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Summer Ar ts THEATRES // EXHIBITIONS // JUNE - SEPTEMBER 2018 | Box Office 028 9034 0202

Theatre at The Mill

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Jolly Promotions presents

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Sun 3 June


Tickets: £10 Time: 3pm The much loved fairy-tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears comes to life on stage in an unforgettable live stage production of song and laughter that children will love. Goldilocks, the Three Bears and Ruff the Dog perform live in this exciting and fun filled musical production, which takes a few twists and turns along the way with other new puppet characters and hopefully a happy ever after. Kids will learn that music can be found everywhere as they sing and dance to all their favourite songs. Throughout the show there are interactive moments that children and parents alike can enjoy. Watch your kids take part in action songs like Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, If Your’re Happy And You Know It and Sing A Rainbow as well as many other all-time children’s favourites. With different adventures from every character, the show will have parents and children alike laughing, playing and singing. Featuring fantastic costumes, an amazing stage set and colourful lighting, it will be an experience for all the family to remember and cherish.


An American in Paris - Screening of a West End Hit Musical Wed 6 June


Tickets: £12 & £10 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 7pm This breathtakingly beautiful TONY ® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’. Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin (including the classic hits ‘S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm), stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography. With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris is coming from London’s West End to the big screen at Theatre at The Mill. Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war. Experience this “truly ravishing” (The Guardian) production in the comfort of your local theatre.

Classical Arts Ireland presents

The Opera House Thurs 7 June


Tickets: £20 & £10 (Students) Time: 7pm The Opera House, a new film by multiple Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke, surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history. Drawing on rarely seen archival footage, stills, and recent interviews, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the ’50s and ’60s. Amongst the notable figures in the film are famed soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 in Samuel Barber’s Anthony and Cleopatra; Rudolf Bing, the Met’s imperious General Manager, who engineered the move from the old house to the new one; Robert Moses, the unstoppable city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Center; and Wallace Harrison, whose quest for architectural glory was never fully realised.

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Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story Fri 8 June


Tickets: £14 & £12 (Concession) Time: 7.45pm The Lindbergh Kidnapping...The Great Train Robbery...The O.J. Simpson many crimes have been labelled the crime of the 20th Century; yet none engaged the world like the case of Leopold and Loeb, the selfconfessed ‘Thrill Killers’. Telling a shocking true story of two rich kids; one obsessed with crime, the other love. Loeb, fascinated with Nietzsche, feeling he is a ‘super man’ beyond good and evil. Leopold, a loner, craving attention and unconditional love. Together they commit the perfect crime. Or do they? Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story has been captivating audiences since 2003 and the original UK production is coming to Ireland for the first time. Nominated for multiple awards, this London Evening Standard and Time Out Critics Choice production is playing for a strictly limited season. “Don’t miss the opportunity to see this remarkable work that is sure to satisfy those who seek the rare combination of a fine musical and intense drama. You will be thrilled” 5* Broadway Baby “The chemistry between these characters is perfect and I would be very surprised if these young actors didn’t gather quite a following…. Go and see…” 5* Musical Theatre Review “The Leopold and Loeb Story is a dark and twisted tale that totally captured the audience, it’s no wonder that many are returning to see it again. This is a very strong production that leaves its mark on you long after it’s over” 4* Broadway World


Cahoots NI presents

Sat 9 June


Tickets: £8 Time: 2pm

Age: 7yrs+ Duration: 1hr

Prepare to be dazzled by Cahoots NI’s mind-blowing production Danny Carmo’s Mathematical Mysteries - a spectacular show where maths, theatre and digital technology collide in a fun and interactive performance. Meet Danny Carmo - it’s not so long ago that he thought school and, in particular, maths wasn’t for him. He was more interested in dreaming about a future on the stage and perhaps the big screen - all he ever wanted to be was a famous magician. But when he knuckled down to learn all the tricks of the trade he realised that maths was not only essential… it was the SECRET to a whole load of magic.

Fri 15 June


Tickets: £12 Time: 7.45pm Everyone’s favourite kooky family are on stage in this spectacular musical comedy from the writers of multi award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys, with music and lyrics by TONY ® Award nominated Andrew Lippa. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, is all grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows. She’s fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family. With his cherished Morticia in the dark, will Gomez manage to keep his daughter’s secret until the two families meet for a fateful dinner with hilarious consequences? Join them, plus Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley and more for a heart-warming story of love, family and friendship, with a twist!

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Allstars End of Year Show Sat 16 June


Tickets: £9.50 & £5.50 (Concession) Time: 7pm This is the annual show for Allstars Dance Academy and Newtownabbey Allstars Cheerleading Squad. An incredible night, showcasing the dancers and cheerleaders achievements over the last year. This year they will be joined by Special Guests – Moira Vipers Cheerleading Squad. Allstars – Where Every One is A Star!!

Sat 23 June


Tickets: £15 & £10 (Concession) Time: 3pm & 6pm Whitehouse Ballet School is based in Newtownabbey. It is a Royal Academy of Dance examinations school with a 100% pass rate and some of the most highly qualified RAD teachers in Northern Ireland. WBS seeks to make Ballet enjoyable within a family atmosphere whilst instilling discipline, dedication and determination. As teachers, we are committed to providing the highest possible standard of training for the students, each student will be taught and respected as an individual and we strive to bring out the best in them. Whether or not the students go on to pursue a dance-related career, the values and training of Whitehouse Ballet School will benefit them throughout their lives.


Maggie Yer Ma! Mon 25 & Tues 26 June Tickets: £25, £23 & £21 Time: 7.45pm


Age: 16yrs+ Contains adult humour and strong language.

Life doesn’t stop when you drop a sprog, whaaa? Loveable rogue Maggie Muff is BACK with a bang in this highly anticipated sequel to Leesa Harker’s smash hit trilogy! With Billy in jail for the biggest feg run heist in history and Maggie’s ma dropping a bombshell that will curl your toes, Maggie finds herself a single Ma. Big Sally-Ann is no help sure she’s become a Buddhist and is ringing bells and chanting all over the show! Life sure has changed for Maggie, but can she get back til herself? Til the way she was? From best-selling author and playwright Leesa Harker, directed by Andrea Montgomery, starring critically acclaimed Caroline Curran. (In other words, you’re guaranteed a geg)

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents

Little Women Wed 27 June


Tickets: £16 & £10 (under 18s) Group Discount Available Family Ticket: £46 (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) Time: Gates open at 6.30pm. Show begins 7.45pm. Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to present the timeless story of Little Women, based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. Join Chapterhouse as four sisters - Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy - tell the story of their life during the Civil War in America. It is a story full of romance, love, passion, friendship; a story where hope will always outdo heartache and hardship if you just have the courage to follow your dreams. The tale of these four sisters is brought to life in a brand-new adaptation from Chapterhouse, featuring glorious period costume, traditional live music and a story of self-discovery to warm your heart, all presented in the finest open-air venues the UK and Ireland have to offer. This performance takes place outside in the Civic Square at Mossley Mill. Bring along your picnic rugs or low backed seating for this performance.

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Thurs 28 June


Tickets: £20 Time: 7.45pm Join 5 of your favourite Country Music Stars all on one fantastic Summer Country Show featuring Robert Mizzell, Mick Flavin, Louise Morrisey, The Benn Sisters and the legendary Billy McFarland who each will perform popular Country classics in the company of the Keltic Storm band.

Fri 6 July


Tickets: £20 Time: 7.45pm All the way from the legendary Cavern Club, Liverpool. Made in Liverpool, Beatles tribute Band are resident at the world famous Cavern Club Liverpool from where The Beatles shot to fame, their show “A Night at The Cavern” is a must see for any Beatles fan. Uniquely and unlike other Beatles tributes Made in Liverpool are resident in the very place where pop/rock history’s greatest band were discovered. Originally named “The Fab Four” they were the first Beatles tribute band to play the iconic venue when it re-opened and are mentioned in music writer and Merseybeat historian Spencer Leigh’s book ‘The Cavern, The Most Famous Club in the World’.

Wed 18 July


Tickets: £12 & £10 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 7pm What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate? Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences.


West Side Story Workshop Mon 16 July - Sat 4 August



Tickets: £275 Time: Various Age: 11- 23yrs Following the spectacular success of Carousel and Phantom of the Opera, Theatre at The Mill is delighted to be bringing its full production values to a special Youth Theatre production of West Side Story with the return of director Anna McNamara. This three-week workshop for talented young artists aged 11 - 23 starts on Monday 16 July 2018 and runs through to Saturday 4 August 2018, with six fully staged performances. This tale of two young lovers caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in one of the most memorable and greatest love stories of all time. This powerful interpretation of Romeo and Juliet proves to be as poignant and timely as ever bringing together two masters, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim in a score regarded as the best ever written. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

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One Week Creative Writing Course Mon 23 - Fri 27 July



Tickets: £25 Time: 10am -12noon Age: 8 -12yrs

Venue: Hospitality Suite, Theatre at The Mill

Children’s writer and storyteller, Vicky McFarland offers her popular one week creative writing course for budding young writers aged 8-12. Children who have a story to tell will love this fun packed week filled with games and activities that will aid children in developing their characters, plot and setting before drafting, editing and finally publishing their stories. The week culminates in a ‘book’ launch celebration, where children can share their hard work with family members.


Tickets: £16 & £14 (Concession), £10 (Under 16s) Time: Gates open at 6.30pm. Show begins 7.45pm. Award winning outdoor theatre company Illyria bring their fabulous production of The Pirates of Penzance to the Civic Square at Mossley Mill. Frederick, apprenticed to the Pirates since a child, learns that he was born in a leap year on 29th February, and that he is contracted to the Pirate King until his 21st BIRTHDAY, not his 21st year.


With only the inept Penzance constabulary to protect him, how will he resist being forced to endure a life of crime until he is 84 - and will his sweetheart, Mabel, wait for him that long? With hilarious melodrama, sharp satire and glittering wit, The Pirates of Penzance is as fresh as if it had been written today. It is packed-full of memorable songs such as To be a Pirate King!, Modern Major General and A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One. Now in its 27th year, Illyria has delighted audiences the length and breadth of the UK, and in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States and Canada performing some of the most well-loved productions on offer. The company has won four international best Performance awards and attracted numerous “5-star” and “Critics’ Choice” reviews for the lively clarity of its approach to Shakespeare’s plays, the high quality of its family shows and the refreshingly quirky originality of its English classics adaptations and Gilbert & Sullivan musicals. “Illyria has given more performances to more people across a wider area than any other open-air touring theatre company. We’re really pleased to be performing at the Civic Square at Mossley Mill and can’t wait see how the audience reacts!” says Artistic Director Oliver Gray. Please note this performance takes place outside in the Civic Square at Mossley Mill and will go ahead in all weather. Bring along your picnic rugs or low backed seating for this performance

Andre Rieu Maastricht 2018 Sat 28th July 7pm-Sun 29th July 3pm


Tickets: £20, £10 students and under 16yrs

One of the most popular live acts in the world, the King of the Waltz André Rieu has announced that his 2018 Maastricht concerts will be screened worldwide across the weekend of 28th-29th July, as he performs his hometown shows this year with a celebration of love. ‘Amore, My Tribute to Love’, is the renowned violinists tribute to his love for music, and his love for both of his families; his wife and children, and of course for his Johann Strauss Orchestra, who he has performed with for over 30 years. This annual celebration of music that is like no other is also experienced every year in full by hundreds of thousands of fans across the world from the comfort of their local cinema. You will also be treated to some very special behind the scenes extras.

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Tues 31 July - Sat 4 August


Tickets: £15 & £13 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 7pm Following the spectacular success of Carousel and Phantom of the Opera, our 2018 summer youth production brings to life the tale of two young lovers caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in one of the most memorable and greatest love stories of all time. This powerful interpretation of Romeo and Juliet proves to be as poignant and timely as ever bringing together two masters, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim in a score regarded as the best ever written. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.


‘Carnival of the Animals’ and ‘The Lion King’ Dance Workshop Mon 6 - Fri 10 August



Tickets: £125 (includes seven free tickets to performance on Fri 10 August at 7pm) Time: 10am - 4.30pm Age: 7yrs+ Dance to the jungle rhythms of Sir Elton John’s music from The Lion King and the exciting music from Saint - Saens Carnival of the Animals, where various musical instruments suggest a plethora of animals inhabiting land, sea and sky: Giant Tortoise, Elephants, Hens and Cocks. The Aquarium. The Aviary. A workshop packed with creativity under the direction of tutors, Laura Walker and Jennifer Milligan using jazz dance and ballet as the foundation for the week’s classes and developing creative dance skills in preparation for the final performance on the Friday evening.

One Day Storytelling Wed 8 August



Tickets: £20 Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Age: 8yrs+ Venue: Hospitality Suite, Theatre at The Mill

Storyteller and children’s writer Vicky McFarland invites children to join her for a day of storytelling games and performance. This fun-filled day will introduce children to the art of performance storytelling and culminate with a performance for parents at 4pm. This is a course for children that love to play, perform and tell stories. To get the most out of this course it would help if the children were familiar with at least one fairy tale or nursery rhyme (just a general outline of what happens). Any questions please contact Vicky McFarland: taletime@

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RJ Rocks the 80s Sat 11 August


Tickets: £16.50 (Buy 3 tickets get the 4th free!) Time: 7.45pm Returning to Theatre at The Mill after a sensational debut last year, Britain’s Got Talent and X-Factor star RJ presents his tribute show. A must for rock music lovers with his expert voice impersonations and acting skills of the following acts: Queen, Status Quo, Rod Stewart, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Guns n Roses, AC/DC and Bon Jovi. With his full live band, which includes Roy Fulton who has played lead guitar with the likes of Sir Elton John, it promises to be an electric atmosphere with so many tributes packed into one show.

Home Spun Youth Theatre presents

Mon 13 – Sat 18 August Tickets: £125 (includes seven free tickets to performance on Sat 18 August at 2.30pm) Time: 10am - 4.30pm Age: 5 -10yrs W WORKSHOP Join Mr Hullabaloo for a week long summer theatre school as we proudly present A Neverland Adventure. Based on the children’s classic story of Peter Pan, young children will be invited to discover a swashbuckling adventure full of pirate coves, mermaid lagoons and magical pixie dust! Children will be treated to classes in acting, singing and dancing before performing live on stage for their family and friends at the end of the week. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this high flying tale full of fun for the young and young at heart!


James Huish Academy of Theatre Arts presents

Tues 21 - Sat 25 August Tickets: ÂŁ19.50 Time: 7.45pm


Now in its 32nd glorious year, The Phantom of the Opera continues to mesmerise and entrance audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London and around the world. The JH Academy of Theatre Arts has scoured the Island of Ireland to find the best talent the country has to offer to produce this lavish production which will leave you spellbound.

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Ocean Film Festival World Tour Wed 12 September


Tickets: £14.50 & £12.50 (Concession) Groups of 6+ £12.50 each Time: 7.45pm Age Guidance: 12A Calling all ocean lovers! The annual Ocean Film Festival is sweeping towards Newtownabbey with a brand new selection of the world’s most amazing ocean films, from both above and below the surface. Brought to you by the team behind the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this collection of short films celebrates divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray. Visit for more.

A Chip in the Sugar and A Lady of Letters Thurs 13 September


Tickets: £12 & £10 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 7.45pm Alan Bennett is regarded as Britain’s most critically respected and most popular living playwright. A Chip in The Sugar tells the story of mild, late middle-aged Graham Whittaker, who finds life becoming complicated as his widow-mother, with whom he still lives, reunites with a dubious old flame named Frank Turnbull. Graham becomes increasingly jealous when Mr Turnbull takes an evergrowing hold on Mam. But Mr Turnbull is hiding a dark secret. The second half of this double-bill, A Lady of Letters, introduces us to Irene Ruddock, a single, middle-aged woman living near Bradford - who is not afraid to speak, or rather to write, her mind. She frequently writes to her MP, the police, the chemist - everyone she can, to remedy the social ills she sees around her. But her letter writing is to get her into rather a lot of trouble. Bray Lewis is a new NI production company formed by Valerie Bray (who has both acted and taught Performing Arts for over 25 years) and Jeremy Lewis (who was manager of Coleraine’s Riverside Theatre and who acted for a similar period).


Theatre at The Mill and The Amoory Theatre Company presents



Fri 14 & Sat 15 September Tickets: £12 & £10 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 7.45pm Performed in the round with unreserved seating. By the Edwardian era, the McKinney’s well-appointed house, Sentry Hill, was evidence of the prosperity and social status they attained through their successful farming in South Antrim. The McKinney’s could not have foreseen the flood of carnage and destruction that would sweep across the European continent in 1914. It was a tide of effects that would be felt across the island of Ireland and the rest of the world. Sentry Hill would not escape untouched as young Tom McKinney, the heir to the farm, joined the Royal Fusiliers in 1914 and died on July 19th 1916 as a result of his injuries at the Battle of the Somme. The play Tom is his story, based on his letters and journals.

Thurs 20 September Tickets: £20 Time: 7.45pm


Join six of our finest entertainers for the fabulous A Night with the Country Stars show featuring Frank McCaffrey, Joe Moore, Caitlin, Tracey McAuley, Box Car Brian and young singing sensation Owen Mac who each will perform toe tapping classics in the company of the fabulous Keltic Storm band. If it’s Country Music you like then this is the show for you!

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Quadrophenia – the album, LIVE! Fri 21 September


Tickets: £18.50 Time: 7.45pm This production, acclaimed by a Sunday Times journalist as “Mighty, moving and unstoppable,” sees 8-piece band, The Goldhawks, deliver a stunning live performance of The Who’s smash hit concept album, Quadrophenia. From the very first show it has received standing ovations. Backed with exciting, and sometimes heart-wrenching, large-screen projection of archival footage, the emotions, tension and raw power that the music demands is delivered masterfully, with an amazing replication of The Who’s sound. To send you home on an even bigger high there are a few all-time classic Who hits to close the show!

Musicon Entertainment presents

Sat 22 September


Tickets: £16 Group Discount Available Time: 7.45pm The producers of The Bjorn Identity Abba Tribute show bring you The Iconettes & The Hitzvilles with the sounds of Motown & Soul. This exciting musical homage pays tribute to the ‘girl groups’ and ‘solo artistes’ of this bygone era. Featuring hits songs from The Ronettes, The Supremes, Martha and The Vandellas, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and much more. The Iconette’s glamorous styling and musical influences make this show a huge hit for lovers of Motown & Soul of all ages. With stunning, tight vocal harmonies, The Iconettes and their band perform a fun, tightly choreographed show leaving you no choice but to get off your seats and go ‘Dancing in the Street’.


Fri 28 September


Tickets: £12 & £10 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 7pm

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…

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The Old Courthouse

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Mr Hullabaloo’s Summertime Fun Sat 2 June


Tickets: ÂŁ6 Time: 1.30pm & 4pm Age: 3 -9yrs

Join Mr Hullabaloo, the magical storyteller and his colourful puppet friends. In this brand new show, Jingles the Jester and Bobbin the Bear visit the seaside to hear tales of Pirates and Mermaids. Then we pay a visit to Fairy Twinkles summer garden in fairy glen but watch out for the naughty little rascal trampling on all the summer flowers! Come celebrate the magic of Summertime with Mr Hullabaloo!


Community Tea Dances Wed 13 June, Wed 8 DANCE August, Wed 12 September Tickets: ÂŁ3 Time: 2pm-4pm Our tea dances are a great opportunity to dust off those dancing shoes and let your toes twinkle and step out in style! Join Double Trouble for some great tunes from all eras. Enjoy a cup of tea and whether you dance or not, these relaxed, friendly and entertaining afternoons are sure to delight!

Summer Dance Mon 16 July - Fri 10 August



Tickets: ÂŁ300 (4 week workshop) Time: 10am - 5pm. Performance at Theatre at The Mill Sun 12 August 7.45pm Age: 15yrs+

In a unique project Summer Dance at The Old Courthouse Theatre is a month-long workshop for anyone who loves to move and wants to learn more about dance. Curated and led by Dr Phillip Johnston from University of Illinois, a former dancer and choreographer who has performed with many distinguished companies accompanied by Jane Mooney, former dancer and Chair of Dance UK. Guest artists will include a composer, musician and a hip hop choreographer. Students will also watch videos and hold discussions about some of the major international dance works inspired by music, art, sculpture, theatre and film. This course is for everyone aged 15+, and will explore contemporary dance skills, creativity and performance leading to a devised dance performance that explores issues that face young refugees across the world. Adrift will be performed at the Theatre at The Mill on Sunday 12 August. The course is limited to just 25 places.

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Debutots Antrim Fun Week Mon 30 July – Fri 3 August



Tickets: ÂŁ55 (10% discount available for sibling bookings) Time: 10am-1pm Age: 4-11yrs

Venue: Eyre Studio

Debutots Antrim Fun Week will provide an exciting, challenging, rewarding and fun way for children aged 4-11 years to spend their summer holidays. It is a place for making new friends, building confidence and having a fantastic time in a safe, friendly and dynamic atmosphere where even the most timid child will feel able to join in. Each session has three elements. There is a gentle performance class with songs, dance and drama games. Next is craft time where the children create all sorts of wonderful things - lots of glue, glitter and colour! After snack time we have some indoor or outdoor games depending on the weather (all outdoor activities are within grounds of venue). We will also get to do nature walks and scavenger hunts in the beautiful grounds of Antrim Castle Gardens. This is a week bursting with energy, fun and friendship. Early booking is advised as spaces are limited. Please give us a like on Facebook DebutotsNI to keep up to date and to view photos of previous fun weeks. Email for further info.


One Week Creative Writing Course Mon 30 July – Fri 3 August



Tickets: £25 Time: 10am -12noon Age: 8-12yrs

Venue: Antrim Castle Gardens

Aspiring young writers will love this fun-filled, creative writing course with children’s writer and storyteller Vicky McFarland. Using the stunningly beautiful grounds of Antrim Castle Gardens for inspiration, children will unleash their imaginations, creating great characters and gripping stories. Guided by Vicky, through games and activities, the budding authors will go from idea to publication over the week, covering character, plot, drafting, editing and (if they choose) illustration, before finally publishing and celebrating their work with a ‘book launch’ for their family. This is a lovely course for kids that have stories to tell and love to create.

Fri 24 August


Tickets: £17 Time: 7.30pm The Elvis Spectacular show stars 2012 European Elvis Champion Ciaran Houlihan with his TCB Band and The Sweet Sensations. This show always sells out so book your tickets early! This will be a very special performance don’t miss it.


Jolly Promotions presents

Sat 22 September


Tickets: £10 Time: 2pm & 4pm This colourful, fast-paced all singing and dancing show is a fun and gentle re-telling of the classic fairy-tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Little Red Riding Hood is adventuring through the woods to visit her Granny, but somewhere along the way, the Silly Billy Wolf is waiting. Children will have great fun joining in on the action, singing songs and playing games and meeting some amazing characters in this original show, written especially for this touring spectacular. Find out why Granny is the coolest Granny in the world! Play games with Granny’s Crazy Cat! Meet the Lumberjack Bear! Find what happens when Granny decides to give Little Red Riding Hood the surprise of her life! With beautiful costumes, stunning stage sets and hilarious characters, making this a fun-packed show not to be missed!

Eilidh Patterson Fri 28 September


Tickets: £12 & £10 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 7.30pm Eilidh (pronounced I-Lee) is a warm, engaging performer of startling clarity. With songs that cut straight to the heart, delightfully accurate guitar playing and her signature pure vocals, Eilidh immediately connects with audiences everywhere. In recent years, she has performed in the States, the UK and in Europe. Eilidh is currently touring across NI celebrating the release of her third studio album. Recorded in Glasgow, this project pulses with positivity, showcasing new songs about life and love. “Eilidh Patterson’s voice is velvet and air. The richness of her sound and her songs is something beautiful to behold and she is definitely an artist to watch!” - Beth Nielsen Chapman

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The Courtyard Theatre

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Celtic Soul Sat 9 June


Tickets: £15 & £13 (Concession) Time: 8pm

If you love Van Morrison’s music you will love Celtic Soul, the definitive Van Morrison tribute. BBC’s Ralph McLean, describes Celtic Soul as ‘a great band’ and ‘a very fine tribute’.

The band perform songs from his days with them right through to the present day. Expect to hear the big hits as well as hard-core album tracks. Receiving critical acclaim from devout Vanatics wherever they perform, the band are regulars on BBC and performed for BBC Music Day at the Ulster Hall. Let Celtic Soul take you on a journey through the songbook of our very own musical legend.

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L-A.E School of Dance presents

Practically Perfect Fri 29 June


Tickets: £7 Time: 6.30pm L-A.E School of Dance presents Practically Perfect. Practically Perfect is an end of year showcase for friends and family of the pupils from L-A.E School of Dance.

Sat 30 June


Tickets: £16 Time: 8pm

Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years is a unique concert, which celebrates the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Fronted by the duo Bookends, the concert has toured the globe extensively being described as ‘simply breathtaking’. “One of the greatest tribute shows anywhere in the world” - Stuart Cameron, BBC and ITV Broadcaster Performing the songs in a truly captivating way, Bookends’ delicate recreation of the unmistakable sound of the American folk-rock duo is something of a masterpiece. Bookends have been performing their world-class concert to audiences in some of the finest theatres and concert halls across the UK, Europe and the United States. “A masterpiece” - BBC Radio Hear many of the hits such as The Sound of Silence, Mrs Robinson, The Boxer and Bookends’ own beautiful rendition of the unforgettable Bridge Over Troubled Water. This is without doubt the closest thing to Simon & Garfunkel touring the world today.


Fri 20 & Sat 21 July


Tickets: £10 & £9 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 8pm When librarian Madge decides to take early retirement, she harbours great plans for a stress free life, and relishes thoughts of the freedom that comes with it. Unfortunately, her family have a different view of how her time should be spent, and she is forced to rethink her strategy for survival with hilarious consequences! This is a comedy of our time, where post retirement lifestyle promises much, but doesn’t always deliver the dream!

Fri 27 & Sat 28 July


Tickets: £10 & £9 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 8pm Sink Or Slim is a classic Sam Cree comedy set in the 1960’s in a Health Farm run by the owner Mrs Babbington. She is a formidable lady who rules with a rod of iron and who feeds her pet poodle better than her paying guests! We meet the Major, Millie the dippy maid, Willie the handyman who supplies guests with whatever contraband they are willing to pay for and a Swedish Masseuse called Hildie who’s determined to help everyone lose weight and get fit! A merry go round of crazy craic and lots of laughs not to miss!

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Bart Players presents

Fri 3 & Sat 4 August


Tickets: £10 & £9 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 8pm With mistakes, confusions and crazy schemes, Fool’s Paradise is a carefree comedy romp that’ll have audiences laughing heartily. Jane and Catherine have an antique cluttered house, unpaid bills, and a memory of marriage to the same man, now deceased. His will states they can live in the house if they don’t sell its contents. A wily antique dealer tricks them into accepting a payment on emeralds they believe to be worthless. Everything they do to rectify matters lands them in deeper water. Soon several people are bidding furiously for the emeralds. With mounting illegalities, the ladies come up with a plan to get them out of the mess involving an aged, doddering maid and a fake third wife.

Fri 17 & Sat 18 August


Tickets: £10 & £9 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 8pm Set in 1960s Belfast, Herbie and Muriel Glover are having a trying time in their household. With neighbour Lily Dodds set to win big money on the horses, some posh but unwelcome relatives, a daughter whose boyfriend takes her out on his motorbike, an amorous “tick man” and a very unusual “arty” type, they are in for a week of mayhem and farce. Amidst all that, Herbie is trying to get his pigeons in from an important race without much success! Another of Sam Cree’s hilarious classics, this play provides slapstick and a belly laugh every few seconds.


Fri 24 & Sat 25 August


Tickets: £10 & £9 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 8pm

Theatre 3 Newtownabbey bring you another Peter Gordon comedy thriller. If you thought that Murdered to Death was funny last year, wait until you see this one! Colonel Craddock is now the proud owner of Bagshot House. Then Inspector Pratt arrives there with grim news for the Colonel, but that’s just the beginning. Who is the strange Polish Count? Is Henrietta really an army Captain? How does the eccentric thespian Longfellow fit in to the equation? These are just some of the characters who make Pratt’s return a chaotic nightmare as the bodies pile higher and higher. This is the second in the ‘Inspector Pratt’ trilogy of spoofs of the Agatha Christie ‘whodunit’ genre. You have seen funny ineffective detectives before I’m sure, but you haven’t seen anything like this!

Fri 31 August & Sat 1 September


Tickets: £10 & £9 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 8pm “A Murder is Announced” The events which follow challenge both inspector Craddock and Miss Marple to unravel the crime. Colourful characters as well as red herrings abound in this typically tightly woven Agatha Christie murder mystery.

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Clarence Players presents

Kindly Keep it Covered Fri 7 & Sat 8 September


Tickets: £10 & £9 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 8pm Roland, formerly of The Kindly Mutual Insurance Co. runs a health farm with his wife Julia, bought with the proceeds of a hefty insurance pay out following the death of Julia’s first husband, the charming rogue Sidney. A healthy lifestyle is not exactly Roland’s cup of tea, especially with constant interference from his formidable mother-in-law, Olivia – and things only go from bad to worse when Sidney turns up, just as Vanessa, the wife of Roland’s ex-boss from the Kindly Mutual checks in for a visit. This is a fast and furious farce involving a missing key, a rogue camel and a malfunctioning fountain!

Holywood Players presents

Fri 14 & Sat 15 September


Tickets: £10 & £9 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 8pm

Agatha Crusty (pronounced Croosty) is a crime novelist. She ís also pretty adept at solving crimes. When her sister-in-law Alice invites her to spend a few days with her, it’s not long before she gets caught up in a series of murders which seem directed at members of the local Village Hall committee. From Toby, the Vicar, and Eleanor, Chair of the committee, to Harry Knott the caretaker and identical twins Olivia and Oliver Truscott-Pratt, there are plenty of suspects. With an investigating officer as incompetent as D.I. Twigg, there are plenty of laughs as the murders begin to pile up. Packed full of wit and very funny scenes, this is also a genuine murder mystery with an ingenious plot, which will tax the little grey cells of the audience at the same time!

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Widows Paradise Fri 21 & Sat 22 September


Tickets: £10 & £9 (Concession) Group Discount Available Time: 8pm Rosemary Drama Group presents this summer one of Sam Cree’s most popular comedies Widows Paradise. A group of ladies travel to a local caravan park for a holiday. They are all widows of one sort or another and have no intention of being married again. But when they find themselves in the wrong caravan, mayhem ensues! Set in the 70s, this is an entertaining family show.

Fri 28 September


Tickets: £16 & £14 (Concession) Time: 8pm Clubsound. A name that instantly conjures up memories of the days when Cabaret was King. They have been entertaining Northern Ireland for 46 years and are still going strong. If you want to hear all about daddy’s wee balloons, travel on Shankill airways, buy a pair of lucky knickers from Rancid Singh then get yourself a ticket for The Courtyard Theatre on Friday 28 September. They say laughter cures all ails! You’ll come out fit as a fiddle...The Legendary Clubsound with George Jones.

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The Lamplight Sessions: The Hardchargers Sat 29 September


Tickets: £12 & £10 (Concession) Time: 8pm Cabaret Style Seating

Led by Lonesome Chris Todd, The Hardchargers are steeped in inspiration from the greats of the country blues – Blind Willie McTell, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White, Willie Brown, Lightnin’ Hopkins. Their live set is an electrifying reimagining of Mississippi and Texas style Country Blues and Roots Rock with the lyricism of Lonesome Chris’ real-world blues and a musical language exquisitely refined from all of Blues and Rock history in between. The Hardchargers released their nationally distributed debut album, Scare-crow on Market Square Music in January 2018.












Things are changing at HOME SPUN YOUTH THEATRE Mad about musicals, have you always wondered what it would be like to star in a major musical, or perhaps you are a seasoned performer?

Under the direction of director Patsy Hughes students will devise their own production, choosing the subject matter, devising the script, choosing the costumes, props and how and where to set the production.

Over the course of three semesters Home Spun Antrim is taking students through the complete process from audition preparation, through to putting on a fully staged show at the Old Courthouse Theatre in June 2019. Under the direction of Matthew Campbell and guest choreographers, students will work together to put on an all singing all dancing West End Hit.

Over the course of 3 x 10 week semesters students will produce a show that will be performed for two nights as part of the Courtyard Theatre’s Summer Festival.

The year-long course, delivered over 3 x 10 weeks semester begins this September.

They will even have a chance to decide which other Youth Theatre Company will share the bill with them. This year-long course delivered over 3 x 10 week semesters also begins this September.

Ever wanted to devise, direct, and act in your own production? Here’s your chance in Home Spun Newtownabbey we are all crazy about drama.

For further information and to reserve your place please contact the box office on 028 9034 0202 or email

A limited number of Bursaries are available for young people who live in the Borough and meet the criteria. T: 028 9442 8331 T: 028 9034 0202 33

ENGAGE Oriel, Conservatory and Flax Galleries


New Adventures In Wifi by Gary Shaw Tue 31 July-Wed 29 August A former pupil of Parkhall High School in Antrim, this show sees Gary return to Clotworthy House where he spent his formative years browsing the art galleries and being inspired to follow a career in the arts. Promoting alternative narratives that have become the bedrock of global activism, his efforts culminated in the acclaimed ‘Cybertage’ solo exhibition in 2017. By pushing the boundaries of digital imaging and collage techniques, this challenging and provocative new work explores cultural identities and the socio-political malaise, depicting a comical, profound, nostalgic and often dystopian view of the world.



Summer Exhibition by Antrim Camera Club Tue 31 July-Wed 29 August Antrim Camera Club was founded in 1984 and began its life in Clotworthy House, so it is great to have them return for their first exhibition here for many years. The club now meets in Parkhall Integrated College, Antrim, and is affiliated to the Northern Ireland Photographic Alliance. A very active club, they provide many opportunities to improve skills and knowledge through practical sessions, lectures, competitions and photo outings, and members have enjoyed many successes at National and International levels.

FLAX GALLERY Abandoned; Not Forgotten? Thurs 28 June-Sat 25 August A multidisciplinary installation by Visual Artist Lise McGreevy, Artist and Composer Marie Therese Davis, Poet Jim Johnston and Film Maker Paul Whittaker. Stripping away the political agenda, the remit for all four artists for this installation was to promote and embrace both factions of our society, culturally and equally, to create an original body of work, which they best felt answered the question: The culture, heritage and language of our joint Irish and Ulster Scots history - is it abandoned; forgotten? The reply by all four was a resounding no.


A Festival of Colour Creativity and Craft Set in the stunning ANTRIM CASTLE GARDENS & CLOTWORTHY HOUSE Spinning Yarns is a ‘must do' event for those passionate about yarn or simply seeking a great day out. Come along to be entertained and inspired!

1 & 2 SEPTEMBER 2018 10 a m-6 pm For more details

T. 028 9448 1338

E. Clotworthy.reception@ or visit the website below

spinning yarns festival .com

Summer Arts June 2018  
Summer Arts June 2018