It was a star-studded evening at Bury College when they held the official launch event of the exclusive Jim Cartwright Theatre.

Named after multi-award winning, international playwright, director and actor Jim Cartwright, the theatre is a fantastic space which facilitates hundreds of students each year to achieve their dream careers.

Bury College School of Performance were delighted to invite the Mayor of Bury, Councillor Dorothy Gunther, BBC The Royle Family actor John Henshaw and Artistic Director of the Bury Met Theatre David Agnew, amongst many others, to the evening. Former and current students also took to the stage to perform dances, Jim Cartwright monologues and songs.

Jim Cartwright’s work is in almost continuous production around the world and has been translated into over 35 languages. His plays, including ‘Two’, ‘Road’, and ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’ have been performed at The National Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, The West End and on Broadway.

Jim said of the evening, “I am truly honoured to have this theatre named after me. Tonight has been very moving for me, with so many wonderful tributes from major figures in the industry and performances from ​students past and present. I cannot thank everyone involved enough. I hope this theatre will be a theatre of dreams and launch thousands of students on their individual journeys to success.”

Bury College School of Performance were delighted to welcome back Brian Hook, a former Performing Arts student, award-winning producer and an Olivier Award winner. The Bury College alumni said, “Coming back to Bury College is amazing. I now run an Arts Theatre in the West End and work all over the world but I think back daily to the training I had at Bury College and how to think on my feet and explore new things.”

Bury College School of Performance boasts a range of innovative A Level courses including Dance, Drama and Theatre Studies and Music Composing. As well as Vocational programmes such as Music Performance and Production and Performing Arts. With expert tutors who hold years of industry experience, partnerships with talent agencies and career enhancing trips and visits, students benefit hugely from the opportunities at Bury College School of Performance.

Andy Tomlinson, Curriculum Director of Performing Arts at Bury College added, “The evening was a celebration of the work and craft of Jim Cartwright. It was also the celebration of our links and liaisons in the community and the profession, the celebration of the talent of our students, past, present and future.  We are so honoured that Jim Cartwright is willing to be associated with us. It was a fitting tribute to Jim and student talent.”

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