19 February 16 – Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.

Local drama company, Bright Young Things has announced it will open three new drama schools in September 2017, in Ballymena, Comber and Portstewart, such is the demand for its unique drama classes, designed to build life skills and develop confidence, communication, creativity and critical thinking through the power of drama.

Sister act, Lisa Duffy and Aisling Bremner, who together run Bright Young Things Drama, are passionate about the need for children and young people to develop the often over looked softer skills from an early age and to build resilience and confidence to support them through whatever path they choose in life. They believe their unique drama programme will help children unlock their full potential, build their confidence and communication skills and encourage them to think in a more creative and critical way.

Bright Young Things have loyal support from their patron of many years, acclaimed local actor James Nesbitt. Commenting on the expansion, Jimmy says ‘I am over the moon that Bright Young Things is expanding and of course that they are setting up new schools in my beloved North Coast, in Ballymena and Portstewart. It will really benefit young people in the areas, helping them reach their full potential. The benefits of drama are so essential for the future, no matter where life takes you. It simply makes you a more confident, creative and dynamic person. BYT is such a high-quality organisation and Lisa and her team will ensure to bring out the best in each and every person who joins. I am very proud to be a patron of an organisation that is having such an impact in Northern Ireland and delighted now that people from my home town get the chance to get involved’ BYT Patron, James Nesbitt.

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Founded in 2010, the multi award winning Bright Young Things Drama Company already has very popular weekly schools running in Belfast, Holywood, Magherafelt and Armagh, and will now add Ballymena, Comber and Portstewart to their group from September. The drama company was founded by Lisa Duffy, originally from Magherafelt, who after completing a Drama degree at Queen’s University, trained as a professional actor at the world famous LAMDA actor training school in London and later trained as a primary school teacher. Through her unique combination of training in both acting and teaching, Lisa was struck by the benefits of combining drama and performance to address many of the challenges teachers and the education system face when trying to teach the essential and often overlooked softer skills necessary for developing the whole child.

Bright Young Things Drama Autumn term begins on Monday 11th September.

Classes are available for 3 distinct age groups:

The Littl’uns class for 3-5 year olds

Middl’uns class for 6-9 year olds

Big’uns (Seniors) class for 10-15 year olds.


Throughout the three terms Autumn, Winter and Spring, BYT Littl’uns and Middl’uns will explore drama and acting techniques, confidence games, music & song, roleplay, dance and storytelling, all wrapped up with a big helping of BYT fun.

BYT Big’uns (Seniors) will learn about acting from the professionals, exploring film, character development, improvisation, debate, dance and movement, music and script-writing.

For more information or to book your child’s place visit or call 07572 235400.


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