The Big T: District’s talent in the spotlight

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AS the hunt for local talent intensifies across the district, The Big T 2012 Variety Talent Contest is set to be even more spectacular than last year’s original at Harrogate Theatre.

Already, singers, dancers, musical theatre, karate, and a strong man act have registered to audition – but the organisers say they want more.

The organisers’ message is simple - if you have a talent that would entertain an audience, what are you waiting for?

The Big T team know you are out there - they want comedians, circus skills, magicians, performance poets, anything – surprise them!

Age is no barrier, just as long as you are at least 10 years old on March 3, 2012.

Last year’s debut competition gave people of alll ages and skills the chance to be in the spotlight.

Kathryn Ayres, aged 59, wowed the audition judges with her singing at the 2010 auditions, securing herself a place in the Grand Final.

She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed every moment from beginning to end. Everyone got on really well, both at the auditions and backstage at the theatre.

“The atmosphere was absolutely electric, particularly during the two sessions of live voting from the audience, then waiting for the results, brilliant!

“We were all made to feel at ease by The Big T team and theatre staff. I would urge anyone to have a go. Singing on the stage of Harrogate Theatre was one of my lifetime ambitions, I’ve done that now.”

Graham Mather, aged 53, also auditioned last year.

He said: “ I was new to singing so I was very nervous, but I thought to myself – just do it!

“The audition judges were so kind, clapping my performance. Sadly I didn’t make the Grand Final, but my positive experience encouraged me to stay with my new found talent.

“Since that day, I have sung in front of 200 people at a charity ball, I don’t think I would have done that if it hadn’t been for The Big T, I think it’s wonderful. I have applied to audition again, I’m not the slightest bit bothered if I don’t get through, but I hope I do.

“You never know your capabilities until you try, so do what I did, have a go”.

There are many more stories to be told from the auditions in 2010.

Rock band Built for Syn were all prepared and psyched up for their opportunity when disaster struck – their drum kit was stolen just hours before they were due to audition.

Despite the disappointment at having to cancel, they have registered again, and are looking forward to finally being able to showcase their talent.

Now is the time to contact The Big T team for your audition, which will be held during February at The Cairn Hotel, Ripon Road, Harrogate.

l For full details email , or pick up an application form from Harrogate Theatre Box Office.

l If you would like to attend The Big T Grand Final, held on Saturday March 3, and vote for your favourite act, tickets are available now from the Harrogate Theatre Box office, telephone 01423 502 116, or securely online at, for £12 (£10 concs.).