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Saturday 18 August 2018

Legendary Factory offers 20 places to Docklands children

The DUBLIN performing arts school where Jack Reynor, Eve Hewson and Brian Ormond started out is offering scholarships as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations.

The National Performing Arts School (NPAS), which is managed by Jill Doyle and Colin Farrell's brother Eamon, runs classes ranging from musical theatre to acting to ballet every weekend at the Factory Studios at Grand Canal Dock.

Given it's the 20th anniversary, Jill and Eamon want to preserve the history of the space which has seen the likes of U2 and David Bowie rehearse there.

NPAS is offering 20 scholarships, 10 of which will be given to children from the Docklands community.

"We're offering one class a week for 20 students which means we're giving about €10,000 back to the community," Jill told the Herald. "You never know what someone's individual circumstances are and we may end up finding the next big singer or actor through the scholarships."

Each scholarship is valued at €500, and those wishing to apply should write or email the NPAS explaining why they want to attend the school.

The closing date for applications is September 10.

GRATEFUL Jill says they were grateful to be working in such a historic space.

"We're absolutely delighted to still be here," she said.

"It's such an iconic building, everyone from U2 to David Bowie to Britney Spears have rehearsed here over the years."

Successful graduates of the NPAS include Colin Farrell, Mary Murray and Sorcha Furlong.

Others are Broadway singer Alan O'Neill and B*Witched stars Edele and Keavy Lynch as well as presenters Courtney Smith and Sarah Jane Tobin.

The school is also one of the biggest children's casting agents in the country.

Three of its young stars will be appearing in the movie adaptation of Cecelia Ahern's bestselling book Love Rosie, which is set for release here on October 22.

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