Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lord of the Flies Dance Search for New Talent

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lord of the Flies Dance Search for New Talent

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Byline: Kate Proctor Reporter

MALE dancers from the region have the chance to secure a starring role in a new production.

The call has gone out to recruit twenty boys and young men aged between 10 and 25-years-old for parts in world renowned director Matthew Bourne's latest ballet.

The Lord of the Flies will be staged at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle in November and will feature a cast of both professional and new dancers, all picked from auditions to be held in the North East later this year.

No experience is necessary for the parts and it is hoped that the chance to perform with one of the country's finest dance companies will inspire the boys and young men to take up a career as a professional.

Dancer Hannah McGhee, 22, from Billingham, who is working on behalf of Dance City in Newcastle to train the new cast members, said: "They will be in an environment where young men and boys can see that it's okay for men to dance. Matthew Bourne's male version of Swan Lake is recognised throughout the region while all male groups like Diversity have done a lot to make dance more popular.

"This production will be massively theatrical, hard-hitting and savage. It's not been done before."

To encourage people to sign themselves up for the auditions, young dancers taking courses in the subject at Dance City performed a three minute excerpt from the show in the city centre yesterday.

Performer Jackson Watson from Washington, who is studying for his dance BTEC, said the choreography perfectly presented the masculinity and strength required for large-scale productions.

The 17-year-old said: "People with no experience can pick up the steps.

For most boys it's a confidence thing because of the idea it's 'girly' but really that's just a stereotype.

"These are really masculine parts and it's a good one for boys and great experience as well. …

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