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Luke aims to enchant with poetic Gondla

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Rehearsals under way for the production of Gondla at The Town Hall Theatre

In just over two weeks’ time, a new production of Nikolay Gumilyov’s play Gondla will illuminate the stage of the Town Hall theatre, fully equipped with wolf masks, a battle scene, smoke and a live score.

This will be the first performance of the play – written in 1916 – in almost 100 years and will be Galway filmmaker Luke Morgan’s first time directing a full-length drama.

Although initially a little apprehensive about delving into the theatre world when asked to read the script, translated from Russian by Philip McDonagh, Luke’s background in film and his approach to directing made him a strong candidate to direct Gondla.

“I haven’t been involved in [professional] theatre before, but the way that I rehearse a film with an actor or actors would be very theatrical,” says the director, a GMIT graduate in Film and Documentary,

“One thing that drew me to theatre is that when you film something, it’s there forever, but with theatre it exists only in that moment and then it’s gone forever.

“People spend their whole life in the theatre and they don’t have anything to show for it at the end of their career, it’s just a collection of these little moments that will never happen again.”

That fascinates Luke, who set up the Theatre Room to experience these very moments by facilitating writers, actors and directors to perform a one-act plays every month.

Hailing from Oughterard, Luke has fond memories of growing up watching street spectacles such as the Macnas Parade and being terrified but exhilarated at the same time, emotions he hopes to evoke among those who come to see Gondla.

 

Gondla will be at the Town Hall Theatre on Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20. Tickets at €15 /€12.50 are on sale from www.tht.ie, 091-569777 or at the box office.

For more details on this production see this week’s Tribune here

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Farmer Michael returns to stage

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Steve Timothy, who is better known by his alter ego, Farmer Michael.

Galway comedian Stevo Timothy, better known by his stage name, Farmer Michael,  will return the city’s Town Hall Theatre this Saturday, June 25.

Stevo Timothy started doing sketches in his car six years ago and his alter ego Farmer Michael became a viral hit. Less than two years later Stevo did his first gig in Vicar Street and sold out multiple nights across the UK and Ireland.

He then branched out into football, politics and pop culture sketches and now has more than 500,000 followers on social media.

Some of the better-known Farmer Michael videos include There’s no alcoholics in Ireland, F*ck the Mayweathers and Beast from the East. His ‘Evernton’ sketches have made him a cult hero of Everton Football Club.

His videos have featured in a range of online platforms TV shows and have been mentioned by US basketball star turned actor and entertainer Shaquille O’Neal as well as comedian, actor and director Marlon Wayans.

From depression and Donald Trump to gun control and Leo Varadkar, Farmer Michael tackles topical news with a satirical eye and that’s what he’ll be doing in the Town Hall Theatre this Saturday night.

Tickets for his show, which starts at 8pm, are €25 from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the theatre box office.

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Stephanie and Treasa chosen for local authority arts scheme

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Dancer and choreographer Stephanie Dufresne, the county recipient and City recipient Treasa O'Brien is a filmmaker, artist and writer.

Dancer, choreographer and actor, Stephanie Dufresne, and artist, filmmaker and writer, Treasa O’Brien, have received funding from Galway’s two local authorities under this year’s Platform 31 scheme.

Platform 31 is a nationwide initiative that help artists develop new work – it’s run by the arts offices of Ireland’s 31 local authorities, including Galway City and County, in collaboration with the Arts Council.

Kerrywoman, Treasa who now lives in the city, has been chosen from Galway City and Stephanie, from Kinvara, is the County Galway recipient.

Platform 31 is open to mid-career artists, across all disciplines. Recipients receive support as they assess and develop their practice or make work in a new way.

There’s an €8,000 bursary per person, alongside developmental support, which comes from peers, advisors and mentors.

For Stephanie, “being part of Platform 31 means prioritising my own questions and practice above freelance work [that’s necessary] to make a living”.

She intends to explore the sustainability of working in the arts and what it is she wants from life, outside of the career she’s worked so hard to build over the past decade.

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

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Spoilt for choice at Town Hall and Black Box

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The Crock of Gold, Footsbarn's production with music by Glen Hansard, is based on James Stephens' novel of the same name. PHOTO: JEAN PIERRE ESTOURNET.

Some of the leading names in local, national and international theatre will appear onstage at the city’s Town Hall and Black Box Theatres between now and September as part of the Town Hall Theatre Summer-Autumn programme.

The Abbey Theatre will be bringing Brian Friel’s classic Translations, its latest show and a co-production with Belfast’s Lyric Theatre in late August, while Footsbarn Travelling Theatre, with singer Glen Hansard and musician Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, will be at the Black Box Theatre at the same time with their collaboration, The Crock of Gold.

Companies that are due to visit next month include Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre as well as the Gate and Theatre Lovett, as well as Galway’s own Decadent, all of whom are featuring in the Arts Festival.

In September, Blue Teapot Theatre, the company which works with actors who have intellectual disabilities, will be at the Black Box with Into the Dark Woods. Written by company member Charlene Kelly and a co-production with the Abbey Theatre, this was a Galway 2020 commission.

Christian O’Reilly’s play, No Magic Pill, based on the life of the late Martin Naughton from An Spidéal will also be presented in that space in September.  Martin Naughton’s concerted campaign for independence for disabled people in Ireland brought about radical change, as will be explored in this piece, which is directed by Raymond Keane.

The Town Hall will also host film, dance, music, comedy and even magic in its upcoming season.

Details of shows for the next three months have been published in its new brochure, its first season brochure since March 2020.

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

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