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Update: If you are looking for current information about our ‘Manchester Theatre Showcase’ please click here. The following post relates only to the inaugural showcase in 2012.

All new writing, all new fun!

New Live Theatre will be holding our very first comedy play SHOWCASE EVENING in Manchester City Centre at a brand new venue called The Houldsworth on 26th July 2012!

As part of our ethos to work with local aspiring writers, New Live Theatre put out a call for scripts in May and has selected two brand new comedy-drama plays to showcase alongside our own Halloween comedy-thriller ‘Spook Manor‘ !

The two new shows ‘Somebody, Somewhere‘, by Lee Thompson, and ‘Vain Zarathustra‘, by Mark Reid, will be showcased to an invited audience of local industry professionals, offering a great platform for all Writers and Actors involved. To bring these shows to life, we have enlisted the help of two local Directors, Chloe Lang and Alastair Zyggu who will each be directing one of the shows and working with a talent cast of local Actors (see cast list below).

But opportunity does not stop knocking when the curtain comes down! As well as having their talents showcased on stage and having the opportunity to network with guests throughout the night, at the end of the evening we will be asking the audience to vote on their favourite of the two plays by the external writers, and the winning play will be entered into our Manchester production schedule for a full length show in 2013! Invited Guests will receive press packs containing full details of each show to take away.

PLEASE NOTE: Each show will have approximately 10-15 minutes of stage time during the showcase. The evening’s previews are NOT meant to serve as full shows and it should be understood that each show is still in development and subject to change. The showcase is about development and creating a safe, constructive atmosphere for all participants.

Thursday, 26th July 2012 – 7pm

The Houldsworth,
40 Little Lever Street,
Manchester, M1 1HR
It’s actually off Houldsworth Street!
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  • Introduction to New Live Theatre and the evening’s previews
  • Show Previews
  • Networking Opportunities between previews & after
  • Audience Votes & Announcement


Written by Paul Kenney &
Nicola Radin
Directed by Paul Kenney
Gillian Barge
Haydn Holden
Hazel Mrozek

Written by Lee Thompson
Directed by Chloe Lang
Kimberly Hart-Simpson
Lindsey ChapmanPOST SHOW UPDATE:

Written by Mark Reid
Directed by Alastair Zyggu
Stage Manager:Dave Egerton
Edward Hall
Ian Barlow
Niamh Seery
Rebecca Fenwick

If you are interested in attending the next showcase event in 2013, please email for further details.

Showcase Evening Seeking Writers

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Showcase Evening


All new writing, all new fun!

New Live Theatre Company will be holding a comedy play Showcase Evening in Manchester City Centre in August 2012 (date TBC).

As part of our ethos to provide a platform for aspiring local writers, New Live Theatre Company is searching for just THREE brand new short comedy plays to showcase at our first writing SHOWCASE EVENING taking place in August 2012!

During the evening we will be showcasing 5-15 minute scenes from some of our upcoming shows to an invited audience of industry professionals. We are searching for three very funny plays with real substance to be presented alongside our own previews. At the end of the evening, we will be asking the audience to vote on their favourite of the three plays by the external aspiring writers, and the winning play will be entered into our Manchester production schedule for a full length show early 2013!

The three plays accepted for the showcase evening will be fully cast, directed and produced by New Live Theatre Company. The selected Writers will be invited to a meeting where they will meet their director and have the opportunity to give their input. Writers will also be able to attend auditions to help select their show’s cast, and will be invited to attend a rehearsed reading which will take place before the showcase. This is a great opportunity for any aspiring Writers in the Manchester region, and best of all it won’t cost you a thing!

Applicants must be based in the Manchester or North West region and we are looking for Comedies and Comedy-Dramas with a max cast of 6.

DEADLINE: Friday, 8th June 5pm (Deadline now ENDED)
HOW TO SUBMIT: Email Script (extract is fine) in .pdf .docx .doc format to with brief biography of yourself and description of your play.


  • Introduction to New Live Theatre and the evening’s previews
  • Show Previews
  • Networking Opportunities between previews
  • Audience Votes & Announcement

Previews (extracts):

  • Spook Manor (working title), by Paul Kenney and Nicola Radin
  • In My Day, by Paul Kenney
  • Aspiring new Writers work TBC

If you are interested in entering or attending the event, please email for further details.

Surviving Actors Manchester, Books and Training

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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 and Lianne Robertson, the convention has so far taken place in London and Manchester and, now in it’s second year, it is due to hit Edinburgh on 18th August 2012. The aim of the convention is said to be to help Actors “Develop, Sustain and Create”.

It was great to see such a large gathering of Actors in one place (around 1,000 was said to attend the Manchester event this year). Upon entering the building, you were greeted by a long queue of buzzing, budding Actors waiting to enter one of several seminars which ran throughout the day. These seminars were hosted by numerous industry professionals, including Casting Directors, Acting Coaches, Lifestyle Coaches, Authors, Accountants and casting giant Spotlight themselves.

Between chatting leisurely with the stall holders touting their various services (Headshots, Acting Classes, Showreels, Casting Websites, Unions etc) and running into many old faces, I managed to catch two of the seminars which I found to be very informative.

An Attitude for ActingOne of these seminars was “An Attitude for Acting“, which was hosted on the day by co-author Dr Tara Swart. I found this seminar very interesting, having always had an interest in the psychological elements of Acting. There were some great tips; such as how to reverse the effects of the negative gremlin on your shoulder which tells you you can’t do it (come up with a strong mantra to counteract the voice, telling you you ‘can’. I.e. “They won’t take me seriously” becomes “They’re seriously considering me”). I would like to recommend this book to any Actor who would like to learn how to break down their psychological thought processes and improve their Attitude.
Read More on Amazon: An Attitude for Acting or follow them on Twitter: @Attitude4Acting

Luckily, the sun was shining down on Manchester on Saturday, so I was able to slip off towards the end of the afternoon for a soft drink in a nearby pub with some fellow Actors before heading off to perform in a show that evening.

All in all, Surviving Actors was a thoroughly enjoyable day and I would recommend anyone catch the Surviving Actors Manchester 2013 event if they can. Get some of your acting friends together, book your seminars in advance (most did sell out) and make a day of it – having some company whilst standing in those queues helped to pass the time, unless you’re one of those Actor types who’ll strike up a conversation with anyone…

Until the next blog,

Surviving Actors:

Surviving Actors

PLEASE NOTE: New Live Theatre is in no way affiliated with Surviving Actors or any of the books, seminars or services mentioned in this blog.




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