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Early Adventures: Meet the Dancers

18 January 2017

In the build-up to our 2017 tour of Early Adventures, the show that helped to launch the career of Matthew Bourne, we will be introducing you to each cast member. Remember the tour opens at Bath Theatre Royal on 2 February and will be touring in England, to Madrid and Los Angeles. Click here for tour dates and booking info.

Danny Collins


Danny trained at Millennium Performing Arts and was first seen in a New Adventures production in 2009 as part of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. Since then he has played many different roles in Matthew’s Cinderella, Nutracker! Play Without Words, Sleeping Beauty, Edward Scissorhands and The Car Man.

Outside of New Adventures Danny performed alongside João, playing the role of Jekyll in The McOnie Company’s Jekyll & Hyde in 2016. Following this run he was nominated for the National Dance Award’s Outstanding Male Performance (Modern) for his performance in this production. Over the last year Danny also played the role of Frank Schultz in the Award-Winning Show Boat musical, which Lez Brotherston, New Adventures Associate Artist, designed the set and costume for!

You can follow Daniel on Twitter: @DCollinsWright for a further insight into his world.

Tom Clark

Tom has been a member of the company since 2009, first seen in the UK tour and New York City Center outing of Swan Lake. You may have most recently seen him in the 2015/16 tour of Sleeping Beauty playing the roles of Carabosse/Caradoc and Lord Rupert. Tom is very excited to be returning to the company for Early Adventures.

Tom has also performed in West End shows and been featured in TV adverts, film and music videos. Outside of the world of dance Tom is co-owner of the successful clothing brand Tommy Popcorn.

You can follow Tom on Instagram: @_tomclark for a further insight into his world.


Reece graduated from Central School of Ballet in 2013 and was immediately snapped up for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake 2013/14 national and international tour. He has since worked with a variety of choreographers and companies, including C-12 Dance Theatre (Watson, Shhh!), Grange Park Opera (Fiddler on the Roof, Onegin, Fiddler on the Roof at the BBC Proms), Yorke Dance Project (repertoire by Robert Cohan & Sir Kenneth MacMillan) and Rosie Kay Dance Company (5 Soldiers).

Reece also teaches ballet and contemporary dance, regularly supporting the delivery of workshops for Re:Bourne, the educational arm of New Adventures. Reece is thrilled to be performing in Early Adventures and thanks his family for their continuing support.

You can follow Reece on Twitter: @reece_causton for a further insight into his world. 

João Carolino

Making his debut with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures we are pleased to welcome João Carolino. João trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and was recently in Jekyll and Hyde at The Old Vic Theatre, which was choreographed by Drew McOnie, who has a long-standing relationship with New Adventures and performed in the 2012 tour of Early Adventures.

João also took part in A Spring Adventure last year, which is a week-long intensive where dancers have the opportunity to learn New Adventures repertoire and experience how the company functions and creates new material.

You can follow Joao on Twitter and Instagram: @J_Carolino for a further insight into his world.

Main Image: Roy Tan

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