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Lovers: Winners/Losers

Big Telly Theatre Company produced this outstanding double bill from award winning writer, Brian Friel. This modern classic under the joint title of Lovers tells the stories of two couples; teenagers Mag and Joe and the middle-aged Andy and Hanna.

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What they said:

  • “Zoë Seaton’s direction is faultless… John Hewitt, one of Northern Ireland’s best-loved character actors… has us in his baggy pockets in a trice.”
  • News Letter, February 1999

The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne

The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne is a fast and furious story in words, images, music and dance. The story tells of the flight of ancient heroes, of fierce loyalty and revenge, and of 'girl power' in ancient Ireland, of gang loyalty and betrayal, of love and death.

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What they said:

  • “…a ripping Celtic yarn with wild beautiful redheads on the run through magic woods populated with giants… excitingly physical theatre… Zoë Seaton’s direction is confident and adventurous which makes for fine spectacle...”
  • News Letter, October 1999

Fish

A goldfish bowl appeared from nowhere. A goldfish. A man. Man feeds fish huge steak. Takes out bone. Exits. Fisherman up high. A bite. A struggle. He falls. A splash. A puddle. Fisherman is in goldfish bowl. Fish is missing. Man returns with another steak. Where's the fish. Looks in audience. Woman enters. Bakes cake in bowl. Wedding cake. Huge bride and groom appear on stilts in a huge wedding cake. Love turns to hate. They fight. Groom falls off. Man eats slice of cake. Swallows groom's body. Spits out head. We see a floating head.........but where's the fish?

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What they said:

  • “One of the main strengths of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s is that it gives space to productions like this, which seek to push the bounds of theatre as far as they can go.”  
  • Irish News, October 2000
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