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Tuam Youth Theatre in spotlight with new production of West Side Story

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Conor Walsh, Hannah Rhattigan, Hannah Wright and Pete Roche (Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council) at the launch of Tuam Youth Theatre's production of West Side Story.

It has been some journey for Tuam Youth Theatre since the group was founded just six years ago. In those few years, it has gone from strength to strength.

Its members have performed some challenging shows and the group has had a solid if a continuously revolving cast.

Now the young performers are performing West Side Story, which will run from Wednesday, August 5, to Friday, August 8, in the Mercy Secondary School.

Tuam Youth Theatre was established by Gillian Geraghty, the daughter of Esther and John Geraghty, who have played a huge part in the success of this group.

A superb cast of local talent will join forces to present West Side Story, the award-winning modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet.

The feuding families from Shakespeare’s Verona have become two warring New York City gangs in this American musical  – the white Jets led by Riff (Conor Flaherty) and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo (Jamie Harte).

Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff’s best friend (and former Jet) Tony (Conor Walsh) and Bernardo’s younger sister Maria (Hannah Rhatigan) meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop this relationship.

Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, and begin planning to run away. Then the Sharks and Jets decide to have a rumble under the highway – whoever wins gains control of the streets.

Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping to end the violence. It all goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what’s happened, tragedy strikes and doesn’t stop until the climactic and heart-breaking ending.

Other performers in this production of West Side Story include: Hannah Wright (Anita), Jack Lee (Action), Sam Lee (A-Rab), Thomas Connern (Chino), Eoin Mullins (Baby John), Cian Forde (Snowboy), Eoin Greally (Big Deal), Neal McHugh (Diesel), Áine Neenan (Girl), Kate MacDonnell (Rosalia), Ollie Turner (Doc), Mervyn Fahy (Schrank), Mike Flaherty (Krupke), Róisín Fowley (Velma), Caoimhe Glynn (Graziella), Alisha Garvey (Consuela) and Mary Newell (Francisca).

Tuam Youth Theatre has become synonymous with providing the highest standard of amateur musicals in the past six years. The group has previously staged Hairspray, Our House, Footloose, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables, and Miss Saigon and this is will be its eight production.

A cast of almost 60, from all parts of the county, who are both in second and third level education, will present this latest classic musical, which is sure to appeal to audiences of all ages.

West Side Story will be staged in the Mercy Secondary School at 8pm nightly. Tickets cost €15 and there is a special on Wednesday night only for €10. The tickets are available from Quinn’s shop on Bishop Street and Geraghty’s Maxol garage.

 

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Legendary Andy Irvine in concert

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Andy Irvine

Legendary singer/songwriter Andy Irvine will play the Gig Room in the Kinvara Community Centre next Saturday, May 28, at 8pm.

With an impressive repertoire of Irish songs and Balkan dance tunes, he is renowned for his unique fusion of Irish and World music.

Andy’s musical career took off when he joined Sweeney’s Men in 1965, touring extensively with them before leaving in 1968 to pursue his own musical journey. That took him to Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia, as he studied the music and traditions of these places.

During this time, he began playing the bouzouki professionally, as it allowed him to develop his own style while deepening his knowledge of Balkan music.

Back in Ireland Andy founded the now-legendary Planxty with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam O’ Flynn. When the group took a break in 1967, he recorded an album with Paul Brady, simply entitled Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, which became a classic.

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

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World premiere to feature in free concert

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Dave Flynn

The world premiere of E-Bow, a work for string quartet and electric guitar by  composer Dave Flynn, will take place this Sunday, May 22, at 3pm at the O’Donoghue Theatre, NUIG. Admission is free and all are welcome.

E-Bow will be performed by Galway’s quartet in residence, ConTempo, and Dave Flynn himself. A work in three movements, it plays with the tradition of the guitar quintet, which dates back to the late 18th century, but brings it in new directions by using an electric guitar with the addition of an e-bow.

This is a hand-held electronic bow invented by Greg Heet in 1969 and patented in 1978, after which it became an essential tool for rock guitarists. Performers including Blondie, U2, Radiohead, Big Country, Genesis, Pink Floyd and R.E.M. have used them, but e-bows are less common in classical music because they don’t work on nylon-string classical guitars.

The work was co-commissioned by long-term commissioning partners Galway Music Residency (GMR) and Galway City Council and is being presented  as part of Arts in Action, by  GMR, in association with Dublin’s Contemporary Music Centre.

Sunday’s show will also include a performance of Philip Glass’ Mishima, arranged for string quartet and electric guitar, with special permission from the composer. Philip Glass composed this piece for the film Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, about Japanese author Yukio Mishima who died in November 1970 after performing Seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment).

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

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Hidden Horses in Kinvara’s KAVA gallery

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Hidden Horses in Kinvara’s KAVA gallery

Hidden Horses, an exhibition of work by Clare-based artist Kate Browne will open at Kinvara Area Art Gallery, KAVA, this Friday, May 20, and will run daily until Sunday, May 29, from 11am – 4pm.

It’s an exhibition that grew from the loss she felt over the past decade as her children left home and began to forge their own paths.

Kate, who’d had a passion for horses in her younger years, rediscovered that passion.

“Now my muses are the mountain ponies of neighbours, the rescued equines and forgotten horses in our countryside and cities.  Hidden Horses asks you to see that the lives of all sentient creatures, is our moral obligation and to speak up when in doubt.”

All are welcome to view the work at the KAVA gallery in Kinvara’s  former courthouse.

 

 

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