Down Arts Centre is delighted to have two very good reasons to come in out of the rain this weekend.
On Saturday 26 October at 8pm, Hotbuckle Productions will present their version of Dickens’ much-loved tale, David Copperfield and on Sunday 27 October at 8pm, Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney will fill the auditorium with some of the finest music Ireland has to offer.
And another date for your diary: Newcastle Community Cinema will screen a true horror classic, Nosferatu, at the Annesley Hall, Newcastle, on Thursday 31 October at 8pm writes Rachel Kennedy.
Young David Copperfield’s sheltered life with his doting mother is thrown into turmoil when she marries the ruthless and violent Murdstone. Thrust into an uncaring world of poverty and hardship, David must work out whom to trust if he is to grow into the man he should become.
Gently guided by his closest friend Agnes and his eccentric aunt Betsey Trotwood, can David stay on his true path? Featuring iconic characters such as Uriah Heep and Wilkins Micawber, David Copperfield has remained in the hearts of readers for generations.
Capturing the haunting beauty of the Yarmouth coast and bustling Victorian London, Hotbuckle use their distinctive style to tell the beloved story of Dickens’ favourite child as only they know how.
Described by The Guardian as, “One of the most dramatic voices in contemporary music“, singer and songwriter Iarla Ó Lionáird grew up and learned his craft in the musical heartland of Cúil Aodha in the West Cork Gaeltacht. His acclaimed solo work fuses the traditions of sean-nós with modern electronic music and soundscapes. He has most recently released the acclaimed solo album, Foxlight, on Real World Records.
Iarla has sung in his unique style for audiences across the globe from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Royal Opera House in London, from Cape Town to Moscow, Rome and Tokyo. Iarla is best known as singer with multi-million-selling and twice Grammy-nominated band, Afro Celt Sound System.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, guitarist Steve Cooney started his professional musical career at the age of 17, playing for a while in the US before returning home.
In 1981 he bought a one-way ticket to Ireland, home of his ancestors, where he busked for a few months, before joining Stockton’s Wing as bassist. Since then he has performed and recorded with Sharon Shannon, Dermot Byrne, Altan, Martin Hayes and others.
To purchase tickets (David Copperfield £12 / £10; Iarla Ó Lionáird £10 / £8; Nosferatu £8 / £6).
For further information on any Down Arts Centre events, please contact the box office on 028 4461 0747.
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