National Lottery: Birmingham Royal Ballet ex dancer reveals how he overcame drink and drug addiction

Paul Bayes Kitcher’s dance group The Fallen Angels performed National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals which is on BBC One at 7pm on Saturday (January 29)

Birmingham Royal Ballet former dancer Paul Bayes Kitcher has spoken of his battle to overcome a drink and drug addiction ahead of his new dance group starring on TV.

Paul set up The Fallen Angels after he attended rehab in 2010 - the charity provides dance theatre experiences for people in recovery from addiction.

Paul, 54, said: “When I set up The Fallen Angels it was a very dark time in my life and I did feel like giving up.

“But, I eventually got myself back into rehab and it was at this point that I finally did manage to turn things around.

“I was determined.

“Today I look back on my life every day and think how grateful I am.”

Birmingham Royal Ballet ex dancer Paul Bayes Kitcher

During the pandemic, The Fallen Angels was able to provide virtual sessions on dance and music thanks to National Lottery funding.

It performed at The National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals, held at Manchester’s AO Arena on Monday and hosted by comedian Jason Manford.

It was put on as a thank you for National Lottery players who helped arts and theatre groups during the coronavirus pandemic with a total of £228 million funding.

The Fallen Angels charity, set up by Paul Bayes Kitcher and his wife Claire Morris, was among the organisations and community heroes invited to attend the evening as special guests. Its headquarters are in Chester, Cheshire.

Mr Bayes Kitcher said: “Hopefully I was able to make an impact with daily virtual sessions, demonstrating how movement can really make a huge difference.”

The Fallen Angels co-founder Claire Kitcher with Jason Manford at The National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals

Co-founder Ms Morris, 47, was in the audience at the Monday night show to enjoy performances from musicals including Waitress, Frozen The Musical, Back To The Future and The Drifters Girl.

She said: “Being invited to be part of this spectacular night, meeting Jason Manford and representing all of our wonderful dancers, creatives and Fallen Angels feels very special.”

National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals will be shown on BBC One at 7pm on Saturday.

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