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Theatre opens its doors for Druid Experience exhibition

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Druid Theatre’s headquarters at Druid Lane Theatre have been largely dark in recent years as the company has enjoyed success at home and abroad, most notably with its with its touring productions of DruidMurphy and DruidSynge.

Even when it is performing in Galway, Druid mostly tends to use the Town Hall Theatre and its most recent production in Druid Lane was Enda Walsh’s Penelope for the 2010 Galway Arts Festival. Other companies and individuals have hired the venue occasionally during that time and it’s also been used for Druid rehearsals. Now, the venue which was refurbished in 2009, has opened its doors for the summer months for an exhibition entitled The Druid Experience, which was officially launched by comedian Tommy Tiernan on Monday.

The exhibition features an eclectic collection of memorabilia from the company, which was founded in 1975 by Garry Hynes, Marie Mullen and Mick Lally –including photos and posters from various Druid productions in the last 38 years.

Visitors can also watch two behind-the-scenes documentaries about the company. The first, Back to the Cradle documents Druid’s first ever visit to Inis Meáin in 1982. The second, Mighty Talk charts the staging of DruidSynge from rehearsals to the opening night at the 2005 Galway Arts Festival and beyond, to the glorious occasion of its final performance of 2005 on Inis Meáin.

 Original artwork on display includes portraits by Brian Bourke of the three Druid co-founders; a portrait of one of Ireland’s greatest actors, Siobhán McKenna, painted by John Shinnors in 1985, during what was to become Siobhán’s final performance in Tom Murphy’s Bailegangaire; and the original poster image by John Behan for the 1984 production of Murphy’s Famine. Visitors can also browse the Druid shop and see props from shows.

And there will be action in the venue’s auditorium for the month of July. These include two rehearsed readings for the Arts Festival as part of the Druid Debut series. The pieces getting staged readings are Happy Birthday Jacob by Michael Marshall, which takes place on Tuesday,July  23at 2pm, and Be Infants in Evil by Brian Martin on Friday, July 26 at 2pm. The Druid Debuts series is an initiative started by Druid in 2001 to support the development of talented emerging writers.

Also on this month is a Galway Arts Festival production of Riverrun, adapted and performed by Olwen Fouéré, a production that presents the voice of the river, Anna Livia Plurabelle, from Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Full details for all these events can be found on www.galwayartsfestival.com or on 091 566577.

The Druid Experience at Druid Lane Theatre is open from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday, and by arrangement for visiting groups. Guided tours are also available. For more details see www.druid.ie or call 091 568660.

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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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