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Pam's people: Our young actors know how to rock the stage!

By Pamela Ballantine

The school holidays may have come to an end but it is exam time in the Lyric Theatre for its latest production, Punk Rock, which tells the story of a dysfunctional group of sixth formers. Guests at the opening night were impressed by the young actors' performances in this play by Simon Stephens but be warned as it is not for the faint hearted with strong language and violent scenes. Judge for yourself as it is on until this Saturday.

Talking of talented youngsters, I was so impressed by the performances on stage in the AM:PM Supper Club as singer Peter Corry has turned director for the Moulin Rouge Spectacular. Dinner is served before you are transported back to the decadence of the Parisian nightclub courtesy of the music from Baz Luhrmann's film. It will be back in AM:PM this week and next and in the White Horse, Londonderry this Saturday.

And the talent kept on coming courtesy of Youth Action NI's Rainbow Factory School of Performing Arts with a production of Sunshine on Leith. The show features the music of the Proclaimers and is a really exciting and energetic piece of musical theatre. It was also obvious that there is a great future for the 14- to 24-year-olds involved on and off stage as part of The Big Music Project. I loved it all.

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