Town Hall coming attractions

THE TOWN Hall Theatre has just released details of its programme for the coming months and audiences can look forward to a line-up packed with theatre, music, comedy, film, and even some beer for good measure.

Among the highlights of the theatre programme is a visit by the Abbey Theatre in early November with Mark O’Rowe’s powerful play Terminus. A huge hit when it was first staged in 2007, O’Rowe’s play – which he also directs – centres on three people who are ripped from their daily lives and thrown into a fantastical world of singing serial killers, avenging angels, and love-sick demons.

With a top-notch cast of Karl Shiels, Andrea Irvine, and Kate Brennan, Terminus is definitely one of the must-see events in the Town Hall season.

Other theatrical attractions include Meridian Theatre Co with Billy Roche’s new play One Is Not A Number (November 16 ) which features actor Gary Lydon (The Clinic, Pure Mule ); Bosco Hogan in his acclaimed solo show on the work of WB Yeats, I Am Of Ireland (October 6 ); and Aisling Ghear’s new adaptation of Flann O’Brien’s An Beal Bocht (November 23 and 24 ).

From October 21 to 25, the venue is hosting a number of the shows for the Galway Comedy Festival. The line-up of which includes such well known figures as Joe Rooney, Jason Byrne, Colm Murphy, Kevin McAleer, Greg Proops and, making a special appearance, Frank Kelly, in the iconic persona of Fr Ted’s Father Jack.

Other notable comedy appearances in the season include gigs by Jon Kenny, formerly of D’Unbelievables, with his new show I’m Not Says I…I’m Fine (November 11 and 12 ) and, fresh from her two hit TV series with RTE, Katharine Lynch in The Diddy Diddy Dongo Tour (November 27 and 28 ).

Music highlights, in a richly varied programme, includes Steve Earle, Rebecca Storm, Virginia Kerr, Imelda May, The Mulkerrin Brothers, Maria Tecce, Johnny McEvoy, the High Kings, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny’s Mozaik, Frankie Gavin & the New De Danaan, and for the more classically inclined, Opera Theatre Company’s production of Handel’s Alcina (November 3 ).

Galway Film Society will be screening films each Sunday night. It’s programme includes works such as Andrzej Wajda’s Katyn, Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River, Laurent Cantet’s The Class and a special screening of John Huston’s The Dead. GFS is also hosting a special Japanese Film Festival.

Speaking of festivals, there is bound to be plenty of interest in the Galway Beer Festival which takes place at the Black Box on October 30 and 31 and showcases 120 beers, ales, and ciders from around the world.

Plenty to look forward to then at the Town Hall over the coming months. Full details of the programme can be seen on


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