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Working closely with the local community, the Grand Opera House promotes an outstanding theatre education programme, reaching out to schools, community groups and youth organisations to deliver participatory programmes, learning projects and large scale education initiatives.

From performance masterclasses to a thriving youth theatre programme, the Grand Opera House is a passionate participant in the life of our community, working hard to provide access to the arts for everyone in Northern Ireland.

For further information on education initiatives, or to find out more about taking part, please contact Aine Dolan, Community and Education Manager, on 028 9024 0411 or email adolan@goh.co.uk.

Suitable for young people aged 6 - 18, the Grand Opera House Youth Theatre is one of Northern Ireland's leading youth theatre initiatives. Facilitated by experienced theatre professionals, the Youth Theatre meets each Saturday, combining theatrical games with rehearsals and regular performances.

If you are aged 6 - 18, and want to work with professional theatre practitioners, please contact Aine Dolan, Community and Education Manager, on 028 9024 0411 or email adolan@goh.co.uk.

Stages, the Grand Opera House's innovative work experience programme, is open to young people aged 14 - 18, and aims to provide a period of work placement that will support students in their course of study or further their interest in planning a career in Performing Arts Management.

There are four placements available throughout the year, two in the Autumn Season between October and December and a further two in the Spring Season between January and Easter. The placements will last for four days (Tuesday – Friday) and will be scheduled to coincide with the relevant week allocated in the successful applicant's school calendar.

How to Apply
Places are offered on an application and interview basis. Please download both the information pack and application form, and return completed applications to Suzy Millar, Theatre Secretary, Grand Opera House, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR.

Due to the number of requests that we receive for work experience, and in order to make the process fair, we ask that you only send in applications during the appropriate timeframe outlined below.

Application Dates
Applicants will be invited to attend a formal interview and placements will be awarded to successful candidates. We recommend that you prepare fully for your interview as this forms part of the learning process for students. We will provide feedback on your interview performance.

Date of Work Placement: October/ November 2013
Applications Open: 1 August
Closing Date for Applications: 13th September
Interview Date: 20th September 2013
Status: Open

Date of Work Placement: December 2013
Applications Open: 2 September
Closing Date for Applications: 7 October
Interview Date: 18th October
Status: Not Open

Date of Work Placement: January to February 2014
Applications Open: 7 October
Closing Date for Applications: 29 November
Interview Date: 13th December
Status: Not Open

Date of Work Placement: March to May 2014
Applications Open: 30 December
Closing Date for Applications: 31st January
Interview Date: 10th February
Status: Not Open

Summer Youth Project 2014

The Grand Opera House Summer Youth Project is back for its fourth year!

In 2014, we are staging Guys and Dolls! Culminating in 5 public performances on the magnificent Grand Opera House

The project will run from Sunday 13 - Saturday 26 July 2014 inclusive and is open to young people aged 10 – 19 years old. (Please note you must be aged 10-19 on Sunday 13 July 2014). Successful participants must be able to attend every day of the project. Download the rehearsal schedule.

Registering for Auditions to perform

Auditions for this year’s production of Guys & Dolls will not be held on Sunday 9th February as was previously advertised. Auditions will now be held on Sunday 16th March at Belfast Metropolitan College’s Springfield Road site. To register please download and complete the registration form.

As we have had to push the audition date back by a few weeks we will still accept registration forms for the project up until Monday 17th February.  

What will happen at the Auditions?

At the auditions, you will be taught a song from the show and some choreography. Due to the short time frame of the project, it is important that participants can learn and retain information in a short period of time. You do not need to prepare anything in advance unless advised otherwise.

Due to the demands of auditioning such large numbers, we cannot accommodate any alternative audition dates other than the date specified above. You do not need to have any previous acting experience to audition.

Youth Technical Crew

During the summer youth project there is an opportunity for young people aged 16 to 19 years old to be a member of our youth tech crew. If you would like to part of this team please download and complete the Youth Tech Crew Registration Form. Interviews for this will be held at a later date.

Download and complete the registration form.

Summer Youth Project - Cost

The cost of participation in the project is £140.00 per person, 50% of which is payable as a non-refundable deposit when casting and interviews for the technical crew have been completed.

Summer Youth Project - Bursary Scheme

The Grand Opera House, supported by Belfast Harbour, has a limited number of bursaries available for young people to avail of a subsidised place in the project.

You can apply for a bursary if you are a cast member or a member of the technical crew. If you would like to avail of a bursary, please tick the appropriate box on the registration form. A bursary application form and criteria will be forwarded to you if you are successful in obtaining a place on the project.

If you require any further information about Annie, please email outreach@goh.co.uk or contact Community & Education Manager, Áine Dolan on 028 9024 0411

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