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Terra Nova Productions, with support from Accidental Theatre, presents
Crescent Arts Centre Wednesday 11 - Saturday 14 March 2015
Conceived and directed by Andrea Montgomery
From the company that brought you last year's acclaimed production Arrivals, about the lives of immigrants to Northern Ireland, the story continues with Arrivals2, all about their children. Join us for a night of tasty 'theatre tapas' that will leave you entertained, amused, moved and thoughtful.
Five plays, featuring four actors, by five of Northern Ireland's most exciting local writers, all in one great night of theatre.
The writers for the project include award-winning playwright and screen writer Daragh Carville, James Meredith and Deirdre Cartmill who made such successful contributions to Arrivals last year, and new-comers Maggie Cronin and Finn Kennedy. Once again, Composer and Singer Songwriter Anthony Toner will provide a new score for the night.
The project tours with work by two of Northern Ireland's emerging intercultural artists, who have been commissioned to create a piece inspired by the project for you to enjoy along with the production.
Book your ticket at crescentarts.org or phone the Crescent Arts Centre on 028 9024 2338
ARRIVALS2 will be also touring to the following venues: Check websites for times and prices.
What would you say to your 16-yearold self if you could go back in time? Every issue we ask a well-known name to offer their younger self, words of wisdom. This issue, Belfast's Maggie Cronin, an award winning actress and writer who appeared in the Academy Award winning 'The Shore' and family favorites like Doctors and The Bill has a few words with her teenage self.To read more download the PDF
'There is only so long one can ask for something politely.' So speaks the character of Lillian Metge in Shrieking Sisters at the Linen Hall Library in the wake of International Women's Day, celebrated each year on March 8.
The play or rehearsed reading in this case, written by Maggie Cronin and Carol Moore and today performed by both with Laura Hughes, tells the story of Ulster and Irish suffragettes in the early years of the 20th century, a period in history which is very much the focus of commemorative events at the moment.
Between the Easter Rising, the Home Rule Crisis and the First World War, it was a period of extraordinary upheaval, and it is almost understandable that the struggle to win the vote for women has not been so much in the forefront of memoralising events.
Shrieking Sisters goes some way to redress the imbalance, portray-ing as it does a host of significant characters in the early women's movement in Ireland and elsewhere. Emmeline Pankhurst makes an appearance, as do lesser-known but no less important figures in Irish suffrage.
The story revolves around Lillian Metge, who, like Pankhurst, was born into a family of some privilege and wealth. She fought, nonetheless, for a woman's right to vote, initially supporting passive action to make the point, until nothing less than militant, illegal action got the attention of the male-dominated governing establishment. They threw stones, damaged property and burned buildings.
Fortwilliam Golf Club was targeted with an acid attack on the green and Abbeylands House in Whiteabbey was destroyed by fire. A bomb attack on Lisburn Cathedral in the early hours of August 1, 1914 is described in some detail, as is the subsequent trial of the alleged bombers, one of whom was Metge. For her efforts, she and a number of other female protesters were thrown into Crumlin Road Gaol.
The play uses a variety of media to tell the story. Music and recorded sound augment the actors onstage. We hear a ballad of women's suffrage sung by an opera singer and also sounds connected with the force-feeding that was a practice of prison doctors when women prisoners went on hunger strike.
A reading of Shrieking Sisters will be performed at The Linenhall Library on 4th March 2014 2pm. Admission free. Written by Maggie Cronin and Carol Moore.
Performed by Maggie Cronin, Laura Hughes and Carol Moore
Directed Marty Stalker
To Lose Control will be shown at The Belfast Film Festival (27th March - 5th April 2014) as part of the short film competition.
A former soldier struggles to deal with P.T.S.D. and decides to explore controversial methods of treatment before he loses control completely.
Directed by Marty Stalker. Starring Chris Patrick Simpson & Maggie Cronin. A Visionworks Television Production
Written by Donal O'Hagan | Directed by Richard Lavery
Up-and-coming journalist Dempsey loves his London life - but is suddenly shipped home to Belfast to make a documentary on the changing face of good ol' Norn Iron.
A Christmas visitor at best, Dempsey has his fingers crossed for a quick job and a leap up the career ladder. But his parents (Tom and Martha) and his oldest school buddy (Mark) have their own agendas for him, and soon Dempsey is forced out from behind his camera.
O’Hagan’s stage debut is a multimedia exploration of homecoming that rips into ideas about family and identity, and asks how far can a person be the author of their own life. With a superb cast, starring Maggie Cronin best known for her role in the BBC's long-running daytime drama Doctors and Academy award winning short film The Shore; Cillian O'Sullivan, currently starring in 6Degrees; Noel Magee from BBC production Betrayal of Trust, and upcoming Lyric Theatre actor Jason McLaughlin.
Venue Baby Grand Studio, Grand Opera House Tuesday 25th February - Saturday 1st March.