Poetry, food and theatre

Poetry, food and theatre

We are thrilled to announce Across the Threshold – A Taste of Heaney.

This is an exclusive evening of entertainment, theatre and a tasting menu of food, inspired by Heaney’s poetry and hosted by Big Telly, chef, presenter and writer Paula McIntyre MBE and Flowerfield Arts Centre.

This event for Heaney and food lovers alike is the one-off launch event of Across the Threshold, an exploration of the work of one of Northern Ireland’s greats. It’s also the first collaboration between Big Telly and a celebrity chef!

We’ve really wanted to do something like this for a while, and after many chats with Paula (a neighbour!) we have this unique culinary and theatrical journey. A winter’s evening performance of home-grown warmth exploring the sensual connections between taste, smell, memory and storytelling.

The theatre performance style is sparse, intimate and evocative – the audience ‘sharing’ delicious light bites prepared by Paula on the evening – alongside conversation and enjoyment of Heaney’s extraordinary depictions of landscape, belonging, the domestic and the epic.

Two short plays directed by Zoe are originally from the 2007 Big Telly production of ‘Bog People’, writer Nicola McCartney’s scripts weave intricate portrayals of the humanity and the landscape so beautifully and painfully captured by Heaney’s work.

Along with Paula’s culinary showmanship celebrating the unique Northern Irish provenance of soda bread, seaweed butter and more.

Across the Threshold – a shorter performance featuring the 2 plays and readings of select poems (and without food!) tours Northern Ireland in February, stopping at Bangor Carnegie Library, The Dark Horse, Belfast, The Seamus Heaney Homeplace and Cushendun Old Church (tickets also on Eventbrite).

But don’t miss this special one-off launch event at home on our gorgeous North Coast, celebrating Northern Irish food, literature and heritage (and a warming sloe gin on arrival, of course).

Ticket price is £20 – includes theatre, readings and tasters of freshly prepared food and drink to enjoy and share. (not full menu)

For more details about the event, don’t hesitate to contact us: 02870 836 473

Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite:



or via Flowerfield Arts Centre. Call 02870 831400

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