Terra Nova Theatre Company Workshops

Theatre Company ‘Terra Nova’ may be a familiar name to a number of readers following the exciting run of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ which was staged in Belfast in 2016. Following this successful performance, Terra Nova Productions was lucky enough to secure European PEACE IV funding from Ards and North Down to produce a giant, intercultural version of ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ in the Borough in 2018 and 2019.

This year the company offered BGS students the exclusive opportunity to work with a professional facilitator for two in-school Drama workshops which would give them a flavour of some of the themes which would be explored by the participants of the DREAM project.

The BGS Drama Department was pleased to welcome Hannah Reilly to the school to deliver a full four-hours of thespian activities to selected year 9-11 students.

A local graduate of Queens’ University Belfast, Hannah specialises in applied and physical theatre—always a good thing when working with teenage boys! Hannah took our pupils through a variety of exercises; beginning with games and individual improvisation tasks, before moving on to group tableaux work and performances. A ‘walking debate’ encouraged the students to consider some current and controversial topics such as social media and the importance of school, followed by group ‘skits’ on ‘families in conflict’ which demonstrated to the boys the wide variety of ways this could be interpreted, and the different situations which families can find themselves in.

As always, the BGS boys enthusiastically and energetically tackled each challenge, demonstrating some excellent creativity and performance skills. Furthermore, in feedback the boys reflected on some of the topics they’d discussed, and some very perceptive and mature points helped to demonstrate just how well the Drama exercises had helped our pupils to consider some contemporary issues.

Needless to say, when Hannah mentioned to the boys that Terra Nova would be looking to encourage local performers to come and take part in the DREAM project she almost ran out of flyers! The BGS Drama Department would very much like to thank Hannah for offering our boys such a superb experience.

Terra Nova would like to welcome individuals from Ards and North Down and across Northern Ireland to get involved as actors, dancers, singers (both choir and soloists), in costume, set, props building, hair and makeup, in front-of-house and more. 

To find out more about how to get involved in this project please contact Terra Nova via their website or social media accounts (you must be over 18 to sign up, but parents, guardians and group leaders are welcome to enquire on behalf of young people).