Actor flies nest in big tour role

Blackpool actor Anthony Roberts as Piggy in Lord Of The Flies
Blackpool actor Anthony Roberts as Piggy in Lord Of The Flies
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Moving with his family from Scotland to Blackpool, Anthony Roberts hoped to make it as a singer on Blackpool’s cabaret circuit.

But disillusioned, he ‘fell out of love’ with singing and ended up winning a place on the acting degree course at Blackpool And The Fylde College, graduating last summer.

This week, he’s back in the North West as Piggy (pictured) in the national tour of a new production of Lord Of The Flies, at The Lowry in Salford.

“I’ve done little things since graduating, but it was more glorified am dram, which you have to do to start, then this came along and I couldn’t believe it,” the 23-year-old said.

“It was so competitive, at the last call back I was recognising people I was up against from TV as quite famous.

“I was in the Layton Rakes [pub] when I got the call. I had spoken to my agent that day and she called me back.

“The whole table went quiet and I started crying - then called my mum and she started crying too.”

Anthony’s parents Robert and Christine had long talked of moving to the resort, and when he decided to try out working the cabaret scene, they moved too, and have lived here for the past eight years.

After The Lowry, Anthony’s got a five-week break, then the tour resumes until March - and he’s in the final cut for another role.

“I don’t want to jinx myself and talk about it,” he said. “Lord Of The Flies has been a massive break for me, a lead role in a UK number one tour.”

This week’s performances will see Anthony’s parents in the audience, joined by a coach load of his mum’s tennis club friends, college friends and his agent, from Red Door - the adult arm of Blackpool’s Scream Talent.

“We’ve done the show 92 times, so having people in keeps you on your toes,” Anthony said. “It keeps you engaged and excited as it can be so repetitive. The nerves will make me switch on.”

n Lord Of The Flies, The Lowry, until Saturday.