Riverside Theatre

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PERFORMANCES:  Thursday 27th October at 8pm

Professional Drama

Isosceles Theatre Company presents

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 LINKS at the top of the page

PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 29th October at 8pm

Professional Drama

Dyad Productions presents

* * * * * 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)


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 LINKS at the top of the page

PERFORMANCES:  Wednesday 2nd November at 8pm


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 LINKS at the top of the page.

PERFORMANCES:  Thursday 3RD November AT 8PM


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

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 LINKS at the top of the page

PERFORMANCES:  Friday 4TH November AT 8PM


David Hull Promotions presents

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 LINKS at the top of the page.

PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 5th November at 8pm


David Hull Promotions presents

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 LINKS at the top of the page.

PERFORMANCES:  Tuesday 8th November at 8pm

Professional Ballet

Ballet Ireland presents

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 LINKS at the top of the page.

PERFORMANCES:  Friday 11th November at 8pm


David Hull Promotions presents

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 LINKS at the top of the page.

PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 12TH November AT 8PM


Riverside welcomes back

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 LINKS at the top of the page.

PERFORMANCES:  Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th November, nightly at 7.30pm

Community Musical

Dalriada School, Ballymoney presents

A fabulous evening of musical entertainment from one of Co. Antrim's Grammar Schools

Dalriada School is no stranger to the Riverside Theatre.

Past concerts have been given titles such as Fusion, Goldblend (nothing whatever to do with the musician’s love of caffeine!), Kaleidoscope and Euphoria – so in this concert, we hope to bring to you, our audience, a kaleidoscopic fusion of styles blended together and send you home in a state of euphoria. Phew!

The purpose of this concert is to showcase our most talented pupils in an evening of light and varied entertainment. We will aim to present a rich variety of styles and genres, ranging from classical to rock, from traditional to jazz and from popular to dance.

The programme will feature soloists, smaller ensembles and some of our larger ensembles including our Chamber Choir (winners of BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year 2016). Come along and enjoy; we would be delighted to see you there!

Tickets can be booked online by following LINKS at the top of the page.

PERFORMANCES:  Friday 18th November at 8pm

Community Musical

Margaret Ferris-Curran presents

Riverside welcomes back

Following sell-out shows and rave revues, Maggie Ferris-Curran returns to the Riverside Theatre for one night only with an exciting array of local talent under the musical direction of Jonny Boyd and his band.

A Night at the Musicals will take you on a musical journey through the best of Broadway to the West End musicals with songs and dances from Wicked, Les Mis, Moulin Rouge, Grease to Lion King and much more.

Maggie will be joined on stage with the Encore Theatre Company, Forthcoming finalists in BBC UK Choir of the year 2016, Macosquin Primary School, Mark Crawford, Kendal Walker, Elaine MacAuley, Hannah Baxter, David McDowell, Ann McCay, with dance by the Matt Sloan's Footloose Country Jivers, Andy Doherty on guitar and Zak Hassan on violin with Peter Wilson accompanying

Sit back, enjoy and let this journey begin

Tickets can be booked online by following LINKS at the top of the page.

PERFORMANCES:  Friday 25th & Saturday 26th November, nightly at 7.30pm

Community Dance

Kelly Neill Dance Company presents

This is the dance company's second Riverside showcase from all three dance schools in Ballycastle, Ballymoney and Bushmills ages ranging from 5-18 years old

This is the dance company's second Riverside showcase from all three dance schools in Ballycastle, Ballymoney and Bushmills ages ranging from 5-18 years old.

The dance company aims to teach various different styles of dance to youths. Our styles include contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop, commercial Pop and musical theatre. The youth dance company formed at the beginning of this year and with over 100 students training very hard all year to bring their dance and movement to the stage to show their family and friends what they can achieve through dance and movement.

Artistic Director & Choreographer Kelly Neill has been teaching and choreographing dance for twelve years running her own dance school as well as working with schools and communities around Northern Ireland. Dance Lecturer at the NRC College, Dance Facilitator for DU Dance NI and previously Dance & Movement Tutor for eight years for the Riverside Youth Theatre.

Our debut showcase last year sold out two months prior to the show, with another show added by demand. You thought last year was excellent; wait til you see what we have in store for you. As well as the students of KNDC we will also have great performances from the Performing Arts students from the Northern Regional College, Alternative Energies from DU Dance and other great performances.

A night not to be missed!

Tickets can be booked online by following LINKS at the top of the page.

PERFORMANCES:  Thursday 1st December to Saturday 3rd December, nightly at 8.00 pm

Community Musical

Portrush Music Society presents

Always look on the bright side of life with Portrush Music Society!

Award winning Portrush Music Society is delighted to bring Spamalot the Musical to the Riverside Theatre Coleraine.Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention coconuts, killer rabbits and Frenchmen.

Many of the original characters from the movie are faithfully recreated such as the Knights who say "Ni" while new characters and other Python moments have been added to hilarious effect, including the classic "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".

Aside from Monty Python, Spamalot is a great musical in its own right. With big Broadway numbers and spectacular dance sequences, this musical promises to leave you with a smile on your face. Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle. Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle. From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

Tickets can be booked online by following LINKS at the top of the page.

PERFORMANCES:  Monday 5th to Saturday 10th December inclusive - daily at 11am and at 2pm only on Saturday 10th December

Christmas Panto

Riverside hosts a traditional Panto for the whole Family

Hold tight – this show travels at a thousand smiles an hour!

Welcome aboard as Defoe's classic book takes to the stage in this priceless performance, packed with music and laughter!

The Panto Company's production of Robinson Crusoe is a delight for both children and adults. It's the tale of the heroic captain of the Good Ship Lizzie. His mission: to seek out wondrous treasures, discover strange new lands, and to boldly go where no action-packed adventure has gone before!

Yet, when Crusoe is shipwrecked, he has more than new lands and treasure on his mind. There's his hilarious new friend, Man Friday; the beautiful Princess Moonflower; and the wicked pirate, Captain Hogwash.

Hold tight – this show travels at a thousand smiles an hour!



Tickets: £10.00, concessions£8.00
PERFORMANCES:  Tuesday 13th December at 8pm


Brian Hand Promotions presents

Ireland's greatest entertainer

Up in that Pantheon inhabited by the biggest selling recording artistes of all time in Ireland, rubbing shoulders with Bono and the Boys, you might be surprised to bump into Phil Coulter. He has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones.

Come and join Phil where he will perform new arrangements of all his favourite classic songs from The Town I Loved So Well to Steal Away along with a seasonal selection with his very special guest, Geraldine Branagan.

Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:


PERFORMANCES:  Friday 16th & Saturday 17th December, nightly at 8pm

Community Dance

VLDD presents

VLDD Christmas Special

Victoria Lagan Dance and Drama present their annual Christmas showcase.

VLDD are the largest dance studio in the north coast area. VLDD hold Northern Ireland championship titles in both Jazz and Contemporary. This showcase will highlight they dancers in various styles including hip hop, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre and acrobatics. VLDD drama class will be showcase some of the LAMD Acting exam pieces. There will also be special guest singers.

This annual showcase is a chance for all of the VLDD studio performers to showcase their abilities. The evening will be sure to leave you begging for more and excited for the Christmas season.

Tickets can be booked online by following the link below:


PERFORMANCES:  Thursday 19 January to Saturday 4 February
Performances at 8.00pm and 2.30pm on Saturdays during the run.

Community Musical

Ballywillan Drama Group presents

The World's Favourite musical produced and directed by Brian Logan

The world’s best-loved musical comes to the Riverside Theatre for sixteen thrilling performances. Brought to you by the company who had sell-out runs of Legally Blonde and CATS last January and April, they celebrate their 65th Anniversary in 2017 with a brand new production of everyone’s favourite, ANNIE.

The musical has been given a complete overhaul from the original 1970’s stage version with updated and refreshed orchestrations, colourful, contemporary sets and costume designs, thus bringing the show right up to date. This energetic reimagining is bursting with thrilling energy and will be a bright and optimistic production of pure joy.

Ballywillan has assembled a cast of leading musical theatre stars to head the ANNIE company as they tell the story of orphan Annie and her quest to find her parents.

Don’t miss this very family friendly musical that delights throughout and as Annie says – “I know I’m gonna like it here!”

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PERFORMANCES:  Friday 10th February 2017

Joseph Rea Productions Presents a One-Woman Show starring Christina Nelson and directed by Alan McKee

I'll Tell Me Ma is a hilarious one-woman show, written by Patricia Gormley, charting the adventures and misadventures in the lives of four generations of one west Belfast family.
Come meet 16 year old Davina Corrina, a highly intelligent schoolgirl with a penchant for Russian Vodka and the high life; her mother Chelsea Marie, a 30 something with a tangled love life, who is hoping to join the "Mile High Club" as an air-stewardess with CryinAir; the lovable 60 year old Patricia whose life has been turned upside down by tragedy but sees the way out by turning it into a book; and finally Granny Eileen, the fiery 80 year old matriarch of the family, who is coping with Facebook, tweeting and her free bus pass.

PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 11th February at 8pm

Comedy - Recommended only for Audiences of 16+

David Hull Promotions presents

The brand new show from MR JAKE O'KANE, one of NI's top comedians, supported on this tour by TERRY McHUGH

Continuing his run of sell-out tours, Jake O’Kane is back with his new show, ‘Old Enough to Know Better’.

Combining stories from the year past with photos from the Irish News archive and the wackier side of the Internet, Jake dissects the insane from the mad and the worst from the bad, in his usual inimitable style.

Be it the ceremonial burning of his ballot card on election day, or his near fatal car journey around the Arch De Triumph in his Euro’s documentary, Jake, as usual, has much to talk about.

On this tour, Jake is supported by talented comic Terry McHugh.

If you’ve caught Jake’s live tour before you’ll know this new show is not to be missed; if you haven’t, come along and see what you’ve been missing.

Show contains adult reference for 16+ only

PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 18th February at 8pm


David Meade presents

Daily Mirror: An Incredible Talent - you’ve got to see him live to believe it

Philip Schofield: David Meade is the best we’ve ever had on This Morning

Eamon Holmes: Hilarious and totally mind blowing!

Belfast Telegraph: Jaw dropping

The brand new show for 2017! After last year's record breaking sell out, TV's Million Dollar Mind Reader is back on stage with a show that is as hilarious as it is amazing.
A groundbreaking show that will leave you scratching your head; for the first time he will be lifting the lid on how he does what he does and teaching some of his secrets.
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Tickets: £18.00
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

Musical Director: ERIC BOYD

ACTORS: Tony Bareham, Jeremy Lewis and Johanne Woods


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.

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



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


Riverside welcomes back

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