MALE dance and drama students at Havering College could be heading for a whole new adventure in Matthew Bourne's Lord of the Flies production at Sadler's Wells.
Eleven students have taken part in a workshop which may lead to them dancing alongside professionals in a contemporary ballet re-telling William Golding's classic story about a group of abandoned boys.
Lord of the Flies ambassador for London, freelance professional dancer Shaun Dowell, visited the Havering College Ardleigh Green Campus in Hornchurch, Greater London, to search for dancers for the show which will take place this October.
After putting the students through a challenging programme of creative exercises, Shaun said he was "impressed".
He said: "We did a lot of creative work and they were brilliant. With these students we would like to see quite a lot of them again."
The students have been invited to 'open call auditions' before a final round of auditions from which the 24 performers will be cast. They will dance alongside professionals.
Adapted and directed by Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler, Lord of the Flies was first created in Scotland as part of a project to encourage boys into dance.
It was so successful that Bourne's company New Adventures and its education arm Re:Bourne decided to roll the programme out to other cities, including London where it will run at Sadler's Wells from October 8th-11th.
Shaun said: "We have a different cast of upcoming performers who dance alongside the professionals in each of the regional shows. It gives them the opportunity to have an experience they would never really have had without the project. We want a really vibrant mix of people from between an age range of ten and 22."
Among those taking part in the Lord of the Flies workshop was Adam Sainsbury, 21, from Romford.
Adam, who is on the HNC Performing Arts (Dance) course having progressed from a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance, said:" I found the workshop a lot of fun. The character exploration work really helped me with the facial expressions.
"It would mean so much to me to have the opportunity to take part in Lord of the Flies and to be associated with a company like Matthew Bourne's would be amazing."
Classmate Daniel Lindsay, 18, from Barking said: "I have always looked up to Matthew Bourne and been inspired by his choreographic pieces. To take part in Lord of the Flies would be a dream come true."
Havering College holds Artsmark Gold status from Arts Council England in recognition of its commitment to, and excellence in arts education.