Local young leaders’ artwork exhibited alongside National Portrait Gallery Collection

A group of aspiring young leaders from the Ards peninsula and surrounding area have had artwork they produced, hung alongside world-famous portraits at Mount Stewart.

The National Trust has partnered with Ards Rural Project Youth Forum on a creative project at Mount Stewart as part of the Faces of Change: Votes for Women partnership exhibition with the National Portrait Gallery. The exciting endeavour, funded by Enkelon and National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, saw a group of fifteen young people, aged between 13 to 17 from local villages across the Ards Peninsula, undertake an eight-week creative programme looking at the themes of identity, culture and power.

The young people from the Ards Rural Project Youth Forum who took part in the project were identified by the Education Authority in Northern Ireland as emerging community leaders, who are active in developing young people’s rights and responsibilities.

The youth group enjoyed onsite visits to Mount Stewart, working with National Trust staff and facilitators from the Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre to incorporate their own unique responses and ideas into the exhibition. Using digital technologies, the young people were encouraged to explore new ways to make history and heritage relevant to their generation. The partnership is ongoing, and the group are currently developing a walking trail which visitors will be able to enjoy at Mount Stewart in 2019.

The group produced an inspiring collection of digital images on the theme of identifying and merging their portraits with those of their spirit animals. One of the digital images depicts the artist’s ace merged with that of a seal. The young artist took inspiration from his local area, “growing up in Portavogie, sea life has always had a special place in my heart. This image represents my vibrant personality whilst also giving a glimpse into what life is like in my area.”Another image focuses on a face merged with a lion’s face, “A lion depicts my inner strength, courage and loyalty. They are generally found in a pride, indicating their strong family and community relationships.”

Tammi Peek, Volunteering, Learning and Community Involvement Officer from the National Trust commented, “We were delighted to work alongside these inspirational young people on this creative partnership as a wider extension of the exhibition, Faces of Change: Votes for Women at Mount Stewart, running in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition displays well-known, but rarely seen paintings, drawings and photographs loaned from the National Portrait Gallery and celebrates the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave women the right to vote.

“We were inspired by the success of our partnership with the National Portrait Gallery and we wanted to take this further and reach out to our local neighbours, giving us the opportunity to work collaboratively with groups who may not otherwise have visited the exhibition. Working together with the NERVE Belfast Creative Learning Centre and the young people has been a great experience and we truly believe the digital photography collection adds another layer to the impressive Faces of Change: Votes for Women exhibition at Mount Stewart.”

Joanna Johnston, Visual Arts Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland added, “The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for young people to participate and engage in the arts. We are delighted to support this terrific project which brought young people together to explore local heritage and history using exciting digital arts technologies to create their own artworks which are now exhibited alongside impressive works from the National Portrait Gallery – truly inspiring!”

Members of the youth group agreed that the partnership was an inspiring and educational process for them commenting, “I have learnt a lot about the house at Mount Stewart and the roles the National Trust has played in Mount Stewart. I have also learnt about Edith’s role in the suffrage movement. Another said: “I enjoyed being able to have the opportunity to be creative and use machinery that I would not normally be given the chance to use.”

Special events and tours will be planned for the duration. For more information visit: https://bit.ly/2PIcBq6

The Faces of Change: Votes for Women exhibition is on display at Mount Stewart from Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 3pm until 3 February 2019. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the work of the young people alongside the National Portrait Gallery exhibition.

How to be the Perfect Host

At the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast, Christmas is a magical time of year and there’s nothing better than sharing these experiences with friends and family.
Hosting a group can be stressful especially if it’s your first time, but the Fitzwilliam Hotel have been hosting luxurious, unforgettable experiences for guests for almost 10 years. They have shared some tops tips below on how to be the perfect host this Christmas.

1. Set the Scene

Greet your guests with a drink on arrival. The Fitzwilliam suggests an easy to make cocktail like a Santa’s Little Helper.

It’s a slight twist on a French Martini. Make sure your glass is chilling, no need for ice in this one so why not leave your Martini or Coupe glass in the fridge as your preparing the drinks.
Fill your Cocktail shaker with ice, add a measure of Absolut Vanilla Vodka and a measure of Chambord Raspberry Liquor and top with 100mls of Pineapple Juice. SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED.
Double strain your drink into the chilled glass. It should have a nice frothy head.
Garnish with a raspberry and sip- there you have a quick, easy and delicious Cocktail.

2. Set the mood

It’s important to set the tone for your event. Your guests need to feel comfortable and a luxurious ambience can help them to do so. The Concierge at the Fitzwilliam suggests dimming the lights and lighting a candle to set a warm, comforting vibe. Another tip is to make a good playlist, including a few festive favourites!

3. Have a focal point

If the social area is the dining room or the sitting room, have a centre piece to draw your guests to. Drape a festive garland over your fireplace or decorate your dining table with a gorgeous centre piece. Adding Christmas crackers to the table are a fun way to break the ice and make people more comfortable. Declan, our Concierge says that not only do guests enjoy the extra little touches that hosts add, but they can be good conversation starters too.

4. Preparation is Key

You want to have as much time available on the evening to enjoy spending time with your guests. So, peel and prep the evening before to give yourself as much time as possible to stay relaxed on the evening. Appearing calm and collected when your guests arrive is fundamental.

5. Don’t stress about the food

Your guests know that they aren’t going for a four-course meal in a Michelin restaurant so take a deep breath and relax. Know your guests likes & dislikes and ensure there is plenty to go around. Finally- presentation is everything. You can make your meal look like a restaurant served dish by presenting food beautifully with nice garnish.

6. Games

It’s Christmas – bring out the charades and have some fun! Christmas brings out the child in everyone.

7. Have fun

Most importantly have fun! Phone’s off, relax and enjoy! The Fitzwilliam believe in making unique, five-star experiences and say it’s your party so if you can relax so will your guests!

New App Offers Hundreds Of Prizes To Shoppers In The City Centre This Christmas

A new app has been developed by the Belfast City Council, giving Belfast city centre shoppers the opportunity to win big during the run-up to Christmas. The app has been developed as a part of the #YourBelfast Christmas campaign, with city centre retailers promoting offers and events within their businesses. 200 local businesses have signed up and will be providing a range of incentives and competitions daily and weekly for people to win hundreds of pounds worth of vouchers to spend in the city centre, as well as tickets to concerts and events and one-off offers for entry into the city centre amusements and attractions.

People can download the Your Belfast Rewards app from the app store keeping up-to-date with daily events and offers displayed under the ‘news’, ‘events’ and ‘offers’ tabs – gaining access to daily competitions, prizes, events and offers from city centre businesses.

For more information on the #YourBelfast campaign and the Your Belfast Rewards App, visit the council website at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/yourbelfast.

 

 

 

Queen’s University Belfast Winter Graduation 2018

A big congratulations to all the students who graduated from Queen’s University Belfast on the 13th of December 2018! The students from various faculties were joined by their loved ones to show support and celebrate their achievements, despite the chilly conditions. See February’s edition of the Ulster Tatler magazine for full coverage of the event.

First Time Buyer Centre Puts New Drivers NI Campaign On The Road

NI’s largest car dealership, Charles Hurst, lends a hand to support an important campaign for road safety this year. The First Time Buyer Centre at Charles Hurst is a key corporate sponsor of the New Drivers Safety campaign, which was launched earlier this month.

This campaign helps educate first-time drivers and young passengers about the importance of road safety and how to make good motoring decisions, and will call upon over 10, 000 students in sixth form in schools across NI to sign a road safety pledge.

As a part of the campaign the New Driver Safety Ambassadors visit sixth form classes in schools during the early academic year to inform the students and to deliver safe motoring presentations, including topics such as learning to drive, to buying a car and maintaining your vehicle.

To find out more about the New Drivers pledge, visit www.newdriverni.com .

National Lottery Winners Bring Christmas Magic To Children’s Hospital

Christmas came early for the children at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children when a team of National Lottery winners from across the country arrived with none other than Santa and his reindeer to start the season off with a bang.

Mary Hamilton (Belfast), Anne Canavan (Derry), Stephen Inglis (Bangor), Lauren McLarnon (Newtownabbey) and Ross Hearst (Armagh) – who have won a staggering £18 million between them in the past four years – surprised the children when they arrived at the hospital in Belfast with Santa Claus in a sleigh pulled by a real-life reindeer.

Santa and his Lottery-winning ‘elves’ hosted an afternoon party for the children who learned to make their own Christmas decorations, and enjoyed a magic show as part of the special Christmas fun day.

The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children is the only hospital in Northern Ireland that is dedicated specifically to caring for children and provides a crucial service to thousands across the province each year.

To find out more about the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and the work they do, click the link below. 

http://www.belfasttrust.hscni.net/hospitals/ChildrensHospital.htm

Emirates Holidays Introduces Dublin Airport Departures With Sterling Payment To NI Market

Emirates Holidays, one of the world’s leading holiday companies specialising in tailor-made, premium holiday packages, is now offering the opportunity for Northern Ireland customers to book a Dublin Airport departure and pay in Sterling with just a £100 deposit. Packages include destinations such as Dubai, the Maldives, Thailand and Bali. 

The demand for Dubai has hugely increased and Emirates Holidays offers holidaymakers easy access to premium 4 and 5 star holiday packages to choose from, with departures via. Dublin Airport and optional add-ons for any specific needs. 

However, Emirates Holidays will also offer holiday packages for destinations beyond Dubai, including honeymoon destinations like the Maldives, and as with all packages will only need a £100 deposit to secure bookings. 

Some other benefits of booking an Emirates Holiday are:

·        All holidays include a hotel stay as standard at a 4* or 5* hotel

·        All customers staying in Dubai receive a complimentary Meet & Greet service when they arrive. This includes an airside Emirates Holidays escort through Dubai airport

·        Transfers, excursions, attractions and other optional activities are also available and can be added either through the website or call centre

·        When staying in Dubai for 3 nights or more, customers will receive complimentary tickets to Dubai’s largest theme park, Dubai Parks and Resorts

 

With a strong focus on value for money, customers will have increased choice at their fingertips, with the company focusing particular efforts on Dubai in support of the Dubai tourism vision for 2020. Speaking about the popularity of the Emirates Holidays proposition, Niel Alobaidi, said; “Emirates Holidays wants to make it easy for holidaymakers from Northern Ireland to find the perfect tailor-made package that suits them. Whether it’s a family holiday, a couple’s break, or a solo adventure, Dubai is a great choice destination that has something for everyone.”

The transformation Dubai has had in the past 20 years as a holiday destination is huge and  now as Dubai is frequently listed as a top five tourist destination, it’s the right time to add it to your bucket list if you haven’t done so already. 

Bookings can be made via the website: www.emiratesholidays.com or by contacting the Emirates Holidays call centre on (0044) 20 8972 8951

BUSHMILLS IRISH WHISKEY COLLABORATES WITH THE BEARDED CANDLE MAKERS TO HOST FESTIVE EVENT SERIES

– Black Bush Alight will fuse the worlds of Irish Whiskey and candle making –

Bushmills® Irish Whiskey will present the latest instalment of the #BlackBushStories event series next month, ‘Black Bush Alight’. The collaborative events showcase and celebrate the stories of Irish talent who have gone against the grain to follow their passion and become champions in their chosen field.

The creative force behind the Bearded Candle Makers, Belfast-born Michael Morris, has partnered with Bushmills Irish Whiskey to create a limited edition winter candle and to host a hands-on candle making workshop at The Menagerie in Belfast across two nights on 12th and 13th December.

Michael’s unique technique, which involves hand blending every scent, extensive research and a dedication to find the perfect combinations, mirrors the care and supreme craftsmanship that is synonymous with the Bushmills distillation process, making the collaboration the perfect match.

Since leaving his full-time retail job to pursue his true passion, the creative craftsman has become fascinated by how smells can evoke vivid memories, and pours his own experiences into every candle he creates. The Bearded Candle Makers range is inspired by personal memories of favourite spots on Ireland’s distinctive landscapes and rugged coastlines. Creating every candle by hand, from inception to postage, Michael shares his history with people all over the world, helping evoke memories of their own.

The evening will offer whiskey enthusiasts the opportunity to understand the art of documenting scent and create their very own keepsake candle, inspired by the rich, fruity notes and deep intense taste of Bushmills Black Bush®. As well as crafting their own candle, attendees will hear Michael’s story first-hand and experience how he followed his passion in making Bearded Candle Makers his career. An educational tasting session on some of the best-loved Bushmills whiskeys will kick off the night and specially-created Black Bush winter drinks will also be served throughout the evening.

The limited edition Black Bush inspired candles created by Michael are available to win at blackbushstories.com and are the perfect whiskey drinking companion this festive season.

To register for ‘Black Bush Alight’ and to hear more about Michael’s story, visit blackbushstories.com. To join in the conversation and keep up to date with the #BlackBushStories series, follow Bushmills Irish Whiskey on social media.

 

Turkey-Loving, Traditional & Thrifty! Lidl Northern Ireland Research Reveals Local Attitudes to Christmas

  • 98% sitting down to turkey, ham & all the trimmings on Christmas Day
  • One-third spending less than £100 on all Christmas Day food, drink & extras
  • One-in-five festive food shopping from October
  • 70% have decorations up by December 1st

 

When it comes to Christmas, Northern Ireland consumers are sticklers for traditioneager and well-organised, and keen to manage their spending, according to research carried out by Lidl Northern Ireland.

 

The supermarket, whose powerful low price, high quality proposition confirmed it as Northern Ireland’s fastest growing supermarket last Christmas, with highest-ever footfall and a record 16% sales upturn, quizzed consumers across the region on their 2018 festive plans and preparations.

 

Demonstrating that the festive spirit is alive and well in Northern Ireland, 55% of those surveyed said they “can’t wait for Christmas”, feel it “can’t come soon enough” and intend to “spoil themselves and their families”.

 

This enthusiasm is evident also from the fact that most people can’t wait to get their decorations out, with 70% putting them up during November – and by 1st of December at the latest – while a nominal but not-to-be-ignored 2% had them up by October.

 

Indicating a strong sense of organisation, one-in-five local people had started their festive food shopping by mid-October (and earlier), a further 28% have it well-underway in November, and 43% will start from 1st of December.

 

“Many people are thinking about Christmas from August or September and shopping for it as early as October,” says Liam Casey, Lidl Northern Ireland’s Commercial Director.  “There is a desire to make more of Christmas, getting into the festive spirit earlier and enjoying it for longer. Busyness is also a key factor and consumers are eliminating stress by preparing over a longer period.  So, from October to mid-November we’ll see mince pies, Christmas puddings, fudges and deluxe cheese flying off the shelves, from late-November to early-December, shoppers have moved on to frozen products, such as lobster and prawns. As the big day approaches sales in fresh and short-date items such as creams, fresh desserts, brandy butter, finger food, prosecco and New Year’s Eve treats, not to the mention turkeys, rise.”

 

When it comes to the Northern Ireland Christmas Dinner, tradition wins out with an overwhelming 98% of respondents saying that turkey, ham and all the trimmings, including the much-scorned Brussel sprout, are “essential” to the meal, while 2% favour beef, goose, vegetarian or vegan alternatives.

 

“After an ‘experimental phase’ in the early part of the decade, during which the likes of lobster, beef wellington and salmon-en-croute enjoyed a moment, there’s no doubt Northern Ireland consumers have renewed their love affair with turkey and more traditional Christmas Dinner fayre.  Last year alone, we saw sales of our fresh, locally-reared Birchwood Farm whole turkeys and turkey crowns rocket by 50%, while local customers bagged over 200,000 mince pies over the Christmas Period.

 

“However, where local consumers are experimenting is outside of the main Christmas meal and across the wider festive dining and entertaining experience, with trendy takes on traditional favourites such as our Salmon with Bourbon Whiskey, Frangipane Mince Pies and Gin-Soaked Christmas Pudding, Crisps with Winter Berry and Prosecco as well more exotic items like Deluxe Caviar, Wild Game Salami, Argentinian Prawns and Salmon Loin in Garlic Butter and Rosemary answering the demand for the new and novel.”

 

The Lidl research also delved into local spending habits, with 30% of respondents saying that sticking to a budget is important.  For 31%, that budget – for all Christmas Day food, drink and extras – is under £100, for 40% it is between £100 and £250, and for a further 20% between £250 and £500.  Overall, 8% will spend more than £500 on Christmas Day eats and drinks.

 

“Savvy shoppers know that by shopping smart, it’s perfectly possible to have a luxury Christmas without breaking the bank.  Our Deluxe and Favorina ranges feature the complete selection of festive food and drink items, all at around 25% less than other local supermarkets, and for those really wanting to push the boat out, this year we’ll have Cashmere jumpers for £49.99, Caviar from £1.99 and Prosecco DOC Spumante Gold and Sensi Pinot Noir Rose Spumante for just £11.99.”

 

85% of respondents sit down to the meal at a conventionally early hour, between 12pm and 4pm.  Of these, 30% like a particularly ‘early bird’, dining between 12pm and 2pm, and revealing that almost one-in-three households here consider the meal to be lunch, not dinner.  Only a maverick 4% of local consumers say they would serve the meal later than 6pm.

 

One-in-three local households will have between six and 10 people at the Christmas table, while the majority (56%) will cater for the traditional nuclear family (up to five people).

 

As more evidence of a propensity to be well-organised, 58% of respondents will spend a day or more preparing and cooking the Christmas Day menu.  On the flip-side, 42% will spend only a few hours in the kitchen.

 

“Both results are a fair reflection of the modern-day Christmas with householders falling into two distinct camps – the ‘home chef’ who likes to prepare everything from scratch and the ‘convenience advocate’ who is searching for ways to take the work and time out of Christmas.  Hence, our Deluxe range includes everything from boned and rolled turkey joints, winter seasonal stuffing, pork sage and onion stuffing balls to fresh turkey gravy, pre-roasted potatoes and Brussel sprouts with the bacon already in, as always at market leading prices.”

 

Regional Research Highlights

 

  • Derry/Londonderry consumers are the most festive-spirited with 66% saying they “can’t wait for Christmas”, feel it “can’t come soon enough” and intending to “spoil themselves & their families” – compared to the Northern Ireland average of 55%.

 

  • 40% of Fermanagh people are going to “try to stick to a budget” compared to 30% overall.

 

  • Fermanagh and Armagh consumers are the thriftiest, with 50% (Fermanagh) and 40% (Armagh) intending to spend less than £100 on all Christmas Day food, drink & extras – compared to 30% of people across the region.

 

  • Tyrone people are the most organised, with one-third starting their Christmas food shopping by mid-October and earlier – compared to one-in-five people region-wide.

 

  • First out of the gates with decorations is Tyrone again with 83% putting them up during November and by 1st of December at the latest – compared to 70% on average across NI.

 

  • Together with Derry/Londonderry, Tyrone people show a particular propensity for preparedness when it comes to Christmas cooking too.  67% of respondents in both counties will spend a day or more preparing the Christmas Day menu – compared to a 58% regional average.

Charles Hurst announce partnership with NOW Group

Northern Ireland’s largest car retailer, Charles Hurst, has announced its partnership with Belfast based social enterprise, NOW Group, by providing work placements and job opportunities to people with learning difficulties and autism.

 

Charles Hurst have become the first ever JAM Card Friendly car dealership in Northern Ireland, with 18 staff undertaking JAM Card awareness training to provide them with the knowledge they need to ensure that JAM Card users feel welcome across all 21 showrooms.

 

The NOW Group launched the JAM Card initiative last year to aid people with communication difficulties to ask for Just a Minute of Patience when they need it.

 

In addition to the partnership Charles Hurst provided a van to Loaf Catering, NOW Group’s social enterprise that delivers outside catering with its profits supporting people with autism or learning disabilities into jobs with a future.

 

Jeff McCartney, Group Sales Director at Charles Hurst, spoke about the recent partnership:

“We are delighted to partner with NOW Group and are excited to see the potential of our work placement students.

“We are invested in the continuous development of accessibility, as we feel it is essential to value and recognise the needs of each individual customer. We understand that purchasing a vehicle can be stressful, and we hope that through introducing the JAM card that customers can have a positive experience.”

 

Maeve Monaghan, CEO of NOW Group, said:

“This strategic partnership between NOW Group and Charles Hurst is an excellent opportunity for the two organisations to work together and make a positive social impact. Our aim is to provide people with learning difficulties the opportunity to start their career with an excellent organisation.”

 

“We are very pleased to welcome the organisation as the first ever JAM Card Friendly car dealer and know that the 12,000 JAM Card users across the country will be delighted to know their staff are aware of the card and app.”

Northern Ireland’s largest car retailer, Charles Hurst, has announced its partnership with Belfast based social enterprise, NOW Group, by providing work placements and job opportunities to people with learning difficulties and autism. Pictured from L-R is Maeve Monaghan, CEO of NOW Group, Colin McNab, Group Operations Director and Samantha Rice, Now Group Ambassador.

Be Enchanted by Alice: The Musical

Twenty years since its premiere at the Lyric Theatre Alice: The Musical is back, 29 November – 5 January, on the stage where it all began. Adapted from the much-loved classic tale by Lewis Carroll, this family musical by Paul Boyd which is suitable for all ages, features a host of Carroll’s most infamous characters in a world where nothing is quite what it seems.

Alice: The Musical tells the story of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and her attempts to escape the clutches of the notorious Queen of Hearts (Allison Harding). Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice (Ruby Campbell) in pursuit of the elusive White Rabbit (Christina Nelson), to discover a fantastic realm where nothing makes sense. On her journey Alice meets an assortment of strange characters, including the famous acting duo of Tweedledum (Rea Campbell-Hill ) and Tweedledee (Adam Dougal), the unpredictable and hilarious Caterpillar (Mark Dugdale), the Mad Hatter (Mark Dugdale), and members of his underground political movement the Tea Party including the March Hare (Adam Dougal) and the Dormouse (Rea Campbell-Hill), and the seriously mad inventor The White Knight (Adam Dougal) – overseen at all times by the enigmatic Cheshire Cat (Charlotte McCurry).

Writer and Director of Alice: The Musical, Paul Boyd said: “In the year that the Lyric celebrates its 50th anniversary on Ridgeway Street, it is fitting that we are producing Alice The Musical – a show that was commissioned by the Lyric Theatre and first performed back in 1998. This musical has since been performed all around the world, and I am thrilled that it is back home this Christmas to delight and entertain families all across Northern Ireland once again. For this 20th anniversary production I am very lucky to be working with the most exceptional musical theatre performers and an incredible Irish creative team who are putting together a unique magical musical version of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale.”

Jimmy Fay, Executive Producer, Lyric Theatre commented: “We are delighted to welcome Alice: The Musical back to the Lyric. Since its premiere with us 20 years ago, it has had many different productions across the globe including as far away as China, and always received fantastic feedback from audiences. With a stellar cast and creative team, audiences young and old will enjoy this colourful and sumptuous production of the wonderful Carroll classic. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us during our 50th Anniversary year and wish you all a very merry Christmas.”

Alice: The Musical will run at Lyric Theatre 29 November – 5 January. Tickets prices are Children: £12.50 Adult: £17.50, Family: £55.00. Discounts available for school bookings. For more information and tickets visit: www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

Christina Nelson (White Rabbit), Ruby Campbell (Alice) and Allison Harding (Queen of Hearts).

It’s Christmas at the Lyric – Bah, Humbug!

Well-known Northern Ireland double act and writers Conor Grimes and Alan McKee aka Grimes and McKee return to the Lyric Theatre this Christmas (17 Nov 2018 – 05 Jan 2019) with Bah, Humbug!, a modern day Belfast take on the classic Dickens tale A Christmas Carol.

Meet Ebeneezer Scrooge (Michael Condron). He is the richest property developer in Belfast and the most tight-fisted. Scrooge has an unsettling visit from his former ‘dead’ business partner Jacob Marley (Alan McKee) who along with three ‘scary biscuit’ spirits (Sophie Harkness and Roisin Gallagher) show him the error of this ways. But why should Scrooge change his way just because of Christmas? Even poor Bob Cratchitt (Conor Grimes) is only getting one day’s leave (unpaid).

Directed by Frankie McCafferty, Bah, Humbug! is a not-to-be-missed Belfast take on this classic festive tale featuring a few scary songs and a really really scary dance. Will Scrooge change and repent of his greed? Will he help the poor and destitute and become a better man? Or will he remain the same old capitalist pig that he always has been?

Looking forward to the start of the show, Director of Bah, Humbug! Frankie McCafferty said: Bah, Humbug! is a brilliantly written play with music by the very talented duo Grimes and McKee. Not only have they written a modern day Belfast version of the Dickens classic Christmas tale, but audiences will also be treated to two fantastic performances from them.  I am delighted to be back at the Lyric directing this show as part of the Lyric50 programme. With a fantastic cast and production team this cracker of a show is one not to be missed.”

Jimmy Fay, Executive Producer of Lyric Theatre Belfast, added: Bah, Humbug! is a brilliant addition to our 2018 Christmas programme and we are delighted to  feature it as part of our ongoing Lyric50 celebrations. Audiences are in for a festive treat with this Belfast version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol written by the fantastic Grimes and McKee, with a star cast and an all-singing, all-dancing feel-good show. On behalf of all the team at Lyric Theatre we wish all our supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Bah, Humbug!”

Bah, Humbug! runs at Lyric Theatre Belfast from 17 Nov 2018 – 05 Jan 20198pm (17 & 18 Nov: £15). Tickets: £22.50, Concessions (Students, Unemployed & Under 20’s): £15, over 65’s any matinee: £15.For further information and bookings visit: https://lyrictheatre.co.uk

Cast members Sophie Harkness, Alan McKee and Conor Grimes.