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Bob’s unique Blundabus brings Comedy Carnival in new direction

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Bob Slayer with his Blundabus bar and theatre.

BY PATRICK FLAHERTY

The morning bus commute might bring stress and anxiety to workers and students alike, but an English comic hopes that his double-decker bus will only bring good cheer when it features in this year’s Vodafone Galway Comedy Carnival.

Bob Slayer’s award-winning ‘Blundabus’, is a London bus, which he has converted into a 45-seater venue and bar. And it’s in the city’s Eyre Square, this weekend, for what should be Comedy Carnival highlight.

At a launch for the Festival, held in NUIG on Tuesday, the Ludlow funny man explained he ended up touring in a London bus.

“I’ve put gigs on in all sort of strange venues, in empty shops, in other vehicles. But they’re always temporary.  An accountant in England wanted me to do a gig in a unique venue, and I just had the idea that I if I did it on the bus, at the end of the festival, I could drive it away and keep it. So, why’s it on a bus? So I could keep the bugger.”

The bus has a bar and ticket office on the lower deck, while there’s a unique 45-seater theatre upstairs.

“It’s a nice space. You do the gig side-on, and you’ve got such a lovely close-up front row. You can see everybody and you end up having a good old chat with folks, finding out about folks, including folks. It’s truly intimate,” Bob says.

The setting has been applauded by various comics, too. Bob believes that’s because the unique atmosphere allows for a set unlike anything they can do elsewhere.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

 

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Stars align as Teapots finally stage Into the Dark Woods

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Blue Teapot director Petal Pilley with cast members Michael Hayes and Valerie Egan ahead of the show.

Into the Dark Woods

Blue Teapot at the Black Box

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

After several false dawns, Blue Teapot Theatre Company finally got to stage its long-awaited drama, Into the Dark Woods, in the city’s Black Box Theatre last week. A Galway 2020 commission, and written by company member Charlene Kelly, it was originally meant to be presented more than two years ago.

Blue Teapot is made up of actors with intellectual disabilities and Charlene is one of its best-known performers, but this marked her first foray into writing, supported by dramaturg Eileen Gibbons. The production, directed by the company’s Artistic Director Petal Pilley, has done her proud.

It’s a short, moving, sometimes humorous piece about two young people with intellectual disabilities from very different backgrounds, who get lost in the woods where they are confronted by various demons and monsters.

Jennifer Cox plays Sharon whose grandmother (Mary Monaghan-McHugh) has taught her to be independent and outward looking, while Kieran Coppinger is a prince who has been cocooned in a nearby castle by his father (Midie Corcoran), a king who feels his son isn’t capable of inheriting the throne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Busy times as Music for Galway embraces the familiar and new

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Alexander Sitkovetsky, whose uncle Dmitri created the arrangement for strings of Bach's Goldberg Variations that will be performed in Galway City and Portumna next week.

Music for Galway has a busy couple of weeks in store, which includes a visit by the National  Symphony Orchestra to Leisureland on Thursday, October 6.

First up is a new initiative, the Galway Encore, which will take place next Thursday in Galway City and Friday in Portumna, when violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin and viola player Sergey Malov and cellist Natalie Clein join forces to perform the string trio arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

That’s scheduled for Thursday, September 29, at 8pm at University of Galway’ s Emily Anderson Concert Hall and in Christ Church in Portumna on Friday, September 30, also at 8pm. And, as part of MfG’s plan to bring more work to the county, Sergey Malov will visit Tuam’s Mall Theatre on Wednesday, inviting some 400 children in to Meet the Violins.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations were originally composed for harpsichord, reportedly to soothe an insomniac nobleman.  The work has reached new audiences in modern times, thanks to piano performances by artists such as Glenn Gould. And it became infamous as one of Hannibal Lecter’s favourite pieces in The Silence of the Lambs.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Cosán na Naomh at Stiúideo Cuan

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Composer and musician Máire Breatnach, whose new work will be performed in An Spidéal next week.

Cosán na Naomh, a new work by renowned musician and composer, Máire Breatnach, will have its world premiere in Stiúideo Cuan, An Spidéal, from next Tuesday, September 27, to Saturday, October 1 at 8.30pm.

The piece, commissioned by Stiúideo Cuan, will be performed by piper Mick O’Brien, harper Noreen O’Donoghue and Máire herself on fiddle and viola, with sound design by Stephen O’Brien.

Cosán na Naomh is inspired by The Saints’ Path – an 18km pilgrim route through the West Kerry peninsula of Corca Dhuibhne; beginning at Ventry Beach and rising to the top of Mount Brandon. According to folklore, Ventry Beach was the scene of a 17-day battle, Cath Fionntrá, between the legendary Fianna, led by Fionn Mac Cumhaill, and Daire Donn, the powerful King of the world.

Máire’s composition follows the success of a similar project last year, explains the studio’s creative director, Darach Mac Con Iomaire.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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