Soon the dark winter nights will arrive and with that comes a chance to have a great night out as the Burnavon, Cookstown releases its new autumn/winter season programme full of new theatre performances, events, exhibitions, and workshops for everyone.
Highlights of the season include all–new comedy by William Caulfield, Conal Gallen, and that dynamic duo, Carol Doey and Jimmy Cowan who are on the Christmas countdown for 2014!
Live music highlights include The High Kings, and return of local singer, now County Clare – based, Jim McKee. The annual fundraiser for the NSPCC, Tunes4Change, has its usual slot in October with the cream of Irish traditional music headlined by Dervish coming together to support this cause and to produce some of the best trad music you’ll ever hear. Speaking of trad, Four Men and a Dog put in an appearance in November, second to none for the passion and precision in their sets, so if you’ve not experienced ‘The Dogs’ in concert before, then don’t miss this chance!
Beth Nielsen Chapman also takes in Cookstown on her regional tour during October. Considered by many to be one of the finest singer/songwriters of her generation, Chapman has penned hits for artists including Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Roberta Flack, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Willie Nelson. In concert her songs are interwoven with wonderful story telling, all rooted in folk and Americana traditions, adding to the emotion and magic of the experience. Phil Coulter graces the stage once again in October with his brand new Echoes of Home concert, full of his haunting anthems.
The music continues at the end of October with a glimpse of a different side of Harry Hamilton. More recognisable as the Flash Harry frontman, Hamilton showcases his rich and strong voice by taking you through a musical journey through the American swing music of the twentieth century. The season also marks the first visit to Mid–Ulster of the rags to riches X–Factor star, Mary Byrne. Having achieved multi–platinum status on previous albums, Mary has just released her third album, ‘Magic of the Musicals’ which features classic songs from old musicals, updated with a Buble–style swing, many of which she’ll perform on the night.
Local lass, Andrea Begley brings her album, ‘The Message’ to life on stage in November and she’ll be joined by special guests Anthony Toner and Ben Sands.
Drama takes centre stage at Halloween with the Ulster Theatre Company’s production of Jonathan Harker and DRACULA, starring Gerard McCarthy (Hollyoaks, The Fall) and featuring West End stars Rachael Tucker and Jayne Wisener, as well as ex–Coranation Street actress, Kym Marsh on the big screen as the Brides of Dracula, this one–man show gives audiences a classic fright night!
For the kids, the ballet is back too as Ballet Ireland return in November with ‘Swan Lake’. Stewartstown Annual Dramatic Society round off the season with their annual pantomime to delight all ages, this year it’s the classic tale of Humpty Dumpty and the Magic Wall.
There’s also a wide range of workshops for the whole family to attend and exhibitions from exciting new local artists for you to view.
The Burnavon’s new season programme can be downloaded from their website, www.burnavon.com or is available in hard copy at the Box Office, Burn Road, Cookstown. Tickets can be purchased through Box Office on 028 8676 9949 or online. There are special offers on the website too, and become a fan on Facebook or follow the theatre on Twitter @burnavon theatre for all the latest news, reminders of what’s on and a glimpse of behind the scenes during the season.