West End stardom for three Uckfield dancers

The Uckfield dancers
The Uckfield dancers

Two sisters from Uckfield and a girl from Piltdown have joined the West End cast of international award-winning show, Billy Elliot the Musical.

Uckfield-based Deborah Lamb Theatre Arts told the Express that Lauren and Freya Woods, from Uckfield, and Cally Callaghan, from Piltdown, perform as ballet girls alongside the central character of Billy Elliot in Mrs Wilkinson’s ballet class.

Mrs Wilkinson’s ballet girls feature throughout the show as the children’s ensemble, accompanying Billy on his dancing journey.

Lauren, 13, attends Uckfield Community Technology College. She said: “My passion is dancing and being on stage in the West End is a dream come true.”

Freya, ten, from Little Horsted School, who plays the youngest dancer, said: “I am so excited about my first performance and I am thrilled that all my teachers want to come and see us too.”

Cally, 12, attends Hurstpierpoint Colllege, She explained: “I am delighted to be in my second West End show as I love to perform. Billy Elliot is an a amazing musical and I am enjoying playing the character of a ballet girl.”

Cally, Lauren and Freya have trained at Deborah Lamb Theatre Arts gaining examinations in ballet with The Royal Academy of Dance and Modern and Tap with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. They have competed at dance festivals winning many medals and cups and perform locally at fetes with Debs Dancers.

Based on the Oscar-nominated film, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story of one boy’s dream to realise his ambitions against the odds. It had its world premiere at the Victoria Palace Theatre in March and has now been seen by more tthan 9.5 million people worldwide.