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Calendar

Nov
20
Wed
Wonder Frog Improv Comedy
Nov 20 @ 8:00 pm

Doors open 20:00. Show starts at 20:30. Show ends 21:30

 

Belfast’s longest running improv comedy group serves up an hour of hot, fresh, off-the-cuff comedy. Using only audience suggestions, Wonder Frog come up with comic scenes that have never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Our show is completely made up on the spot, on the night – and we can’t do it without you!

Comments from previous Wonder Frog shows:

“It was very good, I was very impressed at what they came up with and how fast. I loved ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ and I loved this even more.”

“I think the show was great! It was very entertaining, spontaneous, interactive and witty. I enjoyed it very much!”

“Very creative improvising and very funny performances. I will definitely be coming to see this again!”

Doors: 8pm/Show: 8:30pm

Show duration roughly one hour (enough time after the show for a drink and the bus home!)

Nov
22
Fri
A Scrumptious Roast
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm

The Year 1999…we were all dancing to Britney Spears’ debut album, gagging at ABBAmania, and trying to get our heads round the Euro. That very same year also saw the birth of a local drag superstar…

Skip to 20 years later, and a wiser (and much, much older!) Trudy Scrumptious is still plying her trade across the Nightlife scene in Belfast and Northern Ireland.

To celebrate her big milestone, we are bringing together friends, family members, and fellow queers for the comedy moment of the year, as Trudy gets roasted more than her face on the 11th night!

Feast your eyes on comedy portions from surprise special guests! Trust us when we say there’s no holding back – Trudy is going to get roasted harder than an RHI boiler!

If that doesn’t satisfy your appetite, there’ll also be performances from the best in local talent, all showcasing Trudy’s big drag moments!

 

“Trudy is going to get roasted harder than an RHI boiler!”

 

With music from Robert Brown.

NOTE: The show will have seating and standing areas. Limited Seating is Available and on a First Come, First Serve basis.

Tickets can be purchased via ticket link or on selected nights in Union Street Bar.

Doors Open 7pm. Show Starts 8pm. Bar Service to 11pm.

Nov
23
Sat
A Night Of Appreciation For Women In The Arts
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm

 

A Night Of Appreciation For Women In The Arts raising money for Women’s Aid Lisburn.

Hosted by Sasha Fierce and Second Nature.

With support from;
STORM
Carl ConnieLingus
Alanna Flynn
Twirl Fit Pole and Aerial Studio
DJ Renzo Rose

With special guest;
Dr. Ava Brown

Nov
28
Thu
Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us. Work In Progress
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm

Doors 7:30PM

Start 8:00PM

 

In his new show 50 Things About Us Mark Thomas combines his trademark mix of storytelling, standup, mischief and really, really well-researched material to examine how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.

Mark picks through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities to ask who do we think we are?

It is a show about money, history, songs, gongs, wigs, unicorns, guns, bungs, sods of soil and rich fuckers.

And how we have so much feeling for such a hollow land.

(In the vein of the Manifesto meets a sweary history channel)

50 Things About Us is also a podcast (coming out in September) and a book published by September Publishing in February 2020 and an art exhibition… in Liverpool January 2020.

Dec
1
Sun
Úna Keane << In the Deep >> Tour
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm

Dublin-based composer & multi-media artist Úna Keane releases her new Album << In the Deep >> at the end of November and is excited to bring her particular brand of neo-classical minimalism to the Black Box’s Green Room with a full Light show on Sunday 1st December.

Building on her 2017 Piano Solo LP “As I Wake, Still I Dream” (**** The Irish Times), this new work expands to include Electronics, Soundscapes and an old Typewriter. Looping and layering piano, spoken word & field recordings means that every performance is unique and creates a level of intimacy between performer and audience.

Úna recently scored award-winning Belfast-born Actor / Director Michael Smiley’s debut short “La Petite Mort”. The short was subsequently chosen for Official Selection at the 31st Galway International Film Fleadh. A classically trained pianist with a background in Tech, she mines deep. Inspired by the likes of Max Richter, Laurie Anderson and Arvo Pärt, as well as the pioneering work of the Lumière Brothers & the woodcut prints of Albrecht Dürer, her work lives and breathes in a unique, multidisciplinary space.

See www.unakeane.com for more details, and for ticket sales

“Consistently beautiful” – The Irish Times
“Go see / hear her strange, soothing genius” – Michael Smiley
“A testament to the wonderful mysteries of sound” – John Kelly
“Lingers even after the final note is struck” – The Sunday Times

Dec
7
Sat
NI OPERA- The Enchantress
Dec 7 @ 1:30 pm

“You think me fickle then?”
“I think you – a man.”

A corrupt state, a spoiled Prince, a woman of the stage:
Things are about to change in aristocratic Europe, when a
womanising crown prince catches the eye of celebrated
singer Vivien, whose independence threatens to upset the
stately decorum. Written by Irish-American composer Victor
Herbert in 1911, this operetta has not lost the bite of its
progressive thought on inherited power and female ambition,
while steeped in nostalgia of old-world charm. Enjoy
luxurious waltzes and witty repartee in this rediscovery by
one of the greatest figures of the American musical stage.

Dec
18
Wed
Wonder Frog Improv Comedy
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm

Doors open 20:00. Show starts at 20:30. Show ends 21:30

 

Belfast’s longest running improv comedy group serves up an hour of hot, fresh, off-the-cuff comedy. Using only audience suggestions, Wonder Frog come up with comic scenes that have never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Our show is completely made up on the spot, on the night – and we can’t do it without you!

Comments from previous Wonder Frog shows:

“It was very good, I was very impressed at what they came up with and how fast. I loved ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ and I loved this even more.”

“I think the show was great! It was very entertaining, spontaneous, interactive and witty. I enjoyed it very much!”

“Very creative improvising and very funny performances. I will definitely be coming to see this again!”

Doors: 8pm/Show: 8:30pm

Show duration roughly one hour (enough time after the show for a drink and the bus home!)

Jan
7
Tue
OTL- Something About Simon
Jan 7 @ 1:00 pm

Tuesday 7 January, 1.00PM + 8:00PM

Paul Simon is a name that has cemented itself into the hearts of audiences all over the world. As an artist, his name has become synonymous, not only with music, but with cultural history.

In this brand-new show, singer-songwriter Gary Edward Jones not only recites the music of one of his idols, but also tells the unique story of Paul Simon combining visuals, stage design and, of course… the music.

With classic ballads like The Sound of Silence, America and Kathy’s Song, to the more upbeat Me and Julio, 50 Ways to Leave your Lover, Wristband, to the much-loved Bridge Over Troubled Waters. The show will have you both reliving and rediscovering these great songs again.

After years of comparisons, Gary set out on a journey of discovery and for over two years, he lived and breathed all things Simon, creating a show which has received five-star reviews and standing ovations across the UK and at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Doors 12.30pm | Unreserved Seating

OTL- Something About Simon
Jan 7 @ 8:00 pm

Tuesday 7 January, 1.00PM + 8:00PM

Paul Simon is a name that has cemented itself into the hearts of audiences all over the world. As an artist, his name has become synonymous, not only with music, but with cultural history.

In this brand-new show, singer-songwriter Gary Edward Jones not only recites the music of one of his idols, but also tells the unique story of Paul Simon combining visuals, stage design and, of course… the music.

With classic ballads like The Sound of Silence, America and Kathy’s Song, to the more upbeat Me and Julio, 50 Ways to Leave your Lover, Wristband, to the much-loved Bridge Over Troubled Waters. The show will have you both reliving and rediscovering these great songs again.

After years of comparisons, Gary set out on a journey of discovery and for over two years, he lived and breathed all things Simon, creating a show which has received five-star reviews and standing ovations across the UK and at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Jan
16
Thu
OTL- Lunch with Julie Andrews
Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm


“She is Practically Perfect in Everyway”

Join highly acclaimed local singer and actress Katie Patton for a deliciously, delectable afternoon treat as she brings to life vocal legend Dame Julie Andrews in her very own heartfelt ‘tribute’ performance, Out to Lunch with Julie Andrews.

For generations Julie Andrews has graced the stage and screen, fondly remembered for her roles in the Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Thoroughly Modern Millie to name but three.

Katie excels in this portrayal of the Grand Dame – in the words of critics “it was like watching the real Julie Andrews in concert, her tone & diction is crystal clear and bell like singing voice simply rings through the audience!”

So ‘Step in time’ and get your tickets booked for this ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ lunch time performance! We guarantee you will not be disappointed & positive you will leave singing your ‘favourite’ tune!

Katie Patton

Katie is a highly skilled vocalist and chameleon of musical genres. She is classically trained with a background in light opera and musical theatre. Swapping a legal career for one as a performer, she secured The Mary (Hammond) & Rosemary (Ashe) Scholarship to Bristol Performing Arts Academy.

Recent roles have included parts in the BBC comedy sketch Border Control, Mrs Darling and Tiger Lilly in Peter Pan and the premier run of Blinkered by Sole Purpose Theatre Company.

Doors 12.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Contact us

The Black Box & Green Room Café
18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 244400

Registered Charity No: NIC100983

Supported by

Belfast City Council ACNI & Lotto John Hewitt Department for Communities Film Hub NI BFI Cinema Children In Need