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Belfast International Arts Festival: Programmes for Theatre and Dance!

Hiroaki Umeda – Median & Accumulated Layout

* Tues 15 – Wed 16 Oct
* The MAC
* £16 / £14

Think Radiohead meets Aphex Twin via The Matrix!

Pushing the limits of experimentation, Japanese choreographer Hiroaki Umeda draws inspiration from elements invisible to the naked eye. The artist pursues his long-standing belief and fascination that a human body is an intrinsic part of nature, where there is no distinction with other living things.

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Lady Magma: The Birth of a Cult

* Thurs 31 Oct – Sat 2 Nov
* The MAC
* £16 / £14

This jaw dropping new work from Oona Doherty and Prime Cut Productions is an ode to femininity, performed by a stunning ensemble of international contemporary female dancers. Lady Magma has the possibility to be shocking, pleasurable and above all needed, in light of the historical oppression of women and sexuality across the island of Ireland and indeed internationally.

Oona Doherty has wowed festival audiences over the past few years. From Artist in Residence 2016, developing Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus, to the award-winning Hard to be Soft – A Belfast Prayer (2017), we’re certain that Lady Magma is set to be a stunning tour de force performance to close this year’s festival.

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The Playboy of the Western World

* Tues 8 Oct -Sat 2 Nov
* Lyric Theatre
* Preview (08 Oct): £12 – £20 Off-peak (Tues – Thurs, matinee): £12 – £24 Peak (Fri & Sat evening): £12 – £28

John Millington Synge is one of Ireland’s greatest writers and a key figure in the Irish Literary Revival.

Met with controversy when it was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in 1907, his brutally hilarious masterpiece, The Playboy of the Western World, is about life on the margins and the lengths we go to, to create a reality more exciting than the place we find ourselves.

Inspired visually by the likes of Shane Meadows’ This is England saga, this reimagined classic directed by Oonagh Murphy is not to be missed!

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SOUL SEARCHING.

* Thurs 24 – Fri 25 Oct
* The MAC
* £16 / £14

Before touchingly combines some of the best-loved songs from musical theatre with the story of an estranged father and daughter.

From the team behind Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent (which featured in the 2012 Belfast Festival).

Writer/performer Pat Kinevane recently received the first Herald Archangel Award of the 2019 Edinburgh Festivals season.

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SPLICED

* Tues 29 – Wed 30 Oct
* Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich
* £12 / £10

A multi-disciplinary production from Timmy Creed dealing with mental health and male identity in the uber-masculine sports world of gaelic games.

Honest, brave and hard-hitting, SPLICED is a visceral account of his struggle to become an individual outside of the sporting institution that raised him.

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To Da Bone

* Fri 25 – Sat 26 Oct
* The Grand Opera House
* £12 – £20

To Da Bone is a captivating, contemporary rebel-call to the social media generation and explores youth culture, identity and expression.

French arts collective (LA)HORDE cast 11 dancers from nine European countries to create this pulsing and electrifying performance with powerful intensity and emotion.

Christine and the Queens fans will recognise (LA)HORDE from the video Girlfriend, and from their stunning Glastonbury performance

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Staging Schiele  

* Sat 26 Oct
* The MAC
* £14 / £12
* £8 when booked with To Da Bone!

Four dancers inhabit Egon Schiele’s highly-charged world of colour, masterful lines and unusual perspectives, inspiring the likes of David Bowie and Wes Anderson, that puts the human body on visceral display. Shobana Jeyasingh’s award-winning choreography matches the raw intensity of Schiele, engaging with his anxieties as well as with his supreme self-confidence.

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Real Magic

* Tues 22 – Wed 23 Oct
* The MAC
* £16 / £14

Groundhog Day meets Samuel Beckett!

Real Magic creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. Part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act, part nightmare game show, this surreal adventure takes its cue from popular culture while questioning larger systems of control. A compelling performance about optimism, individual agency and the desire for change.

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The Worst Cafe in the World

* Wed 23 – Sun 27 Oct
* Worst Cafe, Hill Street
* £10 / £8

If reality TV had a lovechild with theatre, this is it.

A Big Telly special for Festival, there is just one week to get a table, place your orders and experience the gloriously mad ‘Worst Café in the World’. Pure comedy and pathos, this chaotic foodless venue promises a large serving of entertainment for people who like their theatre fresh.

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NEW WRITING TALENT.

Ireland’s Call

* Wed 23 – Sat 26 Oct
* Lyric Theatre
* £15 / £13

John Connors, the award-winning Love/Hate actor, makes his debut as a playwright with this one-man show about three Dublin teenagers being enticed into a life of crime.

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New Playwrights Showcase

* Thurs 31 Oct – Sat 2 Nov
* Lyric Theatre
* £10

The Lyric once again teams up with the Festival to invite you to a series of performed readings showcasing the exceptional talents of new and upcoming writers.

Audiences will have the chance to see these new works for the first time, presented in dynamic double-bill readings on consecutive evenings – an exclusive opportunity to be the first to experience these new voices and talent.

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