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Watch: Young NI actors follow in the footsteps of Ed Sheeran at Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Three young actors from Northern Ireland will perform at the Lyric Theatre this summer in a production of Gulliver’s Travels. 

Presented by the Lyric Theatre and Youth Music Theatre UK, the aspiring actors, from Lisburn, Newry and Comber, successfully auditioned from over 1000 young people, to become part of the cast and follow in the footsteps of YMTUK famed alumni, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.

Performances take place from July, 28-30 and feature specially commissioned music by NI singer-songwriter, Duke Special, who has just completed his year as Musician-In-Residence at the Lyric Theatre. 

The production takes Jonathon Swift’s classic tale to the stage, which was written by comedian, Andrew Doyle.

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Singer-songwriter, Duke Special, pictured with young musical theatre performers, Will McKee from Comber, Evie Marks, from Lisburn, Peter Gildernew, from Newry, and Director, Des Kennedy.

YMTUK Executive Producer, Jon Bromwich, said: “The cast of young people, aged 11-21 years, are extremely talented individuals who will join a team of renowned creative professionals from Northern Ireland including Director, Des Kennedy from West Belfast and choreographer Jennifer Rooney from Downpatrick with music by Duke Special.

"YMTUK offers young people the opportunity to work with exciting composers, established directors and innovative movement specialists, with the aim of developing the next generation of musical theatre performers.”

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Young musical theatre performers, Peter Gildernew, from Newry, Evie Marks, from Lisburn and Will McKee from Comber, form part of the cast of Gulliver’s Travels.

Speaking ahead of the production young actor, Will McKee, from Comber, added: “I am looking forward to the production and I am ready to explore the worlds of Gulliver’s Travels through every aspect of creativity and teamwork.

"This is a show I guarantee will not only have an emotional effect on the audience, but also on the performers and other staff members, which will last a lifetime.”

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