DQ | Future is bright for Manx Theatre with DQ and Douglas Choral Union | Jan 2022

Douglas Choral Union (DCU) has announced the recipients of its bursary for 2021/22, supported by Douglas-based advocates DQ.

Date: Tuesday 04 January 2022


L-R Lewis Pycroft , Gary Corkhill, Abbie Williams and DQ Director Andrew Harding. 

Each year the practice contributes to the theatre group’s annual bursary which is awarded to young Island residents as they pursue further education in any aspect of drama, dance, music and theatre.

This year’s beneficiaries are Lewis Pycroft and Abbie Williams, both of whom have been involved with the arts in the Isle of Man for several years.

Lewis has been studying Virtual Theatre and Digital Experience at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance since September. He is extremely passionate about the course, the first of its kind in the UK, and Lewis and the DCU are both thrilled to be promoting a fresh and innovative aspect of theatre.

Despite still being a teenager, Abbie has been involved in several DCU productions, along with other local societies, and in 2019 was named ‘Young Actor of Mann’. Now studying acting at Read College in Reading, she is delighted to receive the award from a society which has been a huge part of her journey to date.

Gary Corkhill, chairman of Douglas Choral Union, explained: ‘We were again so impressed with the quality of the applicants and the final decision was one of the hardest yet. We are confident that our successful bursary winners, Abbie and Lewis, will go far in their chosen field and we are delighted to be able to help them complete their studies.

‘Once again, we are indebted to our title sponsor, DQ Advocates, for its continued support of our bursary scheme, without whom we would not be able to provide such opportunities for our young people.

‘While the DCU is 125 years old and proud of its history and traditions, we are always looking forward to the next challenge. I am particularly excited to hear back from Lewis about his Virtual Theatre and Digital Experience degree to gain an insight into what the future for live theatre may hold for us at Douglas Choral Union and the Manx theatre scene in general.’

In recent years DCU has brought shows such as The Sound of Music, The Producers, Sister Act, and most recently, Shrek the Musical to the Isle of Man. It is currently in rehearsals for its next production, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’, which will be performed at the Gaiety Theatre from 11th-19th February 2022.