Christopher Power with his book

An Actor’s Life For You?

Budding thespians at Clatterbridge Health Park are being encouraged to audition to show their talent to secure a part in a Wirral-based film.

Author and actor Christopher Power is making a movie cataloguing his tough childhood in Rock Ferry and Birkenhead.

Power, whose stage and screen credits range from Shakespeare to Coronation Street, has already written a book chronicalling his move from Wirral to Croydon and becoming a professional actor after training at Richmond Drama School and RADA.

The 46 year old from Port Sunlight told the Coffee Club that the film will give an account of growing up on the streets of Birkenhead during the 1970s and 1980s.

The story includes his time at Cathcart Street Primary and Conway Middle Schools where he was often angry but thrived on being noticed by fellow pupils – he was a rebel and once hurled a dust bin at one of his teachers. He struggled with dyslexia, his balance, speech and language, and eventually left school without a qualification.

Christopher told presenter Phil Rostance how his life went from bad to worse and he got caught up in drug taking, alcohol, gang fights, petty theft which led to two three month spells in prison – before eventually moving up to London and turning his life around with acting.

“The film is scheduled to be shot in Wirral in a few months’ time. It’s an exciting project and is promoting a significant amount of partnership and community work and encouraging social cohesion.” – Christopher Power, actor

The actor, who is the uncle of Tranmere Rovers player Max Power, hopes the production will put Wirral on the map.

Christopher has set up ‘The Power Foundation’ – where a percentage of all profits made from the film will be ploughed back and invested in youngsters so they are able to go to college and study acting.

There are almost 40 parts up for grabs for the Breaking Free film.

The event is scheduled to take place at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion on Sunday (31st August) between 9am and 1pm.