New Faces

We want to encourage emerging new talent from Bury. We want to see the next Victoria Wood, the next Guy Garvey or Danny Boyle. You don’t have to be young, old, middle aged, just to have the desire to hone your talent, try something new or make that dream come true.

Happy’s talent development programme, named New Faces after the ITV show that made Victoria’s name in the 1970s, aims to help you on your way by offering the chance to work with professionals – the best in their field – to write and perform for the Happy Festival in May or the Happy Proms in July. We’ve chosen the genres of work that Victoria’s best known for: comedy, music, songwriting and TV scriptwriting.

New Faces Programme


A chance for career starters to work with Victoria’s Musical Director David Firman and Joe Nelson – a local music leader and composer.

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An array of workshops to get your creative juices flowing, including comedy writing, comedy performance, song writing and TV scriptwriting. All delivered by top notch professionals working in the industry

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Bury Youth Theatre and Met Express - a chance for young people and adults with disabilities to get creative and produce new theatre work for Happy!

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Fancy becoming a new face?

Fill in the contact form below to register your interest in the workshop and talent development programme.