“The Sound of Musicals”
Come along and enjoy the best of the musicals. Sing along to songs from Chicago, Grease, Bombay Dreams, Les Miserables, Oliver, My Fair Lady and many more.
See and support local youth performing a stunning show.
Directed by Jim McKeown & John Ryan, with choreography by Caroline Creggan.
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Performed by Craic
JP Miller’s “Days of Wine and Roses”
A new version by Owen McCafferty (2006)
Irish Premiere (by an amateur company) in the Craic Theatre
“We were like movie stars – I used to imagine we didn’t walk we glided – now all we do is stumble – it wasn’t supposed to be like this”
Days of Wine and RosesIn Belfast 1962 two young people meet at the airport on their way to start a new life in London. Excited, hopeful and slightly apprehensive, their spontaneous conversation leads to an eight-year relationship which evolves in the course of the play. Alcohol, however, assumes an increasingly dominant role in their lives, fragmenting their happiness and disintegrating their hopes. In this first, paradigmatic scene, Donal offers the hitherto teetotal Mona a sip of whiskey from his flask. When his back is turned, however, Mona surreptitiously takes another mouthful. Donal clearly introduces the increasingly tyrannical presence of drink into their lives but he is also more aware and in control than the naively impulsive and impressionable Mona. Beneath the intricate subtleties of their relationship, the ultimate truth is that Mona is corrupted by Donal before being abandoned to a lonely world of alcoholic dependence and degradation.
Donal and Mona leave Belfast for a new start in 60s London. Strangers in an unfamiliar city, they fall in love with life, each other, and the drink. An exciting whirlwind of discovery starts to spiral out of control as alcohol takes its grip. This is a tragic story of love through a haze of alcohol.
* Mona: Claire Fee
* Donal: Nigel O’Neill
* Director: Oliver Corr
Performed by Craic
“The Ballad Of Malachy Mulligan”
by Brian Moore (2006)
Following on from the massive success of “The Session” and “Paddy On The Road”, Brian Moore’s latest one man musical comedy sets out to explore history and memory through stories and song and ‘how we remember, and what we choose to forget’.
As with all Moore’s plays the songs are both traditional and original, and the script is full of surprises, humour and intensely moving memories of the twentieth century. The memories, the songs and the stories come from Malachy Mulligan as he relates the tale of himself, his family and his friends.
Terry O’Neill aka ‘Cruncher’ plays Malachy Mulligan and Pam Brighton Directs. So the trio, who brought you “Paddy on the Road” are back with this fantastic and important new play.
Dubbeljoint are really excited to be producing, what we think, is one of the best plays we have ever done.
Performed by Dubbeljoint Theatre Company
“Ardnaglass On The Air”
by Jimmy Kerr (2006)
Ardnaglass On The AirStarring Kevin Mc Callion, Pat Lynch, Christine Miller and Gerry Doherty
The Irish premier of a riotous new comedy that lifts the lid on the world of local broadcasting.
You are cordially invited to tune into alive broadcast from Ireland’s top premiere community rural radio station located in Mickey Madden’s mother’s garage bringing you the news as it happens, when it happens, wherever it happens, if anything happens at all. Meet lovelorn pig farmer Hugh Francis O’Connell, feisty barmaid Margaret Mary-Rose O’Boyle, Patsy McCloskey On The Prowl on the CB and wandering Argentinean BBC Intern Fabian Martinez as they go On Air together for the very first time.
Performed by The Playhouse Players
“Sean Donnelly, the unmistakable voice of northern Irish Folk singing presents his fine collection of songs performed with love and gentle care. This is as real as it gets!” … Andy Irvine
“Sean Donnelly has matured as an accomplished singer and entertainer. He performs his songs with a style that is distinctive, unaffected and totally appropiate. His reputation as a folk singer with real talent and a true voice is well deserved” … Jony McAuley
“We responded to his masterful tugging at our dour Glasgow Heart Strings. Don’t miss him at the city hall tonight” … Edward Chisnall, Glasgow Herald
“A singer for when the tourists have gone home… this quiet man of Folk music must be heard” … Neil Johnston, Belfast Telegraph
“There is a gentleness in the mans voice and a kindness in the guitar that unwrinkles the mind and body and you are glad you came along” … Tommy Sands
“Sean Donnelly’s easy and relaxed style lends an extra dimension, and transforms his songs into something special” … Pedar O’Ruairc, Irish News
Performed by Sean Donnelly
“The Zoo Story”
by Edward Albee (2006)
The Zoo StoryTwo strangers meet in a park, and begin a conversation. Fifty minutes later, one of the characters lies dead on a bench, and the other screams like an animal from the wings.
Peter, a thirty-something publishing executive sits peacefully reading in the sunlight on a park bench.
There enters Jerry, a young, unkempt and undisciplined vagrant.
Where Peter is neat, ordered, well-to-do, conventional, the vagrant Jerry is a soul in torture and rebellion. He longs to communicate so fiercely that, when he does, he talks like a waterfall. He is a man drained for company, seeks to drain his companion. With ironic humour and unrelenting suspense, we see the young savage slowly but relentlessly bring his victim down to his own atavistic level and initiate a shocking and horrible ending.
As the play approaches its fatal denouement we realise the significance of the animal imagery which is shot throughout the entire play; we realise with sickening culpability that the microscope extends towards us and we too are caught behind the bars of the zoo.
Performed by C21 Theatre Company