Covid19 Safety

Covid19 Safety

We are delighted to welcome you back to Seamus Heaney HomePlace and to our theatre space, The Helicon! Your safety and the safety of our staff is extremely important, so please read the below information carefully.

Purchasing your ticket

Our Winter/Spring 22 Programme will be initially sold at 50% capacity. However, this may increase to full capacity closer to the time of the event, subject to government guidelines at that time.
If your desired event is sold out, please add your name to the waiting list as these entries will be given first refusal of any additional tickets released in the order they have been added to the list.
Please note, as part of our Track and Trace, your contact details may be shared with the Public Health Agency if a positive Covid-19 case has been identified.
Tickets are available to purchase on our website here or by phoning our box office on 028 9038 7444.

Arriving at Seamus Heaney HomePlace

It will be necessary for anyone aged 18+ attending a performance at Seamus Heaney HomePlace to provide one of the following supported by valid Government Issued Photo ID:

Proof of full vaccination, with the second dose having been given at least 14 days before attending. Acceptable forms of proof include COVIDCert NI certificates (travel certificate must be accompanied by valid Government Issued Photo ID), Covid immunisation record cards and valid Government issued Photo ID), and any official documentation from outside Northern Ireland such as the EU Digital Covid Certificate or the NHS Covid Pass.

OR Proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test taken the day of, or the day before attending. This will be in the form of an official SMS message which you will receive after completing and registering your Lateral Flow Test result at

OR Proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for Covid issued between 30 and 180 days earlier. Any self-isolation period must have elapsed before coming to Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

If you live in the Republic of Ireland, you can demonstrate your COVID-19 status using the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC):

How to upload a lateral flow test

If you are demonstrating your COVID-19 Status using an NHS Lateral Flow Test this should be taken the day of, or the day before attending the event you are attending. You can order NHS Lateral Flow Tests at .

Once you have taken your test, you will need to report your result on the NHS website at You will receive a text or email notification confirming your negative test result, to present on entry.

A positive result from an NHS Lateral Flow Test means it’s likely you had coronavirus when the test was done. You and anyone you live with must not attend the venue and self-isolate immediately. You are then advised to get a PCR test to confirm your result as soon as possible.

For those who are not vaccinated, the process for people to apply for a Covid exemption certificate on medical grounds has now been published at Coronavirus (COVID-19): apply for a COVID exemption certificate | nidirect.

We would ask that you have this information ready on arrival at Seamus Heaney HomePlace.
Unfortunately failure to supply one of the required proof of entry documentations will result in no entry to the performance at Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Please note that if you or a member of your party are displaying Covid symptoms or are required to self-isolate, you must not come to Seamus Heaney HomePlace.
All tickets in your booking will be exchanged or a credit note given, as long as you let us know before 11am on the day of the performance.

Although there is no social distancing required we do ask that you be respectful of other patrons when entering and leaving the theatre / building.

Face coverings must be worn throughout performances.

Please be aware that while the above information reflects current guidelines, these may change so please do check before your event to ensure you have all the necessary up-to-date information.

We hope you enjoy your event and experience at Seamus Heaney HomePlace.