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Spiced-up sex lives under spotlight in new comedy

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A comic exploration into the sexual behaviour of Irish couples will be staged at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway on Monday, February 17.

Jezebel, a production from Rough Magic Theatre Company, was written by Mark Cantan, who was inspired by a statistic he read claiming that 15 per cent of Irish people had been involved in a threesome.

“It was a statistic I found online, so it’s not exactly scientific and I wouldn’t go into court with it,” he says with a laugh. But it certainly got his creative juices flowing to produce Alan, Robin and Jezebel, the play’s three characters.

Alan and Robin are a high-flying couple who meet at a business meeting and hook up when Robin impulsively asks the practical Alan if he’d like to go on a date. Six months later they are still together, but the sexual spark between them is dimming so they decide it’s time to spice things up.  This leads them to a threesome with Jezebel, a woman who seems lost in life as well as in love. Given that it’s a comedy, audiences can expect some funny misunderstandings and complications until matters are resolved.  

“A complicated situation helps in farce,” observes Mark of play’s storyline. “So if you have two people and add a third, what you get is several truths going on at the same time. When people have to keep things hidden, there are various truths bounding around.

“I was always attracted to comedy and have got more into farce lately,” adds the playwright, who started writing as well as acting while studying maths at Trinity College.

Since graduating he has continued to act and write, working for theatre, TV, radio, magazines and the internet. 

Jezebel, which won the prestigious Stewart Parker Trust New Playwrights Bursary, was commissioned by Dublin based Rough Magic Theatre Company and it premiered at Project Arts Centre, Dublin in December 2012. It was developed under Rough Magic’s SEEDS programme, now in its twelfth year, which nurtures new talent in all areas of theatre.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Sharon goes global for lockdown album The Reckoning

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Sharon's new album will be available from this Friday.

Despite Covid-19 travel restrictions, Sharon Shannon has gone global for her latest studio album, The Reckoning, which is being released this Friday, November 27.

The Reckoning, which was composed, written and recorded during lockdown, features more than dozen remote collaborations from locations across the world.

All the twelve tracks have been co-written by Sharon and band members and various guest collaborators.

The full-on method in which it was recorded marks a new departure for the Clare-born musician who lives in Galway City, she says.

“Normally when we work on an album, we do one track at a time,” Sharon explains. “But with this, it seems to be an avalanche when you’re working on 13 or 14 tracks every day. It’s like a minefield!”

One of the key tracks, The Jolly Roger, resulted from a challenge which rugby player Robbie Henshaw presented to Sharon during the first Covid lockdown. Issued via Facebook, her task was to learn a new skill. And she did. After five days of intense practice, she created The Jolly Roger Facebook video . That clip of Sharon and her electric guitar has attracted more than 289,000 views since it was uploaded earlier this year.

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

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Artists going to dogs in aid of annual auction

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Work donated to MADRA by Galway artist Grace Cunningham and Achill Island’s Padraig McCaul.

Works by some of Ireland’s top artists, including Grace Cunningham and Finbar McHugh from Galway as well as Padraig McCaul from Achill Island and Charles Harper from Valentia Island, will go under the hammer at this year’s MADRA Dog Rescue Charity Art Auction.

The popular event, which kicks off for viewing next week, will take place online year due to Covid restrictions.

The event, will open for registration and online bids next Thursday, December 3 and will remain available to view and bid online until Monday, December 7 .

The goal is to raise €3,000 to contribute towards vet bills for the Connemara-based dog rescue and adoption charity. MADRA is facing major bills, all without the financial support that’s normally generated by its two charity shops – they have been closed for months this year due to the pandemic.

“We have stunning artworks available with an amazing variety of subjects and styles,” explains MADRA co-founder and director, Marina Fiddler, adding that the organisation is “honoured that so many talented artists have donated such beautiful pieces to support the homeless dogs in our care”.

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

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Celebrating Romania on Great Union Day

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ConTempo, will perform a programme from thier native Romania for next Tuesday's lunchthime concert.

The next instalment of the lunchtime music series, From Europe with Love, will take place next Tuesday, December 1, at 1pm. Hosted by Galway Music Residency, it’s the last one for 2020.

It promises to be a special event as Galway’s Ensemble in Residence, the ConTempo Quartet, who are from Romania, celebrate their homeland on what’s known as Great Union Day. This national holiday marks the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918.

ConTempo will perform a varied programme, showcasing the best of Romanian music. This will feature works by celebrated composers George Enescu and Theodor Grigoriu alongside lesser-known musical treasures. There will be a strong folk theme throughout, making for a lively lunchtime show.

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

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