Prime Cut's Kaleidoscope

The Belfast-based theatre company invite you to download a soundfile and experience the city as never before this Thursday

'We want people to meet us at City Hall, with a partner or a group of friends, and, having downloaded the mp3 beforehand, for everyone to press play at the same time. We want everyone to be part of a "happening".'

So says Louise Lowe, director of Prime Cut Theatre Productions' Kaleidoscope, an immersive, multi-sensory, multi-genre performanceexperience taking place on the streets of inner-city Belfast on Thursday, March 28 from 7pm.

Kaleidoscope is a community engagement project led by Prime Cut Productions, and has involved the theatre company working with people from across Belfast over a nine-month period, collating stories and experiences of their lives in and around Belfast. This information was then used to devise the content of the theatrical experience for participants.

The one-off event will be staged in the streets of Belfast City Centre, and will see audience members moving through the city alongside workers, shoppers, pub-goers and groups of community actors. The piece was developed by Lowe and visual artist Will St. Leger, and involves sound design by Karl Kennedy. 

'In the development process, we have learned that for a small city, different streets and areas in Belfast mean different things to different people,' adds Lowe. 'Each individual, generation and community have brought something unique and insightful to the process of this project, culminating in a multi-layered score of the city which reflects life at this exact moment, place and time.

'The real-life stories and the issues that dominate the lives of the people we have spoken to have formed the starting place for Kaleidoscope and the city is the stage for the production. Audience members should expect to watch, wait, walk, listen, laugh, dance, sing and love.' 

For those attending, an mp3 sound file will be emailed to them once tickets have been purchased. Organisers will also provide mp3 players on the day, but would prefer that attendees download the mp3 file to their own audio devices or smartphones in order to achieve the best possible sound quality.

Kaleidoscope is produced by Prime Cut Productions in collaboration with Dee Street Community Centre, Grace Women’s Development, John Paul II Youth Club, Knocknagoney Community Centre, New Lodge Arts, North Belfast Interface Network and The Spectrum Centre.

It is funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, Hope For Youth Northern Ireland and supported by the Belfast Telegraph. booking fee online, but not in person or via the phone welcome centre

Tickets for Kaleidoscope are priced at £5 (£3.50 concession). There is an online booking charge, but no charge if tickets are booked over the phone or in person at the Belfast Welcome Centre at 028 9024 6609.