As the darker nights approach, there is sure to be something to ease those winter blues at the Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre, Dungannon, as it releases its new autumn/winter programme jam-packed with music, drama, exhibitions, and workshops.
The new, pocket-sized programme provides local and visiting audiences of all ages with a wide range of activities and events to look forward to during the autumn and winter months.
Musical highlights include the hugely popular All Folk’d Up performing the first gig of their Irish tour at the Square Box, the all-female Wookalily bringing their blend of traditional Irish folk music, along with Rackhouse Pilfer, an exciting 6-piece Irish band who have been getting rave reviews with their roots blend of Irish-Americana.
And with performances by Celtic Soul, celebrating the great singer/songwriter Van Morrison, an acoustic show by The 4 of Us and an evening with the new and exciting vocal ensemble Cantabelles, music lovers will be spoilt for choice!
For theatre lovers, Castle Hill Theatre Group returns to present ‘Jeffrey Bernard is unwell’ written by Keith Waterhouse, while leading amateur dramatic group The Pomeroy Players takes to the stage to perform Sean O’Casey’s classic play, “The Shadow of a Gunman”.
A variety of workshops, courses and educational programmes are available for adults and children including acrylic painting, floral art and design, step-by-step drawing, musical instrument lessons and festive candle making.
The Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild visits Ranfurly House for the first time with the ‘Outside and Between’ Art Exhibition. Other exhibitions include a Schools’ Art Exhibition by Royal School Dungannon and St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon, and the NIPA Print Exhibition 2016.
Younger audiences can look forward to a range of events including Bricks 4 Kidz – a fun Lego workshop followed by a screening of the Lego movie! With other events including Saturday Children’s Drama Club facilitated by B Dramatic, theatre productions including ‘Teddy’s Zoo’ and ‘Pinocchio’ and The Into Film Festival workshop and movie for young people, there is plenty to keep little ones entertained during this autumn and winter!
Launching the new programme, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson, said, “Mid Ulster District Council is proud to support the arts by providing such a high quality programme of entertainment and arts activities to its residents right on their doorstep!
“Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre has enjoyed a busy and successful spring/summer arts and events programme and I look forward to another exciting autumn/winter season. It’s a credit to be able to present such first-rate musicians, unique theatrical performances and a wide variety of workshops and events suitable for all audiences.”
Tickets for all events are now available at the box office on 028 8772 8600 and online at www.dungannon.info
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For more information contact Hill of the O’Neill & Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre on 028 8772 8600.