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 facilitator was very energetic and made the girls feel comfortable participating in activities over Zoom, which is a great achievement. The girls appeared to be more confident by the end of the session and took away some great ideas for devising their own performance. Overall it was a fantastic workshop, the girls thoroughly enjoyed it.” - Strathearn College
"The workshop, as ever, was excellent. We undoubtedly will be in touch again at some point in the future! The Year 14s did their assessment yesterday and were SUPERB! Your notes REALLY helped! They are so grateful and see the value/wisdom of the online workshop." - Sacred Heart
"Very enthusiastic and highly engaging!" - Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
"The kids had a ball and found it really useful." - Banbridge Academy
"The session really helped the students to understand the style of their performance, and I can see a huge development in their progress so far." - Sullivan Upper
"They enjoyed the change from normal remote learning." - Strathearn School
"I got some great ideas for moving forward back in the room which we started putting into practise today." - St. Malachy's Grammar School