A night of chat, craic, songs and sketches

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In a world where everyone seems to be glued to a mobile phone, computer or laptop - why not take the opportunity to wander back down ‘memory lane’ to a time when story-telling, songs and recitations were the order of the day.

And, that’s exactly what the Highfield Players invite you to do at the Riverside Theatre on Tuesday, June 16 at 8pm.

Building on the success of last year’s production of Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’, the Highfield Players are looking forward to entertaining you with a night of chat, craic, songs and sketches.

Director Billy Bones has assembled a cast with a great background in entertaining.

Liam Toal began his stage career at boarding school with Gilbert & Sullivan operettas before joining Ballymena Operatic Society. He was a founding member of ‘The Columbians’ - a musical group which played gigs and dances all over Northern Ireland. Latterly he has appeared with both The Highfield Players and Portrush Music Society.

Husband and wife team Robert and Jenny Creelman both have a keen interest in singing and drama. Steeped in the great tradition of drama with the Young Farmers Clubs, both have appeared in many concerts and plays in the locality.

Mother and daughter Angela McClure and Charlene Stirling are welcome new additions to the Highfield Players.

Hailing from Kilraughts, Angela has sung semi-professionally and is also a member of Armoy WI choir and her church choir. She has a keen interest in singing and drama and is well known from appearances in concerts across the province.

Daughter Charlene has been playing piano since the age of nine. She has perfomed in various music festivals and competitions and has appeared in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast as part of Ballymoney High School’s award-winning ‘My Fair Lady’.

Fresh from an appearance in the Millennium Forum with her local Young Farmers Club, Charlene also has achieved grade 7 in singing.

Musical director and accompanist for the evening will be Brian Simpson, a retired languages teacher.

Brian’s mother was organist in Christ Church in Castlerock so he grew up singing in the church choir. He played piano for Coleraine Boys’ Secondary’s productions of ‘Joseph’, ‘Grease’ and ‘My Fair Lady’.

Now organist with St Paul’s Church in Articlave, Brian has played in dance bands too but this will be his first appearance in a theatre.

Completing the line-up is Coleraine man Harry Stinson.

Harry is well known in local theatre circles for his appearances with Portrush Music Society, Ballywillan Drama Group and the Highfield Players.

Harry played Monsignor O’Hara in Portrush Music Society’s multi-award winning show Sister Act and Fr Jack in the Highfield Players last production ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’,.

www.riversidetheatre.org.uk or call the Box Office on 028 70 123 123 to book.