Young Chesterfield actor is flying high

Harry Brogan, nine, is performing in the Sheffield City Hall pantomime Peter Pan as a Lost Boy after having his stomach removed in 2012. Picture: Andrew Roe
Harry Brogan, nine, is performing in the Sheffield City Hall pantomime Peter Pan as a Lost Boy after having his stomach removed in 2012. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A budding young actor has achieved his dream of performing in front of thousands despite his ongoing health issues.

Nine-year-old Harry Brogan, from Clowne near Chesterfield, was born with an adrenal insufficiency and is fed through a tube after having his entire stomach removed in 2012.

Harry Brogan, nine, is performing in the Sheffield City Hall pantomime Peter Pan as a Lost Boy after having his stomach removed in 2012. Picture: Andrew Roe

Harry Brogan, nine, is performing in the Sheffield City Hall pantomime Peter Pan as a Lost Boy after having his stomach removed in 2012. Picture: Andrew Roe

But the brave youngster hasn’t let his health put the brakes on his acting aspirations having landed a part in the Manor Operatic Society’s panto production of Peter Pan at Sheffield City Hall.

His proud mum Amanda said: “He loves all parts of being on stage, including acting, singing and dancing and he’s always wanted to perform in front of a big audience.

“He takes everything in his stride - we told him he has to live his life and do everything he wants to do - and he is.”

Harry secured a part as one of the show’s 24 Lost Boys at an open audition in June and began rehearsals in September.

Harry Brogan, nine, is performing in the Sheffield City Hall pantomime Peter Pan as a Lost Boy after having his stomach removed in 2012. Picture: Andrew Roe

Harry Brogan, nine, is performing in the Sheffield City Hall pantomime Peter Pan as a Lost Boy after having his stomach removed in 2012. Picture: Andrew Roe

The dedicated actor, who has to take three steroids a day for his condition, has never missed a rehearsal and his mum said he was more excited about the panto than Christmas.

“He was counting down to the panto, not Christmas,” said Amanda.

“He’s loving every minute of it and we’re very proud of him.

“Lots of the family have been to see him perform, including his sisters, grandparents and aunties and uncles.”

Harry Brogan, nine, is performing in the Sheffield City Hall pantomime Peter Pan as a Lost Boy after having his stomach removed in 2012. Picture: Andrew Roe

Harry Brogan, nine, is performing in the Sheffield City Hall pantomime Peter Pan as a Lost Boy after having his stomach removed in 2012. Picture: Andrew Roe

Harry, who attends Immaculate Conception Catholic Primary School in Spinkhill, Derbyshire, also underwent a bone marrow transplant for leukaemia in 2005 and has been in remission for four years.

n Peter Pan continues until Sunday. For tickets, visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk or call 0114 278 9789.

Harry Brogan, nine, is performing in the Sheffield City Hall pantomime Peter Pan as a Lost Boy after having his stomach removed in 2012. Picture: Andrew Roe

Harry Brogan, nine, is performing in the Sheffield City Hall pantomime Peter Pan as a Lost Boy after having his stomach removed in 2012. Picture: Andrew Roe

Harry Brogan, nine, is performing in the Sheffield City Hall pantomime Peter Pan as a Lost Boy after having his stomach removed in 2012. Picture: Andrew Roe

Harry Brogan, nine, is performing in the Sheffield City Hall pantomime Peter Pan as a Lost Boy after having his stomach removed in 2012. Picture: Andrew Roe