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Coram Boy

on Thursday, 29 November 2012.

coram boy

Coram Boy

By Jamila Gavin adapted by Helen Edmundson
Directed by Titania Krimpas

Alra Grad nominated for Milton Shulman Award

on Friday, 23 November 2012.

denise gough2003 ALRA Graduate Denise Gough has been nominated for the prestigious Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer. Since graduating from ALRA Denise has performed a series of lead roles in productions such as ‘Annie’ and ‘Our New Girl.’ She is currently performing as Abbie in ‘Desire Under the Elms,’ at the Lyric Hammersmith which has received rave reviews. We will keep our fingers crossed for you Denise!


David Copperfield

on Thursday, 15 November 2012.

Graduation 2012

on Monday, 05 November 2012.

In October we waved goodbye to our final year actors and Stage Management students who donned their gowns and met in Greenwich for their Academic Graduation. With a jubilant throw of their mortarboards they were off into the Big, Wide, World! Although we are sad to see them go there are more students snapping at their heels in the North and South ready to take their place next year! Good luck to all our new graduates and we hope to see you on the stage, screen or behind the scenes very soon.


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ALRA attends Hull Truck Theatre Company

on Monday, 05 November 2012.

ALRA were the only drama school in the country who recently attended the Hull Truck Theatre careers day.  

The day aimed to give participants an invaluable insight into working within the Performing Arts.  The day is designed that industry experts from all areas are available to offer advice on training and future career choices.


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Three Birds Alighting on a Field

on Monday, 22 October 2012.


The Mill at The Pier debut performance

Three Birds Alighting on a Field

By Timberlake Wertenbaker : Directed by Chris Hill

ALRA North Theatre


on Monday, 22 October 2012.



By Ariel Dorfman with Tony Kushner Directed by Des Kennedy

The Mill at the Pier

on Monday, 08 October 2012.

mill-at-the-pierIn august we got the keys for the Mill at the Pier and an astounding 6 weeks later we are ready thanks to some amazing work by ALRA North staff. The new space is a delight. Quirky and atmospheric with a real sense of the past surrounding a central performance area.

This is going to be the centre piece of Wigans aspirations for a cultural quarter and even before we open, professional companies and community theatre groups are starting to book time for shows. There will be acoustic music nights, childrens theatre, touring companies, local college groups and many others using the space and the special ambience with the open nature of the space and the bar will prove a great success.

The first milestone has been reached and we will open the first show on time.

The second milestone will involve your help as we search for funding to convert the first and second floors into fabulous studios and rehearsal rooms. The fundraising has begun so if you'd like to help build something special for the future of ALRA then visit our donation page to give something, no matter how small I can promise it will used to create another unique space for students of the future.

We will be putting pictures and videos on the site as soon as things happen to keep you updated so check back to follow our progress at Trencherfield Mill.


Robert Lonsdale in 'A Life'

on Wednesday, 03 October 2012.

robert lonsdaleThe wonderful Robert Lonsdale who graduated from the 3Y course in 2008 is appearing as Lar in ‘A Life’ by Hugh Leonard at the Finborough Theatre. It will be the first UK production in over 30 years and runs from Tuesday 2nd October- Saturday 27th October. For more information and to book tickets please see:

Nice Work If You Can Get It

on Friday, 28 September 2012.

Madelaine-RyanMadeline Ryan, PG 2011 is playing with Nice Work If You Can Get It in their debut site-responsive piece Open House

Within the confines of four walls, Open House explores the memories and stories of a building that has remained standing in the face of industrialization, war, and gentrification. From physical theatre to puppetry, Nice Work If You Can Get It take their audience through the corresponding stories evoked by the house. For two nights only, be led through the four floors of this unique and beautiful building, as Brunswick House becomes an Open House.

Brunswick House, Vauxhall, SW8 2LG

Thursday 4th October and Friday 5th October

£12 entrance + glass of bubbly (concessions £10).

To book tickets call: 020 7501 7775


on Wednesday, 19 September 2012.


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This year we are opening up our free Outreach programme to more schools up and down the country. Do you have promising, talented drama students that want to have a taste of what really happens at ALRA and what it takes to get through the audition process? Then get in touch and book a two hour workshop, which will consist of vocal warm-ups, movement, games, work with text and a talk from our Co-Director or Student Adviser giving you a first-hand insight into life at ALRA South and ALRA North.

Outreach auditions can also be booked alongside the workshop at your school or college but there must be a minimum of 5 students and there is a price of £35 per student, or the school can pay on behalf of all students.

For further information and to book an Outreach visit for your school please contact either

April SibalThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Maddy Anholtmaddy.anholt@alra.

Please note there is a charge of £50 to cover travel costs

Hancock's Half Hour - The Lost Episodes

on Monday, 17 September 2012.

luke adamsonLuke Adamson who graduated from the 3 year course in 2011 will be in Lincolnshire playing Sid James in a tour of Hancock's Half Hour - The Lost Episodes. They are doing onstage versions of a radio and a television episode that has been lost by the BBC.

For more information and to book tickets, please see:

The President and the Pakistani

on Thursday, 13 September 2012.

junaid faiz22011 ALRA PG Junaid Faiz is soon to appear in the new play, ‘The President and the Pakistani,’ which is directed by Tom Attenborough and is about Barack Obama’s life in Harlem during 1985, with his Pakistani roommate.

The play runs at Waterloo East Theatre from 3rd October to 4th November, just in time for the US Elections!

For more information and to book tickets please visit

Well done Junaid, we can’t wait to see it!

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