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AMONG THE many notable events being staged in Galway to mark the Volvo Ocean Race, one of the highlights is Druid’s revival of their much-lauded Playboy Of The Western World at the Town Hall for five nights only, from June 2 to 6.
THIS YEAR will finally see the reopening of the Druid theatre following an extensive refurbishment, while the company itself is set to give 335 performances in 26 venues in Ireland, Britain, the USA, Canada, and Australia.
Druid’s production of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple Of Inishmaan has received 11 nominations from such prestigious New York theatre awards as Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk.
The Galway Arts Festival Box Office will open in Merchants Hall, 1-5 Merchants Road, Galway at 10am on Monday.
It is exactly 30 years since Thos McDonogh and Sons presented Druid Theatre, for a peppercorn rent, with an old warehouse in Chapel Lane, in Galway’s Latin Quarter. It was far from a Latin Quarter at the time. Like other parts of the old city most of it was falling apart. Old 18th and 19th century buildings were roofless and derelict, a home for cats and rats. But it had a rough diamond look about it too with its pawnbrokers, ‘Nora Crubs’, the always warm Tigh Neachtain’s (if you could get in!), the Pedler and Kenny bookshops, Sonny Molloy’s very modest women’s undergarments shop, and the larger than life Mrs Mc Donagh, who showed us all that there was more to the fish industry than a stinky grilled herring, fried mackerel, and the auld cod.
Druid Theatre is currently undertaking the biggest tour of an Irish play in the history of modern theatre, as it is touring Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce across six countries and 16 cities.
Speaking at the official opening of the new Druid Theatre last Friday evening, the award winning writer Colm Tóibín firmly placed this Galway theatre at the centre of “ the very life of the country itself, in its shifting sense of itself, in its very reality”...
Druid has this week won two awards at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards, rounding off an incredible 2009 for the Galway theatre company.