There's always something good to go to in Mayo - we round up some of the great things happening around the county.
March Away My Brothers in Ballina tonight
March Away My Brothers is a one-man show taken from the book of the same name by Brendan MacQuaile; it follows the journey of a young lad, Lawrence Kelly, from Bridgefort Street in Dublin’s Liberties to the Christmas Truce in 1914, somewhere near the Messines Ridge in Flanders where many Irish fought and died during the course of this terrible conflagration.
March Away My Brothers takes its title from a poem written in 1922 by George Chester Duggan, ‘The Watchers on Gallipoli’. Chester wrote the poem in memory of his two brothers George and Jack who were both killed on the same day in August 1915 near Suvla Bay on the Turkish peninsula. Part of the reason for writing, both the book and the show, was to understand the role that music had to play in the lives of the troops. March Away My Brothers takes to the stage in the Ballina Arts Centre this evening, April 20 at 8pm, tickets cost €10. For more information log on to www.ballinaartscentre.com
From Under the Bed takes to the stage in Castlebar
The ever-popular Seamus O’Rourke and Big Guerilla Productions make a welcome return to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar with From Under the Bed, a rural tale of heartache and humour, on Thursday April 26 at 8pm.
The play tells the story of Eugene McPartland who is woken by his brother Pat in the middle of the night in 1979. Not only does Pat wake him, but he has his good suit on him too… and a light on in the bedroom and another on the landing… and as well as burning up the electric, he now wants to talk.
A pair of aging, rural, bachelor brothers arrive at a point in their lives where decisions have to be made about certain things… well, the buying of a television for one… and one subject leads to another and the next thing, they’re bringing up all kinds of ‘auld shite’ that could have been left under the bed along with everything else.
Human Flow next up for Linenhall Film Club
Linenhall Film Club continues its 2018 season with artist Ai Wei Wei’s visually stunning and relevant documentary Human Flow on Tuesday, May 1 at 8pm. More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change, and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II.
Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey.
Nuala Clarke exhibition in Claremorris
Ou-Topos is the new exhibition by artist Nuala Clarke which is running in the Claremorris Gallery, Mount Street, Claremorris. The exhibition will run until Saturday, April 28. The gallery is open from 1pm to 6pm from Wednesday to Saturday or by appointment by calling (087 ) 7912337.
Voxfusion in Castlebar
For a sweet night of choral singing, look no further than Voxfusion, performing at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Wednesday, May 9 at 8pm. Voxfusion is a relatively new singing group based in the west of Ireland with 15 members, including mentor and Director Kathy Fahey.
Its members are from a variety of musical backgrounds - classical, gospel, jazz, and all contemporary styles, and the group also works with a five-piece band. Voxfusion performs a wide range of music using close harmonies, and have chosen a very varied repertoire for this special intimate showcasing performance. They will open the concert with some wedding ceremony appropriate songs, followed by upbeat party/dance music. The show will finish on a high with some speakeasy-themed jazz classics, of course enhanced by appropriate garb. A guaranteed finger-clicking, toe tapping experience.