Bangor's Niamh Perry set for special musical theatre masterclass

Budding performers have the opportunity to train with the West End star in a one-off all-singing, all-dancing workshop

Fresh from playing her dream role ‘Girl’ in the multi award-winning musical Once at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin this summer, Bangor actress Niamh Perry will turn her attentions to training the next generation of musical theatre performers. The West End star, who came to prominence in the BBC One talent show I'd Do Anything, will run a musical theatre workshop at the MAC Theatre, Belfast next week.

Despite spending her adult life in London, Perry started her own early theatrical work in Northern Ireland as a member of Music Theatre for Youth (MT4Uth) and McMaster Stage School in Bangor, and is delighted to be back home on Sunday September 17 teaching what she hopes will become the future stars of musical theatre.

Perry has been invited to lead the workshop by Theatre Masterclass NI which, through monthly workshops, aims to give Northern Irish performers the opportunity to receive expert instruction from specialist tutors, whether they are emerging actors or already established in the industry. The company was inspired to action by the abolishment of both the BBC Performing Arts Fund and Northern Ireland’s only Higher Level Performing Arts course, and is open to all actors age 14 and above.   

Theatre Masterclass NI is the brainchild of local actor Fra Fee, who leads many of the workshops himself, and who also uses his contacts to encourage his friends and colleagues who are actively working in the industry to teach.

In its first year, 2016, a wealth of top-class talent led workshops for local actors including film and theatre giant Ciarán Hinds, acclaimed actors Dan Gordon, Glen Wallace and Jonjo O’Neill, casting director Carla Stronge and Irish Broadway sensation, Killian Donnelly. This year, Theatre Masterclass NI in association with Scott Williams, provided Meisner-technique training for established actors, and also led training at a number of higher level education colleges in association with Theatre NI.

The musical theatre workshop with Perry and Fee will include an intensive dance and physical training workout, a masterclass on voice qualities and technique, singing anatomy and physiology as well as stagecraft and acting techniques. There will also be a performance class in the afternoon when participants will have the opportunity to perform and work on either a song or monologue with both tutors.

Perry will be back in Belfast on Sunday, December 10 to perform in the Christmas in the City concert at the Ulster Hall. Meanwhile Fee, best known for his role in Hollywood blockbuster Les Misérables, currently stars as Michael Carney in the new Jez Butterworth play The Ferryman, at London's Gielgud Theatre until January 6.

'Musical Theatre Workout' takes place on Sunday, Sepember 17 and is followed by ‘Le Coq Physical Theatre Methodology’ with Tinderbox Artistic Director Patrick J O'Reilly on October 21 and ‘Acting for Screen’ with actor Genevieve O’Reilly on November 4. All workshops are held at the MAC and each cost £25. For further information and booking email theatremasterclassni@gmail.com.