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NUIG drama students put women in the spotlight

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Dr Charlotte McIvor, Lecturer with the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUIG.

A new initiative to stage the work of Irish women playwrights and theatre-makers, past and present, as well as to provide strong roles for female performers is currently underway at NUI, Galway.

Led by students of the Drama and Theatre Studies programme, and supported by NUIG’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, the initiative has been inspired by the recent #Wakingthefeminists movement.

The first write to feature will be Lady Augusta Gregory whose drama Gráinne, directed by Justine Nakase, will be staged at the NUIG Bank of Ireland Theatre at 8pm this Thursday and Friday night.

The #wakingthefeministswest season, which will run until May, particularly seeks to highlight a diverse range of female voices from the west of Ireland. It will include theatre, dance, devised work; drama from the archive and offerings from new and emerging writers.

#wakingthefeministswest is being led by Drama and Theatre Studies PhD students Justine Nakase and Nelson Barre, and involves participation from students from first-year to PhD level, as well as from staff.

Nakase and Barre are interested in “excavating historic women’s voices and elevating contemporary ones” and hope that this programme will rebut the argument that women’s lack of representation in theatre as playwrights, among other roles, is due to a “lack of female talent”.

The season will continue on February 8 and 9 with 100 Shades of Grey, devised by the ensemble, directed by Charlotte McIvor. It will be staged in the Bank of Ireland Theatre at 8pm nightly.

Meanwhile, Mount Prospect, written by Elizabeth Connor and directed by Ciara O’Dowd and Thomas Conway, Druid Director-in-Residence, will be at the Town Hall Studio Theatre on February 25 and 26, at 830pm

Further productions will be announced in February.

For further information on the programme or ticket reservation, contact wakingthefeministswest@gmail.com.

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Legendary Andy Irvine in concert

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Andy Irvine

Legendary singer/songwriter Andy Irvine will play the Gig Room in the Kinvara Community Centre next Saturday, May 28, at 8pm.

With an impressive repertoire of Irish songs and Balkan dance tunes, he is renowned for his unique fusion of Irish and World music.

Andy’s musical career took off when he joined Sweeney’s Men in 1965, touring extensively with them before leaving in 1968 to pursue his own musical journey. That took him to Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia, as he studied the music and traditions of these places.

During this time, he began playing the bouzouki professionally, as it allowed him to develop his own style while deepening his knowledge of Balkan music.

Back in Ireland Andy founded the now-legendary Planxty with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam O’ Flynn. When the group took a break in 1967, he recorded an album with Paul Brady, simply entitled Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, which became a classic.

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

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World premiere to feature in free concert

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Dave Flynn

The world premiere of E-Bow, a work for string quartet and electric guitar by  composer Dave Flynn, will take place this Sunday, May 22, at 3pm at the O’Donoghue Theatre, NUIG. Admission is free and all are welcome.

E-Bow will be performed by Galway’s quartet in residence, ConTempo, and Dave Flynn himself. A work in three movements, it plays with the tradition of the guitar quintet, which dates back to the late 18th century, but brings it in new directions by using an electric guitar with the addition of an e-bow.

This is a hand-held electronic bow invented by Greg Heet in 1969 and patented in 1978, after which it became an essential tool for rock guitarists. Performers including Blondie, U2, Radiohead, Big Country, Genesis, Pink Floyd and R.E.M. have used them, but e-bows are less common in classical music because they don’t work on nylon-string classical guitars.

The work was co-commissioned by long-term commissioning partners Galway Music Residency (GMR) and Galway City Council and is being presented  as part of Arts in Action, by  GMR, in association with Dublin’s Contemporary Music Centre.

Sunday’s show will also include a performance of Philip Glass’ Mishima, arranged for string quartet and electric guitar, with special permission from the composer. Philip Glass composed this piece for the film Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, about Japanese author Yukio Mishima who died in November 1970 after performing Seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment).

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

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Hidden Horses in Kinvara’s KAVA gallery

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Hidden Horses in Kinvara’s KAVA gallery

Hidden Horses, an exhibition of work by Clare-based artist Kate Browne will open at Kinvara Area Art Gallery, KAVA, this Friday, May 20, and will run daily until Sunday, May 29, from 11am – 4pm.

It’s an exhibition that grew from the loss she felt over the past decade as her children left home and began to forge their own paths.

Kate, who’d had a passion for horses in her younger years, rediscovered that passion.

“Now my muses are the mountain ponies of neighbours, the rescued equines and forgotten horses in our countryside and cities.  Hidden Horses asks you to see that the lives of all sentient creatures, is our moral obligation and to speak up when in doubt.”

All are welcome to view the work at the KAVA gallery in Kinvara’s  former courthouse.

 

 

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