Uddingston lad wants some more

Kerr McCluskey
Kerr McCluskey

A seven-year-old Uddingston boy has landed the title role in a prestigious production of hit musical Oliver at Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre.

Muiredge Primary School pupil Kerr McCluskey entered the audition contest for the show after his cousin Carlina, 17 - who has previously performed in the musical Guys and Dolls - assured him he’d gain a part.

But, said Kerr’s mum Kirsty, the whole family were amazed when he walked away with the main role.

She said: “In fact he is one of three boys playing Oliver, as because of child protection rules there is only so much work he can put in.

“But it still means demanding rehearsals for a full West End style production, and three action-packed evenings on stage at the Pavilion - where Kerr’s role involves several solo performances.”

She added: “Carlina is in the same production, playing a friend of the female lead Nancy, and at one point he is actually singing to her.

“We would have been happy enough if he had gained a small part, for example one of the workhouse boys, but he’s coping very well with the challenge of playing Oliver.

“He knows the story. and loves the film version, so he’s over the moon at having been chosen for the main part.”

Kerr is reckoned to be the youngest boy ever to play the part of Oliver, the workhouse orphan who survives numerous adventures in the mean streets of Victorian London.

He’ll be performing in the Apollo Players’ musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, Oliver Twist, on Wednesday and Thursday, October 23 and 24, and Saturday, October 26.