Sam takes the lead in Bolton Octagon show

Sam Ramsay is making his professional debut in The Winslow Boy at The Bolton Octagon

Sam Ramsay is making his professional debut in The Winslow Boy at The Bolton Octagon

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An aspiring actor from Chorley has made his professional debut in a Bolton show.

Fourteen-year-old Sam Ramsay, who attends St Michael’s CE High School, has landed the lead role in the Bolton Octagon production, The Winslow Boy, directed by David Thacker.

Based on a true story, the drama tells of the unexpected return of Ronnie Winslow, who returns home from the Osbourne Naval Academy, after supposedly stealing a five shilling postal order.

Talking to the Chorley Guardian, proud mum Stephanie Jones said: “There are three boys playing the role over different nights.

“It has been a tremendous experience for Sam.

“David Thacker is an incredibly well respected director, and it has been really good for him to work with professionals. He has learnt a lot from them already.

“He does a lot of acting with St Michael’s, and he does want to go into it now.”

The student is working alongside actors including Christopher Ravenscroft and Christopher Villiers in the production, and has been inspired to further his acting career.

Sam, who is in Year Nine, said: “It is a wonderful experience at such a young age.

“Working with a professional director and actors has been very enjoyable, a great learning experience and I hope to do it again in the future.”

As well as impressing his family and friends, Sam has also received a fantastic response from his performing arts teachers.

Janet Cunningham, head of performing arts at St Michael’s CE High School, said: “For a young man who has been fully involved in the performing arts throughout his time at St Michael’s, I am delighted that Sam’s talents have been recognised and wish him every success in this production.

“I am sure that this is just one more step along his journey into a successful career in musical theatre”.

The Winslow Boy runs from March 29 to April 21. Sam played the part of Ronnie on Friday, and will appear again on April 17, 19 and 21.

To book tickets, ring the Bolton Octagon on 01204 520661, or visit www. octagonbolton.co.uk.