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Commitment-phobe and troll in Arts Centre plays

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Terrible twins Holly and Sean must save the day when their new head teacher is a troll.

The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance NUI Galway and Galway Arts Centre will present two productions next week for the Cúirt Festival of Literature.

The first is the Irish premiere of Our Teacher’s a Troll by Dennis Kelly, award-winning writer of the West End show, Mathilda the Musical.

Holly and Sean, terrible twins with a talent for turmoil, rule their school with terror and tyranny in Our Teacher’s a Troll. That is, until the arrival of a new head teacher with green scaly skin, sharp gnarly fangs, and a long spiky tail – a troll.

Holly and Sean must act and stop the head troll from eating their classmates and teachers. And they must try to get Brussels sprouts in peanut butter taken off the lunch menu. Most importantly they have to try and ensure that naughtiness prevails.

Our Teacher’s a Troll will play at Nuns Island Theatre for special schools’ performances next Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 and 20, and on Friday, April 22, at 10am and 12 noon. It’s on Thursday April 21, at 9.30am, also for schools There are two performances for the general public on Saturday, April 23 at 10am and 3pm. Tickets €10.

The second play is Some Girls by Neil La Bute, in which a character known simply as Man, decides to check in with his ex-girlfriends in advance of marrying his beautiful young fiancée.

Thus begins an odyssey through five hotel rooms as travels countrywide in search of ‘the perfect woman’. Some Girls is outrageously funny and yet a deadly serious portrait of the artist as a young seducer as he wanders through his own heart of darkness.

The show will be at Galway Arts Centre from next Monday, April 18, to Saturday, April 23 at 8pm. Tickets €15/ €12. Both plays are being directed by Andrew Flynn, artistic director of Decadent Theatre and Galway Youth Theatre.

■ Information and booking at cuirt.ie, tht.ie, 091-569777 and the Town Hall Theatre box office.

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ConTempo bearing gifts from Greece in lunchtime concert

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ConTempo will be performing From Greece with Love from Druid's Mick Lally Theatre and it will be available online from 1pm this Friday.

Greece is the destination this Friday as Galway’s ConTempo Quartet continues its lunchtime series, From Europe with Love, starting at 1pm.

This ambitious three-year project, coordinated by the Galway Music Residency, presents monthly lunchtime concerts exploring the string quartet repertoire from all 27 EU member countries.

All the From Europe with Love concerts are free and are performed by ConTempo. This week’s Greek offering will be available on Facebook and YouTube from 1pm this Friday and can also be watched back following the performance.

It will feature works by well-known Greek composers Mikis Theodorakis and Nikos Skalkotta. Much of the programme is made up of dances or music inspired by the Greek dance tradition, including the title track from Zorba the Greek, the 1964 film based on the novel of the same name.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Abbey teams up with Town Hall for One Good Turn ‘hybrid’ City Council meeting

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Catherine Byrne and Liz FitzGibbon in One Good Turn. PHOTO: ROS KAVANAGH.

Una McKevitt’s new comic play, One Good Turn, which premiered at the Abbey Theatre earlier this week, will be livestreamed from the venue this Friday and Saturday night, May 25 and 26. The Abbey has also partnered with the Town Hall Theatre to give the Galway venue’s audiences access to the livestream.

In addition to livestreaming and being available on demand until Saturday, July 10, the production is playing to a limited audience of 50 each night, as Covid-19 restrictions ease.

One Good Turn presents a family on the brink, who are intent on keeping the show on the road in any way they can. Brenda wants Frank to do his exercises, Aoife wants to go to a wedding, Fiona doesn’t know what she wants and Frank is looking for the gun. Una McKevitt, a previous winner of the Stewart Parker playwrighting award, is making her Abbey debut with this show, as is director Emma Jordan who won Best Director at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2018.

It’s the first live ensemble production on the Abbey stage since March 2020 and features a superb cast, including Abbey regulars Bosco Hogan, Catherine Byrne and Shane O’Reilly, alongside Pom Boyd and Liz FitzGibbon, fresh from their recent outing on Channel 4’s Frank of Ireland. Also appearing is Aoibhéann McCann’s, making her Abbey debut.

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Carna singer Colm brought to life in new publication

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Music collector Séamus Ennis taking notes from Colm Ó Caodháin in Carna in 1945. The image, taken by an unknown photographer, features in the new book. Picture courtesy of the National Folklore Collection.

Singer and storyteller Colm Ó Caodháin (1893-1975) from Glinsce in Carna is the subject of a new publication from Cork University Press, edited by Ríonach uí Ógáin.

The book Colm Ó Caodháin: An Irish Singer and His World, which includes an accompanying CD, puts the spotlight on a man who was renowned locally for his wealth of song, music and stories. With this book, Colm is being introduced to a wider audience.

Despite his talent, Colm’s working life revolved around fishing, farming and crafting, like that of any smallholder in Conamara at the time.

Although he sang less as he grew older, Colm’s songs came to prominence in the 1940s when the Irish Folklore Commission sent collector and musician Séamus Ennis to Conamara to undertake fieldwork. The meeting between the two men resulted in a lasting friendship and in the recording of hundreds of Colm’s songs and stories. They spent a great deal of time in each other’s company and the book captures their mutual regard for each other, as well as their shared sense of humour.

It includes some of their own material in addition to items documented by others over the years. There are also 33 audio-recordings of Colm’s songs, stories and music, made by the Irish Folklore Commission and the British Broadcasting Corporation. Colm’s first language was Irish and most of the material collected from him is in Irish. But he also sang songs in English, and some of them, including The Rocks of Bawn, have been included on this CD.

According to Ríonach, Colm’s “warm personality, enthusiasm for life and sense of fun” shine through in the recordings and in the text. His rich Conamara Irish that was documented by the various collectors of his songs and stories is transcribed faithfully, with English translations of the songs and stories being provided by the editor.

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