Professional Debut for Centre Stage School past pupil Shane O’Riordan



Posted on: 27 Sep 2018

Professional Debut for Centre Stage School past pupil Shane O’Riordan

Centre Stage School past pupil Shane O’Riordan (and son of legendary Administrator Mags O’Riordan) announced his professional debut in Les Miserables recently.  Shane has just begun rehearsals to play the part of Feuilly (and 1st understudy for Marius) in Les Miserables, the longest running musical in the West End when it tours in 2018/2019. He will travel and perform with the company for a year, and will play in the Bord Gais, Dublin for six weeks over Christmas (which will be attended by very proud members of Centre Stage School staff and pupils).

For all those young performers at Centre Stage who dream of a professional career in musical theatre, acting or dance - Shane and all our other past pupils who work professionally are living proof that it can happen!  Shane never stepped foot on a stage until he was 15 years of age - He simply took up a class at Centre Stage during Transition Year as part of his Gaisce Award and his passion for theatre grew from there.  He worked extremely diligently to get a place in ArtsEd in London (easily one of the best musical theatre and acting for film and TV training programs in the business) and continued to do so during his four year degree.  In 2015 he was awarded the Andrew Lloyd Wedder Foundation Scholarship and all the hard work has now paid off as he graduated last month, and will make his professional debut in Les Miserables very shortly.  We are all incredibly proud of Shane (and all past pupils who go onto professional lives in Musical Theatre) - so break a leg Shane!  To book tickets to see Shane in Les Miserables in the Bord Gais Theatre click here and you better hurry - many dates are already sold out!


Lucy has been attending Centre Stage since the age of 4.  I can’t thank the teachers and staff enough for all they instill in our kids; the talent, confidence & camaraderie inside those doors are so important, and it's a privilege for any child to be part of, and something which they’ll carry with them through life. 

Lisa Punch

My daughter Aoibhe Lilly has attended Centre Stage for the past 5 years. The overall experience has been phenomenal. She has always enjoyed the high standard of classes on offer. Centre Stage offers a caring, nurturing environment, where love of arts is encouraged, in a place where children can dance, act, sing, laugh and have fun, making lifelong friends and memories. In Aoibhes own words 'It's my happy place'!

Eilish O'Leary

My daughter has been attending Centre Stage School for 4 years. She started with Theatre Tots and moved on ward from there. The musical theatre classes have been instrumental in the development of her self-confidence, as well as her great love for music and dance. The teachers and staff include and encourage all children of all abilities, and each child has a chance to shine. I couldn’t recommend Centre Stage School highly enough. Thank you to everyone there for the amazing work you do!  

Caroline Hayes (Arts Educational School London)