BELFAST BY MOONLIGHT

Belfast by Moonlight

Belfast by Moonlight

Belfast by Moonlight is a new play by Carlo Gébler with original music composed by cellist Neil Martin. Where the River Farset joins the mouth of the Lagan rests the chapel of the sandy ford; an inhospitable place for a city. Yet in 1613 a town charter is granted. 400 years on as the full moon rises, six spirits congregate to offer a haunting lament for Béal Feirste.

Carlo Gébler Photo: © Michael Fisher

Carlo Gébler Photo: © Michael Fisher

Cast: Bernadette Brown, Maria Connolly, Roisin Gallagher, Laura Hughes, Carol Moore and Kerri Quinn. There will be post-show talks on 23rd and 26th October with matinee performances on Saturday 26th and Wednesday 30th October at 3pm. There are no performances on a Sunday as the venue is St George’s Anglican church in High Street.

This event runs after the Festival until All Hallows’ Eve on Thursday 31st October (Halloween). Tickets are £14 (concession £10) and can be booked here.

BELFAST FESTIVAL: CRIMEA SQUARE

Crimea Square Photo: Belfast Festival

Crimea Square Photo: Belfast Festival

It’s festival time again in Belfast as the long-established Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s gets underway. The large public art project WISH has been officially unveiled by the artist Jorge Rodríguez–Gerada at the 11 acre site beside the Titanic Centre. The new face for Belfast on the old face of the city can be viewed from the centre (viewing opportunities now closed) or from W5 at specific times during the festival and to book a free ticket, register here (W5).

Wish by Jorge Rodríguez–Gerada Photo: Belfast Festival

Wish by Jorge Rodríguez–Gerada Photo: Belfast Festival

This evening, the opening concert takes place at the Waterfront Hall with the internationally acclaimed tenor José Carreras and Irish soprano Celine Byrne from County Kildare. As a volunteer with the festival, I will be attending the preview night of Crimea Square, which presents the story of the Shankill Road from 1912 until the present day, using film, performance and sound.

Populated by some of the Shankill’s greatest characters, this production covers major events from the signing of the Ulster Covenant up to and beyond the Shankill Road bombing in October 1993.

Using a unique combination of especially commissioned sound scape and film, the era of the cinema will be brought back to the Spectrum Centre (old Stadium Cinema) through the use of large screens recalling the Shankill of old, using a mix of professional and community actors.

Previews on Thurs 17 and Fri 18 October. Shows: 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 October. There will be a talk after the show on Thursday 24 October. Tickets are £10 (concession £8) and can be booked hereBelfastFestival_2012Logo-thumb-540x560-98241

This event continues after the Festival on the following dates: 31st October, 1st November and 2nd November.  There will be a post show talk on 31st October. If you would like to book tickets for one of these performances after the Festival, please contact the Spectrum Centre on 028 9050 4555.