Adam plays Bugsy after battling cancer

Adam Brombley, 16, from Emsworth, who has landed the lead role in Bugsy Malone
Adam Brombley, 16, from Emsworth, who has landed the lead role in Bugsy Malone
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CANCER survivor Adam Brombley is going gangster after landing the lead role in a hit musical.

The 16-year-old’s remarkable recovery from cancer continues with the Pompey fan landing the title role in Bugsy Malone.

Adam has been juggling his college work with rehearsals for the show, which will be held at Ferneham Hall in Fareham.

The teenager, who won The News’ Youth Award for Inspiration of The Year, has made amazing strides since being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2013.

He spent 10 months undergoing gruelling chemotherapy and missed virtually a whole academic year at Chichester High School for Boys.

His cancer is now in remission and he is using his time to help others, including visiting Number 10 Downing Street to launch a new cancer initiative.

On playing a mobster, Adam said: ‘It’s hard work, but it’s good fun. There’s lots of lines to learn.’

Adam, who attends Havant College and lives in Birch Tree Drive, Emsworth, said: ‘The most fun part is being able to do this with all my friends.’

Set in New York, the show is loosely based on events from the early 1920s to 1931 during prohibition, specifically the exploits of real-life gangsters like Al Capone.

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Adam joined Portsmouth-based Stage One Youth Theatre in June last year.

The show is on at Ferneham Hall from tomorrow until Saturday at 7.30pm.

For tickets call the box office on 01329 231942.