Congratulations to Premier Artist, Syd Ralph, who has been awarded an MBE in the New Years’ Honours List.

The honour was in recognition of outstanding services to Community Music Theatre, particularly through the youth music theatre company, Act One-Scene One. In addition to that company’s work, she directed for the National Youth Music Theatre, Youth Music Theatre, UK and Music Theatre for Youth (Northern Ireland). She was the first artistic director of the Orpheus Centre, working with young performers with disabilities and she has regularly directed music theatre projects for disadvantaged youngsters. She has written and had published 5 youth theatre musicals and is currently writing the next NI Theatre Workshop production of “The Cottingley Faeries” with composer, Mark Dougherty.