New term at Youth Lyric!
Our classes in Antrim and Belfast starts again in the week beginning 16th September. If you would like to join the 325 young people aged between 5 and 21 who are taught by fully qualified teachers please contact Mrs. Anne Carson on 07710 618289 now! Click here to see our video. Auditions for our next production in the Waterfront Hall in March 2014 will take place shortly!!
BFG visits Waterfront!
Belfast Waterfront Hall 22nd and 25th February 2012

Following on the success on last year's sell out production of The Twits, Youth Lyric returns to the Waterfront in 2012 for five performances only! We will present the BFG by Roald Dahl between 22nd and 25th February. Book early by phoning the box office
on 028 9033 4455!!

The Twits by Roald Dahl,
Belfast Waterfront Hall 2nd-5th March 2011

Directed by Sheelagh O'Kane Following on last year's highly successful production of The Witches, Youth Lyric is proud to present The Twits by Roald Dahl. This should prove to be a fun-filled evening of entertainment, music, dance and storytelling.
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Youth Lyric's Mission
Youth Lyric's mission is to provide the very best quality education experience for young people from every background in Northern Ireland. We provide excellence in Performing Arts training-enriching the lives of our students, whilst promoting self-confidence and personal development. We are comminted to providing a unique and valuable experience for young people through the employment of highly qualified professional tutors with a track record of achievement in education and the Performing Arts industry.. .
Background
Youth Lyric's is one of the biggest preforming arts schools in Northern Ireland, With over 300 students attending weekly classes in Belfast and Antrim. Young people from all areas of Belfast attend classes. Students also attend from Armagh, Lisburn, Downpatrick, Randalstown, Carrickfergus, Carryduff. Crumlin, Glengormley, Holywood, bangor, Whiteabbey, Dundonald, Stoneyford and Saintfield.

Towards the end of the 1993/94 academic year we became aware that there was a substantial interest in the performing arts in the Antrim area and classes were started in Clotworthy Arts Centre in Antrim.

Arthur Webb was director of Youth Lyric for 15 years until 1993. He saw the academy grow from a small two class unit to a thriving eight class drama school with a waiting list for places in all groups. In September 1993 Aidan Browne, a former Youth Lyric student in the late seventies and Youth Lyric tutor since 1986, was appointed as director.

In August 2002 Youth Lyric became an independent arts organisation, following a decision by the board of the Lyric Theatre to withdraw financial support for our work.

The smooth running of the school is due to the partnerships between students, parents and Youth Lyric staff. We greatly value the ongoing support and encouragement of Youth Lyric parents.
Principal Aims
One of our Principal aims at the Youth Lyric is to give young peoplea greater self confidence and increased communication skills. It is our firm belief that the skills acquired through study of the preforming arts, ie confidence, assertiveness and ability to meet deadlines, are in life skills that can transfer into a variety of professional and social situations. We value every student and want each one to reach full potential and greatly enjoy there time with us.
Facilities and Resources
Youth Lyric runs classes in public buildings which are clean and well heated. Our primary concern is for the security and safety of our students. For this reason we ask that all those driving cars exercise caution when dropping off and collecting students. We also request that students are collected promptly at the end of classes.

We have had a number of generous sponsors over the years, including Belfast City Council, the Enkalon Foundation and businesses sponsoring cups. We always welcome financial support and support in kind and are happy to discuss associations between Youth Lyric and Businesses.
Youth Lyric Association
The Youth Lyric Parents Association provides practical and fund-raising support for our work. Activities include selling ballot tickets and assisting with front of house duties of Youth Lyric presentations and the festival. The group also organises one or two fund raising events per year.
Class Content
Drama is about doing! Our classes ensure that the process if performing arts is paramount. Typically classes involve mime, improvisation, group activities and small performances within each group. These are non-competitive and students are not graded or awarded marks for any work they do. The Saturday classes at Stranmillis contain a mixture of dance-drama and improvisation / acting techniques.
Master Classes
Drama is about doing! Our classes ensure that the process if performing arts is paramount. Typically classes involve mime, improvisation, group activities and small performances within each group. These are non-competitive and students are not graded or awarded marks for any work they do. The Saturday classes at Stranmillis contain a mixture of dance-drama and improvisation / acting techniques.
Class Times – Antrim
Tuesday - 4-5 pm - 7-11 yrs
Tuesday - 5-6 pm - 12-16 yrs
Class Times – Belfast
Monday - 5-6 pm - 7-11 yrs
Monday - 6-7 pm - 7-11 yrs

Friday - 5-6 pm - 12-16 yrs
Friday - 6-7 pm - 12-16 yrs
Friday - 7-8 pm - 17-21 yrs

Saturday - 9-10 am - 5-6 yrs
Saturday - 10-11 am - 7-11 yrs
Saturday - 11-12 noon - 12-16 yrs
Saturday - 12-1 pm - 12-16 yrs
Saturday - 1-2 pm - 12-16 yrs
Fees and Scholarships
Each student pays a fee of £65.00 for 12 x 1 hour classes. We believe that this compares favourably with other group activities.

Some financial scholarships are available for students in financial difficulty. Priority goes to families with more than one child attending Youth Lyric classes. A scholarship form is issued to every student at the start of each term. These are then posted to Mrs Carson and dealt with in the strictest confidence. No-one in Youth Lyric classes knows who is on a scholarship and we encourage individuals to apply for the small number of full scholarships and a greater number for half scholarships which are won throughout the year.
Entry Requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for Youth Lyric.
The most important thing is that students want to come and join us. Everyone is entitled to a taster session when they can decide wether participation in Youth Lyric is for them. Many students come to Youth Lyric classes with experience of school plays and work in professional productions. However, many of our pupils join Youth Lyric with no experience, just a healthy interest in the subject area. This is equally acceptable and valuable.
Festival
One of the most enjoyable parts of our work at the Youth Lyric is the staging of the annual Youth Lyric Festival. Every student who is a member of Youth Lyric gets the oppurtunity to perform on stage at a professional venue, for parents, friends and family members. The emphasis is on a non-competitive celebration of the performing arts in the very broadest sense. Classes present poetry, improvisation and dance drama and recieve words of encouragement and guidance from an adjudicator.
While the emphasis is on the non-competitive approach (only Youth Lyric students are allowed to participate in the festival), we do award cups and shields for outstanding effort and achievement on the part of the students.