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Linen Hall Raises the Curtain on its Phenomenal Theatre Archive in February Exhibition

The theatre’s powerful capacity to reflect societal changes is central to the Linen Hall’s February exhibition State of Play: The Theatre and Cultural Identity in 20th Century Ulster launching on 5 February. Many items from the Library’s renowned Theatre and Performing Arts Archive will be on display. 

February also features well known journalist Paul Clements giving a talk on 7 February about old Irish sayings and why they are making a comeback; and help for buildings on the at risk register is discussed on 28 February. 

The schedule of February events in date order is as follows: 

State of Play: The Theatre and Cultural Identity in 20th Century Ulster
5 February – 31 March/ exhibition/ free
Theatre works which were of both cultural and theatrical significance throughout the twentieth century are revisited. The works featured encouraged, entertained and challenged audiences, and bear testimony to theatre’s powerful capacity to reflect societal changes.

Irish Book Club
Thursday 6 February at 1.00pm/ book club/ free
Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your language skills? Join in the conversation. This month’s title is Cití na gCártái by Réaltán Ní Leannáin.

 ‘Now We’re Sucking Diesel’
Friday 7 February at 1.00pm/ talk and discussion/ £5
Writer and journalist Paul Clements considers why colourful adages such as ‘Sure it could be worse’ and ‘They have high notions of themselves like the goats in Kerry’ are back in fashion.

Songs of the Shipyard
Thursday 20 February at 6.00pm/ performance/ £10
Musician Peacock Angell draws the audience into the world of working-class Northern Irish shipyard poet and dramatist Thomas Carnduff performing original musical settings of his poems interwoven with fascinating biographical excerpts from early-20th century Belfast.

Belfast 1792 – The Hub of the Harp
Festival Opening Breakfast
Friday 21 February at 10.30am/ screening/ free
The Linen Hall has a long association with the history of Irish harp music. Members of the Library were instrumental in supporting the collection of harp music in the 18th and 19th centuries before it was lost forever. Today’s film by Bernard Conlon focuses on individuals who were involved in the preservation of Irish harp music in and around 1792.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 27 February at 1.10pm/ discussion/ free
All are welcome to come along and join in the discussion of the chosen book of the month. February’s title up for discussion is Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor.

Heritage at Risk Northern Ireland
Friday 28 February at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free
Nikki McVeigh, Chief Executive, and Dr Connie Gerrow, Project Officer of Ulster Architectural Heritage, talk about how organisations can re-use, regenerate and repair historic buildings that are at risk of deterioration.

The Linen Hall Library is open free to the public Monday – Friday 9.30am- 5.30pm. 


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