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.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.