Our first session took place 7 years ago. Since then, hundreds of students have passed through the doors of the old school hall. We want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all our students, past & present, for making the work we do such a joy! Have a great time in class today, enjoy your cake, and here’s to the next 7 years!! 

One student who entered the hall on that first day, was the lovely Emily Anderson. Emily took part in The National Theatre Connections Festival, performing three times at The Lowry, and most recently at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. She has made numerous cups of tea, cut dozens of birthday cakes, and achieved her LAMDA Gold Medal! 

For the last two years Emily has worked alongside Naomi helping the smooth running of the Saturday morning classes. Today is her last day with us………

From everyone at Marple Drama, we want to say a huge HUGE THANK YOU for all your help, support, commitment, dedication, and excellent tea making skills!

You will be missed Emily!!

We wish you every success!!



A lovely way to end our 2018/19 NTC experience…….

We once again recreate the ‘Last Supper’ at HOME, Manchester, before watching another version of ‘FLESH’, performed by Dalton Theatre Company, and then an excellent production of ‘Class’, by Imaginarium Young Actors……..

Here’s to NTC 2019/20!!


An absolute gem from our lovely and hugely talented patron, Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Actor Julie Hesmondhalgh’s working diary begins in November 2016 at the end of a full and exciting year of theatre-making with her company, Take Back. The company is a northern-based collective creating immediate script-in-hand responses to social and political events (of which there were many in 2016). Her work with Take Back fell between filming the third series of Broadchurch for ITV and starring in the award-winning play Wit at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

She kicks off as she prepares to start rehearsals for Mike Leigh’s epic film about the Peterloo Massacre of 1819; visits schools and colleges representing Arts Emergency – an organisation set up to promote opportunities for young working-class actors; and awaits news of a possible London transfer of Wit.

The book takes in Hesmondhalgh’s unique experiences of working in film, theatre, TV and radio drama, and through the ups and downs of life as a working actor and producer, while balancing family life. The events described throughout take place against the backdrop of the huge political change and upheaval as Britain votes in favour of Brexit and Donald Trump is elected as US president.