The Nominees are…us!

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We are thrilled to learn that two of the major projects we have been involved in over the past twelve months have been nominated in the UK Theatre Awards 2014.

The UK tour of Cape Town Opera’s Show Boat, co-produced with Wales Millennium Centre, is up for Best Touring Production. The show was a major undertaking in bringing Cape Town’s full premiere opera company of performers, orchestra, technical and administrative staff over to the UK from South Africa but the result was breathtaking. Mark Shenton wrote in The Stage, “It’s rare indeed to see a musical produced on this sort of scale and even more extraordinary to hear one both sung and played so beautifully”.

International Dance Festival 2014, co-produced with our partners DanceXchange is nominated for the Achievement in Dance Award. The month long festival sees the city transformed into a hub of dance and performance as international companies from across the world descend on Birmingham for productions, workshops and experiences in both Theatre spaces and public areas. To find out more about IDFB click here.

To find out more and see a full list of nominees click here.

Local young talent dance alongside professional stars…

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Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

After months and months of rehearsal, the week is finally here where twenty two young men and boys from Birmingham, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Tamworth, Wolverhampton, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull, Coventry and Leicester will take to the stage to dance alongside professional dancers from Matthew Bourne’s renowned dance company, New Adventures’ in Lord of the Flies.

These Midlands based performers, aged from 10 to 20 years old, have stood out among over 300 young hopefuls who have taken part in workshops and auditions over the past few months as part of Birmingham Hippodrome’s ongoing Hippodrome Plus projects, this time finding the best male dance talent in the region, even encouraging those who have never participated in dance before.

The twenty two young cast members are; William Cornish, 18, from Solihull; Khalid Daley, 17, from Birmingham; Jacob Goodchild, 17, from Telford; Brad Guest, 17, from Wolverhampton; Dereece Leigh-Gayle, 17, from Halesowen; Declan Lewis, 16, from Dudley; Harry Ondrak-Wright, 16, from Wolverhampton; Callum Osbourne, 18, from Wolverhampton; Zach Parkin, 16, from Tamworth, Ben Powney,17, from Solihull; Hugo von Fragstein, 20, from Stratford-Upon-Avon; Louis Williams, 17, from Leegomery; Christopher Wilson, 17, from Hockley; Tom Hammond, 10, from Tamworth; Ethan Daly, 13, from Tamworth, Jack Dolaghan, 11, from Birmingham; Joel Fassard-Jones, 12, from Leicester; Fenton Lockley, 11, from Birmingham; Enrique Ngbokota, 11, from Elmhurst School in Birmingham; Harvey Powell, 12, from Coventry; Nat Sweeny, 11, from Moseley and Alexander Joe Townsend Love, 13, from Leicester.

Break a leg to all of the cast and don’t miss your chance to see this extraordinary event this Wed-Sat. For more info & tickets click here.