Radio Luxemburg, a new play by Mick Donnellan will be presented by Truman Town Theatre Company from this Saturday, July 12 to Thursday, July 17 as part of the Galway Fringe Festival.
The show will be at the beautifully converted Columban Hall in the city’s Sea Road.
Radio Luxembourg is a black comedy centring on two Irish criminals involved in a ‘tiger kidnapping’ that goes terribly wrong. Paddy and Joe arrive at a local bank manager’s house, planning to tie up the man’s daughter in a bid to use her as ransom. Things initially seem to be going according to plan but soon the cracks appear, resulting in a bizarre and hilarious unfolding of events. Joe’s past comes back to haunt him while Paddy’s future hangs in the balance.
Meanwhile, their victim, Samantha, presents a whole new set of problems that none of them could possibly foresee.
Truman Town Theatre, under the artistic direction of Mick Donnellan, first made waves on the theatre circuit in 2012 with his play Sunday Morning Coming Down. Following a national tour, they went on to produce and tour two more hugely successful plays, Shortcut to Hallelujah and Gun Metal Grey.
More recently, the company toured a fourth play, Velvet Revolution, while earlier this year Radio Luxembourg was bought by a London film company (STORY) and has been adapted for the screen.
Its cinematic release is due in early 2015 and the cast will involve actors Robbie Sheehan and Brian Gleeson. The title for the movie version will be Tiger Raid.
Radio Luxemburg is at 8pm nightly and tickets are €10/12. Tickets at galwayfringe.ie/events/radio-luxembourg/
Nutcracker Sweeties at Town Hall Theatre
Ballet Ireland presents Nutcracker Sweeties at the Town Hall Theatre next Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13 and 14, at 8pm nightly.
This re-telling of Tchaikovsky’s evergreen Christmas ballet centres on Ciara and her brother Fionn who go on a shopping trip to a famous department store in Dublin on Christmas Eve. They wander off from their parents and get lost but are rescued by the Nutcracker doll. They are then surrounded by a blizzard of snowflakes before being greeted by the Sugar Plum fairy who leads Ciara into the kingdom of the sweets where the beautiful Christmas windows come to life.
Choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple, this production of a festive classic is performed by a cast of world-class dancers and designed to appeal to audiences of all ages, with its magic, costumes and a re-imagined Tchaikovsky score.
Described by The Irish Independent as ‘a treat of a show, full of Christmas cheer’, Nutcracker Sweeties is two hours long, including an interval.
Tickets, €25/€22.50 plus €1 booking fee, are available online at tht.ie, by phone on 091-569777 or at the Town Hall Theatre box office.
Ireland’s three tenors for weekend concert
Billed as Ireland’s Three Tenors, Paul Feery, Conor Gibbons and Philip Fagan, will be in concert in the city’ s St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church this Saturday night, December 10.
Their repertoire includes a wide range of well-known songs, including Caledonia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Green Fields of France, Nessun Dorma and Have I Told you Lately?. And for the Christmas season, they will be adding seasonal favourites including O, Holy Night.
Ireland’s Three Tenors are the only Irish trio to have performed annually for more than 10 years in venues such as the National Concert Hall Dublin, the Cork Opera House, Dublin Castle, and Belfast’s Lyric Theatre.
The tenors were selected by the Irish government to headline the 1916 Centenary State reception in Dublin Castle on Easter Sunday, 2016. And, when Covid restrictions eased last year, they had a sold-out performance in Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Now they’re back in Galway, with tickets for their concert on sale in the city from Spar, Mainguard Street, and Holland’s Newsagents Williamsgate Street, or online at Eventbrite.ie, where they are €30 + €3 booking fee. The concert at St Nicholas’ starts at 8pm.
Exhibition of postcards art hosted by KAVA
The annual postcard show from the KAVA arts group is currently taking place in Kinvara Courthouse and will be open from Friday to Sunday this weekend. The artwork is anonymously displayed and all pieces are for sale for €30. The artist’s identity will only be revealed when the buyer collects the work.
In the past, this has proven to be great fun and is an ideal way to shop local for a unique, local Christmas present. The opening hours are this Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10, from 3-8pm and on Sunday, December 11, from 12-6pm. All are welcome.