Episode 3

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Duration: 30 minutes

More coverage of the 50th Belfast Festival at Queens with Marie-Louise Muir, featuring a much anticipated new play Paisley & Me with Dan Gordon in the lead role, a feature on poet John Hewitt, a new work from the South African Magpie Art Collective, and Enquirer, a play from the National Theatre of Scotland. Music comes from jazz singer Gregory Porter.

Last on

Thu 1 Nov 2012 22:00 BBC Two Northern Ireland only

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  • Enquirer - National Theatre of Scotland

    Enquirer - National Theatre of Scotland

    The last time the National Theatre of Scotland was at the Belfast Festival was in 2010 with the award-winning Black Watch production. Now they are back with a new play, Enquirer. Based on the testimony of real-life journalists, it is a thought-provoking exploration of the world of newspapers and journalism. Its revelations are often shocking yet it is also shot through with the twisted humour of a world which until recently did not have to justify its actions.

    National Theatre of Scotland
  • Paisley and Me

    Paisley and Me

    Paisley and Me is a new play written by Ron Hutchinson. He explores how Ian Paisley cast a long shadow over his own family, dividing opinion between his mother and father. In the play he imagines a meeting between himself, his parents and Ian Paisley in which personal differences are aired. It is a frank look at what it means to be a Northern Ireland Protestant but also an unflinching autobiographical account of Hutchinson’s own family life. Dan Gordon takes on the role of Paisley and it is a huge challenge for any actor to portray onstage someone so well known through television. After the Belfast Festival, Paisley and Me goes on tour throughout Northern Ireland.

    Martin Lynch Productions
  • Magpie Art Collective

    Magpie Art Collective

    The Magpie Art Collective describe themselves as a ‘socially conscious art collective’. Founded in 1998 in Cape Town, South Africa, the group utilise found or recycled items in their art. The group have created a site specific sculpture made entirely from plastic bottles as part of Belfast Festival at Queens. The installation can be seen in the Naughton Gallery, and is on display until 11 Nov.

    Magpie Art Collective
  • Gregory Porter

    Gregory Porter

    Jazz singer songwriter Gregory Porter performs ‘Be Good’ from his second album of the same name, exclusively for The Arts Show this week. The singer was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. Porter toured the UK in May and July 2012 and is back in the UK taking part in Clare Teal’s big band performance on 30 October in Leeds, along with Olly Murs in aid of Children in Need.

    Gregory Porter official website
  • John Hewitt Poetry Reading

    John Hewitt Poetry Reading

    The John Hewitt Society invited three contemporary Irish poets, Leontia Flynn, Rita Ann Higgins and Michael Longley to give readings in the pub named after the late poet. Marking the25th anniversary of the Belfast-born poets passing and to mark his birth date in this year, the readings run from 24 Oct to 30 Oct.

    The John Hewitt Society


Series Producer
Emma Dunseith
Feargal O'Kane
Marie-Louise Muir


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