Local boys scoop leading roles in ‘Lord of the Flies’ dance show

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Two local lads have been selected to perform in the dance spectacular ‘Lord of the Flies’ at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow next month.

The boys - John Selkirk (11) and Roderick Gilkison (11) - have earned the opportunity to perform with Matthew Bourne’s renowned dance company, New Adventures, in the anticipated return of this show which is based on the classic book by William Golding.

John, a pupil at St Joseph’s Primary School in Milngavie, and Roderick, who attends Glasgow Academy, will be part of a cast of 22 males aged between nine and 25 from Glasgow and the surrounding area who beat off competition from over 160 young hopefuls when they took part in workshops in the past few months.

Roderick had done streetdance classes but his main interests are acting and singing - he features in several episodes of the new TV series Outlander and has previously appeared on stage with Jason Donovan in ‘Queen of the Desert’.

John, who goes to Vivace Theatre School classes, had never danced before but was picked because he showed raw talent in the open sessions.

This unique concept, which allows local talent to collaborate with professional dancers, was spearheaded by ATG Glasgow’s Creative Learning team in 2011.

Glasgow dance ambassadors Hayley Earlam, who has been working with schools to find and nurture local talent, said: “A lot of the boys who’ve never experienced dance before have flourished into enthusiastic performers. It’s a great privilege to help people realise their potential. We’re so impressed by the progress made by all the boys and when the show is on we will be standing in the wings crying with pride.”

Lord of the Flies is choreographed by Olivier award-nominee Scott Ambler and adapted and directed by New Adventures’ artistic director Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler.

The show runs from June 11 to 14.