Dark Horse hosts atmospheric theatre inspired by Seamus Heaney

Carol Moore performs in Big Telly Theatre Company's Across The Threshold

THEATRE, poetry, music, sounds, visual effects, smell and touch merge in a new piece of immersive theatre by Portstewart-based Big Telly Theatre Company.

Across The Thresehold sees the restaging of two scripts from their 2008 production Bog People, written by Nicola McCartney, together with a new short piece.

It will also be performed in Bangor, Portstewart, the Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Cushendun, Derry and for the first time comes to Belfast's Dark Horse.

"It's a celebration of our collective love for Seamus Heaney and his words. The poems that inspired Nicola McCartney's scripts for Bog People are Kinship, Field of Vision and Bogland. The words aren’t quoted directly in the scripts, but will be filtering in and around the performances," explains Big Telly's general manager Fran Porter.

"One of the scripts talks about the 'crossing of the threshold'. It became the title as that is what the audience are invited to do when they come into the Dark Horse, and all the other venues. Heaney's words create a sense of moving between worlds, death and life, outside and inside, the domestic crossing into the epic. Across the Threshold is about moving between worlds – how different states of being co-exist."

The 50-minute production is directed by Zoe Seaton and includes a monologue performed by Carol Moore and performances from Nicky Harley and John Mulkeen.

:: Across The Thresehold will tour from February 15-22. Tickets via

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