News: London Cast Announced for New Adventures & Re:Bourne’s Lord of the Flies

Thursday 11 September 2014 by Carmel Smith

New Adventures 'Lord of the Flies'

New Adventures has been touring the UK since April with Lord of the Flies , its latest production, based on William Golding’s novel. Next month it arrives in London for performances at Sadler’s Wells from 8 – 11 October.

In each town or city the show goes to, the cast are joined by young dancers from the local community, in an innovative scheme organised by Re:Bourne, the education wing of Matthew Bourne’s company. At Sadler’s Wells, New Adventures Ambassadors and the theatre’s Creative Learning team worked with 900 boys and young men in primary and secondary schools, colleges, youth groups and community organisations across London between May and July. 130 workshop participants were invited to the final selection audition on 19 July, at which the cast of 22 young performers was selected. The group, aged between 10 and 23, have varying levels of experience including some with very little dance training.

The selected performers who will appear at Sadler’s Wells are: Jared Irving (10), from Islington; Toby Winfield Robinson (10) and Meshach Henry (17) from Sutton; Daiki Matsuoka (11) from Barnet; Ross Black (11) from Leatherhead; Malachi Ashley Welch (12) from Richmond; Nate Leung (12) from Peckham; Samuel Varley (13) from Radlett; Cameron Macgregor (14) and Joey Barton (17) from Southwark: George Littell (14) from Banstead; Brett Sewell (15) from Redhill; Sean Patrick Barton (15) from Elmbridge; Ed Munro (16) from Stoke Newington; Sean Monroe (17) from Thatcham; Tarik Msaouri (17) from Enfield; Alexander Young (18) from Chelmsford; Sam Baskett (18) from Roehampton; Francis Lovehall (19) from Croydon; Ricardo Walker (19) from Hackney; Aston Joshua (21) from Ilford; and Kurt Nagy (23) from Wandsworth.

Jared Irving says: “I’ve enjoyed meeting new people and learning new dances. I like the movement we do and also making new friends. I’ve never been in a production before so I am really enjoying it.”

The non-professional performers join the cast of New Adventures dancers, including Sam Archer, Ross Carpenter, Luke Murphy, Sam Plant, Philip King, Danny Reubens and Dan Wright. Layton Williams and Jack Hazelton will be making their debuts with the company.

Lord of the Flies is choreographed by Olivier Award-nominated and long time company member Scott Ambler, who developed and directed the show with Matthew Bourne. It features set and costume design by Olivier Award-winner Lez Brotherston and music by Terry Davies.

Tickets for the shows at Sadler’s Wells sold out almost immediately – but there are a few left for an extra matinee show which has been added to the run on 8 October.

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