4 Aug
A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe
Vault Artist Studios

A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe is an exciting production from Kabosh that explores the turbulent events of the 1983 National Union of Students Lesbian and Gay Conference, held at Queens University Belfast.

Met by large-scale protest from the ‘Save Ulster From Sodomy’ crusade, and mounting tensions within the NUS Executive, delegates were in danger of receiving anything but a warm Irish welcome. That was all about to change when they were offered an invitation from the community in West Belfast to join them at the Martin Forsythe Social Club in Turf Lodge, an invitation that was eagerly accepted…

Set against the soundscape of 1983 Belfast: the escalating Troubles; vocal and violent opposition to homosexuality; and a thriving punk scene, A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe looks at a unique chapter in Belfast’s history and celebrates commonality and camaraderie in the face of adversity.

Written by Dominic Montague, directed by Paula McFetridge

Featuring Paula Carson, Chris Grant, Brendan Quinn and Simon Sweeney

“the combination of pathos and laughter creates moments of remarkably raw and electric theatre” – Alan in Belfast

“a barnstorming performance bringing back to life those heady days when change and revolution were in the air” – Irish Central

“A heartfelt, well-researched play… Montague offers a glimpse of gay life amid sectarianism, violence and bigotry” – The Irish Times

Age: 18 +


9 Aug
Kitt Philippa | Beauty Sleep | Sonja Sleator & Gemma Bradley
The Big Top

The 2018 emergence of Kitt Philippa with new single ‘Human’ and follow up single 'Grace' has been championed by Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6 Music), Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1) and RTE 2FM amongst others. Throughout 2018, KP showcased their new material to festival audiences across Ireland and the UK including support slots with SOAK, Villagers, Lisa Hannigan and Hilary Woods. They closed out 2018 by winning 'Single of the Year' at the Northern Ireland Music Prize for their single 'Human'.

“They are extraordinary. I think they are a shining future star” Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6 Music)

Belfast dream-pop trio Beauty Sleep have just launched their highly anticipated new album, Be Kind, featuring singles ‘The Dark’, ‘Rainbow Ballroom’ and ‘The Feeling Back’. With subtle, indie-tinged pop hooks, soaring guitar driven choruses and a sound fueled by a unique, vibrant spirit, the captivating debut record showcases a young group clearly in love with the process of creating music together. Expect to hear golden vocal harmonies, dazzling synths and earworm hooks from a band with a well-deserved reputation for their frenetic live performances when they take to the Big Top stage.

“It’s upbeat, joyous and melodic dream pop music.” Nialler9

Sonja Sleator has established herself as one of Northern Ireland’s most recognisable singer/songwriters. Her personal and engaging songs have led to appearances on local radio, television and at festivals including Hard Working Class Heroes.

“Raw and honest songwriting” – XS Noise.



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