What’s on?/Book Classes & Events

T’ai Chi and Qigong with Philip

Following a successful taster session, Phillip Johnston will be hosting a weekly T’ai Chi/Qigong class Live from the Old Church, Cushendun. For the moment these classes will be virtual, Zoom, but will migrate back to the Old Church Centre when restrictions are relaxed. The cost of this class is £4 and must be booked at least one hour prior to the event taking place. Pleace click on the image above to book your place. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED 2 HOURS BEFORE THE EVENT TO ALLOW FOR PAYMENT TO BE PROCESSED AND THE LINK FOR THE CLASS TO REACH YOUR INBOX.

BIG ARTS WEEKEND

FRI 30 APRIL – MON 3 MAY 2021

“We may have to do things differently this year but nevertheless we are still offering a jam-packed exciting festival programme for you to enjoy.”

William Colvin, Chair CBPT





COOLE LADY by Sam McCready

Performed by Joan McCready, “Coole Lady” is a memory play. From her estate at Coole Park, Lady Gregory, co-founder of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, reflects on a life of service to her country, her family and her friends. She recalls times when she was the centre of Ireland’s literary life and periods of personal tragedy lived in the midst of national struggle. She speaks frankly about her love affairs and her determined efforts to ensure the survival of her beloved Coole. Proud and indomitable on the outside, Lady Gregory reveals a passionate nature and deep vulnerability within. More than anything, the play is a story of survival and courage that engages our sympathies and touches our hearts.

Joan McCready was a founding member of the Lyric Players Theatre Company (now the Lyric Theatre, Belfast) from 1958 until she emigrated to the USA in 1985, where she continued her theatre career as actor, director and teacher. In 2002, she and her late husband, Sam, formed a company Two-for-One Productions to collaborate on a number of One-person plays to be performed and/or directed by each other. Among them were Dickens at the Ulster Hall, Percy French-Melodies of Unforgotten Years, and A Time to Speak (adapted from Helen Lewis’ Holocaust Memoir). The first performance of Coole Lady – The Extraordinary Story of Lady Gregory was in Sligo at the Yeats International Summer School in 2003, and it has played in venues all over the world since then.

Event Details

Fri 30th April 2021 8:00PM to 9:30PM – TICKETS £5 – ONLINE EVENT

To book tickets please follow this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cushendunbpt/t-yxdmxz


A TRIO OF TUNES AND TALES

An evening of song, stories and poetry with Colin Urwin, Stephen O’Hara and Ciaran Mulholland.  

Colin Urwin is a singer, songwriter and storyteller. Influenced mainly by traditional Irish and Scottish music and stories, he has been delighting audiences with his writing, playing, singing and storytelling for over forty years.

Stephen O’Hara came to storytelling via his interest in creative writing. He tells stories from Irish mythology and folklore, bringing a love of the language, the culture and history of Ireland to all his tales.

Ciarán Mulholland started playing the fiddle from the age of 11, having found an old 3/4 size fiddle under a bed in his grandmother’s house in Belfast. He plays Scottish and Irish music for céilíthe. Ciarán’s musical passion and artistry is shared by his family, who will join him in this performance.

Join Colin, Stephen and Ciaran on a mystical journey through the Glens of Antrim and beyond in this spellbinding compilation of tunes and tales.

Event Details

SATURDAY, 1 MAY 8:00PM to 9:00PM – TICKETS £5 – ONLINE EVENT

To book tickets please follow this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cushendunbpt/t-knqlne


CUSHENDUN VILLAGE WALK

Join Jude McNeill, a qualified tour guide with a wealth of experience facilitating walking tours where she shares her extensive knowledge of the history, landscape, architecture, arts and culture of the Glens.

This bespoke tour will explore the integral relationship of Cushendun Village and the sea, visiting a number of landmarks in Cushendun which tell the story of the seafaring community, the harbour, which once held its own passport office, Cushendun Regatta and the iconic swim by Mercedes Gleitze.

Meet at the Old Church Centre, Cushendun. Please wear suitable attire.

Event Details

SATURDAY, 1 MAY 11:00AM to 12:00PM – FREE EVENT

To book tickets please follow this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cushendunbpt/t-enxrdp


SHARE A POEM

A sharing of poetry, song and prose delivered by a host of local voices. This year our theme is Inspiration and Cheerfulness. Designed to delight and bring a smile to your face.


Send your contribution or suggestions to info@cushendunbpt.com

Event Details

SATURDAY, 1 MAY Starts at 3:00PM – FREE EVENT – ONLINE EVENT

To book tickets please follow this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cushendunbpt/t-xkrjlk


FILM PREMIERE:

THE WIT AND WISDOM OF MI MUTHER

Stage2Screen Productions brings you the experience of theatre on screen.

Before she became a dotty old dear, Mi Muther was a star upon the stage! 

A Yorkshire coalminer’s daughter, she took to the boards at the age of just 14, singing and dancing her way through pantomime, summer season and eventually working men’s clubs.

A funny, touching memoir of a life lived to the full, teeming with heart and humour, this film sees a daughter relate her mother’s journey from the bright lights of the variety halls to her twilight years with a cuppa, carpet slippers and Corrie on the box.

Written and performed by local actress Julie Kinsella.

Following its premiere, the film will be available to view via the website throughout the Big Arts Weekend.

Event Details

SATURDAY, 1 MAY 7:00PM to 8:00PM – TICKETS £5 – ONLINE EVENT

To book tickets please follow this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cushendunbpt/t-lpzapz


BERNIE McGILL, AUTHOR – LIVE AND INTERACTIVE ONLINE!

Bernie McGill is the author of two novels and one short story collection.

She has written audio scripts for heritage projects and stage scripts for theatre. Bernie was born in Lavey, County Derry. She studied English and Italian at Queen’s University, Belfast and graduated with a Masters Degree in Irish Writing.

Her novel The Watch House was nominated in 2019 for the Ireland/European Union Prize for Literature and The Butterfly Cabinet was named in 2012 by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes as his novel of the year.

Event Details

SATURDAY, 1 MAY 5:00PM to 6:00PM – LIVE ZOOM EVENT

FREE EVENT, SPONSORED BY THE JOHN HEWITT SOCIETY

To book tickets please follow this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cushendunbpt/t-gkdeky


SANDCASTLE DISPLAY AND COMPETITION

Register from 11.30am at Glenmona House Car Park. Judging will be at 1pm.

Please note that this event is weather dependent – we will keep you updated via our website and Facebook page.

What began as building a simple sandcastle with his children, led Andrew Difford to create sand sculptures that have become the talk of Co Antrim and beyond! His creations on Waterfoot Beach, include Noah’s Ark, a village, a castle and film characters such as Yoda from Star Wars have astonished and amazed children and adults alike. “I literally just stumbled on doing this during lockdown and the summer holidays and it has sort of spiralled since then,” he said.

Watch as Andrew demonstrates his skill and then off you go to create your own masterpiece.

Event Details

SUNDAY, 2 MAY Registration at 11:30AM at Glenmona House Car Park – FREE EVENT

Location

Cushendun Beach, 1 Church Lane, BT44 0PS

To book tickets please follow this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cushendunbpt/t-enxrnp


STEVE PRICE, MAGICIAN – LIVE AND INTERACTIVE ONLINE!

Add a little magic to your day! Steve Price is one of the UK’s busiest and most well-established magicians. His Zoom shows are interactive so be prepared to be part of the act. His unique blend of laughs, mystery and stunning sleight of hand has thrilled audiences all over the world … and now we are excited to welcome him for the first time to Cushendun!

“Entrancing… fascinating… thoroughly entertaining”  The Magic Circle Magazine

Event Details

SUNDAY, 2 MAY 5:00PM to 6:00PM – FREE EVENT – LIVE ZOOM PERFORMANCE

To book tickets please follow this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cushendunbpt/t-qoxgnj


LESLIE TRAVERS, INTERNATIONAL THEATRE DESIGNER

Leslie Travers is an international, award-winning set and costume designer for theatre and opera. He lives at Torr Head in County Antrim and has a design studio in London. He has designed for some of the most prestigious opera houses and theatres around the world, including Teatro alla Scala, Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Polish National Opera, the Norwegian Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona and the Sydney Opera House.

He was the 2019 winner of the prestigious Franco Abbiati Prize for set design given by the opera critics of Italy for his design for ‘Francesca da Rimini’ at Teatro alla Scala.

Join Leslie as he talks about his thrilling adventure in bringing this passionate and romantic opera to life on the vast stage there.

SUNDAY, 2 MAY 6PM TO 7PM – TICKETS £5 – LIVE ZOOM EVENT

To book tickets please follow this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cushendunbpt/t-lpzajz


LITTLE FOLK ONLINE WITH KYLE RILEY

A big treat for your little ones! Kyle presents a virtual version of his very popular live show featuring a genre-busting collection of his own original children’s music, traditional children’s songs and a medley of pop tunes that will get the whole family moving. Push back the coffee table and get ready to move. Grab some noise makers because we’re gonna raise the roof.

Perfectly suited for 6 months to 7 years, but fun for the whole family.

SUNDAY, 2 MAY 10AM TO 11AM – FREE EVENT – LIVE ON ZOOM

To book tickets please follow this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cushendunbpt/t-rvrgvn


LURIG DRAMA GROUP present

“IS THIS SEAT TAKEN?” by Sean Baker

“Acting is attracting” is a statement that Laura and Will believe is their only shot at rekindling the dead flame of what used to be their marriage. After fourteen years of trying to make it work, Will suggests role playing and Laura agrees – only because she loves him.

And so begins this award-winning one-act comedy performed by the excellent Lurig Drama Group.

Event Details

MONDAY, 3 MAY 8:00PM to 9:00PM – FREE EVENT – LIVE ZOOM PERFORMANCE

To book tickets please follow this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cushendunbpt/t-dzpxez


RAYMOND WATSON, VISUAL ARTIST

Interview with local visual artist Raymond who creates public artwork, gallery-based art, audio visual installations, audio soundscapes and large-scale art in the community projects.

Raymond works with any material required to manifest the theme he wants to explore. He has worked with mud, bamboo and rice straw in India, ice and steel in Belfast, oranges in Valencia! He has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally and has produced a number of pieces of public art locally, most of which have been made in close collaboration with local communities and schools.

Although much of his work reflects topics of dislocation, human rights and visions for a better world, he also likes to create beautiful things and to visualise poetry and mythical stories.

Event Details

MONDAY, 3 MAY 4:00PM to 4:30PM – TICKETS £5 – ONLINE EVENT

To book tickets please follow this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cushendunbpt/t-mxqama


RUNABAY – LIVE ON ZOOM FROM THE OLD CHURCH!

BOOK EARLY – RUNABAY’S LAST SESSION AT THE OLD CHURCH SOLD OUT WITHIN DAYS!

Originally coming from a couple of small rural villages in the Glens of Antrim and Belfast, Runabay need no introduction to their huge following across the island of Ireland.

The six musicians, through their passion for harmony and melody, have been gathering an enthusiastic following with their writing and recording since 2013. The band has enjoyed national, international and local radio play and many successful gigs in Ireland and the UK, along with appearances at a number of Irish festivals including Sunflowerfest, OTB and Stendhal. Their debut album was released in 2019 under the title “Between the Lines”.

Event Details

SUNDAY, 2 MAY 9:00PM to 10:00PM – TICKETS £5 – ONLINE PERFORMANCE

To book tickets please follow this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cushendunbpt/t-rvrgnn