Bumper summer in store at Burnavon, Cookstown

Northern Irish comedian Colin Geddis returns with his new show on Friday 4 July.
Northern Irish comedian Colin Geddis returns with his new show on Friday 4 July.

The Burnavon is well into the swing of its summer season with plenty of workshops, music, comedy and drama to come in June and July.

Next Saturday (June 21) marks a very special occasion for the Mid-Ulster School of Music as they celebrate 10 years of teaching and mentoring the very best of musical talent in their 10 year Celebration Concert. Hosted by Give My Head Peace star and School Patron Olivia Nash, performances from pupils past and present showcase the talent produced by Fiona Donaghey and her team. Tickets are £15.

If you’re a fan of some Good Ole Country Music then head for Kenny Archer’s concert on Thursday 26 June, featuring his friends Crawford Bell, Melissa Hamilton and The Colorado Band. Tickets are £15.

Northern Irish comedian Colin Geddis returns with his new show [NSFW] on Friday 4 July. Tickets are £10 and over 16s only are recommended.

Finally, this July sees the return of the annual July Celebrations concert. Top comedian William Caulfield introduces an evening of the best in Ulster Scots entertainment featuring Camhanach led by acclaimed piper Andy McGregor. Tickets are £10.

All shows start at 8pm. To book tickets, contact Box Office on 028 8676 9949 or go online at www.burnavon.com.

While children look forward to school’s out this summer, it presents its own problem of what to do in those long weeks ahead until September. The Burnavon has the perfect solution with plenty of arts, music and Irish language activities on offer right through the holidays.

If your child is already part of the Traditional Music in Schools Project led by tutor Donal Canavan, then he will be providing classes for participants during the Burnavon’s Traditional Music Summer School in tin whistle, mandolin and guitar for 6 weeks starting Tuesday July 1. Any child wishing to take part must be already receiving tuition from Donal under the schools project. If your child is not already involved in the project, then this is a great opportunity for them to become involved as Donal will also run a class for beginner tin whistle from 10am – 11am on a Tuesday starting from 1 July. The school costs £25 per child for 6 weeks. For further information on the times and dates of the classes, contact the Burnavon Box Office on 028 8676 9949 option 1.

Seal Spraoi, the Burnavon’s Irish language summer scheme for Primary School children makes a welcome return this year from Monday, 30 June – Friday 4 July (10am – 2.30pm). Seal Spraoi (translated as a spell of fun) aims to give children who have no previous experience of Irish basic phrases of the language, through being involved with games, dancing, music, sports and activity workshops in art techniques. Activities across the week take place in the Burnavon, with fun trips to Cookstown Leisure Centre and the Ritz Cinema. The cost for the week is £30 per child (£50 for two or £70 for three children from the same family). Booking is essential through the Burnavon Box Office (028) 8676 9949.

For further information on Seal Spraoi, contact Séamus Kilpatrick, Irish Language Officer at the Burnavon (028) 8676 9949 option 6, by e-mail gaeilge@cookstown.gov.uk or see the Council’s Irish Language website, www.guthonline.org.

For the 14th year, Ballet Ireland – the National Ballet of Ireland – is gearing up to reach budding dancers around the country. Its celebrated Summer Ballet School visits the Burnavon from Monday 4 to Friday 8 August. The annual school is open to boys and girls from ages 6 years old and upwards and is for all levels of experience. Over one week, students will work with Ballet Ireland’s dancers and backstage team to develop material to be performed onstage at the end of the week in a professional production, which this year takes inspiration from The Elves and the Shoemaker. The week long summer school costs £35. This year, Ballet Ireland follow their summer school with their production of Swan Lake on 5 November at the Burnavon.

If you can play a musical instrument or sing, then the Making Music workshop happening on Monday 28 July to Friday 1 August is also a great way to spend a week this summer. Covering all aspects of the music industry with individual tutoring from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable tutors around, this school is suitable for kids aged 13 years and over. The school is from 10am – 4pm each day and costs £45. For any queries on the Burnavon theatre or arts programme over the summer months, contact Box Office on 028 8676 9949, www.burnavon.com or follow the Burnavon on Facebook (theburnavontheatre) or via Twitter @burnavontheatre.