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Film stardom beckons for bright boy

A national casting company is looking for a very bright young boy for the lead role in a new film. No acting experience is required for the the part, which is for a boy aged 11-13. The film is a comedy drama about a young child during the Second World War. Des Hamilton Casting, which is leading the search, specialises in discovering new talent and has found stars for productions such as the BBC series Gunpowder the Netflix original film War Machine, starring Brad Pitt. Application in the first...

Young Mensans take centre stage

Two talented young Mensa members have been making waves in the performing arts world. Ten-year-olds Sebastian Carrington, from the West Midlands, and Dixie Egerickx, from London, have been making a name for themselves in the highly-competitive arenas of music and acting. Sebastian has not only achieved distinctions in his Grade 8 singing and piano exams – an unusual achievement even for students 10 years older – but he also got to perform for royalty at Buckingham Palace. And actress Dixie, who...

West End role is no tragedy for Dixie

Not many nine-year-olds have been “spotted” by Spielberg and played the pivotal role in a 2,000 year old Greek tragedy – but young Mensan Dixie Egerickx is taking it all in her stride. She is nearing the end of a run in one of the most unexpected theatrical hits of the year, the Almeida’s production of Aeschylus’ The Oresteia, which is now enjoying a triumphant West End transfer at the Trafalgar Studios. Dixie plays Iphigenia, the child slain by her father as an offering to the gods so that...

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