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The Rainbow Factory

What’s Rainbow all about?

The Rainbow Factory School of Performing Arts was launched by YouthAction Northern Ireland in March 1990. It continues to be seen as one of the largest, most exciting and innovative part-time Performing Arts projects to be established in Northern Ireland.

Now in its 20th year the project has a reputation to be truly proud of, as it continues to make dreams for many of its members.

We currently run 22 weekly classes in dance, drama, technical theatre, and drumming. We also have over 300 young people attending every week in our bases in Belfast and Banbridge.

As well as taking part in the weekly classes members can through in-house auditions be involved in a full range of other experiences and performance opportunities

Members are supported to their reach full potential personally, artistically and socially. To do this they are encouraged to develop their individual skills, not only as performers but for many, as facilitators, producers and peer educators.

Who’s Rainbow Factory for?

Young people aged 10 - 25 years from all communities, backgrounds and abilities. All we ask for is that you keen and committed to the project.

Where does it all happen?

In Belfast we are based in YouthAction's new purpose built youth resource base College Square North. Classes are held in The Rainbow Factory Studio.

In Banbridge we are based in the Banbridge Leisure Centre

How much will Rainbow cost?

The Normal term fee is £ 55, (3 terms per year) this covers the students weekly class in Drama and Dance plus any production/s they may be involved in (excluding our Summer Production). Fee Reductions are available for those who need them.


If a student is selected to attend the Feet First (link to Feet First section on previous page) Advanced Dance Classes, an additional ? per term is charged.
Music Studio helsd on sundays is also an additional opportunity for our members at £ per term.

How do I get in?

It's very simple! Just complete our Online Application Form

Once this has been done we will be in touch to let you know when the next audition will be taking place.

What is the audition like?

There's nothing to be concerned about, the audition for membership is all about FUN! You'll be involved in a simple group Drama & Dance workshop to show us which class would suit you best.

We will be then let you know If we've got space for you at the minute or if you've got to wait another term.

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