Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Festival Diary

One of the most thought-provoking shows must be FOOT WASHING FOR THE SOLE.

In the serene surroundings of Mounpottinger Unitarian Church, Adrian Howells will wash your feet, anoint them in oils, and ask your permission to kiss them. An intensely personal and moving experience, performed to (and on) an audience of just one... you.


Children are particularly well-served by Cahoots NI, which has an enchanted garden of treats for little ones. First is a stunning adaptation of Angela McAllister’s book LEON AND THE PLACE BETWEEN. Performed in a Victorian-style tent tucked away between the trees in Botanic Gardens, the show tells the story of Leon, a little boy who is taken to see a magic show, and finds himself in a secret world.


It's 20 years since Therapy? (above) gathered in a rehearsal room to create their distinctive sound. More than a dozen albums later, the boys are back in town to perform seminal album Troublegum, from start to finish. The group’s show at the Mandela Hall will be recorded for future broadcast on Radio Ulster’s Across The Line. But you’d rather see them live, wouldn’t you?


It’s the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, and festival has planned some pretty unusual celebrations. Commuters at Belfast’s Central Station can let the train take the strain, as they chill out to the sounds of some of our finest musicians playing some of the composer’s most beautiful works on a grand piano specially installed to help rush hour slow down a little. Put the brakes on your day for a moment and listen.


A brace of Northern Ireland's most successful writers are getting together at the Crescent Arts Centre to talk about murder most foul. Eoin McNamee’s novel Orchid Blue centres around the death of a teenage girl, and the endeavours of Det Eddie McCrink to find whodunnit. Brian McGilloway’s beautifully plotted Inspector Devlin novels have been nominated for several awards. The pair will discuss their craft in a talk.

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