Third Bounce festival starts with a bang

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A verbal percussion performance orchestrated by the multi-talented Dave ‘Stickman’ Higgins will signal the start of Bounce! Arts Festival Weekender – Belfast’s third disability and deaf arts festival.

The Caribbean/Irish percussionist, actor and poet, will create ‘human percussion’ with guests and festival performers attending the launch of the festival at the Arts and Disability Forum (ADF) Gallery in Royal Avenue.

The festival from August 28 to 31 promises an entertaining and stimulating mix of music, theatre, comedy, circus, fine art and dance from some of the UK and Ireland’s top disabled and deaf

This year’s main venue partner is the Lyric Theatre, with other activity taking place in the Black Box and the ADF Gallery.

Highlights include a performance of the highly acclaimed ‘If these Spasms Could Speak’ – a solo tour de force by performer/director Robert Softley, examining disability, sex and body image at the Lyric Theatre on Friday, August 29.

The show received rave reviews at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

The programme also includes a sparkling and bold stand-up show ‘One of Us Will Die’ – at the Lyric Theatre on Saturday night (August 30) – featuring a relationship between a tall and short person.

The show stars real life couple, 6ft 3in comedian Gareth Berliner and 3ft 6in Aussie-born actress/director Kiruna Stamell (from ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Life’s too Short’).

For full details on the programme go to To book tickets see or contact the Box Office on (028) 9038 1081.