2nd May 2019
Former York College Performing Arts student Donna Preston is reaping the rewards of her training and is enjoying a successful career in comedy. Donna’s work has been chosen for BBC Three’s ‘Threesomes’, the channel’s short-form comedy strand that gives new comedy writers and performers an opportunity to bring their ideas to screen.
(photograph: Sam Rockman)
Donna’s short mini-series entitled ‘Fully Blown’, is one of three, three minute, short episodes in the current series. The film is about two friends who don superstar rap personas, profiling best mates Vanessa and Demi who rise above their boring, sometime painful lives by creating superstar rap personas – Starz and Gap C. The Southampton girls know ‘you’ve gotta fake it ‘til you make it – and then fake it some more’. Says Donna: “Writing and performing this mini-series with my comedy partner Verona Rose and Sarah Morgan was a fantastic experience. We are very proud to be included in BBC Three’s prestigious comedy series and to have this level of exposure. ‘Fully Blown’ will be aired at the end of May 2019 .
Shane Allen, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy commissioning says: “The Threesome strand is about ensuring a vital opportunity to bring through the talents of the future to continue rich comedy story for BBC Three.
Donna, formerly of Fulford School, studied Performing Arts at York College (2002 – 2004), and progressed to London’s international top drama school, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, gaining a BA (Hons) in Acting. Donna says: “I had the best years of my life at York College. Every day was a belly laugh and I learnt so much. After graduating from Drama school, like most actors, I struggled to get work and did everything I could to get into the industry. In the last few years I have worked all over the world on Feature films, music videos, stand up comedy and commercials. My proudest moments have been working with Michael McIntyre on the Michael McIntyre Big Show, and on ‘Fully Blown’, writing, associate producing and performing. I have also just finished filming with Dr Pluto Production company on a new ITV2 celebrity quiz show hosted by Joel Dommet, co-hosted by myself, called Hey Tracey (in which I played Tracey). My next job is co-writing with Verona Rose, working alongside the creators of Peep Show. I am also a voice-over artist, and sometimes record up to 40 adverts a week.”