Weekend Plans? Madame Web, One Day, Granny Jackson’s Dead and Belfast Tradfest

From immersive theatre experiences and making your own candles to epic Marvel movies and gut wrenching romcoms, we have your guide to the weekend whether you are heading out or staying in...

The cast of Granny Jackson's Dead (Image: Neil Harrison)
The cast of Granny Jackson's Dead (Neil Harrison)
Granny Jackson’s Dead, 47 Malone Road, Belfast – until February 25

The latest production from Big Telly Theatre Company, Granny Jackson’s Dead is part of this year’s NI Science Festival. The new immersive theatre experience combines tech with tradition set against the backdrop if an Irish wake. Although attending a wake for entertainment purposes does not sound overly normal both myself and the cast/crew can confidently say that it’s what Granny would have wanted.

How technology and arts will come together during the premier of Granny Jackson's Dead at February's NI Science Festival
How technology and arts will come together during the premier of Granny Jackson's Dead at February's NI Science Festival

Funny, heartfelt, heartbreaking and unmistakeably Irish, this is a performance worth seeing.

Belfast Tradfest Winter Weekend – February 23-25

Supported by Belfast City Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Ulster University and Dunville’s Irish Whiskey, the festival has a packed programme filled with internationally renowned talent in traditional Irish and Scottish music, song and dance.

The Bothy Band are returning to the Irish stage after 45 years
The Bothy Band are returning to the Irish stage after 45 years The Bothy Band are returning to the Irish stage after 45 years

The line up this year includes Donegal songstress Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Monaghan Harp maestro Michael Rooney, Australian guitarist Steve Cooney, Donegal accordion wizard Dermot Byrne, Breton flute player Sylvain Barou, singer Rita Gallagher and many more. Even among that lot, the return of The Bothy Band is the undoubted highlight.

Life of Pi, Grand Opera House, Belfast – until February 24

Based on the best-selling book by Yann Martel, winner of three Tony Awards 2023 and five Olivier awards Life of Pi has landed in Belfast.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi Life of Pi

With jaw-dropping visuals and world class puppetry coupled with a story that has already captured the hearts of many this is an unforgettable theatrical event.

Susi Belfast, candle making – Book via Instagram @susi.belfast

This is a brilliant shout if you’re creative or simply looking to try something new/different this weekend. Located in The Gasworks in Belfast you can enjoy your very own private candle making workshop and learn the ins and outs of candle making.

All the candles are soy based which means they burn without soot and last a lot longer that paraffin candles.

Candle making can be hard work so whilst you’re working away you will also be treated to some bubbles and nibbles. Ideal for birthdays, hen parties, special occasions or just a good old-fashioned catch up.

Love Is Blind, season six - Netflix – all episodes available now

Following the same format as the previous instalments the series sees a whole new set of singletons enter the pods in search of love.

The New Look – Apple TV – all episodes available now

Set in Paris during World War II the series shows how the world’s most famous designers including Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Pierre Balmain, and Cristobal Balenciaga launched modern fashion amid chaos.

Players – Netflix – available now

This brand new romcom follows a group of friends who treat dating like a game. Together they have created a playbook of clever scenarios they act out to get other people’s attention at the bar. However, everything changes when Mackenzie (Gina Rodriguez) meets a man who’s worth playing for keeps but does he feel the same?

Madame Web – in cinemas now

The film follows a New York City paramedic, Cassandra Webb (Dakota Johnson), who suddenly realises she’s clairvoyant. After confronting her past, she’s tasked with protecting three women who are being tracked down by a mysterious enemy.

One Day – Netflix – all episodes available now

Based on David Nicholl’s best-selling book this romantic yet gut wrenching series chronicles the friendship between Em (Ambika Mod) and Dex (Leo Woodall) over the course of 20 years. Filled with ups and downs this series is a roller coaster of emotions from start to finish. If you have plans this weekend cancel them and watch this instead – it’s that good.

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