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Act Away Those Seven Deadly Sins!
Wednesday 4th January, 2006

Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include spending more time with friends, keeping active, enjoying life more and learning something new.

Wigan Pier Theatre Company is inviting people of all ages from across the borough to achieve all of these in 2006 by joining one of their drama classes and becoming involved in their annual community theatre production based on the “Seven Deadly Sins”.

The drama classes and workshops are open to all from the age of eight and over. Wigan Pier Theatre Company runs youth theatres at its Wallgate base, as well as satellite groups in Shevington, Swinley and Worsley Mesnes. There is also an adult community theatre group at Wigan Pier for those aged sixteen and over.

“This is a very exciting project for local people interested in drama regardless of age and experience. We would really like to see some new members come through the doors and participate in our largest community production to date,” says Martin Green, Development Officer for the theatre company. “We particularly want to encourage all the budding Johnny Depps out there to come along and give acting a try. Presently only one in five of our drama group members are male!”

“The classes are also fantastic social events, our current members have great fun and lots of people have made new friends. Thanks to continued funding from the Arts Development Section of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and Arts Council England, North West we are able to deliver these opportunities for local residents,” continues Martin.

The “Seven Deadly Sins” project will involve all of Wigan Pier’s theatre groups for a performance in June this year. This is the final opportunity for all members, old and new, to commit to one rehearsal a week between January and June to ensure they can take part.

A range of activities will be covered including acting, drama games, improvisation, script writing, physical skills and voice coaching. The workshops are led by professional theatre workers and new members will work with local writers to create a piece of theatre based on the themes behind the famous sins – pride, envy, gluttony, avarice, wrath, lust and sloth.

The workshop sessions are generally free of charge. There may be a small charge weekly of £1 at some sessions towards hire of the venue.

Those wishing to enrol can call Wigan Pier Theatre Company on 01942 709305 or just turn up at one of the following sessions, week commencing 9th January:

Age 8 to 11
WORSLEY MESNES Community Centre, Clifton Street – Tuesdays 7.00 – 8.00pm

Age 12 to 15
WORSLEY MESNES Community Centre – Tuesdays 8.00 – 9.30pm
WIGAN PIER, The Way Were museum, Wallgate – Wednesdays 5.30 – 7.00pm
SHEVINGTON Youth Club, Highfield Ave – Wednesdays 7.00 – 8.30pm
SWINLEY, Penson Street Community Centre – Thursdays 5.30 – 7.00pm

Age 16 plus
WIGAN PIER, The Way We Were museum, Wallgate– Wednesdays 7.00 – 9.00pm

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