Belfast-born actress Geraldine Hughes is to star in her award-winning play Belfast Blues at the <.b>Brian Friel Theatre, Queen’s University.
The Queen’s honorary graduate and star of blockbuster movies Rocky Balboa and Gran Torino will take to the stage in her acclaimed one-woman show from Wednesday 16 until Sunday 20 December 2009. The run will open with a special performance for an invited audience on Tuesday 15 December.
Belfast Blues is an autobiographical performance, told from Hughes’ perspective as a little girl growing up during the height of the ‘Troubles’ in 1980’s Belfast. Playwright and performer Hughes depicts over 20 characters in the award-winning performance, which has played to rave reviews in London, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Geraldine said: “I am delighted to bring Belfast Blues to the Brian Friel Theatre at Queen’s. Belfast is my hometown, so it is always a treat to perform here. But I am particularly excited about taking to the stage in this fantastic theatre, which is fast becoming one of Northern Ireland’s leading theatre venues.
“I have long admired Brien Friel’s work, and I have performed in some of his best known plays, including Translations on Broadway, so it is a real honour to bring my own play to the theatre that bears his name.”
Professor David Johnston, Head of the School of Languages, Literatures and Performing Arts at Queen’s, said: “We are delighted that Geraldine has chosen to bring Belfast Blues to the Brian Friel Theatre. She is one of Northern Ireland’s leading actresses, and this play chronicles her path from her home in Belfast’s Divis flats to the bright lights of Broadway, and a successful career that many of our students aspire to.
“This performance will attract theatre-goers from around Northern Ireland, and will reinforce the Brian Friel Theatre’s growing reputation as one of the north’s leading arts venues.
“Queen’s is thriving centre for drama research and education, and its strong links with professional theatre are the envy of its peers. With world-class facilities like the Brian Friel Theatre, I am sure we will continue to attract professional actors, directors and playwrights like Geraldine in the future.”
Tickets for Belfast Blues are priced £10 (£8 concession) and are available after 6pm from the QFT Box Office at 20 University Square or on 028 9097 1097
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