September Listings For Lyric Theatre

Dancing at Lughnasa

Date(s): 26 August 2015 – 27 September 2015 Times: Tuesday – Saturday 7.45pm Saturday & Sunday matinees 2.30pm Thursday matinees on September 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 1.00pm
BSL Signed Performance – Sat 05 Sept at 7.45pm
Captioned – Tue 22 Sept at 7.45pm 
Audio Described  – Thu 24 Sept at 7.45pm

Location: Dankse Bank Stage, Lyric Theatre Belfast

Description: Winner of an Olivier Award and a Tony Award, Dancing at Lughnasa is one of the most acclaimed and loved Irish plays of recent times.

Set in County Donegal in 1936 during the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasadh, the play tells the story of the five Mundy sisters and their brother Jack, who has returned home from the missions after 25 years away.

The story is told by the sisters’ nephew, Michael, who recalls the summer spent with his aunts when he was seven years old.  As August gives way to September, Michael recounts his memory of childhood in his native Ballybeg, where his aunts raised him in their crumbling, rural home and where once they danced.   A wild, raucous dance.   A dance to the exciting, fleeting melody of the past and a dance against the harsh, progressive beat of the present.

One of the greatest plays ever written, this is a play about dance – the dream-wild dance of our memories.

This new production, which marks the 25th anniversary of the play’s premiere in Dublin, is directed by award-winning Annabelle Comyn.

In association with the Lughnasa International Friel Festival, August 20 -31 – Ireland’s first annual cross border arts festival.

Creative team include Annabelle Comyn, Paul O’Mahony, Joan O’Cleary, Chahine Yavroyan, Fergus O’Hare, Liz Roche & Brendan Gunn

Prices: Preview (26 August) £13 Off-Peak (Tues – Thurs and matinees) £15 Peak (Fri + Sat nights) £26.50 School groups £10 + every 11th ticket free Students, unemployed people, and people under 20: any performance except Friday and Saturday night £10

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Lemonade Sandwich

Date(s): 15 – 20 September 2015

Times: Tues- Sat 8:00PM Sat Matinee 2:45PM
Sun Matinee 2:45PM

Location: Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre Belfast

Description: In 2010, five boxers from Northern Ireland made it to the Commonwealth Games finals. Lemonade Sandwich tells the amazing true-life story of one of their trainers as he attempts to make a round-the-world trip to Delhi to watch his man fight for Gold. We follow his fall from grace as a successful amateur to a life of drink, drugs and violence, and then watch as he attempts to turn his life around to become the UK Body For Life Champion and a successful boxing coach.

Written by Mick Draine Directed by Tony Devlin (The Holy, Holy Bus, Man in the Moon)

Prices: Off Peak – Wednesday & Matinees £12 Peak – Thursday – Saturday evenings £15

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This Is How We Fly

Date(s): 21 September 2015 Times: 8PM

Location: Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre Belfast

Description: A collaboration between fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and jazz clarinetist Seán Mac Erlaine already sounds an intriguing proposition, but throw in American hard shoe dancer Nic Gareiss and Swedish percussionist Petter Berndalen and the results are something quite special.

The search for common ground between this eclectic quartet has yielded a rich crop of ideas and a debut album that sounds like nothing else. Individually, each member has carved out a reputation for not just mastering their chosen fields, but rising above, redefining and renewing the musical world they come from. A sublime Irish fiddler who’s not afraid to step outside convention; a thoughtful Dublin jazzman who has moved beyond the linear constraints of the genre; a sophisticated Appalachian hard shoe dancer stepping into the rhythmic foreground; and a lyrical Swedish percussionist redefining the melodic and sonic place of drums within the contours of traditional song.

This is How we Fly play everything from Irish fiddle tunes to Appalachian folk and polskas from Berndalen’s native Sweden. Shot through with the exuberant, anarchic spirits of folk and jazz, this is traditional music as you’ve never heard it before.

“Some of the most ear-opening music…” – Last Night’s Fun
”Fresh-faced, unboxable music.” – The Irish Times
”A white-hot creative crucible uniting four pyrotechnic young talents.” – Celtic Connections

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – Fiddle and hardanger fiddle Seán Mac Erlaine – Clarinets and live electronics Nic Gareiss – Percussive dance Petter Berndalen – Drums and percussion.

Prices: £16

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St Mungo’s Luganulk

Date(s): 22 – 29 September 2015 Times: Tuesday – Saturday 8:00PM Sunday – 13:45PM

Location: Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre Belfast

Description: The worst team in Ireland’s march to Croke Park. Rooted to the bottom of Division 4, without a win in six and a half years, St Mungo’s GAC are officially the worst Gaelic Football team in Ireland. Nobody’s buying the weekly lotto tickets, nobody’s coming to the games anymore, and it’s getting harder and harder to find fifteen able-bodied men to pull on a jersey and represent their parish. When they’re drawn against their near neighbours and vicious rivals the whole village expects yet another first round exit, and perhaps the end of Luganulk. But the footballing gods intervene and St Mungo’s fluke a one point win, in the ninth minute of injury time. So begins an impossible journey around the B-roads and hamlets of Ireland; their resolve tested by mountainy savages, savagey midges and endless platters of tray-bakes and sandwiches. Based on a true-ish story. Come and see how the good people of Luganulk learned to love their football team again.

Prices: £15

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Two Sore Legs

Date(s): 29 September 2015 – 03 October 2015

Times: Tues 29th – Fri 2nd Oct – 7:45PM Sat 3rd Oct – 2:30PM / 7:45PM

Location: Danske Bank Stage, Lyric Theatre Belfast

Description: Set in Belfast in the 1950’s and 60’s Two Sore Legs is a powerful, autobiographical play.  Brenda Murphy’s mother Bridie, a young Butlin’s Redcoat, had 6 children by a married man who lived around the corner with his other family.

The play explores the pain, the joy and the fall-out from this extraordinary family arrangement.  From the rowdy, fractious relationship Bridie had with her own father to the explosive but hilarious visits of the local Parish Priest, this play drips explicit family emotions.

In an absolute tour de force this is the best performance you’ll see this year as Maria Connolly purrs, struts, weeps and explodes around the stage in equal measure. This story will stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre.

Directed by Martin Lynch Original Direction by Noreen Kershaw A one-person show featuring Maria Connolly.

Prices: Tuesday 29th Sept – Thursday 1st October (off-peak) £16 Full Price / £14 Concession Friday 2nd & Sat 3rd October (peak) £19 Full Price / £17 Concession

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Control Alt Delete

Date(s): 29 September 2015 – 03 October 2015 Times: Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th – 11:00AM / 8:00PM Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd – 8PM

Location: Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre Belfast

Description: With the internet full of goblin cyber demons and trolls, do we really know who or what lies beyond the keyboard? The internet has become a fundamental part of our daily lives – we communicate via Facebook, Twitter, chatrooms and dating websites.  We use it to catch up with the latest TV shows and music releases. We play games, read the news, shop, and even bank online.  But how safe can we really be on the World Wide Web? Don’t feed the trolls. If you feed them, they grow. If you starve them, they wither up and die. Or do they? Join Calamity Jane, Optimus Prime and Queen Kong as they meet for the first time in a chat room where they navigate the darkest corners and complex tangles of the wonderful interweb.

Control Alt Delete is a funny and hard hitting play, but most of all, it is a reality check for us all.

Age 14 upwards

Prices: £5

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