The search is on for Bury St Edmunds’ star performers

Jacqui Laidler, Hazel Jackman, Margaret Guy, Susan Ward and Karen Simpson in the Theatre Royal, in Bury
Jacqui Laidler, Hazel Jackman, Margaret Guy, Susan Ward and Karen Simpson in the Theatre Royal, in Bury
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The hunt is on for Bury St Edmunds’ star performers with the return of the town’s annual talent competition.

The winning solo act or group who triumphs in Bury’s Got Talent 2017 will scoop a £1,000 prize and the contest is open to anyone who lives within a 20 mile radius of the Theatre Royal.

The competition is in its third year and is organised by the Theatre Royal Supporters Group in aid of the theatre.

In the past two years it has raised more than £13,000.

Organiser Jacqui Laidler said: “When we first had this idea, it seemed like the perfect fit with the theatre, giving the opportunity to everyone, 10 years and over, to apply to take part and be in with a chance of winning the £1,000 prize.

“We’ve been very fortunate that anonymous benefactors have generously donated the prize money in previous years.”

Contestants will compete in heats on June 27, 28 and 29 at Conservatoire East.

The final is at the Theatre Royal on July 9.

Guitarist Sam Chapman, who won the inaugural contest, said: “Participating in Bury’s Got Talent was a brilliant experience and gave me an opportunity that I never had before to perform.”

Dancer Chandi Brading, who won last year, added: “Since winning my confidence as a dancer has grown and I’m now planning on auditioning for the Royal Ballet School in London.”

For an entry form, visit www.theatreroyal.org and enter Bury’s Got Talent in the search bar. The deadline for entries is May 8.