Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures has revealed its latest venture, ‘BOURNE TO DANCE‘.

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Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures has revealed its latest venture, ‘BOURNE TO DANCE‘ – which is a podcast that will be available via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Amazon Music. The first show will launch on International Dance Day, Thursday 29 April 2021.

BOURNE TO DANCE‘ will give listeners an exclusive insight into the world of dance from a variety of perspectives, and each episode will see New Adventures Resident Artist, Paul Smethurst interview a range of people with a passion for dance. The first episode will feature an interview with Tony & Olivier Award-winning New Adventures Artistic Director Sir Matthew Bourne, with further episode dates and guests for the first series of ‘BOURNE TO DANCE‘ below:

Thursday 29 April – Sir Matthew Bourne OBE
Thursday 6 May – Ashley Shaw
Thursday 13 May – Brenda Emmanus
Thursday 20 May – Layton Williams
Thursday 27 May – Kane Husbands
Thursday 3 June – Paule Constable

Ashley Shaw has been a principal dancer with New Adventures since 2010. Her dancing roles range from Cinderella in ‘Cinderella‘ (2010-11 and 2017-18), Princess Sugar in ‘Nutcracker!‘ (2011-12), through to Aurora in ‘Sleeping Beauty‘ (2012-13 & 2015-16), Kim Boggs in ‘Edward Scissorhands‘ (2014-15) and Lana in ‘The Car Man‘ (2015). Ashley originated the role of Vicky Page in the world premiere of The Red Shoes (2016-2017). Shaw was the winner of The Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Modern) 2018.
Brenda Emmanus OBE comes from a long career in national television and radio, from being a familiar face on ITV’s ‘This Morning‘, and a regular presenter of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Specials with Kirsty Wark. Most recently she has worked for the BBC as an Arts, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent, and was awarded an OBE for services to Broadcasting and Diversity in 2019, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts in 2020.
Layton Williams began his career at the age of 12 playing the title role of Billy in the West End production of ‘Billy Elliot‘. He made his debut TV appearance as Kylie in the BBC comedy ‘Beautiful People‘ and he was a favourite in the comedy series ‘Bad Education‘. His subsequent credits include appearing in ‘The Car Man‘ and ‘The Lord of the Flies‘, as well as playing Jamie in ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie‘, Seaweed in the 2018 UK Tour of ‘Hairspray‘ and Angel in the London and UK Tour production of ‘Rent‘.
Kane Husbands is Artistic Director of The PappyShow – a theatre company dedicated to diverse approaches to visual narratives with movement training at the heart of their practice. For the company he has directed ‘BOYS‘, ‘GIRLS‘, ‘CARE‘ and ‘Wait til the End‘.
Paule Constable is an Olivier and Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer who is an Associate Artist of New Adventures, and whose work with the company includes ‘Swan Lake‘, ‘The Red Shoes‘, ‘Sleeping Beauty‘, ‘Romeo and Juliet‘, ‘Dorian Gray‘ and ‘Play Without Words‘. Her National Theatre credits include ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time‘, ‘Follies‘, ‘Angels in America‘, ‘War Horse‘ and more.
Paul Smethurst joined New Adventures in 2005 and has worked for the company as a dancer, character principal, dance captain and rehearsal director. Paul is the strategic and creative lead on all of New Adventures’ projects with Children, Young People and Communities.



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