Friday, 30 January 2015

New comedy God of Carnage premieres at the MAC

This February (3-21st), Prime Cut Productions and the MAC will premiere God of Carnage, a hilarious social satire directed by Emma Jordan and starring Dan Gordon, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Ali White and Sean Sloan.

This grown-up comedy centres on the story of two sets of parents who meet up to deal with the unruly behaviour of their children in a very civilised manner.  What happens next is open to opinion – a calm and rational debate between grown-ups about the need to teach kids how to behave properly? Or a hysterical night of name-calling, tantrums and tears before bedtime?

This award-winning play (Tony Award for Best Play 2009; Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy 2009) received rave reviews on Broadway and the West End and now comes to Northern Ireland for the first time. Starring a stellar Northern Ireland cast that includes Dan Gordon, Ali White, Kathy Kiera Clarke and Sean Sloan.

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Bard at Belmont Open audition call

Duke Special album launch tour at Down Arts Centre

Down Arts Centre is recognised by performers and audiences alike as a great venue for live music, and are kicking off another fantastic season of music with a performance by Duke Special, supported by Derry/Londonderry-born singer, Soak, on Saturday 7 February at 8pm.

In 2014 SOAK released the beautiful single 'Blud’  and toured with the likes of George Ezra and Tegan & Sara. In the same summer that most of her friends got their A-Level results, SOAK signed an album deal with Rough Trade Records and aired the beautiful song, 'B a noBody'.   Her forthcoming album will cement Bridie Monds-Watson's ascent from a raw talent to a unique artistic voice for 2015. 

Those who know Duke Special for the platinum album, Songs from the Deep Forest, and the hit song Freewheel, may be surprised by the breadth of his work. His journey so far has seen him taking on projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for the Irish Sesame Street to writing the music for and appearing in Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children at London’s National Theatre; from presenting a documentary on the life and times of 1950’s megastar Ruby Murray to being commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to write a series of original songs for an exhibition; from performing with orchestras such as the Ulster and RTE Concert orchestras, to making the first recording of an unfinished musical by Kurt Weill, based on the novel Huckleberry Finn.  

Duke Special has once again decided to work with Pledge Music to help fund and promote his new album. Audiences can look forward to hearing some of the new material for the first time during his current tour performances, as well as a selection of songs from his back catalogue.

Duke will be supported by SOAK, an experimental young folk singer-songwriter from DerrySOAK has won widespread praise, and comparisons ranging from Laura Marling to Cat Power, for her textured tales of adolescence, family and friendship. Still just 18 years old, SOAK (aka Bridie Monds-Watson) has been performing in her home of Derry since the age of 14, where she’d split her time between studying, the local skate-park, and her burgeoning songwriting, touring in the school holidays, and launching Derry’s City of Culture hours before a GCSE exam.  

To purchase tickets (£14 / £12) and for further information on any Down Arts Centre events, please contact the box office on 028 4461 0747 or visit their website.  For offers and updates, like Down Arts on Facebook

Monday, 26 January 2015

NI Opera's Salome coming to the Grand Opera House

Northern Ireland Opera returns to the Grand Opera House with a new production of Richard Strauss’ notorious opera Salome.

Based on the play by Oscar Wilde, the opera stars Belfast-born Giselle Allen as the Princess who dances for Herod in return for the most shocking of rewards – the head of John the Baptist. The potent combination of this famous biblical story, the eroticism of Salome’s famous Dance of the Seven Veils, and the bloodthirsty denouement initially caused the opera to be banned, but with its high drama and gloriously romantic score it is now a well-established part of the operatic repertoire.

Oliver Mears’ new production of Salome is designed by Annemarie Woods, with Nicholas Chalmers conducting the Ulster Orchestra. A superb Irish and international cast is led by Giselle Allen, Michael Colvin and Robert Hayward and promises to be one of the most talked-about operas in Northern Ireland for many years.

You can book tickets by clicking here

Read my previous reviews of NI Opera productions:
Noye's Fludde - Click here
Macbeth - Click here
The Flying Dutchman - Click here