The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh SEASON BROCHURE JAN - MAY 2020
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SEASON AT A GLANCE FEBRUARY
JANUARY Kieran Goss and Annie Kinsella Neil Delamere: End of Watch Our Jimmy Past & Present Flash Harry The Magic of Queen Bagatelle Eva Cassidy The Story Beatles: The Studio Years Live Film Screening - Calamity Jane Ruby! The Stars of Country Show Film Screening - Shoplifters The Baby Shark Show Micky Bartlett Paddy Raff The Fureys
Thurs 2 Jan 08 Fri 3 - Sat 4 Jan 08 Thurs 9 Jan 09 Fri 10 Jan i 09 Sat 11 Jan i 10 Sat 11 Jan i 10 Sat 18 Jan 11 Wed 22 Jan 12 Thurs 23 Jan 13 Fri 24 Jan i 13 Fri 24 Jan 14 Sat 25 Jan i 14 Sat 25 Jan 15 Thurs 30 Jan 15 Fri 31 Jan i 16
Rock N Roll Years & Dancehall Days Sat 1 Feb 16 Armagh Stories: Voices From The Gaol Wed 5 Feb 17 Joxer Daly Esq Thurs 6 Feb i 17 Derek Ryan Fri 7 Feb i 18 The Pat McManus Band Fri 7 Feb 18 Colin Murphy: Colinization Sat 8 Feb 19 Maiden Voyage Double Bill Wed 12 Feb 19 A Viennese Strauss Gala Thurs 13 Feb 20 Patrick Feeney - The Holy City Gospel Tour Fri 14 Feb i 20 Film Screening - When Harry Met Sally Fri 14 Feb 21 In The Mood with The PM Big Band Sat 15 Feb 21 Eimear Crealey Sat 15 Feb i 22 There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly Sun 16 Feb 22 Isla Grant Thurs 20 Feb i 23 I, Elizabeth Thurs 20 Feb 23 Colin Murphy: Colinization Fri 21 Feb 19 The Trial Of Thomas Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arcy McGee Fri 21 Feb 24 Eddi Reader Sat 22 Feb 24 Mark Beaumont: Around The World In 80 Days Tues 25 Feb 25 The Dime Notes Fri 28 Feb 25 Under The Hawthorne Tree Fri 28 - Sat 29 Feb 26 Chris Kent Sat 29 Feb 26
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MARCH Country Gold Film Screening - The Breadwinner Songs From Ireland Conal Gallen - The Joker Celebrate St Patrick Choral Event Dream, Sleep, Connect Armagh Pipers Club Annual Concert Film Screening - The Quiet Man An Evening With St Patrick In The Name Of The Son Cavan Meets Antrim Jason Byrne: Wrecked But Ready The Rapparees Brian Kennedy In Concert The Staff, The Snake & The Shamrock The Hedgehog Prince The Emigrant Woman’s Tale The Field Reading Of Come Day, Go Day Give My Head Peace Live Film Screening - The Peacemaker Observatory Talk & Workshop Ireland’s Garth Brooks Catch Meade If You Can Vessel Coirm Gael Linn Spring Concert The Ulster Orchestra - Beethoven @ 250 Three Ordinary Men Who Changed The World Lionel: A Tribute To Lionel Richie Armagh Festival Of Speech & Drama
APRIL Wed 4 Mar i 27 Fri 6 Mar 27 Fri 6 Mar 28 Fri 6 - Sat 7 Mar 28 Sat 7 Mar 29 Sat 7 Mar 29 Sun 8 Mar i 30 Mon 9 Mar 30 Wed 11 Mar 31 Wed 11 Mar 31 Thurs 12 Mar 32 Fri 13 Mar 32 Fri 13 Mar 33 Fri 13 Mar 33 Sat 14 Mar 34 Sat 14 Mar 34 Sat 14 Mar 35 Sat 14 Mar i 35 Sun 15 Mar 36 Sun 15 - Mon 16 Mar i 36 Mon 16 Mar 37 Tues 17 Mar i 37 Fri 20 Mar 38 Sat 21 Mar i 38 Sat 21 Mar 39 Tues 24 Mar i 39 Wed 25 Mar i 40 Thurs 26 Mar 40 Fri 27 Mar i 41 Sat 28 Mar 41 Mon 30 Mar - Sat 4 Apr i 42
Keep Telling Me Lies Declan Nerney In Concert The Doris Day Show The Gospel According To St Matthew Roly Daniels Live In Concert Closkelt Pipe Band Ronnie Greer The Sound Of Music The Star Of Chester’s Lane Phelim Drew & Band
Thurs 2 Apr 42 Fri 3 Apr i 43 Sat 4 Apr 43 Sat 11 Apr 44 Sat 11 Apr i 44 Sat 18 Apr i 45 Sat 18 Apr 45 Thurs 23 - Sat 25 Apr i 46 Fri 24 Apr 46 Thurs 30 Apr i 47
MAY American Wrestling Separate Beds Gentle On My Mind: The Glen Campbell Story One Night With You Film Screening - South Pacific Flook Brendan Quinn: Ticking Over Shaving The Dead Moon Woke Me Up Horse Country Nanarama & The 80’s Conversations With Angels The Illegals Armagh Craft Fair SRC Music Showcase The Summer Country Show Film Screening - Dunkirk Simply reRed
Fri 1 May i 47 Sat 2 May i 48 Thurs 7 May 48 Sat 9 May 49 Tues 12 May 49 Fri 15 May 50 Sat 16 May i 50 Sat 16 May 51 Wed 20 May 51 Thurs 21 May 52 Thurs 21 May i 52 Fri 22 May 53 Sat 23 May i 53 Sat 23 May 54 Wed 27 May i 55 Thurs 28 May i 55 Thurs 28 May 56 Fri 29 May 56
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Concession tickets are offered on many of our shows for Senior Citizens, Students and Unemployed. Please enquire at box office.
MARKET PLACE THEATRE LOYALTY CARD We reward our most loyal customers too with The Market Place Theatre Loyalty Card which provides year-round special offers and promotions. GROUP DISCOUNTS For groups of 10+ the 11th ticket is offered free. Please enquire at box office when booking. Subject to availability. STUDENT STAND-BY TICKETS A limited number of Student Standby Tickets will be available for £5.00 on the week of a show. These are subject to availability. Please enquire at box office for details.
£5 SEATS A number of seats will be available for £5.00 for people and families totally dependent on state benefit. Shows marked R in our brochure are included in this scheme. SOCIAL MEDIA OFFERS Like our Facebook page [facebook.com/ marketplacearmagh] or follow us on Twitter [@mptarmagh] and get £2.50 off your next booking. One time offer only.
WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE IMPROVING... The Market Place Theatre is set to get even better! In Spring 2020, the theatre will undergo some building works. The changes made will improve this much loved arts venue and its facilities and enhance your experience as a visitor, audience member or conference goer. Our customers can look forward to some really exciting changes and improvements. The foyer area will be upgraded throughout, with a new Box Office, multi-purpose reception area and open terrace. Key facilities will be vastly improved, with a new contemporary bar, refurbished bathroom facilities, more wheelchair spaces and state of the art workshop and conference rooms. The Market Place Theatre will remain operational throughout the period of these improvements though there will be some disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. During this time, it will be necessary to hold part of our workshop programme in alternative venues and full details of this are available on the workshop pages.
The adjoining multi-storey car park will also be undergoing a series of enhancement works during this time, updating the facility and ensuring better access for all. It will be necessary to close the car park facility whilst work is underway. Alternative car parking is available close by in the city centre. Keep up-to-date with progress during the works, and receive full details of car park closure dates and alternative parking facilities on our website at visitarmagh.com/marketplacetheatre and on our social media pages. We are excited to unveil our new look in time for the curtain rising on our 21st Birthday celebrations in 2021!
ENJOY EATING IN AN AWARD-WINNING RESTAURANT BEFORE THE SHOW... Armagh is Northern Ireland’s ‘Food Heartland’. Passionate producers, quality artisan creators, and award-winning chefs are transforming Armagh into a gourmet hub and are fast gaining a tasty reputation. The Market Place Theatre has teamed up with this long line of award-winning restaurants to offer a great dining experience before the show: ULURU BAR & GRILL 3-5 Market Street, Armagh BT61 7BW
EMBERS RESTAURANT 7 Market St, Armagh BT61 7BW
CHARLEMONT ARMS HOTEL 57-65 English Street, Armagh BT61 7LB
Uluru Bar & Grill is a casual dining restaurant which cooks food with an authentic Australian | Asian twist. For shows taking place from Monday to Thursday, theatregoers can enjoy our early bird menu while Friday and Saturday night theatregoers get a chance to savour the flavours of the food on our A La Carte Menu.
The perfect destination in Armagh for an affordable, relaxed, casual dining experience. Owned by husband & wife, John & Sarah Murray, this family run business serves great local produce at affordable everyday prices but without compromising on quality or service. Booking is advised for pre-theatre dining.
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Pre-Theatre Dining 2-Courses: £13.95 3-Courses £16.95
Situated a five-minute walk from the theatre with customer parking for diners, The Charlemont Arms continues to serve the finest of seasonal produce. Offering a number of eating options within the hotel, food served daily - lunchtime [12 midday to 3.00pm] evenings [5.00pm9.00pm] a pre-theatre menu with two courses for £12.50 [5.00pm - 6.30pm] Booking essential. Visit our Facebook page to see our latest offers, live music every Saturday night until 1.00am.
TONI’S BAR & GRILL VIVA BAR & VENUE 13 Lower English Street, Armagh, BT61 7LJ
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For a taste of the ‘Big Apple’ in the Orchard County, Toni’s Bar & Grill, situated at the heart of the Shambles entertainment quarter, offers an authentic, casual and intimate New York style dining experience. Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with our special offers for your pre-show dining and finish your night in our sister venue, Viva Bar & Venue, with the cream of Irish live bands appearing Thursday, through Sunday till late.
MULBERRY BISTRO 6 Cathedral Road, Armagh BT61 7PX
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Mulberry Bistro offers picturesque scenery accompanied by exceptional cuisine and is a recent award-winning restaurant, in the Ulster Category of the ‘Restaurants of Ireland Association’, best newcomer for County Armagh. T. 028 3751 0128 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
T. 028 3752 2028 e: email@example.com CASTLE TOWER RESTAURANT 16-18 Market Street, Armagh BT61 7BW The Castle Tower is a locally owned, family run restaurant, with an intimate homely environment serving delicious freshly prepared food to suit all taste buds. Pre-Theatre Dining Early Bird Menu 2 Courses £14.50 3 Courses £16.95 T. 028 3752 4948 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIARY RESTAURANT AT ARMAGH CITY HOTEL 2 Friary Road, Armagh BT60 4FR From traditional tastes to exciting new flavours, the Armagh City Hotel offers a range of dining options to suit all tastes. The Friary Restaurant; open Thursday-Saturday evenings, offers an intimate atmosphere and plenty of food for thought, whilst our Callan Lounge; open daily from lunchtime to late evening, offers secluded corners, a cosy fire and a relaxing atmosphere. All this plus the hotel’s Deli, also open daily, available for those wanting a snack or lighter meal. Using the finest local produce and the latest international techniques, our Award Winning Chefs have designed mouthwatering food to suit all tastes. T. 028 3751 8888 e: email@example.com
MARKET PLACE THEATRE BARS
CREATING THE IDEAL NIGHT OUT... DRINKS PROMOTIONS FOR SPRING 2020 JANUARY Refreshing Jameson, Ginger Ale & Lime £4.00 FEBRUARY Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin With Fever Tree Tonic or 7Up £5.00 MARCH 2 Pints Of Guinness £6.00 APRIL 2 Spirits [choose from Smirnoff | Bacardi | Morgan’s Spiced Rum | Bell’s Scotch] & a 200ml Mixer £7.00 MAY 2 Quarter Bottles of Wine £7.00
YEAR ROUND OFFERS Any Two Cocktails £10.00 Four Bottles Of Lager £12.00 [excluding intervals]
WIDE RANGE OF PREMIUM GINS & FEVER TREE TONICS ON OFFER Interval Drinks: You can pre-order your interval drinks at any of our bars before the performance to avoid queuing at the interval. Our bars serve a wide range of beers, spirits, wines and soft drinks.
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LISA RICHARDS LTD PRESENTS
Thurs 2 Jan | 8.00pm | £22.50
Fri 3 & Sat 4 Jan | 8.00pm | £22.50
KIERAN GOSS & ANNIE KINSELLA ‘OH THE STARLINGS’ TOUR Goss has long been considered one of Ireland’s greatest songwriters. Together with singer and artist Annie Kinsella, who has joined him on stage on his recent tours, they have enchanted audiences with their live performances and won rave reviews.
Veteran Irish songwriter Kieran Goss and singer Annie Kinsella released their debut duo album ‘Oh, The Starlings’ in March 2019.
Recorded in New York in Spring 2018 with eight time Grammy winning engineer Kevin Killen at the helm [David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, U2, Elvis Costello], ‘Oh, The Starlings’ has been described by songwriter Rodney Crowell as: ‘So good, it’s heartbreaking... the record itself feels like an old friend.’ With songs, stories and harmonies that transport the listener to another world, this is music from the heart, for the heart.
NEIL DELAMERE: END OF WATCH Fresh from a sell-out tour, star of BBC’s ‘The Blame Game’, ‘Fighting Talk’ and ‘The News Quiz’, Neil Delamere returns to The Market Place with a brand new show. Time waits for no man, especially one trying to buy a watch. Things always get complicated. Recommended for ages 16+ as may contain material that people could find offensive.
‘ONE LEAN, MEAN, COMEDY KILLING MACHINE’ THE HERALD
INDIVIDUALLY THEY ARE BOTH TALENTED SINGERS BUT WHEN THEY SING TOGETHER, THE AUDIENCE ARE ENCHANTED…. THE HARMONIES, THE CHEMISTRY…. SIMPLY MESMERISING TIME OUT MAGAZINE
‘YOU’LL BE HARD PRESSED TO FIND A MORE GIFTED COMIC AT THE FRINGE’ ***** THE SCOTSMAN
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FLASH HARRY: THE MAGIC OF QUEEN Fri 10 Jan | 8.00pm | £20.00 i
DAVID HULL PROMOTIONS PRESENTS
OUR JIMMY PAST & PRESENT Thurs 9 Jan | 8.00pm | £20.00 Featuring some original and some new material from the beloved comedy characters Lily O’Condriac, Billy Hulk, Big Derek, Orange Lil, Willie Simpson, The Ballymena Man and wee Sammy the Schoolboy, this is a show that will delight fans old and new who enjoy good Ulster humour. How is Derek’s mammy? Is Emily Beattie still on the scrounge? Has Billy Hulk started any more strikes? Is Willie Simpson ever sober? To find out the answers to these and some of today’s most pressing questions join William Caulfield as he celebrates the comedy legend that was James Young.
Flash Harry are Northern Ireland’s most enduring tribute band, celebrating the music of superstar Freddie Mercury and super group Queen, for over 25 years. Flash Harry deliver a rock show that will have the audience rocking in their seats and singing along to the anthems of one of the greatest bands in history; featuring classics like ‘Radio Ga Ga’, ‘We Are The Champions’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’, and everything in between.
The five piece band have played everywhere from the USA to Dubai as well as major venues in the UK and Ireland, and continue to sell out venues wherever they go, recreating the magic of Queen for audiences young and old. For a true celebration of the music of Queen, Flash Harry are a band not to be missed.
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ELSA JEAN MCTAGGART PRESENTS
Sat 11 Jan | 8.00pm | £23.00 i
Sat 11 Jan | 8.00pm | £15.00 | £12.00 [conc] i
EVA CASSIDY: THE STORY Elsa Jean McTaggart returns to The Market Place Theatre with her show ‘Eva Cassidy: The Story’, with some new songs for 2020. In this engaging portrayal of the life of Eva Cassidy, Elsa Jean McTaggart presents a tribute to her all-time favourite artist in video, voice and song. With her voice and guitar, she brings alive the essence of Eva as she relates the songs to the beautiful and yet tragic story of one of the world’s most iconic voices. Elsa’s voice has been described as ‘smooth as velvet... sultry’.
Bagatelle started out in 1978 at a time when original bands weren’t all that successful in Ireland. In fact, the idea of a band touring nationwide with a full original music set just didn’t work out… for most! However, Bagatelle’s music did work, and would establish them firmly on the Irish music circuit and worldwide.
Over those 40 years they have had several No 1 singles with Iconic songs like ‘Summer In Dublin’, ‘Second Violin’, and ‘Trump Card’. They have shared stages with legends like Bob Marley, John Denver, The Pogues, Duran Duran, Van Morrison, George Micheal, U2, Jose Feliciano and UB40.
‘Eva Cassidy: The Story’ will be a deeply personal and poignant tribute to an inspirational voice and an incredibly talented musician who was discovered by the world tragically late. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaretstyle seating layout.
ONE OF THESE VERY FEW PEOPLE WITH A DISTINCTIVE ENOUGH VOICE TO DO THE MUSIC AND SONGS OF EVA CASSIDY JUSTICE SOUTHSIDE ADVERTISER
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BEATLES: THE STUDIO YEARS LIVE Sat 18 Jan | 8.00pm | £16.00 £25.00 for 2 tickets when booked by 24 Dec 2019 The Beatles stopped performing live concerts in 1966, entering what is known as ‘The Studio Years’. These were some of their most creative years, during which time they released such iconic albums as ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, ‘The White Album’, ‘Abbey Road’ and ‘Let It Be’. Join us on a journey through the music from this exciting period in the history of one of the biggest bands of all time. A 9-piece band of multi-instrumentalists will passionately recreate all the classic Beatles hits including ‘All You Need Is Love’, ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Here Comes The Sun’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ and ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’, as well as some hidden gems that showcase The Beatles absolute mastery of songwriting.
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Back for 2020, we bring you the magic of The Big Screen. Sit back and relax in the comfort of our Studio Theatre, and immerse yourself in a world of action, adventure, drama and romance.
[DEMENTIA FRIENDLY SCREENING] Wed 22 Jan | 11.00am | £2.00 [includes tea, coffee & biscuits] Dir: David Butler | 1953 | 97 mins | Certificate U Deadwood, Dakota Territory, is largely the abode of men, where Calamity Jane is as hard-riding, boastful, and handy with a gun as any. Doris Day plays the famous cowgirl in this musical extravaganza about the legendary female sharpshooter and her up-and-down romance with Wild Bill Hickok. Our dementia friendly screenings are open to all, but have been tailored with care, attention and insight, to be accessible for people living with dementia.
SHOPLIFTERS | Fri 24 Jan Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-winning film portraying the delicate balance within a poor Japanese family. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY | Fri 14 Feb When a night of weakness ends in panic, can Harry and Sally admit they might just be the perfect match for each other? THE BREADWINNER | Fri 6 Mar The story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. THE QUIET MAN | Mon 9 Mar [Dementia Friendly Screening] One of Hollywood’s most romantic and enduring epics. THE PEACEMAKER | Fri 13 Mar An intimate portrait of international peacemaker Padraig O’Malley who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW | Sat 11 Apr One of the great retellings of the story of Christ. SOUTH PACIFIC | Tues 12 May [Dementia Friendly Screening] Tender romance, an immortal score and enchanted South Sea splendour. DUNKIRK | Thurs 28 May Thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces, and face a seemingly impossible situation as the enemy closes in.
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THE STARS OF COUNTRY SHOW Fri 24 Jan | 8.00pm | £21.50 i Back by popular demand, ‘The Stars of Country Show’ returns for another night of unmissable toe tapping magic. The fantastic line up of six super singers includes the hilarious Gary Gamble, rising star Owen Mac, the popular Curtis Magee and Shaun Loughrey, yodelling Kenny Archer and everyone’s favourite, Cowboy Larry, who each will showcase their biggest hit songs in the company of the fabulous Keltic Storm band. Get your tickets early as this is a show you won’t want to miss!
LITTLE WILLOW PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
Thurs 23 Jan | 8.00pm | £15.00 Following on from its critically acclaimed sell-out run last year, Little Willow Productions is proud to return with ‘Ruby!’, a play written by Michael Cameron and featuring Libby Smyth as Ruby Murray.
the only recording artist in history to have five songs in the Top Twenty in the same week. Behind the triumphs however, a darker story was unfolding in Ruby’s life. This intimate drama enthralled audiences on its debut run.
Belfast born Ruby Murray was one of the most popular singing stars in the world in the 1950s, becoming
Please note the play contains strong language and adult themes.
The 2018 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-winning film from visionary director Kore-eda Hirokazu [Nobody Knows, After the Storm] is a critically acclaimed portrait of a family in Japan.
SHOPLIFTERS Fri 24 Jan | 8.00pm | £6.00 [price includes a glass of wine] Dir: Kore-eda Hirokazu | 2018 121 mins | Certificate 15 In Japanese with English subtitles Warning: Some strong sexual references.
After another successful shoplifting spree, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold and invite her home with them. Osamu’s wife Nobuyo reluctantly agrees to shelter her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, relying on petty crime alongside their part-time jobs and inadequate incomes, they seem to live happily together - until an unforeseen incident upsets the delicate balance the family have created, revealing long-buried secrets. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout
A MASTERFUL ENSEMBLE PIECE SCREEN
JOLLY PROMOTIONS PRESENTS
THE BABY SHARK SHOW
Sat 25 Jan | 2.00pm | £10.00 i Dive deep down under the sea in this all-new mystical, magical adventure of Baby Shark & The Little Mermaid! Baby Shark is feeling adventurous and wonders what life is like away from his family, but as he wanders deeper into the ocean, things don’t go exactly as planned. On his travels he meets Eugene the rock and roll singing crab, two swashbuckling, troublesome pirates, Calypso and Caspian, and The Owl and The Pussycat, who all either try to help him or dare to lead him astray. Can Baby Shark find his way back to his family before he swims too far? Only you and The Little Mermaid can help him! Packed with singalong songs, nursery rhymes and lots of audience interaction, this brand new colourful tale promises to be lots of fun for little ones and adults alike.
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MICKY BARTLETT: LOVE IT Sat 25 Jan | 8.30pm | £15.00 Following a sell-out show at the famous Ulster Hall, and his third tour of Australia, Micky Bartlett returns to The Market Place with his smash hit show ‘Love It!’ A regular feature on BBCNI [The Blame Game, Monumental], with appearances on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 4, Lurgan man Micky Bartlett might just be able to move out of his mum’s house... and he’s only 32. Divulging more hilarious secrets that most people wouldn’t tell their priest, Micky takes you through the journey of his own head. Strap in, you’re going to love it! This show is recommended for age 16+, as it contains strong language and adult themes.
PADDY & NIGEL ON TOUR Thurs 30 Jan | 8.00pm | £18.00 Ahead of his sold out 2020 shows in Belfast’s SSE Arena, NI comedy sensation, Paddy Raff, takes his popular brand of stand-up and musical comedy on the road, accompanied by BT9’s most famous export, his alter-ego Nigel. A workin-progress show that showcases brand new material with some songs and stories from 2019’s hugely popular ‘Paddy & Nigel Act Their Postcodes’. This show is recommended for age 15+, as it contains some strong language.
IMPRESSIVE... A STAND-UP NATURAL... MASTERFUL! **** CHORTLE.CO.UK
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THE FUREYS Fri 31 Jan | 8.00pm | £25.00 i The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 42 years, audiences that have included former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul, while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is The Fureys ‘Green Fields of France’, and President Michael D Higgins attended their last concert in National Concert Hall. Legends of Irish music and song, The Fureys have gained renown for their league of hit songs which include ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields Of France’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare To Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal Away’, and many more.
DAVID HULL PROMOTIONS PRESENTS
ROCK N ROLL YEARS & DANCEHALL DAYS Sat 1 Feb | 8.00pm | £22.50 Rock ‘N’ Roll Years & Dance Hall Days is back! After last year’s smash hit tour, this wonderful nostalgic musical hits the road again. The all-star cast will take you on a whirlwind journey through the musical decades of the ‘50s and ‘60s, paying homage to the lives and music of the Stars of the Era. Don’t miss this year’s new show... You won’t be disappointed!
KEPT THE AUDIENCE ENTHRALLED FROM THE OPENING OF THE CURTAIN THEATRE SPY
THE SHOW FINISHED WITH A WELLDESERVED STANDING OVATION THEATRE SPY
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ARMAGH STORIES: VOICES FROM THE GAOL Wed 5 Feb | 7.30pm Free but pre-booking essential ‘Armagh Stories: Voices from the Gaol’ is a documentary film edited from interviews conducted inside Armagh Gaol in 2006 as part of the Prisons Memory Archive. Armagh Gaol served as Northern Ireland’s only female prison during the Troubles until its closure in 1986. At the height of the conflict, the number of women imprisoned grew from two in 1971 to more than one hundred between 1972 and 1976. Due to the growing prison population during the Troubles, Armagh also housed male remand and sentenced prisoners. The film addresses a conflicted past in a contested present, with prison staff, prisoners, chaplains, doctors, solicitors and teachers telling us of their experiences, mostly for the first time, back in the Victorian site. While the film offers validation of each story and participant, at the same time it also challenges our assumptions about the past, and the roles of those who experienced it. Following the screening there will be a special panel discussion with director Cahal McLaughlin and film participants.
SD ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS
JOXER DALY ESQ Thurs 6 Feb | 8.00pm | £15.00 i Sean O’Casey’s playful scrounger from the classic, ‘Juno And The Paycock’, takes centre stage in this intriguing new play from the pen of Eddie Naughton. With events that were to alter the course of Irish history as a backdrop, Joxer Daly Esq charts an everyman journey from respectable member of The Foresters Association to a vagabond scraping by with only his wit to use as collateral. From the 1913 Lock Out, to The Rising and the birth of a new divided Nationalism, in ‘Juno And The Paycock’, we see it all through the eyes of a survivor like no other. Joxer Daly is an ordinary person trying to navigate the difficult waters of what was Dublin in the period leading up to the birth of a Republic. Brilliantly performed by Phelim Drew, Joxer’s love of language, humour, literature and song, together with a drinker’s purple recollection, make this a performance like no other. Entertaining and funny, Joxer Daly Esq. is a thought provoking gander at one of Irish literature’s most loveable chancers! This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.
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DEREK RYAN Fri 7 Feb | 8.00pm | £26.50 i Irish country sensation Derek Ryan’s road to stardom is set to continue with his biggest concert tour yet. Following on from the phenomenal success of his recent TEN tour, Derek and his fantastic band return with a brand new concert show, performing many of Derek’s classic hits from ‘Hold On To Your Hat’ ‘Down On Your Uppers’ and ‘God’s Plan’. Continuing to propel to new heights, Derek Ryan has firmly cemented his position at the top table of Irish Country’s elite with his brand of original, self-penned material and country classics. The Carlow man is a multi-recipient of awards for his performances and songwriting including the Sunday World accolade for ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Songwriter of the Year’. But Derek, being at the forefront of this new wave of young Irish country stars, continues to remain ever loyal to his worldwide army of fans.
ROCK HOUSE MUSIC & MANAGEMENT PRESENTS
THE PAT MCMANUS BAND Fri 7 Feb | 8.00pm | £16.00 Former Mama’s Boys and Celtus guitarist and violin virtuoso, Pat McManus, along with band members Paul Faloon and Marty McDermott are back touring throughout Europe playing their own special brand of blues rock. Pat has had a hugely successful career with award-winning recordings and is considered to be one of the last remaining guitar heroes of a generation of Irish guitarists. 2020 will see the band record and release their seventh studio album, following on from Pat’s 40th anniversary album ‘Rewind’, which was exceptionally well received by both the press and public. So with another year of touring, the band are as always ready to rock. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaret style seating layout.
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COLIN MURPHY: COLINIZATION Sat 8 Feb & Fri 21 Feb | 8.00pm | £20.00 The star of the award-winning BBC series ‘The Blame Game’, is back on tour with a new stand-up show for 2020, ‘Colinization’. Since his last tour he has had a DNA test, become an artist, been to a funeral and built a shed, so the question is; who the hell do you think you are? This show is recommended for age 16+, as it contains strong language and adult themes.
MAIDEN VOYAGE DANCE PRESENTS
Wed 12 Feb | 8.00pm | £7.00 R Maiden Voyage Dance presents a new double bill based on the relationship between people and place. Brink, a new duet by Eileen McClory, negotiates the fragile balance between survival and happiness when our future is entrusted to another. The Here Trio, by acclaimed choreographer Liz Roche, challenges preconceptions about place, history and the right to belong, when trauma mediates so many of our beliefs and behaviours. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.
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A VIENNESE STRAUSS GALA Thurs 13 Feb | 8.00pm | £20.00 | £32.00 for 2 tickets when booked by 24 Dec 2019 R Recreating the nostalgia and romance of the Viennese Festive season, this show introduces the audience to a bygone age of glamorous soirees and Strauss waltzes, and comprises highlights from some of the great operettas of Strauss, Kalman and Lehar, including ‘Die Fledermaus’, ‘The Merry Widow’, and many more. This fascinating show, which has received rave reviews and delighted audiences all over the country, is performed by soloists from major British Opera companies, such as Welsh National Opera, D’Oyly Carte and Scottish Opera. The show will feature internationally renowned soprano Megan Llewelyn whose recent roles include Mother Abbess in ‘The Sound of Music’ and Carlotta in the West End production of ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’. This beautifully crafted production is cleverly choreographed, tastefully costumed, magnificently sung, and gives the audience an authentic feel of a festive Viennese evening. JMG MUSIC GROUP PRESENTS
PATRICK FEENEY THE HOLY CITY GOSPEL TOUR Fri 14 Feb | 8.00pm | £20.00 i Patrick Feeney is highly regarded as one of Ireland’s finest vocal talents and performers. His forthcoming ‘Country and Gospel’ tour will feature many of his most popular songs like ‘I Believe’, ‘Someone To Love Me’, and his recent smash hit recording ‘Jerusalem’. To coincide with the tour Patrick recently released a new Country and Gospel album which has received critical acclaim across Ireland and further afield. Patrick is really looking forward to his own tour and it’s a fantastic opportunity for fans to hear a collection of his biggest and most popular songs coupled with some brand new material. Joining Patrick on the tour will be his own band of fantastic musicians and a few of Ireland’s finest session players enhanced by state of the art sound and lighting. This is certainly a show you won’t want to miss!
Sex always gets in the way of friendships between men and women. At least, that’s what Harry Burns [Billy Crystal] believes. So when Harry meets Sally Albright [Meg Ryan], and a deep friendship blossoms between them, Harry’s determined not to destroy it. But when a night of weakness ends in panic, can the pair admit they might just be the perfect match for each other? Warning: Contains strong language and moderate sex references
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY Fri 14 Feb | 8.00pm | £8.00 [price includes glass of prosecco] Dir: Rob Reiner | 1989 91 mins | Certificate 15
WALL TO WALL COMIC BRILLIANCE EMPIRE
This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaretstyle seating layout
‘EXPLOSIVELY FUNNY’ NEWSWEEK
IN THE MOOD WITH THE PM BIG BAND Sat 15 Feb | 8.00pm | £14.00 | £16.00 [includes glass of prosecco] The perfect Valentine’s present and night out with our annual and hugely popular treat from The PM Big Band. They bring a classic mix of vocals and instrumentals from The Great American Song Book including selections from Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and other legends from the ageless and ever-popular genre. Adding a little spice, the band will flavour the evening with big band versions of some modern classics ensuring an evening of music to appeal to everyone.
EIMÉAR CREALEY: AN EVENING OF SONG Sat 15 Feb | 8.00pm | £15.00 i Eiméar Crealey is a singer, actor and musician from County Armagh. Eiméar was offered the coveted Gareth Roberts Scholarship to take up a place at the world-renowned Royal Academy of Music in London, from where she graduated with a Masters in Musical Theatre. In 2015, Eiméar was a contestant on RTE’s The Voice of Ireland where she was mentored by Una Healy of The Saturdays, and reached the live knockout stages. She is currently the youngest member of Irish ensemble ‘Celtic Angels’ under the direction of Joan Kenny. ‘Eiméar Crealey: An Evening of Song’ is a night of musical storytelling, combining an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary Irish folk songs with old and new popular music classics, supported by an ensemble of highly acclaimed young Irish musicians. Eiméar is delighted to be launching her debut solo show in her home county of Armagh. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.
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THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY Sun 16 Feb | 2.30pm | £7.50 £25.00 [family of four] & Additional Children £6.50 THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY. I DON’T KNOW WHY SHE SWALLOWED A FLY... BUT THE PEOPLE’S THEATRE COMPANY DO! And now you can too, as they bring one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes to life just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams’ best-selling book! This magical show has been written especially for grown-ups to enjoy with their children, so come and relive the delights of this most charming of tales complete with a feast of sing-along songs, colourful animal characters and heart-warming family fun. It’s the perfect treat for anyone aged 2 to 102!
A GREAT INTRODUCTION TO THE THEATRE WITH JUST THE RIGHT BALANCE OF SITTING LISTENING AND TAKING PART *****BRISTOL GUIDE THOROUGHLY ENTERTAINING AND BRILLIANT FUN *****WHAT’S ON STAGE
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Thurs 20 Feb | 8.00pm | £25.00 i
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From the award-winning creators of ‘Austen’s Women’, ‘Jane Eyre: An Autobiography’, ‘Orlando’, ‘The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe’, ‘Dalloway’, ‘The Time Machine’, and ‘Christmas Gothic’. 1568: At a vital but volatile crossroads in history, a young queen steps from the shadows to reveal her thoughts on marriage, succession, religion and war. But time is against her...
Highly respected singer and prolific songwriter Isla Grant makes a welcome return to The Market Place. Isla is now established in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, America and Canada as a singer | songwriter of the highest quality, having completed hugely successful tours there. Over the last few years she has received five gold discs for CD sales, in addition to six platinum discs.
Her highly entertaining concert show features all her wonderful hit songs and some new songs from her latest album. Isla’s interaction with her audience is second to none and the atmosphere at her live shows is a joy to behold. Together with an excellent backing band which includes Al Grant and Glen Flynn, the ingredients are there for a concert of the highest quality.
Elizabeth I: Queen at 25, political phoenix and famously unmarried - but who was the woman beneath the crown? Using only Elizabeth’s words, Rebecca Vaughan explores the queen’s struggle to reconcile the desires of womanhood with the duties of sovereignty. Written & performed by Rebecca Vaughan. Directed by Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson. Winner of the Three Weeks Editors Award. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.
***** TRULY BREATHTAKING. AN ABSOLUTE MASTERCLASS FRINGE REVIEW
***** A PERFORMANCE WORTHY OF AN ACADEMY AWARD THE CARRICK
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THE TRIAL OF THOMAS D’ARCY MCGEE BEFORE THE COURT OF HISTORY Fri 21 Feb | 8.00pm | £12.00 | £10.00 [conc] In Canada, Carlingford’s Thomas D’Arcy McGee  is revered as the founding father of the country. In Ireland, he is either unknown or reviled as a traitor - a republican-turned-colonial loyalist. In this imaginative play, written by Anthony Russell, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Irish rebel and Canadian patriot is called from the grave to answer, in the Court of History, the charge that he committed treason against Ireland and her people. Monaghan’s Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, the former Prime Minister of Victoria, is the defence lawyer who defends Thomas D’Arcy McGee against the charge of treason. The prosecutor is Newry’s John Mitchel, an unrepentant physical force republican from Young Ireland. Both lawyers have returned from the grave for the occasion. John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of the Canadian Confederation, whose reputation is now tarnished because of his treatment of the first nations, is called as a witness for the prosecution. McGee’s long suffering and loyal wife, Mary Teresa Caffrey is called as a witness for the defence. All of the ghosts are aware of what has happened in the world since they entered the grave and comment accordingly. The audience is the jury and the protocol of an earthly court loosely applies. The award-winning Newpoint Players, directed by Donal O’Hanlon, present this humorous, historical fantasy. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout
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EDDI READER Sat 22 Feb | 8.00pm | £19.00 Celebrating forty years as a live performer, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers. Though first brought into the limelight as front woman for Fairground Attraction, whose No1 single, ‘Perfect’, topped the British charts, it is Eddi’s subsequent albums that have signalled her ability to assimilate different musical styles, and make them her own. In 2019, Eddi released her tenth solo venture, ‘Cavalier’. Co-produced by Eddi and her husband, John Douglas, it incorporates both contemporary and traditional songs showcasing her wideranging artistry, and marks a new creative peak in her already prestigious career.
SPEAKERS FROM THE EDGE PRESENTS
MARK BEAUMONT: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
INSPIRED SUNDAY TIMES
MOVING ON MUSIC PRESENTS
THE DIME NOTES
LAID-BACK SWING AND CLEVER INTERPLAY MAKE THEIR MUSIC FEEL FRESH AND VIBRANT JAZZ SOCIETY OF OREGON
Tues 25 Feb | 8.00pm | £16.50 | £14.50 [conc] | R
Fri 28 Feb | 8.00pm | £15.00 [Includes A Beer Or Glass Of Wine Or Cider]
Around the World in 80 Days - Mark Beaumont set out to make this Victorian fiction a two-wheeled reality. Having smashed the circumnavigation cycling World Record twice in his career, he now holds this 18,000 mile title in a time of 78 days and 14 hours, averaging 240 miles a day. Over the past decade, Mark’s epic documentaries have taken viewers to over 100 countries, into the Arctic, the high mountains and around the Commonwealth, also surviving capsize in the mid-Atlantic. Showing films and photography, these events are a fascinating insight into Mark’s career of adventure.
Diving into the blues-drenched sounds of clarinetdriven 1920’s New Orleans jazz, The Dime Notes present an irresistibly fresh take on a timeless style. Unearthing a repertoire of stomps, blues and forgotten gems of the era, from musicians such as Johnny Dodds and Jelly Roll Morton, The Dime Notes push forward the propulsive grooves and sultry melodies which made early jazz revolutionary, controversial, and wildly popular.
The stellar line-up features Dave Kelbie on rhythm guitar [of Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole], one of London’s most in demand jazz clarinet players David Horniblow, American pianist Andrew Oliver and London bass player Louis Thomas. A busy schedule sees the band touring extensively throughout Europe, Canada and further afield. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear them on this their first tour of Northern Ireland.
This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.
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UNDER THE HAWTHORNE TREE Fri 28-Sat 29 Feb 10.00am & 12.15pm [Fri] 11.30am & 2.00pm [Sat] £8.00 | £5.00 [conc] £5.00 [school groups] Based on the internationally acclaimed book by award-winning author Marita Conlon-McKenna, Cahoots NI’s ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’ follows the journey of three brave siblings as they fight for survival during the Potato Famine in Ireland, 1845.
When their father goes to find work and their mother leaves to find him, Eily, Michael and Peggy, starving and faced with the workhouse, embark on a treacherous journey to find the great aunts they have heard of only in stories. This story of family, history and hope is told like never before in a new play by Charles Way, directed by Paul Bosco McEneaney, with original music by Garth McConaghie. Suitable for children aged 7+.
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CHRIS KENT: CHRISTY DOESN’T LIVE HERE Sat 29 Feb | 8.00pm | £14.00 Cork comedian Chris Kent is back with another show, with more kids, stories and a keep cup to compensate for his guilt about over-population. Chris tries to come to terms with being called “well trained” for carrying out basic tasks. Chris also gets deep and talks about his favourite clothes horse or “garment donkey” if you’re a maniac... This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaret-style seating layout This show is recommended for age 16+, as it contains strong language and adult themes.
THE BREADWINNER Fri 6 Mar | 11.00am | £3.00 [School Groups] Dir: Nora Twomey | 2017 | 93 mins | Certificate 12 From executive producer Angelina Jolie and multi-award winning director Nora Twomey, ‘The Breadwinner’ tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001.
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COUNTRY GOLD Wed 4 Mar | 8.00pm | £21.50 | i Join five of Ireland’s top country stars all on one super ‘Country Gold Show’ that will showcase an unmissable night of pure country magic. The stellar line-up features the legendary Mick Flavin, the prince of Country John Hogan, the man from Mayo Frank McCaffrey, the star of the County Down Caitlin and the hugely popular Joe Moore who each will showcase their trademark hit songs that have seen them attract thousands of loyal fans all across the country and beyond. Joining the quintet of stars will be a fabulous live band with that authentic Nashville sound. If it’s country music you like then you’ve hit ‘Country Gold’ with this show.
When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family. With dauntless perseverance, Parvana draws strength from the stories her father told her, and ultimately risks her life to discover if he is still alive. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, ‘The Breadwinner’ is a timely and inspiring tale about the transcendent power of stories, and their potential to unite and heal us all. Warning: Contains moderate threat, violence. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout
SUBLIME, MOVING & MAGICAL EMPIRE
HOME OF SAINT PATRICK FESTIVAL
LITTLE ROUND RECORDS LTD PRESENTS
SONGS FROM IRELAND Fri 6 Mar | 8.00pm | £10.00 R Isoceles, Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden, return to their Irish roots for this intimate, musical evening. You can expect some well-known songs, some you may never have heard of, but they will all reflect the Irish spirit in its many forms nostalgia, romance, emigration, politics, sentimentality, loss, regret, and humour. The songs have been selected because they say something that resonates with Pat and Dave musically and lyrically. Between songs you will be regaled with stories from their days in Ireland. The song selection will include those either written or sung by the likes of Paul Brady, Tommy Makem, The Furey Brothers, Christy Moore, Thomas Moore, Brian Kennedy, Bagatelle, Pete St John, Shane McGowan, Phil Coulter, Mary Black, Jimmy McCarthy, Van Morrison, Val Doonican, Richard Thompson, Dolores Keane, Christie Hennessy, Horslips, Johnny McEvoy and more. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout
Fri 6-Sat 7 Mar 8.00pm | £24.00 A good dose of Ireland’s best comedian, Conal Gallen, is just what the doctor ordered! With a career spanning over thirty years, Conal has packed this show with his best material to date. Conal’s shows are worldrenowned for their mighty craic, great songs and rib-tickling jokes. With Ireland’s No.1 Funny Man, you’re guaranteed a laugh a minute and to be taken away from all your worries and woes.
AN EXCEPTIONAL GIFT THE SCOTSMAN
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CELEBRATE ST PATRICK CHORAL EVENT
C21 THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
DREAM, SLEEP, CONNECT Sat 7 Mar | 8.00pm | £14.50 | £12.50 [conc]
Sat 7 Mar | 8.00pm | £5.00 | Tickets from visitarmagh.com/stpatrick Saint Patrick’s RC Cathedral Armagh Join composer and presenter John Anderson as he conducts a celebratory and reflective event honouring our patron saint. Taking place in the magnificent setting of St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, choirs from across the island and further afield unite in a unique evening of music and spoken word. This is an exciting mix of words, music and dance, traditional and classical, ancient and modern, the reflective and exuberant, sacred and secular, all combining to make this a very special evening. Come along and celebrate our national saint with this uplifting, happy occasion dedicated to the true meaning of his life and legacy. A limited number of audience places are available. Please note these seats may have restricted views and that this event may be recorded for future broadcast and marketing purposes.
A bold new comedy about disconnection in the digital world, ‘Dream, Sleep, Connect’ takes a timely ‘swipe’ at online dating and appoholics. Chris is working on a technological solution for the Irish border under the beady eye of his boss, Lucy, when he realises he has no one to invite to
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the office do. He joins Tinder only to find he’s met his match in more ways than one... But before long, Chris begins to ask the ultimate question: Who is watching who? This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.
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ARMAGH PIPERS CLUB ANNUAL CONCERT Sun 8 Mar | 3.00pm | £8.00 | £5.00 [Under 16] £15.00 [for two full price tickets] i
Armagh Pipers Club has been teaching Irish traditional music since 1966, and currently has over two hundred students drawn from Armagh and seven neighbouring counties. It is an award-winning, volunteer-led, cross-community charity, with a worldwide reputation gained through its innovative publications and the annual international William Kennedy Piping Festival, launched 26 years ago.
The Annual Concert showcases the talents of its students and their thirty skilled tutors in a wide range of instruments [uilleann pipes, harp, fiddle, banjo, concertina, flute, accordion, whistle] and in singing. Many graduates of the Pipers Club have gone on to stellar careers in music - come and see the entire class of 2020 put through their paces! Tickets available from the Pipers Club, 43 Scotch Street, or on the door.
These screenings are open to all, but have been tailored with care, attention and insight, to be accessible for people living with dementia.
THE QUIET MAN [DEMENTIA FRIENDLY SCREENING]
Mon 9 Mar | 11.00am | £2.00 [includes tea | coffee and biscuits] Dir: John Ford | 1952 129 MINS | Certificate U
John Ford’s ‘The Quiet Man’ is one of Hollywood’s most romantic and enduring epics and winner of two Oscars, including Best Director. The first American feature to be filmed in Ireland’s picturesque countryside, Ford richly imbued this masterpiece with his love of Ireland and its people. Featuring the wonderful partnership of John Wayne as American Sean Thornton and Maureen O’Hara as the feisty Mary Kate Danaher, alongside a fabulous cast of quirky supporting characters, ‘The Quiet Man’ never ceases to raise a laugh and a tear.
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IN THE NAME OF THE SON Wed 11 Mar | 8.00pm | £16.00 | £14.00 [conc]
CATHEDRALS PARTNERSHIP PRESENTS
AN EVENING WITH ST PATRICK
‘In The Name Of The Son’ is an exciting new play chronicling the extraordinary life of The Guildford 4’s Gerry Conlon following his release from prison in 1989. Who will ever forget the TV images of a wild-eyed, fist-pumping man, storming up to a bank of microphones outside The Old Bailey, proclaiming to the world, “I am a totally innocent man!”
As part of the Home of St Patrick Festival, Armagh Cathedrals Partnership invite you to a special evening of guest speakers, music, story, poetry and prayer to celebrate our patron saint.
The story of what happened next and what kind of man that emerged from 14 years of soul-destroying imprisonment is simply the stuff of legend. ‘In The Name Of The Son’ charts Conlon’s remarkable journey into ‘freedom’ as he received and spent over £1million, became a cause-celebre at the Hollywood Oscars and ran in the same circles as Johnny Depp, Shane McGowan and Daniel Day Lewis. Conlon seemed to have it all, but away from the glamour, fuelled by an addiction to crack-cocaine, his life was spiralling out of control.
Admission is free, but tickets must be booked in advance. Light refreshments will be served. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.
Plagued with the guilt of believing he was responsible for the death of his father, Guiseppe in prison, Gerry Conlon struggled with powerful self-loathing. When he found himself searching bins in the backstreets of London for food, he
Wed 11 Mar | 7.00pm | Free to attend but pre-booking is essential
knew he had to do something. What emerges from the darkness is Conlon’s resilience and his eventual life-changing recovery to beat his demons and become a world-renowned Human Rights campaigner against miscarriages of justice, similar to his own. Written by Gerry’s lifelong friend Richard O’Rawe and Martin Lynch, the play explores triumph of the human spirit over extreme adversity. A great story of hope.
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SPECIAL EYE ENTERTAINMENTS PRESENTS
A SHARING OF TRADITIONS Thurs 12 Mar | 8.00pm | £12.00 | R
JASON BYRNE: WRECKED BUT READY Fri 13 Mar | 8.00pm | £22.00
The Star of ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’, Jason Byrne has had a hard year. But he doesn’t want to talk about that. He’s wrecked but ready. Ready for a laugh. This show is a celebration. A celebration of triumph over adversity. A celebration of the fact that everybody’s got their own stuff going on and they don’t need to listen to someone else moaning about their problems. So, leave your worries at the door and find out why The Times described Jason as ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’. Join us as Cavan meets Antrim in a unique coming together of traditional music, song, yarns & humour. Antrim’s own Willie Drennan and Cavan’s Martin Donohoe will show us all how there is much more binding our cultures together than driving us apart. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout
This show is recommended for age 16+, as it contains strong language and adult themes.
FULL ON, DOUBLED UP, GASPING FOR OXYGEN, HILARIOUS CHORTLE
BYRNE IS CONSISTENTLY BRILLIANT METRO
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THE RAPPAREES Fri 13 Mar | 8.00pm £13.00 | R The Rapparees, a 5-piece folk and traditional band, are about as exciting an act as you’re likely to encounter on the circuit. Their unique brand of folk music combines vocal harmonies with lashings of fiddle and banjo, which will have audiences on their feet singing and dancing along. They arrive at The Market Place with a bang, with their new album ‘Recharged’.
Join us for an evening of foot stomping belters and heartwarming ballads. The line-up features Joe McKeague, one of Ireland’s finest ballad singers, perfectly complemented by the rousing voice of his cousin Gerard McNeill. Kevin Mawdsley’s charismatic on-stage presence on fiddle mirrors talented guitar and banjo player Conor McCaffrey. Conor adds to Gerard’s songwriting to give the band a contemporary feel. Four-time All-Ireland bodhrán champion and accordion Steven Flanagan completes the band’s festival feel. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaretstyle seating layout
BRIAN KENNEDY IN CONCERT Fri 13 Mar | 8.00pm | £20.00 St Patrick’s CoI Cathedral Armagh Tickets from visitarmagh.com/ stpatrick Originally from Belfast, Brian Kennedy is one of the country’s most inspired and revered ambassadors of music. He is not only a prolific songwriter but a master interpreter of lyrics as well, and audiences around the world continue to praise his exceptional vocal talents. Brian is first and foremost a live performer and songwriter declaring “music is my lifeblood.” His constant touring from Ireland and the UK to Australia, Germany and the USA, including the major global festivals, has resulted in an ever-growing international fan base, over a phenomenal 30 year career.
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THE HEDGEHOG PRINCE Sat 14 Mar | 2.00pm | £5.00 Be careful what you wish for…
THE STAFF, THE SNAKE & THE SHAMROCK
The image of a bearded man wearing a mitre and carrying a staff or crozier has become almost synonymous with the patron saint of Ireland, in particular when his vestments are green and adorned with shamrocks and a snake slithers around his feet.
Sat 14 Mar | 1.00pm £4.00 | Armagh Public Library
However, were a contemporary of Patrick to be confronted with such an image, it is certain that he would not recognize the Saint in the form with which we are familiar today. This illustrated talk by Dr Rachel Moss of Trinity College Dublin will look at how Ireland’s patron saint has been portrayed in art across the centuries.
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A couple long for a child, be it as beautiful as a snowdrop or as prickly as a hedgehog! The storyteller spins a tale bursting with magic and enchantment; of a boy bewitched, a giant cockerel, a king lost in a forest and a promise never to be broken. The Hedgehog Prince is based on an old traditional folktale and uses puppetry, object theatre and original music which will enchant young and old alike. Suitable for children aged 5+. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout
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THE EMIGRANT WOMAN’S TALE Sat 14 Mar | 3.00pm | £6.00 Primate’s Chapel, Palace Demesne Tickets from visitarmagh.com/stpatrick ‘The Emigrant Woman’s Tale’ is a story told through poetry, song and spoken word, describing poet Csilla Toldy’s life growing up in and escape from Communist Hungary, to her eventual arrival and life in Northern Ireland. This is juxtaposed with songwriter Fil Campbell’s story of growing up on the Irish border and living in Northern Ireland throughout the conflict. A tale of two girls from opposite ends of Europe, and how, when their paths crossed, many common themes emerged.
THE BARDIC THEATRE PRESENTS
Sat 14 Mar | 8.00pm | £15.00 | £13.00 [conc] i ‘The Field’ is set in rural Ireland in the mid-nineteen sixties. As a patriotic tenant farmer with a fearsome temper and an obsession with the field he has toiled for most of his life, The Bull McCabe epitomises the last stand in the protection of the old order, denying permission of entry to the impending industrial change which threatens the ‘status quo’. Based on a true story, this dark and at times, hilariously funny tale by J B Keane is a work which went on to inspire one of Ireland’s most successful films. Not to be missed!
AN INSPIRATIONAL PERFORMANCE THAT IS SOMETIMES HUMOROUS, OFTEN MOVING AND ALWAYS THOUGHT PROVOKING... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BBC RADIO ULSTER
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READING OF COME DAY, GO DAY Sun 15 Mar | 3.00pm | £5.00 The John O’Connor Writing School is delighted to present this special rehearsed reading of ‘Come Day, Go Day’. Hailed as “a minor masterpiece”, John O’Connor’s novel ‘Come Day, Go Day’ is a loving evocation of Armagh’s Mill Row, of a people, a time, and a place long gone.
DAVID HULL PROMOTIONS PRESENTS
GIVE MY HEAD PEACE LIVE
From the poignancy of Teasie’s story, to the exhilaration of the Bullet Match, to the tragedy of Vincent Kelly and his dog Gyp, O’Connor’s memorable characters - as seen through the eyes of the young Neilly Coyle include Gran, Uncle Pachy, Jim Macklin and The Hammer-man. Come and celebrate this unique and wonderful work, adapted and read by Armagh-born actor and writer Karl O’Neill.
Sun 15 - Mon 16 Mar | 8.00pm | £22.50 i
This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.
Show contains adult references. Responsibility for allowing under 12s to view lies with the accompanying adult.
The Gang are back! After last year’s completely sold-out tour, Ulster’s two most dysfunctional families return to the stage with a brand new show. It will have your favourite characters, mad plots, lots of jokes, up-to-theminute topical satire and superb stand-up comedy from Tim McGarry. Give My Head Peace Live is a firm favourite with local audiences. If you haven’t been before, find out why audiences come back year after year.
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THE PEACEMAKER [DOCUMENTARY]
Mon 16 Mar | 6.30pm | £7.00 [includes Q&A] Dir: James Demo | 2016 90 mins | Unrated
A FASCINATING PORTRAIT
A NY Times Critics’ Pick and multi-award winning film, ‘The Peacemaker’ is an intimate portrait of international peacemaker Padraig O’Malley - who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. The film takes us from Padraig’s isolated life in Cambridge, Massachusetts to some of the most dangerous crisis zones on Earth from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq - as he works a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction. We meet Padraig in the third act of his life in a race against time to find some kind of salvation for both the world and himself.
LIFE IN SPACE Tues 17 Mar | 11.00am £5.00 | £15.00 [family of 4] i Join Armagh Observatory and Planetarium in a special St. Patrick’s Day family presentation and talk about astronauts, how they train to go to space, life on-board the International Space Station and how the astronauts have celebrated St.Patrick’s Day. You will also find how to spot the space station in the night sky.
After the presentation you will get the opportunity to make and take home your very own astronaut sculpture in our hands-on guided workshop. Anyone attending this presentation will receive a 50% discount code to attend a dome show at the Planetarium during the month of March. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.
We are delighted that Padraig O’Malley will be joining us for a short Q&A after the screening. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout
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DAVID MEADE PRESENTS
Fri 20 Mar | 8.00pm | £18.00
Sat 21 Mar | 8.00pm | £23.00 i
Ireland’s top Garth Brooks tribute show, starring Jason Hughes and his brand new six-piece live band, is coming to The Market Place.
Described across the world as “jaw dropping” and “hilarious”, Northern Ireland’s record breaking Mind Reader David Meade is back on home soil to blow your mind in his funniest and most interactive show yet. You simply have to see this show to believe it.
IRELAND’S GARTH BROOKS
Known to many for his country music show on Downtown Country, Jason delivers all the Garth Brooks classics including ‘Friends in Low Places’, ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’, ‘Callin’ Baton Rouge’ and ‘What She’s Doing Now’. Jason’s show is the longest running Garth Brooks tribute show with over twenty years on the road, receiving several awards along the way, one of which was CMI Male Artist of the Year. Jason has toured Ireland, UK, Europe and the USA, filling venues from halls to festivals to theatres. This show is the most exciting, energetic show on the circuit! Listen to all your favourite Garth Brooks hits with a state of the art sound and lighting system, with uncanny vocals and mannerisms, you will believe it’s the man himself!
CATCH MEADE IF YOU CAN
The first mentalist to win a million dollars in a Las Vegas casino, he’ll blow your mind as he does the impossible live on-stage right in front of you. Last year in Northern Ireland, nearly 10,000 tickets were bought to see David live - selling out every seat in every venue, so act now to secure a night to remember that your whole family will enjoy. Can YOU catch him out?
Brand new show for 2020!
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GAEL LINN PRESENTS
Sat 21 Mar | 8.00pm £14.50 | £12.50 [conc] | R
Tues 24 Mar | 10.00am - 2.00pm i
“How far would you go for a cause you believed in? How far is too far?” There is a woman. Woman is pregnant. Abortion is still illegal in her country. She will tell her story. A story that will change the world. This five star show explores motherhood, fertility, bodily autonomy and the restrictive abortion laws in many countries around the world. Inspired by real cases of women fighting governments in order to receive medical care they need and the right to choose. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout Warning: This performance deals with adult themes. Recommended for age 16+
VESSEL HAS TENDER AND UNDERSTATED COMEDY IN JUST THE RIGHT PLACES. A REALLY BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF THEATRE WHICH DEALS WITH ITS THEMES IN A SENSITIVE, YET EXPOSING WAY, AND ACCOMPANIED BY EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES THEATRE WEEKLY EDINBURGH
COIRM GAEL LINN Coirm Gael Linn provides a platform for Gaelscoileanna to prepare and perform a variety show incorporating music, song, dance and acting to an audience through the medium of Irish.
CITY OF ARMAGH HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS
SPRING CONCERT 2020
THE ULSTER ORCHESTRA BEETHOVEN @ 250
Wed 25 Mar | 7.30pm £12.00 | £10.00 [conc] i
Thurs 26 Mar | 8.00pm | £17.50 £15.00 | £5.00 [under 18s]
Come along to be entertained and enthralled by musical performances given by pupils in Years 8-12 from City of Armagh High School. This promises to be a family friendly event with a mixture of show songs, instrumental solos, group and choral performances and an opportunity for the audience to join in too! Please support this worthwhile event and prepare to be entertained in beautiful surroundings on your own doorstep!
The stunning Ulster Orchestra are back at The Market Place for another wonderful evening of music, during which they will perform Beethoven’s Overture: Egmont, Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto, Amy Rooney IX, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto is a sparky, stormy work, with snare drum rolls challenging and goading the soloist to ever-greater heights of virtuosity.
Clarinettist Mark Simpson shot to fame when he won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2006 playing the Nielsen Concerto, and it is a work that he still plays with a deep personal attachment. Alongside this we showcase a new work by upand-coming Northern Irish composer Amy Rooney, and, marking his 250th birthday year, the concert opens and closes with Beethoven. The Overture to Egmont is quintessential Beethoven, with its stately opening that builds to a thrilling, powerful finale, whilst Symphony No. 4 was famously described by Schumann as ‘a slender Grecian maiden between two Nordic giants [the Third and Fifth Symphonies]’ and is energetic and sunny, with a slow movement so lovely that Berlioz believed it had been written by the Archangel Michael and not a human at all!
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THREE ORDINARY MEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD Fri 27 Mar | 8.00pm | £12.00 | £10.00 [conc] i A new musical that follows on from the previous presentation of ‘5 Ordinary People’. You will be captivated by dramatic stories of the lives of courageous men like DL Moody, who had great faith in God and acted upon it, making the world a better place. Come and have an enjoyable and inspiring evening, be entertained and challenged by the drama, dance, singing and instrumental music. Featuring soloist Margaret Johnston and flautist Nigel Cairns.
***** I CLOSE MY EYES AND IT’S LIONEL
ROGER UPRIGHT [EX WESTERN EUROPEAN MANAGER OF MOTOWN]
CUFFE & TAYLOR IN ASSOCIATION WITH TALON MUSIC LTD PRESENTS
LIONEL: A TRIBUTE TO LIONEL RICHIE Sat 28 Mar | 8.00pm | £21.00 Following his recent appearances with Lionel Richie himself on ITV’s ‘Sunday Night At The Palladium’ and the ‘Graham Norton Show’ for the BBC, Malcolm Pitt delivers a powerhouse and breath-taking performance in this high octane show celebrating the music of Lionel Richie and the Commodores. This award winning five star production also features a stellar line-up of world-class musicians including musical director, Jonny Miller from Talon.
Featuring the hit songs ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, ‘Hello’, ‘Three Times A Lady’, ‘Easy’, ‘All Night Long’ and many more... An absolutely stunning tribute to Lionel Richie from the creators of ‘Talon: The Best Of Eagles’.
CITY OF ARMAGH FESTIVAL OF SPEECH & DRAMA Mon 30 Mar - Sat 4 Apr | Sat Gala Presentation 7.00pm i More than one thousand competitors will take part in the Annual Speech and Drama Festival during this week. Now in its 23rd year, the Festival has gone from strength to strength and this year promises to be better again. Saturday’s Gala Presentation of Special Awards and Prizes is an opportunity to enjoy highlights from the many competitions held during Festival week and to see the fantastic local talent.
DAVID HULL PROMOTIONS PRESENTS
KEEP TELLING ME LIES Thurs 2 Apr | 8.00pm | £22.50 Of all the iconic buildings in Belfast, the now derelict Floral Hall still stands; a monument to the history of life, love, loss and the music of the Showband era. ‘Keep Telling Me Lies’ tells of the journey of two Belfast women. Set against the backdrop of the crumbling Floral Hall, they recall the fateful night they met their future musician husbands. Old grudges resurface and sparks fly as they reminisce about the lifestyles of their globetrotting husbands who experienced fame and fortune while the wives they left behind struggled to bring up their young families, working all day and lonely all night. This is a story, driven by the music of the Showbands, the people who made the magic happen and those left on the sidelines.
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DECLAN NERNEY IN CONCERT Fri 3 Apr | 8.00pm | £21.50 i Declan Nerney hails from Drumlish, Co Longford, and has been at the forefront of Irish country music now for several decades. Known near and far for his energetic showmanship with the unique ‘Nerney’ big band sound that has rightfully carved his name right at the top of showbiz. To date Declan has appeared on over fifty TV shows and has won countless accolades and awards along his glittering career, which is going as strong today as it was the day he first began. He’s playing to packed dance halls and theatres on a weekly basis and has legions of fans all over the world. Some of his biggest hit songs include ‘Stop The World’, ‘The Marquee In Drumlish’ and ‘The Three Way Love Affair’. So for a toe tapping night of classic country, a Declan Nerney show is the only show in town! Special guests for the evening will be Shawn Cuddy and TR Dallas.
THEATRE PRODUCTIONS EUROPE LTD PRESENTS
THE DORIS DAY STORY Sat 4 Apr | 8.00pm | £17.00 £15.00 when booked by 24 Dec 2019 This beautiful production from the producer and director of the award-winning ‘Eva Cassidy Story’, is an exposé of the life of Doris Day. Though her on-screen persona was full of romance and secret love, the real story was much more dramatic. With video projection, a swinging jazz band, and impeccable vocals, The Doris Day Story is a compelling musical journey through her life, incorporating some of her greatest songs including ‘Love Me Or Leave Me’, ‘Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps’, ‘Pillow Talk’, ‘Black Hills Of Dakota’, and ‘Move Over Darling’, to name a few. This production charts her life from a jazzsinger, to an idol of the Silver Screen. A show not to be missed, so come and take a sentimental journey down memory lane!
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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW
Legendary director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ‘The Gospel According to St. Matthew’ is one of the great retellings of the story of Christ - a cinematic rendering at once both passionate and poetic. With stunning black-and-white photography, an eclectic soundtrack, and using a cast of non-professionals who voice dialogue directly from scripture, the film depicts the key events in the life of Christ, from Immaculate Conception to death on the cross.
Sat 11 Apr | 8.00pm | £5.00 Dir: Pier Paulo Pasolini | 1964 | 138 mins | Certificate U
This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout
ROLY DANIELS LIVE IN CONCERT Sat 11 Apr | 8.00pm | £21.50 i Following a hugely successful sell-out tour last year with nightly standing ovations and rave reviews, join one of Ireland’s legendary entertainers and singers, Roly Daniels, for a nostalgic show. Roly will perform his trademark hit songs like ‘Mr Jones’, ‘I Will Love You All My Life’ and ‘Hello Darling’ to name but a few, along with tracks from his brand new album ‘Halfway to Paradise’. Accompanied by the superb live band Keltic Storm, this is a show you won’t want to miss. Joining Roly on the show will be two of our favourite stars Kathy Durkin and Crawford Bell. Early booking advisable!
2020 VISION: THE PRE-SEASON CONCERT Sat 18 Apr | 8.00pm | £14.00 i Closkelt and some of Ireland’s other top pipe bands, drum majors and highland dancers will perform on stage in a pre-season concert showcasing the many talents that will be displayed throughout the 2020 Pipe Band and Highland Dancing contest season.
RONNIE GREER BLUES BAND Sat 18 Apr | 8.00pm | £14.00
PROPER BLUES FROM A PROPER BLUESMAN
Blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer returns to The Market Place alongside his powerhouse band to celebrate the release of his latest album. Ronnie’s distinctive guitar playing, incorporating visceral Chicago blues style licks BBC RADIO ULSTER with jazz inspired lines and chord voicings, has been critically acclaimed as world class. His band, featuring some of the finest musicians in the country, including Anthony Toner and John McCullough, need to be heard to be appreciated.
THIS IS A MAGNIFICENT BAND, OF WORLD CLASS BLUES IN BRITAIN MAGAZINE
Expect a night of blues, roots and a little jazz, played with style and conviction by some of the best in the business. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaret-style seating layout.
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC Thurs 23 - Sat 25 Apr | 8.00pm | 2.30pm [Sat matinee] | £12.00 i Following the incredibly successful run of their first full-length musical production ‘Grease’, Building Bridges Community Arts Theatre are back and proud to present one of the greatest musicals of all time, ‘The Sound Of Music’. Brought to you once more by a talented cast of local people,
this is a show you won’t want to miss. This classic and muchloved musical showcases the true story of Maria and the von Trapp Family, right from their sing song beginnings and ultimately to their daring escape from their beloved home in Austria during the Second World War. This is a family
favourite with a score and music that is renowned around the world, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘My Favourite Things’ and the title song, ‘The Sound of Music’. So, come and find out how to solve a problem like Maria, with a musical that is sure to warm your heart and put a smile on your face.
Music by RICHARD RODGERS | Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II | Book by HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE | Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp | An amateur production by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of R&H Theatricals.
QUINTESSENCE THEATRE IN ASSOCIATION WITH AN TÁIN ARTS CENTRE, DUNDALK PRESENTS
THE STAR OF CHESTER’S LANE Fri 24 Apr | 8.00pm | £14.50 | £12.50 [conc] R This is a man’s world: always has been. Or has it…? 1854: Mr McGrath has fallen to his death whilst working on the building of the Boyne Viaduct, leaving his wife, Catherine, alone to fend for herself. What’s a poor woman to do…? Put on his clothes, of course, and take up his place in the world! Quintessence Theatre use their dazzling physical ensemble theatre techniques to reimagine bustling 19th century Ireland and the remarkable true story of one of the country’s forgotten street characters, Kate the Navvy: the
Molly Malone of Louth. Kate was an Irish woman well beyond her time - she loved, and laughed, and lived a fascinating and colourful existence, packing several lifetimes of adventures into her 60 years. The winner of the Drogheda Arts Festival 2018 Commission, ‘The Star of Chester’s Lane’ is an original comedy that breathes bawdy new life into Irish history and uproariously celebrates the great tradition of the storyteller. Contains some strong language. Recommended for age 12+ This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout
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PHELIM DREW & BAND: A CELEBRATION OF RONNIE, THE DUBLINERS & FRIENDS Thurs 30 Apr | 8.00pm | £20.00 i Phelim Drew, celebrated actor, and son of The Dubliners’ Ronnie Drew, brings his fabulous Songs & Stories show to Armagh. He’ll be joined by his superb band on this intimate journey through The Dubliners songs, as well as other tunes close to Ronnie’s heart, and his own memories of growing up in a home surrounded by music. In the eleven years since Ronnie passed away, Phelim has come to enjoy listening back over his musical legacy and the wealth of material has reawakened not only a sense of pride but also appreciation. Putting his own twist on the collection made famous by one of Ireland’s most beloved raconteurs, this promises to be a very special night indeed.
AMERICAN WRESTLING Fri 1 May | 7.30pm | £12.00 | £10.00 [conc] i The Earth will shake and shatter, when world’s collide as the Wrestling.ie warriors take to the ring for an epic-encounter. The Arena will crumble as the American Wrestling Superstars get ready to rumble in a one-night knockout Championship Tournament to crown a new champion! Cheer the goodies, boo the baddies, and get your tickets today for the familybonding experience of the year! A sell-out crowd is expected. Book now to avoid disappointment. So what are you waiting for... Do we have to twist your arm?
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Sat 2 May | 8.00pm £11.00 | £9.00 [conc] i
A hilarious comedy set in the lounge in the home of Arthur Marshall where on the eve of his only daughter’s wedding his estranged wife arrives after an absence of three years, with some very unexpected results. Presented by one of Ireland’s leading amateur theatre groups.
J & C PROMOTIONS PRESENTS
GENTLE ON MY MIND: THE GLEN CAMPBELL STORY Thurs 7 May | 8.00pm | £22.50 Starring master guitarist and celebrated country music personality, Ciarán Rosney, the five piece band, features such well-known musicians as Billy Burgoyne (ex-Daniel O’Donnell) and fiddle player extraordinaire Denise Boyle. The show will take the audience on a truly amazing journey with some of Glen Campbell’s best-known hits, from ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ to ‘Wichita Lineman’, and many more. Unique to this show will be Ciaran’s unrivalled interpretation of Glen’s guitar playing abilities, enhanced by state-of-the-art video projection, stunning lighting and a full live music experience.
WE THREE KINGS PRESENTS
ONE NIGHT WITH YOU Sat 9 May | 8.00pm | £21.50
These screenings are open to all, but have been tailored with care, attention and insight, to be accessible for people living with dementia.
SOUTH PACIFIC Back by popular demand, ‘One Night With You’ is a two-hour, feel-good uplifting show, that will take you down memory lane with the hits of three of Rock ‘n’ Roll music’s greatest icons; Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison & Elvis Presley! Featuring all the hits to have you dancing in the aisles, from ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’, ‘I Drove All Night’, ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll’, ‘Teddy Bear’, and ‘That’s All Right Mama’, to name but a few!
All three performers are worth buying a ticket to see in their own right but all three together make for a powerful musical evening full of nostalgia and fun! Featuring Marc Robinson with his Stratocaster Guitar, Darren Page with his dark glasses, and Steve Halliday with all the moves of the king himself! An evening of pure nostalgia! Will rock ‘n’ roll ever die? That’ll be the day!
[DEMENTIA FRIENDLY SCREENING]
Tues 12 May | 11.00am | £2.00 [includes tea | coffee and biscuits] Dir: Joshua Logan | 1958 143 mins | Certificate U
Tender romance, an immortal score and enchanted South Sea splendour are set against the dark backdrop of a world at war in this lush and passionate musical classic. The score is as breathtaking as the tropical setting, featuring classics like ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, ‘Bali, Ha’I’, ‘There Is Nothing Like A Dame’ and many more. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, ‘South Pacific’ ranks among the most celebrated of Rogers & Hammerstein’s acclaimed musical masterpieces.
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Fri 15 May | 8.00pm | £15.00 Taking inspiration from their roots in the Irish and English traditions, Flook have an enviable trademark sound, weaving and spinning traditionally rooted tunes over precise acoustic grooves, with a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination. There is certainly no shortage of virtuosity amongst the members of Flook, but the unique impact of this band stems from the wholly intuitive, almost symbiotic, exchange between the various flutes, frets and skins.
With a remarkably busy schedule this tour will mark their first performances in Northern Ireland since the release of their widely anticipated new album ‘Ancora’, released in early 2019 after a fourteen year recording hiatus. Twenty-four years after their first gig together, Flook continue to inspire and enchant, firmly cementing their reputation as major musical innovators.
ICONIC, GROUNDBREAKING, PROGRESSIVE AND ALL-ROUND BRILLIANT BBC RADIO ULSTER
BRENDAN QUINN: TICKING OVER Sat 16 May | 8.00pm | £20.00 i Brendan Quinn started out in the music business as a guitar player with ‘The Malachi Doris Ceili Band’ at the age of 15. While playing in various Irish showbands like ‘The Breakaways’ and ‘The Signs’, he recorded Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ in 1969 which received extensive airplay in Ireland. 1972 saw Brendan with an Irish No 1 with ‘It’s Four In The Morning’. There then followed a string of hit records such as ‘Bandy The Rodeo Clown’, ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’, ’To Daddy’ and ‘Angeline Would You Like To Dance Again’. Since then, Brendan has recorded numerous albums, toured Ireland, the UK, Canada and the States, and presented TV shows including ‘Make Mine Country’. From 2000, Brendan has pursued his interest in songwriting and has released quite a lot of his own material on his recent albums. His latest offering ‘Tickin’ Over’ has been highly acclaimed and received massive airplay. His latest single ‘I Have Met My Love Today’ is still riding high in the charts.
THEATRE TOURS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS
SHAVING THE DEAD
Sat 16 May | 8.00pm | £14.50 £12.50 [conc] | R Multiple Five Star hit at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe! Perrier Award nominee Owen O’Neill and Olivier Award winner Guy Masterson combine for a new, hilarious, blackest-of-black comedy! Undertakers Eurig and Connor depend on death for a living, but even that has let them down. Charles Sterling’s burial offers them a lifeline, but will they take it? As they endlessly await the client of the corpse, they ruminate on love, death and the meaning of life. Waiting for Godot meets The Dumb Waiter meets Six Feet Under! This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout
‘LAUGHOUT-LOUD DRAMA AT ITS VERY BEST!’ ONE4REVIEW
‘I URGE YOU TO GET A TICKET FOR THIS TERRIFIC SHOW!’ THE SCOTTISH PLAY
LITTLE BIGTOP PRESENTS
MOON WOKE ME UP Wed 20 May | 10.00am, 11.15am & 12.30pm | £5.00 Moon Woke Me Up Nine times It was still 4am So I built a rocket with my friends And went on a journey that never ends. Come up and away with us. Come and play with us. Once inside their homemade rocket, children are treated to a magical shadow show as they journey to the moon.
Come with us all the way, up there, into outer space. I wonder if it smells of cheese? I wonder if it will make me sneeze? Let’s find out! Inspired by a Haiku of the same title by Basho Matsuo, ‘Moon Woke Me Up’ is an interactive theatrical adventure to space for ages 3-5, using a wonderful blend of interactive drama, construction play and sensory explorations.
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Thurs 21 May | 8.00pm | £14.50 | £12.50 [conc] | R Two clowns shoot the breeze, drinking bourbon and playing cards. While hunting the illusive nine of diamonds, they casually dissect capitalism, sea-lions, western culture, fishing, genocide, you know… stuff like that. Sam and Bob are not so much waiting for Godot, nor are they waiting for the audience to keep up. Their window on the world is one of menace, hilarity, disappointment and improbability, all delivered with a magnificent high-octane comic brio. Anarchic and surreal, this delightful and confusing satire surprises and provokes in spades… or the nine of diamonds… This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout | Suitable for age 16+
‘A PROFOUND YET HILARIOUS INTERCHANGE BETWEEN TWO OF THE MOST BRILLIANT IDIOTS ONE HAS THE PLEASURE OF BEING FORCED TO WATCH.’ NEW YORK HERALD
WHITE ORCHID ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS
NANARAMA & THE 80’S A TRIBUTE TO BANANARAMA Thurs 21 May | 8.00pm | £22.50 i This fun, energetic show brings you the ultimate tribute to the biggest girl band of the 80s, Bananarama! With all the hits including ‘Robert Di Niro’s Waiting’, ‘Cruel Summer’, ‘Venus’ and ‘Love In The First Degree’. This show also brings you a tribute to some of the best loved songs of the 80’s such as ‘Sweet Dreams’, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘Fame’, ‘Flashdance’, ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth’, ‘I Love Rock & Roll’, and many more.
BRASSNECK THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
CONVERSATIONS WITH ANGELS
Fri 22 May | 8.00pm | £17.50 | £15.00 [conc] Thousands have turned up in Belfast for a chance to meet the world famous Angel Medium, Tori Adams. The faithful flock firmly believe that they are all guided through life’s struggles by their very own guardian angels. By meeting Tori today, they hope to get to speak to these angels and if they’re really lucky, maybe even get a wee message back from them... From the people who brought you ‘The Holy, Holy Bus’ and ‘A Night With George’, ‘Conversations With Angels’ is a hilarious, uplifting and ultimately inspiring new play which will leave you with a feeling of being that little bit closer to the angels...
OLDSHORE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
THE ILLEGALS THE ‘LIVE TOUR’ TOUR Sat 23 May | 8.00pm | £17.50 i Let us take you back to 1980: you had your Rubik’s Cube for Christmas, Mount Saint Helen’s erupts, The Undertones are demonising their Perfect Cousin and… Eagles and Fleetwood Mac served-up two of the best live double-albums of all time. Widely regarded as one of the best live tribute acts in the country, The Illegals are back at The Market Place in 2020 with their ever-popular classic-rock revival show replicating the sound of the world’s two greatest rock bands.
SIMPLY STUNNING BBC
Led by Niamh Kavanagh, she of the mesmerizing voice and mischievous spirit, The Illegals will take you on a journey for three hours of soulful harmonies, exciting riffs, blistering guitars and unforgettable songs. The best of two legendary bands in one night - and a little more besides! Songs like ‘Hotel California’, ‘Go Your Own Way’, ‘Life In The Fast Lane’, ‘Don’t Stop’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘Say That You Love Me’, ‘Love Will Keep Us Alive’, ‘The Chain’ and ‘New Kid In Town’.
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF THE ARMAGH CRAFT FAIR
Sat 23 May | 10.30am - 5.00pm Palace Stables, Palace Demesne, Armagh
FEATURING: Craft Stalls | Craft Demonstrations | Craft Workshops Enjoy a wonderful day out for all the family in the grounds of the Palace Demesne. Experience high quality craft stalls, traditional and contemporary craft demonstrations and hands on craft experiences for adults and children. Learn a new craft skill at one of the creative craft workshops for adults and children and there will be fantastic fun at the many FREE drop in craft and art experiences for kids. Take a historical tour of the Palace and grounds and enjoy great food as you relax in the stables courtyard with musical entertainment throughout the day.
DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T MISS OUR FANTASTIC & UNIQUE SELECTION OF WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS THROUGHOUT THE SPRING SEASON!
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SRC MUSIC SHOWCASE
JMG MUSIC GROUP PRESENTS
Wed 27 May | 7.30pm £5.00 | £1.00 [students] i This is the 10th year that the Southern Regional College Music Department have presented a showcase of their musical talent at The Market Place. In that time, they have released ten original album collections of music and raised thousands of pounds for their preferred charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young. Come along and enjoy a celebration of the latest talent with a selection of original music and a few classics! All proceeds from the event will go to the CRY Charity. Tickets for this event are only available at the door on the night.
Thurs 28 May | 8.00pm | £24.00 i Back by popular demand, the ‘Summer Country Show’ returns for another unmissable night of toe tapping magic! The superb line-up includes the accordion maestro Brendan Shine, your favourite uncle Hugo Duncan, fiddling sensation Ritchie Remo, the beautiful tones of the Benn Sisters, the legendary Billy McFarland with his golden trumpet, and the trucker’s favourite, Boxcar Brian, who each will showcase their biggest hit songs in the company of a fabulous live band. A show all country fans won’t want to miss.
Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.
DUNKIRK Thurs 28 May | 8.00pm | £6.00 [includes a glass of wine] Dir: Christopher Nolan | 2017 107 mins | Certificate 12
A STAGGERING, SHATTERING, UNFORGETTABLE FILM THE DAILY MAIL
The story unfolds on land, sea and air. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenceless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army. Warning: Sustained Threat, intense sequences, moderate violence, strong language This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout
Fri 29 May | 8.00pm | £21.00 From the creators of the hit show ‘Talon: The Best Of Eagles’, comes a remarkable new tribute to Mick Hucknall and Simply Red. With more than thirty Top 40 singles and several of the bestselling albums of the last four decades to choose from, this world-class seven piece band recreates every slick groove and perfect melody from Mick Hucknall’s remarkable global career in an unparalleled display of authenticity and style, guaranteed to keep the audience singing and dancing all night.
‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’, ‘Stars’, ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, ‘Fairground’, ‘Something Got Me Started’, ‘Holding Back The Years’ and many more! In July 2019 Simply reRed were voted ‘Official UK No. 1’ and ‘Best Newcomer’ at the National Tribute Music Awards.
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Fri 12 - Sat 13 June 8.00pm | £12.00 ‘Impact’ depicts the tragic events which occurred on a sunny morning in Armagh on the 12th of June 1889, when some 1200 excited children and adults thronged the town’s railway station platforms in anticipation of a day by the sea. The popular Sunday school excursion to Warrenpoint began with a jovial band parade, from the Methodist church in Abbey Street, through the town to the Railway Station, but it was to be a journey that would end in disaster, and one from which 89 people would never return. Presented by one of Northern Ireland’s leading amateur theatre groups. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout
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POTTERY THROWING & HAND BUILDING WORKSHOP Sat 18 Jan | 10.00am - 4.00pm £45.00 | Market Place Theatre
WORKSHOPS IMPORTANT NOTES FOR ADULT AND CHILDREN WORKSHOPS DUE TO REFURBISHMENT TAKING PLACE AT THE MARKET PLACE THEATRE, A NUMBER OF CREATIVE WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS DURING SPRING 2020 WILL TAKE PLACE AT OTHER VENUES IN THE CITY: ARMAGH COUNTY MUSEUM AND AMMA CENTRE ARMAGH. VENUE CHANGES ARE MARKED WITH Enrolment closes seven days prior to workshop date | A limited number of concession rate places are available for customers age 60+ | All of our young people’s workshops are recommended for a particular age range. In order to ensure that your child has the best possible experience we would ask that these are respected | Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for people coming to a subject for the first time or for those with a casual or leisure interest | Workshops are suitable for wheelchair users, please contact Box Office to confirm | All adult classes are suitable for age 16+
Join experienced potter, Thomas Powell, and learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel in this relaxing and therapeutic workshop. Each prospective potter will get to throw on the potter’s wheel and will also decorate two mugs each with their own design, as well as trying their hand at other techniques including coiling and pulling handles. Participants will end the day with a selection of pots which Thomas will take back to his workshop to be glazed and fired in a kiln. The pots will be ready for collection from The Market Place Theatre a few weeks later. Materials are supplied, all you need to bring is suitable clothing for a day of pottery and a touch of creativity. Max No: 6 | Suitable for novice potters or those with some experience 16+ Tutor: Thomas Powell
LIFE DRAWING | STRAY SOD Tues 21 & 28 Jan, 4 & 11 Feb [4 Weeks] 6.30pm - 8.30pm | £40.00 | Armagh County Museum Immerse yourself in life drawing classes with a difference, guided by artist Orlaith Cullinane. The live model will make use of the Museum’s wondrous collection of curiosities as props to create enchanting tableaux, as Orlaith guides you through the principles of drawing the human figure. Basic materials are provided, however it is recommended that participants bring along some drawing materials of their choice and masking tape. Max No: 10 Suitable for all levels age 18+ Tutor: Orlaith Cullinane
WOODTURNING [ONE DAY] Sat 25 Jan | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £50.00 & £45.00 [conc] Market Place Theatre Experience an introduction to the craft of woodturning with tutor Jim Kelly. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and those with some woodturning experience. A lathe, a set of tools and safety equipment will be provided for use by each participant, to produce a range of completed wood turned pieces to take home. All materials, finishes etc. will be provided, however, participants should bring an overall/apron/old shirt to protect their clothes. This workshop can host one wheelchair user or those who need to be seated. PLEASE INFORM THE BOX OFFICE AT THE TIME OF BOOKING IF YOU REQUIRE THIS FACILITY. Max No. 6 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Jim Kelly Irish Wood Turners Guild - Ulster Chapter
SPRING FLORAL CENTREPIECE Sat 1 Feb | 10.00am - 1.00pm | £25.00 & £22.00 [conc] Armagh County Museum
PAINT YOUR PET - ANIMAL PAINTING WORKSHOP Sat 8 Feb | 10.00am - 4.00pm £45.00 | Armagh County Museum This one-day workshop with professional artist Lorraine Fletcher, is suitable for beginners and more experienced painters who share a love for animals and painting. The participants will create an acrylic painting on canvas of their chosen animal or pet with the guidance and expertise of Lorraine.
Get ready for the spring floral season and learn the principles of floral design with floral tutor Geraldine McCrory. Using a range of fresh spring flowers and foliage, you will learn a range of techniques including how to choose flowers and foliage that tone and match, cutting stems correctly, preparing and caring for your flowers to make them last. Experiment with contemporary designs to create the perfect floral centrepiece arrangement for your home, embellished with seasonal accessories and toning colours.
Geraldine will provide an inspirational floral demonstration at the beginning of class and talk you through the do’s and dont’s of arranging flowers. All floral materials will be provided, however participants are encouraged to bring a pair of small wire cutters and sharp secateurs and wear an apron. Suitable for beginners and learners with some floral arranging experience. Max No: 12 | Suitable 16+ Tutor: Geraldine McCrory
All materials are provided, however participants are welcome to bring their own paints | brushes if they wish, and will need to provide their own image to work from. Please email a highresolution digital version to Lorraine prior to the workshop so that your image can be correctly sized to fit the canvas. Tutor email provided upon booking. Max No: 10 | Suitable for 16+ Tutor: Lorraine Fletcher
SKETCHING TO ETCHING Sat 15 Feb | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £24.00 | Armagh County Museum Flex your artistic muscles with this creative printmaking workshop in the historic setting of Armagh County Museum. Using the museum’s diverse collection for inspiration, artist Orlaith Cullinane will help you enhance your drawing skills, before taking you through the process of transferring your artwork into a drypoint etching. You’re guaranteed to go home with a few hand printed masterpieces. Suitable for all levels. All materials provided. Bring an old shirt or apron - it gets messy. Before the workshop you will be able to draw inspiration from Artist in Residence Orlaith Cullinane’s current exhibition Stray Sod at the Armagh County Museum Gallery and view a diverse range of works created from the museum’s collections. See page 70 for further information. Max No: 10 suitable 16+ | Tutor: Orlaith Cullinane
CAPTURING THE MOMENT HOW TO TAKE A DECENT PHOTO Tues 18 Feb - Tues 10 March [4 weeks] | 6.30pm - 8.30pm | £42.00 & £37.00 [conc] | AmmA Centre A four-night photography course that will have you taking amazing pictures with any camera smartphone, compact, SLR or Bridge. Learn the secrets of the pros in an active and lively environment. Each week will look at a different aspect of photography, which participants can then explore and experiment with in between classes. Subjects will include framing, proportion, lighting, photographing subjects including landscape, people and portraits, action photography, night shots, still life and abstract forms. The first part of each class is devoted to reviewing the shots taken since the previous week. The second segment is aimed at the photography topic of the evening, while also teaching you the fundamental techniques of photography. The third and final part of each class focuses on the computer side. We use fantastic free software [Windows and Mac], which organises your photos and gives you the ability to correct and edit your photos, create slide shows and upload them to print straight from the software. Please bring all associated leads for your camera to connect to a computer. Max No: 10 suitable 16+ | Tutor: Orlaith Cullinane
INTRODUCTION TO LEATHER WORK: MAKE AND DECORATE A LEATHER BELT Sat 22 Feb | 10.00am - 4.30pm | £35.00 | Armagh County Museum Turn a piece of raw leather into a beautiful and unique hand tooled and dyed belt under the expert guidance of milliner, costume fabricator and textile artist, Enda Kenny. This workshop, with demonstrations, will teach you how to handle and cut tooling leather, add designs and decoration to the leather’s surface. Hand dye a leather belt and learn how to care for leather. You will complete your bespoke belt by adding a buckle for a good fit. All materials and tools will be supplied. Please bring an overall, apron or old shirt to protect clothing from leather dyes and pigments. Max No: 8 | Suitable for age 16+ | Tutor: Enda Kenny
CUPCAKE BATH BOMB WORKSHOP WITH BATH FIZZ MELT
Sat 29 Feb 10.30am - 12.15pm [suitable for 5-10 yrs]
1.15pm - 3.00pm
[suitable for 11-15 yrs]
£13.00 | Armagh County Museum Come along and learn how to create your very own Cupcake Bath Bomb using the finest cosmetic ingredients. Imagination is required as you create the fizzy base, pipe the secret topping with a piping bag and decorate with an array of pretty toppings. Your finished masterpiece will be placed in a pretty polka dot case and carried home in a protective dome. The only thing you have to decide, is it just too pretty to use in the bath? Children aged 5 and 6 should be accompanied by an adult [adult free of charge]. Please note only the child will make a bath bomb. Max No: 15 per workshop Tutors: Bath Fizz Melt NI
GET TO KNOW YOUR SLR OR BRIDGE CAMERA Sat 7 March | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £25.00 & £20.00 [conc] | AmmA Centre This course will introduce you to the world of digital SLR photography. Moving from a point and shoot digital camera to a digital SLR camera can be a daunting challenge. This course aims to make that transition a little easier. You will be introduced to the theory behind both how the camera works and how to manipulate the settings to get your desired effect. Topics that will be covered are photo composition, understanding light, ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Practical experiments will help illustrate the topics covered and help to move you away from the automatic mode and onto some manual settings! Please note participants should bring with them all associated leads for their own camera to connect to a computer. The workshop will take place at the AmmA Centre adjacent to The Market Place Theatre Max No.10 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Orlaith Cullinane
CANDLE MAKING FOR KIDS Sat 7 March | 10.00am - 12.00pm £12.00 | Armagh County Museum Join artist Deborah Malcomson in this fun and interactive candle making workshop celebrating St. Patrick’s Festival 2020. Deborah will teach you the techniques and skills of working with beeswax to make up to four individual candles including a pot of gold scented candle, colourful rainbow candles and a cheeky Leprechaun. Max No: 12 | Suitable for ages 6 - 11 years Tutor: Deborah Malcomson
HAND PRINTED VINTAGE BUNTING Sat 14 March | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £22.00 | Market Place Theatre Take this opportunity to spend a spring day with textile artist Lucy Turner, creating a bespoke hand printed string of bunting using vintage hankies and ribbon. You will paper cut images and screen print a repeat pattern to paint, stencil or embellish. This 2m string of bunting can decorate a room, an outdoor spring party or be gifted to someone for a special occasion. Suitable for beginners. No sewing required. For inspiration, Lucy will take participants on a short tour of her current exhibition The Life of Objects at the Market Place Theatre which includes beautiful hand printed linen works in frames, and printed designs on vintage hankies. Please see page 73 to find out more about Lucy’s new exhibition. Max No: 12 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Lucy Turner - Hand Printed Irish Linen
STACKING RINGS - SILVER JEWELLERY WORKSHOP Sat 21 March | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £50.00 | Armagh County Museum Create three handcrafted silver stacking rings using silver wire and sheet and traditional hand tools. Jewellery Designer, Mary Murphy, will teach you a range of jewellery making techniques such as annealing and soldering using a torch, a jeweller’s mallet and mandrill to form and solder the silver into your rings. Learn how to size your rings for the perfect fit before bringing your rings to a high quality finish by filing, emerying and polishing using specialist jewellery making tools. At the end of the day you will have a beautiful set of stacking rings to take home. All materials, tools and silver supplied. Max No: 8 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Mary Murphy
SPRING FLORAL JUG WITH THE POSY BARN Wed 25 March | 7.00pm - 9.30pm | £45.00 | Market Place Theatre Come and enjoy a flowery creative evening with Kathryn from The Posy Barn, and make a beautiful Spring floral jug arrangement to bring home. Learn about the conditioning and care of flowers with lots of hints and tips thrown in. We will be using a selection of fresh seasonal flowers and foliage, and everything will be provided on the evening. This class is suited to beginners with no experience or those wanting to develop their floral skills. This relaxed class includes tea, coffee and some treats thrown in too. Max No: 25 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Kathryn Stafford Posy Barn
MAKE A MARCH HARE MAD
STITCH BASED WORKSHOP WITH TEXTILE ARTIST NIGEL CHENEY Sat 28 March | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £22.00 | Armagh County Museum In the month of March, the curious antics of the European hare still enchant young and old alike. In this workshop with textile artist Nigel Cheney, you will learn a variety of hand stitch and embellishment techniques using thread, ribbons, lace and beads in order to customise an original textile print to make your own individual Mad March Hare. From a selection of digitally printed starting points, you can select your favourite colours and textures to produce either a small product such as a fabric brooch, pin-cushion or patch, or a craft piece to be framed for the wall. All materials and equipment provided. Max No: 12 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Nigel Cheney
T E V E N
SPRING AWAKENING Sat 4 April | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £18.00 | £14.00 [conc] Armagh County Museum Whether you’re already writing poetry, or would like to start, this workshop invites you to stretch with the season’s light, and discover and develop your writing afresh. Immersed in the poetry of spring and its continuing renewal of the lyric tradition, you’ll find yourself charmed and guided to tune in to your own creativity. This will inspire you to produce new work in a friendly, safe and constructive environment. Come and awaken your spring song! Mary Montague has authored two highly-praised collections of poetry and her work has been published in numerous anthologies and journals. Max No: 12 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Mary Montague
EASTER FAMILY CRAFT FUN AT ARMAGH COUNTY MUSEUM Sat 11 April | 12.00pm - 4.00pm Drop-in FREE - NO BOOKING REQUIRED Join us for a free kid’s seasonal activity day. This will be a fun-packed afternoon for all the family. You’ll have an opportunity to make some Easter crafts as well as take part in an Easter trail scattered around the Museum. All activities will be free and are suitable for primary school children who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information see: visitarmagh.com/acm
PAINTING WITH FELT | NEEDLE FELTED LANDSCAPES Sat 18 April | 10.00am - 4.00pm | ÂŁ30.00 | Armagh County Museum Learn to create your very own needle-felted landscape under the guidance of full time textile artist Louisa Kelly. Working from a range of images or your own landscape images for inspiration and observation, Louisa will teach you both wet felting and needle felting techniques, including adding texture and effects, using colours, carding and blending fibres. At the end of the workshop, you will have learned the principles of felting to create your very own beautiful felt painted landscape to take home. All materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring images of your own to work from. Max No: 12 | Suitable for 16+ Tutor: Louisa Kelly
NATURAL SOAP MAKING Sat 25 April | 10.00am - 12.30pm or 2.00pm - 4.30pm ÂŁ20.00 | Armagh County Museum If you are interested in making your own hand made soap using only 100% natural ingredients, then this hands-on workshop is for you. Tutors, Pamela Mawhinney and Irene Gourley from local business Naturally Soap, will teach you the ancient craft of soap-making using the traditional cold process method. The basic skills taught will enable you to go home and make your own soap with ease. All materials will be provided, however it is recommended that attendees bring their own apron. Max No. 12 per session | Suitable for 18+ Tutors: Pamela Mawhinney & Irene Gourley
MOROCCAN CERAMIC LANTERNS
INTRODUCTION TO STONE CARVING Thurs 7 May - Thurs 11 June [6 weeks] | 7.00pm - 9.00pm £60.00 | Market Place Theatre
Sat 2 May | 10.00am - 4.00pm & Sat 9 May | 10.00am - 1.00pm [One and half days] | £45.00 Market Place Theatre Design, construct, carve and decorate your own Moroccan styled ceramic lantern from white porcelain clay. Perfect for your home or garden. On day one of the workshop, you will design and create your lantern in clay using a range of sculpting and cutting tools. On day two, you will then glaze and decorate your bespoke ceramic lantern ready for firing in the kiln. At the end of day two, all lanterns will be taken by ceramic artist Ciara Campbell to be fired at her studio and returned to The Market Place the following week. Max No: 10 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Ciara Campbell
Stone carving preserves a word or an image forever, in the most beautiful and durable of natural materials. At this course, you will learn to carve V-cut letters or basic images in stone, incising into the material to create the shadows and lights that crisply define letters with no need for paint. You will be introduced to the carving tools and will begin by carving numbers or initials on a 30cm x 30cm piece of sandstone to practice, then try a more ambitious piece - perhaps a family name or image on 60cm x 30cm sandstone to complete your finished piece. Aimed at beginners. All materials, tools and safety gear supplied. Max No: 10 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Jonny Kerr
SPRING-SUMMER TRADITIONAL WILLOW WEAVING LOOM WEAVING FOR KIDS
Sat 16 May | 10.00am - 12.00pm £12.00 | Market Place Theatre Join textile artist Deborah Malcomson and make a unique woven wall hanging for your room or to give as a gift. Working on a wooden table loom and using a bobbin to weave, Deborah will teach you, step by step, the skills and techniques required to learn this beautiful traditional art form. Choose from a range of colourful wools and ribbons to complete your woven masterpiece to take home. Max: 12 | suitable for 7 - 11 Years Tutor: Deborah Malcomson
WILLOW GARDEN OBELISK AND BIRD FEEDER
Sat 30 May | 10.00am - 5.00pm | £45.00 Market Place Theatre Summer is on its way, and nature is in full bloom. Why not make the most of your summer garden by adding some beautiful bespoke feature pieces made with natural materials, as you learn the traditional techniques of willow weaving. Using only basic hand tools and willow rods you will concentrate in the morning session on how to make an obeliskshaped bird feeder; the afternoon session will be dedicated to making a decorative garden obelisk, thereby consolidating your techniques from the morning’s weaving. All participants will have two items to take home with them. Max no. 8 | Suitable for 16+ Tutor: Sabine Wolnizcak
STRAY SOD | ORLAITH CULLINANE Fri 25 Oct 2019 - Sat 22 Feb 2020 | Mixed Media | Armagh County Museum Gallery Orlaith Cullinane’s ten month residency at Armagh County Museum has, by her own admission, been an adventure where the common object can take on strange new perspectives. The exhibition Stray Sod is the culmination of her work at the museum and uses the Irish folk tradition of the fóidín meara to demonstrate that we often don’t have to stray far from the familiar path to be transported into a world where everything is suddenly disorienting.
The Armagh born artist’s work gives us a window into the layers of the past and the ways in which we are connected to, and shaped by it. This fresh look at one of Ireland’s strongest museum collections underlines how a userled democratised approach to a collection’s interpretation can cast new light on the familiar and create new narratives and debates.
MEET THE ARTIST
18 Jan & 22 Feb | 11.00am - 12.30pm Slow Art Saturdays: Meet the artist, Orlaith Cullinane giving a guided tour of her exhibition ‘Stray Sod’. Enjoy an entertaining and informal session, hearing about the processes, stories, museum artefacts and inspirations behind the show. Comments and questions throughout are welcome. Admission FREE but booking essential.
Being There is a collection of Hugh O’Conor’s photography from the past ten years, exhibited here together for the first time. A mixture of portraiture and landscape work, all shot on 35mm or 120 film, his work attempts to create visual narratives from a single or multiple image, often incorporating a lone figure or a single face.
BEING THERE HUGH O’CONOR Fri 22 Nov - Sat 18 Jan 2020 Photography | Film | Gallery
As well as a long career as an actor, O’Conor has written and directed awardwinning short films for the Irish Film Board, and created music videos for artists such as Sinéad O’Connor and Little Green Cars. He was awarded the George Byrne ‘Maverick’ award at the 2019 Dublin Film Critics’ Circle for his photography and film work. His feature-directing debut, Metal Heart, released in Irish cinemas in June. As a fine art photographer he has exhibited at the RHA Dublin and the RUA in Belfast, as well as SO Fine Art, Solomon Fine Art and the Cherrylane Gallery in Dublin. He was shortlisted for the inaugural Hennessy Portrait Prize at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2014. His work has been widely published in national and international periodicals. His three portrait exhibitions, Celebrating Irish Talent, were commissioned as part of the Dublin Film Festival 2017-2019.
EVOLVE | ARTS CARE 2020
LIFE THROUGH THE LENS BALLYDOWN PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB Fri 10 Jan - Sat 29 Feb Photography | Foyer Walls Ballydown Camera Club’s amateur photographers meet regularly to share photographic experiences, knowledge and skills. Travel, Nature, Studio, Landscapes and Macro photography; we try the lot! The Roman philosopher Seneca said, “There is no delight in owning anything unshared”. ‘Life Through the Lens’ aims to share our images with you so that you may see afresh and enjoy the beauty and diversity which surrounds us, but often goes unnoticed.
Sat 25 Jan - Sat 29 Feb 2020 | Mixed Media | Gallery An art exhibition created in a variety of mediums by the service users and staff of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. The artworks suggest how works of art and people evolve over time. The Arts Care Artists-in-Residence in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Jill McKeown, Eddie Rafferty and Gwen Stevenson, facilitate participants to create artwork for themselves and to enhance their environments. This work is a testimony to the impact art has on staff, service users, family and visitors to the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.
BUILE SHUIBHNE ‘SWEENEY ASTRAY’ CALLIGRAPHIC PAINTINGS BY DESMOND KINNEY Fri 6 March - Sat 18 April | Gallery Northern Ireland born international artist Desmond Kinney is best known for his revival of the technique of working with mosaics, through various large-scale murals and public art works mainly focused on Irish myths and legends. In the 1980’s he started illustrated calligraphy, working on Seamus Heaney’s translation Sweeney Astray, creating paintings in the medium of watercolour. The Home of Saint Patrick Festival 2020 and The Market Place Gallery are delighted to exhibit sixteen of Kinney’s stunning illustrations which have never been exhibited publicly before. Buile Shuibhne, in English ‘The Madness of Sweeney’, is an old Irish myth immortalised in verse composed during the 12th Century. It tells the story of Sweeney, King of the Dál nAraidi, who commits violent acts against St. Ronan Finn and his monks, and is cursed to wander naked around Ireland. Sweeney is driven mad by the curse, becoming a wildman living in forests and wilderness and at one point grows feathers like a bird. The poem inspired many writers, including Seamus Heaney, who made his own translation of it, published in 1984. Heaney’s friend, artist Desmond Kinney, enamoured by the work, turned it into a series of watercolours featuring his personalised calligraphy [a medium he had trained in as a student], and illustrated vignettes of the mad king living in trees, existing wild and unkempt, a tormented soul. The paintings are highly idiosyncratic, redolent of medieval manuscripts, yet also contemporary in their graphic composition. Desmond Kinney also transformed the Buile Shuibhne into a large mosaic frieze which is situated at the University of Limerick. The mosaic made in Venetian vitrious glass features quotations from Seamus Heaney’s text. The poet and the painter remained lifelong friends.
THE LIFE OF OBJECTS LUCY TURNER Fri 6 March - Sat 18 April 2020 | Print | Foyer Walls
IRISH ROAD BOWLING IN ARMAGH & CORK Fri 24 April - Sat 30 May Photography | Foyer Walls
The Life of Objects explores the processes of print on abandoned and forgotten materials, giving them new life. Handkerchiefs may have lost their currency as an essential everyday object; but with today’s trend of repair and re-use, a bag full of hankies, little hemmed squares dyed with hue from yesteryear, did not pass me by. I have dozens and dozens of them and they are not precious to me, they have become the anchors for doodles and playful design. The screen ink I use sinks deep into their fibres and the residual marks on their reverse is
intriguing, the image is disrupted and a feather-like trace emerges. This contemplative mark making process leads to different outcomes both as framed and sculptural works. The common connection for this collection is memory, materialism, history and the onetime consuming labour of craft - not least the folding of hankies, the once norm for every day. Maybe the life of objects is not about recycling; it’s more about re-loving.
Road bowling or ‘throwing the bullet’, is primarily associated with the counties of Armagh and Cork. It is somewhat idiosyncratic as a pursuit, disputed as to its origins and in some ways seemingly a legacy of a previous era, involving nothing more than participants taking turns at throwing an iron and steel ball as far down a country road as possible. Yet healthy numbers continue to spectate and to stroll alongside the players whilst many frequently wager not insignificant amounts on the prospective winners. The photographs in this exhibition show people and environments from these two regions, both players and spectators of the sport. The photographs were made by Michael Bradley in Cork and Colin Robins assisted by Joonas Aitonurmi in Armagh.
THE ART OF CRAFT 2020
CERAMIC SCULPTURE BY MICHAEL MOORE Fri 15 May - Sat 11 July | Ceramics | Gallery Intersect presents a collection of sculpture made by Michael Moore since January 2018. It researches mapping of locality. It examines how clay forms interplay and balance, exploring precarious constructions. Grid forms reflect journeys around places of personal importance. Clay forms explore movement and contortion, seeking out unusual, abstracted structures. Michael Moore is Reader in Fine and Applied Arts at Ulster University. He has works in the permanent collections of the Ulster Museum, National Museum of Ireland. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics and a registered maker with Craft NI and the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. Image ÂŠ Jim Maginn - Intersect 2018 - Hand built Ceramics
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Seats 2 & 3 in the Upper North and Upper South Galleries have a restricted view and are offered at a discounted ticket price. A number of seats will be available for £5.00 for people and families totally dependent on state benefit. Shows marked R in our brochure are included in this scheme.
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T&C’s - all offers are subject to availability and code to be quoted to obtain rate. Bookings to be made via reservations on 028 3751 8888 option 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All bookings need to be guaranteed by a valid credit/debit card. Check in time from 3pm and check out time is 12 noon. Cancellation Policy: Please be aware that The Mooney Hotel Group operates a 48 hr cancellation policy, and rooms cancelled after this time will be charged in full. In the event of a ‘non-arrival’ the 1st night’s accommodation will be charged. Group bookings with 6 or more rooms, the cancellation policy is 1 month prior, any rooms cancelled after this date, will be charged in full.
THE CHARLEMONT ARMS HOTEL 57-65 English Street, Armagh, BT61 7LB t: 028 3752 2028 www.charlemontarmshotel.com
Enjoy an overnight stay and breakfast with us for only £32.50pps midweek when going to a show in the Theatre. We are the closest hotel to the theatre, only a 2-minute walk away. Simply quote ‘MPT Offer’ when booking and show your ticket at reception on arrival. All offers are subject to availability.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WHERE TO STAY AND WHAT TO DO IN ARMAGH, GO TO VISITARMAGH.COM
THE PERFECT VENUE FOR MEETINGS, CONFERENCES & EVENTS Located in the heart of Armagh’s glorious Georgian City Centre, the award-winning Market Place Theatre, Arts & Conference Centre combines stunning modern facilities with outstanding customer service and a warm Armagh welcome. • • • • •
393 SEAT AUDITORIUM 120 SEAT FLEXIBLE STUDIO THEATRE BREAK OUT ROOMS ON-SITE PARKING FREE WI-FI
visitarmagh.com/marketplacetheatre t. 028 3752 1820
MARKET PLACE THEATRE
BEAT THE QUEUE
You can pre-order your interval drinks at any of our bars before the performance to avoid queuing at the interval. Our bars serve a wide range of beers, spirits, wines and soft drinks. visitarmagh.com/marketplacetheatre
PRE-ORDER YOUR INTERVAL DRINKS