Sunday, July 29, 2012

Meet the teenage dancer who starred in the Olympics Opening Ceremony

18 year old Jasmine Breinburg from Deptford in south-east London took the starring role of June in the final dance sequence at Friday night's Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Her character June went on a journey through the last five decades of British music which culminated in her kissing a boy, played by 19-year-old Henrique Costa, who found her mobile phone.

Jasmine went to an open audition for dancers with 20 of her classmates from The BRIT School.

"I started getting taken out to do drama workshops too, like how I interact with people and stuff like that. I had never really done any acting before, just dancing."

After several auditions she was told she had been given a central role. She said she was not however aware of how big her part was going to be.

"It wasn't really put across like that. I knew I had an important role but I didn't realise the extent of it. A lot of it was kept confidential as well.

"It only really dawned on me in the dress rehearsals but even then, we knew we were just one section in a number of routines."

She who now plans to go back to college to finish her A Levels, which suffered as a result of her extensive dance commitments.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Private Peaceful new pics

Check out the new poster for Private Peaceful, a feature film based on the 2003 novel by the award-winning children’s author, Michael Morpurgo.

The story follows the journey of two brothers from childhood growing up in a rural English village, all the way to fighting in France during WW1 – a tragic, surprising and moving tale.


George MacKay (represented by Gordon and French) stars as Tommo, Alexandra Roach (represented by Troika) as Molly, and Jack O'Connell (represented by Conway Van Gelder) as Charlie.

Private Peaceful is due to be released in the UK in October 2012.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Misfits Series 4


Check out the first pic of the new recruits to Misfits in their orange jumpsuits! As first revealed on Screenterrier, Karla Crome joins the award-winning E4 series as Jess, and Liverpudlian Nathan McMullen as Finn. Jess has X-ray vision whilst Finn is telekinetic. They're picture with the only original remaining cast member Curtis played by Nathan Stewart Jarrett and Series 3 arrival Joe Gilgun. Matthew McNulty also returns.


Matt Stokoe also joins the cast as the mysterious barman Alex, and later in the series there is another new arrival, Abby, played by Natasha O'Keeffe (Lip Service). Plus Shaun Dooley will play the new probation worker Greg who has anger issues.

The 8 x 60 min series produced by Clerkenwell Films will transmit on E4 later in 2012.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

First look at Jack Whitehall's Bad Education



Here's a first look at Jack Whitehall, the writer and star of BBC Three's new comedy Bad Education, surrounded by his pupils played by Charlie Wernham, Layton Williams, Ethan Lawrence, Nikki Runeckles, Kae Alexander, and Jack Binstead.

Jack plays Alfie, the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system and is a bigger kid than the kids he teaches. The teacher your kids would love but parents would hate!

The show also stars Mathew Horne as Fraser, the school’s headmaster, who tragically longs to be as cool as Alfie. He's the teacher who just wants to be everyone's 'best mate' and is prone to massive and very public mishaps. Sarah Solemani  plays Miss Gulliver. She is the school biology teacher and the apple of Alfie’s eye. She cares deeply about the school and the students. Michelle Gomez plays Pickwell, the deputy head. She is an ‘old school’ teacher and can’t stand the other younger teachers. She's a disciplinarian who wants Creationism put back on the syllabus and would prefer a school without children at all!

Bad Education is co-written with Freddie Syborn, produced for BBC Three by Tiger Aspect, and coming to BBC Three in late August.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Truth or Dare

Screenterrier posted the casting call for indie pyschological thriller Truth Or Dare, back in November 2010, and then full casting details here.
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Now Truth or Dare is coming to cinemas on 6th August 2012, and on DVD & Blu-ray from 27th August 2012!

Five teenage friends are taken hostage by a vengeful psychopath and forced to play a party game with life-or-death consequences.

First look at the three stars of God Help The Girl

Here's a first look at all the three stars of Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch's first feature film, God Help The Girl, which is currently shooting in Glasgow.

Olly Alexander stars as James. Emily Browning as Eve, and Skins star Hannah Murray as Cass.

The picture was posted by director Stuart Murdoch on his Twitter.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Game of Thrones Series 3 young cast announced

The new young cast members who are joining acclaimed HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones were announced last night at Comic Con in San Diego.

22 year old Thomas Brodie-Sangster (represented by Curtis Brown) will play Jojen Reed, a mysterious and enigmatic young man who becomes an important ally to Bran Stark (played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright). Thomas has been acting since he was a child, with an illustrious CV including the first Nanny McPhee, Nowhere Boy and Some Dogs Bite. He recently starred in the lead role of a young boy dying of cancer in Death of a Superhero.

22 year old Ellie Kendrick (represented by Curtis Brown) will play Meera Reed, the eldest daughter of Howland Reed and a staunch Stark loyalist. Meera and her younger brother Jojen seek out Bran Stark to protect him on his hard journey north. Ellie starred as Anne Frank in the 2009 BBC adaptation of  The Diary of Anne Frank, and has appeared in Being Human and  Upstairs Downstairs.

13 year old Kerry Ingram (represented by Robert Kelly Associates) is to play Shireen Baratheon, the only child of Stannis Baratheon. An avid reader, she escapes her lonely life through myths and stories – her books are her most treasured possessions. Kerry was one of the original Matildas and won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2012, she also has a small role in the upcoming Les Miserables feature film.

Hollyoaks star Nathalie Emmanuel (represented by A&J Management) joins the cast as Missandei. Originally from the peaceful island of Naath, Missandei was sold into slavery as a child, along with her brother. She received education in various languages and became a translator to the slave trader Kraznys in Astapor. Nathalie landed her first role on the professional stage at the age of 10 when she starred in the original London cast of The Lion King, playing Young Nala. She then went on to play the role of Sasha Valentine in Channel 4's popular soap, Hollyoaks.

Season 3 of Game of Thrones is due to premiere in March/April 2013.

For the rest of the new cast news (including Diana Rigg) and all the latest updates on Game of Thrones make sure you visit WinterIsComing.net

Friday, July 13, 2012

Daniel Radcliffe to star in Horns

Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in a supernatural thriller called Horns from Red Granite Pictures, to be directed by Alexandre Aja.

Horns is based on the best-selling cult novel by Joe Hill and has been adapted by 'In Treatment's Keith Bunin.

Daniel will play Ig Perrish, the prime suspect in the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend. Hung over from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his head. Their power drives people to confess sins and give in to selfish impulses - an effective tool in his quest to discover the circumstances of his girlfriend's death and for exacting revenge.

“After reading Joe Hill's cult book, I couldn't resist temptation to dive into the devilish underworld and reinvent a universal myth," director Aja said. "Horns is a wild ride of sin and crime, with a love story in its heart."

Daniel Radcliffe recently starred in the supernatural thriller The Woman In Black.

Filming is set to begin this autumn, Shia LaBeouf was previously attached to the role.

Murder

Misfits newcomer Karla Crome stars alongside Skins actor Joe Dempsie in Murder a new drama coming to BBC 2 co-created by Robert Jones and Kath Mattock, the writer/producer team behind the BAFTA-winning series Buried.

Sisters Coleen (Karla Crome) and Erin (Lara Rossi) have an intense and volatile relationship. All they have is each other. They meet Stefan (Joe Dempsie) who is passing through town, hours later one of them is dead. All we have to go on is what the two survivors tell us. Who did it? And why?

Murder will tell the fictional story of the brutal killing of Erin, a young woman found dead one night inside the flat she shares with her sister Colleen, played by rising British star Karla Crome. The chief suspect is quickly identified as a young war veteran, Stefan, who had come back to the flat to drink and play a game of "spin the bottle" with the girls. But as a succession of characters and witnesses, including Stephen Dillane as the barrister prosecuting the case, give testimony straight to camera, the shocking events surrounding the death are revealed.

Lara Rossi (represented by United Agents) plays Erin, with another Misfits star Lauren Socha as Deena and newcomer Darren Campbell as Coleen’s boyfriend, Heskett Jupp.

Filmed in Nottingham, Murder is directed by Danish Birger Larsen, who directed The Killing and will be broadcast on BBC2 next month.

Misfits star joins The Mortal Instruments

Misfits star, Irish actor Robert Sheehan has been cast in The Mortal Instruments, a film adaptation of City of Bones, the first novel in US author Cassandra Clare’s popular urban fantasy series.

He will play the central role of a vampire named Simon, the boyfriend of lead character Clary, in the franchise which US producers hope will emulate the success of the Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games franchises. 

Sheehan joins Lily Collins who stars as Clary Fray, British actor Jamie Campbell Bower who has been cast as Jace Wayland, and French actress Jemima West as Isabelle Lightwood.

‘City of Bones’ tells the story of Clary Fray who finds herself in a supernatural world when she visits a club called Pandemonium, and witnesses a murder. Following this event her mother, Jocelyn, is kidnapped by a man called Valentine. She then calls on those who she saw at the club, and asks them to help her. 

News of Sheehan’s casting was announced by author Cassandra Clare on her blog. Clare said following Sheehan’s screen test: “When I talked to Jamie and Lily yesterday it was about who we thought was the absolute best, the most Simon-y Simon, and fortunately we all agreed. Y’all know I am a big ‘Misfits’ fan, so you should not be surprised to know that I’m ecstatic that our Simon is: Robert Sheehan. You may know him as Nathan. He’s totally cute and adorable and hilarious, and his chemistry with Lily and Jamie is off the charts. I’ve wanted him for Simon for ages so I am pretty much totally and entirely happy."

The film is to start shooting in Toronto next month with a release date set for August 2013.

Meet the newest Misfits star

Misfits returns to E4 this October/November and the final new face joining the cast is Matt Stokoe, who will play Alex.

He will be joining original cast member Nathan Stewart-Jarrett , Series 3 arrival  Joe Gilgun, and the previously announced Karla Crome as Jess, and Nathan McMullen as Finn.

Alex is described as the sexiest guy on the estate. He is super good looking, all the girls fancy him but for some reason he is very stand-offish, he doesn't seem interested in girls. Everyone reads this as being extremely suspicious and suspect it's power related....

Matt (represented by Ken McReddie Associates) graduated from Warwick University 2010 and previously performed with the National Youth Theatre. He will also be seen in upcoming feature The Dyatlov Pass Incident.

Series 4 of Misfits is due to be broadcast in October/November on E4.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Agency looking for young leading talent

Famous Five set for a TV comeback

Award-winning production company Kindle Entertainment are set to bring Enid Blyton's classic childrens book series, The Famous Five, back to our TV screens.

Kindle, the production company behind Leonardo, Some Dogs Bite and Dustbin Baby, will co-produce a new TV series based on the books, with Hachette Books who have acquired the rights to the Enid Blyton literary estate (excluding Noddy).

The reimagining of Blyton’s much loved children’s stories, in which four young children and their dog have adventures while on school holidays, is planned as a family series, rather than a kids-only show, with Kindle targeting the early Saturday primetime slots filled by the likes of Doctor Who and Merlin.

The pilot follows tomboy George, now a modern girl, tand her dog Timmy, being transported back in time to Kirrin Bay in 1954 where she meets the rest of the gang. Through each episode George will gradually learn more about Uncle Quentin’s mysterious experiments before all is revealed. The series, currently being developed by scriptwriter Gareth Roberts, will include a number of adventures based on Blyton’s original plots

If a broadcast deal is struck, each of the 21 books will make a 45-minute standalone commercial hour, allowing channels to run it as a 13x45 minute or 26x22 minute series.

2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of the first of The Famous Five books, Five on a Treasure Island.

Melanie Stokes, founder and co-director of Kindle Entertainment, said: “The Famous Five is one of the most successful children’s books series of all time, loved by three generations across the globe. We are over the moon to have the opportunity to bring these stories to life for today’s audiences. Kindle Entertainment prides itself on producing fresh and imaginative programming that engages children and adults alike. With this year being the 70th anniversary of The Famous Five it’s the perfect time to introduce a fresh new take on these much-loved adventurers.”

Anne McNeil, publisher for The Famous Five, added: “All of us who love these books feel that the Five belong to us—that we know them; that we could be them. This innovative and creative proposal will allow new fans to share our excitement, as they are introduced to familiar characters and settings, shown through the eyes of a contemporary George. Blyton’s sense of adventure lasts for ever.”

Other upcoming productions from Kindle Entertainment include The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby, a modern retelling of the Charles Dickens classic for the BBC.

First look at Saoirse Ronan in How I Live Now


Filming is underway in Wales on Kevin Macdonald’s adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s multi-award-winning novel How I Live Now.

Saoirse Ronan was cast in the lead role back in December and here's a first look at her on set as Daisy, the teenage New Yorker sent from New York to England to spend a summer with cousins she has never met.

The film also stars George Mackay as Edmond, Tom Holland as Isaac and 10 year old Harley Bird as Piper.

How I Live Now will shoot for eight weeks in England and Wales with an anticipated release in 2013.

First look at Eve in God Help The Girl

Here's a first look at Emily Browning, who stars in the lead role of Eve, in Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch's first feature film, God Help The Girl, which has just started shooting in Glasgow.

The musical film revolves around Eve who has had a troubled past and a stay in hospital, but gradually finds her feet as she lets Cass and James into her life.

After originally holding an online casting call for the three main roles, they subsequently went to Emily, along with Skins star Hannah Murray as Cass, and Olly Alexander as James.

The picture was posted by director Stuart Murdoch on his Twitter.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Filming starts on The Dumping Ground

CBBC returns to The Dumping Ground care home for children but this time without its long-standing star Dani Harmer as Tracy Beaker. The new drama will be continue to be based in Elm Tree House, the care home from Dame Jacqueline Wilson's famous books.

Life continues at The Dumping Ground in a new spin-off series for many of the regular cast from Tracy Beaker Returns, who are back in Newcastle filming the new series from today.

Amongst those returning are Jessie Williams as Lily, Kia Pegg (from the Nottingham Television Workshop) as Jody,  Jessica Revell (represented by Robert Kelly Associates) as Elektra, Joe Maw (represented by PHA) as Johnny, Amy Leigh Hickman (represented by Mark Jermin Management), Mia Sasha Mckenna-Bruce (represented by Robert Kelly Associates) as Tee,  Miles Butler-Houghton (represented by Robert Kelly Associates) as Tyler, Daniel Pearson (represented by Kreative Talent) as Rick, and Noah Marullo (SRA Agency as Gus.

Long-suffering Connor Byrne returns as Mike and Kay Purcell as Gina, along with some new faces still to be revealed.

Gina Cronk, the show's executive producer, said: "It's very exciting to be opening a new chapter in the history of the Dumping Ground. The drama, fun and excitement that the audience loved from Tracy Beaker will be back!"

The Dumping Ground will feature Nick Sharratt's illustrations alongside the live action, just like the Tracy Beaker series.


Dani Harmer is currently in Northern Ireland filming her new series for CBBC, Dani's Castle.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Skins star joins God Help The Girl

Original Skins cast member Hannah Murray has replaced Elle Fanning in Glasgow-based indie feature film God Help The Girl. 23 year old Hannah (represented by Troika) will play Cass the young outsider befriended by Eve and James.

24 year old Australian actress Emily Browning will play the lead role of Eve. The musical film revolves around Eve who has had a troubled past and a stay in hospital but gradually finds her feet as she lets Cass and James into her life.
Emily started acting at the age of 9 and her breakthrough role came at the age of 14 when she was cast as Violet Baudelaire in Lemony Snickets - A Series of Unfortunate Events. Last year she starred in Sucker Punch and Sleeping Beauty and she has a number of films in post-production including Summer in February alongside Dominic Cooper and Dan Stevens in which she plays the lead role of Florence Carter-Wood, and Magic Magic opposite Michael Cera.

Olly Alexander (represented by Curtis Brown) is still expected to play the role of James, as announced back in April.


God Help The Girl, which originally held an online casting call for the three main roles, is written and directed by Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch and is due to start shooting in Glasgow on the 16th July.

Friday, July 6, 2012

My Fat Mad Teenage Diary

A brand new series is coming to E4 this autumn adapted from the novel by Rae Earl, My Fat Mad Teenage Diary.

Scottish actress Sharon Rooney (represented by Mark Jermin Management) leads the cast, starring as 16 year old Rae, a a fat, funny girl from Lincolnshire who, despite an eccentric mother and her own mental health issues, has a huge lust for life, love and trying to get laid.

Sharon, in her first major TV role after an early career of comedy theatre and stand-up, is joined by a raft of fresh young talent, many of them newcomers.

Jodie Comer (represented by Independent Talent) from Liverpool, who last year appeared in BBC drama series Justice, plays Rae's best friend, the beautiful and popular Chloe.


Major lust interest Archie is played by newcomer Dan Cohen (represented by Galloways), who graduated from Arts Ed drama school in 2010.

Nico Mirallegro from Manchester, who was one of this year's Screen International Stars of Tomorrow plays fit-but-knows-it Finn. Nico (represented by The Rights House), who appeared in Hollyoaks and Upstairs Downstairs, stars in the up-coming Stone Roses movie Spike Island, as done another My Fat Mad Teenage Diary cast member Jordan Murphy. Jordan (represented by Troika) plays Chop, the joker in the friendship group.

Another newcomer, 16 year old red-head Ciara Baxendale (represented by Linton Management) plays the sweet and innocent Izzy. Caira, from Lancashire, appeared in Jane Horrock's Little Cracker as did a fellow My Fat Mad Teenager Diary cast member, Sophie Wright from Doncaster, who played the young Jane Horrocks herself. Sophie (represented by Sylvia Young Agency) plays Rae's fellow hospital  patient Tix.


Sophie Watson (represented by Linton Management) plays the young Rae.

Adapted from Rae Earl's real-life diary and book of the same name, the series is written by Tom Bidwell, a previous alumnus of Channel 4's talent scheme Coming Up, and Oscar-nominee for his short film Wish 143.

The series is directed by Tim Kirkby and Ben Caron, and is a Tiger Aspect production. My Fat Mad Teenage Diary is currently shooting in and around Elstree Studios, and will start on E4 in late autumn.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby

Shooting is underway in Belfast on a modern reworking of the Charles Dickens classic novel  for the BBC called ‘The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby' with a cast of mainly Northern Irish actors.

23 year old Andrew Simpson (represented by United Agents), best known for starring opposite Cate Blanchett in ‘Notes on a Scandal’, takes the lead role of Nick.

Produced by double BAFTA-winning production company Kindle Entertainment and directed by David Innes Edwards, the five-episode series will focus on lead character Nick, who investigates corruption in care homes for the elderly.

The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby has been updated to reflect concerns and questions about modern Britain, so Dickens’ exploration of corruption within private boarding schools is transposed to care-homes for the elderly. Just as Dickens did, the drama invites the audience to reflect on how the vulnerable suffer when the pursuit of profit is valued more than human kindness.

25 year old Northern Irish actress Jayne Wisener (represented by Hamilton Hodell) plays Nick’s beautiful younger sister Kat.

Kindle Entertainment’s 21st century Nick Nickleby is a hot-headed but caring, young man. After his father’s death and the family farm is repossessed, Nick travels to London with his batty old mum (Bronagh Gallagher) and gorgeous, younger sister, Kat, to seek help from rich Uncle Ralph (Adrian Dunbar), the owner of a chain of high profile care homes. Nick is packed off to work in one of the care homes in the North, where he befriends and rescues Mrs Smike, a mouthy but somewhat confused old lady (Linda Bassett), who is appallingly mistreated by Wackford Squeers, the care home supervisor. And so begins Nick’s journey, in which he fights corruption, rescues his sister from the lascivious intentions of his uncle’s dubious business partner, falls in love with the self-possessed, single mum Maddy and is finally able to claim back the family farm.

London-based newcomer Caitlin Joseph (represented by Waring & McKenna) who graduated from Manchester University in 2010, plays Maddy Bhray, the girl Nick falls for.

The rest of the cast includes Bronagh Gallagher, Adrian Dunbar, Linda Basset and Jonathan Harden.

Liam Keelan, Controller BBC Daytime: ‘Nick Nickleby is a very clever reworking of the Dickens classic. Whilst retaining the wit of the original story, it has a contemporary feel, which l’m sure will prove extremely popular with our viewers.’

Filming is scheduled to wrap on July 25th and the series is scheduled to air on BBC One in a daytime slot in Autumn 2012.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Open auditions in Glasgow

An opportunity for those looking to step in front of the camera emerged this week in Glasgow as Scotland’s multi-award winning Bad Pony Media Ltd/Bad Pony Television/Bad Pony Media Films announced an all day open casting in Glasgow.

Giving the opportunity for all ages* to impress as well as network and pick up information on everything from acting workshops to casting agencies in Scotland - Bad Pony Media’s senior producers will hold auditions at Glasgow’s stylist cocktail bar and restaurant The Bath Street Pony, 207 Bath Street , Glasgow from 10am – 4pm on 11th July 2012. The event will culminate with a short press conference and media presentation, which will include an exclusive “sneak peek” of Scotland’s first fully interactive multiplatform channel, Bad Pony TV™

*Over 18's.

Male 1
Age Range : 18-25
He is fearless and loyal to his family but in contrast he has a deeper side and secretly wishes to better his life. He is by far the quietist member of the family but he is unafraid of confrontation. There is more to this character than what meets the eye.

Male 2
Age Range : 18-22
Outrageous and emphatic, eighteen year old who is best friend of the main character. Outside of school hours they spend all their time in each others company - usually on the Internet looking at gadgets (as they share an interest in technology). At first glance they are seen as a couple. Polite and well mannered, He is always falling over things or getting into accidental situations that can prove dangerous. He can be over dramatic about the smallest thing and very vocal about how he feels.

Male 3
Age Range : 18-25
He is a nice, trendy, fit and down to earth guy. His boy next door looks and quiet charm
make him an attractive character to audiences despite his criminal activities. He is calm, fair and loyal to those he cares about, and a genuinely good person. Family orientated he usually puts others first at the expense of his own needs. Mark works alongside his cousin, his best, his Dad. He gets stressed out easily.
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If you can not make the open auditions you can email a CV to : casting@badponymediagroup.co.uk

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bristol Open Casting for Feature Film

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BRISTOL OPEN CASTING FOR FEATURE FILM - CHILDREN AGE 10 - 12

ABC casting is looking for three 10 - 12 year olds for a new taster tape, for a feature film, funded by the BFI.

We're looking for Bristol and close surrounding area based children, who fit any of the following descriptions.

We shall be doing an open casting this coming Sat 7th July from 2 - 5pm at  
Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY http://www.hamiltonhouse.org/

If you feel your child fits the breakdown, please bring them along on Sat. We request it's just 1 adult per child, and that you come along just between 2 - 5 on Sat afternoon. We'll be getting them to read a few scenes, and go on camera.

Please spread the word! There is no need to bring anything, just turn up!



CASTING BREAKDOWNS


Billie (Female)

11 years old. Working class tomboy. All accents considered but particularly interested in girls from Bristol and surrounding areas. Fiercely intelligent and adventurous with a fierce appetite for life and its challenges.

The lead character and emotional heart of the film.

Playing age  10 - 12
Height          Any
Ethnicity       Any

Brian (Male)

11 years old. All accents welcome but particularly interested in boys with Bristolian/South West accents. A young man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. He takes life very seriously. Hugely intellectual and old before his time.

Leading role.

Playing age   10 - 12
Height           Any
Ethnicity        Any

Winkle (Male)

11 years old. A young Rhys Ifans. A quirky, off beat boy who sees everything from an alternative perspective. One day he'll be into rock music and smoking weed but right now, he's just a hilarious young boy. All accents welcome but particularly interested in boys with Bristolian accents.

Leading role.

Playing age    10 - 12
Height            Any
Ethnicity         Any



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