Old Courts Creatives

Old Courts Creatives

Old Courts Creatives is a new creative development programme for people aged 18-30 in Wigan & Leigh who want to develop as an artist, creative, producer.

You’ll develop your skills, practice and portfolio through workshops, mentoring and the opportunity to make work. You’ll also get the chance to work with other young creatives and professional artists from across the performing arts industry towards a live performance opportunity at The Old Courts.  

It will run from Feb – March and is free to attend. It is delivered in collaboration with LUNG and The Old Courts 

LUNG is a theatre company creating work that shines a light on political, social and economic issues in modern Britain. This programme builds on their successful Roaring 20s artist development programme that trains, mentors and supports early career artists and young people.

What it will involve

The programme will follow 2 stages.

Stage 1:

  • Weekly workshops and master classes at The Old Courts with industry professionals (this may include directing, performing, producing, writing).
  • Additional professional development opportunities with members from LUNG producers & The Old Courts on budget management, fundraising & producing support.
  • A 1-1 online mentoring and support session from The Old Courts & LUNG producers to support your development.



Stage 2:

  • The programme will culminate in a making weekend with an opportunity to work collaboratively to share something in a relaxed live event at The Old Courts.  

This is for people who…

  • Are aged 18-30, who are based in, or have connections to, Wigan & Leigh.
  • Are interested in a career in performance – this could be on or off stage.
  • Are interested in a career in the creative sector, you may have some experience already, or none yet, but you have ambition and enthusiasm!


Key Dates

  • 1 workshop per week running from 22 Feb – 26th March (these will be on a Wednesday evening 6-9pm)
  • 2 Saturday workshops on 11th March and 18th March
  • Full weekend Saturday 25th / Sunday 26th March (10am-6pm)
  • Live Scratch Performance* event Monday 27th March 2023 (10am-9pm)



  • An opportunity to see a live performance at The Old Courts and across Greater Manchester for free.
  • Access to book studio space to rehearse or work from at the Old Courts for rehearsals during the programme.
  • A small bursary payment to cover expenses during the making weekend & Scratch Performance* of £150.00 per person.


*A Scratch Performance is an informal live event where artists share unfinished work in a supportive environment to test out ideas and receive feedback. You don’t have to perform at this, and could instead help to produce the event.

Access information

  • We have an access budget available for those who require it to take part in the programme.
  • Our building is a complex Grade II listed Victorian former Court House. We are currently working towards making essential adaptations to the building to be a more accessible and inclusive venue. However currently, there are limited fully physically accessible spaces within the building. You can read more about our accessibility provisions here: https://www.theoldcourts.com/visit/#accessibility
  • If you have any questions about access in relation to this opportunity, please contact Lauren Banks on laurenb@theoldcourts.com or 01942 929 457

How to Apply

There will be two informal info sessions for people to find out more about the opportunity & ask any questions they may have:

  • Wednesday 11th January 6 – 7pm – in person, at The Old Courts.
  • Thursday 12th January 12 – 1pm – online, via zoom.


You can send your application in either of the following formats:

  • Written (no more than 1 page of an A4 document).
  • Video (no longer than 2 minutes. Filmed on a phone is fine).
  • Audio (no longer than 2 minutes. Filmed on a phone is fine).


In your application, please cover the following:

  • Why you want to be part of this opportunity
  • What art forms are you interested in, and any relevant experience you have in them
  • What do you hope to have gained from being part of the programme?


In addition, please provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Age & DOB (Date of Birth)
  • Contact details
  • The area you live
  • Your availability for the dates above


We are happy to have a 1-2-1 discussion about how we can best support your access requirements.

Please send your application to laurenb@theoldcourts.com

The deadline for applications is: Wednesday 1st February, 12pm

If you would like to come to an info session, or have any questions about the application or opportunity, please get in touch:

Email: laurenb@theoldcourts.com
Phone: 01942 929 457

Next Steps

There will then be informal interviews on zoom with a member from LUNG and The Old Courts. Final decisions will be communicated by Monday 6th February.