REVIEWS OF 'CLOUDBUSTING' MAY-AUG 2016
“The most unexpected and delicious slice of musical theatre imaginable. This kind of magic is unusual”;
"One of the most moving and honest musical performances I have ever seen. Nights like last night are food for the soul";
"The most sensational performance from Nan Fee. Incredible!";
"Excellent! A fantastic production! This show should be seen!"
Starring Nan Fee
Musical Director: Mark McGrath
REVIEWS OF 'PUTTING IT TOGETHER' DEC 2015
"If you love musicals you’ll completely adore this awesome local production. I would say it’s been the highlight of my musicals this year...The singing, witty moments, routines and atmosphere in the Studio are quite amazing. You’d nearly think you’ve been transported to a quirky little off-Broadway show. I can’t praise it high enough!" Belfast Times
“A brilliant Sondheimish amalgam of his songs" Irish News
"It’s not just that Blunt Fringe Productions is doing what no one else in Northern Ireland is doing, it’s that they do it so well….Formed as recently as 2013, Belfast-based Blunt Fringe has argued the case for musical theatre with a panache that belies its youth in a trio of productions traversing the old and the new and all with a satisfying sense of style, flair and idiomatic certainty.” Musical Theatre Review ★ ★ ★ ★
"Some of the best songs in musical theatre presented in a fresh way by a very talented bunch” The Reviews Hub
“By far one of the best shows I've ever seen at the Lyric” ; "Electric chemistry and a superbly crafted story. Essentially, a must-see!" ; "absolutely fantastic from funny to quite emotional and back again, excellent theatre loved the personal ambience..." ; "We Loved it!"
First produced by Cameron Mackintosh in New York over 20 years ago, and presented with his permission at the Lyric Theatre, ’Putting it Together’ is a musical review that tells a story: Set at a cocktail party in New York City, two couples – one middle-aged and married, the other young lovers just starting out – reflect on the complexities that make up modern relationships.
It features classics from Stephen Sondheim’s greatest musicals including Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Follies, Company, Sunday In The Park With George, Into The Woods and many more.
Starring Christina Tedders, Fra Fee, Carol Starks, Nicholas Pound and Barry McGonagle
Director: Stephen Whitson
9th - 19th December 2015
Supported by NI Arts Council Funding
REVIEWS OF 'THE LAST FIVE YEARS' JUNE/JULY 2015
“The Last Five Years confirms Blunt Fringe as one of the most innovative, intelligent and intriguing companies to emerge in Northern Ireland in recent years” Musical Theatre Review
“The live band is superb, the set is a thing of simple beauty and these two singing actors are the real deal” Irish News
🌟🌟🌟🌟 “Blunt Fringe keeps up the quality with stylish take on JRB's intricate musical” Irish Times
🌟🌟🌟🌟 “[Fra Fee and Amy Lennox] deliver the challenging material with passion and verve...This is a disarmingly entertaining affair. A breathless, 90-minute two-hander” Belfast Telegraph
“Impeccable vocal performances and energetic stage presences…both their interaction with the audience and the vulnerability they enter into the songs with are stunning” Culture NI
"The Last Five Years is a brilliant little musical. The live band led by Mark McGrath are a fantastic ensemble who add to the charming intimacy of the show. Fee and Lennox are both wonderful as Jamie and Cathy. Fee’s pulsating testosterone sets hearts aflutter whilst Lennox is adorably funny. This production requires stamina and talent...[and] they deliver." 4.5 STARS The Public Reviews
“The best piece of theatre I’ve ever seen” “Amazing production from start to finish” “Insanely flawless show” “Absolutely stunning !” “Everyone in Belfast I urge you to go and see” “Captures you with every breath of music. I didn’t want it to end!”
This is a beautiful, emotionally powerful musical about Jamie, a talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy, a struggling actress and takes place over a five year period. Their story is told entirely through songs but with a clever device; all of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They physically meet on stage only once, at their wedding.
The show opened off-Broadway in 2002 and that year won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics. A film adaptation starring Oscar nominated Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan was released in the US in February 2015.
Starring Amy Lennox and Fra Fee
Director: Stephen Whitson
24th June - 4th July 2015
Supported by NI Arts Council Funding
REVIEWS OF 'JACQUES BREL' NOVEMBER 2014
'LyricBelfast ★+ Jacques Brel ★+ BluntFringeNI ★ + Colette Lennon ★ + Rham/Strand/McCabe ★ = ★★★★★ #dothemath #dontmissit' Dan Gordon
'Leading lady loses voice this morning. The show must go on. Boy did it go on. Jacques Brel @LyricBelfast ★★★★★' Irish News
'Another classy production from BluntFringeNI Jacques Brel Is Alive & Well & Living in Paris @ LyricBelfast Loved it!' Amanda Ferguson
'🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 - Fantastic' Love Belfast
“Incredible production tonight LyricBelfast of #JacquesBrel by BluntFringeNI. West End quality in #NorthernIreland . Well done to all” Marc McGonagle
Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a powerful and bold theatrical experience that was an overwhelming success in its original off-Broadway production in 1968 and in subsequent runs in Sydney, Paris, Amsterdam and Dublin. It is widely regarded as “Musical storytelling at its finest!” (The New York Post) and Time Out New York dubbed it “The best musical revue ever!”
Starring Colette Lennon, Gerard McCabe, Philip Rham and Joanna Strand, it was the second show from Blunt Fringe and it followed on the heels of their inaugural critically acclaimed production of The World Goes ‘Round which critics called ‘an outstanding cabaret show” (Belfast Telegraph) and "one of the best shows I’ve ever seen!” (Irish News).
Director: Matthew Johnson
Tuesday 11th - Saturday 15th November 2014
REVIEWS OF OUR FIRST SHOW, 'THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND' JANUARY 2014
★★★★★ Philip Hammond, Belfast Telegraph
“A success...intelligently staged, impeccably sung, wonderfully entertaining…with enormous style” Michael Quinn, Musical Theatre Review
"This is a Broadway Show without having to pay for a flight or remember your passport…GO! #brilliant" Dan Gordon
“One of the best shows I’ve ever seen!” Suzanne McGonagle, Irish News
“One of the best productions that I have seen here in Belfast” Syd Ralph
Our inaugural show, an actor-musician musical revue at the Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
The World Goes ‘Round celebrates the masterful song writing of John Kander and Fred Ebb, one of Broadway’s greatest musical collaborations. From Chicago and Cabaret to The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman, this is a musical revue with an all-star cast of actor musicians, who between them have performed on the West End, off the West End, on national tour and on national TV.
The World Goes 'Round follows five individuals on their life journey as they sing - and play - all your favourite songs including “All That Jazz”, “Maybe this Time”, “Mr Cellophane” and “New York, New York”. It stars Barry McGonagle, Matthew Crowe, Jenni Bowden, Laura Tebbutt and Lydia Jenkins.
Director: Rachel Logan
14th - 18th January 2014
The launch of Blunt Fringe Productions at the John Hewitt as part of the Arthur Guinness Initiatives
Lunchtime revue starring Christina Bennington, Fra Fee, Marion Jordan and Barry McGonagle
26th September 2013