We are very excited to invite Bruiser Theatre Company to Aquinas on Thursday 21st June, 2012 to do a special workshop with Year 11 Drama pupils as they prepare to finish the first year of their GCSE course.  This is a fantastic opportunity for them to work with local professionals who are so successful in producing outstanding and innovative theatre.  Bruiser is currently celebrating the success of their latest production of ‘Sweet Charity’ at the new MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre)Belfast.

We are absolutely delighted to welcome to Aquinas Bruiser’s Artistic Director, Lisa May, who is directing ‘Sweet Charity’.  Lisa will run sessions for students on Bruiser’s physical production style, with emphasis on their current show.


Lisa won the coveted Belfast Telegraph ‘Woman of the Year in the Arts’ Award in 2009.

Lisa May is the Artistic Director and Founder of Bruiser Theatre Company. In 1997, she believed there was an opportunity in the market for a new, innovative touring company forNorthern Ireland. The aim was to produce consistently high quality theatre, with the flexibility of specialising in outreach and education where applicable.

Lisa created Bruiser’s artistic policy of “minimal set for maximum impact.” and has directed all of Bruiser’s previous productions bar “Two” which was directed by Karl Wallace, in which she appeared. Also a freelance director, Lisa has directed numerous productions for other companies including Seamus Keenan’s “Flight” for the Derry Playhouse; an outreach devised piece for “Charlotte’s Web” at the Lyric Theatre; “Don’t Send me Flowers” at OMAC (suicide awareness play); “The Gift of the Gab” for Stage Beyond (adults with learning difficulties) and most recently the award winning “Chronicles of Long Kesh” for Green Shoot Productions.

Lisa’s style of direction focuses on the actors’ ability to engage the audience, without relying on elaborate sets, costume and lighting, the actor being the central mechanism of performance.

Lisa is also a freelance actress, a trained playworker, workshop facilitator and consultant. Over the last ten years she has worked with many arts organisations including UAYD; Shakespeare Schools Festival; Sound Inventors; Queen’s University and OMAC in varied and exciting drama-based projects.