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Lyric's free theatre training

The NEW Lyric Drama Studio commences October 2008, and after a busy first round of auditions last weekend, final recalls for hopeful candidates are being held on Saturday 20th September. But if you’re aged 18-22, have always wanted to act and have the talent to make it happen, it’s not too late to make your claim for one of a few remaing highly places on the programme that can help you take the next step towards turning your professional aspirations into reality…

After a busy first round of auditions last weekend, final recalls are being held on Saturday 20th September. For those who are offered a place, the six-month programme will involve weekly workshops and masterclasses involving the best of local and visiting theatre talent, theatre visits, an intense rehearsal period at Easter 2009 and a final public performance. And, amazingly, it’s completely free to those who are selected from the auditions.

Director of the Lyric Drama Studio, Jonathan Harden (another alumni of a former incarnation of the Studio) hopes to assemble a select group of talented young actors and work from there: “I need a company of highly committed, talented actors. With the right team, we can make great things happen. This is the beginning of something very significant and I’m excited at the prospect of what lies ahead”

The focus of the project is on equipping young actors who are serious about the profession with skills that will help them to realise their professional ambitions. Just as former incarnations of the Lyric Studio did exactly this for a generation of actors who were to become regulars on the old Ridgeway Street stage, it is hoped that the new Studio can do the same for the multi-million pound new Lyric building, scheduled to open its doors in 2010.

Local actor Dan Gordon (aka Red Hand Luke from Give My Head Peace), himself a graduate from the old Lyric Studio, is supporting the new initiative: “The Studio has always set out to provide a bridge between aspiration and achievement. It is a vital platform for committed aspiring actors to have the opportunity to get further training, get semi-professional experience and to get to where they want to be”.

Book your place now by emailing [email protected] with your name and mobile number. The Lyric will then get back to you with details of where to go and what to prepare. But be quick, there are a very few slots left and they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. More info is available at or on bebo at


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