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Irish premiere of McDonagh’s ‘The Pillowman’

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David McSavage and Gary Lydon in rehaearsals for The Pillowman.

Galway’s Decadent Theatre Company has assembled an all-star cast for the Irish premiere of Martin McDonagh’s 2003 play The Pillowman which opens in the Town Hall Theatre next Monday, following three previews this week.

Gary Lydon and David McSavage – who is better known as a comedian – head up a cast which also includes Michael Ford Fitzgerald, Tara Finn, Kate Murray, Peter Campion, Peter Shine and Jarlath Tivnan.

The play, directed by Decadent’s Artistic Director Andrew Flynn, opens in the prison cell of a totalitarian state where Katurian, a young, not very successful, writer is being interrogated about stories he has written for and about children. These grim tales have inspired copycat killings in the real world. His interrogators tease out the resemblance between real and fictional worlds while exploring the writer’s responsibility. When it’s revealed that a parallel interview with the writer’s brother – who has special needs – is taking place in the adjoining cell, the tension really ratchets up.

This black comedy, one of McDonagh’s earlier works, explores children’s tales and people’s needs to create fantasy worlds, while defending the rights of the storyteller.  It won the 2004 Olivier Award for best play when it was premiered by London’s National Theatre in 2003 and the New York Drama Critics’ Award for best foreign play when in subsequently played on Broadway.

Decadent’s recent productions have included Stuart Carolan’s Defender of the Faith and McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara, which was part of the London/Irish writer’s Leenane Trilogy.

The Pillowman will be staged in Galway until February 28 with previews until February 21. It will then tour to Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Tickets €20/18 and €12 for previews. Booking 091-569777, tht.ie and from the venue.

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Stunning and David Kitt for free gigs in Ballinalsoe and Clifden

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The Stunning are playing Ballinasloe this Saturday night while David Kitt will be in Clifden next Friday, October 22.

The Stunning will take to the stage of Ballinasloe’s Town Hall Theatre this Saturday, October 16, night at 8pm to play hits such as including Brewing up a Storm, Half Past Two, Romeo’s on Fire, Heads are Gonna Roll and Brighten up my Life. Meanwhile David Kitt will be in Clifden next Friday, October 22, performing songs from his new album, 20.

These gigs are the fourth in the Ceol an tSamhraidh series of free live music events being presented by Galway County Council Art and Tourism Offices as part of the Government’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

The Stunning were a force to be reckoned with in 1990s’ Ireland, when they played and toured continually, becoming one of the most successful homegrown bands ever. Their debut album, Paradise in The Picturehouse. spent five weeks at number one and became among the most popular Irish albums of all time. After seven years on the road, the band split. These days, the members still continue to pursue their own individual projects, but they also perform together regularly as the Stunning. And now that restrictions have eased, they’re ready for road.

Meanwhile, the Station House Theatre is the location for David Kitt’s debut Clifden show next weekend.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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John Behan – ‘blowing our hearts wide open’

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RTÉ's Bryan Dobson congratulates artist John Behan after officially opening his exhibition 'Shifting Ground' at the Kenny Gallery on Friday. Masks were worn for the event, only being removed for the speech and photographs. PHOTO: DEAN KELLY.

Shifting Ground, a new collection in bronze from sculptor John Behan, opened at the city’s Kenny Gallery last weekend, with RTÉs’ Bryan Dobson doing the honours and praising the artist’s work ethic and discipline as well as his talent.

The show reflects on Behan’s experience of living through the pandemic, while the renowned artist has also returned to his previous theme of Emigrants and created images inspired by the current refugee crisis, a subject he explored in his show, Migrants, which was shown in Kenny’s early in 2020, before Covid took hold.

John Behan has met and worked with refugees on various trips to Greece and Cyprus and their stories have found their way into his art alongside his Irish work, the Famine Ship, and Broighter Boat and Oar Boat series.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Feast of Mozart for memorial concert

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Pianist Christian Blackshaw is renowned for his interpretation of Mozart's sonatas.

UK pianist Christian Blackshaw will give a recital of Mozart’s music next Friday, October 22, at the Emily Anderson Concert Hall, NUIG, starting at 8pm. The concert, in celebration of Anderson’s life and work, is being presented by Music for Galway and NUIG.

It will feature Mozart’s Fantasie in D minor, K.397; Rondo in D major, K. 485; Adagio in B minor, K.540; Sonata in F major, K.332; Sonata in C major, K.545; Sonata in C minor, K.457.

“It is nearly two years since we last presented a concert in this venue and we can’t wait to be back where MfG started 40 years ago,” says Chair of Music for Galway Anne Ó Maille, who describes the venue as the group’s “spiritual home”.

The multi-talented Emily Anderson (1891-1962) was reared in the quadrangle of NUIG. The daughter of Alexander Anderson, the president of what was then Queen’s College, she graduated from the college and went on become its first professor of German. She moved to England in 1918 and worked as a code-breaker for the British during WWII. As an academic, she went on to edit and translate the letters of Mozart and also of Beethoven.

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