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Applications are open now for Lyric Drama Studio 2020

Applications are now open for this year’s Drama Studio course. The closing date is Friday 14th August 2020.

Mary O’Malley, who founded the Lyric Theatre, thought Drama for young people was vital. With no full-time actor training available in NI, Drama Studio has, for 40 years, helped bridge that gap. Many former members now work very successfully in a variety of roles in the creative industries.

You can apply for a place if you’re 18-25 years old, not in full-time education and are seriously thinking about a career as a professional actor.

About 60 people apply every year for 14 places. You must be able to convince the panel at the audition that you have potential and that you are absolutely determined to learn all you can!

The fee of £150 is heavily subsidised by the Lyric, Arts Council of NI and Belfast City Council.

You’ll find out what it’s like to work in professional theatre and get advice and experience to help you make clearer career choices.

We strongly encourage and support Drama Studio members to apply to Drama Schools; in the last 8 years over 50 have got places, some at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Mountview, East 15, RADA, The Lir, Guildhall, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

The course runs from September to December on Saturdays from 10am to 6pm & Tuesdays from 7-9pm. You have to be available for all of these.

Experienced facilitators lead workshops in Acting Technique, Voice and Movement. There are also taster workshops to introduce you to skills you’ll meet at Drama School eg Stage Combat, Budgeting, TV & Film Acting. The sessions are intensive and rigorous, demanding a lot of commitment, so you get a realistic idea of the discipline required to be an actor. If you don’t deliver, you lose your place!

If you successfully complete the course of workshops, you can then audition to take part in the Drama Studio production at the Lyric in June 2021. This is a hugely exciting opportunity to work with industry professionals and is the ultimate in work experience for budding actors.

Again, getting a part can be very competitive, but that’s the way theatre works! Rehearsals are on Saturdays, and 2 evenings a week from April to June. You must be available at these times if you’re cast in the play and you will need to be free for 10 days before the production for rehearsals during the day.

Download an application form here: Application Form 2020