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COLERAINE’S Riverside Theatre continues to offer one of the most extensive autumn programmes of any of the Province’s regional venues – over 50 different shows and events between August and Christmas.

Free, Pre-Show Talk

Patrons are reminded that Dr Kate Byrne, of the University of Ulster, will be giving a free, pre-show talk on Tuesday evening at 7.15pm prior to the start of Austen’s Women – a brilliant production starring Rebecca Vaughan. Fifteen of Jane Austen’s most memorable female characters, from all of her novels, are faithfully recreated for the most discerning fan of the author herself.

New Foyer Exhibition

Ballymoney-based photographer Paul Stevenson has just opened his new, one-man show in Riverside’s foyer gallery with a range of works available for sale.

The exhibition will be on view until the end of December.

Joyce Grenfell Revisited

On Friday, November 18, there’s another great show – this time presented by a well-known face from the Triangle.

Portstewart-based actress and drama teacher, Valerie Bray, brings to the Riverside Theatre, for one night only in her one-woman show, a selection of the songs, sketches and monologues by the late Joyce Grenfell, the superb character actress of stage and film known for, among many other things, her iconic performances in the St Trinian films.

Included in this feast of nostalgia will be the famous “Nursery School Sketches”, as well as many unforgettable humorous character monologues and songs — A real trip back in time, in songs and monologues!

Comedy night

And finally, on Saturday 19th at 8pm, there’s another great comedy – but of a quite different type, with Northern Ireland’s wittiest and probably most outspoken comedian, Jake O’Kane.

One of NI’s favourite comics who’s a regular on the BBC TV series The Blame Game, Jake has poured all of his jokes, insights and feelings about growing up in a war zone into his hilarious show Tear Gas.

Combining the stunning photographs of Brendan Murphy with computer graphics, Jake tells the story of his upbringing on the streets, where rioting with police, army and the ‘other’ side was a recreational sport.

Attention A-Level Shakespeare students!

STUDENTS studying The Tempest will be interested to know that they can catch a truly excellent version of the show, in Riverside, on Monday evening, November 21.

Following their successful tour of On The Black Hill in 2009 ajtc Theatre Company returns to the Riverside Theatre with its production of The two-man Tempest.

This audacious and exhilarating adaptation by Geoff Bullen, Shakespeare expert and specialist in new work for the stage, is accompanied by an extensive score commissioned from the internationally renowned, award-winning composer Tot Taylor and includes contributions from Stacey Kent, Alan Barnes, and Simon Warner.

The production is directed by Geoff Bullen and designed by Maz Bullen.

Tickets for all shows can be booked at www.riversidetheatre.org.uk