by Little King
Little King and Cairn String Quartet blend song, storytelling, spoken word and instrumental music to examine a fractious relationship between a city and one of its sons. The ache of loving and hating a place, of examining and ignoring its history, provide grounds for a moving portrait where weird, old Belfast can be seen alongside the shiny veneer of the present.
This is the patter and slang of Belfast, the caustic black humour of Belfast, all bent together to inspire stories and songs that cut through the sleech, and speak to the heart.
***** The Telegraph ***** Broadway Baby ***** Edinburgh Guide
**** The Guardian **** Whats On Stage **** The Times **** The List
**** TV Bomb **** The Herald **** Broadway World **** British Theatre Guide
“This is a love letter to Belfast in all its mucky beauty. Apparently oysters are sometimes spotted in the sleech. Regan has dived right in and come up with a little pearl.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“Developed at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre, who now co-produce this finished version with the Traverse and Regan’s Little King company, Claire Willoughby’s production weaves the different elements of the show into an elegant suite loaded with as much black humour as operatic intent.” The Herald
“I stumbled off the train from London to Edinburgh and straight into this – the kind of show that festivals are invented for. It’s weird and wondrous and haunting; an hour to wrap up in your heart and remember for a long while… It is literally sensational, using simple means to reach the places other shows do not reach.” What’s On Stage
Greater Belfast premiered at The Traverse during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 and was made possible by the Dewar Arts Award.
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Written, composed and performed by Matt Regan
Featuring Cairn String Quartet
Directed by Claire Willoughby
Design and costume by Alice Wilson
Lighting by Simon Hayes