10 May 2014

A young performer from Nechells will be swapping his studies for the stage when Lord of the Flies comes to Birmingham this May.

Seventeen year old student Khalid Daley has been picked to join the cast which brings together professional dancers and young male performers from the West Midlands. Khalid, who is in his second year of A Levels at Cadbury Sixth Form College, is combining rehearsals with revision as he will take his final A Level examinations this summer.

Currently rehearsing for the adaptation of William Golding’s classic novel, "Lord of the Flies", which is choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Ambler. Khalid said: “I didn’t realise how physically demanding the rehearsals would be. I’ve only really done dancing as a hobby before, but I really love the dance element.”

As well as studying A Level Drama and Theatre Studies, Khalid is also a member of Stage 2 Youth Theatre Company and has performed in a number of amateur productions, but this is the first time he will perform alongside professional dancers.

He said: “I can’t wait to perform on such a prestigious stage alongside experienced dancers who have been in West End productions. I am looking forward to getting into the theatre and seeing it from a performer’s perspective; I am usually in the audience at the Hippodrome!”

After his A Levels, Khalid hopes to gain a place at drama school and build a career in the performing arts industry.

Kathryn Hale, Drama and Performing Arts Teacher at Cadbury Sixth Form College, said: "Khalid is a fantastic student and is a credit to Theatre Studies at Cadbury College. Recent notable performances include Dysart in Peter Shaffer's Equus and Silence in the students' devised show. From the moment I met Khalid it was clear he had a passion for drama and I have no doubt that his determination will see him onto a West End stage following "Lord of the Flies". We wish him the best of luck for the future."

"Lord of the Flies" runs from Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th May 2014 at the Birmingham Hippodrome.