Talented Kirstyn all set for the big stage

Coleraine teenager Kirstyn Kearney (14) will join a cast of 40 young people, drawn from all over the UK, for a musical theatre performance of Macbeth at The Lyric in Belfast from July 23 to July 26.

Produced by Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT), the UK’s leading theatre company for young people, this is Macbeth as it has never been seen before and transports Macbeth from his Scottish roots to a nameless Asian state featuring thrilling new piece of dubstep electronic music, from Ballycastle composer Garth McConaghie, combined with live classical instrumentation and contemporary choreography.

Kirstyn Kearney, a Dominican College pupil, has been cast as an apparition and said, “I love musical theatre and cannot wait for rehearsals to start in July. This is going to be a memorable summer and I’m so excited to perform on the stage of the Lyric in Belfast.”

Composer Garth McConaghie added, “This is an exceptional opportunity for young people from Northern Ireland to develop their musical theatre skills alongside others from all over the UK. Our production is particularly exciting as, unlike Annie or Oliver, it allows young people to be involved in the creation and performance of brand new work in front of live audiences, with live classical instruments and urban, electronic music. I’m very excited about our production debuting on the best stage in Belfast.”