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Host of events still to come at Galway Fringe Festival

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Arts Week with Judy Murphy – judymurphy@ctribune.ie

This year’s Galway Fringe Festival, which has run alongside the Galway Arts Festival, has offered audiences a range of events encompassing theatre, dance, visual art and music. And it’s not over yet, with shows and exhibitions running throughout Galway City until Tuesday.

 Still to come is the much anticipated Children on the Black Skirt, by Drama Works Ireland. This evocative play explores history, childhood innocence and the power of storytelling. Three children, who discover an abandoned orphanage, become trapped in a timeless world haunted by spirits of the past, ruled by the Black Skirt, a cruel governess. The spirits will not rest until their stories are told. This is being staged at the Electric Garden in Abbeygate Street at 7.30pm until this Saturday.

Neighbours, a new play written by Mayo writer Andrea Cleary, is a fast, whiskey-fuelled two-hander about Mary and Johnny, neighbours since childhood, who are now almost strangers. They meet in a field after a night out where they remember the good old days, dream, debate and make life-changing decisions. Neighbours will be staged downstairs in the Cellar Bar, Eglinton Street, this Friday and Saturday at 6.30pm. Andrea, who is originally from Hollymount, graduated from the University of Wales in 2007 with a degree in Theatre Studies and Performing Art. She co-founded Maylin Productions with writer Rua O’Donnachu to promote new writing and produce theatre which entertains and challenges.

The Cube Theatre at NUIG is staging a range of productions for the Fringe Festival, including Sluts from NYX Theatre Company. Featuring a cast of local actors, it explores events as four girls get ready to go to a nightclub. Sluts is full of witty one-liners but it also offers an insight into the difficulties faced by young people in modern Irish society.  It runs at 8.30pm from this Thursday until Sunday.

Made to Shiver, by NUI Galway student Rory O’ Sullivan is at the same venue from this Friday, July 26 to Monday next, July 29. This work was inspired by events last summer, including the violence at the Swedish House Mafia Concert in Phoenix Park, and Katie Taylor’s success at the London Olympics. With friendships forged from pain and a family crippled by shame, the characters look back to events that warmed and changed their lives. This play was highly successful at NUIG’s Jerome Hynes Festival, where it won Best Actor and Best Sound awards.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Comedian Shane for city show

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Comedian Shane Clifford.

Shane Clifford, who has been described by podcaster and comedian Blindboy as ‘The best comedian in Ireland, hands down’, will be at the city’s Town Hall Studio next Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm to perform his new show, AW Class.

It’s being presented by the Lisa Richards Agency who are promising loads of laughter as Tralee man Shane tries and fails to get to grips with rugby fans, posh dogs, sinister yoghurt and retail breakdowns.

Shane who previously worked in Tesco, was 30 when he did his first stand-up show about six years ago. That was after he had quit his job, gone travelling and decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet. He dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity in an original and funny way in these videos and has since gone on to gain a reputation as an original voice on the Irish comedy scene, playing festivals and venues including Whelan’s.

Tickets €15, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.

 

 

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INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall

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Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina. 

Irish National Opera will return to Galway next Thursday, December 1, to present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in the Town Hall Theatre at  8pm.

Donizetti’s sparkling operatic comedy is an intergenerational tug-of-war about love and money. It  features Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor; Ernesto, his good-looking young heir; and Norina, an attractive young widow.

This unorthodox love triangle is the basis for a hilarious and touching show that offers an entertaining slant on the threat of being disinherited, a mock marriage and a spendthrift wife.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it’s conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and directed by Orpha Phelan, with Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina.

Tickets for Don Pasquale are €30/€27, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.

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Music festival set to return after a successful debut

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Billy Owens of Galway Simon Music Project accompanied by Aboriginal singer Jesse Lloyd as they sing The Galway Shawl during a visit by Jessie to An Taibhdhearc to meet with members of the project during the Songs from an Open Road Festival. Jessie, who is an artist, musician, singer and activist, collaborated with well-known musician Steve Cooney for her concert as part of the festival. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

Musicians, artists and DJs from more than 15 countries congregated in Galway City at the weekend to take part in the inaugural Songs From An Open Road (SFAOR).

Organisers Pádraic Boran and Pat Neary say the overwhelmingly positive reaction from audiences and participants alike augurs well for its future. They are hopeful it marks the beginning of a new international winter World Music festival in Galway.

There were a couple ‘firsts’ over the weekend. For many who attended the beautiful Loft @Seven in Bridge Street, it may well be a case of an ‘I was there’ moment, as an intimate but appreciative crowd saw a stupendous set from Indian futurist jazz percussionist Sarathy Koewar and his band. This was their Irish debut and also marked the beginning of a pioneering world tour from the burgeoning group. Pat and Pádraic are hopeful that this exciting talent will return to Ireland and Galway soon.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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