Oliver Barker stormed the Hackney Empire in London this summer with his performance of ‘Mr. In-Between,’ a song written by his Father. With a unanimous decision, the judges awarded Oliver the ﬁrst prize in the Musical Theatre section, beating off stiff competition from all around England.
The All England Dance ﬁnals are held every two years and the ﬁnalists go through gruelling heats around the country, followed by a regional semi ﬁnal (this year held in Hinkley, Leicestershire) and ﬁnally to the bi-annual event held in London’s Hackney Empire. Two years ago, when Oliver was searching for a musical theatre song to perform, his Dad (a professional writer and arranger) was at a loss, so wrote a tongue in cheek song for him about the fact that there aren’t really any musical theatre songs for teenagers.
The judges were wowed by Oliver’s vocal and dance abilities and his performance was greeted with cheers from the audience. He was also invited to perform in the prestigious ‘Gala’ concert on the Sunday. It has been quite a year for Oliver as he also won the prestigious Robin Hood Music and Drama Festival and received the Performing Arts prize at school as well as putting in a fantastic performance as Fagin in the Summer Term production of Oliver!
Oliver doesn’t know where his future lays but, from his experience in London, a number of agents and casting agencies have got their eye on him for the future.
Well done Oliver!