Monday 18 - Saturday 23 July

Cultivate 2022

Back for 2022, Cultivate is our week-long festival focused on theatre upskilling. It's an unmissable opportunity for anyone wanting to get into any of the many areas of theatre. 

This year Cultivate sees workshops with Girl Gang MCR, ThickSkin, Darren Jeffries (Hollyoaks), Rupert Hill (Coronation Street), Nathaniel Hall and many more.

  • Open Auditions
  • Scratch Nights
  • Girl Gang MCR Takeover
  • Artist mixers
  • Performances
  • Workshops

View the full Cultivate 2022 schedule of events here.


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Open Auditions

As part of Cultivate 2022 we will be holding two days of open auditions with a panel of industry experts on Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 July.

We’re not casting for anything specific at the moment but we always have an eye on our upcoming productions. This is an opportunity for you to meet industry professionals and a chance for us to meet you.

We're looking for actors with a minimum of one professional acting credit or recent drama school graduates. If you’re interested in coming along, please email your Spotlight link or a CV, an expression of interest, and your preferred date to with the subject OPEN AUDITIONS.

You can apply for a place as an individual performing a monologue or as part of a pair performing a duologue. Pieces for performance should be contemporary work.

We are committed to casting actors from the North West and expressions of interest from local actors will be prioritised.

Please indicate whether you would like to attend as an individual or with another actor. If performing as a duo, please send a joint application. We’ll be in touch with further details if you are successful in securing an audition slot.



Due to the pandemic our 2020 and 2021 Cultivate festivals unfortunately had to be cancelled. Cultivate is back in 2022 with its usual mix of workshops, talks, Open Auditions and opportunities for theatre makers 

Cultivate 2019

Cultivate 2019 took place from Monday 10 – Friday 14 June, welcoming 200 people into the theatre for opportunities including Open Auditions, a Virtual Reality backstage experience, performances and workshops including physical theatre with Frantic Assembly, acting and producing with Box of Tricks and unarmed stage combat with Kaitlin Howard.


A look back at Cultivate 2019

Cultivate 2018

The inaugural Cultivate ran in June 2018, welcoming 200 people in to the building to take part in a variety of workshops and activities. Sessions included an Acting Workshop led by Director Chris Honer, Introduction to Producing and Small Scale Touring with Art with Heart and a Breakfast Mixer with Manchester ADP.

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