‘It’s fierce, it’s dark, it’s full of conflict, but it’s actually all about love’

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

ON MONDAY February 2 1959, The Listowel Drama Group presented the premiere performance of Sive, John B Keane’s debut play, thus launching the career of one of Ireland’s most popular writers.

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The show (band) must go on

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

No Show: (LtoR) Peter Shine (director), Paul McCarrick (actor playing the role of Tommy) 
and Grace Kiely (as Maire).

IT IS all systems go at the Mick Lally Theatre this week as Thereisbear! gear up for No Show, Peter Shine’s zestful showband-themed drama which starts previewing at the theatre from tomorrow and opens on Tuesday November 25.

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Blue Teapot’s Sanctuary returns

Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Charlene Kelly and Kieran Coppinger as Sophie and Larry in Christian O'Reilly's Sanctuary.

GALWAY’S BLUE Teapot Theatre Company take to the stage of the Town Hall Theatre on Monday November 24 at 8pm with a welcome revival of their highly-acclaimed play, Sanctuary.

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Swan Lake swans into Town Hall

Thu, Nov 06, 2014

ONE OF the surefire highlights of the Town Hall Theatre’s autumn programme comes next week when Ballet Ireland arrive with its staging of an enduring favourite, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

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A Room With No View - plays that probe mental illness

Thu, Nov 06, 2014

New drama yet again graces the Town Hall studio next week when A Room With No View receives its premiere. Comprising two one-act plays with an interweaving story line, A Room With No View highlights the misunderstood condition of mental illness in Irish society.

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‘We are lucky Galway has a wealth of artists and an arts audience’

Thu, Oct 30, 2014

TULCA Festivial of the Visual Arts producer Kate Howard. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

FESTIVALS COME thick and fast in Galway this time of the year. The Comedy Carnival has only just finished, but next week will see the launch of the TULCA Festival of Visual Arts which runs from November 7 to 23.

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Leda, Come Home

Thu, Oct 30, 2014

HOURGLASS THEATRE Company are in the Town Hall studio next week with the premiere production of Leda, Come Home, written and directed by company founder Ian Patterson.

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Bec Hill - all aboard for ‘Time Fun’ and paper puppets

Thu, Oct 16, 2014

Bec Hill.

“I JUST like anything fun and colourful. My favourite jumper right now is a huge woollen one which says ‘Time Fun’ on it. Not ‘Fun Time’ or ‘Time for Fun’, just ‘Time Fun’.”

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So Cow - the long road to The Long Con

Thu, Oct 09, 2014

So Cow (LtoR): Pete O'Shea (drums), Brian 'Brain' Kelly (guitar/vocals/songwriter), Jonny White (bass).

YOUR TWENTIES are not necessarily the best years of your life, certainly not the years between 25 and 29. In a city, your 20s become an extended adolescence, but after the parties and the wildness is over, you reach a crossroads of ‘Thirty is on the horizon - what the hell am I going to do with my life?’

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The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean

Thu, Oct 09, 2014

SCOTTISH PUPPETEER and ‘object-theatre’ artist Shona Reppe makes her fifth visit to Baboró with a show that promises to be a festival highlight, The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean.

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From fishing boats to Shakespeare

Thu, Oct 09, 2014

William Shakespeare.

JAMES DE Vita was a young fisherman searching for a new career and then he discovered the greatest playwright of all time - William Shakespeare.

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Everyone can be a Trickster

Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Jez Colbourne.

THE BLACK Box Theatre will boom with all kinds of dark and surprising sounds that will make for an awe-inspiring musical experience when Trickster is performed there next weekend.

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Defender of the Faith

Thu, Sep 25, 2014

Actor Diarmuid De Faoite and director Andrew Flynn in rehearsals for Defender of the Faith.

DECADENT THEATRE Company unveil what promises to be a highlight of the Town Hall Theatre’s autumn programme next week with Defender of the Faith, the debut play from Stuart Carolan, writer and creator of RTÉ’s Love/Hate.

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Max Jury at the Róisín Dubh

Thu, Sep 25, 2014

MAX JURY may not yet be a familiar name to music fans but make no mistake, it is only a matter of time before this American singer-songwriter is widely known and admired.

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‘Moving to Nashville from Mobile was overwhelming’

Thu, Sep 18, 2014

BETH NIELSEN Chapman, one of Nashville’s foremost singer-songwriters, comes to the Black Box Theatre next week for what promises to be a memorable gig. An accomplished recording artist in her own right, Chapman has also penned numerous hits for Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Waylon Jennings, Faith Hill, and Willie Nelson.

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Wassailing with James Yorkston

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

James Yorkston. Photo:- Steve Gullick

SCOTTISH SINGER-songwriter James Yorkston makes a welcome return to the Róisín Dubh on Sunday September 21 at 9pm, arriving on the crest of a wave, following rave reviews for his latest album, The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society.

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GIRO-scope

Thu, Sep 04, 2014

Galway International Retro Orchestra (LtoR): Kyle Borley, Anders Trabjerg, Mayo Yanachi and Geoff Ward. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy.

IN THESE times, when daily news bulletins and headlines are dominated by depressing tales of ethnic and sectarian strife across various international flashpoints, the Galway International Retro Orchestra joyously affirms the power of music to unite and celebrate disparate cultures and traditions.

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Galway Arts Centre explores ghosts and machines

Thu, Sep 04, 2014

A video still from Aideen Doran's Revolutionary Machine.

THE GALWAY Arts Centre begins its autumn programme tomorrow evening with the opening of The Ghost In The Machine, featuring artists Aideen Doran and Marianne Keating.

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The long road of live touring with Lee Mack

Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Lee Mack is known for his explosive energy on stage, well-crafted jokes, and a natural gift for delivering a tall tale.

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‘I’m kind of a Heinz 57’

Thu, Aug 07, 2014

Mikal O'Boyle. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

GALWAY HAS long been a magnet for folk of an artistic bent; they arrive for a weekend or short stint in college and then find themselves setting down roots in the city.

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