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Drama of sexual desire and deception gets new lease of life from Galway group

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Patrick Marber’s play, Closer will be staged at the Town Hall Studio from June 5-8 in a new production from local company, Anam Theatre.

Directed by Sarah O’Toole, Closer is a savage and melodramatic exploration into the anatomy of modern romance. Set in 1990s London, the play follows Alice, a one-time stripper, and Dan, an obituary writer, who are in a relationship. Dan takes a shine to Anna, a photographer, and unwittingly sets her up with Larry, a dermatologist.

This quartet of strangers, who are adrift in a cosmopolitan world, one of computers and the internet, seek to connect but find themselves caught in a web of sexual desire and betrayal.

Closer was hailed as one of the best plays of 1990s, one that “wired itself into the cultural vocabulary in a way that few plays have ever done”, according to the London Observer. It was also made into a popular film starring Jude Law and Julia Roberts.

This production includes two well-known Galway actors. Grace Kiely, who nominated for an Irish Times award for her performance in The Mai last year and Martin Maguire, who previously appeared in Mephisto’s productions of The Honeyspike and Almost a Fantasy. Newcomers Róisín Eyres and Cormac Culkeen will also feature.

Closer’s director, Sarah O’Toole is a former member of Galway Youth Theatre and a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting. She worked as a theatre actor in Dublin as well as appearing in the film Disco Pigs and RTÉ’s Fair City, before going on to train as a director on Middlesex University’s MA in Theatre Directing course. As part of her studies she spent time training at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow.

Since returning to Galway Sarah has been involved with Anam, which stages original, classic and modern plays.

The company is influenced by the theatre philosophy of Michael Chekhov and is “committed to exploring great writing in order to present simple, elegant and truthful work”.

As well as working with Anam, Sarah teaches beginner and specialised drama classes for adults with Galway Actors Workshop and teaches acting and playwriting at NUI.

l Closer runs from June 5 to 8 at 8.30pm in the Town Hall Theatre Studio. Tickets €15/12, available from http://tht.ie, 091 569777, or at the box office.

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Immortal, a musical exploration of history, family and immortality

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Ellen Greally who plays Oisín's daughter Plur in Immortal.

An original musical, Immortal, from local theatre company, Morgan Creative is running at the city’s Town Hall Theatre until this Friday night, September 24, starting at 8pm nightly.

Billed by its creators Luke and Jake Morgan as “the next chapter of Irish folklore”, the story is set between the mythological land of Tír na nÓg, rural Galway during the Irish Civil War and modern-day Galway. It features 12 new original songs that strive to bring the area’s rich local history and traditions to a modern audience.

An era after her father, Oisín has left Tír na nÓg, Plur sets off on a perilous journey to find him. With the help of Choppy, a grouchy swan, Plur crosses the sea to a magical land she has heard about only in stories: Ireland. However, when she arrives, she learns that trouble is brewing.

The year is 1921 and the struggle for Irish independence is about to take a bitter turn. As Plur encounters a group of young rebels intent on storming Renmore Barracks, there is only one question on her mind: Will she manage to find her father and bring him home before it is too late?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway back in festive swing

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Festival highlight…John Gerrard (centre) in front of his Mirror Pavilion in Derrigimlagh Bog, pictured in with Galway International Arts Festival’s Chief Executive John Crumlish (left) and Artistic Director Paul Fahy. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The programme may have been amended because of Covid-19 restrictions – but this year’s Galway International Arts Festival still conjured up a whole set of indoor and outdoor experiences to deliver three weeks of spectacular success.

The pandemic resulted in GIAF’s biggest ever digital programme, including the first festival theatre livestream, making the work accessible to a much wider audience – and a star-studded concert from St Nicholas’ Church.

Festival highlights included Medicine, a theatrical tour-de-force by Enda Walsh with a cast featuring Domhnall Gleeson – and the acclaimed Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work, the second part of John Gerrard’s visual art project set in the heart of Derrygimlagh bog. That also attracted a global audience because it included a 24/7 live stream of the virtual performance that was being shown on the LED screen.

The first ever Other Voices collaboration with the festival delivered an unforgettable concert from St Nicholas’ Church, as part of the Courage series, featuring NewDad, Tolü Makay, Susan O’Neill and Mick Flannery, and Anna Mullarkey.

Audiences can still experience again the First Thought Talks series by checking them out  the Festival website.  Guests such as Misha Glenny; Bonnie Greer; Mike Ryan, Noelle Browne; Siobhan Burke, Sinéad Burke, Fintan O Toole, Peter Lunn and Teresa Lambe amongst others, discussed everything from cyber-hacking to the impact of remote working on rural Ireland to vaccine development.

The 2021 Vinyl Hours series saw guests Philip King, Sinéad Burke, Niamh Regan and Brian Kerr, reveal their most treasured songs in special in-conversation events. Fans can catch up with these conversations when they are released next month as part of the First Thought podcast series.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Kinvara exhibition focuses on ups and downs of social media

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The Kinvara Area Visual Artists group, KAVA is hosting, My Social Bubble, an exhibition of work by arts graduate Mark Keaveney, in which the Roscommon native focuses on the use social media

“My current practice is about the psychological effects of social media,” he explains. “I am exploring people’s engagement with these online platforms, mostly through digital media, along with other platforms such as painting, drawing, and photography.  Modern technology has proven to be a huge phenomenon and an extremely helpful tool in the contemporary art world.

“It provides many benefits as well as potentially harmful results. There is a significant grey area to be found when approaching peoples’ mental health and these handheld devices.”

This exhibition in cooperation with KAVA, will be supported by Kinvara Alive, a local group that promotes well-being and mental health.

The spokesperson for Kinvara Alive, Sean Glynn, says the show offers plenty food for thought.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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