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23rd February - 24th February
Little King Presents
SOLD-OUT SMASH-HIT OF THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2016
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☆☆☆☆(The Times) ☆☆☆☆(The Guardian) ☆☆☆☆(The Herald)
☆☆☆☆(The List)☆☆☆☆(What’s On Stage)
☆☆☆☆(The Wee Review) ☆☆☆☆(Scotland on Sunday)
Tickets £16/£14 Concs
A compelling, funny, and heart-breaking gig-theatre mash-up which unites poetic storytelling and powerful composition for string quartet to explore the strange and hopeful city of Belfast.
C’mere till I tell ye, ‘mere till you see
In psyche and geography
I’m talking about the area greater
Shot through with the authentic patter, slang and caustic black humour of Belfast, this autobiographical song cycle reflects on Little King’s upbringing in Northern Ireland’s capital in the era of the Good Friday Agreement, and his bittersweet relationship with the city today.
Greater Belfastis an exploration of the complex ambivalence of loving and hating a divided home, of ignoring and fixating on its past, and of gazing directly into a future unknown. A moving portrait of a city still aching from violence, both physical and economic, this tender new work cuts through the sleech to speak straight to the heart.
Alongside the live performance, Little King has collaborated with Julian Corrie aka Miaoux Miaoux (Chvrches, Phantom Band and Mogwai remixer, and bandmember of Franz Ferdinand) to create an accompanying album, showcasing the music and lyricism of the show. Greater Belfast the Studio Album can be found online at https://little-king.bandcamp.com/.
Writer, composer and performer Matt Regan said: “I want Belfast to become greater and more meaningful in people’s hearts and minds. The show can be said to be completely, and yet not at all, about Belfast. It’s about looking to the future, and hearing the voices of the past. It’s about examining heritage and questioning what one person can do for the place where they live, or the place they are from. In the show, the stories of Belfast become prisms, or frames for pictures of hope and despair, optimism and pain, hurt and healing. I feel compelled to share these stories, and with its international audience, the Fringe is the perfect platform for sharing what Belfast has to tell. People can expect the patter and black humour of Belfast, the warmth of its people, the violence of its past, and the hope of its future.”
@RattMegan| #GreaterBelfast | #Sleech
This production was originally developed by Tron Theatre CREATIVE, and received its British premiere at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in 2016.
Written, composed and performed by Little King (Matt Regan)
Directed by Claire Willoughby
Featuring Cairn String Quartet
Album Producer, Julian Corrie (Miaoux Miaoux / Franz Ferdinand)
Matt Regan is a songwriter, composer and writer who harbours a conceptual and theatrical approach to making albums. His recent work for others includes the soundtrack of critically acclaimed filmmaker Mark Cousins’ latest film ‘The Eyes Of Orson Welles’ which premiered at the Cannes film Festival this year, music for the UK premier of an adaptation of ‘The Outsider’ by Man Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, and ‘Why Is the Sky Blue’ with Tackroom Theatre, a musical on the impact of internet pornography on young people, to be re-mounted next year, with the team re-grouping for a new show at the National Theatre. He has been nominated for a Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland, the Total Theatre Award, Scottish Arts Club, Carol Tambor Award, IdeasTap Young Innovator award, and won Summerhall’s Lustrom Award for ‘Greater Belfast’. His second album, ‘The Swansong Of Steam’, and another theatre show ‘At The Barbers’ will be released and developed respectively next year.
The Cairn String Quartet is Scotland’s most sought-after string quartet, pushing the boundaries of string tradition with a contemporary and unique take on classical music. Collaborating on stage and recording with well-known bands, DJ’s and solo artists, the quartet is constantly in demand for performances throughout the UK and Europe.
No strangers to the Celtic Connections stages you may have seen them perform in recent years with a wide range of Celtic Connection artists including Mike Vass (Off in a Boat), RM Hubbert, Emma Pollock and as their alter ego “Electric String Orchestra” with Stanley Odd.”