The Market Place Theatre - Jan - May 2023

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The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh SEASON BROCHURE JAN - MAY 2023 visitarmagh.com/marketplacetheatre Box Office: 03300 561 025 /marketplacearmagh | @mptarmagh


SEASON AT A GLANCE JANUARY Neil Delamere - Delamerium The Rapparees Flash Harry: The Magic Of Queen The Stand-Up Session Film Screening: High Society The Ulster Orchestra: Sound The Horn The Stars Of Country Show The High Kings XV Tour A Day With Bruiser Film Screening: Life Is Beautiful Jake O’Kane The Special Consensus

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FEBRUARY ABC Culture Conference I Spy With My Little Eye: The Party! The Barber Of Seville Rock N Roll Years & Dancehall Days The Fureys Jason Byrne: Unblocked Grainne Duffy Born To Be Wild Patrick Feeney The Human Touch Colin Murphy - Whatchamacolin

Seven Drunken Nights A Room Of One’s Own Johnny McEvoy In Concert Ronnie Greer Blues Band with Ken Haddock Thank You For The Musicals

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MARCH Philomena Begley Silent Trade Martin Simpson Give My Head Peace Live Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Celtic Soul David O’Doherty: Whoa Is Me Coirm Gael Linn Film Screening: The Quiet Man Belfast Girls Film Screening: Darby O’Gill & The Little People Gearóid Farrelly: Glamour Hammer Bruised Orange John Prine Tribute The Trumpet & The King Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Armagh Festival Of Speech & Drama The Robert Mizzell Nashville Songbook The Hilarious Conal Gallen


APRIL Film Screening: Risen Songs From Ireland Relevé Declan Nerney In Concert Some Guys Have All The Luck Harvest Live Teddy’s Birthday The Doris Day Story Scott Flanigan & Band Fleetwood Dreams

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MAY Flowers Of Edinburgh Shaving The Dead Separate Beds The Paul Sherry Band Film Screening: Annie Get Your Gun Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves Sleeping Beauty PM Big Band: An Evening Of Swing & Song

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Expecting SRC Music Showcase 2022 SRC Performing Arts Final Curtain Call The Roy Orbison Story The Elvis Spectacular The Summer Country Show Menopause The Musical 2 Armagh Craft Fair

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JUNE The Illegals Essentially Cher - Live In Concert Belfast Ma: The Tenerife Two

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SPECIAL TICKET OFFERS FIRST-TIME BOOKERS

CONCESSION TICKETS

First time bookers get £5.00 off their next booking.

Concession tickets are offered on some of our shows for Senior Citizens, Students, Disabled Patrons And Unemployed. Enquire at box office

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We reward our most loyal customers too with The Market Place Theatre Loyalty Card with year-round special offers and promotions. GROUP DISCOUNTS For groups of 10+ the 11th ticket is offered free. Enquire at box office when booking 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. 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 f /marketplacearmagh or Follow Us On Twitter t @mptarmagh and get £2.50 off your next booking. One time offer only.


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PROTECT YOUR TICKETS Nothing is more disappointing than not being able to attend an event you’ve been looking forward to. When you purchase refund protection, at least you won’t be left out of pocket. We’ve partnered with Booking Protect to offer customers the world’s most flexible and comprehensive refund protection cover. Simply select additional refund protection at the checkout or when booking through our Box Office, and you’ll have peace of mind that you can request a full refund if certain unexpected circumstances occur, and you have to miss an event. We hope this option will give you even more flexibility and security when purchasing tickets with us!


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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: CHARLEMONT ARMS HOTEL 57-65 English Street, Armagh BT61 7LB

EMBERS RESTAURANT 7 Market St, Armagh BT61 7BW

Situated a five-minute walk from the theatre with customer parking for diners, The Charlemont Arms continues to serve the finest of local seasonal produce.

The perfect destination in Armagh for an affordable, relaxed, casual dining experience. Embers is located only 50 meters away from The Market Place, so is the ideal venue to start your night at the theatre. 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. The restaurant is fully licensed with a brand-new cocktail menu. Early bird and a la carte menu with fresh daily specials available.

Food served daily: Lunchtime [12noon2.30pm], and evenings [5.00pm 8.00pm]. Booking is essential. Visit our Facebook page to see our latest offers. p 028 3752 2028 e info@charlemontarmshotel.com DANTE’S ARMAGH 81 Upper English Street, Armagh Dante’s Armagh serve up fresh Stone Baked Pizza, Stacked Burgers, Traditional Pasta, Loaded Sides and Refreshing Cocktails. A short walk from the Market Place Theatre with dining available from 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. A perfect start to your night out at the Market Place. Bring your tickets along to receive a 10% discount on show nights. p 02837526979

Booking is advised for pre-theatre dining. p 028 3751 8544 e embersltd@btconnect.com 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 Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday lunchtime, 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 mouth-watering food to suit all tastes. p 028 3751 8888 | e info@armaghcityhotel.com


7 KEEGANS BAR & BISTRO 48 Irish Street, Armagh BT61 7EP

THE PARKLAND ARMAGH 7 Newry Road, Armagh, BT60 1EN

Offering a unique dining experience. Relax and soak in the atmosphere while enjoying delicious freshly prepared food with a varying menu to accommodate all tastes and prices to suit all pockets. We regularly offer a two or three course meal deal which is a big hit with locals and visitors alike. You can choose to dine in our traditional bar area or move through to our newly opened dining area. Serving food Wednesday – Sunday 12-9pm

The Parkland is situated at the County Armagh Golf Club with views overlooking the Cathedral City. Talented local chefs bring the best of casual and fine dining to the heart of the city sourcing the finest ingredients from nearby farmers and producers.

p 02837 517673 e keegansbar1994@gmail.com

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, Uluru Bar & Grill is a casual dining restaurant which offers theatregoers the chance to savour superb food with an Australian | Asian authentic twist.

MULBERRY BISTRO 6 Cathedral Road, Armagh BT61 7PX Located opposite the stunning Saint Patrick’s Cathedral [Roman Catholic], the award-winning Mulberry Bistro offers picturesque scenery accompanied by exceptional cuisine. Open for breakfast and lunch every day, as well as evening dining every Friday and Saturday night. p 028 3751 0128 e mulberrybistro@gmail.com

p 07513693114 ULURU BAR & GRILL 3-5 Market Street, Armagh BT61 7BW

p 028 3751 8051 e gday@ulurubarandgrill.com

AUTISM IMPACT AWARD Here at The Market Place Theatre, we’re delighted to be able to announce that we’ve received the Autism Impact Award in association with Autism NI. The award is in recognition of staff training and recent improvements at the Market Place, made to enhance the experience of visitors and those with autism. A range of adjustments include relaxed performances to reduce anxiety and provide a less stressful experience, a chill-out area to take a break during performances, and a pre-visit guide and virtual tour to view the building before your visit. Please contact the Box Office for further details.


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THE 4TH WALL

CREATING THE IDEAL NIGHT OUT... DRINKS PROMOTIONS FOR SPRING 2023 JANUARY 2 Winter Warmers [Hot Whiskey, Hot Port, Hot Brandy] £8.00 FEBRUARY 2 ¼ bottles of Prosecco £10.00

STAY TUNED TO THE 4TH WALL’S SOCIAL MEDIA FOR TAILORED SPECIAL PROMOTIONS FOR SHOWS, AS WELL AS LIVE MUSIC LINE-UPS.

MARCH 2 Armagh Brewing Company Ales £9.00

WE ARE ALSO PLEASED TO OFFER A WIDE RANGE OF PREMIUM GINS & TONICS.

APRIL 2 ¼ bottles of wine £8.00 | 2 Pints of Draught £8.00

Interval Drinks: You can pre-order your interval drinks at any of our bars before the performance to avoid queuing at the interval.

MAY 2 bottles of Cider [Magners or Rekorderlig] £9.00

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NEIL DELAMERE - DELAMERIUM Fri 6-Sat 7 Jan | 8.00pm | £22.50 Neil Delamere is back with a brand-new show, Delamerium. Expect the usual hilarious stories, wry observations and quick-witted improvisation as our comedy hero tries to make sense of the world around him. Recommended for age 16+ as may contain strong language and adult themes.

NO TV CAMERA COULD ACCURATELY MEASURE THE LIGHTNING SPEED OF DELAMERE’S WIT THE IRISH TIMES

KEVIN MAWDSLEY PRESENTS

THE RAPPAREES Fri 13 Jan | 8.00pm | £14.00 The Rapparees are celebrating their 20th year touring, performing and producing folk music in 2023, and plan to mark the occasion in style with a concert that explores and reflects upon their journey so far. The Rapparees’ music in its infancy has been described as “irresistibly rough arsed”. Twenty years on, the band still subscribe to the same

school of thought and tell the story of their music with conviction, belief and an irresistible energy. This series of concerts will highlight the songs from all four previous albums, re-jigged and brought back to life, as well as songs and tunes that represent where the band are now. Come along old friends, fans and curious music lovers, for a celebration of great Irish folk music. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaretstyle seating layout.


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THE STAND-UP SESSION Sat 14 Jan | 8.00pm | £14.00 A unique night full of laughter and craic as four of the country’s finest stand-up acts take to The Market Place stage. DAVID HULL PROMOTIONS PRESENTS

FLASH HARRY: THE MAGIC OF QUEEN Fri 13 Jan | 8.00pm | £22.50 i 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 anthems of one of the greatest bands in history; featuring classics like ‘Radio Ga Ga’ and ‘We Are The Champions’, to ‘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.

Dave Elliott is one of the go-to headline acts on the Northern Irish Circuit. As one of the stars of the BBC NI show the ‘Lockdown Rave’ and co-host of the popular BBC Radio Ulster show ‘The Shane Todd Show’, Dave has been making waves since hitting the comedy circuit. Armagh native and self-confessed attention-seeking middle child Darren Matthews has been gigging worldwide for ten years and is back on home soil and wanting to tell you all about his adventures.

Comedian, actress and writer Diona Doherty is making waves in the entertainment world from all angles. You may know her from ‘Derry Girls’, ‘Give My Head Peace’, ‘Soft Border Patrol’ or as the only permanent female panellist on ‘The Blame Game’. Known for off his off-the-cuff, bumbling observational style, Ciaran Franco [‘Show Me The Funny’ finalist, Sunflower Comedy Club, ‘Suited and Booted’] is a new face on the Irish scene but has quickly taken to it. Recommended for age 16+ as may contain strong language and adult themes. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaret style seating layout.


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HIGH SOCIETY [DEMENTIA FRIENDLY SCREENING]

Wed 18 Jan | 11.00am £3.00 [includes tea/ coffee & biscuits] Tracy Lord is getting married. The only thing is, the wedding is happening at her family home and her ex-husband lives right next door and does everything he can to make her fall back in love with him. Featuring a Cole Porter score and the classic songs ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ and ‘Well, Did You Evah’, as well as a guest appearance by Louis Armstrong, this is a wonderful light musical to cheer everyone up. Starring legends of the Silver Screen, Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, this musical has lots of singing, dancing and toe tapping tunes that will stick in your head long after the film is over. 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. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaret style seating layout.

THE ULSTER ORCHESTRA: SOUND THE HORN Thurs 19 Jan | 8.00pm | £17.50 £15.00 [conc] | £5.00 [under 18’s] The programme for the evening will include Eleanor Alberga: Nightscape | Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 | Gipps: Horn Concerto | Mozart: Symphony No. 36 Linz. Featuring Leslie Suganandarajah: Conductor | Ben Goldscheider: Horn The Ulster Orchestra is delighted to perform once more at The Market Place, and Leslie Suganandarajah will be your guide as we start our evening in the Caribbean!

Eleanor Alberga’s serenade, Nightscape, invites you to listen to the cicadas, geckos and jazzy parties of Jamaica at night, before soothing you to sleep with a lullaby after all that fun. Nightscape was written for similar instrumentation as that used by Mozart, which provides a neat link into the first of two concertos for Horn and Orchestra. GCSE Music students will be familiar with Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto, a cheerful, high-energy work with a soulful central movement and hunting calls galore in its famous finale. Ruth Gipps draws on both Mozart’s concerto structure and the jazz and blues influences heard in Nightscape for her own Horn Concerto. An evening of upbeat joy draws to a conclusion with Mozart’s exuberant Symphony No. 36, Linz. This concert is certain to shake off the January blues!


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JOE GALLAGHER ENTERTAINMENTS PRESENTS

THE HIGH KINGS XV TOUR Sat 21 Jan | 8.00pm | £29.50 i

Fri 20 Jan | 8.00pm | £25.00 i Back by popular demand, ‘The Stars of Country Show’ returns for another night of toe-tapping magic from six of our most popular country music stars. The stellar line-up will feature the hilarious Gary Gamble with his surreal impressions of Daniel O’Donnell, the young global

sensation Owen Mac, the everpopular Curtis Magee, rising star Gavin Gribben, the trucker’s favourite Boxcar Brian and Owen Mac’s father Desi Mac, who each will perform their trademark classics in the company of the fantastic Keltic Storm band. This is a rare chance to see so many great acts all in one super show. Early booking advisable!

After fifteen years at the top of their game, The High Kings are still selling out venues around the world to an ever-growing army of loyal fans. Having already surpassed a million listeners on Spotify, as well as two platinum albums in their time. The High Kings are celebrating fifteen years together by releasing fifteen brand new tracks to their fans. In their time together, The High Kings have charted the world and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans, as well as in many prestigious situations including for David Cameron, Barack Obama and George W Bush.The High Kings continue to set the bar extremely high for Irish folk bands across the world and 2023 will be no different. Speaking about The High Kings XV Tour, Brian Dunphy said “It’s been an amazing journey so far and to be celebrating such a milestone with a huge Irish tour is amazing. We can’t wait to bring our brand-new stage show, and our new music to our Irish fans - and we have a few surprises too!”


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A DAY WITH BRUISER Wed 25 Jan | 9.30am-3.45pm | £20.00 per student | Bookings to education@bruisertheatrecompany.com ‘A Day With Bruiser’ is a one-day crash course for Drama students across Northern Ireland. It is your opportunity to get to grips with and explore Bruiser’s unique physical theatre style. This course is aimed at GCSE, AS, A2 Level and BTEC students studying Drama, Performing Arts and Theatre courses. ‘A Day With Bruiser’ consists of a series of workshops delivered by Bruiser’s team of expert facilitators. Course content is specifically tailored to the requirements of all major exam boards.

THIS IS A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO ENGAGE WITH A LOCAL THEATRE COMPANY… A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO FOCUS ON THE BRUISER STYLE. GAMES AND EXERCISES CAN BE LIFTED STRAIGHT INTO THE CLASSROOM. RATHMORE GRAMMAR SCHOOL

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL LA VITA É BELLA Fri 27 Jan | 11.00am | £3.00 [Teachers Free] Dir: Roberto Benigni | 1997 | Certificate PG This film is being screened in commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day 2023. In 1939, young Italian Jew Guido Orefice [Roberto Benigni] travels with his friend Ferruccio to Arezzo, where his uncle has promised to help set him up with a bookshop. Guido immediately falls in love with beautiful gentile Dora [Nicoletta Braschi], and eventually woos her away from local fascist official Rodolfo. Guido and Dora marry, have a son, Giosué, and are very happy. However, when war breaks out a few years later, Guido and Giosué are moved to a Nazi concentration camp. Determined to protect his son from the horrors of war, Guido tells him that the camp is all part of a game, and that Giosué’s prize will be a life-size version of the toy tank he loves to play with. The film won three Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor for Roberto Benigni. In Italian with English subtitles.


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JAKE O’KANE: CHEAPER THAN SITTING AT HOME Fri 27 - Sat 28 Jan | 8.00pm | £24.00 Jake O’Kane’s annual tour is now a firm fixture in our New Year celebrations. Accompanied by the ever-funny Terry McHugh, Jake casts his caustic eye over the preceding twelve months. So, buy yourself a guaranteed laugh as, after all, it’ll probably be cheaper than turning the heat on at home. Recommended for age 16+ as may contain strong language and adult themes.

FROM THE MOMENT HE WALKED ON STAGE, HE HAD THE AUDIENCE IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND. HE COULD HAVE JUST GIVEN THEM A LOOK, AND EVERYONE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN STITCHES. BELFAST LIVE HE’S AN ACTOR, A MIMIC, AN UNSTOPPABLE WITTY, ERUDITE MAN WHO HAS HIS EYE ON THE BALL AND LEAVES OUR SIDES SORE. IRISH NEWS

NIGEL MARTYN PRESENTS

THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS Sat 28 Jan | 8.00pm | £17.00 The Special Consensus Bluegrass Band from Chicago is grounded in a deep appreciation and understanding of Bluegrass music, whilst utilizing the innovations of today. Evolving over four decades, they have released twenty albums, received six IBMA awards and had two Grammy nominations. Alongside band founder Greg Cahill’s unique banjo playing, Greg Blake [guitar], Dan Eubanks [double bass] and Michael Prewitt [mandolin] effortlessly support each other. Whether it’s a jazzy instrumental or a Bluegrass classic delivered with four-part vocal harmony, these talented musicians manage to follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots. Their latest release received five 2020 IBMA nominations and the title song ‘Chicago Barn Dance’ received the 2020 IBMA Song of the Year Award. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaret-style seating layout.


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ABC CULTURE CONFERENCE Wed 1 Feb | 9.30am to 5.00pm | Further Information To Follow We invite artists, activists, civic leaders, politicians, academics and creative thinkers to join us in the heart of Armagh City to gather, celebrate, learn and exchange during a day of discussion which will explore the unique relationship between creative processes and the built environment. From a host of inspirational speakers, we will learn about current and emerging socially engaged, sustainable, creative placemaking across the UK, Ireland and beyond.

THE PEOPLE’S THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE: THE PARTY! Sat 4 Feb | 2.30pm | £10.00 [adults] | £7.00 [children] Based on the picture book by Steven Lee. Molly and Bingo the puppy are having a birthday party and, best of all, you’re invited! There’ll be a terrific treasure hunt, all your favourite sing-along songs, including ‘The Ants Go Marching’, ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ and ‘BINGO’, and lots of fantastic games to play, including Molly’s favourite game, I Spy With My Little Eye! So put on your party clothes and come join us for what promises to be a magical performance of fun and laughter. It’s going to be the best party ever!

A sweet surprise and photos with Bingo and the birthday girl will be available after the show so grown-ups should bring along their cameras to capture the smiles.

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I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE LOTS OF VERY HAPPY CHILDREN MUMSWORLD


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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Sat 4 Feb | 8.00pm | £17.50 | £15.00 [conc] Bribery, deception and disguise! Ulster Touring Opera returns to The Market Place Theatre for the opening night of Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’. Figaro, town barber and jack-of-all-trades, is going to need all his wiles to outwit old Dr Bartolo and make sure true love wins the day. DAVID HULL PROMOTIONS PRESENTS

ROCK N ROLL YEARS & DANCEHALL DAYS Thurs 9 Feb | 8.00pm | £22.50 Last chance to see the smash hit tour and one of the happiest shows on the road. A wonderful nostalgic musical evening. The all-star cast will once again take you on a whirlwind journey through the musical decades of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Paying homage to the lives and music of the Everly Bros, Johnny Cash, The Four Seasons, Ruby Murray, Bobby Darin and Elvis! Plus, many of your favourites!

KEPT THE AUDIENCE ENTHRALLED FROM THE OPENING OF THE CURTAIN THEATRE SPY

Northern Irish mezzo-soprano Sarah Richmond sings Rosina in an international cast featuring South African baritone Njabulo Madlala as the industrious barber and rising English star Jack Roberts as the lovestruck Count. Following his success in UTO’s ‘A Night At The Opera’ tour, Belfast baritone Malachy Frame re-joins the company in the role of Basilio, and Spanish soprano Lorena Paz Nieto takes on the fiery role of Berta. The production will be sung in English in Amanda Holden’s beloved translation. With vocal fireworks, scheming lovers and one very busy barber, Rossini’s comic opera is bursting with fun, mischief and the world’s best tunes.

THE SHOW FINISHED WITH A WELLDESERVED STANDING OVATION THEATRE SPY


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SPECIAL EYE ENTERTAINMENTS PRESENTS

Fri 10 Feb | 8.00pm | £25.00 i

Sat 11 Feb | 8.00pm | £22.50

THE FUREYS

JASON BYRNE: UNBLOCKED Jason Byrne has had an upgrade. In his brand-new show ‘Unblocked’, Jason 2.0 talks about his new lease of life following heart surgery.

The Fureys are one of Ireland’s all-time most acclaimed and influential folk, traditional and middle-of-the-road bands. Fureys’ classics, ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet Sixteen’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘From Clare to Here’ and ‘The Green Fields of France’ have become the soundtrack to the lives of fans all over the world. The Fureys’ indelible musical footprint is rivalled only by their vast collection of personal stories of their musical experiences and friendships, gathered by Eddie and George Furey along an amazing 45-year journey which shows no signs of reaching a final destination. Eddie and George Furey are particularly proud of their UK chart success with songs like ‘I Will Love You’ and ‘When You Were Sweet Sixteen’, which in turn helped bring Irish folk and traditional music to a completely new audience.

The Six Million Dollar Byrne has cleared his arteries, his mind and his schedule to bring you an evening of pure, unadulterated, old-fashioned fun. This is the ultimate celebration of life and nevergiving-up brought to you by ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’. Recommended for age 16+ as may contain strong language and adult themes.

THERE IS NOBODY ELSE ON THE PLANET WHO MAKES ME LAUGH LIKE THAT. YOUR WORLD WILL BE A BETTER PLACE AFTER SEEING JASON LIVE THE NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE FULL ON, DOUBLED UP, GASPING FOR OXYGEN, HILARIOUS CHORTLE


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GRAINNE DUFFY Sat 11 Feb | 8.00pm | £16.00 Described by The Sunday Times as ‘a blues singer of real integrity’, Grainne Duffy is a guitarist, singer and songwriter whose music comprises a mix of blues, soul and Americana, enriched with some delicate country and pop elements. Grainne has performed not once, but on three occasions at Glastonbury, as well as in concerts around the world, including Woodford Folk Festival [Australia], Tremblant International Festival [Canada], and Mahindra Blues Festival [India]. Grainne’s latest album, ‘Voodoo Blues’ won her ‘Best Modern Roots Artist’ in the Independent Blues Awards 2021. With a voice that is as passionate as it is raw and honest, accompanied by simple, melodic and phrased guitar lines, this is what you have in Grainne Duffy. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaret-style seating layout.

SHE’S THE REAL DEAL CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

DELICIOUSLY SOULFUL VOICE AND GUTSY BLUES INFLECTED GUITAR WORK IN ONE COMPELLING PACKAGE GUITARIST MAGAZINE

DREAMWORLD PROMOTIONS PRESENTS

BORN TO BE WILD Sun 12 Feb | 3.00pm | £10.00 Henrietta is a clever young hippo, always asking “Why?” She sets out on an adventure through the jungle and is joined by some new friends along the way; Eddie Elephant, Gilbert Giraffe and Deborah Zebra join Henrietta, all seeking their hearts’ desires. They sing and dance through their journey to meet the Wise Old Old Wise One but what will they discover when they get there? What challenges will they face before their journey’s end? They’re going to need YOUR help! Audience participation, games, riddles, sing-along songs and amazing characters are packed into this new and exciting show brought to you by DreamWorld Promotions. Suitable for age 1-8 years.


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PATRICK FEENEY: THE COUNTRY & GOSPEL SHOW

HT PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

Thurs 16 Feb | 8.00pm | £22.50 i Patrick Feeney was born to sing, and from the tender age of four he wanted to be on stage with his father who played in a local band. His phenomenal success, especially over the past few years, is summed up in three words from the title of Patrick’s first album, back in 2003 that title says it all… ‘Thanks to You’. It’s sixteen years since the then-teenager released that debut album, and while he has recorded countless songs since, he still lives by the motto that it’s thanks to you, the fans, that he is such a success today. Patrick has legions of fans across Ireland and is a regular guest on TV and radio. Patrick is known nationally for his remarkable tenor voice. He has won many prestigious awards over the years and is a versatile performer. Why not join one of our finest for an unmissable night of Country and Gospel.

Fri 17 Feb | 8.00pm | £20.00 This six-piece band is comprised of top Irish session musicians and fronted by veteran American singer and guitarist Monte Thompson. Having toured Ireland and the UK extensively since 2011, Human Touch has played to countless packed houses, gained widespread critical acclaim and is going from strength to strength. Having developed a reputation of authenticity and outstanding musicality, The Human Touch is a high-energy show and a must-see spectacle for all fans of The Boss.


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DON’T MISS IT!

TSW MANAGEMENT & LISA RICHARDS AGENCY PRESENT

COLIN MURPHY - WHATCHAMACOLIN

IRISH WORLD

Sat 18 Feb | 8.00pm | £20.00 His last tour Colinization was a sell-out. Since then, he has survived covid and a royal funeral… just. But in 2023 he’s back out on the road with his biggest and best stand-up tour yet, WHATCHAMACOLIN. As well as starring in twenty series of the BBC’s award winning ratings topper ‘The Blame Game’, hosting IMRO award-nominated ‘Great Unanswered Questions’, acting in BAFTA winning ‘People Like Us’, being a team captain on panel show ‘Clear History’, over a hundred appearances on the hugely popular, multi-IFTA award-nominated show ‘The Panel’, plus hosting and co-writing six series of the cult classic show ‘Blizzard of Odd’ on RTE, Colin has also taken his stand-up to all corners of the world. From Montreal, to Melbourne, New York, Edinburgh, Shanghai, Madrid and Strabane. If you’re a fan of the telly stuff then you’ll love ‘Whatchamacolin’, a show full of pin perfect observations, selfrighteous indignation and a bit of swearing. To still be performing stand-up at this level after thirty years he must be doing something right. Recommended for age 16+ as may contain strong language and adult themes.

PRESTIGE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

SEVEN DRUNKEN NIGHTS: THE STORY OF THE DUBLINERS Thurs 23 Feb | 8.00pm | £25.50 i Direct from the West End and having sold out venues worldwide, Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of the Dubliners returns to theatres in 2023. In partnership with Tourism Ireland and in association with legendary Irish pub O’Donoghue’s, Seven Drunken Nights tells the story of a career spanning 50 years and invokes the spirit of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, John Sheahan, Ciaran Bourke and Jim McCann. This hugely talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group back to life and will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. It is without doubt the ultimate feel-good Irish show.


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A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN

Thurs 23 Feb | 8.00pm £15.00 | £13.00 [conc] R The award-winning creators of ‘Female Gothic’, ‘I, Elizabeth’, ‘Christmas Gothic’, and ‘Austen’s Women’ return with a twenty-first century take on Virginia Woolf’s celebrated preTED talk.

TOWERING… LUSCIOUS… ASSURED… RICH THE SCOTSMAN IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN DYAD PRODUCTIONS’ WORK BEFORE, YOU SIMPLY MUST BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

Take a wry, amusing, and incisive trip through the history of literature, feminism, and gender. Meet Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, Aphra Behn, and Shakespeare’s sister - Judith! Travel to the far-flung future of… 2028. But whatever you do, Keep Off the Grass. Rebecca Vaughan performs Woolf’s 1928 exploration of the impact of poverty and sexual inequality on intellectual freedom and creativity. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.

TOM KELLY PROMOTIONS PRESENTS

JOHNNY MCEVOY IN CONCERT

Fri 24 Feb | 8.00pm | £27.50 i The term ‘living legend’ is sometimes loosely accredited to artists in the music business, but certainly not when people speak about Johnny McEvoy. Johnny has always been highly-acclaimed for the quality of his live concert shows. One can truthfully state that Johnny McEvoy has been one of the most enduring and talented singer songwriters in the folk | ballad genre in Ireland over the past fifty years. His current live show features all of Johnny’s hit songs, including ‘Mursheen Durkin’, ‘Boston Burglar’, ‘Long Before Your Time’, ‘Rich Man’s Garden’, ‘Michael Collins’ and more. His songs are hauntingly beautiful and evocative, always presented with an individuality that is unmistakably his own unique style. His concert performances are second to none and incorporate a brief but relevant reference to the story of each song. The lyrical clarity of Johnny’s vocals combined with gentle backing from excellent musicians is a joy to listen to and ensure a wonderful and joyful evening of ‘Song and Story’.


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RONNIE GREER BLUES BAND WITH KEN HADDOCK Sat 25 Feb | 8.00pm | £16.00

THIS IS A MAGNIFICENT BAND, OF WORLD CLASS BLUES IN BRITAIN MAGAZINE

Award-winning blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer brings his all-star powerhouse band back to The Market Place, featuring some of the finest musicians in the country, Anthony Toner, John McCullough, Nick Scott and Peter McKinney. Joining them as special guest, Ken Haddock, vocalist extraordinaire, who makes every song he sings his own in a unique manner. Expect a night of blues, roots and a little jazz, performed with style and conviction by some of the best in the business. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaretstyle seating layout.

PETER CORRY PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

THANK YOU FOR THE MUSICALS Sat 25 Feb | 8.00pm | £25.00 Peter Corry celebrates 30 years in the entertainment industry with this brand-new show celebrating the best of the musicals. Spend a night in the company of this internationally renowned performer and his cast of wonderful singers and be whisked away to the heart of the West End A night of songs from our favourite shows, both past and present, including Les Misérables, Hamilton, Wicked, Six, The Phantom of the Opera, Moulin Rouge, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Mamma Mia! to name but a few. If you like musicals, you’ll love this.

GREER STEERS THE BAND FROM MUDDY WATERS TO STEELY DAN, WITH SOME EASE MARLBANK.NET


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PHILOMENA BEGLEY: I AIN’T OVER THE HILL Wed 1 Mar | 8.00pm | £25.00 i Philomena Begley is widely known as The Queen of Irish Country. She has been at the forefront of Irish Country Music now for sixty years and during this time she has had a glittering career that has seen her achieve countless accolades and score dozens of No.1 hit songs including ‘The Blanket on the Ground’, ‘Truck Driving Woman’ and ‘The Queen of the Silver Dollar’, to name but a few. Philomena has performed on stages all over the world to legions of fans and appeared with Porter Wagoner on the Grand Old Opry in Nashville. One of Begley’s biggest fans is Irish superstar Daniel O’Donnell, and he once said, “When Philomena sings a song you believe her. You feel that she’s experienced every emotion she expresses”. Join our national treasure Philomena Begley, with special guests Ray Lynam and her son Aidan Quinn for the memorable ‘I Ain’t Over the Hill Tour’.

KABOSH PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

SILENT TRADE

Thurs 2 Mar | 8.00pm | £15.00 | £10.00 [conc] | R You wouldn’t know it at first, but it’s happening. Amongst the immaculate lawns and shiny new Audis of a leafy Belfast suburb. Hidden away behind the noise and the chaos of a rowdy student street. Trapped in the familiar anonymity of an isolated farming town. The quiet figures manipulated between houses. The human beings imported and exported in a market that’s anything but free. The Silent Trade that’s booming in the north. Kabosh presents the premiere of ‘Silent Trade’ by Rosemary Jenkinson, a deftly crafted and exposing new production unveiling the alarming rates of human trafficking and domestic servitude reported in the north. Recommended for age 15+, as performance contains strong language, scenes of a sexual nature, references to violence and abuse.


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MARTIN SIMPSON

Fri 3 Mar | 8.00pm | £16.00 | R More than forty years after he recorded his first album, ‘Golden Vanity’, in 1976, Martin Simpson is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. He is listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, and Acoustic Guitar readers voted him number 12 guitarist in the world in 2005. Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, his solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, Simpson is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.

SIMPSON HAS BECOME A FINE INTERPRETER OF TRADITIONAL AND OTHER SONGS, AS WELL AS A NOTABLE WRITER OF HIS OWN. THE TIMES

SIMPSON’S LATEST IS A POTENT BLEND OF THE HIGHEST CALIBRE… SIMPSON HAS NEVER SUNG OR PLAYED BETTER ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE

DAVID HULL PROMOTIONS PRESENTS

GIVE MY HEAD PEACE LIVE Fri 3-Sat 4 Mar | 8.00pm | £24.50 i The Give My Head Peace Gang are back! Yes, Northern Ireland’s best loved dysfunctional family are delighted to return to the stage and have their fights in public. Featuring your favourite characters from the hit TV show with the usual mix of topical Northern Ireland humour, up-to-theminute satirical stand-up from “the lad himself” Tim McGarry, plus the odd song or two! Give My Head Peace is a night of guaranteed laugh-out-loud comedy and a show definitely not to be missed. Make sure to book your tickets early because this show, unlike The Assembly, is always full! This performance contains adult references. Responsibility for allowing under 12s to view lies with the accompanying adult.

TIM’S STAND UP, WORTHY OF THE TICKET PRICE ALONE CULTURE CRUSH NI


25 BUILDING BRIDGES COMMUNITY ARTS THEATRE PRESENTS

Thurs 9 - Sat 11 Mar | 7.30pm [Sat Matinee 2.00pm] £14.00 i Join Building Bridges Community Arts Theatre as they take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find ‘Truly Scrumptious.’ An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and take flight.

Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award-nominated title song, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family. Fresh from their successful run of ‘The Sound of Music’, Building Bridges are delighted to be back to blow you away with this timeless musical classic featuring the very best of local talent. Music and Lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman. Music by Special Arrangement with Sony/ATV Publishing. Adapted for the Stage by Jeremy Sams. Based on the MGM Motion Picture. Licensed Script Adapted by Ray Roderick. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI www. mtishows.co.uk

CELTIC SOUL Sat 11 Mar | 8.00pm | £17.50 The award-winning Celtic Soul are returning to The Market Place with their definitive tribute to Van Morrison. Following a sell-out performance at Belfast’s Ulster Hall in 2019, they went on to receive an IMRO Gold Award for their performance in Radio Ulster’s ‘Astral Weeks’ special. They continue to receive critical acclaim from devout Vanatics wherever they perform and have continued their success with shows across Ireland. With years of playing

AS CLOSE AS YOU CAN GET... EVEN THE MAN APPROVES.

NOEL CASEY, DUBLIN CITY FM

in blues, folk, trad and jazz bands, the seven-piece band have the ingredients to deliver Van’s music authentically. Expect to hear songs from right across Van’s musical history including the big hits, as well as stand out album tracks. Let Celtic Soul take you on a journey through the songbook of our very own musical legend! This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaretstyle seating layout.

A GREAT BAND, SUPERB INTERPRETERS OF VAN’S BACK CATALOGUE RALPH MCLEAN, BBC


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LISA RICHARDS LTD PRESENTS

DAVID O’DOHERTY: WHOA IS ME

GAEL LINN PRESENTS

COIRM GAEL LINN Tues 14 Mar | 10.00am - 2.00pm i

Sun 12 Mar | 8.00pm | £20.00 Here he comes again, trotting on to the stage with all of the misplaced confidence of a waiter with no pad. Is he going to remember it? HOPEFULLY! There’ll be lots of talking, some apologising and some songs on a glued together plastic keyboard from 1986. As seen on BBC’s ‘Live at The Apollo’ and Channel 4’s ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’. Recommended for age 16+ as may contain strong language and adult themes.

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.


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BELFAST GIRLS THE QUIET MAN

[DEMENTIA FRIENDLY SCREENING] Wed 15 Mar | 11.00am | £3.00 [includes tea/coffee & biscuits] DIR: John Ford | 1952 129 Mins | Certificate U Winner of two Oscars, including Best Director, John Ford’s ‘The Quiet Man’ celebrates one of Hollywood’s most romantic and enduring epics. 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. 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. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaret style seating layout.

Thurs 16 Mar | 8.00pm | £15.00 | £13.00 [conc] Escaping the Irish famine 1850, onboard a ship bound from Belfast to Sydney. Five young women seek to become “mistresses of their own destiny.” But some find they cannot escape the nightmare of the lives they are leaving behind. As they draw nearer to the promised land, their connection to the past grows ever more powerful, eliciting rage, love, despair, and above all, hope. Directed for Bardic Theatre by Bugsy McMahon, ‘Belfast Girls’ contains strong language and adult themes. Presented by one of Northern Ireland’s leading amateur theatre groups.


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DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE Sat 18 Mar | 11.00am | £3.00 Dir: Robert Stevenson | 1959 87 Mins | Certificate U A lively old storyteller named Darby O’Gill is desperately seeking the famous pot of gold. There’s just one tiny little thing in his way: a 21-inch leprechaun named King Brian. But Darby must match his wits against the shrewd little trickster in order to get the prize. Disney’s classic tale features wonderful performances by Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Jimmy O’Dea and 007 himself, Sean Connery. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.

GEARÓID FARRELLY: GLAMOUR HAMMER Sat 18 Mar | 8.00pm | £18.00 After some time sitting on the couch, we are back to real life. Trousers instead of tracksuit bottoms and coffee and a biscuit instead of four gin and tonics and half a cheesecake. In this show Gearóid takes a look at the litany of things in our lives that just don’t measure up. Everything from his generic-looking cat to Shania Twain. He will also be examining the big issues that really sell tickets like mental health [INSERT SOMETHING SEARINGLY HONEST], masculinity [grrrr] and relationships [sexy stuff as opposed to splitting bills] and how we’re living in a time when we can say anything we like and it becomes the truth. Recommended for age 16+ as may contain strong language and adult themes. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.


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TERRA NOVA PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

THE TRUMPET & THE KING Sat 18 Mar | 8.00pm | £20.00 Bruised Orange is Ireland’s premier John Prine tribute band. Boasting some of Meath’s most experienced gigging musicians, the band is made up of Michael ‘Mike Mack’ McGarry [rhythm, guitar and vocals], Anthony Toby Cregan [lead guitar, vocals], Derek Matthews [bass and vocals], Steve Milne [keyboards] and Shay Carry [percussion]. Each member brings a unique set of talents and abilities to the group which provides a sensational live John Prine experience. The show is fronted by Mike Mack McGarry who accurately reflects John’s vocal range with similar ease of delivery, an affected twang and drawl, which thrive of a peculiar, domestic relation to country, folk, rhythm and blues. His storytelling and short anecdotes are also a testament to a Bruised Orange live show.

Wed 22 Mar | 7.30pm £15.00 | £13.00 [conc] R In the late 15th century, John Blanke, a young black musician of exceptional talent left the ancient city of Granada and made his way to the court of Henry VII of England. There he forged a surprising musical bond with the child who would become the infamous Henry VIII. These two extraordinary young men scramble their way to adulthood full of feeling, often outrageously funny, as they try to figure out love, sex, politics, and what it means to be a man.

Performed by two outstanding young actors, who effortlessly create all the characters of their Tudor world, ‘The Trumpet & The King’ is a play about music, belonging and friendship across religious and cultural divides, which will draw you effortlessly into the dramatic world of the early Tudors. Meticulously researched, written and directed here in Northern Ireland by playwright Andrea Montgomery, who is known for her giant Northern Irish Shakespeare projects. Soundscape by Nick Boyle. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.


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BANBRIDGE MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS

JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Thu 23 - Fri 24 Mar | 7.30pm | Sat 25 Mar | 2.00pm & 7.30pm Sun 26 Mar | 2.00pm & 6.00pm | £15.00 | £12.00 [children] i Award-winning Banbridge Musical Society are delighted to present the muchloved family classic ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. This musical with Lyrics by Tim Rice and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber is based on the character of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. It tells the journey of Joseph, son of Jacob, one of twelve brothers and his coat of many colours and features iconic pop and musical theatre classics such as ‘Any Dream Will Do’, ‘Close Every Door’ and ‘Go Go Go Joseph’. This is an Amateur Production by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd.

CITY OF ARMAGH FESTIVAL OF SPEECH & DRAMA Mon 27 - Fri 31 Mar | Fri 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 25th year, the Festival has gone from strength to strength and this year promises to be better again. Friday’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.


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THE ROBERT MIZZELL NASHVILLE SONGBOOK

THE HILARIOUS

Thurs 30 Mar | 8.00pm | £23.00 i Join Robert Mizzell plus special guests on his ‘Nashville Song Book’ concert tour. Let us take you on a musical and visual journey spanning fifty years of Country Music history. Featuring all of your favourite country songs in one special extravaganza!

Fri 31 Mar - Sat 1 Apr | 8.00pm | £25.00 Multi award-winning comedian, Conal Gallen, brings his hilarious stand-up comedy show back on the road for 2023. The Donegal man is known around Ireland and the UK for his hilariously quick wit, ribtickling stories and comedy songs! Don’t miss your chance to laugh the whole night away with one of Ireland’s all-time favourite comedians.


32 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, humour. The songs have all been selected because they say something that resonates with Pat and Dave musically and lyrically.

RISEN Sat 8 Apr | 2.00pm | £6.00 Dir: Kevin Reynolds | 2016 103 Mins | Certificate 12 Roman military tribune Clavius [Joseph Fiennes] remains set in his ways after serving 25 years in the army. He arrives at a crossroads when he is tasked with investigating the mystery of what happened to Jesus following His crucifixion. Accompanied by trusted aide Lucius [Tom Felton], his quest to disprove rumours of a risen Messiah makes him question his own beliefs and spirituality. As his journey takes him to places never dreamed of, Clavius discovers the truth that he’s been seeking.

ISOSCELES PRESENTS

SONGS FROM IRELAND Wed 12 Apr | 8.00pm | £15.00 R Back by popular demand, Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden return to their Irish roots for this intimate musical evening - Pat from Belfast and Dave from Dublin.

CONVINCING & POWERFUL THE TIMES

Between songs you will also be regaled with stories from their days in Ireland throughout the years. 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 MacCarthy, Van Morrison, Val Doonican, Richard Thompson, Dolores Keane, Christie Hennessy, Horslips, Johnny McEvoy, and many more. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.

AN EXCEPTIONAL GIFT THE SCOTSMAN


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JMG MUSIC GROUP PRESENTS

DECLAN NERNEY IN CONCERT Thurs 20 Apr | 8.00pm | £22.50 i Declan was born in the heart of Ireland in Drumlish Co Longford, at a unique period of time in the music scene worldwide. A revolution in rock and pop brought us The Beatles, Elvis, and the Rolling Stones, while here in Ireland the magnificent showband boom was about to explode.

Fri 14 - Sun 16 Apr | £10.00 i A weekend of dance, competition and celebration. Dancers from across the country will come together to compete, celebrate and grow in their art form. Like nothing you’ve ever seen before, Relevé is designed to really showcase the talent our country has to offer. Further details to follow.

A young man growing up at that time, Declan was being heavily influenced by these greats and indeed was getting the rare opportunity to see most of the top showbands appear in his native town. He would cajole his mother into seeing Joe Dolan, Big Tom, Philomena Begley, The Capital Showband, and many more perform. From his vantage point close to the stage, he would absorb every move made by the guitarist in the bands, watching his fingers slide along the strings, hoping that one day he might be up there performing just like Dan O’Hara or Seamus McMahon. Declan has gone on to have a super career that has spanned over four decades at the top of Irish Country Music, winning many accolades along the way and scoring countless hits with his catalogue of trademark songs. Join him and his super live band for a nostalgic night of music, song and laughter.


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SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Fri 21 Apr | 8.00pm | £25.50 Endorsed by Rod’s own family, ‘Some Guys Have All The Luck - The Rod Stewart Story’ is back in 2023 with its hotly-anticipated new production. Direct from The West End, the show brings to the stage an incredible live concert celebrating one of rock music’s most influential icons, Rod Stewart, and takes you on a musical journey that spans six decades from his humble beginnings in the R ‘n B clubs of the 1960’s, to world-famous rock sensation.

I’VE SEEN SOME ‘RODS’ IN MY TIME, BUT PAUL IS THE BEST ONE I’VE EVER SEEN. DON STEWART [ROD STEWART’S BROTHER]

Widely acknowledged as the UK’s best, frontman Paul Metcalfe is breathtaking as Rod and captures all the excitement, energy and charisma of the legendary performer including the phenomenal vocals, infamous moves and swaggering showmanship that have made Rod one of the most successful artists of all time. 2023’s new production showcases a brandnew set list, a new stage set, an even bigger lightshow and a world-class live band.

SHAKEY SHOWS PRESENTS

HARVEST LIVE Sat 22 Apr | 8.00pm | £22.00 Harvest [a tribute to Neil Young] are an eightpiece band who have been thrilling audiences for over twelve years. Formed in 2009, the band have played sell-out shows all over Ireland, including a performance of arguably Young’s greatest album ‘Harvest’ in full at Vicar Street in Dublin. The band have also played at the Electric Picnic Arts Festival and appeared on national TV and radio.

Patrons can expect to hear the band perform fan favourites from albums such as ‘Harvest’, ‘After The Gold Rush’, ‘Harvest Moon’ and ‘Freedom’, including timeless classics such as ‘Heart Of Gold’, ‘The Needle And The Damage Done’, ‘Old Man’, ‘Helpless’ and many more. If you like Neil Young, you will love Harvest.


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THE BARKING DOG THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

TEDDY’S BIRTHDAY Wed 26 Apr | 10.00am | £6.00

THEATRE PRODUCTIONS EUROPE LTD PRESENTS

THE DORIS DAY STORY Fri 28 Apr | 8.00pm | £17.00 This beautiful production from the producer and director of the award-winning ‘Eva Cassidy Story’, is an exposé of the life of Doris Day.

It’s Eddy the Teddy’s birthday. He told his best friend Sammy Ragdoll that he’d love a surprise. Sammy decides to throw a party and to make it a bigger surprise, she pretends to forget his birthday. The plan backfires as Eddy wanders off feeling sorry for himself. He’s wandered off without any breakfast and is soon hungry. Jack Blackbird, Pat the Dog and Robert the Frog offer him a worm, a bone and some flies but these don’t appeal. What makes matters worse, is that he’s now lost.

Meanwhile Sammy is searching for Eddy to get him to the party and give him some honey for his present. Will she find him in time? The show uses many elements of theatre, mime, puppetry and songs to join in with. It’s a perfect introduction to live entertainment for children who’ve never been to a show before, and a welcome return for Eddy the Teddy’s young fans. Suitable for children aged six years and under and their families. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.

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 jazz-singer to 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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SCOTT FLANIGAN & BAND Sat 29 Apr | 8.00pm | £15.00 R Hailing from Belfast, Scott Flanigan is one of the foremost keyboard players on the Irish jazz scene. He performs regularly across the United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe, and has recently collaborated with Van Morrison, the Ulster Orchestra, Rob Luft, Jim Mullen and Linley Hamilton. As a leader, Scott successfully tours his own contemporary piano trio, as well as a hard-swinging organ quartet. He also runs the successful Scott’s Jazz Club in East Belfast, a weekly jazz club bringing the best in Irish jazz to local audiences. This evening’s performance will feature guitarist Ant Law, Dave Redmond on bass and Kevin Brady on drums. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaret style seating layout.

FLEETWOOD DREAMS Sat 29 Apr | 8.00pm | £20.00 Fleetwood Dreams are a fully live six-piece Fleetwood Mac tribute band. This exciting two-hour show covers all the hits of the phenomenally successful Buckingham | Nicks era of the band, as well as a reference back to the classic Peter Green line-up, and is guaranteed to appeal to fans of all ages.


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MID ARMAGH COMMUNITY NETWORK PRESENTS

FLOWERS OF EDINBURGH Fri 5 May | 7.30pm | £8.00 i Mid Armagh Community Network have been running music and dance classes in Markethill for over twenty years and have over 100 students ranging from primary school to seniors taking weekly classes from September to June annually. This Ulster-Scots cultural concert will feature fiddle, highland dance, drama, choir and accordion students.

THEATRE TOURS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS

SHAVING THE DEAD

‘LAUGHOUT-LOUD DRAMA AT ITS VERY BEST!’ ONE4REVIEW

Fri 5 May | 8.00pm | £16.00 £14.00 [conc] | R Multiple Five Star hit at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe! The new bible-black comedy from Perrier Award nominee Owen O’Neill starring Olivier Award winner Guy Masterson and Alan McKee [Game of Thrones]. Undertakers, Welshman Eurig, and Coleraine man, Connor have depended 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 in the mysteriously heavy coffin, they ruminate on love, death and the meaning of life. ‘Waiting for Godot’ meets ‘The Dumb Waiter’ meets ‘Six Feet Under’!

OUTSTANDING COMEDY WRITING. A MASTERCLASS IN COMIC TIMING. ED’ GUIDE

This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.


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Sat 6 May | 8.00pm £13.00 | £11.00 [conc] i

Sam Cree’s 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.

THE PAUL SHERRY BAND Sat 6 May | 8.00pm | £13.00 Paul Sherry is one of Ireland’s most respected musicians. An award-winning guitar player since the age of sixteen and husband to the renowned Grainne Duffy who he also performs with, he has just released his solo album titled ‘Let it Flow’ which has received album of the week on RTE Lyric FM and is currently getting regular airplay nationwide. The album is a mixture of meditative acoustic with electric roots, rock songs. His raw rust and dust vocals and guitar playing live is a journey from acoustic to electric that flows from start to finish with energy, spirit and feel. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaret-style seating layout.


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ANNIE GET YOUR GUN [DEMENTIA FRIENDLY SCREENING]

Thurs 11 May | 11.00am | £3.00 [includes tea/coffee & biscuits] Dir: George Sidney | 1950 103 Mins | Certificate U Irving Berlin’s classic stage musical ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ finally reached the big screen in 1950, four years after it had taken Broadway by storm. The irresistible combination of the story of ground-breaking sharpshooter Annie Oakley, fantastic songs like the rousing anthem ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ and the setting of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, made most people feel it was worth the wait.

ALLISON DE GROOT & TATIANA HARGREAVES Thurs 11 May | 8.00pm | £14.00 For master musicians Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves, traditional banjo and fiddle music is a way to interpret our uncertain times, to draw artistic inspiration and power from the sources of meaning in their lives. Their first self-titled album released in 2019 garnered attention from CBC Q, Paste Magazine and Rolling Stone Country, earning the duo the Independent Music Awards ‘Best Bluegrass Album’. Hargreaves and de Groot create a sound that is adventurous, masterful, and original, as they expand on the eccentricities of old songs, while never losing sight of what makes them endure.

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. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaret style seating layout.

MOVING AND MESMERIZING

BLUEGRASS TODAY


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CRE8 THEATRE PRESENTS

SLEEPING BEAUTY Sat 13 May | 2.00pm | £10.00 £6.00 [conc] | £25.00 [family of 4]

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It’s Rose’s 10th birthday party. The room is full of bubbly people, friends and family, all coming to celebrate. The party vibe changes when Rose receives a music box as a gift, and the winding key breaks off. Rose escapes for some quiet time and on the way becomes distracted by the record player in the attic, which appears to be drawing her in. Rose goes to play a record and pricks her finger, falling into a deep sleep. When she wakes up, she’s 16 years old and finds herself in the most fantastical forest world full of obscure characters, familiar faces and 80’s inspired music. Will she fix the music box? What lessons will Rose learn on her journey through the enchanted forest? When will she wake up? Sleeping Beauty is a modern adaption of the well-known fairy tale. The production has been carefully crafted by a team of deaf and hearing artists and places visual storytelling and BSL interpreting at the centre of the production. The audience experience has also been constructed with attention to detail, paying particular attention to vibrational experience in storytelling, making this an accessible, enjoyable, high quality and equal theatre experience for d/Deaf and hearing audiences. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.


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THE PM BIG BAND PRESENTS

PM BIG BAND: AN EVENING OF SWING & SONG Sat 13 May | 8.00pm | £15.00 The PM Big Band, with its fabulous vocalists David Hamilton and Ceara Grehan, are excited to be back in The Market Place Theatre. The band pays homage through the great American Song Book to legendary artists such as Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington as well as performing up-to-date arrangements by Michael Bublé and popular music from film and stage. Come along and hear this fabulous band for yourself - we guarantee a night of lively, toetapping music which will leave you ‘humming’ the weekend through.

C21 THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

EXPECTING BY CHARIS MCROBERTS Sat 13 May | 8.00pm | £15.00 | £13.00 [conc] R Shauna and Robbie are expecting… different things. Faced with communication barriers while trying to access maternity services, Shauna expects that motherhood won’t be easy. Robbie can’t wait to be a dad. Then she arrives. Encountering financial difficulties alongside the arrival of baby Aisling and the barriers Shauna faces, Robbie spirals into depression - putting a strain on their relationship.

Shauna and Robbie adjust their expectations, finding a way back to each other. Break down barriers with c21 Theatre Company and this accessible, poetic new show as Shauna and Robbie plunge into parenthood. Will they sink or swim? Directed by Stephen Kelly. This play explores experiences unique to the deaf community whilst trying to access maternity services from health care professionals. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.


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SRC MUSIC DEPARTMENT PRESENTS

SRC MUSIC SHOWCASE 2023 Wed 17 May | 7.00pm | £5.00 Free with SRC Student ID i Once again, the Southern Regional College’s Music Department will be taking to the stage for their annual showcase event. Come along and enjoy the fantastic mix of music and creativity, as they share their work, new releases and celebrate the end of what has been an incredible year.

MASKED PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

SRC PERFORMING ARTS: THE FINAL CURTAIN CALL 2023 Thurs 18 May | 7.00pm | £5.00 | Free with SRC Student ID i Performed and produced by Performing Arts students from Southern Regional College, The Final Curtain Call is a celebration and showcase of the work created throughout the year. So, sit back, relax and enjoy an evening of theatre you’ll not want to miss.


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THE ROY ORBISON STORY Fri 19 May | 8.00pm | £26.00 In 1963, Roy Orbison performed for the first time, at The Adelphi in Slough. In December 2018 ‘The Roy Orbison Story’ performed at The Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End. In 2017, Roy Orbison classics were remastered by The Philharmonic Orchestra. The Roy Orbison Story proudly present their versions of these masterpieces. Barry Steele and a fabulous cast of musicians and singers will take you on a musical journey from ‘The Black and White Night’ right through to The Traveling Wilburys and beyond - with so much more in between. They promise they’ll have you dancing in those aisles, in an evening jam-packed with solid gold hits.

TCB PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

THE ELVIS SPECTACULAR Sat 20 May | 8.00pm | £20.00 i Elvis is currently riding high in the media again with the general release of the new Blockbuster movie, so what better time to treat yourself to tickets to ‘The Elvis Spectacular Show’ starring Ciaran Houlihan and his TCB Band and The Sweet Sensations. The show will feature a full live band, authentic costumes created by Gene Douchette who was costume maker to Elvis, and large screen projections, promising a brilliant night out with Ireland’s premier Elvis show. Their last visit to The Market Place was a sell-out, so book early to ensure you don’t end up in Heartbreak Hotel!


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Thurs 25 May | 8.00pm | £26.50 i Join five of Ireland’s top singing stars for a blistering ‘Summer Country with the Stars Show’ that features a line-up even Nashville would be proud of! The stellar bill includes the legendary accordion maestro Brendan Shine, the gentle giant of country music from Longford Mick Flavin, the talented man from Mayo Gerry Guthrie, the energetic Shawn Cuddy, and the fantastic vocalist from Tyrone Jim Devine, who each will perform their trademark hits in the company of the fabulous Keltic Storm backing band, making this a show you certainly won’t want to miss. This is a rare opportunity to see so many fabulous acts all on one stage, so early booking is advisable.

ROBERT C KELLY & THEATER MOGUL BY SPECIAL LICENSE FROM GFOUR PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL 2 CRUISING THROUGH MENOPAUSE Fri 26 May | 6.00pm & 8.30pm | £29.50

With an all-star cast to be announced, we present ‘Menopause The Musical 2 - Cruising Through Menopause’. In this hilarious sequel to the smash-hit ‘Menopause The Musical’, we fast forward five years to catch up with the same four characters for tales of their lives, loves and losses as they set off on the high seas.

Hot flushes, mood swings, memory lapses and weight gain. ‘Cruising Through Menopause’ is a truly funny, heartfelt and reassuring look at the ‘joys’ of menopause. When your life is a bumpy ride full of twists and turns, it’s hard to find and keep true friends. But step on board and we’ll take you on a trip of self-discovery, love and friendship all backed by a soundtrack of hysterical parodied hits! For these four ladies, the menopause was not the beginning of the end, but the beginning of a beautiful friendship where love conquers, and friendships never fail. So, all aboard and we’ll have you laughing, and maybe even crying, as you join us for ‘Menopause the Musical 2’. Recommended for age 16+.


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A celebration of contemporary and traditional craft on display, craft demonstrations and handson experiences. Exhibitions, stalls, creative workshops, children’s arts and craft experiences, talks, music and entertainment.

Sat 27 May | 10.30am - 4.00pm

Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh FEATURING: Craft Stalls | Craft Demonstrations | Craft Workshops Enjoy a wonderful day out for all the family at the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre. 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. Enjoy delicious coffee, refreshments and musical entertainment throughout the day. DON’T MISS OUR UNIQUE SELECTION OF CREATIVE WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS THROUGOUT THE SPRING SEASON!


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NIAMH IS OUTSTANDING THE ROLLSROYCE OF IRISH ROCK RTE

THE ILLEGALS WITH NIAMH KAVANAGH Sat 3 June | 8.00pm | £20.00 i Ireland’s amazing tribute to the music of The Eagles and others makes a welcome return to The Market Place. Bigger and better than ever, The Illegals are back at The Market Place with their popular ‘Common Thread’ show.

‘connected’ others from the West Coast sound. Audiences really love the Illegals live – an entertaining night of vocal harmony, superb musicianship, unforgettable songs and great fun - served up by a band at the top of its game.

Every year, the Illegals delve deeper into the Eagles and other back-catalogues to keep their dynamic live show fresh but familiar to packed venues throughout Ireland. ‘A Common Thread’ sees Niamh and the band belting out a superb set from The Eagles and

You’ll hear classic tracks from Linda Rondstadt, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty and others, as well as all the top favourites from Eagles and some favourites from Fleetwood Mac: ‘Hotel California’, ‘The Chain’, ‘Desperado’, ‘Dreams’ and more...

ESSENTIALLY CHER LIVE IN CONCERT Fri 9 June | 8.00pm | £20.00 i If you could Turn Back Time what would your ideal night out be? Trisha McCluney is Essentially Cher - Ireland’s only live tribute to the Dark Lady, and has fast become one of the most in-demand tribute artists in the UK. Trisha’s undeniable vocals and visual likeness, while replicating Cher’s most iconic pop image, leaves no doubt, this is one of the most remarkable tributes around. Encapsulating with ease the edgy humour and sass of one of America’s most famous pop and rock idols with her band live in concert! With an enormous catalogue of pop, rock and disco hits including ‘Walking in Memphis’, ‘Believe’, ‘Jessie James’, ‘Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves’, ‘Strong Enough’, along with an exciting 70’s section dedicated to Abba, as featured on Cher’s recent Dancing Queen Album, there is Cher to be something for everyone.


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BELFAST MA: THE TENERIFE TWO Fri 16 June | 8.00pm | £20.00 The Belfast Ma is back with her brand-new show ‘The Tenerife Two’. Enjoy the antics of everyone’s favourite Ma, Sadie Devine and her sister Theresa as they embark on their 3-Star All Exclusive Holiday to Tenerife. The Sun, the sea, the sangria and, of course, the 20,000 Superkings. This is one holiday not to be missed, so grab your boarding pass and climb onboard. Sure, it’s gonna be a scorcher.

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Recommended for age 16+ as may contain strong language and adult themes.

THE MARKET PLACE THEATRE ARMAGH

VOUCHERS A Market Place Theatre Gift voucher makes an ideal present for a loved one, friend or colleague and is ideal for any occasion including that elusive Christmas or Birthday present. Gift Vouchers are available in any denomination and can be purchased from The Theatre Box Office.


NATURE PRINTING WORKSHOP Sat 21 Jan | 10.00am - 1.00pm | £25.00

WORKSHOPS IMPORTANT NOTES FOR ADULT AND CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS Enrolment closes seven days prior to workshop date. | 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 | All adult classes are suitable for age 16+. | 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. | Breaks and lunch breaks for full day courses are arranged by the tutor on the morning of the workshop. There are no catering services available at the Market Place Theatre. Participants should bring their own lunch or avail of the many cafés, restaurants and shops close to the venue. Tea and coffee will be provided in the workshop room free of charge throughout the workshop. Children attending workshops should bring a drink and small snack.

This workshop draws upon the historical process of hand printing techniques onto Irish linen using natural plant material to create unique artworks. You will use fresh seasonal and dried foliage and the associated folklore and symbolism of plants to create a range of artworks that connect to the local landscape through expressive marks and patterns. Working with coloured paints and inks you will learn how to create washed backgrounds to complement your printed plant and foliage designs. Frames will be provided so that you can select a piece of printed work to mount and frame as an artwork that is ready to hang at home. Max No: 10 | Suitable for 16+ Tutor: Ruth Osborne [Ruth Osborne Art]


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ART NOUVEAU FLORALS Sat 21 Jan | 10.00am - 12.00pm | £12.00 Create a ‘stained glass’ piece in the ornamental style of Art Nouveau. Taking inspiration from both organic and geometric forms, you will create your own Art Nouveau inspired cards using acrylic markers [and of course gold]. You will also paint a floral design using glass paint on a framed perspex sheet. The finished ‘stained glass’ design can be hung as a see-through piece in a window or be backed by white paper ready to be hung on a wall. Max No: 12 | Age 7-12 years | Tutor: Lina Morgan [A Misty Kind of Blue]

THAI COOKING VEGAN & VEGETARIAN Thurs 26 Jan | 7.00pm - 9.00pm | £22.00 Step into the kitchen with chef Chanida and learn her secrets to making authentic Thai food that were passed on to her from her grandparents. Chanida will share her passion for cooking her country’s food, guiding you step-by-step through the essential flavours, techniques and recipes of vegan Thai food. This class is designed for people of all experience levels, from total beginners to seasoned cooks looking to broaden their horizons.

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By understanding commonly used ingredients, cooking techniques and traditions, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to cook your own delicious Thai feasts as you create a three-course meal. Chanida will also provide free recipes to take home. During this workshop you will taste and eat the food you have made as part of the experience. All ingredients supplied, however participants should bring an apron and take-home food containers. Please notify the tutor of any allergies prior to attending the course. Inform Box Office at time of booking to receive tutor email address. Max: 10 | Suitable for 16+ Tutors: Thai Arts NI


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CREATIVE WRITING FICTION & NON-FICTION

WOODTURNING FOR BEGINNERS

Thurs 26 Jan - Thurs 2 March [6 Weeks] 7.00pm - 9.00pm | £65.00

Fri 27 or Sat 28 Jan | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £55.00

This six-week Creative Writing course is for those who want to discover and progress their creative writing skills. Looking at both fiction and non-fiction, we will explore how to bring ideas, images and characters to life. We look at ways of energising language and developing plot. We also discuss how to avoid problems and pitfalls. Through supportive and constructive feedback, you will learn the ways of drafting and crafting to make your own writing captivating. Mary Montague is a poet, novelist and nature writer. She has authored two highly praised collections of poetry and her work has been published in numerous anthologies and journals, and translated into several languages. She is the recipient of the 2019 Poetry Ireland Tyrone Guthrie Centre Mid-Career Bursary, and several awards from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Her first novel is forthcoming. She is a contributor to The Guardian’s Country Diary. Max No: 12 Suitable for Age 18+ Tutor: Mary Montague

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 of work 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 | Tutor: Jim Kelly [Irish Wood Turners Guild - Ulster Chapter]


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NEEDLE FELTING - SEASCAPE OR LANDSCAPES

WOODTURNING

Sat 28 Jan | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £35.00

This two-day course, with experienced tutor Jim Kelly is suitable for those who have attended a beginner’s course or who have some experience of woodturning. During the two days, the emphasis will be on accuracy and fitting of components together.

Learn to create a beautiful needle felted seascape or landscape under the guidance of textile artist Louisa Kelly. Louisa will teach you both wet felting and needle felting techniques including carding your wool and fibres, layering and blending colours, creating texture and detail. You will be able to frame your artwork at home for a professional finish ready for display as a stunning interior piece or presented as a gift. All materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring images for inspiration and observation to work from. Max No: 12 | Suitable for 16+ Tutor: Louisa Kelly

[2-DAY INTERMEDIATE | IMPROVERS COURSE] Fri 3 & Sat 4 Feb | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £80.00

Each participant will have the use of a lathe and safety equipment will be provided. Tools will be available, however participants are encouraged to bring their own tools. A ProEdge sharpening system will be available throughout the two days. A bench grinder will be provided however participants may bring their own grinder for their personal use only. All materials, finishes etc. will be provided. 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 | Tutor: Jim Kelly [Irish Wood Turners Guild - Ulster Chapter]


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SILVER REEF KNOT & TWISTED SILVER RINGS OR EARRINGS Sat 4 Feb | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £40.00 Spend a day of fun and make a reef knot and twisted silver rings or pair of earrings under the guidance of goldsmith Diane Lyness. Each participant will be taught traditional jewellery making techniques such as piercing, soldering, shaping, texturing and polishing to create a unique pair of rings or earrings to take home. No previous experience is required. Please bring an apron to protect clothing. Max No: 10 | Suitable for 16+ Tutor: Diane Lyness [Goldsmith]

HOLIDAY SPANISH BEGINNERS Sat 4 Feb - Sat 11 Mar [6-week course] 10.00am - 12.00pm | £50.00 Planning a holiday to Spain or simply interested in the language and the culture? Then come along and learn Spanish in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with native teacher Maria Lema Moreira. This course covers the basic language needed on a visit to Spain. You will learn how to introduce yourself and interact in everyday situations such as buying drinks at a bar, ordering food at a restaurant, shopping for clothes, booking transportation at train and bus offices, asking for directions and much more! Max No: 12 | Tutor: Maria Lema Moreira


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INTRODUCTION TO CAKE DECORATING FOR ADULTS Sat 11 Feb | 1.30pm - 4.30pm | £28.00

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Sat 11 Feb | 10.00am - 12.00pm | £15.00 Learn to prepare and decorate a cake to a professional finish with tutor Rosemary Hughes from Rosie’s Country Kitchen. You will be guided through the stages of preparing your split-level cake to create a sponge with crumb coat. Cover your cake and drum with sugar paste for a perfect finish. Rosemary will share her top tips on types of paste to use and techniques to perfect your chosen cake colour. Finally make your own hand-made decorations using different cutters and modelling tools for the perfect finish.

Learn how to use a variety of cake decorating techniques to create beautiful cakes with a professional finish. Under the guidance of tutor Rosemary Hughes, you will learn to cover a 6-inch round celebration cake. Split, level and prepare your sponge cake and professionally prepare your sponge with crumb coat. Cover your cake and drum with sugar paste for a perfect finish.Rosemary will share her top tips on types of paste to use and colouring techniques. Creating your own hand-made decorations using different cutters and modelling tools, you will perfect the finishing touches for your cake.

Children will bring home their boxed finished sponge cake. All equipment and ingredients are included. Children should bring their own apron and a drink.

Participants will bring home their boxed finished sponge cake. All equipment and ingredients are included. Full notes will be available for you to take home. All you need to bring is an apron.

Max No: 10 | Suitable for 10 -16 years Tutor: Rosemary Hughes [Rosie’s Country Kitchen]

Max No: 12 | Suitable for 16+ Tutor: Rosemary Hughes


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SPRAY PAINTING WORKSHOP

MODERN MINI-MASTERS - TAMMY KANAT ‘CIRCLES OF LIFE’

Sat 18 Feb | 10.00am - 1.00pm | £30.00

Sat 18 Feb | 10.00am - 12.00pm | £12.00

Artist Zippy will introduce you to the art of using spray paint as a medium to create your own piece of art on canvas. You will learn the process of designing, cutting and layering your stencils to build your design. Zippy will demonstrate spray-painting techniques to ensure that your artwork has a professional quality finish. At the end of this workshop you will take home a unique multi-coloured contemporary artwork that will look fantastic on any interior wall. This workshop is for beginners or those interested in the art of spray painting or mural artwork. Ideal for students studying GCSE, AS or A Level Art, Design, or Technology to build their coursework content. Zippy is an experienced local mural artist working within the medium of spray paint for several years. Max: 10 | Suitable for 16+ Tutor: Zipporah Reynolds [Artist Zippy]

This Modern Mini Masters will introduce you to the exciting Australian weaver and fibre artist Tammy Kanat. Taking inspiration from Kanat’s ‘Circles of Life’ pieces, you will create your own circular tapestry. Choosing colours to create a balanced and exciting piece, you will work with a variety of different threads, strings and woven fibres. These will be threaded, stitched or weaved onto a sieve creating a circular pattern. Please note that this is not an embroidery workshop but an exploration of textile art where the children will be ‘drawing with thread’. We will be using bigger sized and child friendly blunt needles. Max No: 12 | Suitable for 7- 12 Years Tutor: Lina Morgan [A Misty Kind of Blue]


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IRISH HAREANIMAL PAINTING WORKSHOP

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Sat 25 Feb 10.00am - 1.00pm | £25.00 This half-day workshop with professional artist Lorraine Fletcher will interest all young animal enthusiasts who like to paint using lots of colour! The participants will create their own acrylic painting on canvas of the Irish Hare, but with added colour and room for individual interpretation under Lorraine’s guidance. All materials are provided. Children should bring a drink and snack for a short break during this threehour session. Max No: 8 Suitable for 10-16 Years Tutor: Lorraine Fletcher

SPRING NUNO FELTED LANDSCAPE Sat 25 Feb | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £35.00 Join textile artist Caóilfíonn Murphy O’Hanlon, as she guides you through the process of creating your own wool and silk painting use wet felting techniques. You will learn how to build up your textures and explore carding techniques, prefelt inclusions, nuno techniques and how to manipulate a variety of wools and silks. Bring a small and large towel, basin | bowl and some photos|pictures for inspiration. Max: 12 | Suitable for 16+ Tutor: Caóilfionn Murphy O’Hanlon [Cushla of Gullion]


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SOAP MAKING WITH ‘NATURALLY SOAP’ Sat 4 Mar | 10.00am - 12.30pm or 2.00pm - 4.30pm | £23.00 If you are interested in making your own hand-made soap using only natural ingredients with natural fragrances, 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 in this workshop will enable you to go home and make your own soap with ease. All materials will be provided, however attendees must bring their own apron, a small towel and wear long sleeves and full shoes. Max No: 10 | Suitable for 18+ | Tutors: Pamela Mawhinney & Irene Gourley [Naturally Soap]

CONTEMPORARY WEAVING WITH LITTLE TANGLE: ABSTRACT WALL HANGING Sat 4 Mar | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £50.00 Contemporary designer and weaver Karolina Lisek from Little Tangle hosts a one-day tapestry weaving workshop exploring the art of hand weaving in a modern context. Karolina will teach the foundation skills of tapestry weaving with participants using her new larger sized frame looms. Participants will create an abstract wall hanging using a range of techniques such as plain weave, rya knotting and sumak. As well as covering the basic techniques, the workshop will encourage individual expression and experimentation through the use of texture, colour and composition. All materials will be provided. Max No: 12 | Tutor: Karolina Lisek [Little Tangle]


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CONCERTINA NATURE BOOK PRINT WORKSHOP Fri 10 Mar | 10.30am - 3.30pm | £35.00 In this session you will work with native foliage and a variety of markmaking and printmaking processes to create a concertina nature book, which explores the symbolism and meaning associated with native plants. Artist Ruth Osborne will guide you through a variety of processes using a range of materials including inks, watercolours and charcoal, and working on a variety of papers and fabrics. The artworks can be collaged together to create a beautiful nature book. Max: 10 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Ruth Osborne

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Sat 11 Mar | 10.00am - 12.00pm | £15.00 Calling all star bakers and sweet treat lovers! This celebration cupcake decorating workshop will introduce you to the skills and techniques for creating amazing cupcakes every time. You’ll get hands-on experience decorating a box of twelve cupcakes to take home. Learn to pipe buttercream like a pro and handle and colour using florist paste. Colour and cut sugar paste to top your cupcakes for a domed finish then complete your creations by making rainbow, marbled and colourful fun shapes from icing and fondant. For this fun, informal day you don’t need to bring any equipment along, everything will be ready and waiting for you to get stuck in. Max No: 10 | Suitable for age 8+ Tutor: Rosemary Hughes [Rosie’s Country Kitchen]


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THE POETRY OF ST. PATRICK Sat 11 Mar | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £23.00

THAI STREET FOOD WORKSHOP Sat 18 Mar | 10.00am - 12.00noon | £22.00

A one-day workshop to celebrate and explore poetry. Whether you are already writing poetry, or would like to start, this workshop invites you to be guided by the life and legends of St Patrick. Beginning in the home of our poetic tradition, you will contemplate the treasures of your heart. You will also journey to further horizons following the inspiration of contemporary poetic forms. Exploring myth and memory, your love of nature and of people, you will find new ways to write in a friendly and encouraging environment. Max No: 12 | Age 18+ | Tutor: Mary Montague

Aromatic, lightly prepared dishes are the signatures of Thai cuisine. No wonder it is so popular. Join chef Chanida at this practical hands-on session where you will use authentic Thai ingredients to create popular Thai street food dishes full of flavour. This class is designed for people of all experience levels, from total beginners to seasoned cooks looking to broaden their horizons. By understanding commonly used ingredients, cooking techniques and traditions, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to cook your own delicious Thai feasts as you create a three-course meal.

This workshop includes meat dishes and meat will be included in the particular recipes for this class. During this workshop you will taste and eat the food you have made as part of the experience. All ingredients supplied however participants should bring an apron and take-home food containers. Please notify the tutor of any allergies prior to attending the course. Inform Box Office at time of booking to receive tutor email address. Max: 10 | Suitable for 16+ Tutors: Thai Arts NI


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WET FELTMAKING FOR KIDS Sat 25 Mar | 10.00am - 12.00pm | £15.00

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MOTHER’S DAY HAT BOX GIFT ARRANGEMENT Sat 18 Mar | 10.00am - 12.00pm £50.00 The gift of flowers is always a perfect choice for Mother’s Day but can be made even more special when you have designed and created the arrangement yourself. Join Romaine Hodgen for this fun and social flower arranging experience as she teaches you the skills and techniques to make your own fresh flower filled hatbox using seasonal flowers matched with luxurious ribbons.

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Your beautiful arrangement will be finished to a professional standard and will make a fantastic and thoughtful gift for Mother’s Day, for a friend or as a table centrepiece for your own home. You’ll learn top tips for design and caring for flowers, so you keep on creating at home. The workshop is suitable for all abilities, from beginners to those looking to develop their floristry skills. All materials are supplied but we would ask you to bring along your own scissors and/or secateurs and an apron. Max: 20 | Suitable for 16+ Tutor: Romaine Hodgen [Flowerworks]

Create a spring nature inspired wet felted picture using soft, colourful and fluffy merino wool. Tutor Louisa Kelly will guide you step-by-step through the process of design, carding your wool and laying your wool fibres, blending colours and adding texture to your wool painting. This tactile hands-on class will be a firm favourite, with lots of opportunity for self-expression and creativity. Work from your imagination or bring along some inspiring images that you would love to see turned into a vibrant felt picture. Max: 10 | Ages 8 - 16 years | Tutor: Louisa Kelly


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FUSED GLASS EASTER LANDSCAPE Sat 25 Mar | 10.00am - 3.00pm | £50.00 Join expert glass artist Keith Sheppard for this fused glass workshop to create a beautiful 20” x 10” freestanding curved glass landscape or two 10” x 10” glass landscapes. The freestanding piece will look stunning set close to a window or in the evenings will glow beautifully with a small candle set behind it. The two flat glass landscapes can be set in one or two mounted box frames and hung as a decorative artwork on the wall. Working with different coloured glass Keith will teach you various design techniques; demonstrate the tools required for glass cutting and how to work safely and handle glass with confidence. Your completed fused glass landscapes will be taken back to Keith’s studio for firing and returned to the venue one to two weeks later for collection. All tools and materials will be provided. You may wish to bring your own safety glasses. Please wear suitable clothing and flat shoes. PLEASE NOTE: Completed glass decorations will not be returned by post. Collection only from the venue. Max No: 8 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Keith Sheppard [Glass Artistry]

DORSET BUTTON & JEWELLERY MAKING Sat 25 Mar | 10.00am - 1.00pm £25.00 Join designer Debbie McCann to learn the beautiful art of traditional Dorset Button making. 400 years from cottage industry to contemporary design. You will firstly learn about the

history of Dorset Button making before being guided step-bystep to make your own cross wheel buttons working with an array of coloured fine wools. Fashion your buttons to make a unique contemporary jewellery necklace, brooch or other quirky embellishment to take home. Suitable for beginners or anyone who loves needle work and designing their own bespoke jewellery. All materials supplied. Max: 8 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Debbie McCann [Wee Yarn Designs]


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SEASONAL EASTER DOOR WREATH Sat 1 Apr | 10.00am - 12.00noon or 1.30pm - 3.30pm | £50.00 Join our Easter wreath workshop taught by experienced florist Romaine Hodgen from Flowerworks. Create a large fresh flower and foliage long lasting wreath perfect for your front door this spring. Using fresh seasonal spring flowers and foliage in an oasis wreath ring you will decorate with Easter accessories and ribbon. During this two-hour class you will learn lots of top tips for choosing, conditioning and caring for flowers including some basic floristry skills. No previous experience is necessary. All flowers and materials will be provided, however, we would ask you to bring your own scissors or secateurs and an apron. At the end of this workshop, you will bring home a fabulous floral wreath to adorn your home or front door and the skills to re-create it again and again. Max No: 20 | Tutor: Romaine Hodgen [Flowerworks]

TEXTILE PRINTMAKING Sat 1 Apr | 10.00am - 2.00pm | £35.00 During this day course you will make your very own screen-printed design on textile by creating a hand crafted and cut stencil/template of your design with the choice of coloured inks. This workshop is suitable for beginners or those interested in the process of screen printing and layering work. Artist Zippy will discuss the principles of screen printing and demonstrate step-by-step how to use the materials to get the best finish on your textile. At the end of the workshop you will have a unique piece of artwork to frame or for use in interior design such as a cushion. Max: 10 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Zipporah Reynolds [Artist Zippy]


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Sat 8 Apr | 10.00am - 12.00pm | £12.00 We are going local for this Modern Mini Master session! We will take a look at the works of Bangor-based textile artist and printmaker Lucy Turner. We will create prints inspired by nature using different types of materials and printing techniques. We will also be experimenting with tissue paper and dots, creating our own versions of Turner’s artwork ‘Flowerbomb Iris’, and preparing for Easter by creating some daring hares or bouncing bunnies. It will be a colourful and seasonal springtime creative session. Max No: 12 | Suitable for 7-12 Years | Tutor: Lina Morgan [A Misty Kind of Blue]


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TRADITIONAL WILLOW BASKET WEAVING Sat 15 Apr | 10.00am - 5.00pm £50.00 Experience the traditional art of basket weaving with the assistance of experienced craft tutor and basket maker Sabine Wolniczak from Beaghmore Baskets. You will learn the techniques and skills involved in this ancient craft to complete your own traditional Irish skib using locally grown, harvested and seasoned willow. You are guaranteed to embark on a stimulating and invigorating experience. All materials supplied. Please wear sturdy flat shoes and bring an apron or old shirt. Max No:7 | Tutor: Sabine Wolniczak [Beaghmore Baskets]

DESIGN YOUR OWN STERLING SILVER NECKLACE OR EARRINGS Sat 22 Apr | 10.00am - 4.00pm £40.00 This silver smithing workshop will provide the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a bespoke piece of jewellery or make a special gift for a loved one. Under the guidance of goldsmith Diane Lyness, you will design and make a unique silver necklace or set of earrings using traditional jewellery making techniques. You will be taught piercing, soldering, shaping, texturing and polishing to create a beautiful piece of jewellery to take home. No previous experience is required. All you need to bring is an apron and bundles of enthusiasm! Max No: 10 | Suitable for 16+ Tutor: Diane Lyness [Goldsmith]


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TRADITIONAL RUSTIC WOODEN STOOL TRADITIONAL WOOD CRAFT Sat 29 Apr | 10.00am - 6.00pm | £80.00 Green woodwork is one of the most accessible and enjoyable woodcrafts you can experience. Using traditional tools to shape green [unseasoned] wood is a pleasure that is hard to match. The beauty of green wood lies in its ability to be shaped easily as it is soft and easily worked with hand tools.

PAINTING WITH INK Sat 22 Apr | 2.00pm - 4.00pm | £18.00 Join illustrator Nuala Monaghan for this ink workshop that will explore painting techniques to create beautiful works of art on quality paper and card that can be framed. Focusing on images from nature and the garden, participants will leave the class with an appreciation for light and tone as well as the delicacy required in using the watery medium, fine tuning skills which are applicable to other painterly mediums. Perfect for GCSE and A-Level Art students, as well as Art enthusiasts and those who simply wish to try something new. Nuala specialises in Illustration and regularly draws and paints with inks. Max No: 12 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Nuala Monaghan

Stephen Ryan from Green Woodwork Ireland will teach you the skills needed to make your own piece of furniture in the form of a small rustic bench, encompassing the use of the shave horse and a variety of hand tools including the drawknife, auger drill and spoke shave. Aimed at the complete novice or those with some experience, this course is suitable to people both young and old. Tools, equipment and refreshments provided. Please wear old clothes, an over-shirt or apron to protect clothing and wear sturdy shoes. Max: 6 | Suitable for age 16+ Tutor: Steve Ryan [Green Woodwork Ireland]


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PRINT AND COLLAGE GEL PLATE WORKSHOP Sat 29 Apr | 10.30am - 3.00pm | £30.00 Gel plate printing is a unique, fun and creative way to create artworks. During the course of this workshop, you will explore a variety of ways to use the Gel plate to create your own designs. Using inks and paint along with a range of Italian printing papers, fabrics [including Irish linen], found objects and foliage, you will create a series of hand-printed decorative designs that explore texture, colour and shape. These papers will then be used to create unique collage artworks. A frame will be supplied so that you can take home your own collage artwork to hang at home. Max: 10 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Ruth Osborne

HAND STITCHED & DYED LEATHER SATCHEL [2-DAY WORKSHOP] Fri 5 & Sat 6 May | 9.30am - 4.30pm each day | £95.00 Learn to make a statement hand stitched and punched leather satchel in this twoday course under the guidance of textile artist and designer Enda Kenny. You will work with vegetable tanned leather and learn how to cut leather by hand, hand dye the leather to your chosen colour, use leather punches to create stitching holes and saddle stitch the satchel using waxed thread. For a beautiful, refined finish, you will seal the leather to make your satchel waterproof and add straps for the perfect fit. All materials included. Please wear old clothing or an apron to cover up, as we will be using leather dyes/pigments. Max: 8 | Suitable for 18+ | Tutor: Enda Kenny


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THAI COOKING Sat 6 May | 10.30am - 12.30pm or 2.00pm - 4.00pm | £24.00

PAINT YOUR PET - ANIMAL PAINTING WORKSHOP Sat 13 May | 10.00am - 4.00pm | £50.00 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.

The best Thai food comes from using the freshest ingredients, along with the skilful art of preparation and combining the right ingredients at the right time to create an exceptional dish. Unlock the secrets of Thai cooking and master the art to impress your loved ones at home. In this workshop, you will be engaging your five senses to achieve these authentic Thai flavours. This class is designed for people of all experience levels, from total beginners to seasoned cooks looking to broaden their horizons. By understanding commonly used ingredients, cooking techniques and traditions, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to cook your own delicious Thai feasts as you create a three-course meal. During this workshop, you will taste and eat the food you have made as part of the experience. All ingredients supplied however, participants should bring an apron and take-home food containers. The recipes in this workshop contain meat. Please notify the tutor of any allergies prior to attending the course. Inform Box Office at time of booking to receive tutor email address. Max: 10 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutors: Thai Arts NI

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 high-resolution 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


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FUSED GLASS WORKSHOP - SEASCAPE COASTERS Sat 13 May | 10.00am - 2.00pm | £45.00 Unleash your creativity and try something new at this gentle introduction to glass fusing specifically designed for complete beginners. You will make four glass coasters | tile sized projects 10cm square, with a seascape design using copper oxide. A number of designs will be readily available - starfish, shrimp, coral, seahorse, clam, dolphin, turtle, fish, etc. However, if you wish, you can make up your own simple design at the workshop. Tutor Keith Sheppard will teach you various design techniques; demonstrate the tools required for glass cutting, how to work safely and handle glass with confidence. Your completed fused glass coasters will be taken back to Keith’s studio for firing and returned to the venue one to two weeks later for collection. All tools and materials will be provided. You may wish to bring your own safety glasses. Please wear suitable clothing and flat shoes. PLEASE NOTE: Completed glass decorations will not be returned by post. Collection only from the venue. Max No: 8 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Keith Sheppard [Glass Artistry]

CUPCAKE DECORATING FOR ADULTS Sat 20 May | 10.00am - 1.00pm | £26.00 Get creative in the kitchen with some cupcake decorating for adults. Through demonstration and hands-on learning, you will make and use a variety of toppings including American buttercream, Italian buttercream, cream cheese frosting, Russian buttercream and Ganache. Understand how to use the equipment and master the art of application to produce beautifully decorated and professional cupcakes. Gain valuable skills and add the final finishing touches to your baking. All equipment and ingredients are included. All you need to bring is an apron. Max No: 12 | Suitable for Age 16+ | Tutor: Rosemary Hughes [Rosie’s Country Kitchen]


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SPOON CARVING GREEN WOODWORK Sat 20 May | 10.00am - 5.30pm | £70.00 Spoon carving is one of the most accessible and enjoyable woodcrafts you can experience. Using traditional tools to shape green [unseasoned] wood is a pleasure that is hard to match. The beauty of green wood lies in its ability to be shaped easily as it is soft and easily worked with hand tools. During this one-day workshop, Stephen Ryan from Green Woodwork Ireland will teach you the skills needed to become a traditional spoon carver. Each participant will learn axe, straight and hook knife carving skills to produce their own cooking spoon from locally sourced, freshly cut wood. All tools and materials are supplied. This course is suited to all levels including complete beginners. Due to the use of sharp tools during the class, sturdy boots or shoes should be worn. Please wear old clothes, overall or apron to protect clothing. Max: 6 | Suitable for 18+ Tutor: Steve Ryan [Green Woodwork Ireland]

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CELEBRATING TRADITIONAL & CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS Sat 27 May | 10.30am - 4.00pm

A celebration of contemporary and traditional craft on display, craft demonstrations and hands on experiences. Exhibitions, stalls, creative workshops, children’s arts and craft experiences, talks, music and entertainment. SEE PAGE 45 FOR FURTHER DETAILS.


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THE FLIGHT OF THE BLACKBIRD ARTS CARE 2023

Thurs 19 Jan - Sat 25 Feb | Gallery The Flight of the Black Bird displays a variety of artworks created by service users and staff of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. The exhibition will highlight artworks which respond to individual reflections, expressions and curiosities of life in a broad range of mediums including painting, printmaking, sculpture and book arts. The Arts Care Artists-in-Residence in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Jill McKeown and Eddie Rafferty, 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.


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EMERGING FROM THE PANDEMIC

ULSTER WOODTURNING Thurs 19 Jan - Sat 25 Feb Foyer Walls Ulster Woodturning seeks to promote, develop and support the craft of woodturning throughout Northern Ireland. Based at The Wood Shed, Templepatrick, it provides opportunities for wood turners of all levels to come together, share ideas and explore all aspects of the craft. Ulster Woodturning has a strong web presence through Facebook and the internet, and has strong links with professional and amateur turners from all over the world. This national exhibition of work, the first since re-establishing activities after Covid, seeks to show the quality of work and the wealth of woodturning produced by members who found themselves isolated in sheds, workshops and garages throughout the pandemic.


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Co Armagh Artist, Mairead Duffy exhibits Memory Lane, a series of mixed media landscapes. Take time to stop, reflect and appreciate life in all its beauty.

MEMORY LANE MAIREAD DUFFY

Sat 4 Mar - Mon 17 Apr | Foyer Walls

Memory Lane pays homage to my childhood walks with my Granny. Like many people, growing up in rural Armagh the outdoors was our playground. Granny knew the importance of a good walk before it became fashionable. My siblings and I would walk after her knowing we would hear a few yarns along the way with a few sweets in her apron pocket. We foraged the hedgerows for blackberries and gooseberries. Even though I have travelled widely, those memories have stayed with me.


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VESTIGES

SHORE COLLECTIVE Fri 10 Mar - Sat 6 May | Gallery Vestiges can be a small part of something larger, where that small something becomes more important than what existed originally. It is not the remains, but the remainder or the trace of what once was that becomes notable. A fragment of what is gone and past. The exploration of paint residue on a surface, art created from remnants and remainders, narratives inspired by memory, fading customs and traditions, people and places. The exhibition promises to be full of colour and texture, evoke memories of place and time, using a rich variety of media. Shore Collective studio is based in Lurgan, Co Armagh.


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SOLACE

TINA MCGLEENAN Sat 22 Apr - Sat 3 June | Foyer Walls Self-taught print making artist Tina McGleenan works from her home studio in Armagh. Tina’s work is primarily hand-pulled silkscreen printing on paper, with some mixed media textile works. The inspiration for Solace comes from my home, the poetry I have been reading and travels around Ireland for the past two years. The natural world is at the heart of all my work, expressed in an abstract form using colour, charcoal, crayon and inks. This I hope brings an additional dimension to my work creating movement and fluidity.


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WHISPERS AT DAWN, DANCING AT DUSK TRACEY MCVERRY

Wed 19 May - Sat 15 July | Gallery Our ancestors’ spirit and energy influence and shape our very being. They walked this land, they toiled its sod, told their stories and sang their songs. They lived, they loved, they endured and left their mark. We now are the legacy, the storytellers and custodians of their memory. Using the medium of kiln formed glass as well as repurposed natural and man-made objects, South Armagh artist Tracey Mc Verry celebrates this deeply felt, multi-layered connection with her ancient and recent ancestors, visually honouring their frugality, their energy, their strength and their whispered echoes.


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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. 03300 561 059


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IMPORTANT INFORMATION THEATRE PROGRAMME

DISCOUNTS & SPECIAL OFFERS

The views expressed by artists presenting their work in the auditoria and exhibition areas are the artists views alone and do not represent the views of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council.

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.

BOOK IN PERSON Box Office Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm. On performance evenings the Box Office will remain open until 7.00pm for all bookings and until the performance start-time for tickets for that night’s show only.

Discounts for some performances are also offered to senior citizens, carers of disabled patrons, students and the unemployed [relevant proof of eligibility will be required]. Tickets for all the above must be paid for in person.

BOOK ONLINE

We reserve the right to make special offers on tickets throughout the season. Offers cannot be claimed retrospectively [under any circumstances] on tickets already purchased.

Tickets for most performances can be booked online at visitarmagh.com/marketplacetheatre

TICKETS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED OR REFUNDED

BOOK BY TELEPHONE Mon to Sat from 9.30am to 4.30pm. On performance evenings we take telephone bookings until 7.00pm. The easiest way to pay is by credit or debit card. Payment can also be made by cheque, payable to ‘Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council’. SCHOOL BOOKINGS & INFO: 03300 561 025

Once purchased, your ticket is your property. The Market Place Theatre cannot refund its value to you, nor exchange it for any other ticket under any circumstances. If you cannot attend the performance for any reason, you have the option of selling or giving your ticket to another person. Where a performance goes ahead we accept no responsibility for tickets that are unable to be used due to circumstances outside of our control, for example bad weather and transport difficulties. Please see page 5 for details of our ticket protection scheme.


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IMPORTANT INFORMATION LATECOMERS

PARKING & DIRECTIONS

Latecomers will only be admitted if there is a suitable break, which in some cases may be the interval. Where there is no interval or suitable break we reserve the right to refuse admission and no refund can be issued.

Detailed directions to the theatre and a map showing parking and directions can be viewed on our website visitarmagh.com/marketplacetheatre

SUPPORT ACTS

Smoking, electronic cigarettes, the use of mobile phones, photography and video equipment and food and drinks are strictly prohibited in both auditoria. All details are correct at time of going to print. We reserve the right to alter the programme in the event of any unforeseen circumstances.

For some performances, a support act will precede the headline act, particularly for popular music events and comedy. Whilst The Market Place endeavours to inform patrons about such support acts in advance, on some occasions this may not be possible. CHILDREN Children aged two and under may attend suitable performances for free but must be seated and must be in possession of a valid ticket. SPECIAL ASSISTANCE Our staff are delighted to provide special assistance, if required, to disabled and other theatregoers. Our facilities include spaces for ten wheelchairs, lifts to all levels of the building, low level access at the Box Office, and an infra-red system to assist patrons with hearing difficulties. Customers using wheelchairs or those who require special assistance attending an event should contact the Box Office in advance so that appropriate assistance can be arranged.

PLEASE NOTE

STROBE LIGHTING : FLASH LIGHTING LIGHTING EFFECTS During many performances at The Market Place Theatre, lighting effects are used, including strobe lighting. Patrons who may experience difficulties with such effects should note that The Market Place Theatre will post notices around the venue to make you aware when strobe lighting will be used.


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SPEND MORE TIME IN ARMAGH THIS SPRING WITH THESE AMAZING BREAKS… ARMAGH CITY HOTEL

THE CHARLEMONT ARMS HOTEL

2 Friary Road, Armagh, BT60 4FR

57-65 English Street, Armagh, BT61 7LB

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Enjoy a relaxing stay in our spacious bedrooms inclusive of full Irish breakfast, use of the hotel’s health & fitness club, free wifi, and complimentary car parking. With tempting dining options available in our Friary Restaurant, Callan Bar, and Deli. Check our website www.armaghcityhotel.com for our best rates and special offers. Located within a 10 minute walk of the theatre.

Enjoy an overnight stay and breakfast with us for only £44.50pps 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 ‘Market Place 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


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