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NEWS: Casting announced for Bourne’s Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies - New AdventuresNew Adventures and Re:Bourne are delighted to announce casting for the forthcoming national tour of a thrilling new large-scale dance spectacular production of LORD OF THE FLIES, choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Ambler, adapted and directed by Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler, based on the classic novel by William Golding.

LORD OF THE FLIES is a rare and distinctive collaboration that brings together professional dancers with young people, many of whom who have never danced before. The success of the production is mutually reliant on a unique partnership between some of the UK’s most exceptional dance talent alongside local people chosen from each city and region the show visits.

The professional company includes New Adventures dancers Sam Archer as ‘Maurice’, Luke Murphy as ‘Sam’, Dominic North as ‘Ralph’, Sam Plant as ‘Piggy’, Alastair Postlethwaite as ‘Eric’, Danny Reubens as ‘Jack’ and Dan Wright as ‘Roger’. Making their New Adventures debut’s in this production will be Layton Williams as ‘Simon’ and Jack Hazelton. The young people cast in the production will be unique to every region and will be announced for each individual venue shortly.

Sam Archer (MAURICE) created the rôle of Edward Scissorhands for New Adventures, The Pilot in the 2010 revival of Cinderella and most recently played The Prince in Swan Lake in the sell-out season at Sadler’s Wells this Christmas. He is also an accomplished Musical Theatre performer (Mary Poppins, Oklahoma!).

Luke Murphy (SAM) recently returned from New Adventures 10 week USA tour of Sleeping Beauty in which he played four different rôles. He has also appeared in The Car Man, Nutcracker! and the original cast of Edward Scissorhands

Dominic North (RALPH) has performed in more New Adventures productions than any other dancer and most recently created the rôle of Leo in Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty (a rôle he re-created on BBC TV on Christmas Day last year). He originated the rôle of Ralph in Glasgow in 2010.

Sam Plant (PIGGY) created this rôle in the original production. He has also appeared in Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands and Nutcracker!

Alastair Postlethwaite (ERIC) Alastair was most recently seen New Adventures’s 2012 revival of Play Without Words. He has also appeared in Swan Lake and Nutcracker! He was also featured in the BBC series as a finalist in So You Think You Can Dance

Danny Reubens (JACK) Most recently seen as Count Aubrey in Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Danny has also performed in Nutcracker!, Edward Scissorhands and Swan Lake.

Dan Wright (ROGER) was most recently seen as the evil Dr Dross in New Adventures’ Nutcracker! He has also been seen in The Car Man and as the creepy brother, Vernon in Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

Layton Williams (SIMON) made his professional stage debut as the title rôle in the West End hit musical “Billy Elliot”, the first mixed race actor to do so. He has since appeared on TV in two series of BBC2’s “Beautiful People” and can currently be seen as ‘Stephen Carmichael’ in Jack Whitehall’s hit BBC comedy “Bad Education”.

Jack Hazelton makes his professional debut with New Adventures having recently graduated from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

MATTHEW BOURNE said today “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 very first time. I am delighted also to welcome Layton and Jack to the New Adventures family. They will be joining an outstanding company of dancers from the New Adventures company who will inspire and nurture the young casts in each of our 13 participating cities. I look forward to an exciting, and for some, life-changing year ahead”.

The action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre. A group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around they start to make their own rules and create their own civilisation, before order breaks down and the story builds to an electrifying climax.

Golding’s legendary characters Ralph, Piggy, Jack and the boys will be brought to life with raw energy and emotional intensity.

Devised and directed by Olivier and Tony award winner Matthew Bourne, choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Ambler and featuring set and costume design by Olivier Award-winner Lez Brotherston, music by Terry Davies, lighting design by Chris Davey and sound design by Paul Groothuis. Touring Directors are New Adventures principal dancers Adam Galbraith and Alan Vincent.

This production is supported by Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Wales in addition to other major trusts and donors. Originally commissioned by Glasgow Theatres, part of Ambassador Theatre Group.

LORD OF THE FLIES will open at the Lowry Theatre, Salford on 2 April 2014. Full tour schedule and details attached. www.new-adventures.net/lordoftheflies

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