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Richmond Park Academy student to star as his own character in Matthew Bourne’s ‘Lord of the Flies’

posted 6 Oct 2014, 09:53 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 21 Oct 2014, 00:24 ]
Out of the several thousand that auditioned, RPA student Malachi (12) has been selected by Matthew Bourne’s dance company, New Adventures, to take part in their production of William Golding’s classic novel ‘Lord of the Flies’ at Saddler’s Wells Theatre from 8 - 11 October.

Year 8 student Malachi, who wants to be an architect, has been dancing since he was two years old. He is no stranger to the West End stage having played characters such as the Lion King’s young Simba at the Lyceum Theatre. Therefore, when New Adventure came to RPA Malachi was thrilled at the opportunity his secondary school was able to offer.

Malachi comments: “Dancing is my passion. When I dance everything goes out of my head and I love being ‘in the zone’. New Adventure came to RPA to hold the auditions because of the reputation of my secondary school’s dance department. So it was really exciting for me and the other boys to get to audition for such a massive and well respected dance company.”

The first audition was a dance and creative workshop held at RPA’s newly refurbished drama hall just before the summer holidays. Malachi and three other Year 8 boys were then invited to a second round of auditions. The boys had to create their own characters, who they would then dance as alongside the professional dancers playing the main characters from ‘Lord of the Flies’.

Out of over 900 boys that auditioned, Malachi, dancing as his character James Mavrick, will be live at Sadler’s Wells this October. This is a huge achievement, particularly as his preferred dance style is ‘Street Dance’, Bourne’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ being a contemporary production.

Malachi adds: “We were driving across London when I got the call; I was screaming, my mum was screaming and crying in the car; I was just so thrilled, delighted and excited.” Since landing the part to play his own character, which will mean being live on stage for 1.5 hours at each show, Malachi has had to work extremely hard, attending rehearsals every weekend and after school. But as he says, he is still managing to juggle all his school work!

Lesley Kirby, Richmond Park Academy’s Headteacher, comments: “We are extremely proud of all of our students at RPA. Malachi is a shining example of just how talented the young people under our care are. He is an extremely modest and humble young man and represents just how wonderful young people can be. This is such a fabulous achievement.” All of Malachi’s fellow Year 8s will be there on open night to support their friend and classmate, as well as RPA staff and, of course, Malachi’s family.

Malachi concludes: “I am extremely lucky to have such supportive and encouraging parents, who go above and beyond by taxiing me around to auditions, rehearsals and shows; and who are always at every performance I do. My sisters are amazing too. To have the opportunity to do something you love is the best thing in the world, and I want to thank my family for all they have done.

Doing contemporary dance is a new experience for me; I’m quite nervous but I am just going to enjoy every minute of it; I’m going to live it up!”

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