Riverside Theatre



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PERFORMANCES:  4th July to 31st September - daily except Sundays - during Riverside's standard opening hours, which are detailed on the homepage of this website

Foyer Gallery Exhibition

The Pavestone Collective presents
FREE FOR ALL

Another exhibition of visual art produced by members of the Pavestone Collective

Established in October 2011, the Pavestone Collective is comprised of a group of disabled artists, who are passionate about creating art. The artists have developed unique styles and techniques to produce a mix of traditional and contemporary art.

The word 'FREE' in the title of this exhibition refers to both the artists and viewer. The artists have had no restrictions placed upon them and have been free to submit a style of art work of their own choosing.

Viewers are invited to view the work of the Pavestone Collective, free of charge.

We hope you enjoy their work



PERFORMANCES:  Thursday 29th September at 8pm

Classic Comedy Drama

Bruiser Theatre Company, Belfast presents
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Abridged)

Northern Ireland's top exponents of Physical Theatre in a brand new comedy production, guaranteed to delight fans and new followers of the company alike!

Bruiser presents the phenomenally popular comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged); a hilarious, fast-paced frolic through the Bard’s extensive playbook. Three maniacal actors clad in tights, weave, duck and dive through Shakespeare’s entire catalogue of comedies, histories and tragedies.

From Macbeth to As You Like It, from Romeo and Juliet to The Comedy of Errors, this is one wild evening that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

No one night is quite like the other as our clowns merge script, improvisation and audience interaction to produce a knock-out night out! From those familiar with The Bard to complete novices this is as much a parody as it is a mischievous introduction to the world's most famous playwright, from top to trampled toe. This is visceral, energetic, physical theatre at its best, in a heart-rattling rollercoaster including the world record for the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet, clocking in at 43 seconds, as well as the fastest performance of Hamlet backwards, at 42 seconds.

Bruiser are no strangers to Shakespeare having produced Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and are thrilled to be bringing the Bard back to the stage on his 400th anniversary celebrations. With Bruiser’s assured stamp of high quality ensemble theatre (The Canterbury Tales, Cabaret, The 39 Steps), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is a fantastic opportunity for the company to go back to their roots with this dynamic, chaotic and sizzling actor-driven romp.


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 1st October at 8pm

Music

Riverside welcomes back
C E L T I C S O U L

You won't see a better tribute to the music and lyrics of VAN MORRISON than this major Irish band, CELTIC SOUL

‘a great band and a very fine tribute’. BBC’s Ralph McLean

'As close as you can get ... even the Man approves '. Noel Casey Dublin City FM



Van Morrison fans will welcome the return of Celtic Soul to the Riverside to celebrate one of the truly great singer/songwriters of all time: our own and newly knighted, Sir Van Morrison.

As regulars on Gerry Kelly’s BBC radio show, Gerry invited the band to perform at the Ulster Hall last year to mark the first BBC Music Day. With Van marking his 70th birthday last year, the band has been busier than ever. They performed a massive open air show in Bangor on the day of his birthday as well as a concert for the visiting international fan club in Belfast.

Receiving critical acclaim from devout Vanatics wherever they perform, you’ll hear the big hits like Days Like This and Brown Eyed Girl as well as album tracks like Ballerina and The Philosopher’s Stone in a packed 2 1/2hr show.

With years of playing in blues, folk, trad and jazz bands, these seven musicians have the ingredients to deliver Van’s music authentically. They are: Clarke Wilson on Vocals and Saxophone, Ray McEvoy (Electric Guitar), Marcus McAuley (Acoustic Guitar), Rik Gay (Drums), Keith Ward (Piano and keyboards), Gerry McClurg (Trumpet) and Mark Crockard (Electric and Double Bass)

Let Celtic Soul take you on a journey through the songbook of our very own musical legend!


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th October, inclusive

International Literary Festival

Arts Faculty, Ulster University presents
ULSTER UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL

This inaugural series of events will celebrate how the power of writing can express the human desire to travel and the aspiration to build a home and community.


The Ulster University International Literary Festival will launch in October 2016. This inaugural series of events will celebrate how the power of writing can express the human desire to travel and the aspiration to build a home and community.

Coleraine’s prominence as a historic town that can be accessed by road, sea, air and rail makes it the perfect location to articulate the journeys of imagination that literature can provide. In a series of readings, workshops, talks and events the Festival will provide a platform to engage with the written and spoken work of an international array of writers and performers.

Tuesday 4th October
1.00pm Writing Workshop I with Damian Gorman
2.30pm Writing Workshop II with Anne-Marie Fyffe
4.00pm Writing Workshop III with Damian Smyth
7.00pm Reading from Anne-Marie Fyffe and Damian Gorman

Wednesday 5th October
1.00pm Reading from Harry Giles
2.30pm Reading from Claire Trevien
4.00pm Reading from Charlie Gillen (in association with BBC Radio Ulster)
7.00pm Reading from Liz Lochhead

Thursday 6th October
1.00pm Exhibition Launch in Coleraine Town Hall
2.00pm Workshop in Verbal Arts Centre
7.00pm "When the Dragon Ships Came" a theatrical performance by Zheng He-When


Ticket Prices
Daytime events £3.00 per person
Evening events £5.00 per person




PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 8th October at 8pm

Professional Drama

Hotbuckle Theatre Company presents
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

A wonderful stage adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic, Victorian novel

“I shall do one thing in this life – one thing certain – that is, love you, and long for you, and keep wanting you till I die.”

As three very different suitors compete for her heart, spirited, independent Bathsheba Everdene must choose between them. Will she choose to marry for passion, for obligation or for true love and companionship? Or will she value her independence and not marry at all?

Celebrating their tenth anniversary, and following on from Emma, “perfect theatre with seemingly no effort at all” BBC Radio, Persuasion - “pure theatre magic” **** The Stage and David Copperfield – “Brimming with wit and charm” Remotegoat, Hardy’s romance is brought to life with live music and Hotbuckle’s trademark ensemble style.


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Tuesday 11th October - starting at 10.45am

Professional Drama

c21 Theatre Company, Belfast presents
MACBETH (preceded by a free, pre-show talk)

THE MORNING BEGINS, AT 10.45am WITH A FREE, PRE-SHOW TALK ON THE PLAY BY ULSTER ACADEMIC DR. KEVIN DE ORNELLAS

Once again, professional theatre company c21, from Belfast, brings the Bard to life on stage.

Edited and directed specifically for a schools' audience by Arthur Webb, this fast moving production follows the eventful life and death of one of drama's greatest villains and his scheming wife.


PRE-SHOW TALK

Dr.Kevin De Ornellas is well known to Riverside regulars, as he is the Theatre’s principal deliverer of pre-show talks.

Kevin gained his doctorate from Queen's University Belfast and currently lectures on Renaissance Literature and Renaissance Drama at the University of Ulster and has been delivering pre-show talks regularly in Riverside over the last nine years.

His engaging style and obvious passion for the history, development and practice of Theatre have resulted in him pre-performance speaking in here on writers as diverse as Shakespeare [Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream], Brian Friel [Making History], Harold Pinter [The Caretaker], Sean O'Casey [Juno and the Paycock], Peter Shaffer [Equus], Frank McGuinness [The Factory Girls], Shelagh Delaney [A Taste of Honey], Willy Russell [Blood Brothers], Alan Bennett, the American drama Steel Magnolias and many others.

Kevin publicly interviewed one of Ireland's most significant playwrights, Professor Frank McGuinness, on stage prior to a performance of McGuinness's translation of Ibsen's GHOSTS.

Kevin also interviewed Ulster University Chancellor JAMES NESBITT and the BBC's MARK CARRUTHERS in a public event in Riverside during Riverside's 35th Anniversary celebrations.


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Wednesday 12TH October AT 11AM

Professional Drama

Barking Dog Theatre Company presents
TEDDY'S ZOO ADVENTURE

A really delightful show, with younger audiences from primary schools in mind.

TEACHERS - THIS IS A REAL TREAT FOR ALL PUPILS WHO'VE BEEN GOOD!!


Eddy The Teddy is looking forward to a day at the Zoo with his best friend Sammy Ragdoll

It should be a nice simple relaxing day looking at the animals but with Eddy the Teddy,
an adventure is never far away.

Eddy does keep wandering off and today he wanders off one time too many. When
the Zoo closes for the night Eddy finds himself locked in!

He meets many animals during his adventure;- Hercule Parrot, Timmy The Timid Tiger,
The Cheeky Monkeys, The Elephant Of Surprise, Pippa The Penguin and Geraldine The Giraffe.

He needs the help of all the animals (and children in the audience) if he is to get home safely.

Our two talented actors use 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.


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Friday 14TH October AT 8PM

Comedy

Riverside welcomes, for the first time, one of the funniest and most outrageous comedy ensembles in Ireland
THE GLITTERBOMB TOUR - starring THE NUALAS

‘Staggeringly impressive three-part harmonies and a savage, biting wit.’ Metro Scotland

‘They’re funny. Simple as.’ The Irish Times

'Did ye take my pants, they were here in the dressing room earlier?' Chris, a man they shared a dressing room with, once.

'Wackily original,' The New York Times


The Nualas are celebrating their 21st – In those years they've played extended seasons in London, Dublin and New York, written and recorded several series for BBC Radio 4, split up and got back together again, clocked up innumerable TV appearances and met Chris de Burgh in the flesh.

Now, with scorchingly brilliant new songs, red hot new chat and blistering new shoes, they are jetting in for one night only to leave you helpless with laughter, delirious with pleasure, and a little disorientated if you can’t remember which door you came in.


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 15th October at 8pm

Music

David Hull Promotions presents
THE BJORN IDENTITY

Probably the best ABBA tribute ensemble you will see in Ireland

The Björn Identity is undoubtedly Ireland’s greatest tribute to the world’s most famous super group ABBA.

The band launched its first show in 2010 and since then have gone on to tour the show throughout Ireland and the UK, playing to audiences in theatres, festivals, corporate events and parties, to rave reviews and acclaim.

The Björn Identity exceeds all expectations of an Abba tribute, from the stunning replica costumes, visual likenesses and choreography, to a perfect copy of Benny’s famous white Yamaha piano. This show is an authentic ‘ABBA in concert’ experience, having all of the glitz of the 70s and featuring all of ABBA’s greatest hits from Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Super Trooper and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!

The six piece band is widely known for its love of audience participation, its Swedish humour, its professionalism and commitment to the music of its tribute idols.

At the Riverside Theatre on Saturday 15th October there will be a special performance by a guest choir from Millburn Primary School.

The Björn Identity will take a step back to the 70s, where you can dance to the greatest music of its era and sing along to some of the greatest and most iconic songs ever written.


Tickets can be online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Thursday 20th October at 8pm

Music

David Hull Promotions presents
FOSTER AND ALLEN

Foster & Allen’s style and easy listening sound remains as fresh and exciting as ever.


International recording artists Foster + Allen are bringing their 40th Anniversary tour to Northern Ireland this October.

Celebrating 40 years together in the music business they will be performing a string of their hits including ‘”Bunch of Thyme”, “Maggie”, “After All These Years”, “I Will Love You” and “Old Flames”.

They will also be playing some of their recent recordings like “Gold and Silver Days”, “Galway Girl”, “A Hug” as well as some songs from their new 40th Anniversary “Celebration” which reached the UK Top 30 Charts and is their 21st Top 40 UK Charting Album since 1983.

Foster & Allen’s style and easy listening sound remains as fresh and exciting as ever.
”We really enjoy the business we are in, especially the live concerts.” Tony Allen
The unique Foster and Allen sound will be with us for many years to come.


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Friday 21ST October AT 8PM

Music

David Hull Promotions presents
PETER CORRY

Riverside welcomes back one of Ireland's most popular singing stars

Peter Corry's love letter to musical theatre.
Join Peter and cast as they take you through the streets of Fagin's London to Saigon, from Oklahoma to the barricades of Paris, to the Phantom's Lair and on to New York's West Side Story


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 22nd October at 8pm

Music

Mapleleaf Entertainment presents
YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND The music of James Taylor & Carole King

The same company which recently brought the fabulous SIMON AND GARFUNKEL STORY to Coleraine's Riverside Theatre.



From the creators of the smash hit WEST END show ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’ comes a brand new theatre experience celebrating two of the World’s greatest songwriters of all time - James Taylor and Carole King.

Telling the delicate story of friendship, this musical journey intertwines all the hits including ‘I Feel The Earth Move’, ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’, ‘How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)’, ‘Fire & Rain’, ‘You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman)’ and the beautiful ‘You’ve Got A Friend’.


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Thursday 27th October at 8pm

Professional Drama

Isosceles Theatre Company presents
BECKETT'S LAST ACT

Another in our series of events to celebrate BANN BECKETT. Please click on DOWNLOADS at the top of this page to find out more about BANN BECKETT

A brilliant play, based on real events


We watch as a production of 'Krapp's Last Tape' at the Royal Court Theatre reaches the technical rehearsal, the dress rehearsal and ...beyond....
The Director can see all his work on the play grinding to an unsatisfactory halt.

The Designer takes on the extra role of Crisis Manager.

The Wardrobe Mistress stitches together the dream of a new life as Beckett takes refuge in her workroom.

The Flyman absorbs the dark world of the play from his perch high above the stage...

Beckett is acutely dismayed that, in his opinion, the actor playing Krapp is totally wrong for the part ... a part that is the closest of all Beckett's characters to himself.

We see his unflinching and single-minded determination as he withdraws into Anxiety and Resentment.

The Director is stuck between the alienated Actor and the uncompromising Writer ... what can he do to make this work?

The Designer, who is a loyal friend of Beckett, absorbs the tension and continues the preparations as best she can, but despite her years of experience, this is a very big challenge.
Will the play reach the stage? .... will it be anything like it is supposed to be?

Eventually, Beckett himself steps forward and, in a last desperate effort to demonstrate what he wants, performs the play to a stunned and accidental audience of no more than 10 people....
Will that be enough to put things right ?
He will never know the tragic consequences as the Designer, a figure of warmth and strength for everyone, reveals an outcome no-one could have expected.

Based on a true story.


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 29th October at 8pm

Professional Drama

Dyad Productions presents
FEMALE GOTHIC

* * * * * A macabre masterpiece. Ghostly, grisly and gorgeous. Dont miss it (Three Weeks)

* * * * A masterclass in storytelling. Chilling, haunting, dazzling (Hairline)

* * * * Holds the audience in the palm of its hand... a near perfect piece of theatre (The Scotsman)

* * * * Wonderfully eerie and manages to capture that most intangible of theatre goals, the real fear of the audience. (British Theatre Guide)

WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN??


From the creators of Dalloway, Austen’s Women, The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe and I, Elizabeth comes this autumnal Hallowe’en treat…

In the unquiet darkness between life and death, a haunted woman tells strange tales of the macabre and terrifying; eerie stories that have gathered dust and been forgotten.

Until now.

In the thrilling tradition of M R James and Edgar Allan Poe, this literary spine-chiller celebrates three lost gothic works from the great Victorian female writers.

Adapted and performed by Rebecca Vaughan (Dalloway, I, Elizabeth, Austen’s Women). Directed by Olivier Award Winner, Guy Masterson (Morecambe).


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Wednesday 2nd November at 8pm

Music

Pure Records present
DAMIEN O'KANE in concert

A huge Riverside Welcome-Back to the brilliant musician Damien O'Kane and his backing band

Damien O’Kane is an extraordinary musician. Nominated at 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Album with Areas of High Traffic, an energetic and thrilling new take on traditional Irish music.

An immense banjo player, an accomplished versatile guitarist, a seriously good singer, a naturally inventive arranger, an innovative musical explorer, a producer, a bandleader, a provocatively original interpreter of folk song… when all the pieces are fitted together with unconditional love, care and attention to detail, the results are spectacular.

Evident no more so than on his new album Areas Of High Traffic, described by The Telegraph as: ‘Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st Century.’



Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Thursday 3RD November AT 8PM

Comedy

Riverside welcomes for the first time, a brand new comedy show
CLOWN NOIR

A one hour-long physical comedy that combines clown, storytelling and circus skills.


Joe Bloodworth a homeless old clown busks for money. Yet the audience does not go to see his skills they go to listen to the stories of his past. Exotic tales from St Petersburg, the glamour, the drink, and the mafia, we listen as the Iron curtain falls and Joe heads for the border back into Europe. Before returning home penny-less with just the objects and memories he’s collected along the way ultimately free and happy.

Suitable for Ages 15+



Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

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PERFORMANCES:  Friday 4TH November AT 8PM

Music

David Hull Promotions presents
THE ELVIS SPECTACULAR

A brilliant tribute to the undisputed King of Rock

The ELVIS SPECTACULAR show returns to the Riverside Theatre, Coleraine. The show now in its 19th year is fronted by Ciaran Houlihan, backed by his TCB Band and the Sweet Sensations.

Covering all of Elvis’s greatest hits Ciaran Houlihan sounds like Elvis, looks like Elvis and moves like Elvis. Ciaran with his TCB Band and the Sweet Sensations will rock your socks off in this two hour trip to Elvis heaven.

Ladies and gentlemen Elvis is in the building ….!


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 5th November at 8pm

Comedy

David Hull Promotions presents
HERETICS AND HEAD THE BALLS!

A brilliant comedy show starring NEIL DOUGAN

UK comedy circuit stalwart Neil Dougan attempts to compress over five hundred years of protestant culture into his new one man show. Packed with tales of head the balls and heretics. His subjects range from revolutionary reformists to bonfire builders. The Four Musketeers, a tribe of Native American Orangemen, The Scots Irish, 17th Century Calvinist orgies in Essex; Saint Patrick, even Rasputin gets a mention.


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Tuesday 8th November at 8pm

Professional Ballet

Ballet Ireland presents
NUTCRACKER

Ireland's national ballet company back in Riverside, with its latest production of a ballet-classic

Ballet Ireland is delighted to return with The Nutcracker, one of the world’s favourite ballets, to audiences nationwide this season.
This timeless classic, with beautiful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s beloved & sumptuous score, takes audiences on a wondrous adventure of full of quintessential Christmas magic.

It’s Christmas Eve. A marvellous party is taking place where the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer brings gifts for all the children. When midnight strikes, very strange things start to happen …

The Christmas tree grows to incredible heights and Clara’s magical Christmas gift, her Nutcracker, leads them into a fairy-tale world. With her heroic Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats the Mouse King and his army of mice, and they journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets together.

This holiday season, experience the beauty and magic of Ballet Ireland’s Nutcracker, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers, with the whole family. After all, Christmas only begins once you’ve seen Ballet Ireland’s The Nutcracker!



Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Friday 11th November at 8pm

Music

David Hull Promotions presents
BARBARA DICKSON

Barbara returns to Riverside in a brilliant evening of Music, with special guest ANTHONY TONER

From the Scottish Folk Scene of the 1960s to her performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London; Barbara Dickson has captivated audiences with her soulful renditions of material from the traditional songs of her native Scotland to her outstanding musical theatre roles.

Respected by her peers, the accolades flow, the late Gerry Rafferty said her version of ‘The Right Moment’ was his favourite cover of any song he’d written; Troy Donockley, with whom she records and creates work with, said she stands alone in her commitment to the truth in song; Aly Bain describing her voice as the best to come out of Scotland.

The multi award winning performer modestly says of herself ‘I have been touched with a gift that is of great importance to me, one I wish to share with everyone.’

‘It’s not about technique’ she says, ‘but what is in your heart. That is the secret.’

Barbara’s special guest is Anthony Toner.
Currently working on new material for his seventh album, Anthony has been described as John Prine meets James Taylor in a second hand book shop.


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 12TH November AT 8PM

Music

Riverside welcomes back
THE INDIANS

One of Ireland's most popular showbands

THE INDIANS are regarded as one of the most entertaining bands in Ireland and they make their return visit to the Riverside Theatre, Coleraine on Saturday 14th. November. “We are delighted to have them back” reports theatre manager Jeremy Lewis. “Last year we had a packed house”!

Special guest with The Indians, on the night, will be the original Big Chief Flaming Star (Noel Brady). Flaming Star is no stranger to Coleraine, having played with The Indians in the Salmon Leap, the Lodge Hotel, The Bohill Hotel and the Bushtown House, for many great years. Big Chief Flaming Star must have lots of stories to tell from the past. He’ll surely be in dynamic form when he meets up with his old friends, back in one of his favourite areas. Hear him sing all of your favourite Indians songs. Other original members still appearing with The Indians are Crazy Horse (Brian Woodfull) and Sitting Bull (Eamonn Keane).

Dressed in their colourful Western Indian outfits, the Indians have been all over the UK and Ireland for over four decades and in that time there have been very few changes in their lineup.


Those of you who have been supporting The Indians over the years will have some idea of what to expect but any new comers will experience a show that is full of great music and plenty of surprises.

Come and hear all of your favourite Indians songs from back through


Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:

tickets.riversidetheatre.org.uk



PERFORMANCES:  Friday 24th February at 8pm

Professional Drama and Music

Emeritus Professor Tony Bareham presents
SEATS OF PLEASURE A show for lovers of literature, music and art

A rare and wonderful look at eighteenth century Pleasure Gardens, as represented in literature, music and art of the period

Director: TONY BAREHAM
Musical Director: ERIC BOYD

ACTORS: Tony Bareham, Jeremy Lewis and Johanne Woods

THIS PRODUCTION IS UNIQUE TO COLERAINE'S RIVERSIDE THEATRE.


This will be the fifth of a series of shows directed by Professor Bareham, all with a similar format. The previous ones were on Charles Lever, on Lord Byron, Chasing The Cheerless Gloom (a meditation on Winter in literature and music), and Entrances and Exits: A Tribute to Shakespeare.

Readings from appropriate literary texts are accompanied by relevant projected images, and the readings are interspersed with songs and music appropriate to the period/theme. Musical Director is Eric Boyd.

Seats of Pleasure will take a look at the eighteenth century pleasure gardens as represented in literature, art and music. A significant number of novelists sent their characters to Vauxhall or Ranelagh, and the range of experiences – from near rape to innocent adulation – gives an entertaining cross section of voices and opinions.

These are strengthened by authentic accounts from travellers and visitors, who recorded their impressions.

Tony Bareham, who was responsible for generating the majority of student drama during the life of the New University of Ulster, has directed dozens of shows in Riverside during the last thirty five years, including Shakespeare's Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth (twice) and The Merchant of Venice - along with Webster's Duchess of Malfi, Edward Albee's Zoo Story and two of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads. He also premiered local author Des Cranston's play Personal Space in the Theatre, in one of Riverside's lunchtime drama presentations.Tony both directed and performed in Alan Ayckbourn's comedy "Ten Times Table", which he had been commissioned to present as the highlight of Riverside's 25th Anniversary celebrations.

TEACHERS - PLEASE NOTE
This production will be of educational use to any of your students studying state examinations in English Literature, History and Music.


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Tickets: £14.00, concessions£11.00
PERFORMANCES:  Friday 3rd March at 8pm

Music

Riverside welcomes back
THE FUREYS

Ireland's favourite Musical Ensemble

Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc return for another great night of Music, Songs and stories at the Riverside Theatre, Coleraine on Friday 3rd March 2017.

The FUREYS have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 39 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is the FUREYS “Green Fields of France”. Recently Ireland President Michael D Higgins attended their concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall.

The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers and Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George and Paul got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of the FUREYS.

Inevitably changes have occurred over 30 years. Their brother Paul died suddenly in June 2002 and Finbar left the band in December 1996, however George and Eddie have continued to delight audiences on their tours and have just released a new CD ‘The times they are a changing’

The oldest of the brothers, Eddie Furey left home in 1966 and travelled to Scotland at the time of the great folk revival where he met and shared accommodation in Edinburgh with then unknown folk singers Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Alex Campbell, now all famous in their own right. In 1969 with his brother Finbar, he was the special guest for the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem throughout the USA and Canada. In 1971 he moved to mainland Europe where he toured for seven years, building up a huge following particularly in Germany. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has credited Eddie with teaching him his first chords on guitar when they met up in the North East of England while Dave was still a teenager.

The FUREYS are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly.

Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy.

A FUREYS concert is always a night to remember

www.thefureys.com