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Hornchurch youngster wins golden ticket for West End role

11:03 19 March 2014

Erin Rankin, right, with the other golden ticket winners.  Credit: Helen Maybanks

Erin Rankin, right, with the other golden ticket winners. Credit: Helen Maybanks

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A talented youngster has earned a golden ticket to work on a major West End production.

Erin Rankin, 18, of Hornchurch, was one of five winners who saw off more than 600 applicants to win a placement working backstage on Sam Mendes’ production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal.

Erin now has the opportunity to impress during her week-long stint in which she will spend a day in different backstage roles including lighting, sound, wardrobe and her dream job - stage management.

“That’s what I want to do,” said Erin. “I spent yesterday (Tue) with the deputy stage manager and it was amazing, I learnt so much.”

The person who stands out will also be offered a three-month role working on the production.

Erin added: “I don’t know what they are looking for but I’ve wanted to work in theatre since I left school and everyone here is so nice, and the five of us get along great.”

The scheme is run by show producers Warner Bros. and was open to people across the country who want to work backstage in theatre.

Sam Mendes, director, said: “During the creation of Charlie, I was reminded of how many highly skilled people are required to mount a production of that scale. We’re excited to be supporting these opportunities and this investment in new British talent.”

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