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Jack flyin' high in UK Peter Pan role

An 11-year-old Irish boy is flying high after landing a role in Peter Pan in the West End.

Jack Synott was chosen from over 260 hopefuls to play the part of Michael Darling in the musical.

His proud mother, Grainne, admitted she's more nervous about the big role than he is.

"It doesn't seem to bother him at all but I'll be nervous watching," she told the Herald.

Jack, from Termonfeckin, Co Louth, is at rehearsals in a West End theatre in London for the next two weeks, "learning to fly," she said.

"I'll be nervous, I'll be waiting for those lines to break, but I know they won't."

The youngster isn't fazed by appearing alongside big names such as Ben Richards, who played Bruno Milligan in Footballers' Wives, and comedian Les Dennis.

"I think that's what I would find the most daunting -- they're all such big names. He doesn't mind," she said

"He knows the rehearsals will be all day, every day until the show. He knows it's hard work, it's long hours, it's tiring, but he wants to do it. This is what he loves.

"His life plan at the moment is to do a degree in psychology and act, but that could change, he's only 11."


Jack began going to acting, dance and singing classes at The Little Duke Theatre in Drogheda in 2008, and has since played leading roles in Pinocchio and Oliver Twist.

"He loves it at the theatre. He'd be there every day if he could, he often says it's the highlight of his week.

"He's not particularly sporty, so we were looking for another outlet for him. We knew he's a lovely little singer, so it made sense."

Grainne often helps Jack rehearse his lines ahead of the plays. "I had to help his practice, and the Peter Pan script reads really well," she said.

Jack will be at The Grand Canal Theatre from July 16 to August 8.

"We'll be there opening night, probably closing, and in between. We'll be broke," Grainne said.