New exhibition, Shakespeare and the Ulster Kama Sutra

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THE Riverside Theatre in Coleraine has another mixed bag of events designed to appeal to as many different audiences as possible this week – beginning with a brand new photographic exhibition in the theatre’s foyer gallery, entitled Solutions, by local photographic artist Aaron Doherty.

Talented Aaron has enjoyed photography since taking his first photograph in 1975 on a school trip with a camera given to him by his uncle.

Since then he has completed a number of courses, including a City and Guilds in photography with five distinctions. With a certificate from the New York institute of photography, Aaron has graduated from the University of Ulster with a degree in media studies and is also a Licentiate of the Royal Photography Society.

Aaron’s work has been published in books, magazines and on CD covers. He names Musicians, Travel, Nudes and Abstracts as his favourite themes (though nudes will not be in the Solutions exhibition).

These most strongly reflect his interest in capturing the spontaneous moment. However Aaron still finds time to work on Weddings and Portraits.

He has been influenced by Leni Riefenstahl, Larry Burrows, Gordon Anthony and Don McCullin. He is pictured (to the right) in the accompanying photo with fellow artist Don McCullin.

Turbocharged Shakespeare

Belfast’s professional touring company c21, will present its pared-down version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at 8pm on Wednesday, March 6. specially adapted for schools and smaller theatre venues.

This turbo-charged, pared-down version distils all the beauty, violence and tragedy of the original, with a dynamic cast bringing Shakespeare’s words to exhilarating new life! Fair Verona leaps off the page - love, hate, rebellion and heartbreak.

Comedy hit from Cathedral Quarter

This is followed, on Thursday, March 7, by the latest comedy production directed by Andrea Montgomery –past Artistic Director of the Riverside – The Ulster Kama Sutra.

Since leaving Riverside in 2006, Andrea is now based in Belfast, running her own company, Terra Nova Productions.

The Ulster Kama Sutra was the undisputed comedy hit of the Cathedral Quarter Festival in 2012 and has been inspired by a year’s worth of confessions from people all across Northern Ireland.

Recommended for the 18+ audience, this naughty-but-nice adult puppet show lifts the lid on what Ulster really thinks about sex.

It stars Ulster comedy actress Nuala McKeever (pictured here with some of the puppets) – and as well as that it features hand-crocheted ‘unmentionables’. This show has been described as a fabulous mash-up of sketches and several songs which, incidentally, were composed by locally-based recording artiste and performer Anthony Toner.

Auditions for Under-18s

And finally, there’s a general call-out to any young people, under the age of eighteen years, who might like to audition for a role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – on Saturday, March 9, between 1.30pm and 5pm on Riverside’s main stage.

Please check Riverside’s website (www.riversidetheatre.org.uk for full details of the audition process. The show, directed by Ben Levy, will be presented in Riverside during the coming summer period.

Patrons are reminded that they can book tickets 24/7 on Riverside’s website but for those of you who’d prefer to deal direct with a member of staff, please call Riverside’s Box Office on 02870 123 123. Opening hours are published weekly on the homepage of the website.