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Variety and quality in Galway Fringe line-up

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The Galway Fringe Festival kicks off this Friday, July 12 and runs until July 31 in venues throughout Galway City with more than 100 local, Irish, and international acts, including comedy, children’s events, visual arts, music, theatre, cabaret, and literature both in English and Irish.

The theatre programme include Martin Sharry in his one-man show Martin Sharry Tells it Like it is, where Sharry explores the potential for truth  and storytelling in the medium of stand-up. It runs for two nights, on July 24 and 25 from 6-7pm in the Townhouse bar. The Bentley will also become a theatre venue, with shows such as The Great Couch Rebellion by award-winning playwright Philip Doherty, which tells the story of how Adam and Eve reach breaking point when they decide to rise up gloriously from the comfort of their couch and lead Ireland in a new rebellion. The show runs from July 16-20, from 8-9pm.

Musical highlights include Julie Hawk, a Galway singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is taking the London unsigned scene by storm. She will be performing this Friday, July 12 at 8pm in The Factory Abbeygate Street. Another performance to look forward to is A Sense of Place; a Place of Sense, at Galway City Museum on July 20 at 4pm.  Five international musicians will play eight modern classical compositions from all around the world, including the world premiere of a composition by John Maxwell Geddes.

Dance highlights include One Last Drop, which tells the stories of a man and woman as they struggle with the addiction to alcohol.  Written and directed by Claudia O’Sullivan and Kori Kilduff, it runs from July 22-25, at 5.30pm in The Cube theatre, NUI Galway.

Events on the literary front include Like a Marble Rolled, a contemporary epic poem that tells the story of a journey two friends make across a fictional city. Created and performed by Phoebe Dick this will be performed on July 20 and 28 of July in The Cellar Bar at 6pm.

Meanwhile The Poetry Sessions will take place in the Bridge Mills, at 3pm every day from July16-22 will feature a mix of music and poetry performed by Padraic Harvey, Gráinne Ní Fhoighil, Fred Johnston, Paul Mulligan, Seán Ó Coistealbha, Marie Homes and others.

The visual art scene is also well represented at the Festival and includes the exhibition Tell Me Your Real Name, a series of photographic portraits exploring questions of identity and the idea of self. All are welcome to have their portrait taken on site between 2-5pm daily in Galway City Museum, from July 17-19.  Another exhibition worth seeing is Craic in Galway by Darius Ivan, who is renowned for his nightlife photography around the city. His exhibition will show different views of life in Galway through his lens.

l See www.galwayfringe.ie for more.

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Immortal, a musical exploration of history, family and immortality

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Ellen Greally who plays Oisín's daughter Plur in Immortal.

An original musical, Immortal, from local theatre company, Morgan Creative is running at the city’s Town Hall Theatre until this Friday night, September 24, starting at 8pm nightly.

Billed by its creators Luke and Jake Morgan as “the next chapter of Irish folklore”, the story is set between the mythological land of Tír na nÓg, rural Galway during the Irish Civil War and modern-day Galway. It features 12 new original songs that strive to bring the area’s rich local history and traditions to a modern audience.

An era after her father, Oisín has left Tír na nÓg, Plur sets off on a perilous journey to find him. With the help of Choppy, a grouchy swan, Plur crosses the sea to a magical land she has heard about only in stories: Ireland. However, when she arrives, she learns that trouble is brewing.

The year is 1921 and the struggle for Irish independence is about to take a bitter turn. As Plur encounters a group of young rebels intent on storming Renmore Barracks, there is only one question on her mind: Will she manage to find her father and bring him home before it is too late?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway back in festive swing

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Festival highlight…John Gerrard (centre) in front of his Mirror Pavilion in Derrigimlagh Bog, pictured in with Galway International Arts Festival’s Chief Executive John Crumlish (left) and Artistic Director Paul Fahy. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The programme may have been amended because of Covid-19 restrictions – but this year’s Galway International Arts Festival still conjured up a whole set of indoor and outdoor experiences to deliver three weeks of spectacular success.

The pandemic resulted in GIAF’s biggest ever digital programme, including the first festival theatre livestream, making the work accessible to a much wider audience – and a star-studded concert from St Nicholas’ Church.

Festival highlights included Medicine, a theatrical tour-de-force by Enda Walsh with a cast featuring Domhnall Gleeson – and the acclaimed Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work, the second part of John Gerrard’s visual art project set in the heart of Derrygimlagh bog. That also attracted a global audience because it included a 24/7 live stream of the virtual performance that was being shown on the LED screen.

The first ever Other Voices collaboration with the festival delivered an unforgettable concert from St Nicholas’ Church, as part of the Courage series, featuring NewDad, Tolü Makay, Susan O’Neill and Mick Flannery, and Anna Mullarkey.

Audiences can still experience again the First Thought Talks series by checking them out  the Festival website.  Guests such as Misha Glenny; Bonnie Greer; Mike Ryan, Noelle Browne; Siobhan Burke, Sinéad Burke, Fintan O Toole, Peter Lunn and Teresa Lambe amongst others, discussed everything from cyber-hacking to the impact of remote working on rural Ireland to vaccine development.

The 2021 Vinyl Hours series saw guests Philip King, Sinéad Burke, Niamh Regan and Brian Kerr, reveal their most treasured songs in special in-conversation events. Fans can catch up with these conversations when they are released next month as part of the First Thought podcast series.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Kinvara exhibition focuses on ups and downs of social media

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The Kinvara Area Visual Artists group, KAVA is hosting, My Social Bubble, an exhibition of work by arts graduate Mark Keaveney, in which the Roscommon native focuses on the use social media

“My current practice is about the psychological effects of social media,” he explains. “I am exploring people’s engagement with these online platforms, mostly through digital media, along with other platforms such as painting, drawing, and photography.  Modern technology has proven to be a huge phenomenon and an extremely helpful tool in the contemporary art world.

“It provides many benefits as well as potentially harmful results. There is a significant grey area to be found when approaching peoples’ mental health and these handheld devices.”

This exhibition in cooperation with KAVA, will be supported by Kinvara Alive, a local group that promotes well-being and mental health.

The spokesperson for Kinvara Alive, Sean Glynn, says the show offers plenty food for thought.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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