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Paul Kenney Manchester DirectorA blog written by New Live Theatre Company Artistic Director and Founder, Paul Kenney.

Here you will find regular updates on what’s going on at New Live Theatre and some more generalised articles and theatre-based ramblings on current events and thoughts. You’re welcome to comment publicly on any of the blogs using the form at the bottom of each page.

Got a suggestion for a blog or private response? You can email Paul directly at paul@newlivetheatre.co.uk

Rachel Stevie Helps LowryRACHEL AT LOWRY 2018 SOLD OUT

We’re very excited for Rachel, by Stevie Helps, to be returning in a brand new special version for The Lowry Studio Theatre in Salford Quays in just under 2 weeks! We have been informed that tickets had completely SOLD OUT last week, so we have been in touch with the venue and they’ve kindly added […]

showcase-twitter-banner-NEW-webThe Manchester Theatre Showcase 2014

  We are so excited that the Manchester Theatre Showcase is returning for its 3rd year running and this year we are taking on a new, bigger venue right in the heart of Manchester off Deansgate!! We couldn’t wish for a better location. This year we are extremely pleased to be holding our annual competitive […]

TheatreShowcase_640x400_ScriptsOpenManchester Theatre Showcase Writer Opportunities

We are very pleased to announce that we are now open for script submissions for the Manchester Theatre Showcase 2014. We have 6 great local, experienced directors (each operating their own theatre company) lined up to work with 6 emerging local Writers. Selections for the 3rd annual competition event will be made in March after […]

A_Walk_in_the_Park_bannerBusy Season of Theatre in Manchester

It’s a very busy time here at New Live Theatre Company. As always we’re learning a lot, growing a lot and meeting some great audiences, companies and theatre pros along the way. It’s been a while since my last blog, so here’s a little update on what we’ve been up to at NLTCo HQ… In […]

VIP Sell OutFrom Page to Stage: The Waiting Game

Audience members don’t often realise how long it takes for a production to reach the stage before them. Sometimes it takes only a matter of months, but in many cases a playwright may have to wait years to see their creation live on a stage in a watchable, finished form. Thomas Ingham, the writer of […]

Manchester Theatre Acting ClassActing Agents in Manchester

Are you looking for a reputable Acting Agency in Manchester UK? Here is a list of some of the most respected Agents currently operating in the Manchester region. Most of the companies listed below represent purely trained, professional actors with previous paid acting credits. If you are just starting out, you may wish to sign […]

VIP playManchester Theatre Showcase Winner

In April 2013 we hosted the second year of our annual Theatre Showcase event (which from next year will formally take the title of the ‘Manchester Theatre Showcase‘ – after it was accidentally dubbed this during our second year, we’re going to roll with it) at the 3MT (Three Minute Theatre) in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. […]

in-depth-acting-dee-cannonRecommended Acting Books

IN DEPTH ACTING By Dee Cannon BUY THIS BOOK ISBN: 9781849432320 ‘A book that will stand the test of time’ – Pierce Brosnan An essential guide to the Stanislavski technique, filtering out the complexities of the system and offering a dynamic, hands-on approach. Provides a comprehensive understanding of character, preparation, text, subtext and objectives. How to prepare […]

Showcase_PosterPaul’s Actor and Arts Marketing 101

“Marketing” – it’s such a boring word which makes most people groan and turn off, isn’t it. When you hear the word ‘marketing’, most people think of a suited businessman with a briefcase and mustard splodged down his tie – they picture him sat around a table in an office surrounded by more boring, mustard and ketchup […]


So, after months of planning, advertising for and reading scripts and two round of auditions, the Manchester Theatre Showcase is now well underway! We now have our new venue (3MT), 4 Writers, 4 Directors, 12 Actors and 3 Stand Up Comedians confirmed! There are a total of 23 participants in this year’s April Showcase – more […]

Women's VoicesComing Soon: Women’s Voices

I’m very pleased to reveal that New Live Theatre have been granted permission to bring another exciting show to Manchester in the coming year! I can’t wait for you to see this one! Women’s Voices is a BRAND NEW comedy-drama play about a feminist a cappella choir, whose depleted membership is struggling to keep the choir in existence. […]

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As I have a tendency to ramble, I’m going to start with the aim of keeping this blog entry short, or at least to the point – we’ll see how it goes … but don’t hold your breath. Since my last blog, I’d say the most obvious development with New Live Theatre would be that we […]

Manchester Theatre ShowcaseShowcase Success

On Thursday, 26th July we held our very first Writer’s Showcase Evening at The Houldsworth in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. We had a great evening and met some wonderful people who gave positive feedback about the format of the showcase and it’s objectives (as well as some constructive feedback, which is great, too!). We previewed 3 […]

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A lot has happened since my last blog, so I want to get an update done now before a load more happens and I end up writing a dissertation length bore. Firstly, I’m very pleased to report that I now have the main cast for mine and Nicola Radin’s upcoming Halloween comedy-thriller ‘Spook Manor’. More […]

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Saturday 12th May saw the Surviving Actors event return to Manchester for it’s second year. Having missed last year’s event, I wanted to take a trip along to see what all the fuss was about, and I’m very pleased I did. Surviving Actors is a free event which kicked off in 2011. Run by Felicity Jackson […]

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Today I have been out and about in Manchester scouting out venues for our upcoming shows over the next twelve months. Every show has different requirements, whether it be size, location, functionality or aesthetics – to name a few, and I’ve been looking for a new versatile venue to showcase some of the new writing we have coming up. The […]



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