BUDDING young Billy Elliots are being invited to attend a free taster day at Liverpool Theatre School as part of an initiative to encourage more boys to pursue a professional career on the stage. The boys-only taster day is set to take place at Liverpool Theatre School on Saturday 6 April (10am – 3.30pm) and is open to all boys aged 14 and over.
During the session, which has been designed to appeal to male performers, there will be an introduction to acting and musical theatre as well as interactive workshops on different disciplines including stage combat. There will also be an opportunity for boys to meet the team and find out more about professional training.
Maxine Ellis, Principal at Liverpool Theatre School, is looking forward to running the training college’s first ever taster day for boys. She said: “Widening access to professional training is very much part of the ethos at Liverpool Theatre School and we are always looking at ways to encourage diversity among students.
“Male students are currently in the minority on both our acting and musical theatre courses and we are aiming to tackle the gender imbalance by running a day especially for boys. Talented male performers can often be put off applying for professional performing arts training as a result of outdated gender stereotypes and our boys-only taster day aims to address such barriers.”
Many of Liverpool Theatre School’s male graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers on the stage including Tim Lucas from Aigburth, who recently landed a lead role in the UK tour of Cilla the Musical.
He said: “As a young boy I was more interested in sports than anything else but a friend of mine used to attend weekend classes at Liverpool Theatre School. I would kick a ball around outside while I waited for him to finish.
“I had always dismissed singing, dancing and acting as something that wasn’t for me until one day when I was invited by the school Principal to attend a couple of classes. I was around 13 years old then and I haven’t looked back since. I went on to attend Liverpool Theatre School full-time and then graduated with a Diploma in Musical Theatre and Acting, which stood me in good stead for landing my first big break.”
Alumni also include Tommy Sherlock, who is currently starring in Tenors of Rock in Las Vegas, Oliver Ormson, who recently played a lead role in The Addams Family tour and Alex Patmore, who is currently playing Mickey in the Blood Brothers UK tour.
Liverpool Theatre School is the only training organisation in Merseyside to offer the Trinity College London Diploma in both Professional Musical Theatre and Professional Acting.
The Aigburth training college, which runs scholarships with The Stage and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, was the first stage school in the country to axe its audition fees as part of a bold move to make professional training more accessible to students from diverse backgrounds.
Boys who would like to attend the free taster day at Liverpool Theatre School should register in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0151 728 7800.