Cooking with Elvis to heat up Burnavon

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A NEW show is making its way to the Burnavon to heat up the cold autumn evenings with a mixture of comedy, drama and cooking.

Outrageous comic farce ‘Cooking with Elvis’ is being brought to the stage on Thursday 6 October at 8pm by Belfast’s leading physical theatre company Bruiser and promises a compelling, frantic and funny night’s entertainment in true Bruiser style.

Stephen Beggs, playing Dad in 'Cooking with Elvis', gets some last-minute training at the Burnavon theatre with Chefs from local restaurants in the Glenavon Hotel, Greenvale Hotel, The Otter Lodge and the Tullylagan House Hotel.

Stephen Beggs, playing Dad in 'Cooking with Elvis', gets some last-minute training at the Burnavon theatre with Chefs from local restaurants in the Glenavon Hotel, Greenvale Hotel, The Otter Lodge and the Tullylagan House Hotel.

Written by Lee Hall, who is best known for his international stage hit Billy Elliot, Cooking with Elvis is a hilarious and often tender dark comedy drama about domestic turmoil, sex, loss, regret and cooking! Told from the perspective of 14-year-old domestic science enthusiast Jill, the show is set in the North East of England and tells the story of a family coming to terms with looking after their quadriplegic Dad, a former Elvis impersonator and surveyor who is now confined to a wheelchair.

The two-act comedy play features short, snappy, often side-splittingly funny and at times incredibly sad scenes mixed in with dream like sequences where Dad ‘re-lives’ his Elvis stage act, so you’ll get to hear a few of the most well-known songs from mainly his Las Vegas years. The play has been delighting audiences since 1999 and has received rave reviews and theatre-goer reactions. The Bruiser production sees the show being performed by a Northern Irish theatre company for the first time.

Bruiser’s company manager Stephen Beggs, who plays the role of the Dad, commented: “Cooking with Elvis is an explosively funny production and we are so excited about entertaining audiences with this unforgettable show throughout September and October. It’s definitely not for the prudish and packs quite a punch but we guarantee that those who come along to see us won’t be disappointed.”

Stephen, who is from Belfast, will be joined on stage by actors Jo Donnelly from Ballymena, Shaun Blaney from Downpatrick and Nuala Magowan from Newtownabbey who completed Bruiser’s Summer School in 2008 and is now performing with them in this professional capacity.

Gilly Campbell, Dance and Drama Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland said: “Bruiser’s production of Cooking with Elvis will undoubtedly demonstrate the company’s ability to pull off a high-quality, fast-paced and rocking show! The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to be supporting the production through Lottery Funding.”

Admittance is over 18s only. Tickets cost £10 / £8 and are available from the Burnavon Box Office, Burn Road by phone on 028 8676 9949 or online at www.burnavon.com.