Callum takes flight in Matthew 
Bourne’s Lord of the Flies production

Following a challenging audition process Ariel East Grinstead Academy student, Callum McCabe has gained a place in acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne’s latest stunning dance project, Lord of the Flies.

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Callum, 11, from Forest Row, has been an Ariel student for two years and has a passion for dance and all aspects of performing.

Matthew Bourne OBE is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer and director and celebrates over 25 years of creating and directing dance for musicals, opera, theatre and film.

Callum will be part of the cast for the Canterbury production, which will take to the stage at the Marlowe Theatre from September 24 to 27.

Ariel East Grinstead Principal, Karen Brown said: “We are all delighted for Callum. We know he has been a Matthew Bourne fan for years since seeing his renowned Swan Lake, so it’s fantastic that Callum’s hard work and dedication has paid off.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Callum to work with a professional ballet company.”

Callum, who is home schooled by his mum Kim, came to dance under interesting circumstances. His sister Cara was taking ballet lessons and one day his mum had to rush off leaving Callum at the back of the class to watch. Invited to join in, Callum loved the excitement and physicality of dance.

Six months later he took RAD grade 4 ballet with his sister and then decided to join her in her tap and modern dance classes too.

Lord of the Flies brings to life William Golding’s classic novel transferring the action from deserted island to deserted theatre.

A group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around they start to make their own rules and create their own civilisation, before order breaks down and the story builds to an electrifying climax.

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures has produced some of the most successful dance theatre productions of the past 25 years, including Swan Lake, Nutcracker!, Cinderella and last year’s sell out hit Sleeping Beauty.

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