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.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.