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The Island,’ on which ISLAND Arts Centre is based, was formed in Lisburn when the Lagan Navigation was constructed in the mid 18th century. The canal works by–passed a bend in the river and created an island entirely surrounded by water. From that time the site was used as vitriol works producing a chemical used in the bleaching of linen and this continued within a castellated wall surrounding ‘the island’ until the 1830’s.

The building of two–storey linen, spinning mill at that time began the transformation of the site into the large industrial complex that has been well recorded through photographs and illustrations. The Island Spinning Company was established in 1867 and as well as producing linen yarn it wove plain cloth on power looms. The company is however best remembered for the manufacture of linen threads. Thread production finally ceased at ‘the island’ in 1983.

Following this the canal was landfilled and the whole site was cleared by demolition in 1992. The area was therefore no longer an island and since this time has been dormant.

Lisburn City Council’s capital investment in this site included the re–instatement of the canal which reclaimed the area as an ‘island’. Home to the Council’s new Civic Headquarters and the ‘Most Modern Arts Venue on the Island’ – ISLAND Arts Centre – the reformation of this historic area has contributed greatly to Lisburn Centre’s regeneration and complements the substantial natural beauty and wildlife that are unique features of this urban landscape.

The interwoven tapestry of the physical landscape of the Sculpture Trail, as well as its cultural heritage combine perfectly to provide inspiration for the successful commissioned artists, who in the creation of their work have responded to the people and location of Lisburn City while leaving art works that are designed to exhilarate and challenge.


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ORLANDO

ORLANDO

From Dyad Productions, the award–winning creators of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, The Time Machine, Christmas Gothic, Dalloway, The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe, I, Elizabeth, Female Gothic and Austen’s Women.

Orlando: Who is she?  Who is he?  Who are we? 

Find out in the life–affirming, comedic tale of an immortal poet, whose gender cannot be pinned down, whose spirit cannot be caged, and whose irreverent, romantic adventures across British history – from the 1500s to the present day – provide a magic–realist exploration of human identity; personal, sexual and national. 

Drawing on a decade’s worth of critically–acclaimed theatre–making, Dyad Productions – performer Rebecca Vaughan and writer/director Elton Townend Jones – explore what it means to find our place in the world whilst remaining utterly true to who we are.  Based on the satirical 1928 novel by Virginia Woolf.

‘A towering performance‘ (The Scotsman – 5 star review)

 ‘Truly extraordinary… one of the most exciting young performers on the British Stage’ (British Theatre Guide – 5 star review)

Running time – 90 mins (no interval)

  • Date: Fri 22 Feb
  • Cost: £14 / £12 con
  • Time: 8pm
  • Venue: Studio Theatre
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