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Exciting Opportunity! Branagh in Belfast

Branagh in Belfast

On the 30th January 2018 Sir Kenneth Branagh will be awarded Freedom of the City in Belfast’s Ulster Hall. TheatreNI, in partnership with Belfast City Council, is thrilled to be able to offer 16 places to new and emerging theatre-makers, representatives from new and emerging companies and youth theatre practitioners or participants, to attend the special ceremony when the Belfast-born actor will officially receive the honour. Sir Kenneth, currently President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), is well known for his high-profile work across the film and TV sector – most recently treading the Belfast boards in a production of The Painkiller at the Lyric Theatre in 2011. The lucky 16 will be decided via a lottery.

 To be eligible to apply:

  • You must be a member of TheatreNI.
  • You must be 18+.
  • You must be a new and emerging theatre-maker, a representative of a new and emerging company or a youth theatre practitioner or participant.
  • You must be able to confirm availability to attend on 30th January.


To enter your name please submit the following via email to projects@theatreni.org:



Company (if relevant):

 Contact No:

Email Address:

Mailing Address:
You can renew your TheatreNI membership by emailing projects@theatreni.org.


Applications must be received by Thursday 25th of January at 3pm.


Speaking back in October, Sir Kenneth described being made a Freeman as an “incredible honour from his home town”. He added: “Belfast has always given me more than I could ever repay.

“This is an incredible honour from my home town and I am humbled to be included in a roll call that includes artists like Van Morrison and Michael Longley.”

More details on the ‘Branagh in Belfast’ programme can be found on the Belfast City Council website www.belfastcity.gov.uk/branaghinbelfast and follow the hashtag on Twitter to stay up to date #branaghinbelfast