Nov 15 2018
'The Staircase has given me a platform to talk about issues I care about'
Fans of the gripping Netflix courtroom documentary, The Staircase, are in for a treat when defence attorney David Rudolf comes to the Town Hall Theatre this month to discuss the case and issues arising from it.
The series focuses on the trial of novelist Michael Peterson for the suspected murder of his wife, Kathleen, at their home in Durham, North Carolina. First screened in 2004, and ending with Peterson’s conviction, further episodes were filmed after he was granted a retrial and the complete series was shown earlier this year on Netflix. Ahead of his Galway visit, David Rudolf spoke with me about the series and its impact.
A New Yorker, Rudolf has been a practising lawyer for more than 40 years with an abiding passion for fighting for the individual against the power of government. Before talking about The Staircase, I asked David for his thoughts on the current state of the American justice system which has been embroiled in controversy lately over issues like Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court and the anti-immigrant policies of Donald Trump.
Nov 15 2018
Claregalway's 9 Arch Musical Society performs musch loved classic tonight, Thursday November 15, Friday 16, and Saturday 17
THE SOUND of Music is one of the world's best loved musicals, and will be performed in the Town Hall Theatre by Claregalway's 9 Arch Musical Society tonight, Thursday November 15, Friday 16, and Saturday 17.
Nov 15 2018
Ballet Ireland to bring much loved classic to Galway
THE NUTCRACKER, one of the most beloved of all ballets, is coming to Galway in a new production by Ballet Ireland, featuring an international cast of world-class dancers.
Nov 05 2018
Former Irish Army captain, Tom Clonan, on how the show gave him a 'chance to look at myself and see that young man who never came back'
INSPIRED BY interviews with current and former soldiers from the Irish Defence Forces, the British army, and survivors of the Bosnian war, Soldier Still, the critically acclaimed new production by Junk Ensemble, is coming to Galway next week.
A beautiful and haunting tale of trauma, it explores the after effect of war, the retirement of a soldier and the indelible traces left behind. A combination of dance, theatre, and gorgeous design performed by four exceptional dancers and former Irish Army captain, Dr Tom Clonan, the production is a poetic and human perspective of the impact of violence. Blending movement, text, music, real stories and real people, Soldier Still explores the vulnerability, the viciousness and the trauma of violence.
Ahead of this acclaimed show’s Galway visit, Tom Clonan spoke with me about its content, beginning with how he got involved in the production. “I was an army officer and went to Lebanon in 1995, which was a very violent deployment," he said. "It culminated in a punitive operation by the Israelis which saw several massacres in the Irish area of operations, so myself and other Irish personnel spent weeks taking dead men, women, and children out of buildings destroyed by missile strikes and helicopter gunship attacks. I never really dealt with that experience; I came back home and buried it.
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