Young people’s creative energy sparked by Lyric and Power NI theatre workshops

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Over 50 young people in the greater Belfast region will benefit from a Lyric Theatre creative learning programme thanks to Power NI funding support.

Over 50 young people in the greater Belfast region will benefit from a Lyric Theatre creative learning programme thanks to Power NI funding support.

The KIC (Kids in Control) All-Ability Physical Theatre programme brings together young people, both disabled and able-bodied, who work together under the creative leadership of Lyric Theatre mentors and facilitators and present a showcase finale performance at the Lyric’s Naughton Studio.

Backing from energy company Power NI is enabling the Lyric team to further extend and develop the artistic programme rolling out an additional 14 workshops at Glenveagh Special School in South Belfast and West Belfast’s Upper Springfield area. This is on top of 28 planned sessions at both the Lyric Theatre and Bloomfield Collegiate school in East Belfast.

At the Lyric Theatre during the Autumn and Spring terms 15 young people who experience a range of disabilities, will learn about and train in all aspects of performance art and theatre production. Lead facilitators will be supported by fully trained peer leaders including 15 volunteers from Bloomfield Collegiate.

Gemma-Louise Bond, Senior Sponsorship & Events Executive at Power NI said;

‘A landmark theatre in Belfast, the Lyric Theatre is a steadfast supporter of all-ability creative learning. The Power NI team are thrilled to help the Lyric expand its Kids in Control programme so that even more young people can benefit and learn important life and work skills for the future.

‘Working together these young people will learn important team and interpersonal skills and also have tremendous craic and enjoyment putting together, rehearsing and performing their creative work in March 2019. I’m really looking forward to seeing that energetic final production!’

Philip Crawford, Head of Creative Learning at the Lyric theatre added;

‘We are delighted to be working with Power NI to sustain and further develop the exciting work the Lyric do with Kids in Control. The inclusivity and resulting diversity our joint projects offer is such an integral part of the Lyric ethos’.