When Sir Matthew Bourne’s production of Lord of the Fliespremiered in Glasgow in 2011, 15 local boys from disadvantaged communities took to the stage alongside eight professional dancers from Bourne’s company New Adventures. Not only had the Scottish lads not danced before, but most of them had never even set foot in a theatre previously, and for some it was a life-changing experience.

The production has since toured the UK, and everywhere it has been presented local boys have...

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