Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Ex-Corrie star to host acting masterclass

Former Coronation Street star Suranne Jones is Belfast-bound

Former Coronation Street star Suranne Jones will be in Belfast next month to host an acting masterclass for teenagers.

The actress, who played feisty Karen McDonald in the soap, will help young people aged 13-18 develop their acting skills in a three-day intensive masterclass called Cinemagic Stars.

The masterclasses - part of Cinemagic's International Film and Television Festival - will take place at the Waterfront Hall and the Grand Opera House from Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18 and will offer budding starlets the chance to learn the skills of contemporary or musical theatre from leading industry professionals.

Joining Suranne will be ex-Hollyoaks star Mikyla Dodd, actor Chris Hoyle, who has starred in The Bill and The Royal, and musical director Lee Bryn Heywood.

The organisers of Cinemagic are now looking for young people to participate in the masterclass.

To secure a place on the three-day course, would-be actors must explain in no more than 200 words why they deserve to be selected for a masterclass of their choice, whether it be contemporary or musical theatre acting. Include your name, age, address, phone number, email address and your college/university's name, address and phone number, if applicable.

Entries should be sent to Cinemagic Stars, Cinemagic, 49 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT1 1JL or email laura@cinemagic.org.uk. Closing date for entries is Friday, October 26.

Later in the month Cinemagic will run a number of Talent Labs for the 16-25 age group.

Actor John Thomson, star of Cold Feet and The Fast Show, will lead a two-day masterclass in acting at Castlereagh on Thurdsay, November 29 and Friday, November 30, while Pauline Quirke of Birds of A Feather fame will deliver a masterclass on the techniques used when acting in television on the same dates.

There will be a £40 fee for both the three-day intensive masterclass and the Talent Labs hosted by John and Pauline.

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