Coleraine at 50
Project Gold underway at the Riverside Theatre

Project Gold underway at the Riverside Theatre

Ulster University and the Riverside Theatre are halfway through delivering a 20-week performing arts programme, entitled 'Project Gold', engaging local children and young people aged 4 – 18 years old, culminating in a uniquely devised showcase on Saturday 30 March at 3pm.

Roseanne Sturgeon, Theatre Manager, explains;

"Project Gold forms part of a creative outreach programme of events planned at the Riverside with the Provost to mark the 50-year celebrations of the Coleraine campus designed to integrate the local community with the University in a joint celebration of civic pride.

"This project will enable children and young people to learn about the world of theatre and the rich history of their local community whilst exploring performing arts techniques in devising improvisation, choreography, stagecraft, writing, directing and costume/set-design."

So far in the project, the groups of children and young people have been working with their Riverside Youth Theatre facilitators, local historians as well as professional education within the Mountsandel Heritage and Discovery Group and North Coast Armada Connection, helping awaken imaginations towards devising their unique showcase.

Last term, the different groups went on site visits to the Girona shipwreck site and Mountsandel Forest. They learned about the heritage and history of these sites to give them some historical context to the stories they will be performing.

There is a lot of established research about the positive influences from drama, theatre and the performing arts, especially for young people. The benefits are physical, emotional, social, and they help to develop a healthy appreciation of culture and the arts.

Professor Karise Hutchinson, Provost of the Coleraine campus, added:

“Being creative and learning to make creative choices helps young people to be better at thinking of new ideas, allowing them to view the world around them in new ways.

"Project Gold has been established to educate the next generation of young people about the history of the area that they come from and to engage their creativity, inspiring them for the future.”

Tickets are only £6 to see Riverside Youth Theatre’s Project Gold double-bill , we would love your support for the children and young people performing.

Book Online here: or call the Riverside Theatre's Box office on 028 7012 3123.

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