Video: Young Norfolk performers needed for Matthew Bourne adaptation of Lord of the Flies

16:03 28 May 2014

Local dancers learn the moves at one of Matthew Bourne

Local dancers learn the moves at one of Matthew Bourne's Lord of the Flies workshops which will lead onto the auditions for some of them to perform alongside the professionals. One of the workshops taken by Scooby, left, at the Gararge. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Young performers are being put through their paces for a chance to star in a new dance production based on classic novel Lord of the Flies.

What some of the boys think about the project

• Zachary Fisher, 15, from Mattishall

“I wanted to get involved because my life-long dream is to be an actor and I want to take every opportunity.

“We have been doing the scene where the boys start fighting each other with sticks, and have been doing a choreography motif of attack and defence.

“I think the story is a bit like the Hunger Games, with everybody going tribal. It’s great to see so many people getting involved in the workshops.”

• Jack Jarvis, 11, from Saxthorpe

“I have read half of the book (Lord of the Flies) and so far it is really interesting. I like the angry survival aspect of it. We have been doing attack and defence choreography and I have learnt a lot and improved my dancing.

“I would be overjoyed to get a part in the show because it would be amazing to perform in such a massive theatre as the Theatre Royal.”

• Dominic Lawrence, 11, from Aylsham

“It has got me really interested in dance. When I saw the video about the show I thought it was really interesting.

“We have been doing some defence moves and attack moves in beat to some songs. It would be great to be in the production and learn lots of new dance moves.”

• Tiago Bamberger, 13, from Norwich

“We have been doing a stick scene, using sticks a bit like Lightsabers. It was really fun.

“The show looks really intriguing and it’s had very good reviews. I would love to be picked to be in the show.”

The William Golding story is being brought to the stage by New Adventures, run by renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne, and about 20 male performers from East Anglia are needed to join the touring professional cast when the show comes to Norwich Theatre Royal in November.

The successful 10 to 25-year-olds will be part of a stage adaption that sees the story’s setting transferred from the deserted island of the book to an abandoned theatre and follows a group of schoolboys who make up their own rules and develop their own civilisation without adults. The search is now under way for performers with free workshops currently taking place and auditions planned for September.

On Tuesday workshops took place with project ambassadors Cat Chapman and Scott ‘Scooby’ Atkins at The Garage, in Norwich.

The budding performers taking part, who did not need previous dance experience, were given an introduction to Lord of the Flies, a glimpse of the production, and the opportunity to explore characterisation and performance techniques.

“We are looking for passion and enthusiasm. We have found boys that have never done anything like this before and they have really taken to the work,” Cat said.

The project is being run by New Adventures and its educational arm Re:Bourne. So far about 200 people have been involved in the workshops linked to the Norwich performances. They have been both open and school-based events, and the aim is for the project to work with more than 1,000 young performers.

There are Lord of the Flies workshops on: Friday, July 4 from 9.30am to 11.30am at the Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft; Friday, July 18 from 2pm to 4pm at Sheringham Community Centre; and late July or early August in King’s Lynn at a date and venue to be confirmed. The workshops are open to males aged 10 to 25. Anyone interested in taking part in a workshop should email

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