The Cove (Belfast)

4th Mar - 5th Mar Lyric Theatre, Belfast Sat 8pm, Sun 2pmBook Now
The award-winning dance theatre performance inspired by memories of a hidden cove on the Donegal coast will tour Ireland, north and south, in spring 2017

The Cove 2017 Tour

DERRY (Feb 18/19; Mar 25) | GALWAY (Feb 21) | BELFAST (Mar 4/5) | THURLES (Mar 31) | LIMERICK (Apr 1) | DUBLIN (Apr 6/7/8)

Image of Port-a-doris

About The Cove

The Cove is an original piece of dance-theatre which was inspired by the hidden Port-a-Doris Cove, near Shroove, on the North Donegal coast. It pulses with memories of scaling crags with sea below, feeling the rocks with fingertips, smelling and tasting the air. The effort… the challenge…the pleasure… the fear and sense of mortality.

Critically acclaimed work by Steve Batts and Belfast-based artist Dan Shipsides   with Echo Echo ensemble of six dancers, featuring innovative set installation by Dan Shipsides, original score by Christopher Norby, and Costume by Helen Quigley.

The Cove was developed from the Batts-Shipsides project Vertical Nature Base, and was originally produced with support of the Legacy Trust UK Connections programme, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The Cove was recently recognised as a Highlight of Stage and Screen Design 2007-14 by Irish Theatre Institute  .

the dance is a multi-layered meditation on overcoming the constant force of gravity and the fear of falling in order to achieve the joyous freedom of the peak. Michael Seaver, Irish Theatre Magazine

The Cove credits

Created by Steve Batts and Dan Shipsides

Produced by Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company 

Director-Choreographer: Steve Batts

Set installation: Dan Shipsides

Dancers (2017): Esther Alleyne, Ayesha Mailey, Kelly Quigley, Zoe Ramsey, Tonya Sheina, Maria Svensson

Original score: Christopher Norby with Colin Norrby

Costume: Helen Quigley

Lighting Design and tour Technical Manager: Barry Davis

Tour Technical Support: John-Paul Conaghan, Darren Owens 

The Cove Artwork: Mark Willett

Design: zoocreative

Photography: Sarah Bryden Photography and Living Witness Productions

Video: R&D Media


Current performances


The Cove 2017 is supported by the North South Touring Fund, Arts Council of Ireland and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Previous performances

At Echo Echo Studios, Derry

  • Wednesday 14th May to Saturday 17th May (Five performances)


  • Wednesday 3rd October, An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny
  • Friday 5th October, Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady
  • Tuesday 9th October, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh
  • Wednesday 10th October, Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown
  • Friday 12th October, Black Box, Belfast
  • Saturday 13th October, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
  • Wednesday 17th October, Millennium Forum, Derry

The Cove 2012 was supported by Legacy Trust UK and Arts Council NI. 


Gallery images by Sarah Bryden Photography and Living Witness Productions

What's On

What's On

Echo Echo Kids Classes

22nd Apr - 13th Jun (Weekly) +

Wing Tsjun Kung Fu (Adults)

24th Apr - 26th Jun +

Wing Tsjun Kung Fu (Kids)

24th Apr - 26th Jun (Weekly) +


26th Apr - 28th Jun (Weekly) +

Body Wisdom

28th Apr - 23rd Jun (Weekly) +

Echo Echo Adult Classes

2nd May - 20th Jun (Weekly) +

Parent & Toddlers Course

6th May - 10th Jun (Weekly) +

Play Percussion

8th May - 26th Jun (Weekly) +

Joy in Movement

18th May - 22nd Jun +

Cappaghglass - Solo dance theatre show by Tara Brandel

24th June +