Animating local stories for citizens and visitors alike, these projects encourage audiences to look at their surroundings with fresh eyes. They are created in collaboration with a range of stakeholders and are produced for ongoing revival. Each has been joint funded by Tourism NI. Several of them have been converted into immersive digital apps. Project examples include:
A Bellaghy Tale
Inspired by the work of Seamus Heaney, this promenade performance through the streets and sites of Bellaghy in the presence of the Tollund Woman sheds a new light on this rural village. Written by Vincent Higgins and produced in partnership with Seamus Heaney HomePlace, a purpose-built arts and literary centre on the site of the former RUC station.
A walking food and drink tour of Belfast city centre with a fictional chef of Titanic as the guide. The audience enjoy samples in a range of independent establishments whilst learning about the social history of the city, playwritten by Seth Linder.
Two Roads West
The audience of 5 journey in a black taxi up the Falls Road (predominately Catholic, Nationalist, Republican), through the peace wall and down the Shankill Road (predominately Protestant, Unionist, Loyalist) driven by Bill, a self-appointed tour guide. With the audience in the back seat is Rosie: she hasn’t been in Belfast since before the conflict. A tale of self-discovery from Laurence McKeown.
Four short plays by Seth Linder inspired by stories of the Shankill Road staged in the Graveyard, the Library, the Hammer area and the Spectrum Centre, linked together by a tour guide from Shankill Area Social History Group.
The West Awakes
A theatrical walking tour of the Falls Road led by Coiste guides with 5 pop-up dramas staged in key locations to put the political tour into context. The plays set pre-1969 explore media censorship, industrialisation, the Irish language, unionisation and conflict.
Quartered: Belfast, a love story
Written by Dominic Montague, this is a solo promenade experience through Belfast city centre, combining audio and theatre looking at concepts of queer space.
Be Our Guest
One of several bespoke events created by Kabosh for the Historic Royal Palaces, Hillsborough Castle. To celebrate the reopening of the site plays were commissioned from 6 local writers, based on historical characters, staged in different parts of the gardens.