Out and About in Mayo

Sharon’s Grave in Ballina

Ballina Arts Centre welcomes the return of the Riverside Theatre Company tonight, Friday, March 8 at 8pm. Back by popular request featuring a talented and experienced cast, and brilliantly directed by Ray Collins, theatre lovers will be relieved to know they have another chance to see this spectacular production of John B Keane’s classic folk play Sharon’s Grave.

There is no doubt about it - this production of Sharon’s Grave guarantees a truly great night of drama from one of Ireland’s best loved playwrights. Tickets cost €12 or €10 with concession. For more information call 096 73593.

Drop-in events coming up at Museum of Country Life

On Friday and Saturday week, March 15 and 16 the Museum of Country Life will be hosting two drop-in events. On Friday March 15, you can join the knitting circle from 11am to 1pm, where you can learn new skills, patterns and chat. While on Saturday March 16 from 12 noon to 1.30pm, the film Hands - Patchwork, Lace and Embroidery will be screened. This is archive films of traditional Irish crafts and lifestyles, where the emphasis is on the skills of human hands rather than on machines.

Erris Players take to the stage tomorrow night

The Erris Players present Moll by John B Keane, in Bangor Erris Hall on Saturday, March 9 at 8pm. This comedy takes a hilarious look at a rural Irish parochial house, giving an insight into who is truly running local affairs in a fictional parish. The comedy brings the audience behind the doors of the presbytery, circa 1971, when to most Catholics that area was sacred and primarily the domain of the priest's housekeeper. The comedy opens in Canon Pratt's parlour, when he and his two curates, Fr Brest and Fr Loran, are faced with the problem of replacing their housekeeper. As the comedy develops, many changes come to the parish and the parochial house. This production is directed by Mary Heston and Mary Markwick. Admission costs €10.

Brilliant opera live from the Met

Direct from the Met in HD for your delight: As part of its spring opera series, the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar presents Francesca da Rimini on Saturday, March 16 at 4pm (please note earlier start time ). Zandonai's compelling and melodic opera, inspired by an episode from Dante's Inferno, returns in the Met's ravishingly beautiful production, last seen in 1986. Dramatic soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani are the doomed lovers. Marco Armiliato conducts. Tickets cost €24 with student/child concessions costing €12 or a family of four for€60.

 

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