Hayley Stafford-Jones reviews her first team trip, where she visited the Northern Irish capital of Belfast with Team Clasper.
Following a hectic week where the team submitted six planning applications, we all finally made it to the airport to start the weekend with a well deserved pint. After landing in Ireland we jumped in taxis to make our way into Belfast through the Irish countryside (with its many cows).
Once we arrived at our accommodation, it was a quick dash to the Lyric Theatre, where we received an interesting tour of the building by the lovely Julie. We learnt the history of Mary O’Malley and the founding of the theatre while exploring the different performance spaces, as well as the atrium, café, rehearsal spaces, back of stage, costume studio and stage set workshops. The building has a simple palette of materials - brick, concrete and timber - with well thought out details, like the balustrades design reflecting people walking. The faceted timber interior of the main performance space was designed to suit the spoken word with angled aisles to reduce distraction for the performer when the audience moves.
We went on to explore Queen’s University campus with its classic red brick buildings and new School of Law building before heading out for food at the Barking Dog.