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Liverpool Theatre School to hold boys-only taster day to encourage male performers into training

The Billy Elliot effect has made a difference but more needs to be done. Photo: Alastair Muir Bradley Perret in Billy Elliot. Liverpool Theatre School's taster day is an attempt to encourage more boys to consider professional training. Photo: Alastair Muir
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A Liverpool drama school is holding a special event for young male performers, in an attempt to encourage more boys to consider professional training.

Liverpool Theatre School is hosting a free, boys-only taster day next month to combat the “outdated gender stereotypes” which it said could put boys off applying.

It is the first event of its kind held by the college, which offers diploma courses in musical theatre and acting, and is being held as part of efforts to redress the gender imbalance on its courses.

At present, boys are in the minority on both Liverpool Theatre School’s acting and musical theatre courses, the college said, and it hopes that by hosting a tailored event intended to appeal to boys, higher numbers will consider pursuing training.

Principal Maxine Ellis said: “Widening access to professional training is very much part of the ethos at Liverpool Theatre School and we are always looking at ways to encourage diversity among students.

“Male students are currently in the minority on both our acting and musical theatre courses and we are aiming to tackle the gender imbalance by running a day especially for boys. Talented male performers can often be put off applying for professional performing arts training as a result of outdated gender stereotypes and our boys-only taster day aims to address such barriers.”

The taster day will take place at Liverpool Theatre School on April 6, and is open to boys aged 14 and older.

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