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REHEARSALS BEGAN this week for Druid Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed by Garry Hynes, and which runs at the Town Hall in the last week of September.
Minister for the Diaspora and International Development Ciaran Cannon has called for the development of an initiative in Galway similar to the Dublin`s Talking Statues project which would enable tourists to receive a phone call from the characters depicted in the statues in the city and county.
A HIGHLIGHT of the Town Hall’s autumn programme is the September visit of the Abbey Theatre with its rollicking stage adaptation of Ken Loach's critically acclaimed film, Jimmy’s Hall.
“THIS IS a man’s world/but it don’t mean nothing without a woman or a girl," James Brown famously sang and it is a view probably shared by Smithy, the protagonist of Ken Rogan’s acclaimed comedy-drama, Hero, which is coming to the Town Hall Theatre.
“IT'S BEEN about 20 years since I last played Galway,” Tim Vine begins our interview, and that is before I have even got the chance to ask him a question. “I was just looking through my diaries; I’ve got every diary I kept ever since I started doing comedy so it will be listed here somewhere, I just can’t find it right now.”
Apart from being one of the most in demand comics in the land, John Colleary has also co written and starred in IFTA nominated shows, The Savage Eye (RTÉ 2) and Irish Pictorial Weekly (RTÉ 1).
"AND DEATH shall have no dominion’ Dylan Thomas once wrote, though if he had been at GIAF 2018 he may have revised that opinion. Death was a major theme of Incantata, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow, Gardens Speak, Orfeo ed Euridice, and Wit, while characters also died in the course of Baoite, Flight, and Class, with a hint of suicide in Shelter for good measure.
IT WAS the chance purchase of a recording of Orfeo ed Euridice which led PE teacher Sharon Carty on a path that has seen her become one of Ireland’s finest mezzo-sopranos, performing across Europe to great acclaim. This year, she takes the lead role in the opera where, for her, it all began.
THE WORLD premieres of two plays - Furniture by Sonya Kelly and Shelter by Cristín Kehoe - will be presented by Druid Theatre Company as part of this year's Galway International Arts Festival.
HEREDITARY OPENS at a funeral, as Annie Graham eulogises her 78-year-old mother, Ellen, with whom she had a difficult relationship, something she is unsettlingly candid about.