After an incredibly successful summer drama camp in Portstewart, Bright Young Things Drama has announced it will now open a new permanent weekly class in Portstewart from September 2017 for 3-15 year olds, such was the demand for its unique drama class, designed to build life skills and develop confidence, communication and creativity through the power of drama.
Bright Young Things have a strong link to the North Coast as their patron is the acclaimed local actor James Nesbitt, who has been a patron of Bright Young Things for many years. Commenting on the launch in his home town, Jimmy says ‘I am over the moon that BYT is finally coming to the North Coast and setting up new schools in Portstewart and Ballymena. It will really benefit young people in the area, helping them reach their full potential. The benefits of Drama are so essential for the future, no matter where life takes you. It simply makes you a more confident, creative and dynamic person. BYT is such a high-quality organisation and Lisa and her team will ensure to bring out the best in each and every person who joins. I am very proud to be a patron of an organisation that is having such an impact in Northern Ireland and delighted now that people from my home town get the chance to get involved’ BYT Patron, James Nesbitt.
Founded in 2010, the multi award winning Bright Young Things Drama Company already has very popular weekly schools in Belfast, Holywood, Magherafelt and Armagh. The drama company was founded by Lisa Duffy, originally from Magherafelt, who after completing a Drama degree at Queen’s University, trained as a professional actor at the world famous LAMDA actor training school in London and later trained as a primary school teacher. Through her unique combination of training in both acting and teaching, Lisa was struck by the benefits of combining drama and performance to address many of the challenges teachers and the education system face when trying to teach the essential and often overlooked softer skills necessary for developing the whole child.
Today sisters, Lisa and Aisling, who together run Bright Young Things, are determined to use their unique drama formula to help young people unlock their full potential through the power of Bright Young Things Drama. They are supported in that endeavour by a large and passionate team of highly trained facilitators made up of professional actors and arts education specialists.
Explaining more about the power of drama for all aspects of a child’s life, BYT Founder and Artistic Director Lisa Duffy explains “At BYT we often talk about our hidden vegetables approach to our unique drama classes, and this has led to our BYT parents warmly coining the phrase ‘The BYT Effect’. We spend a lot of time developing our own original curriculum each year which is based on education research, child development theory and drama and performance techniques and practice, so that every activity, every technique we use in Bright Young Things is designed to develop a child’s life skills and emotional intelligence, to build their confidence, communication and creativity, whether that is for the stage or the boardroom. Those are the hidden vegetables. We are so delighted to be opening a permanent weekly school in the North Coast after such a wonderful summer camp in Portstewart”
Bright Young Things Portstewart launches on Saturday 16th September, with classes running every Saturday in term time. Classes are available for 3 distinct age groups. The Littl’uns class is for 3-5 year olds, Middl’uns class for 6-9 year olds and the Big’uns class for 10-15 year olds. Throughout the three terms Autumn, Winter and Spring, BYT Littl’uns and Middl’uns will explore drama, confidence games, music & song, roleplay, dance, storytelling and costume, all wrapped up with a big helping of BYT fun. BYT Big’uns will learn about acting from the professionals, exploring film, character development, improvisation, debate, games, dance, music, script-writing, and much, much more.
For more information or to book your child’s place visit www.bytdrama.com or call 07572 235400