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Search begins to find young performers to star in Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies as workshop dates announced     

Search begins to find young performers to star in Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies as workshop dates announced

Dates are announced for dance workshops across South Wales as the search begins to find dancers to perform in the Cardiff run of Mathew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies. The workshops will form the start of the recruitment process to find 30 young males, aged between 10 and 25 years old, to star in the show at Wales Millennium Centre from 22 to 25 October 2014.

The workshops, led by Lord of the Flies Dance Ambassadors, will offer a free taster of what performing in the show might be like, ahead of formal auditions to be held in June. Following auditions the successful applicants will then enter into an intensive rehearsal process before performing on stage at Wales Millennium Centre alongside professional dancers from Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures.

The workshop dates are as follows:

The Dance House,
National Dance Company of Wales
& 17:00-19:00

Gower College
& 14:00-16:00

The Grand Pavilion
& 14:00-16:00

Park and Dare
& 14:00-16:00

Dance Blast

Ballet Cymru

More dates will be announced shortly. Previous dancing experience is not required to attend the workshops and following auditions, making this an incredible opportunity for young men who have never danced before, as well as those with experience looking to take an exciting step in their dancing careers.

The Dance Ambassadors are also able to offer workshops in schools across South Wales before the end of the summer term. Email for more information.

All those interested in attending the free workshops must complete and return the participation form available at:
The Wales-based Dance Ambassadors leading the workshops, Siân Rowlands and James Morgan, have been employed by Matthew Bourne to recruit the young male dancers and to train them intensively in readiness for the October performances. Siân, from Bridgend, is a graduate from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and is currently studying for a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning. James graduated from The Hammond School of Performing Arts in 2011 and has since performed nationally and internationally as well as working as a Youth Dance Ambassador at the Lowry, Manchester.

Head of Programming at Wales Millennium Centre, Louise Miles–Crust, said: “This is a project really close to my heart, I’m both thrilled and proud that through our long-standing relationship with Mathew Bourne’s production company, New Adventures, and charity, Re:Bourne, we are able to offer this incredible opportunity to young people across South Wales. I was lucky enough to perform on stage when I was young and consider these early involvements in the performing arts as hugely influential in leading me towards an exciting career in Programming, so I can truly see the benefits this project has to offer the young people involved. I have no doubt that performing in a large-scale, professional production will have a profound impact on them, which makes me extremely pleased that we are able to offer both this wonderful opportunity and exceptional dance production as part of our tenth anniversary celebrations.”

Commenting on the Lord of the Flies tour, Matthew Bourne said: “Lord of the Flies is a project never before mounted on the large-scale. This unique collaboration between my production company, New Adventures, and charity, Re:Bourne will enable thousands of young people and their families across the country to experience dance at close hand, and for many, for the very first time. I look forward to an exciting, and for some, life-changing year ahead.”

The show’s professional company includes New Adventures dancers Sam Archer as ‘Maurice’, Luke Murphy as ‘Sam’, Dominic North as ‘Ralph’, Sam Plant as ‘Piggy’, Alastair Postlethwaite as ‘Eric’, Danny Reubens as ‘Jack’ and Dan Wright as ‘Roger’.

For this outstanding dance adaptation of Lord of the Flies, the action is transferred from the deserted island of William Golding’s classic novel, to a deserted theatre, where a group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around they start to make their own rules and create their own civilisation, before order breaks down and the story builds to an electrifying climax. Golding’s legendary characters Ralph, Piggy, Jack and the boys will be brought to life with raw energy and emotional intensity.

Devised and directed by Olivier and Tony award winner Matthew Bourne, choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Ambler and featuring set and costume design by Olivier Award-winner Lez Brotherston, music by Terry Davies, lighting design by Chris Davey and sound design by Paul Groothuis. Touring Directors are New Adventures principal dancers Adam Galbraith and Alan Vincent.

This production is supported by Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Wales in addition to other major trusts and donors. Originally commissioned by Glasgow Theatres, part of Ambassador Theatre Group.

For more information on how to apply for the workshops and become a part of the Lord of the Flies cast visit:

Lord of the Flies will be at Wales Millennium Centre from 22-25 October 2014. Tickets range from £17.50- £30.50. Age guidance 8+ (No under 5s). To book tickets or for further information visit or call 02920 63 6464.
Wales Millennium Centre  
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