Belfast Telegraph

‘December Bride’ stage play comes to Ards

The only stage play to have been adapted from a novel by east Belfast writer Sam Hanna Bell comes to Ards on Saturday, March 6.

‘That Woman At Rathard’, which the author himself adapted from his celebrated novel ‘December Bride’, is to be performed by the Centre Stage Theatre Company, with Roma Tomelty both as artistic director and playing the part of ‘that woman’s’ mother.

“It‘s over twenty years since the play was last staged by Theatre Ulster and it will be the closing of a year of celebration marking the centenary of Sam’s birth,” said Ms Tomelty.

“The novel was banned in the South (of Ireland) as it deals with illegitimacy, hypocrisy and rural attitudes, and whilst the play can’t encompass the entire novel, these are the aspects that Sam chose to highlight.”

Tickets for ‘That Woman At Rathard’ cost £10 (£8 concession) and are available from Ards Arts Centre on 028 9181 0803.

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