Inspired by Jane Coyle’s play Both Sides, this self-guided audio walking tour winds through Belfast’s university quarter, in the footsteps of the great Irish writer Samuel Beckett. Beckett was born in Dublin, went to school in Northern Ireland and spent much of his adult life in France. These landmarks are reflected in the play, from which the tour commentary has been adapted by the writer.
Set in a Paris café and a bar in Nice, Both Sides revolves around two women, who observe the people around them. They all seem to be concealing intriguing personal stories, emanating from Beckett’s enigmatic imagination.
The commentary is voiced by Hannah Coyle, who played Stella in the play. The director is Rhiann Jeffrey, who directed its stage premiere.
The self guided audio walking tour begins outside the Crescent Arts Centre, proceeds along the multicultural thoroughfare of Botanic Avenue and into the Botanic Gardens. From there it’s on to the impressive atrium of the Ulster Museum and then through the gracious halls and cloisters of Queen’s University. The final destination is No Alibis independent bookshop, where, on presentation of the booking confirmation, a 10% discount will be offered on purchases.
You will need a smart phone and your own headphones.
Upon booking you will receive a link to the recorded commentary, plus the option to download a numbered map (see below) and the printed script, which contains directions and literary references. Walk at your own pace.
Pause at will. The city awaits. Your guide is Beckett.
Walking With Beckett is presented in association with No Alibis Bookstore.
For those new or unfamiliar with Belfast you can also view an additional map of the City Centre here – MAP OF BELFAST