Youth Music Theatre: Macbeth

Watch video from rehearsals as two Northern Irish performers shape up for the show of their lives at the Lyric Theatre

Following in the footsteps of chart toppers Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, who both performed with the prestigious Youth Music Theatre in the past, Northern Irish teens Kirstyn Kearney and Shannon Cooley, have joined a cast of 40 young drawn from all over the UK for a musical theatre performance of Macbeth at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast

Produced by Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT), the UK’s leading theatre company for young people, this production of Macbeth, perhaps Shakespeare's best-known play, transports the troubled king from his Scottish roots to a nameless Asian state, and features thrilling dubstep score by Northern Irish composer Garth McConaghie, combined with live classical instrumentation and contemporary choreography.

YMT has a history of working with and developing young talent who go on to have extremely successful careers in the music and theatre industries, and can count Brit Award-winning and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, and current hot property singer Sam Smith, amongst their illustrious alumni.

15-year-old Shannon Cooley, from Belfast, has been cast as a witch in the production, which runs in the Lyric Theatre from July 23 – 26. 'I’m really excited to be part of Youth Music Theatre’s performance of Macbeth. It’s a really great way to spend summer and I look forward to making a lot of new friends, learning as much as possible and working together to put on a show to remember.'

Kirstyn Kearney, aged 14 and from Derry~Londonderry, has been cast as an apparition. 'I love musical theatre and cannot wait for rehearsals to start in July. This is going to be a memorable summer and I’m so excited to perform on the stage of the Lyric in Belfast.'

Hundreds of young people from Northern Ireland have also auditioned for YMT and joined productions in London and throughout England and Scotland over the past decade. In 2005 a largely Northern Irish group of young people also took a YMT/Lyric theatre production of Goblin Market to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Northern Ireland creative staff also include composer Conor Mitchell and resident director of the West End hit show Once, Des Kennedy.

Macbeth runs in the Lyric Theatre, Belfast from July 23 – 26.