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Jimmy's Hall

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Adapted from Paul Laverty’s film script

Bursting with music, dance, poetry and song, the must-see feel-good show of last summer is back!

Jimmy’s Hall is a new stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed Ken Loach film, Jimmy’s Hall.

‘the dancing and singing is a marvel’ – Sunday Independent

It tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.

‘spellbinding’ – The Irish Times

A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to reopen the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.

‘a rousing show worth seeing’ – The Sunday Times

 Friends First

To complement the performances of Jimmy's Hall, we invited Manchán Magan to perform two of his theatrical installations Gaeilge Tamagotchi and Arán & Im over the course of two days.

In Gaeilge Tamagotchi, Manchán invites you to adopt an Irish word in order to breathe life into it.

Arán & Im celebrates the Irish language in an engaging, accessible bilingual way, through sourdough bread and home-churned butter.