King Of East Belfast

King Of East Belfast

Tickets on sale now from the EastSide Arts Festival website

Theatre fans who have been missing live performance during lockdown won’t have long to wait as Kabosh brings its new show ‘The King of East Belfast’ to the Connswater Shopping Centre from 7-9 and 12-16 August 2020. The 45-minute show will be performed in a unit at Connswater Shopping Centre as part of the EastSide Arts Festival.   

Cast & Crew

Director: Paula McFetridge

Written & Performed: Stephen Beggs

‘The King of East Belfast’ will be a live, socially distanced performance with a maximum audience of 22 people per show.  Measures which will be available to ensure audience and performer safety will include masks, sanitiser, allocated seating, restricted numbers and regulation spacing. 

“My father-in-law is called Clark Groves and ‘The King of East Belfast’ is based on the true life story of his grandfather, also called Clark Groves.  

Before gambling was made legal in Northern Ireland, Clark Sr. was a legendary East Belfast bookmaker who strived to be both a successful bookie and a good man.  Through his generosity to local people from what he called ‘this deadly business’, it was said that Clark Sr. ‘married and buried them on the Newtownards Road’.  

Clark’s funeral in 1957 was one of the biggest seen before or since in Dundonald Cemetery as hundreds of people came out to pay their respects and to thank him for his help. 

I’ve been really fascinated by the stories I have heard about Clark Sr. from my family for many years and I’m looking forward to breathing life into a forgotten period in the history of East Belfast.” – Stephen Beggs

Kabosh is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.  ‘The King of East Belfast’ would not be possible without the invaluable support of Connswater Shopping Centre.