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World of difference between The Village and The Estate

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TV Watch with Dave O’Connell 

I suppose at the end of the day you get what you pay for – and while you might imagine that a series called The Village would share some common theme with one called The Estate, you couldn’t be more wrong.

The Village is on BBC and has a lavish budget, and it tells the story of a fictional area of Derbyshire during the First World War. The Estate is a low-cost TV3 ‘reality show’ of modern day life in what one hopes is the toughest part of Waterford.

You hope it’s the toughest part of town, because if there’s a rougher, more deprived area, they’d need to bring in the bulldozers to condemn it.

This is chav-central – families of 14 where the only reason anyone ever leaves home is because they’ve been murdered or they’re gone to jail.

Everyone drinks and smokes like they are training for an Olympic version of poor living, and the few shining lights are dimmed by the utter despondency of those around them.

It’s a three-part fly-on-the-wall series and it does nothing for either the city itself or those taking part – with the exception of one youth worker who is determined to get into third level despite his family’s determination to keep him in the gutter he came from.

Thankfully, the local branch of the St Vincent de Paul comes to his aid and gives him the chance to get out of this pointless existence – but pointless is the recurring theme of The Estate.

Low budget, low expectations, low life – all wrapped up in TV3’s latest assault on their unsuspecting audience.

The Village, on the other hand, is addictive for all the right reasons – deservedly cast as an epic drama, it mines this new rich vein of interest in period drama that has grown on the back of Downton Abbey.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Comedian Shane for city show

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Comedian Shane Clifford.

Shane Clifford, who has been described by podcaster and comedian Blindboy as ‘The best comedian in Ireland, hands down’, will be at the city’s Town Hall Studio next Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm to perform his new show, AW Class.

It’s being presented by the Lisa Richards Agency who are promising loads of laughter as Tralee man Shane tries and fails to get to grips with rugby fans, posh dogs, sinister yoghurt and retail breakdowns.

Shane who previously worked in Tesco, was 30 when he did his first stand-up show about six years ago. That was after he had quit his job, gone travelling and decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet. He dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity in an original and funny way in these videos and has since gone on to gain a reputation as an original voice on the Irish comedy scene, playing festivals and venues including Whelan’s.

Tickets €15, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.

 

 

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INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall

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Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina. 

Irish National Opera will return to Galway next Thursday, December 1, to present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in the Town Hall Theatre at  8pm.

Donizetti’s sparkling operatic comedy is an intergenerational tug-of-war about love and money. It  features Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor; Ernesto, his good-looking young heir; and Norina, an attractive young widow.

This unorthodox love triangle is the basis for a hilarious and touching show that offers an entertaining slant on the threat of being disinherited, a mock marriage and a spendthrift wife.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it’s conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and directed by Orpha Phelan, with Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina.

Tickets for Don Pasquale are €30/€27, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.

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Music festival set to return after a successful debut

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Billy Owens of Galway Simon Music Project accompanied by Aboriginal singer Jesse Lloyd as they sing The Galway Shawl during a visit by Jessie to An Taibhdhearc to meet with members of the project during the Songs from an Open Road Festival. Jessie, who is an artist, musician, singer and activist, collaborated with well-known musician Steve Cooney for her concert as part of the festival. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

Musicians, artists and DJs from more than 15 countries congregated in Galway City at the weekend to take part in the inaugural Songs From An Open Road (SFAOR).

Organisers Pádraic Boran and Pat Neary say the overwhelmingly positive reaction from audiences and participants alike augurs well for its future. They are hopeful it marks the beginning of a new international winter World Music festival in Galway.

There were a couple ‘firsts’ over the weekend. For many who attended the beautiful Loft @Seven in Bridge Street, it may well be a case of an ‘I was there’ moment, as an intimate but appreciative crowd saw a stupendous set from Indian futurist jazz percussionist Sarathy Koewar and his band. This was their Irish debut and also marked the beginning of a pioneering world tour from the burgeoning group. Pat and Pádraic are hopeful that this exciting talent will return to Ireland and Galway soon.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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