Local lads to shine at His Majesty’s Theatre

His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen.
His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen.

More than 80 young hopefuls have auditioned in Aberdeen for the chance to dance onstage with the illustrious Matthew Bourne dance company New Adventures at HMT.

The 24 successful young lads will perform in Matthew Bourne’s extraordinary adaptation of William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies, choreographed by Olivier Award-nominated Scott Ambler, at the city centre theatre from Wednesday, August 27, to Saturday, August 30.

The auditions were held over two days at The Lemon Tree before a panel consisting of tour director Alan Vincent, project co-ordinator for Scotland Natali Mccleary and executive director James Mackenzie-Blackman.

Not just an opportunity to perform on the HMT stage, the project is designed to allow the youngsters the chance to really become involved in the process of being a performer.

The dancers now face an intensive rehearsal period and will finally take the responsibility of performing alongside some of the best dancers in the UK, in a work co-directed by Britain’s most internationally acclaimed choreographer.

The search to find the 24 young dancers included several drop-in sessions at The Lemon Tree under the wing of locally- appointed Lord of the Flies ambassadors Laura Cherry and Miranda Sheehy.

Since then, the young dancers have been rehearsing weekly and will work intensively with Alan Vincent.

Commenting, Laura said: “It has been a very exciting project and we have seen some wonderful local talent.

“A few of our boys have either very little dance experience or no dance experience at all, so the next few weeks will be even more of an adventure!”

Lord of the Flies is a viscerally powerful new dance theatre production adapted and directed by Olivier and Tony award-winner Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler as part of Re:Bourne, the charitable education arm of New Adventures.

Tickets for Lord of the Flies at HMT are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.