Weekend Plans? Pottery painting, The Tourist, Luisa Omielan and Brian Downey’s ALIVE AND DANGEROUS

A picture of Jamie Dornan and Danielle Macdonald in the new series of The Tourist
The Tourist series two Jamie Dornan and Danielle Macdonald are back for another series of the BBC hit (BBC/Two Brothers/Steffan Hill/Russell Kirby)

It may be the bleak Midwinter but we still have some weird and wonderful recommendations for your weekend whether you’re going out or staying in.

Luisa Omielan: God Is A Woman – The Musical, The Black Box, January 6

Comedian Luisa Omielan confesses that she cannot sing or play music, however that has not hindered her in putting together what she describes as an “epic one-woman experiment.”

Comedian Luisa Omielan will be at the Out To Lunch festival next month
Comedian Luisa Omielan will be at the Out To Lunch festival next month Comedian Luisa Omielan will be at the Out To Lunch festival next month

“This is a rough and ready idea, a pitch for a musical all about Mary Magdalene – and you can help me develop it” she says.

Described by the Guardian as “the stand-up hit of the decade” this is not a performance you will want to miss.

Pottery Painting, Eden Pottery 218 Abbey Road, Millisle, Newtownards

Get out of the post-Christmas slump with some creativity. The decorating studio runs in 90-minute sessions and if you are not an overly artsy person don’t worry as the studio has a vast selection of handmade sponges ranging from Harry Potter, Star Wars, woodland creatures, flowers, cars and many more in order to make decorating easy and fun.

 Writer's Square in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter is the setting for a pottery market in August

Suitable for adults, children and dogs are also very welcome during the sessions.

Brian Downey’s ALIVE AND DANGEROUS, The Empire Music Hall Belfast, January 5

One of the founding members of the legendary Thin Lizzy, Brian Downey needs no introduction.

Often cited as being an inspiration to many of the world’s top drummers he is buzzing to be back playing the songs, he co-wrote in Thin Lizzy with his new band ALIVE AND DANGEROUS.

The new line-up features Downey on Drums, Matt Wilson on bass and lead vocals and Michal Kulbaka on lead guitar alongside Joe Merriman.

QFT (Queen’s Film Theatre) Late – Cult & Classic, 20 University Square, Belfast, January 6

New to the QFT this monthly late-night slot presents forgotten films, maligned movies and stone-cold classics. This month they will be showing 90s teen classic Cruel Intentions – which is claimed to have partly inspired the plot of cultural phenomenon Saltburn.

The Night Before Christmas, The MAC Belfast, until January 7

This weekend is also your last chance to catch the MAC’s festive show, The Night Before Christmas. Despite the title the show deals with far more than just Christmas, emphasising the importance of reading, imagination, and creativity. With a stunning set, brilliant original music and a captivating company of actors it’s definitely worth a watch.

The Night Before Christmas The Mac 2023/24 (Gorgeous Photography/Gorgeous Photography)
The Tourist, BBC iPlayer all episodes available now

In the second instalment of this funny but gripping comedy thriller Elliott (Jamie Dornan) and Helen (Danielle Macdonald) travel to Ireland in search of answers about Elliott’s checkered past.

Fool Me Once, Netflix, all episodes available now

The whodunnit follows a widow (Michelle Keegan) desperate for answers about her late husband (Richard Armitage) as just two weeks after his funeral, she sees him appearing alive and well — on her nanny cam.

True Love, Channel 4, catch up on demand now

Phil (Lindsay Duncan) and Ken (Clarke Peters) were teenage sweethearts who never quite managed to forget each other. Now in their vintage, they are reunited at a nostalgia-filled drunken wake in which they and fellow mourners agree to help each other avoid the slow decline into death in favour of engineering dignified deaths.

Crime season 2, ITVX, all episodes available now

Detective Inspector Ray Lennox (Dougray Scott) returns to Edinburgh and its serious crimes team after recovering from a breakdown from his last case. Based on the Irvine Welsh novel of the same name.

Anyone But You, out now

Despite an amazing first date, Bea and Ben’s initial attraction quickly turns sour. However, when they unexpectedly find themselves at a destination wedding in Australia, they pretend to be the perfect couple to keep up appearances.

Next Goal Wins, out now

With the 2014 World Cup qualifiers approaching, down-on-his-luck coach Thomas Rongen tries to turn the American Samoa soccer team into winners.

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