Young performer earns chance in production by major choreographer

Matthew Bourne's Lord of the Flies.
Matthew Bourne's Lord of the Flies.
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Following a lengthy selection process, a north Northumberland teenager has been chosen from more than 300 auditionees as one of 16 to perform in legendary choreographer Matthew Bourne’s thrilling new production.

Andrew Davison, 17, from Seahouses, will now appear in Lord of the Flies in Newcastle later this year.

Over the summer, boys and men aged between 10 and 25 from across the North East were invited to attend one of several free workshops, including one at Alnwick Playhouse.

No previous dance experience was necessary, and more than 300 took part. Around 120 were then selected from the workshops for the final audition, which took place last month.

The opportunity was brought to the region by Newcastle Theatre Royal and Dance City in a unique partnership with New Adventures and Re:Bourne.

Lord of the Flies by Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Re:Bourne (the company’s charitable arm) is a thrilling new large-scale dance spectacular choreographed by Olivier-nominated Scott Ambler, adapted and directed by Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler, and based on the classic novel by William Golding.

Lord of the Flies appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Wednesday to Saturday, November 5 to 8. Tickets start at £11.50.