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Wigan Pier Theatre Company - Acting Up In The Community
Monday 4th September, 2006

Wigan Pier Theatre Company - Acting Up In The Community
WPTC drama groups performing 'Down Memory Lane'

If you enjoy acting, have a passion for drama, love improvising, writing scripts, or storytelling then there is a drama workshop starting soon in a neighbourhood near you, thanks to Wigan Pier Theatre Company (WPTC).

Whether you are eight or 80 and even if you have never tried drama before, attending one of the workshops could help open the door to a world where you could become the next Sir Ian McKellen or Dame Judi Dench. You will get top acting tips from professional theatre workers and most of these sessions are absolutely free.

WPTC, part of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, are now organising nine satellite youth theatre groups for young people aged eight and over across Wigan Borough, including Hawkley Hall, Shevington and Wigan Pier. Youth theatre activity will also continue on the Higher Folds estate in Leigh and new groups will be starting in Hindley and Abram.

Maura Flatley, aged 14, who attended the Wigan Pier Youth Theatre last year, says, "Since starting drama I have been offered lots of opportunities such as going on a week-long residential drama trip to Wales and performing in Manchester and around Wigan".

It's not just young people given there chance to shine, there are also two community theatre groups for adults - one at Wigan Pier on a Wednesday evening and one at Higher Folds on a Friday evening. The Wigan Pier group has now been firmly established since 2003 and has performed three major pieces of theatre, including the recent "Seven Deadly Sins" project in June, which toured local high schools.

Sue Dean, one of the group's regulars, says "Becoming a member of Wigan Pier Community Theatre has enabled me to learn new skills, build my confidence and make new friends. It has also given me a rare opportunity to work with professional actors and directors. Above all, it's good fun!"

The drama workshops commence from Monday 11th September and the theatre company will be happy to register any new members at the session of their choice. Those who want to trial the workshops will be welcome to attend, although a commitment to one session every week will be expected when rehearsing towards a performance. If you would like any further information, please telephone Martin Green or Stewart Aitken on 01942 709305 during office hours or e-mail s.aitken@wlct.org.

For a timetable of events, please visit www.wlct.org

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