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Jane Horrocks gives advice to drama students

Thursday 11 October 2018

BRITISH screen legend Jane Horrocks will give advice to students as part of a partnership between the University of Salford and playwright Jim Cartwright.

The award winning Little Voice star will be in conversation with writer Jim Cartwright – who wrote the original play from which the Oscar nominated film was adapted – at the University’s New Adelphi Theatre on Tuesday October 16.

The pair will talk about Jane’s career on stage, film and television, from comedies such as Absolutely Fabulous to animated features such as Corpse Bride, before an audience including the University’s final year Performance students and members of Jim’s own Cartwright Drama Studio based in Chorley and Manchester.

Jane, who recently appeared alongside Rob Bryden and Rupert Graves in comedy drama Swimming With Men, will then hold a question and answer session.

Successful stage career

The actor, who has appeared in many major British films, including Mike Leigh’s Life Is Sweet, has also enjoyed a successful theatre career including performances at The National Theatre and The Royal Court, and is among the major names appearing in a series of Harold Pinter short plays in the West End next month.

Jim Cartwright said: “Jane Horrocks has burnt a bright trail from stage to television to film, and rightly has become one of the most recognisable faces – and voices – of the British acting world. The kind of insights she will be able to give those who are setting off on an acting career are second to none.”

Jim, who is a multi-award winning international playwright, whose works include amongst many others the modern classic Road, penned a series of bespoke monologues for actors including Julie Hesmondhalgh, Sue Johnston and University alumnus Warren Brown, to mark the theatre’s official opening last year.

Theatre partnership 

The playwright is working with other esteemed writers, actors and directors to host another event at the New Adelphi Theatre in March next year.

He will also work with students, carry out masterclasses and provide opportunities for students to work alongside his company.

Nikki Woods, Artistic Director of the University of Salford’s New Adelphi Theatre, said: “Many of our students will have grown up watching Jane Horrocks on the screen, while Jim Cartwright is one of the most important British stage writers of the last three decades, so to have them both together on the same stage is hugely inspirational. It’s a tour de force of northern talent!”