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What's On in February

30 January 2017


Area of Outstanding Beauty – The Northern Coast is Captured in all of its Windswept Glory in February Exhibition

February at the Linen Hall sees the launch of Light of the Antrim Coast, an art exhibition by David Speers focusing on the internationally renowned beauty of the Antrim coast.

Sharing top billing, local theatre troupe PintSized Productions makes a return with two days of readings from influential Northern Ireland playwrights on 10 and 11 February.

The February schedule in chronological order:

Light of the Antrim Coast

6 – 28 February / Exhibition / Free
David Speers, artist, bookman, and local historian, knows every corner of his north Antrim coast. In this exhibition he brings together the mood, light and atmosphere of this magnificent area.

You’re In the Army Now Mr Jones: The GIs in North Antrim

Wednesday 8 February at 6pm / Performance / Free
To mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of American troops on Irish soil in 1942. Three short plays, Secret Service, Madame Lizzie and Conversation on a Sand Dune by Neill Speers, winner of the 2014 Irish Times Short Story Competition, tell the story of the impact of the American servicemen on one small community.

Features Dan Gordon and Tara Lynn O’Neill.

Love Arts Readings

Friday 10 and Saturday 11 February / Performance / £5pp (£4.50 for members)
Northern Ireland theatre group PintSized Productions performs readings of plays by influential NI playwrights.

Friday 10 February at 5.30pm – Pentecost  by Stewart Parker
Saturday 11 February at 12 noon – Peter Quigley’s Pantos
Saturday 11 February at 3.00pm – Boyd’s Shop by St John Ervine
Saturday 11 February at 5.30pm – Joyriders by Christina Reid

Irish Book Club

Saturday 11 February at 11am / Book Club / Free
Part of the Líofa Programme to encourage the use and study of the Irish language, the Irish book club is free and meets on the second Saturday of each month. This month’s title is An Druma Mór by Seosamh MacGrianna.

The Browning Version

Wednesday 15 February at 6pm / Rehearsed Reading / Tickets: £10
The classic tale of Andrew Crocker-Harris, an embittered classics teacher at a public school, who is forced to retire after nearly 20 years of service. Andrew must come to terms with his failed life and regain his self-respect with the help of one of his pupils.

Written by Terence Rattigan, presented by Centre Stage Theatre Company and directed by Roma Tomelty.

For the Sins of My Mother

Wednesday 22 February at 1pm / Reading / Free
A moving memoir from one of the children who attended Nazareth House orphanage in south Belfast from the 1950s, an institution now under scrutiny in the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry.

Linen Hall Reading Group

Thursday 23 February at 1.10pm / Discussion / Free
All are welcome to join in the discussion and debate the selected title of the month. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet is the title for February.

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The Linen Hall Library, one of Belfast’s oldest charities, is open free to the public. Our opening hours are Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, and Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm.