Class Night – Actor Awareness

After the success of helping working class writers, directors and actors Tom Stocks brings the critically acclaimed company Actor Awareness, back to it’s home in the North.

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    17 Feb

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    Holding Cell

    The Old Courts
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    Doors open

With various new writing nights performed at Spotlight Studios in the heart of the West End, Actor Awareness set’s up these new writing opportunities in Wigan.

Our nights always have a set theme that is aimed at under represented voices. To enter the rules are as follows. The story can be about anything as long as the piece has the theme of “Social Class” at the centre of the story. The interpretation of this theme is down to you. Applicants can be any age, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, etc, no restrictions. The piece has to be between 10-15 minutes. Maximum 3 performers per show, plus the writer/ director, so 4 members in total for each group. We are looking for 4 pieces of live new writing. It can be short plays, poetry, monologues, short extracts of longer pieces. Casting and organizing rehearsals must be done my the chosen participants, however we can help with casting calls, advice and some support when necessary, etc.It will be part of the Actor Awareness partnership with The Old Courts, taking part in their lovely space in the heart of Wigan.

We always have an industry panel giving written feedback if wanted. Previously we have had award winning writers such as Anna Jordan & Jon Brittain, casting directors such as Heather Basten, Suzanne Smith & Daniel Edwards, agents such as BWH Cole Kitchen, Simon & How, amazing companies like Les Enfants, plus many more.


Actor Awareness is a campaign fighting for more equality, diversity, and working-class talent in the arts and aims to provide a community and voice for these disenfranchised groups.Our passion is to inspire talent from all backgrounds. Also to create a community of people to share and create work in a safe environment. As part of this mission we also create artistic opportunities and other support for actors, writers and directors who may have faced barriers in the industry. We have been established for 8 years. Reports of our work have been in The Guardian, The Stage, ITV News, BBC Radio, Sky News and more. We have been running events and festivals in London and forming great partnerships with the likes of Spotlight, Backstage, Star Now and more. Now Actor Awareness comes back home to the north to help under represented creatives.

TOM STOCKS the founder of Actor Awareness is is an actor, producer, poet and award winning writer from Bolton. He is the writer of award nominated show Netflix and Chill. Also, his new show On The Streets Of Covid has just won an award by The Royal Exchange Theatre. Recently Tom has become a poet, having his work featuring on BBC Radio, BBC I Player and BT Sport. In his acting he has featured in things such as Blinded By The Light and The Greater Game.

This event is free to attend & tickets are not required for entry. Access is first come first served.


  • The Holding Cell is within the Bailiff Bar.
  • Main entrance accessible via steps.
  • A ramp is available for wheelchair users.
  • An accessible toilet can be found in this venue.
  • There is no lift in our building.
  • Blue badge holders are entitled to park on the single yellow line on Crawford Street during its times of operation for up to 3 hours without charge.
Holding Cell
  • Performance Time: 7:30pm

  • Age Suitability & Warning: Age Suitability: 18+

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