Local lads springing into action for theatre debut

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If you see local lads Adam Tipping and George Jennings around town, they’ll be easy to spot – chances are they’ll be sporting broad smiles.

The pair have landed roles in one of the most prestigious dance shows taking place in the North West this year – Lord of the Flies, at the Lowry Theatre.

Adam Tipping

Adam Tipping

More than 600 people auditioned for 24 parts, so it’s fair to say Adam and George did incredibly well to get chosen.

Indeed George did particularly well because aged just 10, he is the youngest person in the entire cast.

The Bispham Endowed pupil got into dancing through the Royal Ballet’s Primary Steps scheme, when the company came into eight primary schools in Blackpool and did a six-week workshop.

“George just loved it, showed a natural flair for it, and at the end he was selected to go to weekly dance classes,” said proud mum Jackie.

“It’s not easy – ballet is tough and he has to do exercises every day to strengthen his stomach muscles and stretch his legs.

“But he adores it and so
 to land this part is a dream come true for him.

“It is his first professional performance and it will stand him in good stead for next year when he’s planning to audition to go to the Royal Ballet School in London.

“Goodness knows where he gets his talent from, mind – it’s certainly not from my husband or I, we’ve never done anything like that.”

The man behind Lord of the Flies is Matthew Bourne, pretty much the top man when it comes to ballet and dancing in this country, which makes landing the role even more special.

George will be joined by fellow Blackpool performer Adam, who is 19 and in his 
second year of a musical theatre degree at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

“I am really buzzing about being involved and to be honest I’m still in shock about it – you don’t expect to get selected from 600 hopefuls,” he said.

“It’s a big confidence boost for me, number one because I’m not the most confident person out there and never have been, and secondly 
because I’ve not actually been dancing that long.

“Most children start very young but I didn’t decide I actually wanted to do this until A Levels really.

“So it’s hard auditioning against people who’ve been performing all their life but I suppose this shows I’m doing something right.”

Lord of the Flies comes to The Lowry in Salford from Wednesday, April 2 to 
Saturday April 5.

Tickets starting at £20 are available from www.thelowry.com.