Recollections delivered with wit and warmth

Owen O'Neill
Owen O'Neill

A Northumberland village is to play host to an evening of Red Noise as an award-winning performer shares his stories, poetry and jokes.

Owen O’Neill is a performance poet, stand-up comedian and actor and his show combines all three in an evening of funny and touching stories, comedy and bittersweet poetry from his latest collection – all to be experienced at Wingates Village Institute next Sunday.

O’Neill is a great storyteller and has a warm audience rapport.

In his funny and poignant show, he will have you in stitches one minute and with tears in your eyes the next.

His vividly-imagined stories – many from his childhood in rural County Tyrone – draw out the bigger picture through small, telling details. He makes his audience feel welcomed and entertained.

O’Neill is also a respected poet and has read at many of the major poetry and literary festivals including Hay-on-Wye.

In 2012, he won best actor for his off-Broadway one-man play Absolution.

In partnership with the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme, Wingates Village Institute is delighted to be bringing him to the village for an evening of intelligent and thought-provoking entertainment delivered with wit and warmth.

Louise Kirkwood, promoter at Wingates Village Institute, said: “This should be a fantastic evening, not to be missed, so do come along and enjoy Owen’s show.

“It is a one-off for north Northumberland as well, because it will be Owen’s only performance here on this tour.

“We really appreciate our new partnership with Highlights which has brought us some wonderful shows in our first season with them and is breathing some exciting new life into our programme at the Institute.”

Red Noise is at Wingates Village Institute on Sunday, May 10, at 7.30pm, doors and bar open from 6.45pm.

Tickets, £8.50, £7 concs, available on 01670 788413 or