Jimmy’s Drama Scholarship 


After months of scouring the country for the brightest new scholars to join us as our proud recipients of #jimmysdramascholarship 2016, the time has finally come!

Check out what our 2015 recipients Aoife and Leanne had to say as they came to the end of their time as Jimmy’s Drama Scholars.

Any parent who wanted to apply for their child who had the same concerns that I did for Aoife with her confidence or with her making friends I would say go for it, it has just changed her completely.

Claire McErLean, Mother of Aoife,

BYT Belfast Scholar

BYT Patron, James Nesbitt, has shown his committed belief in the importance of the arts for all young people and his trust in the industry leading work of Bright Young Things, by funding 1 full year of membership to BYT for two lucky young people, aged between 3 – 18 from across Northern Ireland – one in BYT Magherafelt and one in BYT Belfast. Their time at BYT will be mentored by director Lisa Duffy and their progress followed by Jimmy himself.

Never has there been a time when access to the arts has been so limited. With crippling cuts to Arts Funding across NI and government policies leading to a stifling lack of arts in our school curriculum.

We know there are children across Northern Ireland who really need a boast in confidence and self esteem. We know there are children who are naturally creative but have nowhere to explore this talent. With this scholarship Lisa and James want to open up the opportunities and invaluable benefits that BYT can bring to children who currently face barriers to joining.

“It gives me great pleasure to support the BYT scholarship programme. Drama and performing arts training from an early age can be key in developing personality, social skills, confidence, and of course, it is also a great way of nurturing a natural talent who may not have had the opportunity otherwise.”

James Nesbitt

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