Paperboy exhibition at Lyric celebrates cultural icons of the 1970s

British Youth Music Theatre (BYMT), the team behind the smash-hit musical adaption of Tony Macaulay’s international best seller Paperboy, has teamed up with National Museums NI on a very special pop up exhibition at the Lyric.

The exhibition, which will run alongside the BYMT production of Paperboy (1-4 August), features artefacts from 1970s donated by the Belfast public. Items include; The Hood figurine the main villain in Thunderbirds who appeared in many guises while trying to acquire the technology used by International Rescue and Flashy Flickers picture gun which enabled children to project films of their favourite television and cartoon characters.

Set in 1975, Paperboy tells the true story of young Tony Macaulay growing up in West Belfast. The book was adapted for stage by stand-up comedian Andrew Doyle and music for the production was composed by platinum-selling Belfast artist Duke Special. It depicts fondly remembered moments such as the Lord Mayor’s Parade, The Bay City Rollers gig at The Ulster Hall in 1975 as well as references to popular culture of that time.

Checking out some of the items in the Paperboy exhibition at Lyric were, Tony Macaulay and Karen Logan from  National Museums NI.