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The Great Gatsby outdoor theatre performance will be at Shaftesbury Park on Wednesday 21 July
The Great Gatsby outdoor theatre performance will be at Shaftesbury Park on Wednesday 21 July

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The Great Gatsby brings a taste of the 20s to Carrickfergus

Get your glad rags on and work up your best Charleston as outdoor theatre returns to Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus on Wednesday 21 July with a performance of The Great Gatsby. In a change from the annual Shakespeare plays Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has teamed up with a leading England-based theatre troupe to celebrate the return of live events.

Heartbreak Productions and the Nick Carraway quartet will deliver an evening of jazz, prohibition style. Nick is not only the band leader but a top-notch storyteller and will transport the audience back to the summer of 1922 when he lived next door to none other than the infamous Jay Gatsby.

Nick was working as a bond salesman in New York the summer he met the mysterious party-throwing millionaire. Before long, Nick finds out that Gatsby and his cousin Daisy used to be an item. Gatsby is still in love with Daisy, but Daisy is now married to the pretentious and unfaithful Tom.

Served up with a twist of iconic Heartbreak style, this outdoor adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is the perfect way to mark 100 years since prohibition.

Gates will open at 6.30pm when the audience can enjoy a performance from Third Carrick Silver band before the main performance begins at 7.30pm. Running time is just over 2 hours.

Visitors can bring along a picnic basket and rug or low backed seating. Hot beverages and snacks will be available to purchase from a stylish coffee wagon

Tickets cost £5 (plus booking fee) and are available on eventbrite 

No tickets will be available at the event gates. Admission is free for 9-17 year old if they are accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

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  • Throughout 2021, Council is hosting a programme of events under the NI 100 umbrella to celebrate 100 years since the formation of Northern Ireland. These events, exhibitions and community initiatives are all aimed at showcasing and championing culture, heritage, education, history, and future prosperity throughout the Mid and East Antrim Borough. For the latest on the NI 100 celebrations in Mid and East Antrim click here

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