WHAT causes women of a certain age to suffer cold sweats, hot flushes, memory loss, chocolate cravings and mood swings that make them as predictable as the Irish weather? No, it’s not watching a men’s a GAA final – it’s the menopause.
SET in 1983 Belfast and based on real newsworthy events, A Queer Céilí at The Marty Forsythe is set to transport audiences back to a time when homosexuality had just been decriminalised in the north – much to the chagrin of Ian Paisley and his supporters – a mere 15 years after the equivalent Sexual Offences Act 1967 was passed in Britain.
1. When did you think about a career in theatre and what were your first steps into it? Apparently I announced I was going to be an actress when I was six, but I became properly involved when the Riverside Theatre (Coleraine) opened in the mid-1970s.
APART from learning The Time Warp as a four-year-old at her childhood dance class, Strictly Come Dancing star turned musical theatre talent Joanne Clifton admits she knew virtually nothing about Richard O'Brien's iconic musical prior to taking on the role of Janet in the current touring production, which visits Belfast's Grand Opera House later this month.
WITH his impressive CV boasting top qualifications including 'crowd-pulling street magician with celebrity fans', 'top-rated TV conjurer' and 'arena-filling illusionist', the past 15 years have seen Steven Frayne AKA Dynamo firmly establishing himself as an elite magic man.