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'Beckett has been part of my imaginative landscape all my life'

Thu, Jun 23, 2016

TWO MEN, in worn out, dishevelled clothes and bowler hats, wait under a tree on the side of the road. They are waiting for a man called Godot. They don't know much about him, other than that he has a beard and perhaps the offer of some work, but will he ever come?

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Sanctuary - Blue Teapots hit the big screen at Fleadh

Thu, Jun 16, 2016

THE CLOSING film at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh is Sanctuary, the screen adaptation of the acclaimed play from Blue Teapot Theatre Company, exploring the issue of sexual and romantic relationships between intellectually disabled people.

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'Okey doke, we're loive, let's take the mickey out of it'

Thu, Jun 09, 2016

FOUR DAYS from now the Republic of Ireland begins its Euro 2016 campaign against Sweden, followed five days later by an encounter against the world No 1 Belgium. By the time the 'boys in green' face Italy on Wednesday June 22, all - or maybe nothing - will hinge on this match.

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‘I’ve wanted to do this play for a long, long time’

Thu, Jun 09, 2016

JULY MAY well be festival time in Galway with all sorts of wonderful shows to look forward to, but June also has one great, unmissable treat in store; Decadent Theatre’s new production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir.

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'We thought, what’s the least zeitgeisty thing we can do?'

Thu, Jun 02, 2016

NIGHT THOUGHTS, Suede's seventh studio album, is a dark, ambitious, exploration of the fear and frailty of human relationships. The band will play the album in full as part of their performance at the Galway International Arts Festival, forming the musical backdrop — literally — to a feature film created by Roger Sargent to accompany the album.

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Lynched mob

Thu, Jun 02, 2016

AFTER A stunning performance last autumn on Later…with Jools Holland, and a whirlwind tour of Britain, Ireland's latest folk sensations Lynched have seen their popularity soar.

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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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