Youth ensemble announced for Lord of the Flies

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Matthew Bourne and creatives decide on the local cast.
Matthew Bourne and creatives decide on the local cast.

After an extensive workshop and audition process, 23 boys from across Victoria have been chosen to form the Young Ensemble in the forthcoming production of Lord of the Flies being presented at The Arts Centre in Melbourne.

The ballet has been created by UK choreographer Matthew Bourne and his UK-based New Adventures company in collaboration with his charity, Re:Bourne. An Australian exclusive, the ballet is based on William Golding’s classic novel. New Adventures dancers Dominic North, Luke Murphy and Dan Wright will be joined by six Australian professional dancers: Jordan Bretherton, Shay Debney, Damian Meredith, Taylor Scanlan, Kyall Shanks and Patrick Weir.

The Young Ensemble, ranging in age from 10 to 25, have been discovered through a large-scale and state-wide grass-roots community outreach program across Victoria, including Leongatha, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Mildura, Beaconsfield and Cranbourne as well as metropolitan suburbs including Blackburn, Box Hill, South Yarra, Brunswick West, Preston, Reservoir, Hoppers Crossing, Edithvale, Dandenong North, Oakleigh, Hampton Park, Hampton, Mentone and Bentleigh East.

Re:Bourne is the charitable arm of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. Founded in 2008 the charity delivers projects, training, courses and productions to find, develop and inspire the next generation of dance-theatre professionals. Since its inception the charity has delivered over 800 workshops, 50 projects and worked with over 15,000 young people and emerging artists in the UK and overseas.

'Lord of the Flies' will run from April 5-9.

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