Twinkle toes will tread the boards

Nathan Crowther, 12, will appear at The Lowry alongside Joseph John Boyle, pictured below, and Rocky Serg Widdowson

Nathan Crowther, 12, will appear at The Lowry alongside Joseph John Boyle, pictured below, and Rocky Serg Widdowson


Three Chorley boys proved they had all the right moves to secure roles in a prestigious dance show.

Rocky Serg Widdowson, 17, Nathan Crowther, 12, and Joseph John Boyle, 12, have been chosen to appear in the premier of Lord Of The Flies at The Lowry in Salford.

They were among just 24 boys and men selected from 600 hopefuls who took part in workshops and auditions in an outreach programme by The Lowry to find the best fresh dance talent in the region.

They will dance alongside professionals from New Adventures from Wednesday, April 2 to Saturday, April 5.

Joseph, a pupil at Holy Cross RC High School, has danced for several years and was in the English Youth Ballet production of Swan Lake at Preston Charter Theatre in April last year.

Joseph, who hopes to become a dancer in the West End, said he was “very excited” about the show.

He said: “New Adventures is the leading contemporary dance company in the world and the choreographers are world renowned, so to be chosen to work with them and perform for them is a real honour and very prestigious.

“I feel that I will learn a lot and improve my dancing by participating in the production of Lord of The Flies.”

Nathan, from Coppull, loves dancing but has never had any formal training.

The St Michael’s CE High School pupil said: “I was so happy and honoured to have been chosen as one of the boys, especially as I have had no previous dance experience and so many boys auditioned.”

Rocky, from Withnell, attends Cardinal Newman College in Preston and has started the audition process for the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

He said: “The things I enjoy most about dancing are the freedom that comes with it and how I am able to express my inner-most emotions and feelings through movement.”

The show will be choreographed by Olivier Award-nominee Scott Ambler and adapted and directed by New Adventures’ artistic director Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler.

It is being delivered by New Adventures with its charitable arm RE:Bourne, who work to find and develop the next generation of dance-theatre professionals.

Performances will be held at 7.30pm from Wednesday, April 2 to Saturday, April 5, as well as at 1,30pm on Thursday, April 3 and 2pm on Saturday, April 5.

Tickets cost between £20 and £30.




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