Music and drama focus at the Riverside

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Coleraine’s Riverside Theatre has a host of contrasting events leading up to the Christmas period.

First up are the students of the MORE Drama Academy in Coleraine who will be presenting their autumn 2014 Showcase Evening with drama, dance and poetry on Thursday, December 4 at 8pm.

The following evening, Friday, December 5,songstress, Grainne Duffy, in concert. Grainne Duffy will take centre stage at the theatre.

The Monaghan-born performer is aunique talent, raw and powerful, edgy and elegant.

For the first time in her career Grainne and her wonderful second guitarist, Paul Sherry, will be presenting Grainne’s songs along with some well-chosen classics in acoustic and stripped down arrangements.

And on Saturday, December 6 it’s the biggest rugby event of 2014.

And fans of the legendary Joe Kavanagh, the greatest tight head prop in world rugby, are advised to line out early to ensure they bag the hottest tickets in town!

Tickets are priced at £12 with 30% of all ticket sales donated to Barnardos. ‘Joe Prop’ is the story of 12 year old Joe Kavanagh, a boy with a dream - a dream big enough to overcome any obstacle. Medication for a childhood illness has left him overweight and a target for school bullies.

However, Joe finds solace on the school rugby team as a prop in the scrum.

Writer of the play Gemma Doorly, a graduate of the University of Ulster, Coleraine said: ‘Joe Prop is the ultimate underdog story about a little boy’s determination to beat the odds and achieve his dream.

I was inspired to write the play by the experience of a friend of mine who was bullied as a child but found solace in rugby. I am lucky to have my own dream team working on this play with actor Maclean Burke and director Karl Shiels. All three of us are like big kids when it comes to ‘Joe Prop’, but this is definitely a show for the kid in everybody – young and old’.