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Spiegeltent brings burlesque glamour to Comedy Carnival

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The interior of the Spiegeltent Paradiso which will host the main events at Galway's Comedy Carnival from October 16

Galway’s Vodafone Comedy Carnival will centre around a unique venue, the 500 person Spiegeltent in South Park.

Around the year 1900, “Magic Mirror Tents” or “Spiegeltents” were built in Belgium to be used as travelling dance halls. Mirrors made it possible to make discreet eye contact with others. These Magic Mirror tents were the domain of the night owls, heartbreakers and dream chasers. They were legendary and remain a symbol of the wild ‘fin-de-siècle’ nightlife.

In recent years, there has been a Spiegeltent revival and a select few still travel the world hosting unforgettable nights of quality entertainment. Each one is considered a performer and has its own name and identity.

This October, Galway is being visited by the stunning 1930’s Spiegeltent ‘Paradiso’. It combines the concepts of a ‘Kabaret Salon’ with an intimate concert hall. Like every old theatre, her ghosts are said to travel with her. They are woven into the ballooning velvet canopies, circular teak dance floor and stained cut-glass windows. Standing alone in one is eerie, you can imagine the intimate booths, ornate bars and bevelled mirror columns holding a million secrets.

When the full house signs go up however, everything becomes charged. There is electricity in every live performance. In the Spiegeltent, magic is commonplace. The ordinary becomes extraordinary and the extraordinary becomes magnificent.

This catalytic effect is never more pronounced than at a comedy show. The atmosphere is charged. The jokes are more potent and the laughs are louder and longer.

Festival sponsors Vodafone are building a comedy village around the Spiegeltent as South Park becomes comedy HQ for twelve days. There will be bars, food stalls, mini theatres and more. Quirky delights will abound and that’s just outside the tent.

Inside the tent, we imagine that festival headliner Tommy Tiernan will feel right at home on the kind of stage where  Marlene Dietrich sang ‘Falling In love Again’ in the 1930’s. The rest of the lineup is just as impressive. With kid’s shows by day and the adult stuff at night, there’s something for everyone.

Fancy seeing Reginald D Hunter, David McSavage, Glenn Wool, Red Bastard and John Colleary? Well you can because they are all on together and that’s just one night. There truly is something for everyone. There will also be an opening, a mid-festival and a closing Gala held in the Spiegeltent this year featuring the very best acts in the festival and some surprises. Tickets are on sale now. Early purchase is advisable.

Got a group of 8? Book a private booth with table service and priority access for you and your friends. Whatever you do, make sure you come down early and enjoy a true festive atmosphere. All shows are fully seated and ridiculously comfortable.

In a city that is more than a little proud of its gorgeous Arts Festival Big Top, Spiegeltent Pardiso is a welcome guest and a magnificent addition to our growing festival.

See www.vodafonecomedycarnival.com for more details.

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The Uncertainty of History at Kinvara Courthouse

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Family Tree by Bernadette Burns, which is being shown as part of her exhibition in Kinvara. It explores events surrounding the death of her grandaunt Eileen Quinn at Kiltartan 101 years ago, during the War of Independence.

The Uncertainty of History – Remembering Eileen Quin, an exhibition that explores human transience, family history and the fragility of memory, will open in the Courthouse at Kinvara, next Friday, October 29.

The work of Galway-born artist Bernadette Burns, this multi-media show was inspired by her grandaunt Eileen Quinn who was killed by British Auxiliary troops on November 1, 1920, in Kiltartan outside Gort.

The show was originally meant to take place in Kinvara last year, on the 100th anniversary of Eileen Quinn’s death, but was postponed because of Covid.

Bernadette is a painter who works with drawing, photography, sculpture, video and book-making.

The paintings, sculpture, audio, and artist’s books in this exhibition grew from a diary entry by Bernadette’s grandmother, Tessie Burns, which referred to the shooting of her younger sister, Eileen, in 1920.

As a child, growing up in Galway City, Bernadette had known that Tessie’s younger sister had died during the War of Independence, but not the details. Finding the diary after Tessie died in 1991 and also being given Tessie’s photo album, awoke something in Bernadette who’d studied art at the then RTC and the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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The First Bad Man – a book club like no other

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Andrew Bennett in Pan Pan Theatre's The First Bad Man.

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“Characters who are trying to understand and explain what is going on in the world and who never know what’s around the corner,” will be on the stage of the city’s Black Box Theatre next Tuesday and Wednesday, October 26 and 27, in The First Bad Man.

The audience will be centrally involved in the show, according to Gavin Quinn of Pan Pan Theatre, who directs The First Bad Man, which is “based on a reading of a novel by Miranda July”.

Gavin and Aedín Cosgrove established Pan Pan in 1993 to present experimental and challenging work and that’s exactly what it does. So, this production is not a straightforward adaptation of the popular 2015 novel from July, who is also a film director, screenwriter actor, and actress. When Gavin read The First Bad Man – her debut novel – he loved “its theatricality and its unusual themes and relationships”.

He was already a fan of the US artist’s work, including her 2007 short-story collection, No One Belongs Here More than You, which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Gavin wrote to July seeking permission for Pan Pan to stage a show based on The First Bad Man. But it wouldn’t be an adaptation, he explained.

“What I was suggesting was more a conceptual piece, more a book club idea,” he says. July was agreeable, although the permission process took longer than it might have done for a straightforward adaptation.

As with so many other companies, Pan Pan’s plans were delayed by Covid. But the show is now coming to Galway, having received its live premiere at the Dublin Theatre Festival earlier this month.

In Pan Pan’s production, a fictional book club selects The First Bad Man as its novel of the week. However, rather than discussing it over one meeting, as is the norm, the club’s members become obsessed with it “and keep coming back to it over a year”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Dark comedy that explores obsession with weddings

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Sarah-Jane Scott as Sorcha in Appropriate. PHOTO: SIMON LAZEWSKI.

Tuam actress, Sarah-Jane Scott, brings her darkly comic one-woman show, Appropriate, to Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre this Saturday, October 23, with a performance at 4pm and another at 8pm.

The play’s heroine, Sorcha, is the queen bee of her hometown, engaged to former county hurling star, Marty. She’s been dreaming about her wedding day for years, except now that it has arrived, she’s just run away from her own reception.

Sorcha isn’t sure if she’s lost her reason or if this is the first sane moment she’s had in years, but as she prepares to enter her perfectly planned life, she finally realises she has never really listened to herself.

Appropriate premiered at the2018 Dublin Fringe festival when it received a great response and was nominated for a Bewley’s Little Gem Award.  The Sunday Times critic was ‘wooed by her self-deprecating, acutely observed tale of love and loss’ that taps into ‘our insatiable obsession with weddings’ while The Irish Times praised it as ‘an engrossing debut’.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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