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‘Beckett was the first who spoke to my interior landscape’

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Olwen Fouére.

OLWEN FOUÉRÉ returns to the Galway International Arts Festival with Samuel Beckett’s evocative short prose work, Lessness, fresh from a sold out run at the Barbican’s International Beckett Season.

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Deirdre O'Kane - coming back to stand-up comedy

Thu, Jun 18, 2015

Deirdre O'Kane.

DEIRDRE O'KANE is back doing stand-up comedy. After years away from the circuit, during which she returned to her original calling of acting, winning acclaim for her roles in the film Nobel and the comedy series Moone Boy, she entered 2015 with time on her hands, and an itch to put pen to paper.

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Eddie Moloney - the 'gentleman of Irish trad'

Thu, Jun 18, 2015

Eddie Moloney and his son Seán pictured in The cottage Bar, Salthill, in 1977.

FRANKIE GAVIN'S first taste of performing in front of an audience was in Corrandulla Town Hall, playing tin whistle, and standing beside him was the man who saw the potential in the youngster - the fiddler and flautist Eddie Moloney.

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'Somebody is enjoying putting obstacles in my way'

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Glenn Wool.

"Man plans, God laughs" is an old Yiddish proverb, the equivalent of "the best laid plans can come undone", but who undoes them? Does the fault lie with the person making the plans or does God, fate, or some predetermined outcome decide that sometimes, things just will not go your way.

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Galway 'was the start of the Lúnasa story'

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Lúnasa.

LÚNASA MAKE a welcome return to Galway and the Galway Sessions festival when the trad supergroup play Monroe's Live on Thursday June 18. A hectic and busy international touring schedule has afforded the band little opportunity to play in Ireland in recent times so this Galway gig is all the more to be welcomed.

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Charolais: murderous female rivalry with a bovine twist

Thu, Jun 04, 2015

Sally Anne Kelly in Charolais.

CHAROLAIS IS an age-old tale of female rivalry with a new twist: the other ‘woman’ is a purebred Charolais heifer. A farmer devotes considerable attention to his prize heifer at the expense of his very pregnant girlfriend Siobhan, who in turn has developed a homicidal jealousy for this Charolais and is feeling equally murderous towards her snobbish soon-to-be mother-in-law.

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Arthur’s Dig – a play for our times

Thu, Jun 04, 2015

Declan Mills in Arthur's Dig.

WHEN THE house you are building is falling down around your ears, when all you have worked for is taken away, what will run out first: your money or your wife? Arthur’s Dig is a 21st century drama, exploring the blurred lines that define what it is to be a man in contemporary Ireland.

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Des Keogh - exploring G B Shaw’s many amours in My Fair Ladies

Thu, May 28, 2015

Des Keogh as George Bernard Shaw.

THE INIMITABLE Des Keogh comes to the Town Hall next week with My Fair Ladies, a new play which he has written and performs about the many women in the extraordinary life of George Bernard Shaw.

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Wolf Meets World stage The McGowan Trilogy

Thu, May 28, 2015

Seamus Scanlon, author of The McGowan Trilogy.

GALWAY THEATRE company Wolf Meets World are in An Taibhdhearc next week with the Irish premiere of Seamus Scanlon’s The McGowan Trilogy, a trio of one-act plays which have already enjoyed a successful run in New York, winning awards for Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Design at the city’s annual Irish Theatre Festival.

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'There is no better feeling than playing your own music to a responsive crowd'

Thu, May 21, 2015

The Amazing Apples. Photo:- Aisling Egan

GALWAY BAND The Amazing Apples have landed in 2015 with some striking singles – ‘Slipping By’, and their most recent, ‘Lullaby’ - and now comes their debut album A Little Sense, which will be released on Friday May 29, followed by a celebratory hometown gig at the Róisín Dubh on Sunday May 31.

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A mediaeval opera, a masterpiece, 'but one with catchy tunes'

Thu, May 14, 2015

Andrew Lawrence King and St Nicholas Cantorum rehearse for tonight's production of Ludus Danielis. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

ON ONE day of the year, the teenagers were let run riot in the monastery, adolescent apprentice monks could dance, sing, clap their hands, shake their tonsures, boss around their elders, play cards in church, and stage a riotous show where an altar could explode, hide and seek games ran into the wee small hours, and the elders had no choice but to let them away with it.

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Francie Brady rides again

Thu, May 14, 2015

Stefan Dunbar. Photo:- Alan McLaughlin.

FOLLOWING A highly successful tour of Ireland last year which saw the production receive standing ovations for every performance, An Grianán Theatre is once again touring Pat McCabe's classic Frank Pig Says Hello.

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Mark O’Rowe - Getting Shakespeare in the bag for Druid

Thu, May 07, 2015

Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V.

NEXT WEEK sees the unveiling of Druid’s latest epic undertaking, DruidShakespeare, which condenses the four action-packed plays of the Henriad – Richard II, Henry IV (Parts 1 & 2), and Henry V – into one thrilling drama played out across six hours, as adapted by one of Ireland’s finest contemporary playwrights, Mark O’Rowe.

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David O’Doherty on the quest for happiness

Thu, May 07, 2015

David O'Doherty.

THE EVER-wonderful comedian David O'Doherty returns for two special shows at the Róisín Dubh tomorrow and Saturday, and he promises to have checked everything in his new show, David O’Doherty Has Checked Everything.

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‘It’s very exciting discovering characters with the audience’

Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Orla McGovern. Photo:- Ruby Wallis

THE OPENING show of this weekend’s Galway Theatre Festival is Suitcase, ‘an improvised theatrical experience’, presented by The Sky Babies at Nun’s Island Theatre, tomorrow and Saturday.

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‘I wasn’t ever going to write a novel along familiar lines’

Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Claire-Louise Bennett.

GALWAY WRITER Claire-Louise Bennett will launch her debut collection of short stories, Pond, this Saturday at the Hotel Meyrick, as part of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

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Staging George Orwell at the Galway Theatre Festival

Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Phelim Drew. Photo:- William Rooney

GEORGE ORWELL’S first full-length book was Down and Out in Paris and London, his classic account of living on the breadline in France and England in the 1920s. More than 80 years after its publication in 1933, the book’s vivid portrayal of people struggling to survive from one day to the next has lost none of its power. Indeed, with homelessness again a headline-making issue, the book has gained fresh topicality.

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‘We’re not comedians by the way’

Thu, Apr 16, 2015

The Rubberbandits. Photo:- Steve Ullathorne.

THE RUBBERBANDITS, the satirical hip hop duo of Blindboy Boat Club and Mr Chrome, who had dominated Irish comedy through their shows, hit songs like ‘Horse Outside’, radio appearances, and videos going viral, seemed to go very quiet, very suddenly, over the last year and a half.

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Take a stroll through Joyce’s Ulysses

Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Robert Grogan as Molly Bloom in Strolling Through Ulysses.

THIS EVENING [April 16] at 8.30pm Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop hosts Robert Gogan’s entertaining and illuminating show on James Joyce’s Ulysses, entitled Strolling Through Ulysses.

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Reduced Shakespeare Company reduce The Complete History of Comedy

Thu, Apr 09, 2015

FOLLOWING A hugely successful season at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Reduced Shakespeare Company arrive in the Town Hall Theatre next week as part of their roistering new tour of The Complete History of Comedy (abridged).

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