Looking into the psyche of 'toughened, conflicted' women

Thu, Jun 29, 2017

UNDER A dark and unforgiving sky, in a society in chaos and turmoil, three women who have endured physical, sexual, or emotional trauma and violence, drug abuse, and one finding herself needing to seek an abortion, gather to tell their stories.

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'Reservoir Dogs meets medieval literature'

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

ONE OF the hottest tickets in this year’s Galway International Arts Festival is Kneehigh Theatre Company’s exhilarating production of Tristan & Yseult which runs at the Town Hall Theatre from July 18 to 22.

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'It’s a huge thrill for myself and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to go to Galway'

Thu, Jun 15, 2017

AMONG THE array of exciting gigs at the Absolut Big Top during the Galway International Arts Festival is A Night At The Proms with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Entitled Viva America!, the programme offers a pan-American celebration of some of the finest and most colourful orchestral music from that continent.

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The 'strong, wise' Juno and the 'boozy spoofer' Paycock

Thu, Jun 08, 2017

ONE OF the all-time great Irish plays, Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey, looks set to thrill Galway audiences from Wednesday June 21 to Sunday 25 in an exciting joint production by Galway Community Theatre and the Town Hall Theatre, under the trusty direction of Andrew Flynn.

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'This is the funniest thing I’ve ever done'

Thu, Jun 01, 2017

THIS SATURDAY the brilliant and inimitable Tom Green, one of the greatest comic minds in entertainment, takes centre stage at the Róisín Dubh to provide non-stop laughter and share his wonderfully cracked view of the world.

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Tracy Bruen - giving voice to herself and others

Thu, Jun 01, 2017

TRACY BRUEN is something of a modern day Renaissance woman - singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, band leader, theatre director and actor, teacher at a special needs school, and a Galway Advertiser Solo Artist of the Year winner. Next week opens a new chapter in her creative life when she launches her debut album Mirror.

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'We’re a three-headed monster!'

Thu, May 25, 2017

THEY GREW up in a house where good music was always being played, where parents and neighbours loved a sing-song. That Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor would eventually form a band seems to have always been on the cards, but it could have been so different. Had things worked out another way, the sisters could today be a comedy trio.

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Waves - paying homage to pioneering Australian women

Thu, May 18, 2017

AUSTRALIAN SWIMMER Elizabeth Moncello was the unofficial inventor of the butterfly stroke. She had a watertight reason for learning to swim and watching schools of fish, penguins, and other amphibian friends taught her how.

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Sexy, outrageous, unclassifiable - Galway Burlesque Festival 2017

Thu, May 18, 2017

FROM THE sexy to the outrageous, from the traditional to the utterly unclassifiable, the 2017 Galway Burlesque Festival has it all, as burlesque performers from across the world will be strutting their fabulously wonderful stuff in the city next week.

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'Comedy is paying the bills which is both weird and amazing'

Thu, May 11, 2017

HE HAS been called ‘The Hairy Baby’. It’s a mystery no one has yet called him ‘The Bearded Wonder’. What is absolutely certain though, is that Steve Bennett is Irish Comedian Of The Year 2016, Róisín Dubh Comedy Clubh MC, and a serious comedic talent, with the potential to go far in the business.

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'When you are in front of an audience your job is to entertain them'

Thu, May 04, 2017

ALL CONQUERING quartet We Banjo 3 make a rare hometown appearance at the end of this month when they play The Black Box for a 'Monroe's Live presents...' show on Friday May 26 at 8pm and it promises to be a storming gig.

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“I wanted to make it more scary” - updating Giselle

Thu, May 04, 2017

BALLET IRELAND is touring a new version of Giselle, the haunting story of love and betrayal, choreographed by one of Europe’s foremost emerging choreographers, former Royal Ballet dancer Ludovic Ondiviela.

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'You can feminise yourself in a macho way and no one can touch you'

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

TRY SAYING ‘Shut Up, Dylan’, the title of Steven Sharpe & The Broke Straight Boys' debut album, either in your head or out load, and it’s near impossible to deliver it without the inflections, patterns, and tones with which Steven would say it himself.

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Yrsa Daley-Ward - ‘We’ve all experienced the same emotions’

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

HER SURNAMES are Irish, her parentage is Afro-Carribean, she grew up with Seventh Day Adventists, and she is an LGBT writer; Yrsa Daley-Ward is a one-woman rainbow coalition. This month, Cúirt audiences can savour her exhilaratingly raw and sensual writing when she reads at the Town Hall Theatre.

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Rise up and shine - Elaine Feeney's 'multi-layred' take on poetry and life

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

EMPEROR DARTH Sidious ordered Lord Vadar to 'Rise...!' in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; WB Yeats threatened to "arise and go now, and go to Inishfree"; The Cardigans sang "Rise and shine my sister" - one word, yet each usage has very different connotations.

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Simon Armitage and ‘a good day’s work’ at poetry

Thu, Apr 13, 2017

AMONG THE hot tickets at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature, one of the hottest is Simon Armitage. Since making his debut with Zoom, in 1989, the prolific and versatile Yorkshireman has produced brilliant, award-winning works in poetry, prose, television, theatre and opera.

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'If you show your vulnerability people connect to that'

Thu, Apr 06, 2017

"WHEN THE conversations are over/in your car, by the sea,/You are still here/and so am I/after love." These are the opening lines of Dani Gill’s new poetry collection, After Love, which is published by Salmon and launched this Saturday at 2.30pm in the House Hotel.

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'Ilenkus is a marriage between sounds'

Thu, Apr 06, 2017

THERE ARE few sonic hurricanes of such intense fearsomeness as that which is unleashed by Galway post-metal band Ilenkus, and in their new EP, Hunger, they have delivered their most uncompromisingly ferocious music to date.

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Foil Arms and Hog - the end of Doomdah, the beginning of Oink

Thu, Mar 30, 2017

WHEN THE crowd in the Town Hall Theatre rose to give Foil Arms and Hog a standing ovation after they performance their show, Doomdah, last Friday night, it was a deserved accolade, but perhaps, for the comedians, a bittersweet one.

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'I felt part of the Irish and Caribbean communities at the same time'

Thu, Mar 30, 2017

THE 'GRACE' case, which has generated many headlines lately, has focused attention on the foster care system and its shortcomings. It is a story that adds topicality to the Cúirt appearance of Kit de Waal, whose much-praised novel My Name is Leon, conjures a world of broken families and fostering in 1980s London.

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