Dance debut for talented Oliver

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Talented Calderdale schoolboy Oliver Crossley has made it through a tough audition process to take to the stage in ‘Lord of the Flies’ at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, next week.
 Fifteen-year-old Oliver, from Todmorden, is one of 22 young dancers from across Yorkshire who will perform alongside the professional cast of Matthew Bourne’s production.

‘Lord of the Flies’ is a rare collaboration that brings together professional dancers with young people, many of whom have never danced before.

The success of the production relies on a unique partnership between some of the UK’s most talented dancers and young people chosen from each region the show visits.

The young dancers are all aged between 10 and 22 years and they were picked after an audition process led by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s access and education department.

For the Alhambra Theatre show, young dancers from Bradford, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Todmorden and Wakefield, and further afield, have been selected.

They will join the cast of New Adventures dancers including Sam Archer as Ralph, Ross Carpenter as Maurice, Luke Murphy as Sam, Sam Plant as Piggy and Danny Reubens as Jack, bringing writer William Golding’s characters to life with energy, flair and emotional intensity.

Making his debut in the production will be Layton Williams as Simon.

Director Matthew Bourne said: “‘Lord of the Flies’ is a project never before mounted on such a large scale. It will enable thousands of young people and their families across the country to experience dance at close hand, many for the first time.

“I hope the young casts will be inspired by joining the New Adventures company.”

‘Lord of the Flies’ is devised and directed by Olivier and Tony award-winner Matthew Bourne with choreography by Scott Ambler and set and costume design by Lez Brotherston.

lThe show is at the Alhambra Theatre from Wednesday, December 3 to Saturday, December 6. Box office information is available on 01274 432000.