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New drama at Druid

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PONDLING, a winner at last year’s Dublin’s Fringe Festival and a nominee for the 2014 Stewart Parker award, will be staged at Druid’s Mick Lally theatre from next Thursday, April 17 to Saturday, April 19.

The play, from Dublin company Gúna Nua Theatre was written and is performed by Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, who won Best Female Performer at the 2013 Fringe Festival.

Since writing this play, she has been compared to playwrights of the calibre of Enda Walsh and Conor McPherson for her creation of a lonely little girl with a skewered world view.

The Irish Times called Pondling ‘a glittering gem’, while its producers describe it as “a story of love, beauty, chicken-chasing, daisy chains, cat-killing, singing, dress-wearing, ensuite bathrooms and a day at the pond”.

Genevieve, who trained in the Gaiety School of Acting, has previously worked with Gúna Nua, playing the part of Amber in Little Gem, which toured nationally and travelled to Australia. Other roles include Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice at the Gate, Kate Hardcastle in Smock Alley ’s She Stoops to Conquer and Edie in Pillow Talk Theatre Company’s Heroin(e) for Breakfast.

Pondling is at Druid in advance of plans to bring it further afield this Summer. It’s on at 8pm from next Thursday to Saturday. Tickets are €15/12. Booking at Mick Lally: http://www.druid.ie/whats-on or phone 091 569777

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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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