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Calendar

Jan
20
Sun
OTL-John Kearns, Roisin and Chiara + Paul Currie MC
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm

Sunday 20 January, 8.00pm
Tickets £10.00

Tonight’s show marks the launch of Bivouac Comedy Club. Curated and hosted by Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, Paul Currie, Bivouac will feature the best alternative comedy from across the UK and beyond. We’re delighted to host the opening night of Bivouac as part of Out to Lunch.

John Kearns
The only ever winner of both the Best Show and Best Newcomer prize at the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards makes his Northern Irish debut with his ‘richly idiosyncratic comedy, frequently compared to Tony Hancock’ (Guardian).

As seen starring in BBC3’s Top Coppers, guesting on C4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats and heard on his own BBC Radio Four series.

Following highly acclaimed, sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and at London’s Soho Theatre, John dons his false teeth and monk wig for this Festival exclusive.

A supreme stand-up – you’re in the hands of a master . -**** GUARDIAN

A true comedy original. – ***** TIME OUT

Bold, hilarious – he’s forged comedy gold – ***** CHORTLE

Roaringly funny, hugely impressive. – **** SCOTSMAN

Roisin and Chiara
Róisín and Chiara’s lightning-paced, rhapsodic storytelling, told in uncanny synchronicity, brings to life a plethora of irresistibly well-observed character vignettes unlike anything else on the scene.

A bubbling, slightly twisted blend of The Mighty Boosh, House of Pain and James Joyce. Call it stream-of-consciousness, messy art-house disco funk comedy. A two-woman character sketch comedy bonanza

Sensual, spiritual, baffling, staggering… hilariously unpredictable. – ***** THREE WEEKS

Meet ‘The Mighty Boosh on acid. – ***** BROADWAYBABY.COM

Redefining live comedy. – VICE.COM

Paul Currie

Beautifully daft, Paul Currie’s shows are comedy in its purest form. A frenzy of silliness and joy, coupled with an at times perfectly pitched melancholy that serves only in making the laughter louder.

The way Currie interacts with the crowd is a marvel in itself as he effortlessly manipulates them with barely a word. The audience are treated with love and respect and it’s hard to see a face that doesn’t grin with childish glee at the antics in the room.

Wish I’d seen him sooner, I’ll be back to see him every year now. Paul Currie was my favourite comedy show of the fringe – STEWART LEE

A unique blast of silly that’s found its groove and place amongst the Fringe’s elite… he’s fast developing a cult following…. everything Currie does has the spirit of Vic and Bob, The Young Ones and everything surreal that’s come before or since. – ***** EDFEST MAGAZINE

Doors 7:45pm | Unreserved Seating

Jan
25
Fri
OTL-The Swingtime Starlets
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm

Friday 25 January, 1.00PM

Tickets £8.00 (including lunch)

The Swingtime Starlets are an all-professional close harmony trio, who perform songs from the 40’s Wartime Era, Hollywood’s Golden Age and Retro Pop!

Get your toes tapping, your sweetheart swaying, your jitterbug jiving and become entranced in the romance as this diverse, dynamic duo transport you through the eras of Swing, Jazz and Blues.

Let their renditions of the Great American Songbook and Hollywood’s Golden Era transport you through the years with their beguiling voices, close harmonies & vintage style!

Doors | Unreserved Seating

Jan
27
Sun
OTL- The Once
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm

Sunday 27 January, 2.00pm
Tickets £10.00

Newfoundland has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets and players. Over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story. Within the nine songs on their new album Time Enough, The Once offer some of the most vulnerable and honest material of their career.

They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they’ve always done so well: stun listeners with what Amelia Curran calls “perfect vocal harmonies, thick enough to stand on.”

The Once are propelled by the rare chemistry that comes from a decade of writing and touring together. Their songs have been placed in international film and television, they have YouTube videos with millions of hits, and there’s a trail of trophy nominations and wins from the East Coast Music Awards, the Canadian Folk Awards, and the JUNO Awards in their wake.

Since first hitting the road in 2009, The Once has earned one of the most loyal followings in the country. Geraldine Hollett’s voice is a large part of the band’s ethereal sound, and there is nowhere it would sit better than in between the rhythmic and supportive voices of Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale, and the lush soundscapes they build.

The trio’s instrumentation and vocals meld together like gold, building something stronger together than any one songwriter could muster alone. Their harmonies grab you by the heart, and their music melts what’s left of it. Building on the wave of creative energy that defined their last album, Time Enough is a striking and subtle sea change for the band. Dive in, get lost, click repeat.

Doors 1.45pm | Unreserved Seating

Feb
7
Thu
Exhibition-MUAMUA
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm

MUAMUA ::: A Musical Score

This is a series of graphic works by Una Lee which are created based on her sound performance piece called MUAMUA. The work is a graphic notation in itself, but at the same time a performance on pages and documentation of a past event. Texts that were used in the performance piece now form parts of the illustrations alongside abstract shapes that symbolise the performer, musical motifs, narratives and stage props. It is an attempt to approach the medium ‘book’ as a base to explore passing of time as well as an enquiry into retrospective translation and abstraction of visual elements from a live sound performance.
Experimental choir ‘HIVE’ will perform on the opening night.
www.unalee.org

Feb
16
Sat
NI SCIENCE FESTIVAL-Nico & Martin present SPACE
Feb 16 @ 11:00 am

Nico & Martin present SPACE
Saturday 16 February
11.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00 – 2.00pm
Suitability: 4-12 Yrs
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
£5. Booking essential.
Nico & Martin invite you to take part in an imaginative musical voyage into space. Orbiting instruments, original songs, galactic games and stories with a chance for all to contribute, and to top that, an encounter with…aliens? Nico & Martin are renowned for their work with children and families and specialise in creating the atmosphere for imaginative musical journeys. They are experienced multi-instrumentalist musicians, active composers and performers. Unusual sounds on unfamiliar instruments, along with the opportunity for all to experiment…wit, gentle energy and a little bit of chaos … these are the classic components of their renowned sessions, which have entertained audiences for more than twenty years.

NI SCIENCE FESTIVAL-Nico & Martin present SPACE
Feb 16 @ 1:00 pm

Nico & Martin present SPACE
Saturday 16 February
11.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00 – 2.00pm
Suitability: 4-12 Yrs
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
£5. Booking essential.
Nico & Martin invite you to take part in an imaginative musical voyage into space. Orbiting instruments, original songs, galactic games and stories with a chance for all to contribute, and to top that, an encounter with…aliens? Nico & Martin are renowned for their work with children and families and specialise in creating the atmosphere for imaginative musical journeys. They are experienced multi-instrumentalist musicians, active composers and performers. Unusual sounds on unfamiliar instruments, along with the opportunity for all to experiment…wit, gentle energy and a little bit of chaos … these are the classic components of their renowned sessions, which have entertained audiences for more than twenty years.

Alison Spittle Makes a Show of Herself
Feb 16 @ 3:00 pm

Alison Spittle Makes a Show of Herself
Saturday 16th February 2019
3.00pm-5.00pm

Tatler comedian of the year and the star and writer of RTE’s ‘Nowhere Fast’ and ‘Culchie Club’.

Alison is doing a second tour and a second night in Vicar street, she’s very excited and has warned her family not to heckle her this time. She’s looking forward to discovering new towns, friendly people and the fresh delights of the new service stations across the country.

As seen on RTÉ (Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge, Big Week On The Farm, Republic of Telly, Des Bishop: This Is Ireland, Bridget and Eamon), TV3 and Sky Arts. As heard on The Guilty Feminist and The Alison Spittle Show podcast. This is Alison’s hilarious follow up to her smash-hit tours and multi fringe award nominated shows, Worrier Princess and Discovers Hawaii.

Support from the hilarious Julie Jay.

“What makes Spittle such a unique performer is her truly authentic material. There’s no nonsense with Alison Spittle, no pretence, and when she performs it is truly just her on stage.” **** ED FEST MAGAZINE

“Whether character or citizen, Spittle comes across as a kind of genius.” **** IRISH TIMES

“Breezily chatty and effusively funny, Alison Spittle is a likeable combination of openness and chortling mischief.” SCOTSMAN

Mar
11
Mon
BELFAST CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL- Family Comedy Club
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm

From the creator of the extremely popular Pigeon and Plum’s Family Vaudeville Cabaret comes this brand new family comedy club. Paul Currie will unleash his unique style which fuses traditional stand-up with puppetry, clowning and sheer exuberance.

Something new and refreshing for families that goes straight for the funny bone that we all share.

May
6
Mon
CQAF-Tom Stade – ‘I Swear To…’
May 6 @ 8:00 pm

Monday 6 May, 8.00PM

Tickets £14.00

Following last year’s smash-hit UK tour, the Canadian comedy legend is back with a new show. Welcome back to ‘I SWEAR TO…’ picking up just where he left off as an hour simply wasn’t long enough.

Direct from the Edinburgh Festival, join Tom as he attempts to figure out exactly where he fits into this emerging new world of feelings and FaceTime. Exactly when did he, and all his stuff become vintage – and why didn’t he see it coming?

Armed with his usual swagger and playful sense of mischief, join Tom as he explores these generational conundrums, and a whole lot more….

One of the most prolific and engaging stand-ups of our time. As seen on Ch4’s Comedy Gala, BBC One’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The John Bishop Show and Live at the Apollo (twice, bitches!)

‘Unmissable’ – EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

‘Sack loads of charm, poise and free-flowing spontaneity. Mischievous, high-spirited, no-nonsense stand-up from an expertly skilled Pro.’ – CHORTLE

‘Every inch the star. If comedy is the new Rock and Roll, then Tom Stade is Keith Richards! ‘– DAILY RECORD

‘So cool he could well be the answer to global warming. Gloriously funny.’ – SCOTSMAN

Doors 7:30pm | Unreserved Seating

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