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Blacksmith is forging ahead in the world of arts and crafts

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This event is billed as an exploration of "craft work for men by men." Expect music, beer and talks by the likes of Eamonn Higgins, who runs Hot Milk Forge, offering day and weekend courses in blacksmithing and blade forging.

ManCraft @ Synergy Studios

101 Central Promenade, Newcastle Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm

He balances traditional blacksmithing skills with contemporary fabrication techniques, creating an 'up-cycled' material unique to him. Eamonn's one-off sculpture sits proudly within the worlds of fine art and contemporary craft. Come down on Thursday at 7.30 when Eamonn will be speaking.

Lives in Translation

Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards

Thursday, August 17, 8pm

Based on interviews with female Somalian refugees, support staff and community organisations, Kabosh's new production explores how migrants navigate support systems through translation.

Playwright Rosemary Jenkinson celebrates the human survival instinct in the aftermath of war, and asks difficult questions about our social justice systems. This is a rehearsed reading, after which you can have your say on how you think the play should develop. A rare chance to see behind the scenes.

For details, tel: 028 9181 0803

The Holy Holy Bus

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Until August 20, 7.45pm

Those who travel from a west Belfast parish once a year to see the holy sites of Ireland know the transport as the Holy Holy Bus. Pearse Elliott's comedy follows four women on a journey in which adventures force them to explore their beliefs about love, hope, happiness and faith, with a laugh at every stop.

For details, tel: 028 9038 0181.

Secondary Cause of Death

Newcastle Community Cinema

Tomorrow until Sunday, 8pm

Newcastle's summer season continues with Peter Gordon's spoof murder mystery. The setting is the country mansion familiar to fans of Agatha Christie. Colonel Charles Craddock has arranged a murder mystery evening. But who is the strange Polish Count? Is Henrietta really an army captain? And can Inspector Pratt (a man with all the skills of Clouseau) solve the crime?

For details, tel: 028 4461 0747.

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