Fresh from playing her dream role ‘Girl’ in the multi award-winning musical Once at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin this summer, Bangor actress Niamh Perry will turn her attentions to training the next generation of musical theatre performers. The West End star, who came to prominence in the BBC1 talent show I’d Do Anything, will run a musical theatre workshop at The Mac Theatre, Belfast next month.
Despite spending her adult life in London, Niamh has fond memories of her own early theatrical work at home as a member of Music Theatre for Youth (MT4Uth) and McMaster Stage School in Bangor, and is delighted to be back in Northern Ireland teaching what she hopes will be the next generation of musical theatre stars.
Niamh has been invited to lead the workshop by Theatre Masterclass NI which aims, through skills-based monthly workshops, to give Northern Irish performers the opportunity to receive expert instruction from specialist tutors, whether they are emerging actors or already established in the industry Theatre Masterclass NI was inspired to action by the abolishment of both the BBC Performing Arts Fund and Northern Ireland’s only Higher Level Performing Arts course, and is open to all actors age 14 and above.
Theatre Masterclass NI is the brainchild of local actor Fra Fee, who leads many of the workshops himself, and also uses his contacts in London and Broadway to encourage his friends who are actively working in the industry over to teach In its first year, 2016, a wealth of top-class talent was invited to lead workshops including film and theatre giant Ciarán Hinds, acclaimed actors Dan Gordon, Glen Wallace and Jonjo O’Neill, casting director Carla Stronge and Irish Broadway sensation, Killian Donnelly. This year, Theatre Masterclass NI in association with Scott Williams has provided Meisner-technique training for established actors, and also led training at a number of higher level education colleges in association with TheatreNI.
The musical theatre workshop with Niamh and Fra on Sunday 17th September will include an intensive dance and physical training workout, a masterclass on voice qualities & technique, singing anatomy & physiology and stagecraft and acting techniques. There will also be a performance class in the afternoon when everyone will have the opportunity to perform and work on either a song or monologue with Niamh and Fra.
Niamh Perry leads ‘Musical Theatre Workout’ – an intensive revision in the three main disciplines of MT: dancing, singing and acting – on September 17, followed by ‘Le Coq Physical Theatre Methodology’ workshop with Tinderbox Artistic Director Patrick J O’Reilly on October 21 and ‘Acting for Screen’ workshop with actor Genevieve O’Reilly on November 4. All workshops will be held at The MAC Theatre, Belfast. For further information and booking email theatremasterclassni@