Gayle McBrain of The Bolton News reports: Connor O’Beirne was outstanding as Scrooge; he has a cracking voice that was note perfect; and poor Bob Cratchitt was played by David Glynn-Whitehead in splendid fashion. Special mentions also went to Chris Higson as the Ghost of Christmas Present and Josh Taylor who was ‘perfect’ as Tiny Tim.
Josh Taylor was perfect as Tiny Tim, Scrooge The Musical
Although dark and spooky, the musical brimmed with atmosphere and the show delivered some very clever comic moments that worked well. All cast members gave powerful performances. Timing was perfect and it was obvious a great deal of hard work had gone into staging such a demanding show. Great direction, super sets and elaborate costumes helped create a wonderful night’s entertainment.
Josh Taylor was asked by Marje Brayshaw to close the Concert of Remembrance at The Albert Halls, Bolton as Tiny Tim in front of a full house with Bob Crachit (David Glynn-Whitehead) and Mrs Crachit (Helen Price-Aindow) singing solo his version of The Beautiful Day by Leslie Bricusse with The Hoover (Bolton) Brass Band.
With the pressure of a Big Band, a full house including the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton and together with the importance of the Service Josh delivered excellent timing and composure which was heart felt throughout the audience. This was a polished finish to an excellently crafted concert by Marje Brayshaw and a joyful and tearful opening for the Service of Remembrance. A thoroughly enjoyable and memorable evening, the night was full of laughter, nostalgia and fun as well as remembrance for all those who gave so much and those that continue to do so in times of conflict.
Ultimatum Films cast Josh Taylor as a young boy in the park for his first professional film credit. Working with an experienced cast and production team in the controversial feature film Seeing Smoke by Patrick Maloney, Josh gained valuable camera experience. ‘I expect to be seeing a lot of Josh on TV and on stage in years to come’ Glen Mortimer, Director of Seeing Smoke
Dancers from Melody Pop Tuition along with some very talented singers which included 10 year old Josh Taylor opened ‘Find You Talent’ in Bolton Town Centre. Josh opened the singing on the day with Let Me Entertain You by Robbie Williams before making an early exit to prepare for his role as Tiny Tim in Scrooge the Musical. Other young singers included Olivia Higham aged 10 and Natalie Terry aged 12. All the choreography was arranged by Melissa Finbarr-Smith. The day was a massive success which ended with the Black Out Crew.
Having seen an advert searching for Tiny Tim in the local press Josh applied and prepared himself for the audition during a week long summer holiday in the Isle of Wight. Many would consider it strange singing and listening to Christmas songs on a summer holiday but for Josh this made perfect sense and he was offered the part in Scrooge The Musical.