Skyhawk Swoops into Belfast

School children are being treated to an ‘edge-of-your-seat wildlife musical adventure’ as ‘Skyhawk’ arrives in Belfast.

The intense and touching Gill Lewis story about how protecting a rare bird, an osprey, forges a deep and special friendship between children, is being brought to life for the pupils thanks to a partnership between Belfast Harbour, the Lyric Theatre and the RSPB.

The mysterious adventure, brought to Northern Ireland by Clwyd Theatr Cymru with live music and songs, fused with digital media, takes the children on an incredible ecological journey that stretches from the UK to Africa.

Ahead of attending a performance at the theatre, the children participate in drama workshops hosted by the Lyric and RSPB. The workshops, sponsored by Belfast Harbour, are designed to complement the show and develop some of the themes in the book.

Jenni Barkley from Belfast Harbour said:

“We are delighted to be able to support the RSPB and Lyric Theatre in offering these lively workshops.  They are designed to give the children a fascinating insight into the book and also allow them to become much more involved in the drama.”

Jess McVicar of the RSPB said ‘The Sky Hawk production and workshops are a fantastic way for young people to enjoy learning about wild birds and what they face – incredible journeys, challenges and threats. The Sky Hawk story raises issues such as bird of prey persecution and protection of nest sites, and we can’t wait to work with the children to explore these – and other – areas with them.’

The show runs at the Lyric Theatre from Tuesday, October 14th to October 21st.