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Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls Directed by Maggie Cronin

Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls Directed by Maggie Cronin

29 Apr 2015 7:30PM - 2 May 2015 10:00PM

Description: “If Margaret Thatcher wins on Thursday, I warn you not to be ordinary. I warn you not to be young. I warn you not to fall ill. I warn you not to get old.” Neil Kinnock, pre-general election speech, 1983.
Set in the early Thatcher years, Top Girls examines women’s lives and experiences at a time of great social change. Caryl Churchill daringly employs historical and modern characters to encounter each other, coincide and clash in this dazzling and poignant play. Their debate is, of course, still relevant today.
*For tickets please phone: 02890 971382 and email studentshows@qub.ac.uk
Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: £8 / £6 concession*

Scene from Within: Mark Applebaum’s Pre-Composition (2002) and Velimir Khlebnikov’s Mrs. Laneen (1913)

Scene from Within: Mark Applebaum’s Pre-Composition (2002) and Velimir Khlebnikov’s Mrs. Laneen (1913)

6 May 2015 7:00PM - 7 May 2015 9:00PM

Description: In these two works, separated by nearly a century, but strikingly akin in concept, the spectator/listener is invited into the psychical processes of another human being during a moment of heightened experience. For Pre-Composition, we are welcomed into the mind of a composer (Applebaum himself?) as he prepares his next piece. In Mrs. Laneen we enter the disordered mind of a woman in ill-health, possibly nearing death. The two pieces, presented together for the first time, offer a unique sound and theatre experience that presents a take on creativity and mental illness surprisingly consonant with current ideas in neuroscience.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: £3, Free for students

North meets South: Jimmy Fay in Conversation with Fiach MacConghail

North meets South: Jimmy Fay in Conversation with Fiach MacConghail

7 May 2015 4:00PM - 7 May 2015 6:00PM

Description: QUB Drama are delighted to play host to a special conversation between Jimmy Fay, (Executive Producer of the Lyric Theatre) and Fiach MacConghail (Director of the Abbey Theatre), on the eve of an historic co-production between both theatres of Sean O’Casey’s classic play, Shadow of a Gunman.
As Fiach completes a decade in charge of the Abbey Theatre, and Jimmy his first year at the Lyric, it seems a timely occasion to invite you to join the artistic leaders of the two most important theatre institutions on the island of Ireland to reflect on past, present and future of Irish drama.
Admission is free and tickets are available at the door (capacity is limited to 120).
Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: FREE

Mad Forest By Caryl Churchill

Mad Forest By Caryl Churchill

12 May 2015 7:30PM - 14 May 2015 10:00PM

Description: Did we have a Revolution or a putsch? Who was shooting on the 21st? And who was shooting on the 22nd? Was the army shooting on the 21st or did some shoot and some not shoot? Or were the Securitate disguised in army uniforms? And were they still shooting on the 22nd? Were they now disguised as Securitate? Where did the flags come from? Who put loudhailers in the square? How could they publish a newspaper so soon? Who got Ceausescu to call everyone together? Where are the bodies?
In December 1989, Romanian Communist Party Leader Nicolae Ceausescu’s regime was overthrown by the people of communist controlled Romania, during a series of violent protests, deadly riots and chaos in the capital. Shortly after the bloodbath Caryl Churchill and a group of students travelled to Bucharest and through interviews with people from all backgrounds, Churchill has complied the first hand accounts of the Revolution into the story of ‘Mad Forest’. The three act play set before, during and after the Revolution is thought provoking, gripping and entertaining. Presenting a wide-lensed account of Romanians from all walks of life, there is as much authenticity in the dialogue as in the silences.
Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: £7 / £5