Teenager to appear in Lord of The Flies show

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A Todmorden teenager has been chosen to appear in the prestigious production of Lord of the Flies at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre between December 3 and 6 next week.

Oliver Crossley, 15, is one of 22 talented young men from Yorkshire who will take to the stage alongside dance professionals in a rare and distinctive collaboration.

The prodigy earned a place in Matthew Bourne’s thrilling production after experiencing a gruelling recruitment process which was lead by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Access & Education Department.

The youngster’s hard work has paid off, though, as he will now perform alongside dancers from the UK’s most in-demand contemporary Dance/Theatre touring company New Adventures.

The show, based on the novel written by William Golding, presents an unforgettable opportunity for the successful applicants, all of whom are aged between ten and 22 years-old.

Mr Bourne said: “Lord of the Flies is a project never before mounted on the large-scale.

“This unique collaboration between my production company, New Adventures, and charity, RE:Bourne, will enable thousands of young people and their families across the country to experience dance at close hand, and for many, for the first very time.

“I look forward to an exciting, and for some, life changing year ahead.”

The succsess of the production is mutually reliant on a unique partneship between some of the UK’s most exceptional dance talent alongside local people chosen from each city and region the show visits.

Evening performances at the theatre start at 7.30pm and matinees are Thursday 2pm and Saturday 2.30pm.