A NEWPORT sixth former has pulled out all the stops by growing and dying his hair for a school musical.

Jack Devonshire is to play the comic role of Miss Hannigan in Lliswerry High School's production of Annie, the role played by Strictly Come Dancing's  Craig Revel Horwood.

But the Year 13 student was not happy with wearing a wig for the production, to be performed tonight and tomorrow night, so spent six months growing his locks before dying it bright red.

The keen actor, who is currently studying performing arts at the Nash Road school, is also heavily involved in amateur dramatics outside of school, having even worked with directors from the National Youth Theatre of Wales.

He said: “I have loved playing the role of Miss Hannigan. As a boy it has been a real challenge but great fun.

"I have had to learn to walk in high heel shoes, plus I have had some really funny looks since dying my hair."

The production involves cast members from all year groups, aged 11-18.

Jack added: "I have been involved in the last three school productions and you make lots of friends from different year groups.

"You create memories that I am sure you will keep with you for the rest of your life."

Meanwhile, teacher Andrew Coughlin will play the role of billionaire Daddy Warbucks.

Set in 1930s New York, young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage but her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the home of Warbucks.

However, Miss Hannigan does her best to put an end to Annie's search for her real parents.

The musical features a number of famous songs, including 'Tomorrow' and 'It's the Hard Knock Life'.

Performances start at 7.30pm on Thursday and Friday at Lliswerry High School, and tickets are available from the finance office by calling 01633 277867.