Will your star ‘rise’ in Breadboy?

Tony Macaulay, author of Breadboy, relives his teenage bread round!


British Youth Music Theatre search for Breadboy and young people aged 11-21yrs for the next exciting 2022 Summer Season of new musical theatre

Following the huge success of the musical adaptation of Tony Macaulay’s internationally acclaimed memoir Paperboy, which had two sell-out runs (summer 2018 and 2019) at Lyric Theatre Belfast, British Youth Music Theatre (BYMT), the leading music theatre company for young people, is set to return with a musical adaptation of Tony Macaulay’s second memoir Breadboy. The production will run at Lyric Theatre 28 July- 31 July 2022 and BYMT is searching for the lead role of Breadboy as well as young musical talent to take part. You can book tickets for the show here

Teenage kicks and tatey bread: What Paperboy did next:

It’s Belfast, 1977. Elvis “The King” Presley is dead and a 14-year-old boy wearing Denim aftershave has just been appointed breadboy in the last Ormo Mini-Shop in the world, delivering bread to the residents of the Upper Shankill in Belfast on Saturday mornings. He’s all grown up now, so he is, and nearly shaving. The Bee Gees fill the airwaves, everyone is in love with Princess Leia, and Breadboy’s love of peace and pets is soon rivalled by his interest in parallel universes and punk . . . and girls, especially Judy Carlton who sits opposite him in chemistry.

Breadboy at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast 28th-31st July 2022

Specialising in creating brand new music theatre, BYMT work with leading industry professionals to offer unique opportunities and high-quality training for young singers, actors, dancers and musicians as well as emerging artists and stage technicians. Platinum selling singer songwriter Duke Special and Derry born stand up comedian Andrew Doyle will be part of an acclaimed creative team who will bring Tony Macaulay’s much-loved memoir, Breadboy, to life.

Auditions for Breadboy, and other productions running across BYMT’s 2021 summer season in locations across the, UK are:

30 January – Dublin – venue TBC

05 February – Derry / Londonderry, St Cecilia’s House

06 February – Belfast, Lyric Theatre

18 February – Spectrum Centre  Shankill Road, and Falls Road Leisure Centre, Falls Road

Note:  if required, auditions will be moved online in order to comply with government covid guidelines.

BYMT Executive Producer, Jon Bromwich, said:
“At BYMT we develop talent and grow creativity to the highest level, for our 2022 summer season we are looking for fierce actors, singers and musicians. BYMT offers young performers the rare opportunity to gain experience in a professional environment before entering the industry as an adult.”

Tony Macaulay, writer of Breadboy, added:
“Everyone involved in the musical adaptation for Paperboy was overwhelmed by the reception it received over the past two years. It was such a privilege to be part of this amazing project. The entire creative team especially the young cast were phenomenal. I am delighted that BYMT has decided to bring Breadboy to stage for their new season. I wish all those taking part in the auditions the very best of luck and look forward to meeting and working with the young cast in 2022.”

Singer-songwriter Duke Special commented:
“I am delighted to be involved in the next adventures of Tony Macaulay as Paperboy transforms into Breadboy.  Tony’s mind, as a 14 year old growing up in 1970s Belfast, is a glorious mix of reality, imagination and downright fantasy!  His muses may be the same as his slightly younger, paperboy self but this time he’s older, wiser and wearing Brut.  What could possibly go wrong?”

Composer Duke Special and author Tony Macaulay

For details on booking performer auditions, locations, musician auditions, audition fees, course fees and bursaries visit www.britishyouthmusictheatre.org/auditions or by phone 020 8563 7725. Visit website and social media for up to date information on audition plans.

About British Youth Music Theatre
BYMT is the UK’s largest commissioner of new music theatre. It’s a national charity supported by a range of trusts etc. It works across UK and Ireland providing high quality training for talented performers musicians aged 11-21, and stage technicians. Its aim is the personal and creative development of young people through the creation and performance of music theatre.

National auditions are held across the UK and Ireland resulting in 300 young people invited into the BYMT Company to take part in a 2/3 week residential course to work with professional creative teams to create 1 of 8 brand new musicals performed in professional venues.

Since 2003 Youth BYMT has created over 100 new musicals and trained over 8,000 young people including Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat, Call the Midwife, Doctors), Lauren Samuels (We Will Rock You, Love Story, The Waterbabies) and Jack Bence (Sherlock, Misfits, Bad Education).  Patrons include Zoe Wanamaker, James Bourne, Ed Sheeran and Peter Duncan MBE.

BYMT is a not-for-profit educational charity whose primary source of income comes from course fees.

Audition process

Audition fees are £45 per person. BYMT offers a reduced rate of £15 per audition for those in receipt of Pupil Premium.

Young people don’t need to have any experience or preparation. The in-person auditions are 3-hour group creative workshop with continuous assessment throughout, including singing, acting and dancing. There are 2  x 3-hour sessions 10am – 1pm and 2pm-5pm for young people 11-21 yr.

Please find more details here: https://britishyouthmusictheatre.org/auditions/actor-auditions/performer-auditions-faqs

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