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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 9 - 18, and want to work with professional theatre practitioners, please contact Aine Dolan, Community and Education Manager, on 028 9024 0411 or email email@example.com.
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
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.
Please download both the information pack and application form, and return completed applications to Suzy Millar, HR Administrator, Grand Opera House, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR within the window of time specified below.
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.
Due to current demand, the Theatre is unable to accommodate any further work placements between 1st November 2016 and 31st January 2017.
Work Placement October - January
Applications to be received 1st July - 31st August
Status: Currently closed
Work Placements March - April
Applications to be received between November 1st and 3rd February 2017
Status: Closing date for completed Applications is 3rd February 2017
Work Placements May - September
Applications to be received between February and March 31st
Status: Applications Open 1st February
Summer Youth Project 2017Proudly supported by Coca Cola.
The Grand Opera House summer youth project will return for its seventh year with Lionel Bart’s multi award winning musical Oliver!
By arrangement with The Southbrook Group and Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.
Consider yourself one of the family and be part of this exciting opportunity to perform on stage at Northern Ireland’s premier Theatre. The project will run from Sunday 16th to Sunday 30th July 2017 inclusive. Please note, participants must be available to attend every day and be aged 10-18 years during the duration of the project.
All participants of legal school age are required by law to have a performance licence to be part of the project. If this is applicable to you please complete Section 2 of the Registration Form (link below), to help us with the licence application after the auditions have been completed.
Youth Tech Crew
During the summer youth project there is an opportunity for young people aged 16 to 18 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 Technical Crew Registration Form. Please return the registration form by Friday 5th May at 5pm.
The cost to participate as a cast member or Youth Tech Team member is £160 per person, 50% which must be paid as a non-refundable deposit after the auditions have been completed.
Successful candidates are eligible to apply for a bursary towards participating in the project. These bursaries are sponsored by Coca Cola HBC Ireland & Northern Ireland. Further information on bursaries will be circulated after the audition process has been completed.
Auditions will take place on Sunday 19th March
at the Grand Opera House, with call back auditions for principal roles on Saturday 22nd April.
To register for an audition please download the registration form and return it by Wednesday 15th March at 5pm.
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 dates specified above. You do not need to have any previous acting experience to audition.
Here to help
If you require any further information about the project please email our Partnership & Development Manager, Áine Dolan on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grand Opera House Summer Youth Project is proudly sponsored by Coca Cola.