Sun 25 Oct

The Waterside Arts Centre


Tickets £20.00

How to get into Drama School and How to survive in the profession.

Thinking about becoming an actor, or working in the performing arts? This one-day seminar is divided into two halves. In the morning we will help you navigate your way through the 119 schools, universities and colleges and more than 500 qualifications on offer, so you make sure you spend your money wisely and get the course that suits you. In the afternoon 2pm-4.30pm you will meet an agent, a casting director, and a commercial producer who will tell you what they do and how they do it, and you’ll learn what you’ll earn, and how to maximise your chances of success.

becky Becky’s story – 

Hi, I’m Becky, I’m 19, and this year I applied to six drama schools, RADA, LAMDA, Guildhall, Guildford, Central and AADA in New York. It cost me over £900, and I luckily got incredibly far in 80% of my auditions, so I must have something, talent wise. I could have potentially been offered a place, but I am a prime example of someone who didn’t really know exactly what they were letting themselves in for. I wish I had been to a seminar like this, as I might have succeeded. I did get a place at the New York school but chose not to take it. I’ll be at the seminar and I’ll tell you why.

Led by highly experienced industry professionals, the seminar will show you how the admissions process works – acting courses audition three or four times as many students as they have places – and how to maximise your chances of success. You’ll also meet some working actors, and we’ll tell you what to expect, how much you’ll earn, and how you get work when you get into the biz. And all for a third of the price of a drama school audition.

Suitable for aspiring actors, directors, designers, technicians and anyone thinking about a career in theatre, musical theatre, film & tv or a degree in the performing arts, the seminar will include:

In the Morning 10.30-1.00pm

  1. What drama schools and performing arts universities have in common, and how they differ.
  2.  What you should expect from the course of your choice, and how to find out what previous students think about the course.
  3.  How the admissions process works
  4.  How to prepare for the admissions interview.
  5.  How to choose and work on an audition piece.

In the Afternoon 2.00pm-4.30pm

  1. What an agent does and what they are looking for in a client.
  2. What a casting director does and what they look for.
  3. What a commercial producer does and what they look for.
  4. On graduating, what kind of work you can expect to be looking for.
  5. How much you can expect to earn, and other aspects of the contract, and Equity.
  6.  How to maximise your chances on Spotlight.
  7. How BBC Radio is cast
  8. Anything else you’d like to know that falls within our expertise.

The seminar will be a mixture of short talks, panel discussions and demonstrations, with opportunities to question the tutors at every stage.  There will be actors present throughout the day and available at lunchtime who will be happy to chat. You’ll also get to meet a very successful actor who’ll tell you how they did it- to be announced soon!

Tutors will include:

Clive Duncan
Clive Duncan B&W
Actor and from 2004-2014 Co-Director and Head of Acting at ALRA, the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, London and Wigan.
David Shirley
David Shiley b&W
Director of the Manchester School of Theatre at MMU. Prior to joining MMU, David worked at Rose Bruford College, where he was a Senior Lecturer in Acting. He trained as an actor at the Arts Educational Schools and studied at RADA. David has extensive experience of performing in theatre, film and TV.
Chris Wallis
C Wallis 2
Director and Producer Watershed Productions, formerly Senior Producer BBC Radio Drama, Artistic Director Unicorn Theatre London, Associate Director Theatre Royal York
Úna Evans-O'Connell

Úna Evans-O'Connell established EOC Management in March 2013 after 24 years in the industry. EOC Management has a base in both Manchester and London and the international client list is based throughout the United Kingdom.

Úna worked in the Casting Department at Granada Television for over 11 years working on the BAFTA award winning series Children's Ward, Coronation Street, Wilmot, Cold Feet and many more. She joined Pemberton Associates as an agent 15 years ago where as well as working in all genre she was responsible for developing the Musical Theatre side of the agency.

Her current clients have been cast in the new Ridley Scott epic feature film The Exodus for Twentieth Century Films, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, Still Open All Hours, Episodes, Call The Midwife, Stella, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Give Out Girls, Hank Zipzer and many others. They have worked in various theatres including Dannielle Malone who starred in the No. 1 UK Tour of 51 Shades of Maggie and they have recorded for BBC Radio.
Janet Hampson

Casting director for ITV (Coronation Street), BBC1 (Citizen Khan), BBC2 (Hebburn), BBC3 (C-Bomb, Lunch Monkeys), and Sky (The Cruise, Little Crackers) to theatre (Bridging the Gap, Down the Dock Road) and film (Going to Mecca). She is also a guest tutor at LIPA and UCLAN. Janet trained as an actor.
Malcolm Raeburn
Programme Leader BA Media and Performance, Salford University, and a former Director of Admissions for the School. He joined the University in 1999 after previously combining posts as visiting lecturer and director at Edge Hill University and Arden School of Theatre with work as a writer, director and performer.

Between them Clive, Malcolm and David have auditioned more than 50,000 applicants to their schools. Chris has directed more than 50 theatre productions and 250 hours of radio, and auditioned several thousand actors in the course of 35 years in the business. Janet and Úna have been in the business of choosing actors for more than 20 years. There will also be professional actors around at lunchtime with whom you can chat, and prospectuses for all the schools in the North West will be available to take away.

Where and when?

The Waterside Arts Centre M33 7ZF is by the canal in Sale, opposite Sale Metro, and there is a car park with reduced fees for patrons on the other side of the canal, 3 minutes walk away. It's 7 minutes by car from M60 Jct 6 or 7.

Sunday October 25th, doors open at 10am, seminar begins at 10.30 and will finish at 4pm. There is a cafe where tea and coffee will be available. Please bring a pack lunch. On signing up for the seminar we will contact you by email asking for details that will help us tailor the seminar to your needs, and we will send you a timetable and directions for the day in due course.

To book please go to the Waterside website and look for us on the What's On menu scrolled down to Oct 25th

For group bookings - 6 or more - please email or call Chris Wallis on 07973818298

And thanks to Harry Venning for permission to reprint Hamlet.