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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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Book festival online for now – with new chapter in Autumn

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This year’s Ennis Book Club Festival will feature a series of online readings and talks in March, with live events planned for September.

The 15th annual festival will kick off next Friday, March 5, with Ask the Author with Naoise Dolan, whose 2020 debut novel Exciting Times was described by The Times as ‘the book of the summer’. That’s at 6pm

Award-winning author and comedian Colm O’Regan will follow at 8pm. His novel Ann Devine: Handle with Care, published last year was praised by the Sunday Independent as ‘Reliably hilarious and charming’.

On Saturday, March 6, book clubs from across the country will have an opportunity to meet author Donal Ryan as he chats about his most recent novel, Strange Flowers. That event starts at 11.30am and runs until 4pm. Four slots of 30 minutes each are available and can be booked for up to 10 people. However, paces are limited and pre-registration is required.

On Saturday, at 6pm Kevin Barry will chat about his new short-story collection, That Old Country Music. That will be followed by a short film of the collection’s title story, made by artist and filmmaker, Laura Sheeran.

On Saturday night, novelist Roddy Doyle will discuss “stupid ideas, pubs, secrets and intimacy” with journalist and author Patrick Freyne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Award-winning young pianists in online show

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Dmytro Choni, winner of the 2018 Santander International Piano Competition.

Award-winning musicians Sae Yoon Chon and Dmytro Choni will take centre stage this Sunday afternoon February 28, in Pianist Showcase, the latest concert in the Music for Galway Bookends series. It will be available online for three days from 3pm on Sunday.

Sae Yoon Chon, originally from Korea, is the winner of the 2018 Dublin International Piano Competition while Ukrainian-born Dmytro Choni won the Santander International Piano Competition in the same year.

Describing them as “young and exciting artists of exceptional talent”, the Artistic Director of Music for Galway’s Finghin Collins says their choice of programme for Sunday  reflects this talent. They will perform major works by Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Schumann, Scriabin, Debussy and Rachmaninov.

“While we won’t be able to have them with us in person, we are grateful that they are ready to perform for us from Toronto and Graz, where they are continuing their studies,” he adds.

Each pisnidy will perform for about an hour for the event which will include an interval,

The concert will be available to access and purchase until Wednesday, March 3, at 3pm.

Tickets cost €15. Booking at www.musicforgalway.ie.

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Hospice projects offer hope during challenging times

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Bereavement Services Coordinator at Galway Hospice, Hazel Greene and Art Therapist Kathy Hyland.

Galway Hospice is asking people to share their story of living with loss during Covid, via a new project, Meallan Scéal Scéal Eile/One Story Encourages Another. It’s a creative outlet for those who are experiencing loss during this challenging time.

Anyone can submit a written piece – this can be a short narrative, reflection or poem, whatever works for you.

“As we know, the definition of loss has changed dramatically so we are asking for your unique experience of loss, in whatever form it takes,” explains Art Therapist at Galway Hospice Kathy Hyland.

“The importance of being heard, understood and not forgotten is at the heart of this project and encapsulates the ethos of the hospice,” she adds.

A number of submissions will be included in a short video montage with music and imagery. The pieces will be spoken by a reader for the recording.

This initiative of the Galway Hospice Bereavement and Art Therapy services has been funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation and the Government-backed Creative Ireland Programme under its national SEEDS programme.

Bereavement Services Coordinator at Galway Hospice, Hazel Greene, says its aim is a “simple hope that we can offer people some sense of solace and extract the beauty in this raw and vulnerable time”.

The closing date is 2pm on Friday, March 12. Submissions can be sent by email to ArtTherapist@galwayhospice.ie or by post to Hazel Greene, Bereavement Services Coordinator, Galway Hospice, Renmore, Galway.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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