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Not to be missed Field Day Weekend at Seamus Heaney HomePlace curated by Stephen Rea

Friday 17th February 2017 at 4pm 0 Comments Literature

Arts Council Head of Literature, Damian Smyth, with poet Leontia Flynn. Leontia will be introducing Heaney’s fifth collection of poetry, 'Field Work' as part of the Field Day Weekend at Heaney HomePlace Image: Arts Council Head of Literature, Damian Smyth, with poet Leontia Flynn. Leontia will be introducing Heaney’s fifth collection of poetry, 'Field Work' as part of the Field Day Weekend at Heaney HomePlace

Leading Belfast actor, Stephen Rea, has curated a weekend of poetry and music inspired events at Seamus Heaney HomePlace arts centre in Bellaghy on 24-25 February.

First up on Friday 24 February is a free screening, courtesy of BBC Northern Ireland, of the 1998 documentary ‘Something to Write Home About’.  Written by Seamus Heaney and directed by close friend David Hammond, the documentary offers up a celebration of the life and work of Seamus Heaney and an exploration of his home ground.  Actor Stephen Rea will follow the screening with a reading of the obituary that Seamus Heaney wrote for his friend and fellow Field Day director, David Hammond.

Next on the Friday night is a very rare chance to hear one of Ireland’s greatest exponents of the uileann pipes, Liam O’Flynn, live.  Liam who co-founded traditional music group, Planxty, in 1972, was a creative collaborator with Seamus Heaney over many years, performing on stage together as ‘The Poet and The Piper’.  He has recorded with many international artists, including Christy Moore, Dónal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Kate Bush, Mark Knopfler, the Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Mike Oldfield, Mary Black, Enya and Sinéad O'Connor.  During this performance at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, he will be joined by esteemed musician and keyboard player Rod McVey. 

On Saturday 25 February, prize-winning poet and Research Fellow at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Leontia Flynn, will take part in Illuminations, a series which introduces and explores the themes underlying each of Seamus Heaney’s collections prior to a staged reading of the work.  In this talk Leontia will introduce Heaney’s fifth collection, Field Work. 

The weekend’s finale sees Stephen Rea, director of Field Day, directing a dramatic reading of Field Work. Seamus Heaney was one of the board members of the award-winning Irish theatre company and publishing house, Field Day, (alongside co-founder Stephen Rea).  The cast includes actors Stephen Rea and Brid Brennan, musicians Neil Martin and Rod McVey, followed by a post-event discussion with the audience.

Brian McCormick, Seamus Heaney HomePlace Manager, said, “Seamus Heaney HomePlace is honoured to be hosting this weekend of performances through the Field Day Theatre Company, and is absolutely delighted to have Stephen Rea curate the events. Once again, HomePlace is attracting the highest calibre of artists and performers to Bellaghy and offering people a unique opportunity to experience international standard events at the heart of the area which meant so much to Seamus Heaney.” 

Damian Smyth, Head of Literature, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added, “The Arts Council is delighted to support Seamus Heaney HomePlace and this tremendous weekend through National Lottery funding.   Since it opened in last September Seamus Heaney HomePlace has served up a fresh, exciting programme of events which you simply wouldn’t find anywhere else.  You are not going to get another opportunity to experience artists of the calibre of Stephen Rea, Liam O’Flynn, Leontia Flynn, Brid Brennan, Neil Martin and Rod McVey together in this extraordinary setting of the Heaney HomePlace. Don’t miss this one.”

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