Veteran of youth theatre is ‘retiring’ after 12 years

Amy Lythgoe

Amy Lythgoe

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A VETERAN of the Wigan stage is taking a final bow next month - at the ripe old age of 17!

Amy Lythgoe has been a fixture of the Willpower Youth Theatre for almost two thirds of her life and has been one of its particular success stories, starring in numerous TV dramas.

But as she turns 18 later this year it is time to bid farewell to the organisation which has provided her with so many memories and successes as she goes off to seek her fortune as a professional actress.

Before then she has one last production with Willpower as she takes the leading role in the forthcoming The Little Match Girl.

It is a musical version of a story of a child who is too scared to go home because she hasn’t managed to sell her matches.

It all takes place on New Year’s Eve in the snow and runs at St Michael’s Church Hall in Shaw Street, Swinley, between Wednesday, February 29 and Saturday, March 3.

Amy, who lives in Gathurst Lane, Shevington, said: “I am looking forward to the show but it’s going to be an emotional time because Willpower has been part of my life for 12 years and it is like a big family.

“But it’s a youth theatre and I’ll be 18 soon and possibly going away later in the year, hopefully after my A-levels.

“It’s quite tough out there but I am doing a lot of auditions at the moment.”

Amy, who is currently preparing for her A-levels at Winstanley College, is no stranger to the audition process, having appeared in both television series and one-off dramas, including The Royal, The Outsiders, Marian Again, The Bill, New Street Law and Shiny Shiny.

She also recently filmed an episode of a new comedy series called Starlings in which Steve Coogan is involved and on Thursday she is taking part in a Winstanley College production of September in the rain at ALRA in Wigan’s Turner Street.

Amy said: “I haven’t done as much television work since I have been at college but would of course love to do more in the future.

“Acting it definitely what I want to do. I love sitting and watching films and seeing how different actors can be from one role to another.”

The Friday and Saturday performances of The Little Match Girl are almost sold out but there are still seats available on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £5.50 and £4.50. Ring the box office on 01942 745082.