Call for artistes to showcase their skills in first ‘Bury’s Got Talent’ contest

Mark Westley Photography'Launch of Bury's Got Talent competition at The Theatre Royal Bury, Jacqui Laider Claire Austin, Susan Ward, Hazel Jackman and Vivien Gainsborough Foot members of Theatre Royal Supporters Group. ANL-150402-235916009
Mark Westley Photography'Launch of Bury's Got Talent competition at The Theatre Royal Bury, Jacqui Laider Claire Austin, Susan Ward, Hazel Jackman and Vivien Gainsborough Foot members of Theatre Royal Supporters Group. ANL-150402-235916009
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Singers, dancers, musicians, magicians and other dazzling artistes are being urged to showcase their skills in the first Bury’s Got Talent content.

The Theatre Royal Supporters’ Group is organising the competition to find the stars of Bury St Edmunds with the chance to win £1,000.

Jacqui Laidler, who came up with the idea and is a member of the group, said: “Maybe there’s a choir out there that could do with boosting their funds, someone who’s running a band or it could be a 10-year-old singer that comes along. We’re hoping we can get a nice variety and nice age range.”

They aim to get enough interest to have a selection of 36 acts go through to the heats which will be held at Conservatoire East at West Suffolk College on June 9, 10 and 11.

They will be judged by a panel including Karen Simpson, director at the Theatre Royal, and Nick Wells, entertainment and events manager at The Apex. Up to four from each night will be put through to the final on July 5 at the theatre and organisers are lining up a ‘celebrity panel’.

Entrants must be aged 10 or over and have to live within a 15 mile radius of the theatre (post code IP33 1QR). They have to apply by March 31 and entry forms are available from www.theatreroyal.org – enter Bury’s Got Talent in the search bar.

Entrants should create a DVD of their act to accompany their application. Tickets for the heats and final are available from the theatre. Funds raised from this initiave will benefit the venue.