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Druid create magic with epic Shakespeare work

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Derbhle Crotty as Henry IV and Aisling O'Sullivan as Prince Hal in DruidShakespeare.

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

English history and English wars are the subject matter of Richard II, Henry IV (Parts I and II) and Henry V, which have been abridged by Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe for Druid’s latest undertaking, Druid Shakespeare. These kingly names are not ones that trip lightly off Irish tongues – we know little about England’s history prior to the reign of the Tudors, at which point it becomes bitterly entwined with our own.

So at first, it might seem daunting for an audience to enter this messy world, which involves English monarchs constantly looking over their shoulders and trusting not even their closest family.

But, while this is English history, the characters and themes of these plays are universal and DruidShakespeare, directed by Garry Hynes, is a wonderful achievement – frequently dark and often hilarious.

It opens at breakneck speed as Richard II intervenes in a row between his kinsman, Henry of Bolingbroke, and Sir Thomas Mowbray. From the get-go there is skulduggery and deception and when Richard makes an ill-judged call to exile the pair, his fate is sealed.

The drama that unfolds over the first three plays is largely confined to England. Bolingbroke returns from exile and, with the backing of various noblemen, overthrows Richard who is off fighting a war in Ireland. Claiming the crown, Bolingbroke becomes Henry IV, and the following two plays, Henry IV Parts I and II, deal with his attempts to reign and retain power. All the time, he despairs over his son and heir Prince Hal, a drunkard and a wastrel who is given to mixing with London’s lowlife. But when a serious crisis strikes and Henry IV’s former allies attempt to seize the throne, Hal comes good. In the 1403 Battle of Shrewsbury, he kills his namesake, Harry Hotspur the Earl of Northumberland and the greatest threat to the Crown.

Hal goes on to become a force to be reckoned with, and in Henry V, this once errant prince succeeds in his bid to reclaim England’s lost territory in France at the 1415 Battle of Agincourt.

Mark O’Rowe’s adaptation of the four plays has cut out many extraneous characters and subplots, while remaining faithful to their essence and interlinking stories. It is a fair achievement and Druid has more than done justice to the script.

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

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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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