We are officially in the midst of September – days are dragging by, schools are back and there’s traffic chaos on every road.

So we think we’ll cheer ourselves up with some of these fantastic events on throughout Belfast this week in a valiant attempt to beat the blues…

50 Shades of Red White & Blue

Grand Opera House, Sept 11-12, £14.50-£30.50

50 shades

Hitting the Belfast stage in January 2013, 50 Shades of Red White & Blue sold out all 9,000 seats. Due to popular demand Maggie and her mates are coming back, which is sure to sell out. If we were to say this is a laugh-a-minute evening we would be telling lies – it’s literally non-stop laughter!

Fifty Shades of Red, White and Blue tells the story of loveable Maggie Muff and her search for love, featuring laugh-out-loud characters such as big Sally Ann, Sinead the Greener and of course, the mysterious Mr Red White and Blue himself.

Micky Bartlett, Narcissilly

MAC, Sep 11 at 8 pm, £12 – 17


Divulging more than is decent, Micky Bartlett takes you on a journey through his head. Strap in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Comedian Micky Bartlett entered 2015 as a young, hip guy in his twenties. But one encounter with a teenage boy on a skateboard has made him rethink his whole life and he can’t stop talking about it, or himself.

Is he a narcissist? Or is he just Narcissilly?

For more information visit themaclive.com.

The Last 5 Years

Belvoir Players Studio Theatre, 11– 12 Sept, £14 – £10


The Last Five Years tells the emotionally powerful story of two 20 something New Yorkers who dive head first into a marriage fuelled by the optimism that comes with finding ‘the one.’ In a story told almost entirely through song, all of Cathys songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards, whilst Jamie’s songs start of the beginning of their relationship and move forward.

The Mating Season by Sam Cree

 MAC, 13 Sep ‐ 7:30 pm, £16


Join Sid Gillespie, a widowed bachelor who desperately wants to get married.

The lucky lady in question is his latest friend, Stella Morley, much to the dismay of her daughter and his cleaner. Stella has one condition: Sid’s has to evict his two sons and brother-in-law.

Sid has a solution: to marry off all three men in an attempt to finally put a ring on it.

Meet the potential love interests: Saucy Babs, Helga the German immigrant and blast from the past Violet. Enter one small problem: the three ladies have each taken a shine to Sid.

Will Sid ever get to utter the words ‘I Do’? Come along to find out in this hilarious show.

Tickets: £16, available from themaclive.com

We Salute You – A Titanic Themed Exhibition

Clifton House, 12 – 13 Sept, Free


A Titanic themed exhibition by Belfast Visual Artist Lise McGreevy, will be hosted at Clifton House, Belfast’s Poor House at Duncairn Gardens, during European Open Heritage Festival.

The tour therein will detail the reality of life for those less fortunate from Belfast who went to the Poor House up to the late 1880s, especially the children, and how many endured incredibly taxing times when through desperation they were forced to stay at Clifton House.

By the early 1910s Titanic’s poorer passengers were still struggling just to survive and journeyed on board the iconic vessel to start new lives America. Over 1,500 passengers lost their lives in the maritime disaster – 56 were children, the reason behind Lise producing her collection which features new, original artworks of Titanic landmarks and images of Captain J Smith and American actress Dorothy Gibson who were on board the White Star vessel on her tragic maiden voyage.

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