Re-launching in 2022.
Our Young Actors Company was a pretty fab thing to be a part of. Across three years, our young people worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, winning awards and securing funding from the ArtsCouncil. Focussed on providing access to Shakespeare and classical-theatre for young people across Merseyside, alumni from our programmes have gone on to work at the Liverpool Everyman, Storyhouse and the Royal Exchange and to study at drama-schools including LIPA, RADA and more.

Members of our young actors company stand outside Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Youth Theatre

Our Youth Theatre is the main way to get involved with us. Many of our young people progress into our 'main' shows in the future. We combine thrilling productions with exciting trips to places such as Shakespeare's Globe, and best of all, it's free and always will be.

Actor Training

With alumni having studied at LIPA, RADA, LAMDA, East 15 and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, we're rightly proud of our actor training - we provide regular workshops on everything from audition technique to speaking classical text.

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The cast of The Rover pose for a photo
'I was at a point in my career where I wanted to grow and be challenged,
and so my involvement in PurpleCoat's Shakespearean and contemporary plays did exactly that.'
Dorcas Sebuyange
'The support from Karl was also incredible, as our individual requirements were catered too at all times.
We were encouraged to stretch our abilities and to develop both as individuals, and as a team.'
Leah Eddleston
'Without PurpleCoat, I wouldn’t have been shaped into the actor I am today
and for that I am ever grateful to this company.'
Jamie Peacock
'PurpleCoat has given me a platform to develop the skills and stamina
which helped me towards and during my MA in Acting at East 15.'
Simon Black
'PurpleCoat has given me the confidence to pursue acting as a career. They have pushed me and supported me in so many ways.
It has helped me develop as an actor so much.'
Beth Westbrook
'Gary made some wonderful friends there
and his confidence and abilities just grew and grew.'
Alix Watson

Clips from our Previous Productions

The logo for Arts Council England

Our Shakespeare's Contemporaries Season

From 2014 – 2017, with the support of ArtsCouncil England, we embarked on an ambitious project to perform the plays of some of the other people who were creating work around the time of Shakespeare. We looked at the work of Aphra Behn, Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson – names our young people hadn’t even heard off at the start of the projects! These productions were performed in Chester, Liverpool and Stratford-upon-Avon with the RSC.

An actor in our youth theatre production of The Rover.