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Middle-aged pair dance their way to happiness in Swing

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Arthur Riordan and Gene Rooney in Swing. PHOTO: PAT REDMOND.

Swing, a two-hander from Dublin’s Fishamble Theatre will be staged at the Town Hall Theatre on Friday, April 1.

The play, starring Arthur Riordan and Gene Rooney, explores the lives of Joe and May –  a middle-aged pair who meet at a Dublin dance class and who are offered a second chance of happiness.

Joe used to run the family printing business, but it has been destroyed by new technology and online development. His wife has divorced him and his two sons, who live elsewhere, are busy with their own lives. He, meanwhile, is training in horticulture as he tries to re-invent himself. He’s also learning to lindy-hop at the dancehall across the road.

That’s where he meets May, a graphic designer who could have been an artist, but who failed to follow her dream. She lives with a boyfriend who works away from home regularly and her life is comfortable, if boring.

Their lives change when they meet each other at their dance classes.

All the action in Swing takes place on the dance floor and music is central to the show. The setting allows Arthur Riordan and Gene Rooney to breathe life into other members of their dancing group, including their teachers and the class divas.

Swing, which is written by Steve Blount, Peter Daly, Gavin Kostick and Janet Moran, and directed by Peter Daly, won the Bewley’s Little Gem Award at the 2013 Dublin Fringe Festival and was a hit at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then it has toured to New York, Paris, Edinburgh and New Zealand and is visiting Galway on April 1 as part of a national tour.

■ Tickets are €18/15 from the box office, online at tht.ie or by phoning 091-569777.

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Artists offering unique tour of Galway

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Quay Street by Fiona Bradley.

The Artist’s Eye on Galway is a new project involving work from 46 artists from Ireland, the UK and USA, all at various stages in their careers, which offers a unique, artistic tour of the city and county.

Led by a team of local artists, and co-ordinated by Terri Kelleher, the project is being supported by independent publisher, Ballinderreen-based Hoogledorf Press, which is publishing a book of the same name, containing images of all the artworks.

The project is also being supported by Galway Artist’s Forum, a social networking resource for artists and arts events locally, explains Terri.

The paintings are included in a 144-page, hardback book that’s designed to offer a virtual tour of local landmarks and scenery. This tour begins in Galway City and travels to South Galway, before  passing through areas east of the River Corrib and continuing on to Connemara.

The publication, The Artist’s Eye on Galway, also has a large section dedicated to the participants, as well as photos and statements about them and their work.

The book and accompanying exhibition will be officially launched in the city’s Galmont Hotel this coming Monday, July 4, at 7.30pm and the artworks will be available to view in the hotel from then until Wednesday, July 6.

Artists taking part in the project include Barrie Maguire, Sarah Murphy, Joan Finnegan, Linda Kennedy, Suzanne Kearney, Michael Moore, Dubravka Drenski, Alicja Natalicz,  Belinda Fair, Neal Whelan, Bridget Ryan, Fiona Bradley, Carol Feeney, Attracta Carbery, Cathal O’Malley, Róisín Ní Ghuidhír,  and Hank Weisbecker.

A full list of participants and more information on the publication is available at www.artistseyebooks.com.

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As the Crow Flies opens at Oughterard Courthouse

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As the Crow Flies, a collaborative exhibition from artists Caroline McFadden and Susanne Keane, will open in Oughterard this Friday evening, July 1, from 7-9pm, as part of the Oughterard Courthouse Arts Programme (OCAP).

It’s a series of sculptures and paintings from the artists whose work reflects their connection with nature and their local landscape.

Susanne Keane is an abstract sea- and landscape artist whose paintings and drawings capture bog and marshes, hills, lakes and the sea.

Her vibrant palette aims to recreate the sense of wonder and magic that people experience when in nature. Susanne, who studied Art & Design and Fine Art at GMIT, has held numerous solo exhibitions and has participated in group shows and community events.

Caroline McFadden, who studied Fine Art part-time in GMIT for five years, practises ‘Authentic Movement’, which involves movement as a method of self-exploration and well-being.

The nature sculptures in this show came about following an exercise she was given in 2019, when she was asked to represent her ‘inner witness’. Caroline had a growing urge to work with her hands and to transform found nature objects into sculptures.

As the Crow Flies will run until Sunday, July 10, from Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm, and on Sundays from 12pm-5pm.  All are welcome.

Further information from www.ocap.ie.

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Eclectic show from Belfast winners of Turner Prize comes to Galway

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The exhibition includes an installation entitled The Drúthaib’s Ball, based on the notion of a síbín or illegal bar

Work from Belfast’s Array Collective, which won the 2021 Turner Prize for art in Britain will be shown in Galway City this August and September

It’s being presented by Galway Arts Centre and marks the first exhibition of this show in Ireland.

The Array Collective, which won the prestigious Turner Prize, is a group of 11 Belfast-based artists from all parts of Ireland, as well as from England and Italy. They live and work in Belfast, creating collaborative projects in response to issues affecting Northern Ireland and other issues, including access to abortion, gay rights, mental health, gentrification and social welfare.

Their work encompasses performances, protests, exhibitions and events. Each member has an individual artistic practice, but they won the Turner Prize as a collective – becoming the first artists from Northern Ireland to win it.

The Turner Prize, a highlight of Britain’s contemporary art calendar, is awarded to artist/s who are from Britain or are based there, for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work.

The National Museums of Northern Ireland, who acquired this work for their permanent collection at the Ulster Museum, have loaned it to Galway Arts Centre.

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

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