Founded in July 2017, Be Unique Drama School aims to provide children with an insight into the importance of drama and dance to help them grow as a unique individual. By igniting the children's imagination, promoting their confidence and having lots of fun along the way, Be Unique Drama is an experience which every child can blossom in and enjoy.
We strongly believe that drama can be used in every area of life, building confidence and developing imagination, helping us to aspire to be the very best we can be. Teaching the importance of this to a child at an early age will undoubtedly provide them with a sense of self importance and confidence in their own ideas and opinions. The ultimate aim is that we ensure the child enjoys and learns more about drama, as an art form and gets the opportunity to express themselves as the unique individual that they are.
Martina McAfee, the company's director, is extremely passionate about bringing her love of drama to the younger generation, and providing them with opportunities and experiences she feels were lacking in the Arts sector during her own childhood.
MEET THE TEAM
Director and Founder
Martina, a BA Honours Drama Graduate from Queen's University, has extensive experience in leading drama workshops for children from the ages of 3 – 16 years, in various locations across Northern Ireland. Having worked and trained alongside some of the best drama facilitators in Northern Ireland, Martina feels very lucky to be in the position to share this knowledge and skill within the realms of her own company.
She also has co-founded and co-directs another company, Ever Unique Productions which is an educational theatre company, bringing film and theatre opportunities to young people aged 13-18yrs. Along with managing these businesses, Martina successfully runs a social media management service for other small businesses, providing and designing all their online content.
Throughout her life, Martina has been involved in a variety of productions, both onstage and offstage, as an actress (winning a ‘Best Supporting Actress’ award in Queen’s) , a choreographer for local children’s productions and director of ‘Remembrance’ by Graham Reid, which was performed in both Belfast and Rasharkin. She has now branched out and recently undertook training in children's yoga concepts, child psychology, mindfulness meditation and young people behavioural management. Martina has a real passion of sharing arts and theatre with young people.
Assistant Creative Director, Administrative Assistant, Choreographer and Drama Facilitator
Hannah Reilly is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast with a 2:1 in Drama and English with specialisation in devising, applied and physical theatre. She is co-director of Ever Unique Productions, sharing this educational theatre company with our director Martina.
Hannah has been a freelance drama facilitator for 5 years, working with companies all over Northern Ireland. An avid director, Hannah has worked on several productions including credits in the Mac, Accidental and Belvoir theatres in Belfast.
Working as a facilitator, Hannah has successfully put several students through their LCM Acting exams where all pupils successfully received merits and above! Hannah also has several acting credits including two performances in the Grand Opera House.
Head Choreographer, Drama Facilitator and Be Unique Music and Video Producer
Warren has completed his Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts in the North West Regional College. He is currently signed to Nova Artists Casting Agency and has been involved with Londonderry Musical Society, and Grove Theatre Group and productions, playing a lead role in each performance.
Warren has also toured with Big Telly Theatre Company around schools and acted in a short film entitled 'Over The Black Spot', produced by Row B Productions. Alongside a background in drama facilitation and acting, Warren is a very experienced and gifted choreographer, performing in a variety of dance showcases and competitions and recently touring with TheNewAdamB99.
Drama Facilitator and Assistant Curriculum Co-ordinator
Megan began acting at a very young age and through her love of amateur dramatics, got a part in a UTV Drama at the age of 9! As she grew older, Megan found secondary school quite challenging as she had been diagnosed with dyslexia but continued acting throughout these years and thrived in creative subjects.
Megan was accepted onto the Drama and Performing Arts course at Tower Street Theatre where she graduated with triple distinction stars, allowing her to progress to study Drama at Ulster University Magee. Here, she honed her skills as a theatre maker and has been facilitating drama and story-telling since her graduation in 2015. In recent years, Megan has received qualifications in British Sign Language and Mindfulness; two things she is very passionate about.
Drama Facilitator and Assistant Curriculum Co-ordinator
Cherith has completed her Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts in the North West Regional College. She is part of Encore Theatre Company and has recently played the role of Nancy in 'Oliver' and Rizzo in 'Grease'. Cherith has to admit that her main love within performance is singing and in 2012 Cherith’s family, The McCook Family Band formed and they often perform at weddings and guest spots at concerts. She also teaches singing lessons from home and performs with a band around Northern Ireland.
Cherith absolutely loves being able to share her passion for song, drama, music and dance with young people and is very proud to be part of the Be Unique Drama School team!
Throughout primary and secondary school, Mark both enjoyed and excelled in creative subjects such as Drama and English. Post - secondary school, he took part in several roles that allowed him to share his appreciation of the Arts.
In 2016 he joined Take To The Stage Theatre School, allowing him many opportunities to encourage the children’s learning. It was here that he was able to share his love of music in particular as, being a keen drummer, he was able to help invigorate music classes and performances at the theatre school. In 2019 he graduated from Ulster University Coleraine with a Degree in Applied Languages and Translation and since then has been working both in and out of schools to tutor French and Spanish to younger children and teenagers – Mark’s long term goal is to become a Language teacher.