The Lyric Lough in on Station Island

From Belfast to Bellaghy, Jimmy Fay goes on a literary pilgrimage for a special co-production with Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Seamus Heaney HomePlace and the Lyric Theatre are set to collaborate on a unique new production celebrating one of the late Nobel Laureate's most personal collections, Station Island.

Entitled Reflections on Station Island, the production will take place in The Helicon at Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy on Saturday, March 11. Directed by the Lyric’s Executive Producer Jimmy Fay, the dynamic performance will combine the spoken word, film, and sound to evoke the poet’s process of self-examination.

Composers and performers Paul Stapleton and Steve Davis will provide a unique improvised musical interpretation of the text, as actor Seamus O’Hara (star of the recent My Mother and Other Strangers on BBC Northern Ireland) delivers a dramatic reading of the poems.

Commenting on the collaboration, Brian McCormick, Manager of Seamus Heaney HomePlace said: 'Part of the mission of Seamus Heaney HomePlace is to bring the Nobel Laureate’s poetry to life in a different way for audiences, working with local, national and international artists across music, theatre, drama, literature and film. We are delighted to be working with the Lyric Theatre – an organisation which was of great personal importance to Heaney - and look forward to seeing the results of their artistic exploration.'

Meanwhile, last month saw the launch of a new exhibition at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, shedding light on the Co. Wicklow retreat which inspired the poet's Glanmore Sonnets and other significant works. Offering a unique insight into his writing process at that time, the specially curated collection of manuscripts, contemporary reviews and other artefacts will be on display until Friday, March 31.

Tickets for Performance Reflections on Station Island are priced £10 and are available to book now at www.seamusheaneyhome.com.