Thanks to a grant from the Local Connections Fund, Healthy Arts will be providing opportunities for local actors and writers – residents of the borough who have missed taking part in their regular hobby due to the closure of venues. During Lockdown 3.0, the not-for-profit arts organisation will run a series of online sessions for the local amateur theatre sector that will help people reconnect, make new friends and brush up their creative skills in a performance project entitled ‘Platform 21’.
The project will support people from Wigan & Leigh’s adult community acting scene during February and March 2021. Facilitated by Actor/Director, Martin Green, participants will be linked up with writers from local writing groups and individual writers who would like to take part. Julie McKiernan, a professional writer from Leigh, will mentor the writers.
After exploring acting technique in group sessions, the cast will rehearse and record the new scripts for sharing with a wider audience. This will provide a fantastic opportunity to refresh skills and develop self-confidence following the lengthy period of inactivity and lack of social activities as a result of Covid-19.
One-to-one sessions will also be offered to give participants some direct and specific coaching – either in acting, writing or comedy performance.
It is hoped this project could help to relaunch Platform Theatre Company and spark some new performance opportunities for a brighter future.
Acting coach and director, Martin, says “The arts have really suffered during the pandemic and there have been few local opportunities for this sector to thrive. It’s time to shine a spotlight on local talent and get theatrical activity back up and running, even if this is remotely.”
The sessions will take place on Monday evenings on Zoom for adults aged 18+. Interested people should email [email protected] by Friday 5th February as sessions will start from Monday 8th. There is no cost to participation as this project has been made possible thanks to Government funding with a grant from DCMS in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund.