STEPHEN Rea has just finished a six-week run of Belfast playwright David Ireland’s intense Cyprus Avenue, in the Royal Court Theatre in London, and is struggling to find his usual pitch and rich vocal tone.
THIS Easter, Belfast audiences can join Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo and those penguin geniuses Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico in the stage musical of the popular DreamWorks animated movie Madagascar.
SOMETIMES you can make a drama out of a crisis. In the case of One Day in May, the new drama-documentary about the marriage equality referendum in Ireland coming to the Lyric Theatre on April 11, it was essential.
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.