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 stand–up comedian, Sean Lock, the most fertile comic mind in Britain, who will be running through some new material ahead of a major UK tour. The British Comedy Award Winner is a brilliant team captain on Channel 4’s show ‘8 Out of 10 Cats / Cats Does Countdown’. His extensive TV credits also include appearances on Sean Lock’s TV Heaven Telly Hell, Live at The Apollo, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and QI. Local comedy talent is also on show with William Caulfield Live and Micky Bartlett, both firm Burnavon favourites, in October.
Open Door Theatre Company and playwright Carol Doey give us both sides of the coin with their performance of new play, Tragedy 2 Comedy (Two Masks), when you will be laughing in the aisles one minute and finding tears in your eyes the next.
Live music highlights include Scotland’s finest RUSH tribute band, Moving Pictures kicking off the season on 5th September. Playing material mainly from the Terry Brown era – the first 9 studio albums, this 4–piece line–up features the outstanding Jillian Anderson on vocals and keys. The emphasis is on great sound and passionate performance.
The Bjorn Identity will appear at the Burnavon for the first time in October. With stunning handmade replica costumes and a perfect copy of Benny famous white Yamaha piano this ABBA tribute show has all the glitz of the 70’s era and the best party night out in a theatre you will remember!
This year sees the tenth and, sadly final Tunes4Change Irish Trad concert, also in October. In aid of children’s charity, the NSPCC, the concert has so far raised £59,000 for this worthwhile cause. In the very first concert in 2006, it featured one of Ireland’s most well–known and revered fiddle players, Brid Harper. To mark the end of the run, it is fitting that Brid returns and along with some very talented friends, accordionists Darren Breslin and John O’Neill as well as other surprises closer to the time, she will enthral you with her spellbinding music.
Drama takes centre stage on Friday 11th September with Green Shoot Production’s one woman show, Two Sore Legs, directed by Martin Lynch, starring Maria Connolly and written by Brenda Murphy (A Night with George). Set in 1950’s and 60’s Belfast, the play tells the true story of the playwright’s mother Bridie, a young Butlin’s Redcoat, who had 6 children by a married man. The play explores the scandal, the pain, the joy and the fall–out from this extraordinary family arrangement and what it meant for Brenda.
For the kids, the ballet is back too as Ballet Ireland return in November with the classic tale of Coppélia, and Stewartstown Annual Dramatic Society round off the season in January 2016 with their annual pantomime to delight all ages. This year it’s the classic tale of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Brian Morgan, who makes his return after several years to the annual panto!
There’s also a wide range of workshops for the whole family to attend, including brand new workshops on creating canvas art and for the little ones, Jumping Clay, and exhibitions from exciting new local artist, Maisie Moody and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland collection for you to view.
The Burnavon’s new season programme can be downloaded from their website, www.burnavon.com or is available for free 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.