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Vaughan | 11:17 UK time, Monday, 11 May 2009

Here at Ouch, we get lots of emails into our inbox from disabled people looking to get into acting. Well, now the BBC is launching a nationwide search to find new actors with disabilities.

BBC Talent Alert is an open call to find new disabled performers. Once people are past the initial stages, there will be workshops and training possibilities, plus ongoing support to help them achieve a viable career in the industry. Before all that, however, they need to meet you - the talent!

Open auditions are going to be held across the UK in three major regional cities - Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow. These aren't just for people who live in the local areas, though - if you can get there from where you live in the country, then you're very welcome to attend.

The auditions start with Manchester on Wednesday 10th June. So if you're disabled, have an interest in performing and would be able to attend an audition in Manchester - even if you have no acting training or experience as yet - then this could be your chance.

Send an email to sarah.hughes@bbc.co.uk, ideally attaching a photograph. Describe yourself, say something about your interest in acting, and where you believe your talents lie. Good luck!

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