The circus is coming to town – but it’s a circus with a difference and it’s part of the forthcoming twelve-day Galway Comedy Festival. It’s the Dirty Circus and it takes place on Tuesday, October 21, at the special Spiegeltent Paradiso, which itself is a sight to behold.
The Dirty Circus has gathered some of the most sought after and talented performers from the worlds of circus, burlesque and music for one heck of a night, under one glorious roof.
This special evening features performers from around the world, ensuring a night of utter decadence and magical entertainment, Paradiso style.
Performing on the night will be hostess, the velvet voice of Burlesque, Kristin Kappelli, plus legendary burlesque performer and multi award-winning dancer, the mesmerising Bella Agogo.
Other performers include European pole-dancing champions and ‘Britian’s Got Talent’ ladies Terri Fierce and Lisette Krol, a first visit to Galway by the jaw-dropping ‘Big Spender Boys’, Galway’s own Harley Sparks and The Vaudeville Vamps and just about the hottest name in Irish Burlesque, Shir Madness.
The evening will be finished off with some wild tunes from Cantina Bop, with lots more surprises along the way.
Ladies are encouraged to wear their finest and gentlemen to dress like gentlemen for a night to savour.
This is an adult only event, and doors open at 7:30pm, with the show kicking off at 8pm.
For further info and tickets go to VodafoneComedyCarnival.com or pop into the festival box office in OMG @ Zhivago. The full festival programme is available at VodafoneComedyCarnival.com
Comedian Shane for city show
Shane Clifford, who has been described by podcaster and comedian Blindboy as ‘The best comedian in Ireland, hands down’, will be at the city’s Town Hall Studio next Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm to perform his new show, AW Class.
It’s being presented by the Lisa Richards Agency who are promising loads of laughter as Tralee man Shane tries and fails to get to grips with rugby fans, posh dogs, sinister yoghurt and retail breakdowns.
Shane who previously worked in Tesco, was 30 when he did his first stand-up show about six years ago. That was after he had quit his job, gone travelling and decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet. He dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity in an original and funny way in these videos and has since gone on to gain a reputation as an original voice on the Irish comedy scene, playing festivals and venues including Whelan’s.
Tickets €15, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.
INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall
Irish National Opera will return to Galway next Thursday, December 1, to present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm.
Donizetti’s sparkling operatic comedy is an intergenerational tug-of-war about love and money. It features Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor; Ernesto, his good-looking young heir; and Norina, an attractive young widow.
This unorthodox love triangle is the basis for a hilarious and touching show that offers an entertaining slant on the threat of being disinherited, a mock marriage and a spendthrift wife.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it’s conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and directed by Orpha Phelan, with Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina.
Tickets for Don Pasquale are €30/€27, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.
Music festival set to return after a successful debut
Musicians, artists and DJs from more than 15 countries congregated in Galway City at the weekend to take part in the inaugural Songs From An Open Road (SFAOR).
Organisers Pádraic Boran and Pat Neary say the overwhelmingly positive reaction from audiences and participants alike augurs well for its future. They are hopeful it marks the beginning of a new international winter World Music festival in Galway.
There were a couple ‘firsts’ over the weekend. For many who attended the beautiful Loft @Seven in Bridge Street, it may well be a case of an ‘I was there’ moment, as an intimate but appreciative crowd saw a stupendous set from Indian futurist jazz percussionist Sarathy Koewar and his band. This was their Irish debut and also marked the beginning of a pioneering world tour from the burgeoning group. Pat and Pádraic are hopeful that this exciting talent will return to Ireland and Galway soon.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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