Take a look at some of the great shows we've put on in recent times!
Ebenezer Scrooge's partner Jacob Marley id as dead as door nail, and you can't get more deader than that... The money is all Scrooge's. It's his only love. But, wait! Marley's Ghost appears to tell Scrooge that he will be visited by three spirits - the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. And so begins a roller coaster ride where 5 actors play the entire population of London! Written by Patrick Barlow in the the style of his highly acclaimed '39 Steps', this is a hilarious show for adults and great fun for children! Tivkets from £5 to £12. Group rates. Family tickets. Concessions for seniors and unwaged.
• Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June, 7.30
• The Little Theatre
• £15.00. £13.50 Seniors, U16, students and unwaged
Alan is in trouble. His girlfriend has left him, he’s lost his job and his health is failing. Can hope and love triumph in the end or will Alan’s trouble get the better of him? The poignant and often darkly funny story of a man’s struggle against alcoholism. Along the way we meet his girlfriend, his boss, the barman of his local pub and a man called Sean who might just help to save his life…
A one man show performed by Trevor Gill and featuring the songs of Dean Martin. Audience reactions: “A powerful multi-role performance… an important play… bittersweet and darkly funny..”
“Do not call anything impure that God has made clean”, thus begins David Campton’s one man play about the life of Peter with Glenn McGivern as the disciple and fisherman. Peter vividly recounts his various encounters with Jesus in this reflective and emotional monologue. The production, originally presented at the 4 Corners Festival, features the singing voice of Philippa O'Hara and evocative illustrations by Fergus Wachala-Kelly. And, what if Peter were to visit Ireland in the modern day? Whose life would he seek to know more about? Join us and find out! Directed by Trevor Gill. £16.00 and £12.00 (Seniors and unwaged) Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/brightumbrella
Lata Sharma presents a warm, humorous, light-hearted one woman show based on the life of a sassy wee teenage Indian girl born at the start of the Troubles & reared in East Belfast. Who whilst desperately trying to ‘fit in’ with her local mates, also finds herself having to learn on the hoof how to navigate the sectarianism, the racism, and endless cultural clashes faced at home from her immigrant parents! Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March at 7.30 p.m. Full bar at club prices from 6.30!
NEW WRITING PREMIERE! Have you heard? Ruth and Oscar’s marriage is a deeply unhappy one. Filled with things they don’t say to each other. Childless and sexless, they have drifted apart. One evening, Ruth invites Eva in for a drink and when Ruth is comforted by Eva, Ruth’s pious sister Alma misconstrues the situation as something more sexual. Thus begins a chain of events which sees everyone’s life unravel... Written by Nathan D. Martin, the play deals with themes of sexual identity and suicide. Presented in partnership with The Rainbow Project as part of LGBTQIA+ awareness week. Tickets (£16.00 and £14.00) www.ticketsource.co.uk/brightumbrella
Back by popular demand, our sell out 2022 show returns with new scenes and new material ! Join Glentoran FC Captain Paddy McCann and his mighty 1914 ‘Euroglens’ team as they beat the footballing cream of Europe to bring home the ‘Vienna Cup’ to East Belfast - the first ever trophy won by a British team on European soil. The Sanctuary Theatre turns red, green and black to the roar of, “Come on ye Glens!”.
“… brings a community’s history to life. It’s accessible, ambitious and reaching local audiences with nuanced storytelling that doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable truths”. (‘Alan in Belfast’ online review).
Audience reaction: “… funny, fearless, fantastic… cheers and one or two tears”… “The cast were individually and collectively brilliant... do not miss this. It is, like East Belfast, wonderful…. “the humour, music, storytelling, and acting were just brilliant. If you haven't got a ticket yet, get one, you won't regret it!”… ”,“… phenomenal… uplifting… funny…”, “…. parts had me in tears of laughter, parts gutted me to the soul…”. Full bar at club prices from 6.30 p.m. Range of merchandise. Special collectable programme. £16.00 and £14.00. Group doscount for 6 or more
Writer and broadcaster, Lata Sharma returns to the Sanctuary Theatre to present her warm, humorous, light-hearted one woman show based on the life of a sassy wee teenage Indian girl born at the start of the Troubles & reared in East Belfast. Who whilst desperately trying to ‘fit in’ with her local mates, also finds herself having to learn on the hoof how to navigate the sectarianism, the racism, and endless cultural clashes faced at home from her immigrant parents! Not to be missed! Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th September @ 7.30. Tickets: £16.00, £14.00 concessions and a limited number of £10 ‘Early Bird’ tickets.
DARK FOREST THEATRE PRESENTS A sinister tale of secrets and horror within a family.
‘All was so still, so soft in earth and air,
You scarce would start to meet a spirit there;
Secure that nought of evil could delight
To walk in such a scene, on such a night!’
Gabriel has returned. His mother Claire and twin brother Michael are not welcoming. Claire and Michael have lost the ones they loved, and Gabriel left them to their grief. He adventured whilst they mourned. Now he has come back, and the family is finally back together, well not all the family. Yet its Claire's Birthday and for her gift, she wants ALL the family to be together, even the ones who are dead. The dead tell no tales and no lies, and the family should not awaken them because sometimes, the truth is better left buried.
It is now more than fifty years since Neil Young first appeared on the scene, astounding everyone with his remarkable song writing and soulful singing. Stray Gaiters – who take their name from the pick-up band of session players put together for the recording of “Harvest” – will guide you through Mr Young’s extensive and varied catalogue of wonderful songs with respect and passion. Dance beneath a harvest moon; be blown away by a hurricane! Friday 27th October @ 7.30. Tickets: £16.00, £14.00 concessions and a limited number of £10 ‘Early Bird’ tickets.
This is the first event in a year-long Bright Umbrella retrospective of the work of East Belfast playwright Stewart Love (1934 – 2021). Love was a highly popular Belfast school teacher who wrote around 20 plays for TV, radio and the stage. He was one of the first writers to address the subject of the NI Troubles. ‘Me Oul Segocia’ (meaning, ‘my dear old friend’) is set in the 1960’s and is a powerful tale of the relationship between Catholic and Protestant working class families at a time when conflict was brewing. Our event is a rehearsed play reading. Thursday 2nd November. All tickets: £10.00.
1973. A Saturday morning. Jack, 75 years of age, stands in the corridor of an institution waiting to picked up for weekend release to his remaining family. On Sunday afternoon he will be delivered back to the institution. As he waits he travels his inner landscape, rehearsing the events that took him, under aged, from the safety of his overcrowded family home in Leicester, to the swamps of the Western Front in WW1. In Ypres, a catastrophic accident tips him over the edge of endurance and into 50 years of life lived in psychiatric hospitals, as a ward of the state. His memories bring him full circle to the moment he stands before us.
Written and performed by Stephen Wales. From Leicester, Stephen trained at the Drama Centre in 1973 and, on graduating, his first job was with BBC Schools TV. His first stage job was 'back legs of the cow' at the Lyceum, Crewe. Other stage credits include Serious Money at Wyndhams London directed by Max Stafford Clark, and The Illusion at London's Old Vic directed by Richard Jones. On TV he has appeared in Dr Who, Partners in Crime (Agatha Chrisite series), Mr. Palfrey of Westminster with Alec McCowen, The Headmaster directed by Roland Joffe and Days at the Beach for BBC Playhouse written and directed by Malcolm Mowbray. Most recently he made the short film Baggage, worked on The Martin Lewis Programme (C4) and peformed 'Jack' in Camden Town.
@ The Little Theatre. Sunday 5th November 2023 @ 19.30. Tickets: £10.00 Early Bird, £16.00 adults, £13.00 concessions
Mourning the loss of her youth and in a rut, Shirley feels as if her family treats her like a servant and she finds herself regularly alone and talking to the wall. When her best friend wins a competition for two to Greece, she packs her bags, leaves a note on the cupboard door in the kitchen, and heads for a fortnight of rest and relaxation. Will Greece be all she hoped for? What will happen after her holiday when she has to return to her humdrum life? Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the Tony Award for Best Play, Willy Russell’s ‘Shirley Valentine’ is a quirky, humorous and wise ‘everywoman’s’ story. This promises to be a memorable night at the theatre!
2012. English writer Paula Davey receives an award from her fellow journalists for her 'true life' book, 'Stuck in the Middle with You: An RUC Story'. September 1996, Davey's story begins with 5 RUC officers stuck in the back of a landrover during a riot at the top of Belfast's Albertbridge Road. Over the course of the play we hear their stories - ordinary people caught in extraordinary times. Parental Advisory: Sensitive issues, adult language and sexual references. May not be suitable for children under 13 years old
'Often darkly hilarious, the play confronts the harsher realities of life in the security forces in the 1990's head on. An unexpected and chilling ending stuns the audience'
Tuesday 9th to Saturday 20th April 2024. Tickets £16.00 and £14.00 (Seniors, U16, unwaged, students)
Ireland’s funniest and most exciting stage hypnotist, Robert Herdman, brings you a fast paced, fun packed energetic show, Robert's volunteers are never made to feel embarrassed - instead they become superstars bringing their own imagination to life on stage. Get hypnotised and have the time of your life or watch your friends become the stars of the show! Friday 2nd February 24 @ 7.30 p.m. Tickets: £16.00, £14.00 concessions and a limited number of £10 ‘Early Bird’ tickets. WATCH ROBERT'S VIDEO HERE! Sanctuary Theatre Promo Video.mp4
The recently deceased Stewart Love was one of East Belfast and NI's most prolific and best loved writers for stage and TV screen. We present his play, 'The Big Donkey' as a rehearsed reading.
A personal tragedy unfolds as unemployment hits the Belfast shipyards. Joe Maxwell is a decent family man but intellectually limited. His world falls apart as he is laid off. His reactions are disastrous as he betrays his friend Eddie by stealing his job.
'Here was a moving, dramatic, intelligent play.' (Belfast Newsletter)
'... the gropings of an averagely intelligent man among unfamiliar abstractions. Joe expects his foreman-father to sacrifice elementary justice to find him a job, rejects crime as the way to an easy life, but not only takes its proceeds from Eddie, his best friend, but steals the job that would both rehabilitate and rebuild his shattered family life. One senses that Mr Love forgives Joe more easily than Joe forgives himself.' (Times)
Thursday 15th February, 7.30. £12.00 and £10.00 seniors, students, U16 and unwaged