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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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Artists offering unique tour of Galway

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Quay Street by Fiona Bradley.

The Artist’s Eye on Galway is a new project involving work from 46 artists from Ireland, the UK and USA, all at various stages in their careers, which offers a unique, artistic tour of the city and county.

Led by a team of local artists, and co-ordinated by Terri Kelleher, the project is being supported by independent publisher, Ballinderreen-based Hoogledorf Press, which is publishing a book of the same name, containing images of all the artworks.

The project is also being supported by Galway Artist’s Forum, a social networking resource for artists and arts events locally, explains Terri.

The paintings are included in a 144-page, hardback book that’s designed to offer a virtual tour of local landmarks and scenery. This tour begins in Galway City and travels to South Galway, before  passing through areas east of the River Corrib and continuing on to Connemara.

The publication, The Artist’s Eye on Galway, also has a large section dedicated to the participants, as well as photos and statements about them and their work.

The book and accompanying exhibition will be officially launched in the city’s Galmont Hotel this coming Monday, July 4, at 7.30pm and the artworks will be available to view in the hotel from then until Wednesday, July 6.

Artists taking part in the project include Barrie Maguire, Sarah Murphy, Joan Finnegan, Linda Kennedy, Suzanne Kearney, Michael Moore, Dubravka Drenski, Alicja Natalicz,  Belinda Fair, Neal Whelan, Bridget Ryan, Fiona Bradley, Carol Feeney, Attracta Carbery, Cathal O’Malley, Róisín Ní Ghuidhír,  and Hank Weisbecker.

A full list of participants and more information on the publication is available at www.artistseyebooks.com.

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As the Crow Flies opens at Oughterard Courthouse

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As the Crow Flies, a collaborative exhibition from artists Caroline McFadden and Susanne Keane, will open in Oughterard this Friday evening, July 1, from 7-9pm, as part of the Oughterard Courthouse Arts Programme (OCAP).

It’s a series of sculptures and paintings from the artists whose work reflects their connection with nature and their local landscape.

Susanne Keane is an abstract sea- and landscape artist whose paintings and drawings capture bog and marshes, hills, lakes and the sea.

Her vibrant palette aims to recreate the sense of wonder and magic that people experience when in nature. Susanne, who studied Art & Design and Fine Art at GMIT, has held numerous solo exhibitions and has participated in group shows and community events.

Caroline McFadden, who studied Fine Art part-time in GMIT for five years, practises ‘Authentic Movement’, which involves movement as a method of self-exploration and well-being.

The nature sculptures in this show came about following an exercise she was given in 2019, when she was asked to represent her ‘inner witness’. Caroline had a growing urge to work with her hands and to transform found nature objects into sculptures.

As the Crow Flies will run until Sunday, July 10, from Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm, and on Sundays from 12pm-5pm.  All are welcome.

Further information from www.ocap.ie.

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Eclectic show from Belfast winners of Turner Prize comes to Galway

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The exhibition includes an installation entitled The Drúthaib’s Ball, based on the notion of a síbín or illegal bar

Work from Belfast’s Array Collective, which won the 2021 Turner Prize for art in Britain will be shown in Galway City this August and September

It’s being presented by Galway Arts Centre and marks the first exhibition of this show in Ireland.

The Array Collective, which won the prestigious Turner Prize, is a group of 11 Belfast-based artists from all parts of Ireland, as well as from England and Italy. They live and work in Belfast, creating collaborative projects in response to issues affecting Northern Ireland and other issues, including access to abortion, gay rights, mental health, gentrification and social welfare.

Their work encompasses performances, protests, exhibitions and events. Each member has an individual artistic practice, but they won the Turner Prize as a collective – becoming the first artists from Northern Ireland to win it.

The Turner Prize, a highlight of Britain’s contemporary art calendar, is awarded to artist/s who are from Britain or are based there, for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work.

The National Museums of Northern Ireland, who acquired this work for their permanent collection at the Ulster Museum, have loaned it to Galway Arts Centre.

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

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