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 email@example.com.
Suitable for young people aged 8 - 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, Creative Learning Manager, on 028 9024 0411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Work Placement October 2017 - January 2018
Status: Currently closed
Work Placements March - April 2018
Applications to be received between November 1 2017 and 3 February 2018
Status: Currently closed
Work Placements May 2017 - September 2018
Applications to be received between February and March 31 2018
Status: Currently closed
Summer Youth Project 2018 - The Wizard of Oz
Sunday 15 Jul - Sunday 29 Jul 2018
The Grand Opera House Summer Youth Project returns for its eighth year, with The Wizard of Oz.
The project runs for two weeks from 15-29 July, and is open to young people aged 10 to 18.
The ethos of the project is to provide young people from all backgrounds, from across Northern Ireland with the opportunity to perform on Northern Ireland’s largest and oldest stage, and learn about the skills and discipline required to be part of the performing arts industry.
The project is Northern Ireland’s largest youth theatre production, its 230 young actors will rehearse for 10 days before giving four public performances on the magnificent Grand Opera House stage. The project is an exciting and fun opportunity for young people to work in a professional Theatre environment.
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the enchanted Land of Oz, and register now to audition for this incredible opportunity.
Please note participants must be aged 10-18 years old during the project dates and must be available to attend every day. You do not need to have any previous experience to audition.
The cost to participate is £195 per person, 50% of the fee is required as a non-refundable deposit after the auditions are completed and the remaining balance before the end of June 2018. A 10% discount is available for multiple siblings involved.
A limited number of bursaries are available to take part in the project; further information will be available after the audition process.
Auditions will take place on Sunday 18 February at the Grand Opera House. A limited number of places have been made available for applicants who cannot make this date for the morning of Saturday 10 March. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Call back auditions for the role of Dorothy will be on the afternoon of Saturday 10 March. Those attending during the morning session of that day should be prepared to stay that day.
Call back auditions for all other roles will be on Sunday 11 March.
The closing date for registration is Monday 12th February 2018 at 5pm
The role of Dorothy is open to all girls aged 13 years and over.
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 process.
What will happen at the Auditions?
Once you have registered, you will receive information about what you need to prepare in advance for your audition. On the day, you will sing an extract of a song from the show and learn some choreography. Due to the short time frame of the project, it is important that participants can learn and retain information in a short timeframe.
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 23 March 2018.
Interviews for the technical team will take place after the cast auditions are completed. The cost to be a member of the youth tech team is £195 per person