Shaped by Industry, Shared with Pride - Participative Theatre Events

Saturday 4 May 2019 to Sunday 2 June 2019
Various locations along the Coastal route

‘Shaped by Industry-Shared with Pride’ – aims to bring our industrial past to the forefront of visitors’ experience in a hands-on-way.

Participative theatre is an exciting new trend where the audience is invited to join in on the performance. With a rich industrial heritage along the Causeway Coastal Route in the Mid and East Antrim area, combined with the fun of taking part in what working life was like during the 19th to mid- 20th Century,  it is sure to be a great experience for all involved.

Performances are 15-20 minutes long. Prior booking is recommended as each performance is restricted to 15 participants. Please arrive 10 minutes before the performance to register. Performances are free of charge. Please note however that at Whitehead Railway Museum, the standard museum entrance fee applies.

Venue Storylines :

Carnlough Harbour:  this story is set in the 1850’s when Carnlough’s limestone quarrying industry was at the peak of it’s development.

Lady Londonderry, a fabulously wealthy heiress, and owner of industries and property in Carnlough, instructs her Land Agent Richard Wilson to demand payment of rent arrears from her Carnlough tenants. Tenants threaten to rebel against the Lady.

Flame! Gasworks Museum: the Sam Gault Story. Sam was manager of the gasworks between 1967-1987 ; interviews have been taken with Sam and some of the volunteers at the gasworks, to bring out a range of humorous and more serious stories of industrial life in the gasworks.  Focus on the modernisation of the gasworks, and move away from coal to oil-how this impacted peoples jobs-various people were let go; The stories bring to life the demanding work that gas workers did in the 60s and 70s, before the gasworks closed in 1987.

Whitehead Railway Museum: 1939 unsolved Whitehead Station robbery, pre-emptive measures take place on railways at start of World War two ;  a young Victorian couple make a nervous and over-excited first journey together on a steam train ; a Ballymena smuggler tries to make a get-away on the train until spotted by a Customs Officer.

Glenarm: the building of the Antrim Coast road 1832 to 1840 by Scottish Engineer, William Bald, also the provision of a soup kitchen during the ‘Summer without Sun’ in 1816 to 1817, when persistent poor weather caused crop failures and led to a famine. The Glens were quite isolated prior to the Coast road, however the new Coast road opened up new trading opportunities for Glenarm and the surrounding villages. Will look at the impact on local businesses-some people were embracing the new opportunities whereas others feared progress;

Performance dates & times:

Carnlough Harbour, Saturday 4 May: 11am, 12pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm   (Free entry)
Carnlough Harbour, Sunday 5 May: 1pm, 2pm, 4pm & 5pm     (Free entry)

Glenarm Village, Sunday 5 May: 3pm, 4pm, 6pm & 7pm          (Free entry)
Glenarm Village, Monday 6 May: 11am, 12pm, 3pm & 4pm      (Free entry)

Whitehead Railway Museum, Friday 24 May: 10:30am, 11:30am, 2pm & 3pm       (Entry Fee)
Whitehead Railway Museum, Saturday 25 May: 10:30am, 11:30am, 2pm & 3pm   (Entry Fee)

Flame! Gasworks Museum, Friday 31 May: 7pm & 8pm                                (Free entry)
Flame! Gasworks Museum, Saturday 1 June: 2pm, 3pm, 7pm & 8pm           (Free entry)
Flame! Gasworks Museum, Sunday 2 June: 2pm & 3pm                               (Free entry)

Book your tickets

For further information contact E:   T: 028 2563 5063

Mid and East Antrim gears up for Industrial Heritage Month