Well here we are, nine weeks away from curtain up and the simmering pot that is Lord of the Flies has just been turned to a rolling boil. With the New Adventures cast now announced, and North West auditions this weekend, so begins the onslaught of rehearsals, costumes, make-up, stage directions, lighting cues and last minute changes.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; rather like a first day in the office it’s time to run around all the departments introducing everyone, and pointing out the toilets and emergency exits on the way. So let’s start at the beginning Matthew Bourne award winning choreographer and artistic director of New Adventures, created a project by which he could inspire young men to dance. With the help of their education company RE:Bourne they began devising the Lord of the Flies project, young men aged between 11 and 23 who had never danced before would be able to attend workshops
With me so far? Excellent.
The project will be touring a number of venues in the UK, first stop? The Lowry. So we drafted in two Lord of the Flies Ambassadors to help us introduce dance to the young men of the North West; introducing Sam Broadbent and Luke Saville. This pair have been leading Lord of the Flies workshops since mid-December and visiting schools and colleges across the region, looking to find some enthusiastic young dancers to leap onto the Salford stage. The project unites departments across the lowry, and e-mails have been flying all over the building over the last few months. And then we come down to little me.
I am a Youth Dance Ambassador here at The Lowry and in true 21st century style am the designated blogger for the project. I will be your inside source in the lead up to Lord of the Flies at the lowry, tweeting, writing, snapping pictures and letting you know the ins and outs all the way up to the performance in March.
Stay tuned for blog number two Lord of the Flies: Stage one – Outreach. In the meantime if you want to see more about the project or for a quick Lord of the Flies fix on your lunch break use the hashtag #LOTFLowry for updates.