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UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF ADRIAN MOLE AT THE MAC

UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF ADRIAN MOLE AT THE MAC

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 ¾), Sue Townsend’s best-selling novel, will take to the MAC stage in Belfast this September. Chronicling the life of Adrian Mole and his adolescent years in the 1980’s, this classic comedy is a nostalgic blast from the past jam-packed with fun and laughter.

The MAC is the first stop for the touring adaptation of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 ¾) which is brought to life by Bruiser Theatre Company in their signature boisterous style at the MAC from 22 Sep – 7 Oct 2017, celebrating their 20th anniversary production.

Hilariously captured in Adrian’s secret diary the show charts the highs and lows of being a teenager during the Thatcher period including dealing with dysfunctional parents, the school bully and teenage crushes. Adrian’s troubles with spots, height and clothes still hold their relevance and will resonate with teenagers today.

Made up of an entirely local cast, Belfast actor Adam Dougal will take on the role as the infamous Adrian Mole and Colette Lennon, also from Belfast, portraying Adrian’s love interest Pandora. In fact, Adam and Colette will be celebrating the successful run of the production by getting married a week after the tour ends. The NI-based cast gives this much-loved story a new lease of life for today’s generation, making it a fun night out for those familiar with and new to Adrian Mole.

Simon Magill, Creative Director at the MAC, said: “Following the success of The Importance of Being Earnest earlier this year, we are delighted to host another vibrant production by Bruiser Theatre Company and to be the first stop on its tour. With an infectious musical score arranged by Musical Director Matthew Reeve, this hilarious adaptation by Bruiser in their signature style will bring Adrian’s story to life once more.”

Lisa May, Director at Bruiser Theatre Company, said: “As our 20th anniversary production, we’ll be giving Adrian the typical Bruiser treatment. We will be bringing our fast paced, and physical style to The MAC and beyond, throwing in an extra helping of 80s nostalgia on the way. Sue Townsend’s story perfectly encapsulates adolescent life in the 1980’s, encompassing all its ups and downs, with hilarious situations and issues that teens today will absolutely relate to.

Our fantastic all local cast will retell the hilarity of this cult classic to audiences that are familiar with Adrian, and to those who are meeting him for the first time.”

Tickets for The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 ¾) are now on-sale at themaclive.com.

Supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

ALL IRELAND CURRY AWARDS SET TO INCREASE THE HEAT FOR A SECOND YEAR

ALL IRELAND CURRY AWARDS SET TO INCREASE THE HEAT FOR A SECOND YEAR

Following the huge success of last year’s Irish Curry Awards, the hottest and most exciting food competition on the island, is set to return this October. Entries are now open for the 2017 Irish Curry Awards, inviting curry houses across Ireland to enter to win this all-Ireland curry competition.

Taking place on Tuesday 24th October, the Irish Curry Awards will gather with a panel of expert judges to find the best of the curry houses across the island.

Belfast-based restaurateur Ali Askir introduced the award-scheme last year, after recognising the significant role of curry houses in strengthening local economies and communities.  With an estimated 700 curry houses in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, there are thousands employed in this sector.

Speaking on the awards, Ali says: “Last year’s event was a fantastic success and we were overwhelmed by the level of entries received from across Ireland.

“I wanted to create a specialist Asian awards scheme to recognise the contribution made to Ireland’s food scene by hundreds of Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and other Asian chefs, restaurant workers and managers. Given its success and the demand for it to return, is proof that the Irish Curry Awards has already embedded itself as a mechanism to validate the excellence within the sector.”

The Irish Curry awards will consist of six categories including Best Chef, Best Young Chef, Best Restaurant, Best Front of House, Best Takeaway and Best Newcomer.

Two additional categories have been added this year – Best South Asian Curry and Best Customer Service (South Asian Curryhouse).

You can nominate your favourite restaurant on the website www.irishcurryawards.com/vote. The deadline for voting is Friday 8TH September.

A quota of votes will be calculated at the close of entries to create a shortlist of restaurants county by county. A panel of expert judges including food writers and editors from broadcast and leading newspapers will attend all shortlisted premises and meet to discuss their findings before selecting the winners.

An awards ceremony will be held in Belfast on October 24th at the Crown Plaza in Belfast. You can sponsor a table for £1,000 plus VAT. All profits and money raised will be donated to the event’s official charity Children’s Heartbeat Trust. For more information on the awards, sponsorship and how to get tickets please visit www.irishcurryawards.com

LADIES CHAMPIONSHIPS KENNEDY CENTRE ANNOUNCED AS NEW SPONSORS OF ANTRIM

LADIES CHAMPIONSHIPS KENNEDY CENTRE ANNOUNCED AS NEW SPONSORS OF ANTRIM

Antrim Ladies Gaelic Football Championships as a new sponsor onboard for 2017, as the Kennedy Centre pledges its support. The West Belfast retail and leisure complex will back the Antrim Ladies Senior, Intermediate, Junior A and Junior B Championship, aiding the club’s development and growth.

The new partnership marks an exciting time for Ladies Gaelic Football with a total of 21 teams playing across the four adult championships, competing to be crowned County Antrim Champions 2017. Ladies Gaelic Football is recognised as one of the fastest growing female sports in Europe. The Antrim Ladies Championships has continued to flourish with recruitment of players and spectator interest increasing year on year.

Speaking on the sponsorship, John Jones, Centre Manager at Kennedy Centre said:

“From the Kennedy Centre’s point of view, we are delighted to be sponsoring the Antrim Ladies Gaelic Football Senior, Intermediate, Junior A and Junior B Championships 2017. We hope that we can promote the Ladies game and raise the profile of the fastest growing sport in the country. As a community focused centre, we are committed to giving back to the local area; championing diversity and inclusion plus ensuring equal involvement for all.”

Aine McElroy, Chairperson of Antrim Ladies Gaelic  Football added:

“Antrim Ladies Gaelic Football are absolutely delighted to have teamed up with the Kennedy Centre as the main sponsor for the 2017 Adult championship competitions. A lot of work has gone into raising the profile of Ladies football across the county and further afield. With a sponsor like Kennedy Centre supporting the championships this is another exciting step in the process of improving the visibility of our games. The competition promises to be thrilling at all levels we look forward to our partnership with Kennedy Centre, working closely together in future exciting developments”

The Kennedy Centre is a modern shopping centre in West Belfast, containing a wide range of popular stores, an extensive food court, Sainsbury’s supermarket, and a contemporary Omniplex cinema.

For more information on Kennedy Centre visit http://www.kennedycentre.co.uk/ and for Antrim Ladies Gaelic Football visit http://officialantrimlgfa.co.uk/

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