KB (and friends, can you spot them?) with members of the Ulster Youth Theatre...nifty t-shirts, wot?
|News from UAYD
| Update August 2006 on the Ken-Friends Bursaries:
National Youth Theatre, London: Workshop Course
(2 week residential
programme in London)
Jennifer Lowry, aged 19 from Bangor, Co. Down
Niall McAleer, aged 17 from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Cliodhna McCorley, aged 15 from Antrim, Co. Antrim
Ashton Montgomery, aged 16 from Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim
Michael O'Neill, aged 17 from Portstewart, Co. Londonderry
National Youth Theatre, London: Production & Technical Course
residential programme in London)
Stephanie McKervill, aged 18 from Ballymena, Co. Antrim
Youth Music Theatre (UK): Persona (10 day residential programme in Belfast)
Ryan McParland, aged 15 from Newry, Co. Down
Chris Ko, aged 17 from Portstewart
Youth Music Theatre (UK): Girl in the Ashes (10 day residential programme in Belfast)
Steven Millar, aged 17 from Coleraine, Co. Londonderry
Niamh McGowan, aged 16 from Lisburn, Co. Antrim
| Update October 2005:
"As always we have been delighted to receive your donation which has helped
9 very deserving young people to further their training and develop their
theatre skills. This has been a difficult year so far for UAYD as we
unexpectedly had a 25% cut in our main grant from the Arts Council of
Northern Ireland and this has put extreme pressure on us to seek other ways
of covering our core costs and publications. The Ken-Friends continued
support towards the bursaries and our performing arts training is of great
comfort in difficult times." Naomi Conway, UAYD Director
| Update August 2005 on the Ken-Friends Bursaries:
[Click on the bursary winners names to read their reports.]
The amount set aside and now spent on the bursaries is £1,000. The panel
met and offered bursaries to 10 of the 12 people who applied. The
successful applicants are now in the midst of their courses and some will
not finish until mid-September. The bursaries continue to be popular and
highly sought after.
National Youth Theatre, London (Acting courses)
National Youth Theatre, London (Technical Theatre courses)
London Academy of Music & Drama (Physical Theatre Programme)
Youth Music Theatre (Musical Theatre courses in Belfast and Edinburgh)
Ken-Friends Bursary Scheme is also a sponsor of this year's UAYD production
of "Red Noses".
THE ULSTER ASSOCIATION OF YOUTH DRAMA PRESENTS
THE HILARIOUS PLAGUE RIDDEN BLACK COMEDY
Written by PETER BARNES : Directed by JOHN WHITE
LYRIC THEATRE, BELFAST
From 17th - 20th August 2005
Ticketline: 028 9038 1081
Preview: Wednesday 17th at 8pm
Matinee: Saturday 20th at 2pm
Tickets from £6
Artistic Director, John White, explains what audiences can expect from this
Monty Python meets 'Little Britain' style play:
"Set in 1348, the Bubonic Plague is on the rampage throughout Europe. It's
a punishment from God. More pain and suffering is needed. A wandering
monk decides that laughter is what God wants. Recruiting a motley bunch of
misfits, he leads his merry band through France offering redemption through
bad jokes and laughter. On the way they encounter a cynical and neurotic
Pope Clement VI, Archbishops, Flagellants, Body Snatchers, Merchants and
Peasants who all react differently to 'God's Zanies'.
There are over 32 speaking parts in the play, managed by 26 actors. This
is an epic production and will provide audiences with a very rare
opportunity to see a play which is a great exemplar of all the theatrical
disciplines. With clowning, dance, music, theatrical effects, period
costume, sound design and stage design there is a vibrancy on-stage which
is reinforced by jokes, bawdry and laughter."
John continues: "On a more serious note the play does address the very topical issue of
man's inhumanity to man and looks at the role of human kindness in a world
Some scenes may not be suitable for those under 14 years
For further information contact the Ulster Association of Youth Drama on
028 9250 9520
A news article about UAYD:
The Ballymena Times, September 2004
PUPILS AIMING FOR BIG STAGE
THE search for another Ballymena actor to emulate the feats of Hollywood
superstar Liam Neeson is steadily taking shape at one local school.
Five Ballymena Academy pupils were recently selected to take part in
drama performances at both Ulster and National youth level.
The budding thespians honed the skills they have learned at the school’s
acclaimed Drama Department with practical performances on stage.
Three pupils – Maria Jackson, Kathy Clarke and Peter Coulter – gained
places on workshops run by the Ulster Association of Youth Drama, whose
patron is Hollywood actor Kenneth Branagh.
All three agreed that the workshops enabled them to gain valuable
experience and explore many facets of drama which were completely new to
Year 14 pupil Nikita Strange was one of only 29 students from Northern
Ireland who took to the stage with the Ulster Youth Theatre in its
highly-acclaimed production of Haroun and the Sea of Stories.
The performances took place at the Marketplace Theatre, Armagh, and
Belfast’s Waterfront Hall and have given Nikita’s interest in treading
the boards new impetus.
"It was a great boost to work with professionals who have worked in the
West End and it was also my first experience of working with set
designers, choreographers and musicians. I’m currently applying to a few
drama colleges and hopefully I might be able to get a few auditions as
well," she added.
Year 13 student Martin Jackson went one step further, becoming only the
second Academy pupil to become a member of the National Youth Theatre in
London, being selected from more than 3,500 youths who auditioned across
"I filled in an application form from the website and after an audition
in Belfast, I spent two weeks in London," explained Martin, who lists the
likes of Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro among his favourite actors.
"Acting is something I would consider as a career but there are plenty of
people who go through drama school and then struggle to find work so that
is something to be mindful of.
"I plan to audition for one of the NYT’s performances in the summer and
take it from there," he added.
Academy Head of Drama paid tribute to the pupils’ exploits, adding: "The
Drama Department has really taken off in recent years and I am really
proud of what these pupils have achieved.
"It gives them and the school kudos and it also helps develop their
skills further as well as giving them a sense of achievement."
The would-be actors will also be busy in the months ahead preparing for
the Academy Players’ 2004 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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