After last month's 'House Full' Open Mic with guest poet Mel McMahon we are delighted to welcome another Co Armagh poetry slam champion David Braziel. Although a proud English man David is an adopted son of Portadown of 25years where he lives with his wife and family.
Winner of the Belfast Book Festival poetry Slam, the Red Pill slam, Bangor's Literature Festival Slam and the Belfast heats of the All Ireland slam. David's work has been published in a number of local journals and anthologies and was long listed for the Seamus Heaney award for New Writing. Performing in festivals and readings across Ireland, his one-man show 'Too Big for words ' debuted in Belfast last year. Check out David's work on www.poetryni.com or http://brazielpoet.bandcamp.com or www.vimeo.com
David will be backed up by our regular and new contributor's in Song, music, poetry, storytelling, yarns and Drama. Our Limerick Laughs competition with its generous prizes has this month's topic,
''LENT, its memories and its sacrifices''
All the usual conditions and perks on the night. BYOB, 5mins on stage, £5 entry inc's complimentary glass of wine/soft drinks and nibbles. Door open 8pm,unreserved limited seating, show starts around 8.30pm.
Abbey Lane Theatre BT6 7DW, 23rd February 2018
'Millie Elliot' an original musical by Armagh woman Joanne Mullen.
MARKETPLACE THEATRE FRI 16TH FEBRUARY 7PM. Tickets £10
It's 2007 in England, the country is on the brink of economic crisis. Millie a 16 year old teenager struggles to find inspiration within her deprived neighbourhood of Toxteth in inner city Liverpool. The area is renowned for its gang culture, drugs and crime. At Knowsley High school, Millie and her mates are uninterested in studying and don't like attending extra-curricular activities. However, it is only when a teacher encourages stubborn Millie to join a local theatre group that she discovers a talent she never knew she had... an original musical that promises laughter and tears.
This is a Spotlight Studios Dance and Drama School production in association with Armagh Theatre Group.
Show is recommended for 10yrs + as it contains some strong language.
Just what we've all been crying out for. A local Ukulele class for beginners and accomplished strummers has started in Armagh. For more information if you are interested in learning how to master this versatile instrument please ring KEVIN ON 07902500233 everyone welcome.
Abbey Lane Theatre has secured a rare public appearance by the famous Co Armagh poet and teacher MEL McMAHON. Mel originally from Lurgan Town, has published work in Poetry Ireland, The Honest Ulsterman, Books Ireland,Fortnight and on BBC Radio Ulster. He will read from his own published collection 'Out of Breath' and feature his new collection. Shortlisted for the Beehive International Poetry Prize and a winner in the FSNI International Poetry Competition this talented poet will fill Abbey Lane on the night with his wonderful humour,honesty and insight into everyday situations and relationships. A definite Diary date.....Not to be missed JANUARY 26TH 8PM doors open to all.
Limerick Laugh's will also feature on the night with a much improved range of prizes for the lucky winners.
Two topic's for our Limericks competition being 'Burns Night' on the previous evening and 'Valentines Day' coming up on 14th Feb.
Double prizes if you can incorporate both themes in one.... it's a difference of 'night and day'!!
We have a full night local entertainment from musicians, poets, writers, singers, actors and storytellers. Just confirmed local youtube sensation OWEN McCREESH (busker) who will be appearing at ABBEY LANE for the first time.
There will be tributes to PATRICK KAVANAGH, Monaghan poet and OSCAR WILDE, Dublin play write and poet on their respective 50th and 100th anniversaries. Limerick Laughs competition with limericks on all our Christmas memories.....and remember BIG BIG prizes to the winner (REALLY)!. Safety sketches on SCAMS performed by ATG recently at Council run event to highlight the many scams our community are exposed to. Then we have our many contributors who loyally come to perform to our audiences which really is the highlight and the reason for these nights. Oh, £5 entry for 5mins on stage, under lights, includes a glass of wine/refreshments FOC.... YES I KNOW ONLY £5. Doors open *8pm. Christmas atmosphere, BYOB.