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Alumni update: Kate Gwynn & Vicky Sheldon, Rachel Stockdale, Natasha Davidson, Julie Edwards and Abigail Coniah

Kate Gwynn & Vicky Sheldon, Rachel Stockdale, Natasha Davidson, Julie Edwards and Abigail Coniah

Kate Gwynn & Vicky Sheldon set up their drama educational workshop business

kateKate Gwynn and Vicky Sheldon, ALRA MA Graduates, have set up a drama educational workshop business and have had some excellent feedback form teachers and children. Aimed to enhance and encourage the natural creativity of children they work with schools and groups to bring out children’s imaginative ideas through drama.Vicky Headshot WEB

We’re very impressed with their entrepreneurship and wish them every success!

Abigail Coniah features on the BBC Comic Relief advert

abigailAlumna Abigail Coniah features on the BBC Comic Relief advert which is on screens around the world. She was also in a promo film for the new garden bridge being built near the globe. Well done Abigail!

  • Check out the Sport Relief ad here
  • The promo for the garden bridge can be seen here

Natasha Davidson wins Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Manchester Theatre Awards

natashaNatasha Davidson won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in A View from the Bridge at Bolton Octagon at the Manchester Theatre Awards.

22 current ALRA North students also played a number of parts in Bolton Octagon’s production of An Enemy of the People, which won Best Production at the Manchester Theatre Awards. David Thacker, the director specifically thanked and mentioned ALRA in his acceptance speech.

Here’s a link to all the winners and nominees which include A View from the Bridge which ALRA students performed in as various ensemble members and various news items about each award

Rachel Stockdale, Maria Major, Amelia Twiddle and Kate Huntsman

rachel stockdaleALRA grad Rachael Stockdale wrote a play called Coal Girls for her PRP that was made into sold out shows at Oldham Coliseum. Maria Major BW

The show starred other ALRA grads: Maria Major, Amelia Twiddle and Kate Huntsman. 

Coal Girls is a funny story that gives insight into the lives of The Ashington Group miners’ wives and girlfriends. The premise of this play is as much as funny as true:

Amy Twiddle1762miners do manual work and the dirt is usually carried under their fingernails for around five years old; what might a wife think if her partner started taking two baths a day and developed a flair for oil painting? Katie Huntsman Stoner

The story written by ALRA's very own Rachel is inspired by ‘The Pitmen Painters’ by Lee Hall which is based on the true story of The Ashington Group.

Read the full interview here.

MA Grad Julie Edwards in Chip Shop Chips

julieFocusing on love at different ages and celebrating the nation’s favourite food, Chip Shop Chips is an immersive love story set in a chippy performing in unusual spaces across the North.

Check out some of the reviews and book tickets to support Julie here.

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5 tickets for ALRA showcases | that's alumnights

At each Friday night performance of any ALRA show there will hold back 5 complimentary tickets for our ALRA graduates.

To find out the forthcoming shows, please see the ‘What’s on’ section of the website.

Alumnight tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; to book tickets please email

Please note: ALRA still offer free tickets to all ALRA shows to alumni that are within their first year of graduation.

To learn more about ALRA’s graduate package please email

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