A Project For Jonny


We are delighted to announce an exciting collaboration between Royal & Derngate and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne providing a unique training initiative in memory of dancer Jonathan Ollivier.

A year ago Jonathan tragically died and in response, the Ollivier family created an online fund to raise money for Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of New Adventures. These funds will be used to deliver a project for young people in Jonathan’s hometown of Northampton in collaboration with Royal & Derngate.

This Christmas, Royal & Derngate will host the European premiere of the five-time Tony winning show Peter and the Starcatcher in which audiences will be taken on an unforgettable journey through a Neverland they never knew. The production’s Movement Director is Tom Jackson-Greaves, who has a long history as a dancer with New Adventures.

To coincide with the show, Royal & Derngate and New Adventures & Re:Bourne will be working with young people from across Northamptonshire to develop a response piece under the leadership of two New Adventures & Re:Bourne dance artists. Their performance will draw on the pioneering choreographic language of New Adventures and the staging of Peter and the Starcatcher itself.

This unique response piece will be presented on Friday 16 December, complementing the evening performance of Peter and the Starcatcher.

This project is aimed at young participants aged 14-21 who may have little or no previous experience of dance, with a focus placed upon encouraging young men – too often averse to dance training.

For more information on how to apply to take part and work with renowned choreographers on A Project for Jonny, please email [email protected] or download and completed an application form and return to us by Friday 23rd September.

Peter and the Starcatcher premieres at Royal & Derngate, from Tuesday 29 November to Saturday 31 December before a national tour. Tickets, priced from £10 to £26, can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or visiting www.royalandderngate.co.uk.