Belfast by Moonlight

Belfast by Moonlight

Belfast by Moonlight was produced by Kabosh for Belfast Festival in 2013. Set in St. George’s Church of Ireland on High Street in Belfast.

This ritualistic drama charts the history of this ever-changing city, giving voice to the forgotten, celebrating personal endurance and presenting a refrain for Béal Feirste.

Where the River Farset joins the mouth of the Lagan
Rests the chapel of the sandy ford
An inhospitable place for a city
Yet in 1613 a town charter is granted
400 years on as the full moon rises six spirits congregate to offer a haunting lament

‘Marrying Gebler’s unconventional approach with Kabosh’s ambitious, challenging vision has created one of the most unusual pieces of theatre I have ever seen.’


Cast & Crew

Writer: Carlo Gébler

Director: Paula McFetridge

Composer: Neil Martin

Cast: Bernadette Brown, Maria Connolly, Roisin Gallagher, Laura Hughes, Carol Moore and Kerri Quinn

Costume Designer: Elle Kent

Lighting Designer: Conleth White

Musical Director: Nigel McClintock

Choir Director: Emma Gibbons

Movement Consultant: Sandy Cuthbert

Dialect Coach: Peter Ballance

Production Manager: Jacqueline O’Hagan
Stage Manager: Christine Collins

Technical Stage Manager: JP Conaghan

Assistant Technical Stage Manager: James Kennedy

Chorus: Rachel Adams, Julie Alderdice, Laragh Cullen, Nuala Davies, Emily DeDakis, Elizabeth McConnell, Siobhan Shiels, Elaine Pelan and Rachel Thompson

‘McFetridge’s direction makes effective use of the inherent theatricality of the space: the altar screen a kind of framing proscenium’


‘400 years ago, there was no Belfast. All there was on the site of where the city now stands were a few small houses and a church, which was located roughly where St George’s Church in High Street stands today.
Culture Northern Ireland

‘you made my heart soar’ ‘magnificent show; haunting, moving, atmospheric, will linger in the mind for a long while’ ‘a beautiful, haunting piece of theatre in a fantastic location’


‘This is an ambitious and daringly different production from Kabosh and there are some spine-tingling moments of storytelling and song.’

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 13th August 2013 – Mandatory Credit – Picture by Matt Mackey/