Date Published: 27-Apr-2011
A month of “brave, raw theatre” is promised at the city’s Town Hall Theatre’s Studio space in May as part of a new initiative called JOLT. Throughout the month, there will be plays from three emerging companies in Galway, as well as two nights of ten-minute drama from local groups.
In addition, JOLT will provide theatre workshops as well as evaluations and discussions after each of the three production runs. All these events are designed to further the development of theatre practitioners in Galway.
JOLT is the brainchild of local arts workers Róisín Stack and Craig Flaherty and the initiative emerged from an Open Space Day organised in Galway last November by Theatre Forum, the national organisation representing workers in the business.
JOLT is designed to encourage a more experimental approach to theatre and provide a long-term framework for companies working locally, according to Craig and Róisín, who feel there is a need to focus on using a studio space and provide better support for young theatre companies in Galway.
“There are so many great companies working but
there is very little ongoing support,” says Róisín. “Everything is project-to-project. We hope that JOLT will provide a greater sense of community and lots of opportunity for theatre makers to expand and develop their skills and ideas.”
Patrick Lonergan of the NUIG English department and Marianne Ní Chinnéide of the university’s Acadamh’s, along with Druid Theatre’s Literary Manager, Thomas Conway are helping to develop JOLT and they bring a wealth of knowledge and support to the project.
‘It’s fantastic to have such a great team and everyone who is involved is very positive and excited about what this could mean for the theatre community’ says Craig Flaherty.
JOLT launches on Tuesday next, May 3 in the Town Hall bar at 6pm and the opening production, Sleep Skips My Heart begins the following night, Wednesday, running until Saturday, May 7. Since its successful run at the NUIG One Act Play Series in February, Sleep Skips My Heart has been expanded into a full production. It tells the wonderfully weird tale of Elliot Sweetman, a young boy born into the 1990s with a disorder that pushes him into sleep whenever he feels sad or happy, and Lily Mahony, the only child who was brave enough to pick him up and try and keep him awake.
From Wednesday, May 11 to Saturday, May 14, Waterdonkey brings The Very Best of John Lennon to the Studio space. The group has developed the production since its debut at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre in February. This piece looks at the significance of John Lennon as a cultural icon and examines aspects of his life in a non-narrative form. Waterdonkey never fails to push the boundaries and this production should be no different.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.