Jock has been keeping a sea bass he caught on Castlerock beach in his bath for a week in case the Belfast Telegraph come to photograph it. Sammy has found a porno mag in the hedges but he can't get the pages open. Word is big Sandra has been bitten on the fanny by a rattle snake.... And as for Guy Mitchell......well, his dog's dead and... sure ya know yourself. It's Ballybeen, it's 1974 and young Sammy is navigating childhood whilst battling a severe outbreak of hair nits . A one man 'multi role' play written by Sam Robinson, acted by Kealan McAllister and Directed by Trevor Gill (although he'll deny it if you ask him...). Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th February @ 7.30 p.m. (Saturday matinee at 1.00 p.m.). Tickets: £16.00, £14.00 concessions and a limited number of £10 ‘Early Bird’ tickets.
It's back! Big and bold for 2024! Our legendary comedy club, 'The East Laffs' in the intimate cabaret surroundings of the quirky Little Theatre. Your TC (yes, 'TC' not 'MC' - come and we'll tell you why...) introduces comedians including Paddy McCaughey, Adam Byrne, Sarah Jade Davidson, Diona Doherty, Pete Giffen, Sean Hegarty, Emer Maguire and Mark McLernon. As fine a bunch of comics as ever threw a punchline. Only £6 for 4 comedians? Subsidised Kit Kats? AND!!! FOR THIS DATE ONLY (err... well, might be other dates as well) it's BYO! Hell, we'll even give you a glass! Have we lost our minds? Quite possibly. Come along and make up your own mind!
From the drab industrial city of Belfast emerged the greatest ship of her day, The Titanic. Claimed as unsinkable, she foundered on her maiden voyage. Act One is a tale of pride and achievements. In Act Two anxious eyes stare at the cruel waters. East Belfast playwright Stewart Love's large cast, epic tale deals with the onception, construction and sinking of R. M. S. Titanic and its impact on the people who built it, those who sailed in it and their families. Monday 11th to Saturday 16th March at 7.30 p.m. (also Saturday matinee at 1.00 p.m.). £17.00, £15.00 (Seniors, U16, students and unwaged) and £10.00 'early bird' first come first served tickets
Belfast 1982 and besties Isobel and Ann escape from the troubles to a world of Latin music, fake tan and sequence. Their friendship is tested when a handsome snake-hipped charmer arrives on the scene. Twenty years later old secrets surface when Danny Tango returns to sweep them off their feet. Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th February and Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March 2024 @ 7.30 p.m. Tickets: £16.00, £14.00 concessions and a limited number of £10 ‘Early Bird’ tickets.
To celebrate International Women's Day, Bright Umbrella presents an all-female rehearsed reading of “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare (abridged).
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Young Prince Hamlet's father has died suddenly and his mother has shortly after married the Prince's uncle. Now, a Ghost stalks the castle battlements. The time is out of joint...
Don't miss this rehearsed reading of one of the world's greatest works of literature performed by an all female cast. Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th March, 7.00 p.m. Tickets £12.00 and £10.00 (seniors, U16, students, unwaged)
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March. £16.00, £14.00 and £10.00
There is nothing that can destroy us like love. Does a Mother have to love her Children? Do Children have to love their Mothers? Do Brothers have to love each other? Love is a dangerous thing, its handed out so casually, yet the love of family is different. They say blood is thicker than water. Yet with such grief and darkness as this family has experienced can they overcome their pain? We meet Michael & Gabriel on the eve of their Mothers Birthday and what Claire wants, they can never give her.
‘MONSTER uses the extreme actions of a family to ask whether we’re all capable of violent acts motivated by love and anger borne out of loyalty’ ALAN MEBAN
Tuesday 9th to Saturday 20th April 2024
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.
'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'
Parental Advisory: Sensitive issues, adult language and sexual references. May not be suitable for children under 13 years old. Monday 8th to Saturday 20th April 2024. Tickets £17.00, £15.00 (Seniors, U16, unwaged, students) and £10.00 (early bird)
The Sanctuary Theatre, Castlereagh Street Friday April 26
Two old friends – each a revered figure on the Northern Ireland music scene – make a rare joint appearance at the Sanctuary Theatre on April 26 for a one-off evening of original songs, covers and stories.
Anthony Toner first sprang to prominence on the airwaves with his much-requested song ‘Sailortown’ in 2008, and he has continued to develop a following since then with a string of well-received albums, a busy live performance schedule and a repertoire that contains songs like ‘Well Well Well’, ‘The Road to Fivemiletown’ and many more.
Likewise, Ken Haddock – known as much for his barnstorming live shows with his band as for his top-quality original songs like ‘Diamond Girl’, ‘The Day That Never Came’ and many more – is a man blessed with a wonderful singing voice, a superb guitar technique and a knack for absorbing classic material from artists as diverse as Tom Waits and Radiohead - and re-making it as his own.
It’s been a few years since Anthony and Ken shared a stage in their own right, so expect a wonderful reunion - with top quality singing, playing and banter.
With support from 15 year-old local singer Victoria Foster who returns to the Sanctuary this April having recently opened at the East Belfast venue for LA based rocker Ricky Warwick during his run of sell out shows. Victoria is once again accompanied on guitar by Jordi Robinson.
RAMONES 50TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE!
30th March 2024
On March 30th 1974, The Ramones played their first concert to 30 people at Performance Studios, New York. The classic Ramones lineup will always be remembered as Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy . Their commercial career had limited success but their influence on today’s popular culture cannot be ignored. In the early days punk pioneers like the Sex Pistols and The Clash cited The Ramones as an early influence. Right up to the present day bands like U2 , Metallica, Nirvana and Green Day still pay tribute to the band. “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”, “Blitzkrieg Bop”, “Rockaway Beach” and “I Wanna Be Sedated” are now seen as punk classics and timeless. “There’s Nobody As Good As The Ramones, Never Will Be!” - Joey Ramone
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their formation local bands No Matter, The Goon Squad and Brian Young (Ex Rudi/ The Sabrejets) will play a selection of their favourite Ramones songs.
Only £10! Bring your own wine or beer.
HEY HO BELFAST LETS GO !!!
PS …. Don’t forget the T-Shirt