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Calendar

Jan
4
Fri
OTL-Lust In Music + Terri Hooley DJ
Jan 4 @ 1:00 pm

Friday 4 January, 1.00pm
Tickets £8.00 (including Lunch)

Just the tonic for a Friday afternoon in January, to open this year’s Out to Lunch, we’re delighted to present Karen Rush and Tricia Murphy – Lust in Music.

Featuring two of NI’s finest vocalists, Lust in Music will bring the ‘Good Times’ to the Black Box with a set of the finest disco, funk and soul to come out of the 70’s and 80’s.

LiM wonderfully re-create the look and feel of the roller disco era with an irresistible dance-floor filling playlist.

If that wasn’t enough, star of stage and screen, Mr Terri Hooley will don his parallel trousers and provide some suitably eclectic classics from the era. Yowsa, yowsa, yowsa.

Doors 12.45pm | Unreserved Seating

OTL-London Astrobeat Orchestra performs Talking Heads
Jan 4 @ 8:00 pm

Friday 4 January, 8.00pm
Tickets £13.00

Combining the finest West African musicians on the planet with one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 20th Century, the London Astrobeat Orchestra will bring their unique interpretation of the music of Talking Heads to Out to Lunch.

London Astrobeat Orchestra have become renowned for their uplifting performances of songs from the iconic Talking Heads movie, Stop Making Sense.

Focusing on cult classic albums Remain in Light and Speaking in Tongues, London Astrobeat Orchestra are a funky, rhythmic, and earth-shatteringly tight live band.

Considering the afrobeat vibes that run through all the best Talking Heads albums, it makes total sense that this collective from West Africa, Europe and beyond should offer this unique, razor sharp take on the finest of Mr David Byrne & Co’s timeless compositions. We couldn’t be more excited for this Friday night OTL special.

Doors 8.00pm | Limited Unreserved Seating

Jan
6
Sun
OTL- Molly
Jan 6 @ 3:00 pm

Sunday 6 January, 3.00pm
Tickets £8.00

Molly is a provocative new adaptation of Joyce’s final soliloquy in Ulysses.

Molly Bloom lies awake, plagued by insomnia, wind and her husband’s snoring, and bares her soul as she questions her life choices.

This vibrant presentation reveals the woman behind the oft-misrepresented caricature; earthy and witty yet vulnerable and sensual. A caustic wit is matched with searing honesty in her night-time musings.

Molly’s observations on relationships strike a chord with contemporary audiences and her unashamed sexuality is startlingly modern. In an age of body shaming, it is refreshing to encounter a woman who is unashamed of her body and physicality.

Molly Bloom is here liberated from the weight of literature in a fresh and revealing portrayal.

Performed by IFTA nominated actress Tara Breathnach (A Nightingale Falling, Jack Taylor) and directed by Petal Pilley.

‘an absorbing staging’…’vivid, palpable, irresistible.’ – GALWAY ADVERTISER

‘a beautiful piece of performance….a must see’  – REVIEWS HUB

Doors 2:45pm | Unreserved Seating

Jan
8
Tue
OTL- Lost Voice Guy
Jan 8 @ 1:00 pm

Tuesday 8 January, 1.00pm & 8.00pm
Afternoon tickets (including lunch) £8.00
Evening tickets £10.00

Following the unprecedented success of his appearance on the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2018, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) makes a triumphant return to this year’s Out to Lunch festival.

He may not be able to talk but he definitely has something to say and his comedy will leave you speechless. Lee is the first stand-up comedian to use a communication aid and made his first stand-up appearance in February 2012.

He has performed in some of the UK’s most popular comedy venues as well as in solo shows at festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, the Brighton Fringe, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival, Nottingham Comedy Festival and Liverpool Comedy Festival.

As well as winning Britain’s Got Talent this year (the first comedian to do so), Lee also won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014 and his TV and Radio credits have included The One Show (BBC One), Voice Of The People (BBC Three), BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals (BBC iPlayer). Ability – the Radio 4 series that Lee stars in and co-wrote with Katherine Jakeways – has just been recommissioned for a second series.

Afternoon Doors 12.45pm | Unreserved Seating
Evening Doors 7:45pm | Unreserved Seating

OTL- Lost voice guy
Jan 8 @ 8:00 pm

Tuesday 8 January, 1.00pm & 8.00pm
Afternoon tickets (including lunch) £8.00
Evening tickets £10.00

Following the unprecedented success of his appearance on the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2018, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) makes a triumphant return to this year’s Out to Lunch festival.

He may not be able to talk but he definitely has something to say and his comedy will leave you speechless. Lee is the first stand-up comedian to use a communication aid and made his first stand-up appearance in February 2012.

He has performed in some of the UK’s most popular comedy venues as well as in solo shows at festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, the Brighton Fringe, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival, Nottingham Comedy Festival and Liverpool Comedy Festival.

As well as winning Britain’s Got Talent this year (the first comedian to do so), Lee also won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014 and his TV and Radio credits have included The One Show (BBC One), Voice Of The People (BBC Three), BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals (BBC iPlayer). Ability – the Radio 4 series that Lee stars in and co-wrote with Katherine Jakeways – has just been recommissioned for a second series.

Afternoon Doors 12.45pm | Unreserved Seating
Evening Doors 7:45pm | Unreserved Seating

Jan
9
Wed
OTL-Deirdre O’Kane – A Line of O’Kane
Jan 9 @ 1:00 pm

Wednesday 9 January, 1.00pm
Tickets £8.00 (including lunch)

Footloose from a glittering turn on Dancing with the Stars and revelling in her return to stand-up, Deirdre has really hit her stride.

Don’t miss this hilarious and frank take on twelve frantic months in the life of a tango-tripping, family-minding, telly-making, house-moving, comedy dynamo.

‘O’Kane is an instantly charismatic stage presence and her brand of day-to-day anarchism stormed the place.’ – Three Weeks

‘O’Kane dazzles the audience from start to finish.’ – The List

‘Unique star quality.’ – The Guardian

Doors 12:45pm | Unreserved Seating

Jan
10
Thu
OTL-Scott Matthews
Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm

In association with Moving on Music

Thursday 10 January, 8.00pm
Tickets £12.00

A man. A guitar. And a song.It sounds simple, doesn’t it? And it is.

Scott Matthews’ new record, The Great Untold, is a career-defining masterpiece. The sixth studio album by the Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter is the one that many have craved: it is a masterclass in honesty, instinct and reflection.

The ghosts of Paul Simon, Tim Buckley, Nick Drake and John Martyn loom large on a collection that ranks alongside work by some of the world’s great singer-songwriters. On his sixth record, Matthews has created songs that are breathtaking in their beauty and audacious in their simplicity.

There is no orchestration, no layered instrumentation, just, for the most part, sparse, minimal piano and acoustic guitar accompaniment and that glorious grainy, otherworldly falsetto.

Matthews has tested himself as a songwriter. The absence of a band means he is vulnerable and exposed. But, in many ways, it was ever thus. He started as a soloist and is ready to fly alone.

Doors 7.45pm | Unreserved Seating

Jan
11
Fri
OTL-Rudeboy Screening plus Don Letts DJ Set
Jan 11 @ 7:30 pm

Friday 11 January, 7.30pm
Tickets £12.00

A film about the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture told through the prism of one of the most iconic labels in the history of black music, Trojan Records.

Combining archive footage, interview and drama, Rudeboy tells the story of the label by placing it at the heart of a cultural revolution that unfolded in the council estates and dancefloors of late 60s and early 70s Britain, as immigration and innovation transformed popular music and culture.

A cast of legendary artists including Lee “Scratch” Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Marcia Griffiths, Dave Barker, Dandy Livingstone, Lloyd Coxsone, Pauline Black, Derrick Morgan and more bring the sounds, stars and stories to life.

Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium.

From DJing at The Roxy to filming promos for The Clash and Public Image Limited, Don is credited with bringing punk and reggae audiences together for the first time.

Renowned for his Reggae DJ sets and much loved weekly BBC 6Music Radio show, Don was the founder member of Big Audio Dynamite. His film direction credits include Clash on Broadway, Punk in London and Westway to the World (The Story of The Clash).

Don currently presents a weekly radio show on BBC 6 Music called Culture Clash Radio and still DJs nationally and internationally.

Doors 7.15pm | Unreserved Seating

Jan
12
Sat
OTL-The Dodge Brothers
Jan 12 @ 8:00 pm

Saturday 12 January, 2.00pm & 8.00pm
Afternoon tickets £10.00
Evening tickets £12.00 / £10.00

”These guys play with dust in their Levis and the road their hearts”.

We are delighted to host The Dodge Brothers performing songs from their long-awaited new album Drive Train and bringing their exuberant hybrid of country blues, rockabilly, jugband and skiffle back to Out to Lunch.

You will be one of the first to hear this long-awaited new album, coming 5 years since The Sun Set and described as “wonderful stuff” by Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris.

Firmly rooted in these traditions The Dodge Brothers bring to them a freshness that has feet stomping and hands clapping from California to Cropredy, from the Mississippi to the New Forest. Their songs feature vocal virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies underpinned by joyous guitars, thumping double bass and rattlin’ snare and washboard.

The Dodge Brothers features Mike Hammond (lead guitar, lead vocals, banjo), Mark Kermode (bass, harmonica, vocals), Aly Hirji (rhythm guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Alex Hammond (washboard, snare drum, percussion).

Their music has an authentically American tang – lead guitarist/vocalist Mike Hammond was raised in Alabama and his youthful musical travels took him all over the southern and western USA – but with a strong British perspective from Culture Show presenter and film critic Mark Kermode.

Afternoon Doors 1.45pm | Limited Unreserved Seating
Evening Doors 7:45pm | Limited Unreserved Seating

Jan
13
Sun
OTL-Oxide Ghosts – The Brass Eye Tapes
Jan 13 @ 3:00 pm

Sunday 13 January, 3.00pm
Tickets £10.00

Director: Michael Cumming. Featuring: Chris Morris.

Made from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his personal archive, director Michael Cumming’s film shares insights into the process of making the legendary TV series Brass Eye. Michael directed both of the pilots and the series and, over a two -year period, witnessed the highs and lows of Brass Eye from a very personal perspective.

Part documentary, part artwork – the film is designed solely for live screenings and is made up almost entirely of never before seen footage. Oxide Ghosts carries the blessing of Chris Morris and provides a rare glimpse of his extraordinary working practices.

Michael Cumming is a director and filmmaker, successfully working at the cutting edge since the ‘90s. A graduate of the Royal College of Art Film School and recent recipient of an honorary doctorate, Dr Cumming’s back catalogue also contains such gems as Jo Brand’s improvised comedy drama Going Forward, cult classic Snuff Box, political pranks and polemics on The Mark Thomas Product, The Mark Steel Lectures and Matt Berry’s BAFTA winning sitcom, Toast Of London.

Michael will be doing a Q&A after the film – spilling beans, shattering myths and letting a few cats out of the bag. This film & Q&A session are a must for fans of the series but will appeal to anyone with a curiosity about how great comedy is made.

‘[Oxide Ghosts] offers a well-judged and very rare insight into [Brass Eye’s] making, encapsulating the fun and covert excitement that went on while the project was still under wraps, before all the legal wrangling kicked in. If you’re an admirer of the show and the opportunity should arise for you to see Oxide Ghosts, have some self re-cocking-spect and do so without hesitation’ – CHORTLE

Doors 2:45pm | Unreserved Seating

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