New Live Theatre is a producing theatre company, run by Co-Artistic Directors Paul Kenney and Stevie Helps, visiting theatres and rural venues around Manchester and Lancashire, UK. Founded by Paul Kenney in 2011, New Live Theatre produces brand new shows and strives to showcase some of the best theatrical talent in the North-West. We champion local theatrical talent!
Our shows are currently being produced around Manchester and the North West region. We mainly produce comedy-dramas but often delve into other areas (including comedy, panto, physical theatre, dramas etc), however our overall objective no matter what genre is to entertain. If you would like to get involved in New Live Theatre, we have many opportunities throughout the year, including: Professional acting roles, stage crew, promoters, sponsors, adult acting/drama classes, short courses, 1 day workshops and schemes for beginners, talent showcases, writing opportunities, directing opportunities and more! We usually have something going on to interest everyone.
OUR PROJECTS AND EVENTS
New Live Theatre only work with NEW writing (we usually premiere a show in Manchester and then tour it via our touring network). As well as producing our own range of shows, we aim to help local talent connect with our friends at other companies in the region. We love to network and believe it is vitally important in this industry.
In July 2012 we launched a new (FREE to participate in) annual Theatre Showcase event, now the Manchester Theatre Showcase, which aims to promote local Writers, Actors, Directors and encourage networking and marketing-awareness in the Arts in a friendly and approachable atmosphere. As well as being a showcase platform, the event enables the discovery of new theatrical talent for our company to work with on future projects. We believe that there is no easy route into the industry and that ‘formal’ routes into theatre, and the often high associated fees to enter showcases & festivals, can deter a lot of talented Writers. Therefore, the showcases will serve as a friendly, constructive, personal and FREE option for local writers to see their work produced on the stage without going grey in the process. From 2014, the showcase will also offer a range of marketing benefits for it’s highly talented participants who go through a casting process.