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Three giants of performance deliver special Q&A for students

Jan 29, 2019

Honorary Artistic Director of the New Adelphi Theatre, and internationally acclaimed playwright, Jim Cartwright was joined by high-profile comedy brothers and Salford alumni, Jason and Colin Manford at an open Q&A event on 16 January.

A large audience of Theatre, Media and Performance students was treated to an entertaining, informative, and above all, employability-focused conversation between these three giants of the current performance landscape. The conversation was particularly focused upon the vital attributes that our final-year Performance and Media students - who are soon to graduate from our programmes - must be able to offer to industry.

Alumnus Jason graduated in 2004 with a BA in Media and Performance and shared some fond memories of his time here at Salford with the engaged audience.

“I realised quickly, that when you’re doing a degree, you get out what you put in,” he said. “Make the most out of all the opportunities that come your way.”

He also shared some great advice for students on where he sources his stand-up material: "Everyone I know has ended up in my acts at some point – in a way you can pick apart your past and create some great material. Also perseverance is key – you might write a thousand jokes before you find one you like."

Two more of our alumni, senior script editor Liam Hurley and author and comedian Susanna Amatto, were also invited onto the stage to speak about the journey they've undertaken since leaving University, before a final Q&A with the audience.

The event was an all-round success and a great example of how as a university we’re offering inside knowledge from key industry figures to our students.