Jul 28 2021
We were so sorry to hear of the death of Ray McBride last evening Tues 27 July. Town Hall, theatre and Galway have lost a great friend and, in the words of President and Sabina Higgins, a superb actor, dancer and artist.
The warmth of the audience applause after last night’s performance of The Gate’s production of In MiddleTown at the Black Box Yard when Mikel Murfi spoke fondly of his memories of Ray said it all – Ray will be missed and by many.
We offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. We will forever remember his theatre work and his dancing, his wit and his humour.
Jul 18 2021
The Town Hall Theatre is seeking expressions of interest from Galway theatre makers, musicians, and writers to participate in the venue’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ initiative 2021. Closing date is Friday 23 July. If you are an artist who lives or works in or is from Galway and would like to participate, please e mail us this week at firstname.lastname@example.org and in 50-100 words outline why you would like to be involved. A cash bursary of minimum €1500 will be offered for each project and admin and other support will be provided.
In summer 2020, the Town Hall Theatre invited a number of Nursing Homes and Care Centres in Galway to nominate a resident to interact with one of a panel of local theatre makers, musicians and writers. The artists then connected with the resident and with the resident’s family, listened to their stories and created a series of short-form vignettes for broadcast on social media and digital platforms to share those often simple but always beautiful stories. The 10 minute digital stories feature a diverse range of subjects, from recent experiences to fond if distant memories of childhood and varied lifetimes – for more details on the initiative and to view the videos created last year, visit www.tht.ie
This unique cultural initiative - ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ – was created to shine a light on older citizens affected by the lockdowns and subsequent restrictions. Initially conceived to show collective support for older citizens and the people who care for them, especially in times of crisis, the project subsequently expanded to include people living outside of care home settings and also others deeply affected by the lockdown and the 2021 project will retain this flexibility. Bringing it all Back Home is funded Galway City Council’s Creative Ireland Funding as part of the Irish Government’s campaign, Getting Through Covid-19 Together and is supported by the Arts Council.
Closing date is Friday 23 July
Jul 09 2021
There were seven winners of the 2021 Town Hall Theatre Patron Donation Awards, which support the work of Galway-based artists, companies and producers. The seven received funds ranging from €4,000 to €8,000.
David Joyce’s award will allow him to develop a new play, and likewise for Eimear Finan while Eileen Gibbons’ will help her to complete a work in development. Kristyn Fontanella’s is to develop a new traditional dance piece and Maria Auletta’s to develop a theatre show for children.
Jul 09 2021
Review: The Secrets of Primrose Square
A production that tracks the bleak reality of life during a pandemic in a south Dublin area
Claudia Carroll’s 2018 novel The Secrets of Primrose Square enjoyed a revival in popularity in 2020. It was the most downloaded book in Ireland and the UK during Covid-19 lockdown and the most popular audio release in August and September.
Set among residents of a suburban square in south Dublin, its blend of heightened domestic problems and community support was surely comforting to readers stuck at home as they adjusted to the bleak reality of life during a pandemic. Carroll has now adapted her book for the stage, and she shifts the third-person narrative prose into the accessible, confessional form of the monologue, which she splits between a pared down cast of three central female characters.
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