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Neil turns torments into laughs for latest show

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Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Neil Delamere, who returns to the Town Hall Theatre next Thursday night, was most recently in Galway in October for the city’s annual comedy festival.

During that visit, the Offaly comedian performed a 20-minute piece as part of a group show. This time it will be a 75-minute long solo outing so there will be 55 minutes of new material from his current show, he explains.

“It’s called Smartbomb; really it should have been called Six People who think less of Me this Year, but that wouldn’t fit on the poster”.

Smartbomb consists of anecdotes from Neil’s own life about people who “got on my goat last year”.

These include a nurse he encountered when bringing his granny to hospital. Clearly, he says, there is a language that medics and nurses speak that is not common among the rest of us and it’s a bit disconcerting

“So when she told me: ‘Your granny will be radioactive for about six hours – any questions?’, you bet I had questions!”

But that’s the joy of comedy, he says.

“If something goes wrong for most people, they just get annoyed and that’s it. I get annoyed but then my brain wonders ‘could I turn that into five minutes’?’.

Neil’s approach to creating material depends on the medium he is writing for. If it’s for weekly television shows such as RTÉ’s The Panel or The Blame Game on BBC, then it has to be about topical issues and involves reading all the newspapers.

“You have to research and think,” he says.

If it’s for touring as a stand-up, his approach is different.

“You have to think about what will be relevant for six months, so you go back to the stuff we all have in common like schooldays or the boss.  . .the best stuff is personal.”

While Neil is always conscious of entertaining his audience – “I’m aware people are donating their night to us [comedians], when they could be doing other things, and they pay our wages” – when he is writing his shows, he begins with jokes he finds funny rather than trying to please other people. You have to, he says, because audiences are intuitive and will know if something genuinely interests and tickles you.

Neil fell into comedy, having graduated from DCU with a degree in computer programming. The moment he did his first gig he was hooked.

“I just knew if I could earn X amount of money doing it – and it was a small amount – I’d give up my job.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

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