Video: Elvis impersonator among Norwich participants in X-Factor-style screen test

An Elvis impersonator, a boy who likes dancing, and a man who wanted to draw to music, are among the eclectic range of people who have already taken part in a special film project in the city.

Screen Test Norwich draws its inspiration from Andy Warhol's Screen Tests of the 1960s and The X Factor, and aims to celebrate the diversity of people living in Norwich.

It is being produced by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in partnership with the Forum Trust and Future Radio, and until April 19 people can go to the BBC Voices studio at the Forum and create a 'living portrait'. All you have to do is choose music that best represents you and react to it in front of the camera.

Filming began yesterday, and Norwich-based performance duo Smalls-Murray, who interview each person before their moment of fame, said they had already had a great mix of people taking part. Smalls said: 'It is an exciting way to celebrate the people of Norwich. You can never predict what people are going to tell you and what they are going to do in their performances. We have had people doing all sorts of incredible feats and also people who wanted to just sit in front of the camera.'

Yesterday, Andy Merritt, 30, from Nelson Street, Norwich, chose Integration by Venetian Snares.

'I decided to get involved on the spur of the moment. I decided to draw while the music was playing. It is a really interesting project – a portrait of people listening to their favourite music.'

Musician Rebecca Burman, 38, from Rosebery Road, Norwich, sat on a chair while a Sibelius Violin Concerto played.

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'I love the concept of the project and I decided to get involved despite hating the camera. I think it is really interesting to see how everybody reacts differently to their piece of music,' she said.

Her son George, six, chose John Lee Supertaster by They Might Be Giants for his music.

Bertie Dive, five, from Buxton Road, Norwich, chose the song Fireflies by Owl City. He said: 'I chose the song because it is fun and good for a boogie.'

Elvis, also known as 40-year-old Mark from Norwich, said: 'I chose Suspicious Minds as my song because I have got some groovy moves I like to perform to it.'

A selection of the screen tests will be shown at Fusion in The Forum between May 9 and 21.

People can just turn up for their screen test. Filming takes place today from 3pm until 8pm, tomorrow and Saturday from 11am to 8pm, Sunday from 4pm until 9pm, Monday from 11am until 8pm, and Tuesday from 11am until 6pm.

• NNF11 runs from May 6 to 21. You can book online at, by phone on 01603 766400 or at the Norwich Theatre Royal box office

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