Virgin Media Reveal New Belfast Offices

Virgin Media has opened a brand new state of the art office in Belfast. Former Ireland International rugby stars, Stephen Ferris and Isle van Staden, joined Virgin Media Ireland CEO Tony Hanway and the local Virgin Media Team to officially open the new office.

The new headquarters will be home to the majority of the company’s 350 Belfast employees, many of who are overseeing the company’s multi-million pound network expansion and investment programme.

Virgin Media has invested more than £65 million in Northern Ireland since 2015 and now 300,000 homes and businesses are connected to its ultrafast, gigabit-capable network.

Tony Hanway, CEO of Virgin Media Ireland, said:

“Virgin Media is Northern Ireland’s fastest widely available broadband provider and our new office signals our continuing and unstinting commitment to the province.“

We’ve big plans to continue rolling out our gigabit capable network to more citizens and businesses to support economic growth and underpin Northern Ireland’s long-term success.”

Since Virgin Media launched its Project Lighting expansion programme in 2015, more than 100,000 premises in Northern Ireland have been connected to Virgin Media’s network and more than 300,000 homes and businesses can benefit from the new speeds.

More than 10 million metres of cable have been laid by their build crews across Northern Ireland as part of Virgin Media’s network expansion programme. The company is a major investor in Belfast, having connected 98% of the city to its ultrafast network.

Virgin Media’s new network investment is supporting the Belfast Region City Deal where up to £1 billion could be invested over the next decade, generating up to 20,000 jobs across the region.

  

Prince William And Kate Middleton Make Surprise Royal Visit To Belfast

Prince William and Kate Middleton made a surprise visit to Northern Ireland for a two day trip which took them from Belfast to Ballymena and beyond.

Whilst the trip was kept under wraps until the last minute for security reasons, once the Royal couple arrived it was the topic of conversation all over the country. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were treated to a true Northern Irish trip as they pulled pints in Belfast’s Empire Music Hall and had a kick about on the Windsor Park pitch. They spent time in Co Fermanagh at an activity and residential centre as well as greeting crowds in Ballymena to name but a few of their activities whilst they were here. 

For full coverage of the Royal Visit, see the April Edition of Ulster Tatler. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEGENDARY MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA RETURNS FOR MAJOR 12 MONTH UK TOUR

Since it first opened in London in June 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show has become the world’s favourite Rock ‘N’ Roll musical, having been performed worldwide for 45 years in more than 30 countries and translated into over 20 languages. This critically-acclaimed stunning new production is now back by public demand and returns for a 12 month UK tour starting at Theatre Royal Brighton on 13 December 2018.

This classic musical extravaganza will star West End star Stephen Webb* as Frank, Strictly Come Dancing Champion Joanne Clifton* as Janet and a1’s Ben Adams* as Brad. Kristian Lavercombe will also be reprising his role as Riff Raff, following more than 1300 performances in The Rocky Horror Show around the world. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the smash hit show features all of the famous musical numbers which have made The Rocky Horror Show such a huge hit for over four decades, including “Sweet Transvestite”, “Science Fiction/Double Feature”, “Dammit Janet” and, of course, the timeless floor-filler, “The Time-Warp”.

Joanne Clifton said: “I’ve always loved Rocky Horror. I learnt the Time Warp in my dance classes in Grimsby when I was 4 years old … 30 years later and I’ll be jumping to the left on the actual Rocky Horror stage, I can’t quite believe it!

“It is such a loved show and anyone who has done it will tell you it’s the funniest show to work on….Rocky Horror is a show about being who you want to be – and that’s what we’re all striving for.”

Ben Adams added: “Performing in Rocky Horror is a dream come true – I love the show so much it inspired me to write my own musical Eugenius! Joanne and I make quite a team and I’m sure that the whole cast will be raising the roof night after night as we perform for all the amazingly devoted Rocky fans. Bring on the stilettos!”

Ben also commented on how the audience “can come into the theatre and enjoy two, two and a half hours of just forgetting about everything else and having the best time. That’s what Rocky Horror did for me…it’s all about being yourself and the interaction with the audience.”

Stephen Webb said: “What an incredible opportunity to bring such a bold, energetic show across the UK. Frank is a dream role! I’m so pleased to be a part of the Rocky team, and can’t wait to give it everything I’ve got.”

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house whilst on their way to visit their favourite college professor. It’s an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits.  The Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music while encouraging audience participation meaning, of course, getting dressed in the most outrageous fancy dress.

 The Rocky Horror Show first began life in 1973 before an audience of just 63 people in the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs.  It was an immediate success and transferred to the Chelsea Classic Cinema, before going on to run at the Kings Road Theatre, 1973-79 and the Comedy Theatre in the West End, 1979-80.  In 1975 it was transformed into a film called ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’. This film adaptation took over $135 million at the Box Office and is still shown in cinemas around the world more than 40 years after its premiere, making it the longest running theatrical release in cinema history. Many stars including Russell Crowe, Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Jerry Springer, Jason Donovan and Meatloaf have appeared in The Rocky Horror Show over the past 45 years.

In 2015, as part of a sold-out season at London’s Playhouse Theatre, a special star-studded Gala charity performance in aid of Amnesty International was broadcast to over 600 cinemas across the UK and Europe. The live screening – featuring a host of celebrities playing The Narrator including Stephen Fry, Mel Giedroyc, Emma Bunton, Ade Edmondson, Anthony Head and Richard O’Brien – smashed box office records and was the biggest grossing film in cinemas across the UK.  The performance was subsequently screened on the Sky Arts channel.

Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, The Rocky Horror Show is the boldest bash of them all. But be warned, this show has rude parts!

Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show runs at the Grand Opera House from 18th – 23rd March.

For tickets please visit www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

Discover the Transformation of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Discover a transformed Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, County Down, as it opens its doors to visitors daily for the first time in April 2019. The late-18th century Irish Big House is only a 1 hour 45 minute drive from Dublin, just off the A1.  After five years, and a £20 million investment, Historic Royal Palaces has transformed this elegant Georgian house, unlocking the intriguing tapestry of stories hidden within.

Explore the Castle’s rich heritage by stepping into the exquisite State Rooms that have been beautifully re-presented. New decorative schemes and artworks reflect the numerous tales that this famous residence has to tell. The plush interiors will be brought to life on guided tours led by the Castle’s team of expert explainers.

New research has uncovered fascinating characters from the Castle’s past – from royalty, to statesmen. Discover them all in the new Visitor Centre set within the stunning Castle Estate. Follow the footsteps of previous guests from American founding father Benjamin Franklin to Eleanor Roosevelt, George W Bush and Dwight Eisenhower. Explore the Red Room where HM The Queen and Mary McAleese met as two Heads of State on British or Irish soil for the first time.

Go back in time to when Hillsborough became part of the Hill family estates in the early 1600s. Within 50 years the Hill family were one of the most prominent landowning families in the area; with their estates stretching for over 130 miles from Larne, north of Belfast to Dun Laoghaire, south of Dublin, around 115, 000 acres in total.

As Spring awakens, you can visit the gardens, nestled in 100 acres of grounds, with many hidden gems to uncover. The breath-taking four-acre Walled Garden is not only a feast for the eyes, but where a team of local gardeners are cultivating fresh produce in the very spot that would once have served as Kitchen Garden and chief supplier to the residents of the house. The Lost Garden is a perfect spot for families to explore. Along with the famous Moss Walk and Parterre Garden, each of the gardens is lovingly and meticulously restored for all to enjoy.

The highly-anticipated Easter programme will shortly be launched with historic figures coming to life in the Gardens to share stories of Hillsborough’s famous hospitality, from theatrical performances, musical encounters to kite-making workshops.

For those wishing to delve deeper into the Castle’s legacy, the new Clore Learning Centre will be used as a creative and educational space to inspire schools and communities. The fascinating history of the Castle and gardens will be explored through hands-on activities, workshops and talks, ensuring there is something for everyone.

For more information and to book tickets, visit hrp.org.uk/hillsborough-castle

Exhibition celebrating female artists from Northern Ireland launches to mark International Women’s Day

A special exhibition featuring female artists from Northern Ireland has been launched in celebration of International Women’s Day this Friday 8th March. The exhibition, which includes works from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s contemporary art collection, runs from 1-31 March at the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre in Cookstown.

On show are some of the best examples of contemporary art from the artists in the region and covers a range of media including photography and painting. The exhibition features a range of artworks from emerging and established female artists and includes photography, painting, printmaking and drawing. Collectively, the exhibition brings together artworks which tell the stories of women from different cultures, life experiences and times. The nine artists featured include, Shalleen Temple, Eve O’Connor, Laura McDowell, Ailbhe Greaney, Suzanne Colledge, Sharon Kelly, Fiona Finnegan and Gemma Anderson.

The exhibition is a result of the Arts Council’s new Art Lending Scheme, a free scheme which is open to curators, galleries, and organisations interested in putting works from the Arts Council’s collection on public display. The exhibition at Burnavon has been curated by Joanna Johnston, Visual Arts Officer at the Arts Council, who is on hand to assist organisations in curating their own exhibition.

Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented, “We are delighted to have works from the collection exhibited at the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre in celebration of International Women’s Day. By offering the collection for public display, we are helping to showcase the work of our artists and to introduce the public to Northern Ireland’s wealth of creative talent. I would encourage everyone to go along and see this exhibition at which promises to be an impressive mix of emerging and established artists.”

The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sean McPeake, commented on the new exhibition at the Burnavon, “I’m delighted that the Burnavon, Cookstown are able to showcase this fantastic exhibition of art from the Arts Council by female artists throughout March, which is most fitting as we celebrate International Women’s Day. I encourage everyone to call into the Burnavon and visit this free exhibition while we have it here in Mid Ulster.”

Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Frances Burton also said, “As we mark International Women’s Day, we recognise this year’s theme ‘Balance for Better’ through this incredible exhibition by female artists across Northern Ireland. It offers a great opportunity to enjoy some of the best examples of contemporary art from the Arts Council’s Collection, which I hope the residents of Mid Ulster will thoroughly enjoy.”

The Arts Council Collection Exhibition at the Burnavon Arts and Culture Centre continues until 31st March, visit, www.belfastexposed.org

Pictured is exhibition curator, Joanna Johnston with Dr Suzanne Lyle, both from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Belfast’s St Thérèse of Lisieux PS lifts the Rainbow Communications Champion Shield in Belfast Primary Schools’ Football Association grand final

A determined team of young football enthusiasts from St Thérèse of Lisieux Primary School has won the Rainbow Communications Champion Shield at this year’s Belfast Primary Schools’ Football Association tournament at Shankhill Leisure Centre after a thrilling game against Holy Cross.

Sponsored by Rainbow Communications, the five-a-side grassroots junior league competition encompasses more than thirty-seven community primary schools from right across Belfast and is a major annual event in the school calendar for more than 225 schoolchildren keen to pitch their skills in a competitive arena.

The Belfast Primary Schools’ Football Association has been developing promising all-ability young players for almost 90 years and is committed to using football to promote mental, moral and physical development while encouraging competitive play at national and international level.

Northern Ireland’s largest independent telecommunications company, Rainbow, which has been sponsoring the growing tournament since 2001 and enlisted the support of Northern Ireland football hero David Healy two years ago to help power its growth, commended the students, their families and the association for the commitment, skills and determination on show this year.

“Taking part is everything, so we’re absolutely thrilled to see so many schools and children join a tournament that continues to grow and attract real interest and participation from right across the city,” Rainbow Communications Sales and Marketing Director, Stuart Carson, said.

“This tournament is all about competition, camaraderie, fun and learning and the students who took part have really worked hard to demonstrate their best.  Congratulations to all the team from St Thérèse Lisieux Primary School on the Antrim Road who played so well to win and congratulations to everyone who took part.”

Schools taking part in the final this year included Holy Cross, Nettlefield, St. Clare’s, St. Matthew’s, St. Therese of Lisieux and Victoria Park.  

Mervyn Bryson (chairperson of the BPSFA) stated that “the competition is now synonymous with Rainbow Communications and it is hoped that the co-operation between the two organisations will continue in future years.  We are also indebted to the staff at Shankill Leisure Centre who are always very cheerful, friendly and helpful with the arrangements and discharge their duties in a professional way.  I thank Rainbow Communications for their time and generosity which means we can bring so many Belfast schools together in the name of sport.  We wish them every success in 2019”.

For more further information visit www.nisfa.co.uk.

I Shall Wear Purple heads to the Grand Opera House

Belfast-born playwright Rosemary Jenkinson has collaborated with one of Northern Ireland’s leading theatre companies, c21, to create a hilarious production reminding us that life is for living and age is just a number!

I Shall Wear Purple, which will run at the Grand Opera House Belfast from Tuesday 26th February to Saturday 2nd March, followed by a six-show tour across the province, tells the story of Olivia and Thomas who find themselves in Malinderry Care Home for very different reasons; one tries everything to escape while the other never wants to leave.

This black comedy, which which is the fifth collaboration between Rosemary Jenkinson and c21 Theatre Company, examines what happens when youth and experience collide. I Shall Wear Purple, which stars the renowned Stella McCusker as the headstrong and compassionate Olivia, alongside Patrick McBrearty as footloose dreamer Thomas, is directed by co-founder of c21, Stephen Kelly and produced by Tom Rowntree-Finlay.

After suffering a heart attack, Olivia is persuaded to move into a care home despite feeling much younger than her years. Here she strikes up an unlikely, tongue and cheek friendship with struggling art therapist, Thomas, who needs the care home to keep his head above water financially. Facing this chapter of their lives with each other for support Olivia and Thomas navigate a number of real-life problems facing many in Northern Ireland today.

Ahead of the tour, Director and Co-founder of c21 Theatre Company, Stephen Kelly said, “Once again I am very privileged to be working with Rosemary [Jenkinson] and Tom [Rowntree-Finlay] on this production. Rosemary has tapped into the myriad of issues facing many in today’s society. Purple symbolises ‘spirit’ which is something both our characters have in abundance, and it’s the kindred spirit they find in each other which proves that age really is just a number.

“Given her links with local theatre in Northern Ireland, we are thrilled to have Stella McCusker as part of our production.  For those that remember her appearance in Lovejoy and more recently Game of Thrones this really is quite a coup.  Likewise, Patrick McBrearty will add much value and distinction to the production with his charm and presence on stage.  We are only too delighted to have them both star in I Shall Wear Purple”.

Writer, Rosemary Jenkinson, continues, “I am delighted to be showcasing I Shall Wear Purple at the Grand Opera House. Although the play deals with the realities of life’s journey, it’s a rallying cry for the arts, and the main component to take away is how someone from a different background can completely transform your outlook on life.  We want the audience to sympathise with these two people in their plight, while seeing the funny side and willing them to swallow their pride and accept help from each other.”

Following the success of previous comedies brought to you by c21 Theatre Company such as Love or Money and May the Road Rise Up, I Shall Wear Purple is set to become another hit.

The production is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through National Lottery Funding. Damian Smyth, Head of Drama and Literature, Arts Council of Northern Ireland said; “The Arts Council is pleased to support this new production from c21 Theatre Company which highlights the power of the arts in dealing with challenging subjects. I am also delighted to see the play tour regionally, helping to bring great art to everyone.”

I Shall Wear Purple is also proudly sponsored by Belfast City Council and Doyle Shipping Group. Performances take place 26th February – 2nd March 2019, Grand Opera House, Belfast followed by six shows in venues throughout Northern Ireland.

Tickets are on sale now at the Grand Opera House, Belfast, contact 028 9024 1919 or online via www.goh.co.uk. Make sure to like c21 Theatre Company on Facebook and follow then on Twitter for exclusive updates and show information.

Stella McCusker as Olivia, alongside Patrick McBrearty as Thomas, in Rosemary Jenkinson and c21 Theatre Company’s production of I Shall Wear Purple, which runs at the Grand Opera House from 26th February – 2nd March 2019.

Take The 39 Steps Back to the Lyric this March

The Lyric Theatre and Bruiser Theatre Company are proud to present  the return of  the brilliant and hilarious sell out show of 2016  Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller – The 39 Steps ( 2 – 31 March),  This fast-paced, action packed co-production features four fearless actor playing no fewer than 139 roles.

Based on the 1935 Hitchcock adventure film, The 39 Steps follows the adventures of the dashing hero Richard Hannay as he grapples with dastardly murderers, double-crossing secret agents and devastatingly beautiful women.   Narrowly escaping from a succession of hair-raising escapades and hooting with laughter as he and his fellow characters deliver some of the funniest one-liners.

Featuring  iconic set pieces from Hitchcock’s film: the train top chase, the Forth Bridge escape and Mr Memory at the Palladium, the four fearless stars of the show, Hannah Brackstone-Brown, Michael Condron, Michael Johnston and Benjamin Stratton, play no fewer than 139 roles between them.

The 39 Stepsis supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funding and directed by Bruiser’s Artistic Director, Lisa May who commented: “We are delighted to be back in this co-production with the Lyric for this uproariously jolly and joyous version of the Hitchcock classic.  The play is fast-paced and suits Bruiser’s physical theatre style which includes lots of action and comedic undertones, so there is never a dull moment.”

Executive Producer of the Lyric, Jimmy Fay, said: “The 39 Steps is a madcap, hilarious 1930s spy caper, and the perfect co-production for the Lyric and Bruiser. It has been one of our most successful shows and we are delighted to bring it back for audiences in Northern Ireland to enjoy.”

Performances run from 2 – 31 March, with preview performances from 2 – 5 March at 7.45pm (Tues – Sat) and 2.30pm (Sun Matinee). Tickets from £15.00 – £24.50 available now at www.lyrictheatre.co.uk or 028 9038 1081.

Hannah Brackstone Brown, Michael Johnston, Benjamin Stratton and Michael Condron.

£7 million investment for Templepatrick

Galgorm Collection have agreed to buy Templeton Hotel, marking a staggering £10m investment in Northern Ireland tourism by the hospitality giant in the last 12 months

The Galgorm Collection, previously known as Tullymore House Ltd, will invest a further £7million in the local economy as they agree to buy the Templeton Hotel in Templepatrick.

The new property will add to Galgorm’s already impressive suite of hospitality investments, which includes £1.5million in Belfast-based restaurants’ Fratelli & Café Parisien and the £600,000 purchase and refurbishment of the Castle Kitchen + Bar at Galgorm Castle Golf Club in 2018. Galgorm Resort is also set to unveil a number of additional luxury cottages within the estate next month, offering guests a new way to enjoy the Galgorm experience.

As well as supporting its world-class leisure proposition, the move represents a further strategic enhancement of the group’s hospitality assets, but also reinforces the company’s ongoing commitment to the tourism industry and Northern Ireland as a whole.

Managing Director Colin Johnston said: “Our multi-million-pound investment in Templepatrick will strengthen the local community and economy, as well as cement Northern Ireland’s reputation as a world-class tourism destination.

“The Galgorm Collection are an extensive investor in Northern Ireland and our latest exciting venture in Templepatrick will bring our current employee count to just short of 1000 people, reaffirming our commitment to the people of Northern Ireland. Over 50 jobs will be created and all current staff will be retained.”

Galgorm are renowned for creating world-class hospitality experiences throughout their award-winning properties in Northern Ireland; and exciting and energetic plans for the redevelopment of the Templeton Hotel are afoot and will be revealed soon.

Galgorm’s stellar reputation was also bolstered last year when the Resort was selected to host one of the world’s most prestigious hospitality award ceremonies, the World Luxury Spa & Restaurant Awards, and are the current holder of the Global Luxury Spa Hotel of the Year award.

The Templeton Hotel was built by Stephen & David McCombe in 1990. It is a popular location for weddings, conferences and events and is a firm favourite with locals. Galgorm look forward to offering their warm welcome to the local community and world-class service to hundreds of local and international guests in the coming months.

Owners of Galgorm Resort & Spa in Ballymena have agreed to buy the Templeton Hotel in Templepatrick and have confirmed an investment figure of £7 million, marking a staggering £10m investment in Northern Ireland tourism by the hospitality giant in the last 12 months.

LITTER LEGENDS & WASTE WARRIORS ASSEMBLE: Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Announce Community Award Winners

Tuesday 12th February saw volunteers gather at the 3rd annual Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Community Awards in Belfast City Hall with host, TV presenter Joe Mahon and guest speaker Jo Ruxton, filmmaker and campaigner who opened the eyes of the world to the problems of plastic in A Plastic Ocean and influenced Blue Planet II.

The evening was designed to recognise and thank all the volunteers who had been short listed for their continued hard work and dedication to the cause – with an opportunity to hear their inspirational stories which instil pride in our local communities through practical environmental action.

From regular litter picks to the creation of shared community spaces these unsung heroes dedicate their time and efforts into making our home cleaner, greener, safer and more sustainable.

The winners have carried out some remarkable work this year including addressing social isolation and loneliness among older people living in care homes by creating beautiful gardens – the only green space that some residents will see.  A keen canoeist has made a significant effect on the appearance of the waterways by removing debris and litter while a young 15 year old litter picker has collected around 100 bags of litter and even taken his litter picker on holiday. Another local hero raised over £1000 from biscuit wrappers alone for ‘Kicks Count’, a charity that promotes baby movement awareness to reduce still birth whilst one group reached out to minority groups to address language barriers by publishing an infographic pack that displays the dos and don’ts of domestic waste disposal and littering – improving community relations.

Guest Speaker Jo Ruxton encouraged volunteers to make a stand in their local communities and champion the reduction of litter: “Never underestimate just how much one single person can achieve. The problem might seem insurmountable but take that first step on your own and just watch how many people join you and help bring about change.”

Live Here Love Here Manager Jodie McAneaney comments:  “These awards are so important, they give us the opportunity to highlight the issues and reward those who are actively making a difference.  Plastic in particular has been hitting the headlines this year with its devastating effects, making our special guest Jo Ruxton the perfect candidate to inspire us to really strive for change.  The fact that every piece of plastic ever created is still on the planet is a real eye opener.  Hopefully in 2019 our continued efforts and that of our volunteers and partners can make steps towards tackling this terrible problem.”

At Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful we run a number of campaigns and programmes that embody the values of Live Here Love Here which would not be possible without the help of our dedicated volunteers.  If you would like to find out more or get involved with Live Here Love Here please visit our website; www.liveherelovehere.org or contact enquiries@liveherelovehere.org.

 

The Grand Opera House shows that ‘#Love Is Grand’ on Valentine’s Day

Northern Ireland’s most iconic Theatre showed an abundance of love to the people of Belfast this Valentine’s Day as it brought ‘#Love Is Grand’ to the city.

Celebrating all things love on 14 February, the Grand Opera House handed out single red roses – a potent symbol of love in this year’s pantomime Beauty and the Beast – to members of the public. The campaign also included a social media “treasure hunt”, giving people the chance to win show tickets and flowers, courtesy of Belfast florist Penelope Flowers.

Jackie Harte, Marketing Manager at the Grand Opera House, commented: “Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for us to share the love of theatre and the love of live entertainment. We love to inspire, engage and entertain audiences from far and wide, and today we wanted to show our appreciation of our customers and the people who support us with a little gift of love from the Theatre.”

With over 300,000 people through the doors in 2018, the Grand Opera House excels at delivering extraordinary experiences for everyone through its outstanding programme of drama, dance, opera, comedy, musicals and family shows.

Jackie continued: “‘#Love Is Grand is a light hearted campaign designed simply to bring a little bit of happiness to someone’s day. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to share some Grand Opera House love, which hopefully brought a smile to a few faces!”

The Grand Opera House showed an abundance of love to the people of Belfast this Valentine’s Day as it brought ‘#Love Is Grand’ to the city. Pictured (left to right): Emer Dooris, Digital Marketing Officer, Ian Wilson, Chief Executive, Jackie Harte, Marketing Manager, Rebecca Dalzell McCarthy, Business Development Officer and Ciara Donnelly, PR and Media Officer of the Grand Opera House.

Footloose The Musical at Grand Opera House

Belfast Music and Drama Society, the non-professional theatre company who staged the successful West Side Story last year, returns to Grand Opera House Belfast with another spectacular show – Footloose The Musical (27 Feb -2 March). This fun-loving, humorous, moving, feel-good production is based on the 1980s riveting screen sensation starring Kevin Bacon, which took the world by storm with its youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music.

Footloose The Musical tells the story of city boy Ren who thinks his life is over when he is forced to move to Bomont, an American rural backwater. Things are far worse than he could have ever imagined, as the town bans dancing. It isn’t long before Ren can’t resist breaking the rules, and he’s not alone.

Featuring a dynamic young cast, this fast-paced show is not only packed full of amazing dance sequences but features some classic 80s hits, including ‘Holding Out for a Hero,’ ‘Almost Paradise,’ ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boy,’ and of course the unforgettable title track ‘Footloose.’

Looking forward to Footloose The Musical Director Jordan Walsh, from Belfast Music and Drama Society, commented: “Belfast Music and Drama Society is delighted to return to Grand Opera House with the fantastic Footloose The Musical. Our talented and energetic cast will certainly get audiences tapping their feet to some of the 80s most well-known hits. It is such a privilege to return to The Grand Opera House stage and we’re very much looking forward to bringing this fantastic show to  this historical venue It’s guaranteed to be a great night out.”

Footloose The Musical runs at Grand Opera House Belfast 27 Feb -2 March. Tickets from £30.75 – £17.25. For further details and booking visit www.goh.co.uk