Belfast Theatre - October 2015

The best musical, drama and dance productions taking place on stages across Belfast throughout the next month

Two Sore Legs - Running until October 3 at the Lyric Theatre - Book here

Set in Belfast in the 1950’s and 60’s Two Sore Legs is a powerful, autobiographical play. Brenda Murphy’s mother Bridie, a young Butlin’s Redcoat, had 6 children by a married man who lived around the corner with his other family.

The Night Alive - Running from October 9 - 31 at the Lyric Theatre - Book here

Set in Dublin, The Night Alive tells the story of Tommy – a middle-aged man, just about getting by. He’s renting a run-down room in his uncle Maurice’s house, keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the other with his pal Doc. Then one night he comes to the aid of Aimee, who’s not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how.

Their past won’t let go easily. But together there’s a glimmer of hope that they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary. Perhaps …

Night Alive

The Suitcase - Performing on October 12 and 13 at the Belfast Synagogue - Book here

World premiere of Jane Coyle's new Spring Lane and Chatterbox co-production, bringing together three interlocking storylines, which span 70 years of history across Europe.

Set between the present day and some of the darkest years of the 20th century, four characters from different times, places and generations, navigate a path through issues of cultural identity, persecution, resilience and hope.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Running from October 13 - 17 at the Grand Opera House - Book here

Based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling new stage play from the National Theatre which won seven Olivier Awards in 2013 and more recently, five Tony Awards.

To Break - Performing on October 21 and 22 at The MAC - Book here

Campo presents Robbert & Frank To Break, a visual installation brought to life. Robust, honest materials lay scattered along a desolate plain. Wood, metal and some plastic here and there. Besides that: emptiness. In what wilderness have we found ourselves? Are we in Saudi-Arabia? Arizona? Is it an abandoned beach?

Little by little, the landscape is filled with colour and the elements come to life ingeniously. From then on, we leave on a road trip across time and its Window of Opportunity.

To Break

Mydidae - Running from October 20 - 25 at The MAC - Book here

Prime Cut Productions present the Irish Premiere of Mydidae by the BAFTA Award-winning writer of Skins and This is England ‘86/’88’/90’; Jack Thorne. Mydidae is the story of two ordinary people, in an ordinary bathroom, on a not so ordinary day. Marian and David expose more than just skin in this most intimate of settings. 

Taking its name from a cosmopolitan family of insects, Mydidae invites the audience to become flies on the wall and witness the unravelling of love in the face of guilt and grief.

The Kitchen - Running from October 21 and 22 at the Grand Opera House - Book here

The Kitchen is as far from any TV cooking show as you can get. It’s cooking on a whole other level – cooking as a metaphor for life. A unique theatrical experience, The Kitchen serves up a ritual fusion of sight, sound, smell and taste all the way from South India.

On stage a couple enact a drama without words, stirring huge steamy vats of payasam, a traditional Indian dessert. Behind them, under coppery light, 12 drummers beat out a surging rhythm on their sacred mizhavu drums while the fragrance of aromatic rice wafts through the theatre.