Something for all tastes in Roscommon autumn/winter arts programme

Al Porter

Al Porter

Roscommon Arts Centre have just unveiled their Autumn/Winter Events Brochure and with over 50 events taking place from September to December, there is no excuse not to find something to suit every taste.

The arts centre are delighted to welcome familiar faces in Roscommon music circles, Cathy Jordan and Alan Kelly, as they take up positions as artists in residence over the winter months. Cathy will be returning with her Songbirds, a singing group for the over 50s on Wednesday afternoons, while Alan, accompanied by Steph Geremia, will host traditional music workshops named R Time, specifically for musicians aged 12-19, on Saturday afternoons throughout October and November.

The region’s musicians are well considered in this programme with performances by Gatehouse on September 2 and Emerald Storm on stage on September 9. Comedy lovers will be thrilled to see Conal Gallen making a welcome return on November 12; star of Moone Boy, Deirdre O’Kane, pays a visit on September 10; and rising star of the comedy scene, the hilarious Al Porter, makes his Roscommon debut on October 15.

Autumn is all about great theatre and there is no shortage of this at the arts centre with performances such as Danger Money starring Seamus O’Rourke on October 7, lunchtime theatre show Fred & Alice on October 15, Nomad Theatre Company and Padraic MacIntyre return to Roscommon with Tom Murphy’s Bailgangaire on September 16 and 17, author Michael Harding returns with his new show on November 9, and new theatre in the form of Scorch on October 20 and Remember To Breathe on September 28.

The Lollipops Children’s Festival returns for the month of October with a host of school and family friendly performances, Roscommon Drama Group take to the stage on November 24–26, and there’s classical music in the form of Beethoven, Hayden, and Schubert from The Vanburgh Quartet on November 18.

If it’s music you are after then don’t miss Sean Keane’s Christmas By The Hearth on December 8, Isla Grant's Christmas Concert is on December 15, the ever popular Abba Forever are back on December 17 with their perfect Christmas party night, and Ballet Ireland bring the mesmerising The Nutcracker to Roscommon on November 5.

Visual art highlights this season include exhibitions by world-renowned photographer Martin Parr, Galway-based Red Bird Youth Collective, Duncan Campbell, and an exhibition of works in RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia featuring works by a number of Irish artists. This tour is supported by Roscommon Arts Centre and Culture Ireland and curated by Linda Shevlin.

Pick up a copy of Roscommon Arts Centre’s jam-packed Autumn/Winter 2016 Events Brochure now at the arts centre or download a copy at www.roscommonartscentre.ie All shows are available for booking now.

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