The Bright Young Things Story

Once upon a time, there was a magical land where everyone could fly! It didn’t matter what age they were because they were all named ‘Bright Young Things’ and they were fuelled by such powerful stuff.
Confidence, Communication, Creativity

Confidence…in your ideas, your ability, your opinions, your voice, yourself.
Communication…with friends, in a group, in a pair, in school, in work, at home, in your thoughts.
Creativity…on paper, in rehearsal, on stage…for life.

The End.

What Is Bright Young Things Drama

Igniting curiosities and encouraging self belief.

We are Bright Young Things – An Award Winning Drama School founded in 2010 by Lisa Duffy, professional actor, qualified primary school teacher, and performing arts lecturer.

We’ve performed in the West End and trained with the biggest names but we’ve always known… there’s no place like home!

Award winning drama school taught exclusively by professional, trained actors, Bright Young Things will give you the chance to act, create and star in your own drama. Returning from London, Lisa Duffy, LAMDA trained actor and qualified primary school teacher, set up Bright Young Things in 2010 in Magherafelt. Since then Bright Young Things has expanded with schools in Belfast, Holywood and Armagh and runs summer drama camps across Northern Ireland. Lisa is passionate about the power of drama to enhance every child’s Confidence, Communication and Creativity for life, not just the stage. 

Our team of trained, experienced facilitators have extensive experience on stage, screen, radio, the classroom, the dance studio, the lecture theatre, the community centre, even the yoga studio! We only the choose the very best for our BYTs to ensure they receive the highest quality of teaching.

BYT Friends


“Our Patron – James Nesbitt”


Supporting drama for young people is close to my heart.


I loved my time growing up in Northern Ireland doing youth drama, that is where it all began for me. I am delighted becoming a patron for BYT. It’s wonderful to be part of a dynamic organisation committed to fostering confidence, communication and creative expression in our young people.

James Nesbitt

Northern Irish BAFTA Winning Actor

We are very proud to have the critically acclaimed Film and TV actor James Nesbitt as the patron of Bright Young Things. 

James recognizes the value of BYT. “I have recently urged NI Executive to implement no more cuts to the arts sector, by supporting Art Council for Northern Ireland’s campaign. I’ve now taken my support one step further by becoming patron of Bright Young Things to demonstrate my commitment to arts sector and young people in Northern Ireland.”

Drama for young people nurtures confidence, teaches children how to communicate effectively and ignites their creativity. Instilling these qualities in our young people, helping the future generation develop skills to carry them effectively through life, is core to BYT ethos.

We think James’ talent, hard-work ethic and support of the Northern Ireland arts scene makes him the perfect role-model for our byts and we are delighted that he has chosen to be our patron!

Other BYT Friends

We’ve got friends in high places you know!


Sam O’Mahony

Actor & Film Maker

Sam O’Mahony is a London based actor and filmmaker. Sam attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and quickly began work with the Royal Shakespeare Company after graduating. With years of experience on stage, television and in films, Sam is also a successful filmmaker and has even made some short films starring our very own byts!

Connor Philips

Radio & TV Presenter

Connor Phillips is a multi award winning TV, Radio Presenter, Live Host and DJ

Connor’s TV Presenting work has seen him working on some of the most watched TV Programmes across MTV, BBC, Sky TV, UTV and RTE making him one of the industry’s most accomplished Live Event Hosts.

Jamie Dornan & James Nesbitt


Our Director Lisa met for a chat with internationally adored actor Jamie Dornan and our Patron James, what a lovely bunch!

Who We Work With


Meet Some Of Our Friends


“We love engaging with the very best in the local and international arts scenes to give our byts an insight into the industry and access to resources of the highest quality.”

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