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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:

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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.


Manchester Theatre Venue Scouting

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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 theatre scene in Manchester is going through some exciting times. With an increasing number of great acting schools churning out fresh new talent, as well as having the skills to hone technique for the more experienced Actors, it’s a great time to be an Actor in Manchester. It’s great to see this northern city now gaining recognition for it’s theatre scene, after the recent surge in major shows debuting at our larger theatres. As a result of this, there is a higher demand on the smaller theatres and there are some interesting alternative spaces popping up around the city.

TheHouldsworth_EntranceToday I viewed a new venue in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, which seems to tick many of the boxes which I have been searching for. This is a quirky and versatile venue with nearly all of the facilities that I’ve found many of the smaller venues in the area can lack; such as location and accessibility. Still slightly in development, I am looking forward to seeing the completed venue and hope to be able to share some new writing with everyone there in the coming months. More details to follow, keep tuned in!

Check out The Houldsworth next time you’re in the area. Update: Unfortunately this venue in the Northern Quarter is now closed after flood damage.

Until the next blog,
Paul Kenney


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