Chorley Youth Zone on a Mission to find star turn for London show

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 BUDDING actors and actresses from Chorley are being offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to star in a London stage show inspired by outer space. Talented teenagers aged 14-19 are invited to take part in public auditions at the Lancastrian Suite at Chorley Town Hall on Friday August 12 – with a role in a show called The Mission up for grabs for the winner. The talent search is a joint collaboration between Chorley Youth Zone and the Chorley Group.

 Participants will audition in front of a panel of judges, including Jim Cartwright, who wrote the hit play ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’. A shortlist of finalists will then be invited to perform an extract from The Mission as they compete for a one-off role in the show at the Greenwich Theatre, London, in September.

 Chorley Youth Zone chairman Andy Turner, who is also owner of the award-winning Chorley Group, said: “The idea for this came on the back of an email I received from my nephew, Jordan Turner, who recently formed his own theatre company, The Outbound Project.

“They devised a show called The Mission, which is described as ‘a fast paced, highly physical and sometimes amusing exploration of mankind's ruthless ambition and endless fascination with outer space’. “Earlier this year The Outbound Project won the Les Enfants Terribles Partnership Award, in association with Greenwich Theatre, which guarantees them a slot at a Pleasance venue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “They then ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money needed to cover the costs of putting on the show in Edinburgh, which the Chorley Group contributed to.

 “In return for our donation, Jordan offered us the chance to take a part in the show during its run at the Greenwich Theatre in September so, through our links with the Youth Zone, we decided to run a talent contest for budding actors and actresses from the Chorley area.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for any young people interested in theatre and the performing arts to play a starring role in a London production and we can’t wait to see what talent comes forward. “It’s open to anyone aged 14-19 and the Chorley Group will cover the costs of the winner’s trip to London.”

Auditions are set to take place from 9am on Friday August 12th and anyone interested in taking part is advised to contact Michelle Graham from Chorley Youth Zone via email to arrange a time slot.

Chorley Youth Zone, named by young people as ‘Inspire’ and delivered in partnership with Chorley Council, the Arts Partnership, Lancashire County Council and OnSide, will be a purpose-built facility for the borough’s young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities. It will be located on Railway Street, where The Arts Partnership and Leigh Arms currently stands and is expected to be completed in 2017. For more information visit Chorley Youth Zone’s website:

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