A little spooky but very uplifting play for adults and children by Abroad Way Theatre. Once upon a time two imaginary friends Daisy and Dina find another imaginary friend – Mortimerelf. They discover that he is lost in their land, being unable to return to his owner. With their help Mortimerelf begins a journey to find his owner, Pat. On his way he will face many obstacles and meet those who wish to prevent him from returning home. Nightmare, the queen of underworld is determined to banish Mortimerelf once and for all, knowing what he is capable of, as our main protagonist possesses a great gift, which can vanquish all evil. There is no way back. Mortimerelf has to find Pat as he spent too much time waiting in his own tree house…
Abroad Way Theatre is a project run by a group of people from ethnic minority backgrounds, which aim is to support the process of integration with local community through art and performance. The Tree House is it’s third project.
The Orange Ball (Rehearsed Reading)
APRIL 7 2019 @ 4:00 PM
THE GREEN ROOM
Two villages divided, a pair of star crossed lovers, a cross-community grant and the very first all Protestant Gaelic football team. Mix them together and you get the Orange Ball.
The Infinite Jest presents a rehearsed reading of the new comedy play by Paddy McGaughey and Gerry Waldron.
“I laughed so much my face hurt!”- Muriel Burnside
“Silly jokes, crackpot characters and a wee bit of politics. What’s not to like?” – Tim McGarry
“Brilliantly funny writing. Catch it now before it’s in the Grand Opera House… then catch it again there.” – Terry McHugh
Glengarry Glen Ross is, at its core, a character study about a group of men whose time has passed. For BFF19, we’re putting their words in new mouths. This all-female Live Read version, produced by Accidental Theatre & directed by Emily DeDakis, will shed a provocative light on David Mamet’s best-loved work. .
Glengarry Glen Ross – a high-pressure duel between cutthroat New York City real estate salesmen – is heralded as one of the top, tightest scripts of all time. Mamet (the self-styled Free Capitalist of drama) is known for controversial views on and off the page. (His new West End play Bitter Wheat dives into the #MeToo conversation – with a hero styled on Harvey Weinstein. “Ugh,” writes The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner). But with an all-female version hitting Broadway this summer, and half a trillion pounds worth of Castlebrooke Investments sloshing around our city, when better than now and where better than Belfast to bring this film to life? Right in the heart of “Tribeca”, see a local cast (kept secret till the day) take on Mamet’s gem. Genius or heinous? Either way, you have our permission to lose your cool: This $#!+ is live. #GlengarryLive #SaveCQ
Neu! Reekie! are a prize-winning literary production house based in Scotland with anchors in poetry, music, animation & film, performance and the weird realms in between. Neu! Reekie! curated The Curfew Tower, Cushendall in 2018. This show will reflect this and involve writers that participated including Neu! Reekie! Founders poets Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson.
Salena Godden is one of Britain’s foremost poets whose electrifying live performances have earned her a devoted following. Her latest poetry collection, Pessimism is for Lightweights, was published in July 2018 to wide acclaim.
Bill Drummond – Elvis & Me
In the November of 1992, Bill Drummond, deep into his midlife crisis, formed the belief that it could only be Elvis who had the power to save the world from itself.
Drummond’s course of action to enable Elvis saving the world, was for him, to take an icon of Elvis to the North Pole. Once there this icon of Elvis would be left to leak love, peace and happiness down the longitudes and out across the latitudes and world peace would shortly follow.
This course of action lead to a set of circumstances where Bill Drummond ended up owning The Curfew Tower in Cushendall, County Antrim which he ran as an artist residency for almost 20 years.
As part of this year’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and the Neu! Reekie! involvement with it, Bill Drummond will be joining the dots between Memphis, Tennessee, The North Pole and Cushendall, County Antrim. The joining of the dots will have the title Elvis & Me.
Eugene Kelly is a Scottish musician best known as a founding member of the group The Vaselines. Kurt Cobain was a big fan of the band, with Nirvana covering several Vaselines songs including Molly’s Lips, Son of A Gun and Jesus Don’t Want Me For a Sunbeam.
Kelly’s solo album, Man Alive was released in 2003. Since 2008, The Vaselines have continued to perform around the world and Kelly continues to perform as a solo artist.
‘Leading the way in new Scottish Writing’, Michael Pedersen is a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship winner, a John Mather Trust Rising Star of Literature, a Canongate Future 40 and much mare. His recent collection, Oyster (Polygon 2017), was illustrated by and performed live with Frightened Rabbit’s lost giant Scott Hutchison.
Writer, publisher, poet and performer of Burns, Kevin Williamson has an impressive track record of building a community around his activities. Williamson is also co-founder of the political and cultural publication, Bella Caledonia, and founded and ran the cult literary powerhouse, Rebel Inc, which published early work by authors including Alan Warner and Irvine Welsh.
Doors 7:45pm | Unreserved Seating
Mary Coughlan is one of Ireland’s greatest female jazz and blues singers a true artist who has carved out a highly regarded career and a legion of devoted fans worldwide.
Described as Ireland’s Billie Holiday, Mary has overcome childhood trauma, alcoholism, drug addiction to become a musical force like no other. Her life story gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives (The Guardian).
Her seminal first album Tired and Emotional rocketed her to overnight fame in 1985, and fifteen albums later, her ability to deeply connect with both the song and her audience remains undiminished, a testament to her inner strength and to the power of transformation redemption.
Mary live is in a league of her own, her glorious husky voice pulling every ounce of emotion from the music. As the Observer rightly said “Mary Coughlan’s talent is awesome.”
Resonant with the grief of Billie Holiday the soul of Van Morrison and the defiance of Edith Piaf, to hear Mary sing is to be at the core of the human heart.
“Her husky gin-soaked voice has been compared more often to Billie Holiday… at times she is more like an incredibly relaxed KD Lang or Edith Piaf.” The Times.
Doors 1:45pm | Unreserved Seating
Monday 6 May, 8.00PM
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
Tuesday 7 May, 8.00pm
Grammy Award winner Patty Griffin has just released her 10th studio recording and first-ever eponymous LP, PATTY GRIFFIN on her own PGM Recordings label.
PATTY GRIFFIN represents an extraordinary new chapter for this incomparable singer-songwriter and immediately stands among the most deeply personal recordings of her remarkable two-decade career.
The album – which follows 2015’s Grammy-nominated Servant of Love – collects songs written during and in the aftermath of profound personal crisis, several years in which she battled – and ultimately defeated – cancer just as a similar and equally insidious disease metastasized into the American body politic.
Yet as always, like very few others, Griffin’s power lies in how, as Holly Gleason in the Martha’s Vineyard Gazette observed, “her songs seem to freeze life and truth in amber.” It’s in how Griffin can express the strikingly intimate while never making it about herself, all wrapped in sparse arrangements that breathe an incomparable force and import into her songcraft.
A very special performance is guaranteed.
Doors 7:30 | Unreserved
Tickets £10. Concession available £6.
Capacity 8 per show. (1 ticket for a parent and child) 11am, 1pm + 3pm shows !
With three beardy men, powerful live instruments, lots of rumbling songs, and a bit of rough and tumble, this show is the daddy of them all.
Baby Daddy is a show for babies aged 6-18 months with an all-male cast. It features 3 male performers, each playing a live instrument, and takes place in a specially-designed tourable theatre space, playing to 6-8 babies at a time (and their grown-ups). It utilises Replay’s knowledge of sensory theatre, music and play, and expertise in working with babies to create a unique, safe and fun-filled show full of making friends and laughter.
Children aged between 6-18 months and their grown-ups, whether that’s Dads, Mums, Grannies, Grandas, nursery staff or carers across NI. Every child deserves the right to feel special, to be the centre of attention and to feel secure in the presence of, and valued by people of both genders. Baby Daddy exists to do just that. It also provides carers, staff and parents with the opportunity to share the experience with the child, allowing them to learn new ideas and methods to help develop relationships, build bonds and encourage creativity in a day care setting or at home.
“So lovely to see a Daddy show” Audience Member
“Amazing! Loved the gentle playfulness. Loved that the cast are 3 guys. Loved that it wasn’t all gentle (i.e. bit of volume from the guitars) All great!!” Audience Member
“Just to let you know that our parents attending the Baby Daddy Tour absolutely loved the performances, all remarked how the babies’ reactions were amazing to watch. Some described it as like being in your own children’s television show. Some of the parents even remarked how they were going to try and replicate it at home by dimming down their lights at home and using simpler music to stimulate their babies. I thought it was fantastic myself and would like to pass on my sincere thanks to the performers and crew on the Baby Daddy Tour and Replay Theatre for providing our parents and babies with such a memorable experience.” Family Support Worker – Sure Start
“Absolutely brilliant, so much the babies to see touch and hear. Would definitely recommend.” Audience Member
Inni-K ‘The Hare & the Line’
– Album launch tour
Named by RTÉ.ie as “one of ten fierce women defining Irish culture”, Dublin-based singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Inni-K has received consistent praise for her fresh style of indie-folk since the 2015 release of her acclaimed album ‘The King has Two Horse’s Ears’.
Inni-K’s music draws on her extensive background in folk and traditional Irish music, even as she ventures into new musical territories. Her music combines ethereal vocals with deft musicianship, evocative lyrics (bilingual at times), and a unique approach to song-writing. Having shared stages with various renowned musicians including Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté, drummer Jeff Ballard, Glen Hansard, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Lisa Hannigan, and many more, Inni-K is becoming a well-established presence in Irish music. She recently sold out the Irish Arts Centre, New York, was an Official Showcase performer at Folk Alliance International music conference in Montréal as part of her U.S. and Canada tour dates, and is now set for a busy time ahead touring Ireland, UK and continental Europe.
Inni-K’s eagerly-awaited second album, titled ‘The Hare & the Line’, is out March, 2019. ‘The Hare & the Line’ presents a more raw, more affecting collection of songs than Inni-K’s previous work; a collection varied in tone, and showing the maturity of these past years spent engaged in music. The new single ‘Just After’ was released 1st February 2019 & is accompanied by a beautiful video by Laura Sheeran: https://bit.ly/2N1VChW
For more info see www.inni-k.com