Liverpool-born actor Joe McGann returned to his home city to attend the official opening of Rare Studio Liverpool performing arts school’s new premises.
As the school’s patron he helped unveil its new three-storey headquarters in the city centre, on Wood Street, to key figures from across the UK.
McGann, who recently toured the UK with the hit drama April In Paris, officially opened the school with its founders Lindsay Inglesby and Michelle Faulkner.
Afterwards Joe said: “It’s an honour to represent such an amazing school.
“Rare Studio provides Merseyside’s young people with a gateway to creative excellence and introduces them to some of the UK’s, and indeed the industry’s leading teachers, agents and producers.
“Because the school is a registered charity, its students are provided with intensive training and specialist development regardless of their personal or financial circumstances.
“Students are offered places purely on talent – if they can’t pay, they don’t pay! Its that simple.”
Rare Studio Liverpool offers training in dance, acting, singing, songwriting and musicial theatre delivered by a team of current industry professionals and seeks to identify and nurture Liverpool’s raw talent.
Graduates from Rare have performed on The X Factor, appeared in music videos and have supported international stars including The Vamps and Beth Ditto.
Lindsay Inglesby, Director of Rare Studio Liverpool said:
“Rare was set up to reignite Liverpool’s performing arts scene and provide an arena of artistic discovery for the city’s young people.
“We started Rare in a small one floor building on Bold Street – we had no hot water and it was falling apart, but the atmosphere was incredible and classes were always oversubscribed.
“We’ve gone from strength to strength – its been a long tough road but we got there!
“Rare’s popularity has enabled us to move into an outstanding three-floor building, home to one of the largest dance studios in the North West.
“We’ve already hosted a wide-range of performances including the full-cast rehersals for Wicked at the Liverpool Empire.
“Today’s launch manifests years of hard work that has gone into developing Rare since our launch in 2011, and the response from the public tonight has been incredible.”