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 6 - 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: Due to demand, currently closed
Work Placements February - April
Applications to be received between November 1st and December 31st
Status: Applications Open 1st November
Work Placements May - September
Applications to be received between February and March 31st
Status: Applications Open 1st February
Summer Youth Project 2016
The Grand Opera House are delighted to announce that the summer youth project will return for a sixth year with the Olivier award winning musical OUR HOUSE.
The project will run from Sunday 10th July to Sunday 24th July inclusive. You must be aged between 10 and 18 between 10th and 24th July to take part and successful applicants must be available to attend every day.
18 to 25 Years Olds
This year there are two opportunities for young people aged up to 25 years of age to be part of the production.
The age range for auditions will be extended up to 25 years of age for the two adult roles in this production only - that of Joe’s Mother and Father.
Auditions will take place on two dates
Sunday 14th February - if attending on this date registration forms must be received in advance by Friday 12th February
Saturday 27th February (9am - 1pm) if attending on this date registration forms must be received in advance by 12pm Friday 26th February
Call back auditions will take place in the afternoon of Saturday 27th February
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. Interviews for this will be held at a later date.
If you would like to be part of the backstage crew download and complete the registration form. The closing date for receipt of Technical Crew applications is Saturday 28th February 2015. Interviews will be held after the audition process has been completed.
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.
The cost of participation in the project is £160.00 per person, 50% of which is payable as a non-refundable deposit when casting and interviews for the technical crew have been completed.
Successful applicants will be eligible to apply for a bursary towards participating in the project. These bursaries are supported by Coca Cola.
Further information on bursaries will be circulated following the auditions and the youth tech crew interviews
If you require any further information about the project please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Partnership & Development Manager, Áine Dolan on 028 9024 0411
The Grand Opera House Summer Youth Project is proudly sponsored by Coca Cola