Adult actors with disabilities from West Lancashire are being sought for roles in a specially-commissioned play to be staged at the Rose Theatre in Ormskirk next year.

The project, known as Easter Rising, is being organised by Phil Christopher, senior lecturer in drama at Edge Hill College of Higher Education, Ormskirk, in partnership with the Rose Theatre at Edge Hill, West Lancashire District Council and the North West Arts Board.

Phil, who has a wealth of experience in writing for the theatre and directing, is seeking to bring together a small group of disabled actors to develop a play to be staged at the Rose Theatre on 27 and 28 March, 2002.

He said: “This is a great opportunity for people who would like to develop performance skills and be involved in creating new theatre. The project is designed to give a chance to people who have not had access to this sort of work before. Hopefully we can establish a group of performers who can go on to make theatre on a regular basis at the Rose.”

Weekly three-hour rehearsals will start in the week beginning 21 January 2002, at times to be arranged.

Earlier this year Phil won the prestigious Manchester Airport Commission for taking Poetry to the Theatre. His piece, Texts4, was staged at the Studio at the Royal Exchange Theatre, in Manchester, to critical acclaim.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Easter Rising project should contact Phil on 01695 584688 or June Gibbons at the Rose Theatre on 01695 584468.