Riverside Theatre



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FIND SHOW


PERFORMANCES:  4th July to 31st August - 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:  Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th August with
performances nightly at 8pm


Community Theatre

Alan McClarty, Richard Mairs & Darren Gardiner present
OF MICE AND MEN

A play adapted from the classic novel by John Steinbeck

Following on from the successes of ‘A Night in November’ and ‘Stones in His Pockets,’ Alan McClarty, Richard Mairs and Darren Gardiner present the American classic ‘Of Mice and Men.’

it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States.

All proceeds from this production go to ACTION CANCER.

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PERFORMANCES:  Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd September with
Performances nightly at 8pm

Community Theatre

The Clarence Players, Belfast present
BESIDE THE SEASIDE

An uproarious comedy about holidaymakers in Portrush!

Mrs Austin, domineering landlady of the Seaview Guest House in Portrush, runs a tight ship until the Belfast holidaymakers and honeymooners arrive and bring chaos to the resort!


Join NI’s premier community drama ensemble in an evening of uproarious laughter!


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PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 10th September at 8pm

Sport

Brad Taylor presents
MEGASLAM: AMERICAN WRESTLING LIVE!

A thrilling night of American Wrestling on Riverside's main stage

'A show that the entire family can enjoy' - Tom Sharpe, Gazette Newspapers

'I am sure many people will enjoy this form of entertainment' - Simon Cowell, Britain's Got Talent

'You guys look fantastic, I can't wait to see the show' Stephen Mulhern, ITV 2

Join the conversation - @MegaslamUK





In a Brand New Production for 2016, Megaslam Wrestling bring an International show to Northern Ireland! Who will come out on top as the stars of World Wrestling

battle for their country! Featuring various wrestling stars representing Japan, Australia, Mexico, the USA and England!

Now in its 7th year of promoting family entertainment events, Megaslam Wrestling have gained a reputation as one of Europe's premier touring organisations. Touring the country each year, Megaslam create an unbelievable live experience for its fans and now, it is coming to Coleraine!


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PERFORMANCES:  Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th September, nightly at 8pm


Irish Dance

Dominic Graham School of Irish Dance presents
LET'S DANCE!

The premier school for Irish Dance in the North West presents its seventeenth major showcase production in the Riverside

This is the 17th show and 17th year that the Dominic Graham School has appeared at the Riverside Theatre.

After a hugely successful competition year and a summer of touring Spain and Portugal, the school is proud to present this, its latest production.

Every DGS show is an unmissable event in the Riverside and 2016’s event will be no exception!


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PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 17TH September AT 8PM

Jazz

Rick Swann Jazz presents
THE RICK SWANN SEXTET - THE JAZZ STORY

An evening of Top Class Jazz from Rick Swann and his band - one of NI's leading exponents of the genre

Following the huge success of and response to Rick’s appearances in Riverside to date - including ‘Satchmo – The Music of Louis Armstrong”, and his show devoted to Ella Fitzgerald, Rick returns to The Riverside with an All-Star line-up to include some of the most prominent names in the UK & Irish jazz scenes.

Celebrating his latest album of jazz, Rick celebrates the life and music of the great jazz Greats. There’s everything from swing to hard-hitting bebop and scat and this night is expected to be the freshest, most exciting Jazz, Blues and Bebop show of autumn 2016


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PERFORMANCES:  Thursday 22nd September at 8pm

Professional Drama

Powerstone Entertainment presents The Lantern Man by Jane Coyle, directed by Stephen Beggs.
THE LANTERN MAN

Powerstone Entertainment, in association with the Institute for Conflict Research, presents the world premiere of The Lantern Man by Jane Coyle

Powerstone Entertainment, in association with the Institute for Conflict Research, presents the world premiere of The Lantern Man by Jane Coyle
THE LANTERN MAN
A powerful new play from the writer of The Suitcase, winner of the Belfast Telegraph Audience Award at the 2015 Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival.

The Lantern Man is set in Dublin in the months leading up to the Easter Rising. Wounded in body and spirit, Johnny McGrath returns from active service on the Western Front to a city he barely recognises. He discovers that he has inherited hundreds of glass lantern slides showing images of soldiers in action. He decides to put them on show, to tell the public the real story of the war.

In the process, he brings together two women from different social backgrounds, united by a single tragic event that unfolded in the heat of battle. As tension mounts on the streets, Johnny comes to realise that there is more to the photographs than meets the eye and that secrets can be hard to keep.

Directed by Stephen Beggs, with an excellent cast of actors from Ireland and England, this drama of hidden history and conflicting loyalties was inspired by the real life discovery of a collection of World War I lantern slides in a Belfast church.

A post-show audience discussion will take up issues raised by the play and will be attended by the writer and cast members. It will be hosted by broadcaster and writer Padraig Coyle.

The duration of the performance is approximately 75 minutes, with no interval.






PERFORMANCES:  Friday 23rd September at 8pm

Comedy

David Hull Promotions presents
1916: TIM McGARRY GOES OVER THE TOP!

One of Ireland's top comedy stars of stage, radio and television in a return to Riverside with his new show

Tim McGarry (Blame Game, Give My Head Peace, Hearts and Minds, A Perforated Ulster) is back. Following the success of Tim McGarry’s Irish History Lesson, Tim returns with a brand new stand-up show about our history.

This time instead of taking on all of Irish history Tim will concentrate on the bits that we think matter the most. And because of the year that’s in, it can only be the 1916 Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme. In 2016 we have be inundated with worthy and serious dramas and documentaries about the meaning of 1916. There has been much chin stroking and nodding of heads sagely. Tim McGarry doesn’t want that. He wants to give you jokes. What are the funny myths and facts about 1916? Why do we take our history so seriously? And how can we stop taking it seriously?

Tim will cover the period from the start of the 1900s from Oscar Wilde and Carson, to the Titanic and the build-up to the Easter Rising and the Somme. He will ask serious questions, like - What can we learn from 1916? What would the people of 1916 think today? How the hell can we know? And frankly who cares? Is it a good idea to take our current political views from what happened a century ago? And what will be remembered in 2116? Expect myths to be exploded and sacred cows to be slaughtered but above all expect laughs.

And who knows we might accidentally learn something.


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PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 24th September at 8pm

Music

Riverside welcomes back this premier NI band featuring the fabulous NIAMH KAVANAGH
THE ILLEGALS

A stunningly good tribute to both The Eagles and to Fleetwood Mac

“Top drawer - the best live music act in the country” – Facebook

“Outstanding - The Rolls-Royce of Irish Rock” – RTE

“Simply Stunning” – The BBC


Widely regarded as one of the best live tribute acts in the country, The Illegals are back at The Riverside with their ever popular classic-rock tribute show

Now in their 20th year, The Illegals put on a formidable show replicating the sound of two of the greatest rock bands and delving deeper into the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac back-catalogues to keep their dynamic live show fresh but familiar to packed venues throughout Ireland.

Audiences really love the Illegals live – an entertaining three-hours of vocal harmony, superb musicianship, unforgettable songs and great fun - served up by a band at the top of its game.

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


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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.

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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!

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PERFORMANCES:  Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th 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.


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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.

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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.



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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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




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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’.


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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.

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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).


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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.’


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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+


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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 ….!


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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.


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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!


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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.



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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


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

Community Musical

Dalriada School, Ballymoney presents
SPECTRUM

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!


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PERFORMANCES:  Friday 18th November at 8pm

Community Musical

Margaret Ferris-Curran presents
A NIGHT AT THE MUSICALS

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



PERFORMANCES:  Saturday 19th November at 8pm


Community Musical

NI Live Vision presents
SOLO

This evening will be a showcase of the eight finalists of a musical competition.



Following on from the huge success of SOLO last year which featured some of Northern Ireland's finest up-and-coming singers (along side jazz and blues star Dana Masters), NI Live Events and LSFX are now searching (via a nationwide competition) for the best SOLO talent in the country to perform in their next Riverside show.

This evening will be a showcase of the eight finalists, with one lucky winner gaining a 'once in a life time' prize. The evening will also feature a repeat performance from one of last year's finest soloists, Jasmine Gardiner.

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

Community Dance

Kelly Neill Dance Company presents
TIME 2 DANCE SHOWCASE

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!



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

Community Musical

Portrush Music Society presents
SPAMALOT

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.


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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
ROBINSON CRUSOE AND HIS DARING CARIBBEAN PIRATES!

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!


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PERFORMANCES:  Tuesday 13th December at 8pm


Music

Brian Hand Promotions presents
PHIL COULTER - FESTIVE REFLECTIONS

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.

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

Community Dance

VLDD presents
THE VICTORIA LAGAN DANCE AND DRAMA CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE

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.


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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
ANNIE

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 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