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Double bill of Murphy at Druid

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Tom Murphy with some of the cast of Druid Theatre's productions of his plays Bailegangaire and Brigit

Playwright Tom Murphy joined the cast of Druid Theatre on Monday as rehearsals kicked off for the world premiere of his latest work, Brigit, which will open in Galway next month.

Brigit is a prequel to Tom’s 1985 masterpiece, Bailegangaire, and the two pieces are being staged as part of one major production.

Both will be directed by Druid’s Artistic Director Garry Hynes, who directed Bailegangaire first time out.

The central figure of Bailegangaire is Mommo, who tells over and over again a story she never finishes. It’s about the town of Bochtán and how it came to be known as Bailegangaire, or the town without laughter. Mary, Mommo’s granddaughter, looks after her, but is torn between staying and going. Mary’s sister, Dolly, counts down the days before her husband, Stephen, returns from England when she’s determined to be ready for him. The sisters’ relationship is not harmonious.

The original production of Bailegangaire featured Siobhán McKenna as Mommo, Marie Mullen as Mary and Mary McEvoy as Dolly. Marie Mullen is back this time when she takes on the enormous role of Mommo, while Aisling O’Sullivan plays Dolly and Catherine Walsh plays Mary.

For Brigit, Tom Murphy travels back in time 30 years to weave a new pattern from the lives of these three women. He also adds other memorable characters including Mommo’s husband Seamus (Bosco Hogan), grandchild Tom, the local curate, Fr Kilgariff (Marty Rea) and the Reverend Mother (Jane Brennan).

Mommo’s husband, Seamus, is an odd-job man with ‘a great pair of hands’. He is given ‘a commission’ by the church to carve a statue. His previous experience of working for the church was none too happy. However, he reluctantly accepts the commission and as he works on the statue, his obsession with it grows. This comes to involve his family, who are on the breadline – Mommo and the three grandchildren they have inherited.

For Tom Murphy, the “two plays belong together” and he is excited at the prospect of seeing what Druid will do with them. Garry Hynes agrees that they are companion pieces.

“I can think of no better circumstances in which to present the world premiere of Brigit than alongside a revival of Tom’s great play, Bailegangaire,” she says.

Both Brigit and Bailegangaire will be staged at Galway’s Town Hall Theatre from September 9-21, with the world premiere of Brigit and the opening night of Bailegangaire in a double bill on Sunday, September 14.

Brigit will preview at the Town Hall on September 9 and 19 and Bailegangaire will preview on September 11 and 12, both at 8pm.

The two will preview together on September 13 at 6.30pm, before the official opening on September 14.

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Old and new meet in ‘Side by Side’ at Clifden Arts Festival

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Running Dogs, a hand coloured lino print by Kathleen Furey from Side by Side.

Side by Side, an exhibition of paintings, print and collage by local artist Kathleen Furey, is taking place during the Clifden Arts Festival, which opened this Wednesday and is running until Thursday, September 23.  It’s in the gallery beside Hedz in the Courtyard of the Station House Hotel.

The title, Side by Side, comes from a newspaper article from October, 1920 about an incident from the War of Independence when British Auxiliary forces dragged Kathleen’s paternal grandfather, Patrick, and his brother, Michael, from their home at Gurrane in Oranmore as part of a series of night-time raids that took place in Galway around that time. The incident was covered by the Connacht Tribune and the Times of London

For the work in this exhibition, Kathleen has taken words and images from sketch books, newspaper reports, and historical documents, as well as poetry and song and combined these texts with her own skills of printmaking and painting to produce mixed media works on paper and board. Her hand-coloured lino prints and paintings on board are based on images which her grandfather drew in the late 1970s and 1980s, towards the end of his life, drawings which reflected Patrick’s experiences and interests.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Celebrating creativity from Inishbofin to Ballinalsoe

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Textile work by Fiona Ormsby which is being shown in Ballinasloe Town Hall as part of the UNBOUND exhibition.

Culture Night in the county will include UNBOUND – an exhibition from the Ballinasloe arts collective, Group 8. Running all day at Ballinasloe Town Hall Theatre, it features writing, paintings, wood-turning, textiles, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture, all inspired by living through Covid-19.

‘Let’s go outside – art, culture and music at Ballyglunin’s Quiet Man Station’ will feature the Barcelo Brothers, a young band whose zydeco music is infused with R&B. Reggae, soul and funk

There will be live comedy at Athenry Heritage Centre with ‘Retreat! Meet the characters’, from Aoibheann McCann’s play Retreat.

Culture Shock, an interactive evening of audio-visual, spoken word and musical discovery is also happening at the Heritage Centre as is a face-painting workshop.

Local artist Aideen Monaghan is inviting people into her studio to view her work and to take part in creative workshops.

The young musicians of Athenry Music School Sinfonietta will present Raymond Deane’s A Baroque Session (with Carolan and Friends). They’ll be joined by violinists Séamus McGuire and Niamh Crowley and violist Kenneth Rice from the West Ocean String Quartet, with guest cellist Adrian Mantu. The performance is conducted by Claregalway conductor Sinead Hayes.

This Thursday night, ahead of the day itself, LIttle John Nee’s show, Bouncing Off The Walls, will be at Athenry Heritage Centre.

The local Skylark Centre, which nurtures creativity in people with disabilities, will present an artwork, Just keep Swimming, in the centre’s large windows. Facing the road, these will be transformed into an aquarium showing a range of underwater sea life. This was inspired by Covid and how everyone has been ‘living in a fishbowl’.

Loughrea Community Radio will present an evening of live music, drama, poetry and interviews, while the Abbey Community Centre will have a trad session with South-East Comhaltas.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Shorelines – celebrating artists and community

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Jacinta McEvoy, John Wynne, John McEvoy and Rachel Garvey of Gatehouse.

Supporting artists, locally and nationally, and giving people the local community an occasion to celebrate were the main aims of the organisers of this year’s Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna.

“And to have live events,” says Shorelines Chairperson, Noelle Lynskey of the event which takes place this Friday to Sunday, September 17-19.

Those live shows include Spliced, the acclaimed one-man, multi-media drama about hurling, identity and mental health, written and performed by Cork’s Timmy Creed, which the Sunday Times described as ‘explosive’. Having performed it at festivals in Ireland and at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, he’s now bringing it to the hurling heartland of Portumna. Spliced is on at 8pm this Friday, outdoors in the GAA All-Weather pitch. Roscommon trad group Gatehouse are in concert at Christ Church at 8.30pm this Friday. Made up of John McEvoy on fiddle viola and piano, John Wynne on flutes and whistles, Rachel Garvey on vocals and Jacinta McEvoy on guitar and concertina, the group has been performing since 2014 and has released two lauded albums, Tús Nua, and Heather Down the Moor.

Galway’s ConTempo String Quartet are in Christ Church at 2.30pm this Saturday, while there’s a free concert with Mike Hanrahan (Stockton’s Wing), Eleanor Shanley and Rachel Grace in the Irish Workhouse Centre at 8pm. That’s as part of the Ceol an tSamhraidh series of concerts countywide.

At 10.30am Saturday, there’s a Lacemaking Demonstration with Headford Lace Project. That’s at An Gáirdín.

At 12pm, in Christ Church, there will be readings with David Butler and Madeleine D’Arcy with music from Larks by the Lake, while the same venue will host a Literary Hour with Nuala O’Connor, Louise Kennedy and Sarah Moore Fitzgerald at 4.30pm. The popular Henry Girls are in concert at the Workhouse Centre on Sunday at 4pm, while singer-songwriter Seba Safe (aka Michael Dalton) will be there Sunday night. His show, at 8pm is part of the free Ceol an tSamhraidh series.

At 2.30pm on Sunday, writer and broadcaster Manchán Magan will host an event entitled Leprechaun Lore, billed as “a chat about all things magical”. That’s in Christ Church.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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