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Stylist Paul Stafford's sell-out show to give hair-raising account of early years

Paul Stafford will take centre stage at the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn
Paul Stafford will take centre stage at the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn

By Stephanie Bell

Top Northern Irish hairdresser Paul Stafford is set to take an audience back in time at a special sell-out event in Lisburn tomorrow night.

The show in the Island Arts Centre - This Modern Life: An evening with Paul Stafford - will see the internationally-renowned stylist share stories from his youth growing up in Belfast in the 1970s and 1980s.

The stories formed the backdrop to his stage and film show called Modern Life which premiered in Dublin last year.

The Belfast man wowed an audience of top industry professionals and set social media alight with the show influenced by his youth.

Now the multi-award winning stylist is thrilled to be asked to share some of the stories in person at the special event.

"I'm honoured, and a little nervous, to be presenting a series of short stories that I've compiled and written over the years that formed the backdrop to This Modern Life," he said.

"The stories focus on the period of 1976 to 1986 in Belfast and are basically about my experience of growing up in the city during what are the most formative years for anybody's life, around the age of eight or nine and growing into your teens.

"It is a time of self-discovery and thinking you are part of a certain group of people and then realising you are not part of anything. It is about finding yourself and it is my story of that time."

The 50-year-old, who is in the British Hairdressing Association Hall of Fame and has been NI Hairdresser of the Year three times, runs Stafford Hair on the Lisburn Road with his wife Leisa.

But while he is used to speaking at hair industry events, Paul says tomorrow's event will be his first outside of the profession.

"It will be weird for me because it is not a hair dressing audience and because I am talking about myself," he added.

"I hope it is stuff people can relate to - growing up in a divided city at a time when a lot of us were too young to know just how divided it was as we only knew our own environment around us.

"It is also a bit of a love story with Belfast which I left in my early teens when my parents moved to Dundalk and when I came back it was to a completely different city.

"So it will be about looking back and also looking forward to just how great a city Belfast has become."

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