These are three graduates who will be honoured later today at the North West Regional College (NWRC) Higher Education Graduation ceremony.
Sean Ayton, Tony Friel and Ricky Kyle are three entrepreneurs who are aiming to ensure that there is a lasting legacy of Derry’s year as UK City of Culture in their own careers.
They will receive their Higher National Diplomas in Performing Arts at the ceremony in the Millennium Forum, but they are hoping that with their new business venture they could soon be treading the boards in the Forum for a very different purpose.
Inspired by the range of events and cultural experiences of the City of Culture, and equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience they gained at NWRC, the talented trio have established Paradox 2.0 – a modern production company which will stage theatre work and produce short films.
They presented their first production in the Waterside Theatre, a play entitled ‘22 Hardcastle Court’, in August 2013, just weeks after completing their course, and included an improvised game ‘Where is the line anyway’ as part of the performance.
North West Regional College will confer awards on 550 graduates at the ceremony today.