Published: 22/05/2014 17:00 - Updated: 22/05/2014 14:13

Quick look at Lord Of The Flies

Lord Of The Flies rehearsal at Eden Court earlier this week. Picture: Gary Anthony
Lord Of The Flies rehearsal at Eden Court earlier this week. Picture: Gary Anthony

The Inverness version of the show - including Highland guys who have been training for weeks - will be opening at Eden Court on Wednesday.

Take a look at what to expect with this trailer filmed earlier in the tour when Matthew Bourne's New Adventures company took Lord Of The Flies to Salford. 

HIGHLAND boys – including some who have never danced before – will star alongside professional dancers from one of the UK’s most exciting dance companies at Eden Court next week.

In award-winning West End director Matthew Bourne’s Lord Of The Flies, the boys will be transformed from schoolboys to murdering savages in the show that’s been called raw and intense.

After workshops across the Highlands and an audition, the boys have been rehearsing and on Monday started working with the New Adventures company professional dancers taking lead roles.

With Chris Cowie (left), Gordon Manson (second left) and Tyler Paul-MacLean. Pictures: Gary Anthony
With Chris Cowie (left), Gordon Manson (second left) and Tyler Paul-MacLean. Pictures: Gary Anthony

Gordon Manson (11) of Torr Gardens, Dores, said: “I’ve never done anything like this before, but I like doing new things and trying things out.”

Sean Quinn (13) from Badachro went along to one of the project’s dance workshops at Gairloch High School.

“I’d never danced before, but I enjoyed it and thought I’d go along to the auditions and see what happened.”

But joining the show is also a great opportunity for youngsters like Finlay Gordon (13) of Sinclair Park, Smithton.

He said: “I want to go to college to do musical theatre.”

Finlay Gordon (centre). Picture: Gary Anthony
Finlay Gordon (centre). Picture: Gary Anthony

William Golding’s original story starts with a group of schoolboys washed up on an island after a plane crash, though Matthew Bourne has transferred the tale to a background of civil unrest and a deserted theatre where the boys turn savage as order breaks down.

At the first full rehearsal this week at Eden Court, a group game broke the ice before the local boys and the professional dancers started work on the show’s opening where the boys march on stage in orderly lines.

Gordon had said earlier: “The marching hurts your feet!”

Finlay had heard of the show’s director Matthew Bourne – best-known for his production where male dancers replace ballerinas in famous ballet Swan Lake. His show Highland Fling was staged at Eden Court by Scottish Ballet last year.

Finlay said: “The most exciting thing about doing this is being in one of Matthew’s productions – he is such a big name in theatre and doing it with the professionals and the other boys is good. I do panto too, but most of that is more girly dancing.”

Fingal Cowie (left in green) with twin Chris (centre). Picture: Gary Anthony
Fingal Cowie (left in green) with twin Chris (centre). Picture: Gary Anthony

Twins Chris and Fingal Cowie (11) from Geddes outside Nairn have been in other shows before – Fingal in Nairn’s panto and Chris appeared in Scottish Ballet’s Hansel & Gretel and Ballet Lorent's Rapunzel at Eden Court last year.

With less than a week to go before the show opens on Wednesday (May 28), Chris said he understood why rehearsing has to be hard work.

“It’s a really professional company so they have to keep up their standards!”

Fingal – who swapped dance for drama a while ago – said: “Something clicked inside me and I thought ‘I want to do that’. It’s a big dancing thing, but you have to act as well and get into the mindset of who you are as a character.”

Both boys will have Cawdor Primary School classmates in the audience next week.

Chris said: “We are quite excited about that and so are they!”

Tyler Paul-MacLean (11) from Culbokie’s primary pals will be coming too and Dan Corr (12) from Davis Drive, Alness, said his English class will also be there.

Dan Corr from Alness (centre) Picture: Gary Anthony
Dan Corr from Alness (centre) Picture: Gary Anthony

Dan said: “I’ve been telling people it’s seven hours a day and they go ‘Whaaat?’, but they don’t understand – we get breaks so it’s just like a school day.”

But Dan admitted he probably wouldn’t have had the courage to go for the show if the initial dance workshop at his school hadn’t been a compulsory class.

“It was part of a PE lesson and I really liked it, but I wouldn’t have tried it if I didn’t have to!”

And he admitted there had been a bit of stigma about being involved in dance.

“Certain people at school have been giving me a hard time about it.”

Tyler Paul-MacLean (second left), Fergus Russell (third left) and Sean Quinn (fourth left front). Picture: Gary Anthony
Tyler Paul-MacLean (second left), Fergus Russell (third left) and Sean Quinn (fourth left front). Picture: Gary Anthony

Tyler – whose dancing prowess has already earned him the title “Culbokie’s Billy Elliot” – said people had also gone on about his dancing in the past.

“But who cares, it’s what I like!” he said.

Hit film and musical Billy Elliot is set in the 70s when young wannabe ballet dancer Billy battles prejudice to live his dream.

Sam Plant in yellow top (centre) with the rest of the Inverness Lord Of The Flies cast. Picture: Gary Anthony
Sam Plant in yellow top (centre) with the rest of the Inverness Lord Of The Flies cast. Picture: Gary Anthony

Sam Plant – a professional dancer who has been with the New Adventures company for 11 years – is now 30, but remembers it could be tough as a boy with a passion for dance.

“At primary school a lot of friends were into football and sport – I was too and enjoyed it – but it was difficult to say you also liked dance.”

Sam – who plays smart but tragic Piggy – hopes that a new generation of boys will be inspired by their experience to believe dance might be for them.

“One boy who took part in the original Glasgow project three years ago is now auditioning for vocational dance schools and it would be great if Lord Of The Flies project lads were one day taking our places.”

Lord Of The Flies is at Eden Court from Wednesday (May 28) to next Saturday (May 31).

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