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We can finally announce that our fabulous Gyasi J K Sheppy will be a headliner in this year’s Grand Opera House Panto!

We are also delighted to see past pupil of The Shelley Lowry School Conor Headley on the poster too!

Super proud and super excited! ❤️

✨ Cast Announcement: Cinderella ✨

The Grand Opera House is delighted to announce the amazing cast for this season’s spectacular pantomime Cinderella, led by the glamorous May McFettridge and starring a few familiar faces from last year’s highly successful Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

Join Paddy Jenkins as Baron Hardup, Adam C Booth as Buttons, Kia-Paris Walcott as Cinderella, Jo Donnelly and Jolene O’Hara as the vile Wicked Stepsisters, plus Gyasi Sheppy as Dandini and Conor Headley as Prince Charming, this Christmas for Northern Ireland's biggest panto.

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My favourite shoes ! September is nearly here. Have you registered for your dance classes yet ? Email [email protected]

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Friday evening we finally had the chance to get together and have some fitness fun. Team building and general laughs between great friends. I can’t wait to begin this journey with these amazing students and teachers!! If you can dream it you can achieve it !!!
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Congratulations to all on another stunningly moving recount of the Armagh Railway Tragedy. What a talented bunch of young people you have!!!!
Suprême angelo

Classes in Portadown & Belfast

Operating as usual

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You can always rely on our seniors to bring the fun for Halloween! 🎃👻


So lovely to see ex-pupil and our lovely friend Matthew Lawson.

Matthew is studying Music Theatre at Arts Ed in London, and he popped in to surprise our Junior Theatre Group pupils whom he helped teach for several years! ❤️

Everyone was so happy to see him!

Shelley Lowry Talent Management ❤️


Brilliant movement class at Ulster University in Belfast last night. ❤️

We can’t wait to start our Banbridge classes this coming Friday! ❤️

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Breath support exercises in our Belfast Acting Classes today - using everyone’s favourite, BUBBLES ❤️

Today’s session included mindfulness, relaxation, breath support and stretching.

Shelley Lowry Talent Management ❤️

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Saturday mornings at the studio ❤️


The best way to start the weekend ❤️

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We spent the morning updating our Emergency First Aid Training! ❤️

We highly recommend Keith Quinn Training ❤️

Keith Quinn Training

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We ❤️ Wednesdays!

So much fun and laughter!

Students enjoy classes in Music Theatre, Rock & Pop, Speech & Drama and Acting.

We have two drama groups too!

Little Theatre Group for age 5-8 years is 3.30-4.30

Junior Theatre Group for age 8-12 is 5.30-7.30

We love to Acti, Dance and Sing ❤️

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More smiling (plus angry, surprised and happy) faces!

Congratulations to our students who were awarded their Trinity College London exam certificates during class.

Wonderful work from our Little Acting Through Song/Music Theatre students today ❤️

Only week two and they are mastering simple choreography whilst also enjoying singing along to their favourite musicals ❤️

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What an achievement!

Our Monday students received their Trinity College London exam certificates today.

Our wonderful students took exams in Acting, Speech & Drama, Communication Skills or Performing Arts during our exam session in June ❤️

Students who study Grade 6 and above are awarded valuable UCAS points, that help to improve the chances of obtaining a place at university.

We will share more smiling faces throughout the week ❤️

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Our Belfast Acting Classes continued at Ulster University today.

As always, we learnt a lot, laughed a lot and truly appreciated everyone’s performances.

A great, positive way to kick off the weekend ❤️

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Great to see these little faces having such fun today ⭐️

Our little dancers enjoy an introduction to ballet, tap and jazz. They work towards performing in two shows a year, and an annual exam.

Pictured are our students who were each awarded DISTINCTION in the end of year Performing Arts Exam. We are so proud of them! ⭐️

They will now start working on either their Jazz or Music Theatre Dance exam.

Our Little Theatre Group is also on a Saturday, and is an ideal class for little performers who love to sing and dance.

Starting at age 3, students will enjoy drama games, confidence building exercises and learn little dramatic extracts from their favourite stories ⭐️

Saturday classes are designed to be fun filled, with a focus on expressing yourself in a safe and supported environment ⭐️

If you would like your little one to join us, please just send us a message or email:
[email protected] ⭐️

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Senior Theatre Group - Thursday nights
Age 12 years and over
Music Theatre
Group mime
Devised theatre
Acting, Dancing & Singing ⭐️


Thursday night is Senior Theatre Group night! ⭐️

In tonight’s session we worked on a group mime, a comedy play (so much laughter!) and two music theatre numbers! ⭐️

Great fun ⭐️

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We love Wednesdays in our studio in Portadown ❤️

Little Music Theatre/Acting Through Song
Little Theatre Group
Speech & Drama
Self-Tape Filming
Junior Theatre Group
Junior Music Theatre/Acting Through Song
Acting for Screen - Adults

There’s still time to sign up for one of these wonderful classes!

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Our first Monday of the new term!

We started the day filming a self tape with one of our actors, and then had great fun in our Speech & Drama and Acting for Film & TV classes ⭐️

It’s great to be back ⭐️

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What a great first night back to music theatre, Rock & Pop and senior theatre classes!

Our singing students have already started working on a really impressive number and it’s sounding amazing.

The senior theatre students had great fun with Alex, Anna, Ellen, Aimee and I.

Group improv, mime, drama games and lots and lots of laughs.

We can’t wait for the rest of the guys who couldn’t make it tonight to join us next week, and see what we have achieved already! ❤️


Heartfelt congratulations to one of our adult Acting for Screen students, Debbie Johnston, who has just been awarded DISTINCTION in her Grade 8 RSL Awards PAA Acting for Screen examination.

The examiner commented ‘In summary, a very high standard of performance was delivered today.’

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Our new term starts TODAY! ⭐️

We have a treat in store for our students attending classes in the Portadown studio today!

Our London colleague, Alex Ford, will be a guest tutor in today’s classes.

Alex trained at GSA and has extensive stage and screen experience; most notably Al has appeared in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at the National Theatre in London, as well as in ‘Kidnapped’ (Apple TV and Amazon Prime), and ‘Holby City’ (BBC)

We also welcome back Anna Murphy to our teaching staff! Having completed her BA (Hons) Acting degree at BOVTS she has so many exciting, fresh and new training ideas to share with the students.

It’s going to be a fabulous year! ❤️

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Acting classes for young people and adults to be held at ULSTER UNIVERSITY in Belfast.

We have been working hard to devise a training course based on Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central and Trinity College London syllabuses.

Following on from the success of our Belfast Acting for Screen classes which were held at our office in Botanic Avenue, we have branched out and are excited to reveal that classes will now be held at the Belfast Campus, Ulster University.

Throughout the first two terms, you will follow rigorous training in acting, which will concentrate on the core skills of voice, body, acting and creative interpretation. The principles of study derive from pragmatist methods; particularly the techniques of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen and Meisner.

The range of classes across the first two terms will include screen technique; this will essentially examine the distinction between screen and live performance. It will also cover visual storytelling, shooting contemporary scenes from television and film, and the preparation of different styles of work, including soap, drama and comedy.

There will be a focus on relaxing and working with ease, developing the imagination, identifying personal habits and creating believable performances.

Voice and dialect classes will encourage an understanding of the voice as an instrument and will work with a variety of texts including poetry, classical and contemporary material.

Through taking classes students will learn how to effectively approach sight-reading, text analysis, casting and mock auditions led by guest tutors including casting directors, actors and directors.

In the final term we will work on Professional preparation, which will involve guidance on selecting photographs, working on showreel material, writing CVs, self-marketing and online promotion.

To find out more information on how to sign up for one of the classes, please email [email protected]

Saturday (from 02/09)
Age 8-17: 12-1.30pm
Age 18 and over: 1.30-3.30pm

Tuesday (from 05/09)
Age 8-17: 6.00-7.30pm
Age 18 and over: 7.30-9.00pm

Students who have already enrolled in these classs will be sent an email with full details in advance of classes starting on 02/09.


We are delighted for our acting student Fionn O'Hagan who has just landed a fabulous role in a production alongside an Irish A list movie star! ❤️

Earlier this year, Fionn also appeared in a lead role in Leesa Harker’s debut short film ‘The Bully.’

Fionn has been studying acting at our school for a few years now - and recently achieved Distinction in his Grade 8 Trinity College London Acting exam ❤️

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All the very best to everyone receiving ‘A’ level and ‘As’ level results today ❤️

Well done to our students who took their Performing Arts CCEA ‘A’ and ‘As’ Level at the Portadown studio for their fabulous results! ❤️

A2 Results:
Ellie Reynolds (age 16) - ‘A’
Beth Harris (age 18) - ‘A’
Maeve Scullion (age 18) - ‘B’
Matthew Lawson (age 19) ‘C’

Rosa Frazer (age 15) - ‘B’
Dylan Wylie (age 17) - ‘B’
Drew Frazer (age 15) - ‘C’


Welcome back to our team Anna Murphy ❤️

Anna has graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with a BA (Hons) degree in Acting.

We are delighted to announce that Anna will be rejoining our teaching team for the new term.

Anna appeared as ‘Young Much’ in the graduate production of ‘Robin Hood and Marian’ in the Redgrave Theatre, Bristol.
Professional credits include The Man Who Invented Christmas (feature film) appearing as ‘Tara/The Ghost of Christmas Past,’ ‘The Bully’ short film) appearing as ‘Alison,’ ‘At Water’s Edge’ (BBC TV drama) appearing as ‘Chloe.’

Prior to training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Anna attended The Shelley Lowry School since age 3.

Anna was taught by incredible voice coaches from BOVTS and has nurtured a relationship with them whereby she can reach out for support and advice where necessary for our actors and students. Anna has been given the tools to learn any accent, and is excited to deliver accent training in our classes.

Anna also has plans to do a class in full vocal release and exercises to reach your vocal potential. This is so important for all students when working in stage or screen - vocal health and sustainability.

Classes begin again on 31st August ❤️

To register in the classes of your choice simply click on the link below and choose from the drop down menu.

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Register with Shelley Lowry | membermeister 09/08/2023

There’s still time to register for our exciting new term!

Classes are available in Portadown and Belfast.

Classes are suitable for age 3 and over.

Choose from:


Register to secure your place by filling in your details and selecting the class or classes you would like to attend from the drop down menus.

If you attend 3 or more different classes at the Portadown studio, you receive 15% off your total monthly bill.

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It’s the FAB FIVE! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Huge congratulations to our FIVE ATCL diploma students who have passed their exams with flying colours ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jessie Neill ATCL Communication Skills
Rebekah Shortt ATCL Communication Skills
Orla McDowell ATCL Music Theatre
Meadhbh McGrail ATCL Music Theatre
Matthew Lawson ATCL Music Theatre

The diploma is the culmination of all their work and experience over the years they have attended classes at our school. They are entitled to use the letters ATCL after their names.

Immensely proud of these hard working, dedicated students. ❤️

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The Shelley Lowry School has a class to suit everyone.

⭐️ Acting
⭐️ Speech & Drama
⭐️ Communication Skills
⭐️ Music Theatre/Acting Through Song
⭐️ Rock & Pop Vocals
⭐️ Acting for Film/TV
⭐️ Dance
⭐️ A Level
⭐️ Diploma Classes
⭐️ Competition Team

Classes are suitable for age 3 years and over.

Acting for Film/TV classes are held in both Belfast and Portadown for children and adults.

Simply click on the link below to register your interest in one or more of the classes of your choice. To help us suggest the best class for you, make sure you click on the class you want in the drop down menus, or leave a comment in the additional notes section.

If you sign up for 3 or more different classes at the school you will receive 15% off your total monthly bill.

Once we have received your registration we will be in touch with all the information you need to get started in the new term beginning on the 1st September 2023.

We look forward to welcoming you! ⭐️


Amazing results for Zoe Clarke! ❤️

Distinction for her Trinity College London Rock & Pop singing exam!

To achieve DISTINCTION with Trinity College London the candidate has to achieve 87 marks or over.

Well done Zoe ❤️


The first of our diploma results are in!

Matthew Lawson has been awarded his ATCL in Music Theatre from Trinity College London ❤️

Matthew is currently working in a Summer Camp in the US before he begins his studies at Arts Ed in London. ❤️

We are so proud of all Matthew has achieved so far, and cannot wait to see what lies ahead for him!


Another Speech & Drama class with a full house of DISTINCTIONS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Excellent work everyone ❤️

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More happy, smiling faces to share today as our exam results are being sent home.

What a wonderful exam session our students have had ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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More smiles! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


So proud of these young people. All of their hard work and preparation has paid off. ❤️

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What a treat for our Acting for Film/TV students!

Oscar winning Actor Seamus O’Hara ‘An Irish Goodbye’, ‘The Northman,’ ‘In The Land Of Saints And Sinners, ‘Game of Thrones’ among many others - is a guest tutor this evening! ❤️

Shelley Lowry Talent Management


The first of our Trinity College London Exam results are in!

And it’s a class full of DISTINCTIONS! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

These students were awarded an amazing 89-96 marks!

Superstars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Emma Mc Cann C Ruth Mitchell Laura Leckey Aisling McClorey Rebecca Lennox Ellen Mockford


Our fabulous Trinity examiner sent me this message when he finished the exam session yesterday:

‘Shelley - It was a joy to work with you, your lovely staff and splendid, well-taught students.’

Acting, Music Theatre, Speech & Drama, Communication Skills and Performing Arts Results will be ready to be sent home during class this week ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ps - we would love it if you followed our TikTok for exclusive performances and content ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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We have a full week of Acting, Music Theatre, Communication Skills, Performing Arts (incorporating Dance for Music Theatre) and Rock & Pop singing exams at the Portadown Studio.

Mr Christopher Young, our examiner (a trained actor who has worked as an educational consultant specializing in Arts education and training, and with vast experience in training actors and directors) has already remarked on how well taught and prepared the candidates are, and has asked if every child has been happy when leaving the exam.

We simply love Trinity exams ❤️

They send the best examiners, and the children gain so much from their positive experience ❤️

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A huge thank you to our wonderful audience.

The feedback the play has received has blown us all away.

Thank you for your amazing support.

Thank you to Aimee Mcveigh, Ellen Mockford, Terri Willsher, Neil Frazer, The MAC and its fabulous tech team - and to all our wonderful performers 💜💚

All of you make me so proud 💜💚


First night of ‘Above All Else’ - a well deserved standing ovation for our wonderful cast 💜💚

Come along tomorrow night if can catch one of the remaining tickets!

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Here we go! 💜💚

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And a few more……❤️

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Some wonderful photos of our end of year showcase at the Marketplace Theatre in Armagh earlier today. ❤️

I’m so proud of all of the performers (the youngest of whom was just 3 years old!)

Thank you to our fabulous audience for all of their support too! ❤️

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Our Story

Our ethos is to provide the highest standard of teaching at affordable prices. Students can choose to follow a guided pathway into third level education, professional theatre/film and television work; or come to enjoy the fun and excitement of learning how to perform and communicate confidently to any size of audience. We know that not every student who attends our classes will want to become an actor or a dancer; but we do know that we can help develop every young person into a confident and self assured individual.

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