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Passion, betrayal and hypocrisy in new version of Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ at Town Hall

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Date Published: 12-May-2011

London Classic Theatre presents Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Frank McGuinness, next Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18 at the Town Hall Theatre.

Although it was written in 1881, Ghosts can surprise modern audiences with some of its themes, including children born outside marriage, sexually transmitted disease, infidelity and euthanasia.

Ghosts tell the story of Helene Alving, who is preparing for the opening of an orphanage, built in memory of her late husband. Mrs Alving plans to raise this one memorial to him so that she will not have to speak of him again: he was a cheating philanderer whose public reputation was a sham. Her beloved artist son, Oswald, has returned from Paris to honour the occasion, but his long-awaited homecoming rapidly descends into tragedy as his presence triggers the exposure of a dark story of hypocrisy and betrayed love. The ‘ghosts’ in this play are taboo topics that cannot openly be discussed. Ibsen’s study of hidden passions and family secrets remains dramatically alive in Frank McGuinness’s vital new version.

The Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, who wrote such classics as The Dolls House and Hedda Gabler, was one of the truly great playwrights in the European tradition and is often referred to as ‘the father of modern drama’.

His plays were considered scandalous when they were first performed at a time when Victorian values held sway in Europe.

His work examines the realities that lay behind these facades of propriety and family values, turning a savagely critical eye towards the morality of the day.

Ibsen’s plays have been adapted by many English language writers, with Frank McGuinness,whose own dramas include Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me being the latest. McGuinness has a strong record of adapting literary classics, having translated the plays of Racine, Sophocles, Ibsen and Strindberg to critical acclaim.

The company performing Ghosts, London Classic Theatre, last year celebrated a decade tour, having performed to over 300,000 people at more than 150 theatres and arts centres around the UK and Ireland. LCT has explored the work of some of the finest playwrights of the last fifty years, including Joe Orton, Harold Pinter, Brian Friel, McGuinness and Mike Leigh.

The cast includes Peter Cadden, Hasan Dixon, Brendan Fleming, Abby Leamon, Pauline Whitaker and the production is directed by the company’s artistic director Michael Cabot.

Booking for next Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s performances is now open at the Town Hall Theatre on 091-569777 or on the web at www.tht.ie

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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