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La Bohème - 'a musical treat'

Thu, May 26, 2016

GIACOMO PUCCINI'S much-loved classic La Bohème comes to the Town Hall Theatre next week in a lively new staging from Opera Theatre Company. It promises a breathtaking experience for newcomers and opera fans alike, with ravishing music and thrilling arias and ensembles.

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Reginald D Hunter - he lives by the 'Sward'

Thu, May 19, 2016

Aluminium may be the third most abundant element in the earth's crust, and it may have a wide variety of practical everyday uses, but it never conjures up the image of strength and indomitability the alloy 'Steel' does.

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'It’s that idea of young people being isolated wherever you are'

Thu, May 12, 2016

GALWAY'S FREGOLI Theatre is on quite a roll at the moment. The company presented Mary, Mary, Mary at last week’s Galway Theatre Festival and next week it takes to the Town Hall Theatre main stage with the welcome return of the much-acclaimed play, Pleasure Ground by Jarlath Tivnan.

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Witches, bitches, and britches

Thu, May 05, 2016

WHEN GEORGE Frideric Handel was writing and casting his play Radamisto in 1720, he intended the title role to be performed by Francesco Bernardi, the singer better known as Senesino. However, when Senesino became unavailable, Handel gave that male role to Margherita Durastanti instead.

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Poet Steve Luttrell - the Maine man

Thu, May 05, 2016

THE AMERICAN poet and editor Steve Luttrell's first visit to Ireland will see him read at the Over The Edge Writers Gathering at Galway City Museum on Friday May 13 at 8pm, along with local poets Stephen Byrne and Eileen Ní Shuilleabháin.

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‘A beautiful show about what goes on in a hospice’

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

DUBLIN THEATRE ensemble WillFredd have only been around for five years but in that time have earned a reputation as one of Ireland’s most imaginative and exciting young companies. Now it brings its acclaimed show, Care, to the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday May 6 at 8pm as part of the Galway Theatre Festival.

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Artists ‘branching out’ at Galway Theatre Festival

Thu, Apr 21, 2016

THE GALWAY Theatre Festival swings into action next week and audiences can look forward to a host of innovative and imaginative shows from Friday April 29 to Saturday May 7.

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Paddy Cullivan - exploring the dark secrets of 1916

Thu, Apr 21, 2016

HOW DID the lawyer who prosecuted the 1916 leaders end up in one of the highest positions in the Free State? Why were 280,000 women denied the vote in the Treaty Election of 1922? And why does Michael Collins' assassination remain shrouded in mystery?

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'What to keep and what to let go'

Thu, Apr 21, 2016

"MASTERLY AND moving. Full of the clarity of a mid-life woman letting go and looking forward, the work is crafted with precision and fully realised in its aim and form.”

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“What are our responsibilities when we love someone and they want to die?” – Miriam Toews

Thu, Apr 07, 2016

Among the many exciting writers heading to Galway for this year’s Cúirt is award-winning Canadian author Miriam Toews whose latest novel, All My Puny Sorrows, has garnered rave reviews and figured prominently in many ‘books of the year’ lists.

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GMS production of Legally Blonde set to wow the Town Hall

Thu, Apr 07, 2016

Next week in the Town Hall, Galway Musical Society proudly presents smash hit show, Legally Blonde The Musical. The story is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name which starred Reese Witherspoon. This is a fresh and effervescent evening of musical fun in which we meet Elle Woods, the college sweetheart and homecoming queen who doesn't take no for an answer. So when Elle’s boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone ‘serious’, she puts away the credit cards, hits the textbooks, and heads for Harvard Law School. Along the way, she proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. This high-energy pop musical's fun and catchy score features music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and a hysterical book by Heather Hach.

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'As to plot: has life got one? Not that I know of'

Thu, Mar 31, 2016

JOHN BANVILLE has just completed a new Benjamin Black mystery. "This one is a change from the usual," he tells me. "It's set in Prague in the late 1500s at the court of Rudolf II."

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Maloney’s Dream - a story of the 1916 Rising accessible for children

Thu, Mar 24, 2016

SET DURING Easter Week 1916, Maloney’s Dream, the exciting new show for children from Galway-based theatre company Branar Téatar Do Pháistí, receives its world premiere at the Town Hall Theatre, with performances from Wednesday April 6 to Saturday 9.

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Madame de Markievicz On Trial

Wed, Mar 16, 2016

ONE OF the most striking personalities in the 1916 Rising was Constance Markievicz, the Anglo-Irish aristocrat who became a militant nationalist and was among the rebels who fought in the vicinity of St Stephen’s Green.

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'Music has its own way of making fun of you as a musician'

Thu, Mar 10, 2016

KÍLA BRING their funky brand of hip-shaking, smile-making, groovy trad to Monroe’s Live on Wednesday March 16, where audiences can expect music from across their long career, including tracks from Suas Síos, the band's 10th studio album, launched to critical acclaim last year.

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'I got stuck in Achill in a good way'

Thu, Mar 03, 2016

THE TOWN Hall bar might be an unlikely venue for viewing fine art but under Margaret Nolan’s canny stewardship it has hosted a succession of superb shows. Next week sees the opening of the venue’s latest exhibition, a series of Achill landscapes by ex-computer boffin, ex-accountancy student, ex-clothing retailer, and ex-rock musician, Padraig McCaul, a Dubliner who has made his home on the Mayo island.

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'It’s the story of my life, the pain and joy'

Thu, Mar 03, 2016

HAVING WOWED judges and audiences last year with her appearances on The Voice UK, Galway singer-songwriter Sharon Murphy has launched her new album Where I Belong, featuring 11 new, original, songs, as well as her terrific version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’.

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'As a traditional singer one is always on a quest of discovery'

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

GALWAY SINGER Mary McPartlan has just released a terrific new album entitled From Mountain To Mountain a tribute to the late legendary American folk song collector and singer Jean Ritchie.

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Girls Names - restless post punk explorations

Thu, Feb 18, 2016

GIRLS NAMES have never been content to stay in one musical spot for too long. They have long been restless, eager to explore the past, which in turn, has conversely open avenues to the future. They are an ever evolving prospect.

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'I am the creator of dub and creator of love'

Thu, Feb 11, 2016

IT IS 10:30pm and Hurricane Bridgett, or what ever they are calling it this week, is beating sheets of rain against the window, almost in time to the dread beat emanating from the speakers while Lee 'Scratch' Perry’s Super Ape LP spins on the record deck.

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