Short Strand Becomes a Stage

East Belfast area's history will come to life in a unique series of Kabosh theatre performances to mark Easter Rising centenary

In partnership with the South and East Belfast committee of Ag Fìorú na Poblachta, Kabosh Theatre Company will bring the history and heritage of the city's Short Strand area to life in a one-off event on April 17.

Combining spectacle, theatre and music the unique outdoor performance, which is free to attend, will mark 100 years since the Easter Rising. Audiences will be brought on a journey through the district, encountering previous residents connected with the events of Easter week in Dublin 1916.

Four original plays will be performed by a cast of esteemed local actors in exterior locations across the Strand, under the artistic direction of Paula McFetridge and with production design from Liz Cullinane. Supported by costumed actors and singers from the community will be Stephen Beggs, Maggie Cronin, Gerard Jordan, Gerard McCabe, Carol Moore and Antoinette Morelli.

Paula McFetridge, Artistic Director of Kabosh, said: 'We are delighted to be working in Short Strand as part of their 2016 commemorations – giving voice to previous residents through original theatre, offering a range of opportunities for current residents to participate in quality arts activities and creating a unique site-specific experience for all of our citizens.'

Gilly Campbell, Arts Officer for Drama and Dance, Arts Council of Northern Ireland added: 'The arts are an important tool for community engagement and have a unique social value in bringing communities together to access and participate in the arts.

'We are delighted to support Kabosh with this unique, exciting theatre project which brings members of the Short Strand Community together to celebrate and showcase their history and heritage through the arts.'

Kabosh Theatre Company's Short Strand Drama premieres at Mounteforde Play Park at the Short Strand, East Belfast from 2.30pm, April 17. Tickets can be obtained in person or booked by email/phone from Doyle Youth Centre (, 028 9045 6987) or St Matthews Social Club (, 028 9045 5260). Organisers have advised to dress for the weather.