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Acting Agents in Manchester

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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 up with a Supporting Artists Agency and/or join a reputable Drama School or Actor Training Company whilst building your experience. Another opportunity to gain an Agent with little experience is by signing up to a good talent showcase or stage production with a known company.

Before applying to an Agent you should check: that their books are ‘open’ for new submission, their submission preference (email or post), that there is a gap in their client list for you (age/gender/style/skills/ethnicity etc).

TIPS: NEVER sign up to an agency asking for upfront fees for representation. Agents earn their wage by taking a 10-20%* cut of your wage for any jobs they assist you in securing. However, it is common for Agents to request new headshots and often recommend a photographer – but remember that you are always free to shop around for a better deal. It is always advisable to have your highly important headshots taken by a professional headshot photographer.

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Manchester Theatre Showcase Winner

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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.

VIPWe are pleased to announce that our wonderful audience voted for ‘VIP’, written by Thomas Ingham, directed by Clare Barry and featuring Katie Burgess, Hilly Barber and Caroline Warhurst, as their favourite play from the showcase to receive a premiere this September in Manchester. We are also VERY pleased to announce that we have now cast 3 further male roles for this full production – we’ll announce names on Monday! Tickets will go on sale soon and more information about this play can be read at

As New Live Theatre and our shows grow, our website is getting a little cluttered so the Manchester Theatre Showcase will now have it’s own dedicated website at where all future blog posts, casting calls and information related to the annual showcase competition will be available.

This year the event doubled in size, taking place over two nights, instead of last years one night, and instead of 6 Actors this year we showcased 12 and an additional 3 Stand-Up comedians. Instead of 2 comedy plays, we showcased 4 and opened up the competition for all genres. In total our 2012 showcase evening had 10 participants, this year we had 23 participants and next year we intend to grow yet again! As well as the showcase pieces and Stand Up Acts, we invited along Samantha Baines from London based, Award Winning Arts Marketeer, Penguin in the Room to run a workshop on ‘Marketing and Social Media for Actors’ right before our opening night.

We were delighted to have a sell-out audience for both nights of the Theatre Showcase and we’re now making plans for further opportunities and finding experienced local Directors for the Manchester Theatre Showcase 2014, for which we’ll start accepting script submission from local Writers in the run up to Christmas, with auditions in the new year.

How it all started…

The Manchester Theatre Showcase started it’s humble journey in 2012 at a 50 seat theatre on the outskirts of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, showcasing scenes from just 2 new comedy plays to an invited audience. At the end of the night, we asked our knowledgeable audience and participants for written feedback in order to help us further develop the showcase and how it is run. A few people wanted free nibbles and champagne (our original venue didn’t have a bar) but we did get some get feedback. We read each constructive slip of paper and with some new ideas we returned 9 months later with the follow up ‘Theatre Showcase’, which offered more variety and more opportunities.

Theatre Showcase, from audienceOur 2nd annual Theatre Showcase event in 2013 took place at the 3MT (Three Minute Theatre), once again in the Quirky Quarter of Manchester’s city centre. The perfect setting for creativity to flourish. We once again advertised solely via social media for new plays (this time of any genre) by local playwrights. This year we worked with a new set of experienced local directors to select not 2, but FOUR plays to showcase to not only an invited audience, but also a public audience. The selected plays were ‘VIP’, by Thomas Ingham, ‘Counting the Days’, by Matthew Smith, ‘Standing in the Background’, by Mick Cooper and ‘Scarlett Fever’ by Emily Chriscoli. In order to create some continuity for the feel of the night (we had gritty dramas to comedies) we this year advertised for locally performing Stand Up comedians and performers wishing to showcase themselves – 3 to be precise. And we got them! Daniel Carmichael, Bernie Barrett and Joshua Boland-Burrell.


We’d like to say a big thank you to all of our ‘TEAMS’ and Acts who participated and gave their time to the showcase this year – Next year’s 2014 Teams at the Manchester Theatre Showcase have A LOT to live up to, and we look forward to hopefully working with everyone again in the near future. Also, thank you to Gina, John and the staff at 3MT, all of our invited guests who made it down to watch and each and every member of the public who supported our event this year! We promise, next year will be even bigger and better!

Don’t forget – if you’d like to let us know what you want to see at the Manchester Theatre Showcase in 2014, or you’d like to give your feedback as an audience member from this year’s event, please comment below!


VIP TeamWriter: Thomas Ingham Director: Clare Barry
Cast: Katie Burgess, Hilly Barber and Caroline Warhurst.

Comedian: Joshua Boland-Burrell

Counting the Days TeamWriter: Matthew Smith Director: Chloe Lang
Cast: Jack Howard, Samuel Turner and David Degiorgio

Comedienne: Bernie Barrett

Standing in the Background TeamWriter: Mick Cooper Director: Gregg Scott
Cast: Karl Greenwood, Emma McMorrow and Ross McCann

Comedian: Daniel Carmichael

Scarlett Fever TeamWriter: Emily Chriscoli Director: Alex Shepley
Cast: Lily Shepherd, Sharon Heywood and Brian Gorman

Recommended Acting Books

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in-depth-acting-dee-cannonIN DEPTH ACTING

By Dee Cannon


ISBN: 9781849432320

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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 for drama school and professional auditions
  • How to develop a 3-dimensional, truthful character
  • Preparation exercises to help you get in character
  • Rehearsal guidelines
  • An appendix of Transitive/Active Verbs and more

‘A wonderful, succinct book that no student or professional actor should be without.’ Jenny Lipman, LAMDA

‘Dee Cannon’s classes at RADA were legendary. An inspiring and intensely practical guide for anyone, at any stage of their acting life.’ Eve Best

‘This is the definitive version of the method I use to approach every role… How wonderful to finally have it all in book form!’ Gemma Arterton

‘Working with Dee and with this book I feel my process and preparation has been energized, activated and inspired’ Ramin Karimloo


Actions: The Actors ThesaurusACTIONS: THE ACTORS’ THESAURUS

By Marina Caldarone and Maggie Lloyd-Williams


ISBN: 9781854596741

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‘If you want to act, or act better, Actions will take you a long way on the journey to excellence’ Terry Johnson

A vital companion for actors in rehearsal – a thesaurus of action-words to revitalise performance, with a foreword by Terry Johnson.

Finding the right action is an essential part of the process of preparation for the actor. Using this thesaurus of active verbs, the actor can refine the action-word until s/he hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive. The method of ‘actioning’ is widely used in rehearsal rooms, but has never before been set down in a systematic and comprehensive way.

An Attitude for ActingAN ATTITUDE FOR ACTING : How to Survive (and Thrive) as an Actor

By Andrew Tidmarsh and Tara Swart


ISBN: 9781848421127


A ‘how to’ book for actors who want to develop a ‘can do’ attitude to their profession in the face of rejection and intense competition.

Feeling despondent about the acting profession?
Been out of work for longer than you care to remember?
Starting to resent the injustices of the job and the success of other actors?

If so, An Attitude for Acting will inspire you to break out of the cycle of despondency and start to view yourself as a creative and autonomous individual who is valuable and employable. The book focuses on:

  • Maintaining a healthy attitude
  • Dealing with negative emotions
  • Keeping productive and motivated
  • Developing self-belief and getting the support you need
  • Turning discouragement into activity and opportunity
  • Coping with nerves
  • Preparing for auditions
  • Being included and not feeling left out
  • Building a value system that includes trust, responsibility, flexibility, creativity, adaptability and courage

The book contains a series of intensely ‘hands-on’ exercises – some for practising alone, others for doing with friends or colleagues. These techniques will enable you to free yourself from potential states of inertia and hopelessness, and prevent any feelings of worthlessness becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, you will develop a self-confident, ‘can-do’ mentality that will help you shape the career you want.

Whether you’ve just completed your training and want to start your career with confidence or you’ve been acting a while and are having difficulty planning the next stage, this book will help you on your path to surviving – and thriving – as an actor.

‘sensible practical advice… anyone embarking on an acting career or currently in the doldrums would do well to invest in this book’ British Theatre Guide

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