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Laugh Out Loud this June

You’ll be sure to laugh out loud this June, as Russell Kane tops the bill at this year’s exciting Cookstown Comedy Festival (16th – 18th June), in a line–up which also includes Jake O’Kane and Mickey Bartlett.

In his brand new show, Russell Kane unleashes another blisteringly–funny, award–winning stand–up performance about growing up, growing down, and the beauty and curse of growing old. Multi–award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane is best known as the host of three series of BBC3‘s Live At The Electric, regular appearances on BBC1’s Live At Apollo, BBC3’s Unzipped, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Now!  Tickets are £16.

Also confirmed on the programme (Friday 17th June), hot on the heels of two sell–out tours, is Northern Ireland’s finest comic, Jake O’Kane!  In his inimitable style, Jake takes no prisoners as he deals with the good, the bad and the ugly of life here. 

Weaving stories and news photos, Jake gives his take on the people, places and politics that make this the special ‘wee’ place it is.  Those of a sensitive disposition, and politicians of all shades, should be afraid – very afraid.

Tickets for Russel’s show on 18th June are £18.50 and support is provided by local comedian, Terry McHugh.

Only a whippersnapper still on the scene, but with the comic skill of a seasoned professional, Micky Bartlett is one of the funniest and most popular acts on the circuit, earning the respect of his peers and Northern Ireland’s older generation of comics alike, and he will.kick off the three nights of laughter on Thursday 16th June. Tickets are £10.

To see another side of renowned comedian and Cookstown local, Owen O’Neill, check out ‘The Rebel Crown’ on Wednesday 22nd June, commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death in Rome in 2016 aged 66.. The Rebel Crown is a poetic history of the extraordinary turbulent life of Red Hugh O’Neill Earl of Tyrone. It is a candid look at a man full of contradictions. Was he a saint or a sinner? No one will ever know the real story, but the Rebel Crown written and performed by award winning actor and writer Owen O’Neill will take an irreverent look at what might have been. Tickets are £13 (£11 concession).

If you are looking respite from the football, why not have a fantastic girl’s night out at ‘Handbag Positive’, a new and hilariously funny play by Donna O’ Connor, co–writer of ‘A Night With George’. Starring Alexandra Ford (Give My Head Peace) and Christina Nelson (Mistletoe and Crime), directed by Alan McKee (History of the Troubles (accordin’ to my Da)) and produced by Joe Rea (50 Shades of Red White and Blue), it tells the story of Attracta and Nora, the best of friends when they were teenagers.

They shared everything from their Bay City Roller trousers to boyfriends. In the dark days of the late 1970s they sang shangalang and they ran with the gang. Bomb scares at their school weren’t scary at all, they got a day off and that was ok by them. They drift apart as people do until fate reunites them in their middle age.

In a local A&E they find themselves back in their teenage years, exchanging stories as well as insults, and wonder why they ever liked each other and, in particular, how they ever got a lumber wearing Bay City Roller trousers. Tickets for the performance on Thursday 9th June are £15 (£12 concession).

Talking about 1970’s music, and for everyone still ‘forever in blue jeans’, the Hub BT80 are throwing a celebration of the songs and music of Neil Diamond. With the Hub Choir and special guests, this will be a great night out that will have you singing and swaying in your seats. Tickets are £12.50 with all proceeds going to the Hub BT80.

The Burnavon has an important place at the heart of the community in Mid–Ulster and some of our best local talent will appear on stage as part of their end of year celebrations.

Caroline Creggan Dance School, Mid–Ulster’s premier dance school trips the light fantastic on Saturday 4th June to showcase their talents. As the CCDS has grown, so have the student’s ambition, skills and techniques. Come along to celebrate with staff, pupils, parents and friends as the talented dancers perform exciting choreography from Miss C! Tickets for the show at 7.30pm are £6. Contact Box Office for details.

Last but by no means least, the Superstars Club has been working really hard all year in preparation for their latest production; ‘Love me, Love Me Not’ a raucous, romantic musical about kids growing up in college on Saturday 11th June, under the expert direction of Pearse McCloskey and Moninne Dargan. Those of you who know the Superstars know this is simply a show not to be missed! Tickets are £10.

All shows start at 8pm, unless otherwise indicated, and tickets can be purchased at the Burnavon Box Office, Burn Road, Cookstown; by telephone on 028 8676 9949 or online at


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