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Galway Theatre Festival 2021


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Galway Theatre Festival is delighted to present Festival 2021, coming straight to you wherever you are! We have a really exciting programme of theatre, works-in-progress, workshops and talks streaming live into living rooms, home offices and bedrooms around the country. Where and how we create, present and experience theatre and performance has changed dramatically in the past 12 months. This year’s programme explores this new relationship with creativity and space.

For full details please see the Galway Theatre Festival Website

Hannah Brailsford
Folk and Fairies: Tales for Children Buy Tickets

May 1st / 4pm / 50mins / Online / Audio Play / 7+ / €10

Join Hannah Brailsford in an hour of storytelling, geared at the young and young at heart! This family event will journey into folk and fairy tales, myths and legends from around the world.

Hannah is a professional storyteller based in Essex in the UK who tells both traditional and modern tales to young and old alike. Driven by a passion to engage and inspire communities with oral storytelling, she draws on her acting background to take audiences on playful and poignant journeys. Described as, 'Captivating, compelling, high-energy and fun. A storyteller of irresistible and charming tales', she runs Tiny Tales Storytellers for children, schools and families and is the resident storyteller for Southend Theatres. In 2016 she founded Spinning Yarns Theatre to bring storytelling to adult audiences through storytelling events and her regular Word Spun night.

Sarah Richardson
GirlPlay Buy Tickets

May 1st & 3rd / 6pm / 55mins / Online / Audio Play / 16+ / €10

Meet Lucy.

She’s average, awkward and when it comes to sex, what she lacks in experience she makes up for in curiosity. But that’s all set to change. On a night of firsts she opens the door to a world of relationships and sex that she had only ever dreamt about. But is the reality all she had hoped it would be? And can love really sustain the test of time?

An exploration of love and sex spun out in slam.

Credits: Written by Sarah Richardson / Directed by Ciara Elizabeth Smyth / Starring Martha Dunlea, Rachel O'Connell and Sarah Richardson / Sound Design & Engineering by Sam Hardiman / Visual Design by Áine O'Hara / Produced by Marisa Conroy / The Rampant Collective

The Spontaneous Theatre People
Sweet Rock Cáll

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Galway Theatre Festival have had to cancel all performances of Sweet Rock Cáll.

Full refunds will apply.

Please contact Box Office to arrange. Apologies for any inconvenience caused

Fizz and Chips Productions
DRAGON Buy Tickets

May 6th - 8th* (*8th May post show Q&A) / 8pm / 60mins / Online / 12+ / €10
If you are watching with a group, please consider purchasing a group ticket for €15

"Can monsters ever change? And how?"

Dragon is a new musical, telling the tale of a young man (but not that young). He is a serial-first-dater, Tinder Wizard, and a fantasy aficionado. As the cafés and girls change, the story he tells remains the same: the mythical tale of an all-powerful dragon. This world becomes illuminated before our very eyes as the focus shifts to the dragon, terrorizing a village of defenseless civilians. But perhaps this story tells us more about the present than any fantasy world...

Exploring the mythology of masculinity, Fizz & Chips will take you on this journey through music, movement, laughter and tears.

Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fringe Lab, Kildare County Council, Smock Allies Scene and Heard and UNESCO

Eileen Gibbons
The Common Good Buy Tickets

May 2nd & 3rd / 1pm / 55 - 70 mins / Online / €5

An invitation to get involved

As a result of pitching this idea at ITI’s Prime Platform (supported by Age & Opportunity) in November 2019 Eileen was invited to become an associate artist with axis: Ballymun in January 2020, as well as receiving funding from Galway County Council. With this support the first draft of ‘The Common Good’ was written during 2020.

At its most simple the play is about housework and what has traditionally been seen as ‘women’s work’. As an audience member you will be invited to participate, to read, to perform, to comment or simply to observe.

This is an opportunity for the audience to get involved in the process of building and making a new piece of work for the theatre.

Supported by The Galway County Council

Eileen Gibbons is a Galway-based theatre practitioner. Eileen was co-founder of the comedy duo Electric Bridget. Her plays include Waiting for Elvis (Galway Arts Festival, axis: Ballymun) and The Grippe Girls (Galway Arts Festival).  Most recently, Eileen has worked as a dramaturg on Charlene Kelly’s new play ‘Into the Dark Woods’ produced by Blue Teapot Theatre Company. Eileen is an associate artist with axis: Ballymun.

Kevin Murphy
Shakes Buy Tickets

May 7th / 6pm / 60mins (Q & A after performance) / Online / 16+ / €5

Limited capacity – early booking advised

Kieran is a struggling alcoholic who is constantly tormented by his inner demons. These demons have manifested as Kieran's dead drinking buddy, Skipps. When Kieran's family life and friendships begin falling apart, Kieran must overcome his demon and tackle his addiction one day at a time. How long can one day be, every single day?

Crew: Director/Writer: Kevin Murphy / Stage Manager: Kate O'Mahony / Lighting Designer: Conor McLaughlin / Sound Designer: Barra McMahon / Costume Designer: Julie Quinn / Set Designer: Oisín Parslow

Cast: Kieran: Eoin Mullins / Skipps: Mark Fitzgerald / Shannon: Saorla Fenton / Mark: Sean Murphy / Counsellor: Gavin Friel

Beluga Theatre
Borders Buy Tickets

May 8th (Q&A after performance) / 12pm / 25 mins / Online / 8+ / €5

A line in the sand, a fence in a field,
A crack in the earth, a face on a screen.

We are curious about the borders in our lives, visible and invisible.

Join the exploration!

This work-in-progress production is suitable for audiences aged 8+

Borders is an international collaboration developed by Oisín Robbins (Beluga Theatre), Hyemin Han and Bright Ong with support from Galway Theatre Festival, Offaly County Council, Singapore National Arts Council and Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture.

Eszter Nemethi
Asking the Audience Buy Tickets

May 4th, 6th & 8th / 4pm / 90 mins / Online / €7

Limited capacity – early booking advised

'What does it mean to be an audience now?

What will it mean when we can gather again? What did it mean when we still could?

How and when do we 'listen' to the audience?'

Over the course of three days theatre maker and researcher Eszter Nemethi, artist on Galway Theatre Festival’s InterAction programme, will invite audiences, makers and the general public to question what it is to be an audience, how we want to be addressed and hosted in our own homes and how we imagine the return to venues when we can gather together again.

Each day, the conversation will be structured differently, testing and examining different ways of engaging with digital audiences. Each event is a stand-alone conversation, while building on the discussion from the day before. Audiences are invited to attend individual or multiple sessions

Gavin Kostick, Fishamble: The New Play Company
Dramaturgy Masterclass Buy Tickets

May 4, 6th & 8th / 3pm / 90 mins / Online / €12

Limited capacity – early booking advised

Join Gavin Kostick, Literary Manager with Fishamble: The New Play Company, in this three-part introduction to dramaturgy. Three contemporary new works will form the basis of case studies, to explore the role and practice of dramaturgy in new work for theatre.

Each masterclass is a stand-alone workshop, using an individual play as a case study.

Note: Ticket sales have been extended until midnight on Thursday the 29th. Scripts will be emailed to participants in advance

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