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Stage Beyond brings the magical tale of Gulliver’s Travels to the Millennium Forum Derry-Londonderry

Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 11am 0 Comments Drama

Pictured (L-R) at rehearsals with Gilly Campbell, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, are Stage Beyond members, Frank Nelis, Bernadette Shiels and Bryan Sutherland. Image: Pictured (L-R) at rehearsals with Gilly Campbell, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, are Stage Beyond members, Frank Nelis, Bernadette Shiels and Bryan Sutherland.

Stage Beyond, a theatre company for adults with learning difficulties, based in Derry-Londonderry, will bring the magical story of Gulliver’s Travels to life this weekend, supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Under the expert direction of award-winning director, Conall Morrison, the company is tackling this 300 year old story in a stylised and energetic production.

Stage Beyond is rising to yet another theatrical challenge in their upcoming production of Gulliver’s Travels.  There will be two performances of this classic Jonathan Swift tale at the Millennium Forum on Saturday 9th June including a relaxed performance at 3pm and another 7pm show. 

Using multi-media and a simple set, the company will take audiences on the epic and outrageous journey to Lilliput where Lemuel Gulliver finds himself stranded - a giant amongst a nation of tiny warriors. They even have Jonathan Swift himself, creator of this literary treasure, to narrate the story throughout.

Stage Beyond has also developed their diversity and inclusion through outreach projects with school pupils from Lisneal College and St Cecilia’s College who also will be performing in Gulliver’s Travels

Gilly Campbell, Arts Officer for Drama and Dance, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented,

“Stage Beyond is a remarkable theatre company and is vital, not least because it provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to access and participate in theatre, but also because it provides a platform for people to make friends, to learn new skills and to increase confidence and self-esteem.  It’s amazing that Stage Beyond members have been working with one of the country’s leading theatre directors, Conall Morrison and I look forward to seeing the energy, commitment and creativity that the members will bring to the Millennium Forum stage this weekend in Gulliver’s Travels.”  

Performances take place at the Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry this Saturday 9th June at 3pm (relaxed performance) and 7pm.  Tickets are priced £8 and £10, visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk

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