Clotworthy takes centre stage

CLOTWORTHY Arts Centre launches its autumn theatre season in style this Thursday, September 20 with Centre Stage Theatre Company's production of the classic Bell, Book & Candle by John Van Druten.

Bell, Book and Candle is a delightful comedy which has been enchanting audiences world wide since it’s smash hit Broadway run in 1950.

It has also continued to entertain as a popular film classic starring James Stewart, Kim Novak and Jack Lemmon.

Bell, Book... follows the romance between Gillian, a sophisticated New Yorker and her lodger Shep, who falls under her spell without realising that Gillian is a witch. Add her eccentric family, a strange cat and a would-be witch hunter to further stir the cauldron and you have an eternally witty and appealing play that features the cream of local acting talent including Gordon Fulton (Give My Head Peace) and Roma Tomelty.

The play inspired the hit television series 'Bewitched', and says Roma, it’s an ideal play for a good fun night out, suitable for all but the very young.

Roma, Centre Stage’s Artistic Director plays the dotty Aunt Queenie in Bell Book... and added: “Bell Book And Candle won't leave anyone perplexed, just relaxed and entertained."

Centre Stage Theatre Company is a leading player in Northern Ireland’s theatre landscape and has visited Clotworthy on many previous occasions, most recently with the premiere of Flare Path.

This production will be directed by Colin Carnegie and is a great way to kick off Clotworthy’s autumn theatre season.

Bell, Book & Candle will be at Clotworthy Arts Centre on Thursday at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost 8/ 6 concession and are available from Reception on 028 9448 1338.

Meanwhile, Clotworthy Arts Centre is hosting a number of exhibitions until the end of the month.

In the Main Gallery is From Two Came Four by Ballymena-based artist Louise O’Boyle.

O’Boyle presents a new body of work, which examines the interaction between the body/self and the environment it constructs and exists within.

In the Upper Gallery, street photographer Paul Russell presents his exhibition Beside the Sea.

Russell explores the psycho-geography of urban spaces and this exhibition focuses on images of English Seaside towns – modern postcards of snatched moments that we can all recognise. This is Paul’s first show in Northern Ireland and his work has been seen in publications such as The Guardian and AP Magazine.

The Theatre Gallery is hosting Painting in Pastels, an exhibition of some of the work produced byparticipants on the Painting in Pastels classes at Clotworthy, tutored by Gregory Moore.