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Frank, funny play asks hard-hitting questions

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Low Level Panic, a funny, unflinching drama that explores how society views women’s lives, their bodies, their sexuality and their safety, will be staged by Galway’s Anam Theatre at the City’s Nuns Island Theatre from next Wednesday, April 30 to Saturday May 3 at 8pm nightly.

 Anam first presented this piece, written in the late 1980s by the late Clare McIntyre, at last year’s Galway Theatre Festival. Director Justin Martin, who also directed on that occasion, has added elements to the new production to “make it better”, as he and Sarah explain over lunch on a break from rehearsals.

London-based Justin recently worked as associate director on the award-winning productions of Let the Right One In and The Audience. Next up, he will be Stephen Daldry’s associate on the drama, Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy which will open this summer in London’s West End.

For a small company like Anam to get a director of his experience is significant and it happened because of his friendship with Anam founder, Sarah O’Toole, a friendship that stretches back to their days studying for an MA in theatre directing at Middlesex University.

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Nutcracker Sweeties at Town Hall Theatre

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Nutcracker Sweeties features top-class dancers and glorious costumes.

Ballet Ireland presents Nutcracker Sweeties at the Town Hall Theatre next Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13 and 14, at 8pm nightly.

This re-telling of Tchaikovsky’s evergreen Christmas ballet centres on Ciara and her brother Fionn who go on a shopping trip to a famous department store in Dublin on Christmas Eve. They wander off from their parents and get lost but are rescued by the Nutcracker doll. They are then surrounded by a blizzard of snowflakes before being greeted by the Sugar Plum fairy who leads Ciara into the kingdom of the sweets where the beautiful Christmas windows come to life.

Choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple, this production of a festive classic is performed by a cast of world-class dancers and designed to appeal to audiences of all ages, with its magic, costumes and a re-imagined Tchaikovsky score.

Described by The Irish Independent as ‘a treat of a show, full of Christmas cheer’, Nutcracker Sweeties is two hours long, including an interval.

Tickets, €25/€22.50 plus €1 booking fee, are available online at tht.ie, by phone on 091-569777 or at the Town Hall Theatre box office.

 

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Ireland’s three tenors for weekend concert

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Ireland’s Three Tenors: Paul Feery, Conor Gibbons and Philip Fagan.

Billed as Ireland’s Three Tenors, Paul Feery, Conor Gibbons and Philip Fagan, will be in concert in the city’ s St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church this Saturday night, December 10.

Their repertoire includes a wide range of well-known songs, including Caledonia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Green Fields of France, Nessun Dorma and Have I Told you Lately?. And for the Christmas season, they will be adding seasonal favourites including O, Holy Night.

Ireland’s Three Tenors are the only Irish trio to have performed annually for more than 10 years in venues such as the National Concert Hall Dublin, the Cork Opera House, Dublin Castle, and Belfast’s Lyric Theatre.

The  tenors were selected by the Irish government to headline the 1916 Centenary State reception in Dublin Castle on Easter Sunday, 2016. And, when Covid restrictions eased last year, they had a sold-out performance in Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Now they’re back in Galway, with tickets for their concert on sale in the city from Spar, Mainguard Street, and Holland’s Newsagents Williamsgate Street, or online at Eventbrite.ie, where they are €30 + €3 booking fee. The concert at St Nicholas’ starts at 8pm.

 

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Exhibition of postcards art hosted by KAVA

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Postcards from KAVA's 2021 show at the courthouse.

The annual postcard show from the KAVA arts group is currently taking place in Kinvara Courthouse and will be open from Friday to Sunday this weekend. The artwork is anonymously displayed and all pieces are for sale for €30.  The artist’s identity will only be revealed when the buyer collects the work.

In the past, this has proven to be great fun and is an ideal way to shop local for a unique, local Christmas present. The opening hours are this Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10, from 3-8pm and on Sunday, December 11, from 12-6pm. All are welcome.

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