We’ve a number of writing and performance workshops coming up in our cosy beanbag cinema which are open to the public….check them out below!



June 11th- 6-9pm- £10 

Belfast Feminist Network is delighted to be hosting award-winning, internationally acclaimed performance poet and activist Candy Royalle for a spoken word performance in Belfast.

AND we’re also extremely lucky to be able to facilitate a workshop with Candy on Thursday 11/6/15, 6-9pm in the Beanbag Cinema (supported by Belfast Film Festival):

WRITE BREATHE PERFORM is a workshop designed to enable people to tell their stories through the art of vulnerability. The workshop also centres around building confidence to engage an audience be it a group of friends or an open mic night. Suitable for beginners to experienced writers of all genres.

Tickets are £10 and there will be limited spaces available so book quickly by emailing belfemnet@gmail.com

This workshop really is open to anyone regardless of whether or not you have experience of writing or performing. As a feminist activist, Candy will be facilitating the workshop from a feminist perspective and value base and it will provide a safe space in which to challenge ourselves and help build each other up.





27th and 28th of June – 10.00 am – 5.00 pm – £150

A fully comprehensive workshop on how to take an idea and develop it into drama with multi award winning writer/producer Abbie Spallen

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

Philip Pullman

For More details and to book click here

Abbie Spallen is a multi award winning writer, actor and film producer.  Her awards as writer include the Stewart Parker major award, The Tony Doyle award, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Clare McIntyre Bursary from The Royal Court, the Peggy Ramsay award, the Dublin City Council Bursary for Literature and the HALMA Foundation award for excellence in the European arts.  Her plays include ABEYANCE (Druid Debut, Druid Theatre Co), PUMPGIRL (Bush/Traverse/Manhattan Theatre Club), which won the 2007 Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Stewart Parker award and was nominated for the Irish Times Best New Play, STRANDLINE (Fishamble) which was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and nominated for the Meyer Whitworth Award, and BOGWOG (NPC) O’Neill Centre Connecticut, LALLY THE SCUT (Tinderbox NI).

Her short plays include THIRTEEN (Women in Power and Politics, Tricycle Theatre), SHAVING THE PICKLE (59E59 NYC) and RUBBERFOOT (Pentabus) Her work is published by Faber and Faber and has been translated into many languages and produced across Europe and the USA. She has completed one attachment to the Royal National Theatre and two to The Royal Court.  In 2014 she was writer in residence in the Lyric Theatre Belfast.

Her work for radio includes RAPTURE FREQUENCY (The Wire R3) LIVE FROM THE PALACE (R4) and the forthcoming SNAKE OIL (R4). Film and Television includes PUMPGIRL (PG Films/NI Screen) SEACHT (Stirling Productions) and COLLUSION (Sharp Focus for Calipo).  She is currently under commission to the Royal National Theatre, the Lyric Belfast, Inside Intelligence and the Tricycle Theatre London and she has just been accepted as writer/producer onto the 16th Equinoxe Germany Filmmakers’ Workshop with her feature SEVEN DRUNKEN KNIGHTS. Film production includes the award winning SILENT GRACE (Follower Films, Guerilla Films) and in 2014 she was awarded the Major Individual Artist Award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.