Toby and the Chocolate Factory

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Toby and the Chocolate Factory thumbnailRathfriland boy, Toby Ferguson, who will perform the lead role of Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

STANDING centre-stage under the glare of the spotlight while trying to remember dozens of lines isn't fazing Rathfriland schoolboy Toby Ferguson.

The nine-year-old is set to star as Charlie in the Banbridge-based E2A Inclusive Theatre Group's production of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' at the end of this month.

The well-known Roald Dahl book has been specially adapted by the group into a family-friendly pantomine, which will feature all the favourite characters, alongside a traditional pantomine dame.

Toby, who has been associated with the E2A for the past18 months, told The Outlook that he was very excited to land the lead role.

Toby's mum, Laura McKillion says it was through her volunteering with the group that Toby became interested in joining.

The P5 pupil at Iveagh Primary has already been on stage several times with the group, playing Kenickie in Grease and Dopey in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

But the November and December productions will be the first time that Toby will be the star of the show.

He has around 50 lines to learn and Laura says that he spends every night going over them.

“I already know the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so it makes it a little easier to remember the words," said Toby.

“I like the acting and the singing, but I think I like the acting better."

The show will also include local rock band Aces and Eights NI, who are providing live music at each of the shows.

For the first time they are bringing the show to Portadown Town Hall and Toby is looking forward to acting on a different stage as the "stage is deeper" and the "scenery comes down from the roof".

The shows in Portadown Town Hall take place on 30 November and 1 December and tickets cost 10 per adults and 7 concession.

The shows in Banbridge E2A Arts Centre on Newry Street, take place on 9 and 10 December. All shows have a 7.30pm start and on Saturday, 10 December, there will also be a matinee performance at 2pm.

Tickets for the Banbridge-based shows cost 8 per adult and 5 per concession.

All the proceeds from ticket sales are going back into the running of the group, so make sure you get your 'golden' ticket for a great night out. For bookings and more information see Facebook or email


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