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Watch: Young talent stage Oliver! for Belfast Grand Opera House Summer Youth Project

Young people from across Northern Ireland will bring their Summer Youth Project production of Oliver! to the Grand Opera House stage this week.

More than 200 talented young actors will perform in Lionel Bart's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist.

Aine Dolan from the Grand Opera House said: "This is our seventh year of the Summer Youth Project at the Grand Opera House. We've just completed a ten day rehearsal period and it's a really exciting time for the children involved.

"We have a cast of 230 young people aged between 10-18 and we also have a youth tech crew who are aged 16-18, so they are supporting the theatre's crew in running the show."

The production will run from Thursday, 27 July - Saturday, July 29 and will feature young actors Andrew Montgomery and Luke Fields, both from Belfast, in the title role of Oliver Twist.

Speaking about his character, Andrew said: "He's very innocent and shy, he's not very confident - and he's a bit posh!

"It's pretty cool they chose me out of so many people to play Oliver, but I'm a bit nervous because I'll be performing on the Opera House stage."

The role of the Artful Dodger will be played by  Sam Gibson from Killinchy.

Speaking about why he loved acting so much, he said: "It's the chance to be another person, you can be anyone when you're acting and that's what I like about it."

Ian Wilson, Grand Opera House chief executive, said of the Summer Youth Project: “We are extremely proud to produce this adaptation of Oliver! As well as developing young talent, the project teaches transferable life skills, such as team work and effective communication, while building the confidence in the young performers.”

Tickets for Oliver! at the Grand Opera House are priced from £22.25 - £13.75 and for more information visit

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