How to find ALRA North
Train stations: Wigan North Western and Wigan Wallgate
Buses: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 352, 375, 385, 395 or 607 (alight at Clayton Street and walk to Trencherfield Mill)
Wigan North Western and Wigan Wallgate are the closest stations. ALRA North is about a 10-minute walk from these stations. Exit the station and walk towards Wallgate. Turn left onto Wallgate and stay on this road for 0.3 miles (about 7 minutes) then turn left onto Heritage Way and ALRA North will be on your right.
By Bus from Wigan North Western Station
Walk to Wigan North Station stop A which is about 40 yards from the train station then take any of the buses from above and get off at Clayton Street (1 stop). Then walk onto Wallgate, continue straight onto Pottery Road then turn left onto Heritage Way.
There is a free car park near ALRA Theatre which is towards the back of the building, however if this is full, there is also a Wigan Council Car park which is near the main office towards the front of the building. This is a pay and display car park.
At The Mill at the Pier:
If you are coming to an Audition Day or to visit the office:
When you arrive at the Annexe/Office, you need to ring the bell and a member of staff will let you in.
If you are coming to see a show:
Walk towards the back of the building to the ALRA Theatre.
The ALRA North has excellent access for people with disabilities and we welcome applications from those with access needs. The Theatre, Cafe, TV and Radio facilities are all on the ground floor, as are accessible toilets and showers.
Students from the local area often choose to commute, others live together in shared houses which can be found within walking distance and are readily available.
You can expect to pay around £60 a week, excluding bills, for a room in a shared house in Wigan. A major part of the reasoning behind ALRA North was that the cost of living is much less than in London. This brings down ALRA’s overheads and this is reflected in the lower fees we offer ALRA North students.
ALRA North is five minutes from the main train stations (Wigan North Western and Wallgate) - with its shops, bars, clubs and the Grand Arcade, a new shopping centre carrying all the major brands. Based in the historic surroundings of Trencherfield Mill, Wigan.
The award-winning Bolton Octagon Theatre is 20 minutes away by train, Manchester and Liverpool 50 minutes; both are centres of theatrical excellence, with the Royal Exchange, Contact, the Everyman and the Liverpool Playhouse all producing their own work. Other Liverpool and Manchester theatres showcase the best large-scale touring and musical theatre.
There is strong national drama output from BBC Radio Manchester and Granada TV studios. Increasingly, agents and casting directors are choosing to base themselves in Manchester and the surrounding area.