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Bright Young Things Drama

Developing confidence, communication, creativity, social skills and self-belief in children and young people through play and drama: that’s what we are all about!

Bright Young Things was founded in 2010 by LAMDA trained actor and primary school teacher, Lisa Duffy and is now Northern Ireland’s biggest children’s drama and social skills company. Today BYT has weekly drama schools and week long summer drama camps in towns across Northern Ireland and is critically acclaimed for its unique drama programme for children from age 3 to 18. Bright Young Things also works extensively with the school and education sector, using the power of drama to help resolve issues and support curriculum themes.

Our talented team are some of the most highly trained professional actors, arts education leaders and trained facilitators in the business. What sets us apart, is our 100% child-centric focus on developing the whole child by delivering personalised drama journeys which have an immeasurable impact on the lives of our ‘bright young things’. BYT is a unique space for them to learn life skills, drama skills, be themselves and have an outrageous amount of fun!

Join the BYT family and discover the impact for yourself. You can join a weekly BYT class in Ballymena, Belfast, Holywood or Magherafelt, join one of our much loved summer and half term drama camps or experience BYT within many schools across Northern Ireland as we work to bring the curriculum to life through drama as well as delivering afterschool clubs.

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The Benefits of Drama for Children

"I'm very shy, and I shy away from people. But the moment I hit the stage, it's a different feeling I get nerve from somewhere; maybe it's because it's something I love to do" Ella Fitzgerald. Why it is important to introduce drama at an early age. Drama can mean different things to people, from...

Helping Young People Overcome Anxiety with Drama

Anxiety affects everyone; it doesn't discriminate on location, education, nor does it affect only one, age group. At BYT, we've encountered anxiety in children and young people brought on by a range of factors. There's a misconception that anxiety is solely a form of nervousness, but it presents...

What’s happening at Bright Young Things Drama?

"I can’t believe he was up on a professional stage at the age of 3 and he loved it!" The words of a teary mum after one of our littl’uns showcases. Once a year we leave the workshop studios and head to the stage to perform for an invited audience. No matter the age: 3 or 18, we want all our bright...

Benefits Of Bright Young Things Drama Classes

     Develop The 4 Cs – confidence, communication, creativity and critical thinking;


     Encourages confident, fluent and articulate speech;


     Boosts reading and writing abilities;


     Develops presentation skills and use of body language to build presence;
     Develops a questioning mind and confidence to express opinions with clarity;


     Enhances physical skills including coordination, agility and poise;


     Ignites curiosities and inspires a colourful imagination and innovative mind;


     Helps your child make friends easily and interact well with their peers and adults.

What Are Others Saying About Bright Young Things?

“Both my children cannot wait until Tuesday every week to get to BYT. They speak so excitedly about their time with BYT, they now have so much more confidence in interacting with others, socialising in a group. Lisa is such a positive, supportive person, and she and the whole team seem to have such unwavering belief and sheer determination to bring out the very best in every single child at Bright Young Things…”

Claire, BYT Holywood

“Bright Young Things was one of the best experiences that has impacted my life so significantly. I use the skills i learned at BYT every day, improvisation in groups or when talking to a tutor, how aware i am of body language, how I consciously can decide about status to ensure i don’t feel intimidated when I meet new people. I loved the master classes with the coolest people from TV, theatre, and radio, and the theatre trips, so many happy memories!”

Caoimhe, 20 yrs old

“BYT is very different to many other children’s drama groups for so many reasons. It’s about the journey towards a genuine love of theatre and film, not a “jazz hands” approach to performance. The staff at BYT are what make it so special, and the kids really look up to them.”

Emma Tolland, parent of Archie 10, Ruby 7, Maisie 5

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