In spring 2020, the Creative Learning department toured a production for Primary Schools – a brand new, devised project highlighting environmental issues affecting life in Northern Ireland.

The short play visited Primary Schools across Northern Ireland and aimed to raise awareness of littering and plastic pollution!

P5 – P7 pupils were invited to watch this innovative, engaging piece of physical theatre that offers a fresh new approach to learning about the environment.

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Catriona is originally from Derry and studied Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London. Catriona has worked with the Lyric Creative Learning Dept. performing in Blackout in 2016 and ’17. Other theatre credits include The Playboy of the Western World, An Apple a Day and An Englishman Walks into an Irish Bar (London Irish Rep Theatre); Grey Skies (Cue Productions); The Frozen Princess (GBL Productions); Closer, Tribe, Yes, Sir I Can Boogie and Snoozle and the Lullabugs (Replay Theatre Company); Rapunzel (Cre:8); Date Show (Threes Theatre Company) and The Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer(workshop) (Complicite.) Short film credits include Stalker (Met Film School) and No Place (Aurora Productions).


Thomas trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Whilst there he performed in VS09 and You Can Take It With You (Richard Burton Theatre Company, 2014). Since graduating Thomas’ film credits include the award winning short A Confession (Irresistible Films 2015).

His stage credits include The Enemy Within (Kabosh Theatre Company, 2015); Blackout (Lyric Theatre Belfast, 2015); 1932 The People of Gallagher Street (Green Shoot Productions, 2016); and his debut performance on the Lyric Main Stage in Here Comes the Night (Lyric Theatre Belfast, 2016). He also appeared in the multi award winning Red (Prime Cut Productions and the Lyric Theatre Belfast, 2017) for which he was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre award for Best Supporting Actor and in Lovers (Lyric Theatre, 2018).


Mark McIlhagga was born in Dublin and currently lives in Belfast. As a performer Mark is skilled at physical, movement based theatre. His theatre credits include Hydebank Activate 2020 (Lyric Theatre); I Like the Way You Move (Frantic Assembly Ignition 2019); Gulliver’s Travel (BYMT 2015). Mark took part in Drama Studio 2016 at the Lyric Theatre and was involved in the production workshop for Good Vibrations.


Clare McMahon trained as an actor in London’s Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and has worked in theatres across the UK & Ireland including The Cripple of Inishmaan (West End), A Midsummer Nights Dream (The Almeida), Northern Star (Finborough) and The Cherry Orchard (Greenwich).  In 2018 she was awarded the Patricia Leggett Scholarship to attend The Lir Academy, Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art and was awarded a distinction in her MFA Playwriting. In 2018 she was one of Fishamble Theatre Company’s ‘A Play for Ireland’ artists in conjunction with the Lyric Belfast and in 2019 was one of The Lyric’s New Playwrights Programme chosen writers. She is one half of Commedia of Errors Theatre Company and is currently a short-listed writer for the Zodiak Kids Award with the BBC. Her new play ‘The Gap Year’ which was developed with the Lyric, was chosen for a staged reading at 1st Irish Origin Theatre Festival New York 2020.


Ruairí Lenaghan is a Fermanagh native and graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting. Ruairí has toured with the Lyric Theatre’s production of Blackout around schools across Northern Ireland. Other acting credits include;  The Importance of Being Earnest (Mill Theatre, Dundrum); Brontë (Smock Alley Theatre) Men At Play, which won Best Production at Galway Fringe 2018. He has also performed  in The Merchant of Venice and Romeo & Juliet. Ruairí played the role of a young shell-shocked soldier in The Crown and The Red Cross; Dublin Castle in 1916 directed by Matthew Ralli, which was staged in the state apartments of Dublin Castle. He has just finished playing the title role in Joe Dowling’s acclaimed production of Hamlet (Smock Alley & Tour).


Jess trained at the London Contemporary Dance School and the Laban Centre. She has been a practitioner for Frantic Assembly since 2012. She is Associate Director of  I Think We Are Alone and was Associate Director for The Unreturning. She toured the UK in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre & Frantic Assembly) and has been Associate Movement Director for the USA, World Tour & West End productions.  Jess performed in This Will All Be Gone (Frantic Assembly). In 2019 Jess Co-directed the Ignition for Women pilot  and is very excited about the future of this project.Recent credits include: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (English Theatre Frankfurt- Movement Director); Constellations (National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai- Movement Director); UrineTown and Flower Cutters (Perfect Pitch, UCLAN- Choreographer). In 2019/2020 Jess performed in Ocean at the End of the Lane at the National Theatre.


Mike trained in Theatre Directing at Mountview. He recently directed a project for the Lyric Theatre performed by actors and students of Hydebank Wood College young offenders centre. He runs the acting strand of Mind the Gap’s Performance Academy – professional training for adults with learning disabilities. He is an artist mentor for the Barbican Box Project and was the Associate Practitioner for Action Transport Theatre between 2016 and 2018.

Recent Credits include: as director, Nothing Ever Happens Here (Action Transport Theatre), Tricnic (Kane and Abel), The Legacy (Wordplay Theatre)As associate director: Adrift (Action Transport Theatre), Stig! Of The Dump (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre).


Project Co-ordinator  –  Erin Hoey

Designer  –  Chris Hunter

Stage Manager  –  Megan Magill

Technician  –  Stephen Quinn