someone who was blind as the main character in the programme also has a visual impairment.”

Amy plays the main character ‘Iesha’ in the show which is called the ‘iSpy Sound Detective’, she solves mysteries with the help of her pet dog ‘Buster’ using sound clues. The programme uses 3D binaural sound technology which enables the listener to hear sounds in 360 degrees when listening to the progamme using headphones.

“I loved it,” said Amy. “I went to the BBC studios at Media City in Manchester over three days to record 10 episodes of the show which are approximately 10-15 minutes long.

“I read the scripts in Braille and was also asked to sing the theme tune for the show. It is weird hearing your own voice as it was higher than I thought but I enjoyed it.

“I have been visually impaired since birth, I can see outlines and bright colours but I need Brialle to read. I love reading so this was a perfect part for me and I hope it can lead onto bigger things. I am a chatterbox as well.”

The first five episodes have been aired and are available to listen to via the Cbeebies website and the BBC iPlayer radio app. The next five episodes are due to air early in the New Year.