Manchester M40 0DP
The Acting Class (Deirdre O’Neill & Mike Wayne 2017 77 mins).
When Tom Stocks, a young man from Bolton has to turn down a chance to study at the East 15 drama school because he cannot afford the fees, he sets up a campaign to highlight socio-economic exclusion in the arts. Tom is not alone. Actors from working class backgrounds are struggling to get in and get on in an industry stacked against them. This film features Christopher Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Maxine Peake, Andrew Ellis and Samuel West talking about the rising barriers to success. And this is an issue not just for those who see their dreams thwarted because they do not have the ‘bank of mom and dad’ to back them. Who gets to be on our stages and screens matters to all of us. Whose stories get told, what images we have of ourselves, who we think ‘we’ are, helps shape our identities. And that is political.
Followed by Q&A with the directors.
Free parking, licensed bar, disabled facilities.