A group of pupils, whose school has historic ties to the Titanic, enjoyed a drama workshop at the Lyric Theatre Belfast courtesy of Northern Bank.
Andrews Memorial Primary School in Comber is named after the famous ship designer of the Titanic, Thomas Andrews, who came from the county Down town.
The Primary 7 pupils are working on a production of The Boat Factory about the Belfast shipyards where the Titanic was built. The workshop at the Lyric, organised by the Creative Learning department, was to help with rehearsals of the play which will be performed at the school at the end of May.
The school’s drama teacher, Mrs Barry said: “The children are steeped in Titanic even though it was 100 years ago. We are all looking forward to putting on the play. It is very exciting to be at the Lyric Theatre today. Drama is a big part of the school’s life. We applied for sponsorship from Northern Bank and our local branch chose to support the cost of us travelling to the drama workshop because of Northern Bank’s association with the Lyric.”
Northern Bank Youth Co-ordinator, Richard Corbett, from Comber branch, came to meet the schoolchildren at the Lyric.
He said: “Northern Bank is delighted to play its part in helping Andrews Memorial Primary School to build a legacy during this commemorative period. Given that Northern Bank has a long history of supporting the arts, it made sense to encourage pupils to visit the Northern Bank Stage and learn at Northern Ireland’s only producing theatre. This complements the school’s local reputation for producing plays in their landmark Andrews Memorial Hall.”
Lyric Creative Learning Co-ordinator, Philip Crawford said: “The Boat Factory was the first in a series of plays written by Dan Gordon specifically for Key Stage 2 children. The association of Harland & Wolff with Andrews Memorial makes it a very poignant piece for this young cast to work on. We were pleased to support them with their production and delighted they could spend a morning touring around the Lyric Theatre.”