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Extraordinary Eclipsed gets new staging

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Mephisto Theatre Company’s production of Patricia Burke Brogan’s award-winning play, Eclipsed will be staged at the Town Hall Theatre from August 21 to 31.

This is the play that did so much to shine a light on Ireland’s shameful Madgalen laundries, when it was first staged in 1992 by the city’s Punchbag Theatre. It went on to win a Fringe First award in Edinburgh and was subsequently revived in 1998, for a production at the Town Hall Theatre.

It tells the story of eight women, whose lives converge at the Magdalen Laundry at Killmacha.

There is Sr Virginia, who struggles to obey under the forbidding eye of Mother Victoria, who watches everyone and controls this strange universe. The women who are trapped here have their own stories and their own sorrows. Cathy keeps trying and failing to escape to be with her children, who are close by in the orphanage. Older inmate Nellie-Nora reads tea leaves and resigns herself to remaining inside, while young Mandy dreams of marrying Elvis and tragic Brigit fights like a tigress to find her baby.

Thirty years later that baby, Rosa traces her mother to the laundry. It is long since closed and dusty, but the wounds are still raw, the humour is still dark, the women’s spirits are still fighting.

The production is directed by Niall Cleary and the cast includes Teresa Brennan, Catherine Denning, Siobhán Donnellan, Caroline Lynch, Zita Monahan, Emma O’Grady, Margaret O’Sullivan and Liz Quinn.

Eclipsed will preview next Wednesday, August 21 and will open on Thursday, August 22 and run until Saturday, August 31 running at 8pm nightly.

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Singer/songwriter reveals his Future Business Model

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Derek Ellard...new single from upcoming EP.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Derek Ellard is a talented Galway-based songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist; he boasts a comprehensive catalogue of live performances around the city, including support slots for the likes of Gavin James, Wallis Bird, the Frank and Walters, and Hudson Taylor.

With his primary focus though, folk-rock outfit Derek Ellard & the Future Business Model, he is forging an outlet that allows him to explore every avenue of his creative work.

And this Friday, February 10, the group is set to release Three Sheets to the Wind, their sixth single to date and the first of five tracks on a forthcoming, self-titled EP.

The song recalls some of Derek’s formative years growing up in Tipperary. It is laden with imagery and bright melodies – for those that have not previously listened, the single sets a perfect example of the range of emotions that litter Derek’s work.

“I wouldn’t say I had a strange relationship with my brother, but he was this professional rugby player who had everything together, and I kind of wasn’t,” he explains.

“We had a connection through being bold really… Two mischievous fellas and that was what we bonded over. When we look back, we remember it fondly and what inspired me to write the song was my brother telling me how, when he was younger and playing rugby for the senior team at sixteen or seventeen, he would sneak out and get absolutely bladdered with the team. He’d be sauced going into school and stuff… That was the first verse.

“We grew up in this room together with orange walls, but Dad had mixed up the paints. One side was gloss and the other was matte – it was a strange room and I included that as well.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Family affair as Faye and Pat preset new show Well

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Pat Shortt and Faye Shortt wrote and worked on Well during lockdown.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

The various Covid lockdowns were pretty grim but there were some unexpected positives – including the comedy collaboration that developed between Pat Shortt and his daughter Faye. That’s resulted in a touring show, Well, which will come to the city’s Galmont Hotel this Saturday, February 11, having been touring since last March.

Well was preceded by two online shows, The Wellness hour with Paaah and Sile, and Pat Shortt’s Comedy Heads. But he loves the buzz of live gigs, despite audiences being initially cautious about returning to venues following all the lockdowns.

“Apart from Tommy Tiernan, Christy Moore and Joanne McNally, who seem to have had a dispensation,” he says with a laugh. Now, “we have full houses all over the place and the show is going really well”.

“Well is about two characters – it’s a dad and daughter relationship, and we do various sketches on that.”

The two characters are musicians who return to gigging after lockdown, but really it’s about them “facing into each other and how they embarrass each other”.

Any parent of a teenage daughter will know that merely existing embarrasses their child.

“You know, the rules around picking them up from discos in the GAA hall,” Pat says with a guffaw.

And as a father, being embarrassed can come from asking the wrong question, “something like ‘how did you get on at the disco?’ only to hear about the lad she wanted to snog who was snogging her friend. I don’t want to hear that”, he shudders.

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TG4 to broadcast Sina’s lockdown Town Hall gig

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German-born Sina moved to Ireland in 2015 to pursue her musical dream.

A concert by German born, Irish-based singer-songwriter Sina Theil, which was recorded at the Town Hall Theatre in December 2020, during lockdown will be broadcast by TG4 this Saturday night, February 4.

This energetic and hardworking artist is currently touring Ireland as special guest with rising folk singer Dan McCabe.

She has previously been named Hottest Act in Irish Country Music (female), won Song of the Year at the Hot Country TV Awards and the Rising Star of the Year 2022 Award at the American Celtic Listener Supported Music Awards. She’s also had 17 number one singles in the Irish Country charts and a number one in the mainstream Irish charts with her latest self-penned song.

Sina relocated to Ireland in 2015 on her own in what she calls “an act of blind faith” to pursue her dream of making music. She knew nobody here as she began funding her musical education by busking on the streets of Dublin, sometimes making just enough in the morning to cover bills that had to be paid in the afternoon.

Sina’s independently released album, Live at THT Galway, for which she crowdfunded more than €16,000 with the help of her loyal online following (50,000+), reached number three in the mainstream Irish charts and songs have had thousands of plays on Irish radio.

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