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Art has no borders but it does have edges

Jul 20 2017

“You have spent 40 years celebrating the arts and girl, you are aging well!” says artist John Gerrard

The 40th Galway International Arts Festival got off to a flying start on Monday at the Black Box Theatre with the world premiere of Woyzeck In Winter, Conall Morrison’s daring fusion of Büchner and Schubert.

From the moment Rosaleen Linehan enters amid falling snow, with her haunting, eerie, song ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’, Morrison’s A-list cast deliver in spades. These include Barry McGovern [photographed below with Barry McGovern and Medb Ruane] as the doctor who uses Woyzeck for medical experiments, Peter Coonan as the preening and priapic Drum Major and Rory Nolan as the brash barker.

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The essential 2017 guide to the Galway International Arts Festival

Jul 17 2017

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Aaron Monaghan, actor

Jul 06 2017

It’s frightening to explore the more vulnerable spaces of yourself

He will play the role of a silent man in an opera at the Galway International Arts Festival. He will appear as an IRA volunteer determined to break out of the Maze prison in the Galway Film Fleadh. He is an essential part of the Druid Ensemble team of actors. Yet Aaron Monaghan admits acting was something he came into “at the very last minute”.

Aaron - well known in Galway from his performances with Druid in Waiting for Godot, The Cripple Of Inismaan, DruidSynge, and DruidMurphy - plays the lead role in The Second Violinist by Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy as part of GIAF 17. He will also appear alongside Tom Vaughan Lawlor in Maze, directed by Stephen Burke, at next week’s Fleadh.

An outstanding, superb, actor, it seems strange he might not have gone down this path at all - originally he planned to become an architect. “I didn’t know it was possible to be an actor,” Aaron tells me during our Wednesday afternoon interview. “No one in my family had anything to do with it, but you know the saying, ‘Acting is the shy man’s revenge’.”

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The reality and responsibility of parenthood

Jun 29 2017

Galway film A Break In The Clouds to be screened at the Galway Film Fleadh

A YOUNG couple struggle to adapt to the reality and responsibility of parenthood after the birth of their first child. This is A Break In The Clouds, a short film which premieres at the Galway Film Fleadh.

The film was written and directed by Tristan Heanue from Letterfrack, who also stars in the film. He has appeared in Vikings and his directorial debut Today, was screened at the 27th Galway Film Fleadh. The cast includes Gemma-Leah Devereux (Get Up & Go, Stitches ), Marie Ruane (Foxes, Striking Out ), Linda Bhreathnach (Adulting, Ros na Rún ).

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