A PERFORMING arts school has organised a three-day workshop to give young people in Darlington the chance to perform the new musical version of Matilda.

Darlington Arts Academy will hold the three day workshop between April 11 and 13 at Hummersknott Academy, where children will put together their own stage show based on the classic book.

The workshop will end with a special performance on Saturday, April 13, which is open to performers’ families and friends as well members of the local community.

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The musical calls for children aged between six and 11 to play younger parts and young people aged 11 to 16 to play the teenage and adult parts.

The arts academy welcomes all children, regardless of performing experience and confidence.

The three-day workshop costs £40 and will include a range of performing arts activities themed around Matilda.

Previous workshops hosted by the Arts Academy include performances based around the West End shows Wicked and Les Miserables.

Rebecca MaGarvie, creative director of Darlington Arts Academy, said: “Since last summer we wanted to create a series of school holiday-based workshops for young people in Darlington, which would offer them a truly unique performing arts experience.

“For our Les Mis workshop we created a one-hour performance in just two days. This time, in three days we intend to produce a full-length performance with costumes, staging and lighting.”

To take part, parents can register their children at matildaworkshop.co.uk Tickets for the final performance are also available at £6 for adults and £2 for children.