The Lowry and our local Dance Ambassadors Luke Saville and Sam Broadbent set out on a quest 6 months ago to find 120 talented boys to audition for an epic new show Lord of The Flies, with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures company. The project is a rare collaboration which brings together professional performers with young North West dancers. No previous experience was needed to apply, just raw talent, passion and commitment.
Supported by The Lowry team, a large scale outreach programme was developed which took them all over the North West from Cumbria to Cheshire. We delivered an ambitious programme of outreach workshops to over 600 young hopefuls aged 10-25 taking us to youth clubs, rugby clubs, schools and grammar schools.
120 boys were invited to attend an audition and the standard was very high. – it was a difficult decision to select the lucky few who would go on to work on the professional production. Lord of the Flies is choreographed by Oliver Award –nominee Scott Ambler and adapted and directed by Scott alongsideMatthew Bourne. Now, 24 young men and boys from the North West have earned the chance to perform in Lord of The Flies from Wed 2 – Sat 5 April at The Lowry. Matthew Allen, 14 from Stockport, had no previous training before attending a Lord of the Flies workshop where he was spotted to attend the audition. “I couldn’t believe I had been chosen out of so many talented dancers.”
Julia Fawcett OBE, The Lowry’s Chief Executive, said “The Lowry offers the most extensive dance programme outside London, hosting the best of both British and international companies. We are proud that New Adventures, regular visitors to Salford, have chosen to open the tour of Lord of The Flies at The Lowry. We are committed, through our extensive dance training and outreach programmes, to finding and developing the best young talent. I am delighted that young people from the North West will have the remarkable opportunity to take to the stage with world-class professionals from New Adventures in this dance spectacular.”