Bright Young Things News

Read all the latest goings on behind the scenes at BYT.


Bright Young Things is always up to something, so keep informed with all our latest news and goings on.

Lets talk about bullying

In the fraught dynamic of children and bullying, there are a number of roles being adopted in the playground, community or online setting. Directly, there are two parties involved: The oppressor and the oppressed.' Indirectly, however, there are many others involved....

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THE POWER OF DRAMA

There are many recognised studies about the power of drama for young people. The benefits are extensive and develop a child's physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills, evidence of which can be found here. Drama is a strange word. It can mean so many different...

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BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS ANNOUNCES THREE NEW SCHOOLS

THE FUTURE'S BRIGHT AS BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS DRAMA ANNOUNCE THREE NEW SCHOOLS!   After a hugely successful summer of drama, Bright Young Things is thrilled to announce it is opening three new drama schools this September, in Ballymena, Comber and Portstewart....

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Lisa’s End of Year 1617 Blog

Relaxing is definitely not something I am good at! When in BYT mode, I cannot help but give 100% energy and drive in every moment - the children make me! No matter how tired or worried I’ve been, when I walk into a BYT workshop or a BYT...

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A short video by the NICCY Youth Panel for anti-bullying week. Its not always black and white, bullying can start out as 'harmless banter'. The stats at the end speak for themselves.

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Very often people get confused between Drama and Speech and Drama.

There are many similarities and many differences. Bright Young Things Drama and Speech & Drama both help children to communicate better, we explore scripts and poetry, we help children with projection and pronunciation, we prepare children to speak publicly with confidence.

The differences at BYT and many drama classes are that we do not have formal exams, progress is assessed in class and can be seen visibly each week, developing social skills and confidence - something which cannot be measured through an exam. In fact, the release from 'more exams' and a place to get out of their heads while still developing is, according to our parents and children, why they find BYT so vital.

Our classes are very active and physical, we believe that children of all ages can learn very instinctively through play and through doing rather than memorising. We rarely rehearse lines, rather we try to explore topics and themes critically and creatively and come up with our own version of them. We also learn improvisation so that when you do forget your lines in a play, or sometimes more importantly at school or in a presentation, you can improvise and come up with new words, new explanations. We encourage our byts to really challenge ideas and think for themselves.

Every speech and drama class will be different, just like Bright Young Things is unlike most drama companies, and it really is just about finding the class that fits best with your child and their individual needs.

Find out more about the power of drama at www.bytdrama.com/benefits-of-drama/

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One of our mantras at BYT is ‘Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken’. Oscar Wilde.

It’s on our BYT creativity sacks and it’s something we instill in our byts consistently through our activities.

Totally loving the confident, original spirit in this little girl, doing her own thing, not following the pack!

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I️ can’t stop watching this! 😂😂😂 Credit @bitc.h

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Next week is Anti-Bullying Week running from 13-17th November.

All next week at Bright Young Things classes we will be exploring this difficult issue through drama, games and improvisation. We want to help our bright young things understand how important it is that every child feels valued and included, able to be themselves, without fear of bullying. A fundamental topic which we will explore in our unique fun, playful BYT way, but with lots of BYT Hidden Vegetables so that our byts take away valuable techniques that they can use next week, next month, next year to ensure they are building resilience in the face of bullying!

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This Thursday find us at Follow Coffee Co in Ballymena doing what we do best - captivating all the bright young things with quality creative learning while you enjoy a well deserved quality cup of coffee. A match made in parenting heaven!

Ballymena friends, see you there!
Spread the word folks x
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It's November, a bit grey outside, but today at Bright Young Things we are only thinking about Summertime 😎, woohoo !!

That's right, the programme for BYT Summer Drama Camps 2018 is currently being developed - and we are so excited with all of the great ideas and plans swirling around 💭 to make 2018 our biggest and best year of summer drama camps yet!.

Crazy early to be talking about summer? Apparently not! We have been asked by countless super organised parents to get our dates and locations for our much-loved summer camps out before Christmas this year, and already have taken a lot of pre-bookings. You asked, so of course, we listen and deliver! We will launch our summer 2018 programme and open registrations by the end of November.

We will run camps in all of the towns we ran in last year, and are currently choosing which new locations to add to the programme for next summer. If you want us to come to a village/town/city near you, just comment below with the town you want us to consider, and you never know, your town may make the list for next year - so go ahead, get your requests in!

Right...back to summer dreaming 🌞...
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Gerard training us all in the art of Biomechanics this Sunday! Have a read at just how special and valuable this workshop is for facilitators, actors, directors and generally curious, creative people!

If you would like to join us, just let us know.

Lisa
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Biomechanics for Facilitators and Devisers

November 5, 2017, 2:00pm - November 5, 2017, 11:00am

Biomechanics for facilitators and devisers Delivered by Gerard Kelly Hosted by Facilitate NI Sunday 5th November 2-5pm Accidental Theatre Shaftesbury Sq Biomechanics is the intricate study of movement of our body between space, actor and audience. It highlights the intricacy of gesture and heightens our connection with the physical action within, allowing a much clearer and stronger story for both actor and audience alike. It focuses on our simplicity of movement and the importance of minute detail, versus text, versus physical action, to allow a kaleidoscope of juxtapositions and layering, for the audience to enjoy and dissect as they will. Biomechanics offers a theatrical and heightened approach to performance that maintains an honesty and truth in what we do. Gerard Kelly is an actor and facilitator based in Belfast. He holds a Drama Degree from Edgehill University and has had specialist training in physical theatre under Sergei Ostrenko and clown training under Philippe Gaulier. Gerard has trained in Meyerhold’s Biomechanics in Russia and assists teaching in physical theatre residencies across Europe, in this particular style of theatre. He is part of the Creative Learning facilitation team at the Lyric Theatre and teaches with Bright Young Things and Class Act Drama Academy. He also freelances on various outreach theatre projects across Northern Ireland. Gerard teaches a variety of ages from pre-school right through to professionals in the industry. His specialities include: physical theatre, movement and character acting, as well as theatrical styles of Eastern European theatre including Grotowski, Meyerhold, Stanislavski’s later years work and Suzuki techniques in Japanese theatre. This three hour workshop will focus on techniques you can take away and use in your own workshops, especially with young people. This session has been organised by Bright Young Things Drama but is open to all facilitators at a cost £15. Email [email protected] to book a place.

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