THE ACTING CLASS + Q&A

THE ACTING CLASS + Q&A

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  • Sun 8 Oct
  • 77 minutes
  • Director: Deirdre O'Neill and Mike Wayne
  • Cast: Christopher Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Maxine Peake, Samuel West
  • UK (2017)

Synopsis

Join us for a post-screening Q&A with Christopher Eccleston and the filmmakers!


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. Established actors worry about where the next generation of talent from modest backgrounds is going to come from. Christopher Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Maxine Peake and Samuel West are among those who feature in this film talking about the 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 a Q&A with the filmmakers and special guest Christopher Eccleston, multi-award winning actor whose roles on film, stage and television have encompassed Hamlet, John Lennon and Doctor Who.