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Rock legend Robert Plant; songwriting legend Burt Bacharach; five world premiers and two Irish and two European premieres for theatre; an on street silent disco/flash mob, and major public discussions on Brexit and climate change - this is the Galway International Arts Festival 2019.
SELVAGE IS the word for the self securing first and last line of knitting. It is also the title of a new theatre show from Galway's Brú Theatre about "the many avenues people trudge to try and calm their ‘gnaw’".
After the amazing 2017 production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr, Galway’s annual summer musical this year produced by Twin Productions, and running at the Town Hall from August 22 to 26, is The Wiz – based on the ever-popular The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum. First performed in 1974, The Wiz features a book by William F Brown, music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and all the lovable and wicked characters in a funky musical rendering of the classic tale. The show won seven Tony Awards when it was staged on Broadway, where it ran for four years, and it has since gone on to become a cult classic.
UP AND coming local troupe, Cáca Dána Theatre Company, makes its first outing of 2017 at the Town Hall studio with the premiere of Niamh Ryan’s new play, Eternal Youth.
LAST WEEK, Druid’s production of Helen and I concluded with the sound of rain pouring down outside the kitchen where the play’s action takes place. The Beauty Queen of Leenane opens with the same sound but where the rain in Helen and I signified release, in Beauty Queen it’s symptomatic of misery and confinement.
DRUID THEATRE Company's epic DruidShakespeare production has won a record five awards, including the Best Production award, at the prestigious Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, which took place in Dublin last night.
AS 2015 exits stage left, 2016 awaits it cue and the year ahead in the Town Hall has much for theatre-goers to look forward to. First out of the blocks, on January 15th and 16th, is local company No Ropes with The Open Couple, Dario Fo and France Rama’s sharp marital comedy, which enjoyed a sell-out run earlier this year.
There is theatre to suit all tastes this October at the Arts Centre with a variety of fantastic plays taking to the stage over the next few weeks.
THE KNOCKNACARRA Theatre Association is seeking actors to take part in its new play, an adaptation of a Peter James novella, which will be staged in An Taibhdhearc from November 11 to 14.
COMMUNITY IS the improv alter-ego of Galway band My Fellow Sponges, whose drive is to see the audience create music along with the band.