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Spring awakening for new season

Now that 2012 is behind us, the Burnavon theatre is looking forward to 2013 as they launch their new spring season programme. Packed with great performances, exhibitions and arts workshops at Mid–Ulster’s premiere theatre venue, there’s sure to be something to suit everyone.


The season kicks off with the annual Scottish Ceilidh on Friday 1st February, with the music provided by Risin’ Stour and help on hand from dance leaders Ken and Linda McLean. Tickets are £8.

One of the highlights of the season is Maiden Voyage Dance’s ‘Manifesto’ which takes in Cookstown on Tuesday 12th February as part of their spring tour. Manifesto is an exciting triple bill of contemporary dance where physicality, passion and power abound. The three pieces showcase the choreographic talent of three men, Flip Van Huffel, Luke Murphy and Enniskillen–based Dylan Quinn. Tickets are £10 (special offer; buy one get one free).

The students of South West College Performing Arts showcase their dance talent on Saturday 23rd March as the JAM Crew present a devised and choreographed programme of solo, duet and trio pieces reflecting the issues and themes important to young people today. Tickets are £5.


Neil Delamere makes a welcome return to the Burnavon with his new stand–up show, Delamere Mortal on Thursday 7th March. Catch this home–grown comedy mastermind as he effortlessly mixes his distinct style of off–the–cuff audience banter with a selection of side–splitting tales as he dabbles in a little self–reflection and a trip down memory lane. Tickets for this one–night only show are £18.

Brendan Grace returns with a new show featuring some brand new material alongside all the classic characters from his vast repertoire of the last 41 years on Friday 15th March (tickets £20), just in time to help celebrate St Patrick’s Day.


The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations continue on Saturday 16th March with a special Celebration concert introduced by the BBC’s Declan Forde, and featuring the Burnavon Folk Club, Cookstown Youth Choir, Irish Rhythm and Folk Fusion.

Music for every type of music fan appears in the next few months from The Three Tenors on Saturday 16th February (tickets £20) with their high–calibre operatic contemporary classics, to Belfast–based singer songwriter Anthony Toner, playing on Friday 12th April (tickets £10). Always a popular performer, Anthony’s accomplished guitar playing, and self–penned soulful stories woven in each of his compositions make for a very special night’s entertainment.

The treats continue in April as Jim McKee returns to his home town to launch his new Album ‘Goodness comes from the heart’. Along with his band, Jim will be supported by Cathal Hayden and PJ McDonald. Tickets are a great value £10.

The Ballymoor Grousebeaters meets Ballygobackwards as a wonderful night of cabaret nostalgia is presented by Clubsound and special guest, Jimmy Cricket on Thursday 18th April (tickets £17.50).

Armagh–based band Raglan brings it all together on Friday 19th April as they play their own unique style of folk, Irish trad and classical music.

There’s plenty for the country fans of Mid–Ulster as well, with fantastic concerts throughout the season from Dominic Kirwan, Mike Denver, Isla Grant, Sean Wallace’s Country Music Showtime and the Queen of Country, Philomena Begley, who celebrates over 50 years in the business.


The season takes a light–hearted look at Northern Ireland and its issues, with Bardic Theatre presenting their renowned production of Affluence by Wesley Burrows on Saturday 9th February (tickets £12 / £10 concession).

Uncle Andy and the Gang return to the Burnavon for the annual Give My Head Peace laughter fest on Wednesday 6th March. It will be a brand new show with up to the minute satire, your favourite characters and superb stand–up from Tim McGarry. Tickets are £22.

Continuing the laughs at our own expense are Belvoir Players with ‘No Hope Here’, a hilarious farce written by local author Vivian Brennan on Wednesday 10th April (tickets £10 and £8 concession) and ‘The Mating Season’, a Sam Cree classic on Friday 26th April (tickets £10).

Following the success of their 2011 tour and sell–out Burnavon show, Premier Theatrical Productions return with their unmissable production of ‘Blood Brothers: the Play’, based on the powerful and moving classic tale of joy and sadness set in Liverpool, written by Willy Russell. With matinee and evening shows on Thursday 14th March, tickets are from £10 – £12.50.

Joy Carleton, SWC Foundation Degree student makes her stage debut in her one–woman show, adapted by the SWC Performing Arts Department from Virginia Woolfe’s 1929 literary essay ‘A Room of One’s Own’. Woolfe’s essay reflects its time, place and its authors’ personality, which is brilliantly brought to life in this witty stage adaptation by Joy’s portrayal of Virginia Woolfe the woman, and her impassioned ideals.

Tickets for all of these shows and more can be purchased from the Burnavon Box Office on 028 8676 9949 or online at You can also keep up with the latest news and goings on at the Burnavon theatre via our Facebook page and our twitter feed @burnavontheatre. 

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