MAC’s Youth & Community Officer, Ciaran McQuillan, Leonie McDonagh with Nicola Tewart, Rebecca Orr, Rachel Harris and Victoria Wills

The MAC in Belfast is launching a new Youth Theatre programme and is holding open auditions for the 2017-18 term.

The new initiative aims to give young performers and stage managers from across Greater Belfast first-hand experience in producing and managing stage productions.

MAC Youth Theatre will feature an ensemble of twenty young performers and stage managers as they take a collective approach to creative theatre-making.

The programme will be directed by the MAC’s Youth & Community Officer, Ciaran McQuillan and supported by MAC artists including Leonie McDonagh, founder of pony dance and known for previous appearances in the MAC pony panto Christmas show.

Simon Magill, Creative Director at the MAC, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of the first MAC Youth Theatre programme. We are continuously seeking opportunities to reach out to young people and communities to engage and involve them in the arts.

“In keeping with our artistic vision at the MAC, we not only pursue the best in touring and homegrown theatre, but actively promote collaboration and support the development of MAC original programming.”

How to apply:

  • Visit to fill in an application form to audition
  • Closing date for applications is Wednesday, August 9
  • Auditions for the 2017-18 term will take place August 22-24.

Additional info:

  • You must be age 16-18 at the time of audition.
  • Auditions will take place through a series of group workshops.
  • Rehearsals for successful applicants will launch in September, taking place every Tuesday night in the LAB rehearsal studio at the MAC.
  • The MAC Youth Theatre is open to young people aged 16-18 years of all abilities and no previous drama experience is required.
  • Participation costs £50 per term.
  • While participating in the programme, members will also partake in arts award qualifications which will formally recognise their participation and development.
  • A bursary scheme has also been created by the MAC to support young people from low income families who wish to take part in the new youth theatre programme.

[Source: -belfasttelegraph]