|(L-R) - Kevin Kabeya, Wilson Bahati, Damian Collins, Tanaka Gobere, |
Cameron Thorpe, Brandon Devlin and Hamze Hasan.
Currently in year six, the children will play the role of evacuees and village children and will have one line in the final scene in which they will say together with the rest of the cast “Now, Peter, now!”. They will make seven separate appearances in each show and each appearance is for around five minutes.
The final seven were selected from a group of 20 gifted and talented Aldermoor Farm students who recently attended a series of workshops at the Belgrade to learn more about acting and other careers in the performing arts industry. The workshops included a script writing session, an acting session, a presentation on set and costume design and a behind the scenes tour of the Belgrade.
Tracey Metcalf, Deputy Head Teacher at Aldermoor Farm commented, “The children were beside themselves with excitement when they found out they were going to be playing the evacuees in Goodnight Mister Tom and we’re all extremely proud of them all for making such an impression on the theatre to have been asked to take these small parts. In the past few weeks we’ve all been very busy completing the acting licenses and getting the boys measured for their costumes, but they have all loved every minute.”
Set during the dark and dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows the journey of William Beech, who is evacuated to the English countryside and builds a remarkable friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is summoned back to London by his mother.
The Aldermoor Farm children will be appearing on stage alongside actor Oliver Ford Davies as Tom Oakley, who will be most known to film audiences as Sio Bibble in the three Star Wars prequels: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, and to television audiences as Peter Foxcott QC in Kavanagh QC.
Tickets for Goodnight Mister Tom are available now from the box office on 024 7655 3055 or via http://www.belgrade.co.uk/ priced from £9.25 to £13.25, with concessions available.