Start Academy


What is The Bruiser START Academy?

This entry level course is designed for young people who love the idea of performing, but may not have had the chance to be on stage before. This course bridges the gap and is aimed at confidence building through performance.

During the course, you'll explore Bruiser's unique physical style, voice and dance; all culminating in a showcase performance for your family and friends.

Please note that places are limited and will first be allocated to those without a background in theatre before considering other candidates. We particularly welcome applications from neurodivergent young people, and are keen to work with parents/guardians to best adapt the course to suit their particular needs.


The Bruiser START Academy 1st - 6th July 2024
  • Ages: 12+

  • Dates: 1st - 6th July 2024

  • Location: The MAC, Belfast

Teacher Referrals The Bruiser START Academy

We are asking teachers to refer students who they think may be suitable for The Bruiser START Academy, to remove the daunting audition process, and encourage participation. We are particularly interested in working with young people who may have specific educational / behavioural needs, low confidence or may be overlooked in performing arts sessions.

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The Bruiser Graduate Academy
Bruiser don’t do things by half measures, they give it 100 percent. Belfast Times
Bursting with ideas, energetic, inventive, intelligent concepts. Simon Fallaha
With a Bruiser production you’re sure to get a high quality, high octane and highly dynamic show. Laura Caldwell
When the Bruiser Theatre Company do something they do it well and this is no exception. Irish News
Bruiser is never short of innovative ideas. British Theatre Guide
Bruiser has worked wonders in bringing to life this sophisticated piece of European-inspired theatre. The Irish Times
The delicate attention to detail across the production is amazing and becoming Bruiser’s trademark. Alan Meban
Moments of pure theatrical magic that director Lisa May can create with sheer ingenuity and imagination. No More Workhorse
This may well be the single finest theatrical production I have seen in Norther Ireland ... I advise you to buy, beg or steal a ticket. Culture Northern Ireland
All in all this is a stellar cast and a stellar production. Pastie Bap
Seeing this underlined the importance of theatre. The Irish News
What we have here is a stunning, breath-taking piece of theatre. Culture Crush NI
This is a piece of theatre that deserves the biggest of audiences. No More Workhorse