Pro skater shows prowess in Starlight Express musical

Pro skater shows prowess in Starlight Express musical
A HAND FOR THE KING: British pro skater Matt King demonstrates a handstand at his master class on Tuesday.

Matt King has dislocated his shoulder once and both his ankles twice, broken his nose four times, and suffered broken toes and broken collarbones.

With his litany of injuries, you would think that this stunt skater from Britain would hang up his skates and call it a day.

Well, King, 33, did switch over to theatre - but he'll still be skating for a living.

He plays Trax in Starlight Express, a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who composed The Phantom of the Opera and Cats.

The musical promises 3-D effects as well as daredevil stunts on roller skates. It is showing at the Grand Theatre MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands from Nov 13 to 24. Tickets start from $65.

A self-professed adrenaline junkie, King comes from a family of skaters and picked up the sport at 12. He said: "I've learnt to be quite comfortable with injuries. Skating is not a sport, it's a lifestyle.

Skating showed me who I am."

One of his worst injuries happened when he was grinding a ramp and hit his head on the corner of a flight of stairs. He started bleeding from his head and was sent to a hospital, where he received 40 stitches for the wound. Another time, he broke his ribs and while still under medication, he competed in a skating competition and was placed third.

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