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Mar 14 2019

When I go onstage in Ireland I’ll come on as Jim Royle

Ricky Tomlinson, star of TV shows The Royle Family and Brookside, films by Ken Loach and Shane Meadows, proud Scouser and socialist, is coming to the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday March 30 to regale us with stories from his colourful life.

Over an afternoon phone call, speaking from his Liverpool home, Ricky relived some of his career highs and lows and gave an inkling of what Galway audiences can look forward to at the end of the month. I began by asking about his childhood.

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Mar 14 2019

Take The Points with Des Bishop

'Take the point' is good advice on the pitch, but an even better metaphor for life, especially when you do not take advice well, and especially if you are one of those angry troll types on Facebook and Twitter.

There is so much 'white noise' and 'opinion' around right now, somebody needs to say, 'Try being informed, not just opinionated', and also, 'Just listen, you might learn something'.

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Mar 14 2019

Woolly the sheep - she's determined to be different

Branar Téatar do Pháistí brings new show to the Town Hall Theatre

Sheep have a bad reputation as the ultimate conformists. If one of them does something, they all have to do it. Woolly is different though. She dares to be adventurous, and after she gets shorn, she's determined to find out what happened to her wool.

This is Wooly's Quest, a new bilingual show, suitable for children at all levels of spoken Irish. It will be staged by Branar Téatar do Pháistí in the Town Hall Theatre later this month, and stars Jonathan Gunning, Miquel Barcelo, and Helen Gregg. It mixes storytelling, comedy, music, song, and puppetry.

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Mar 14 2019

Smash hit show Menopause The Musical comes to the Town Hall

'Sudden flushes, night sweats, memory loss, chocolate binges, not enough sex, too much sex, and plastic surgery'

What causes women of a certain age to suffer cold sweats, hot flushes, hormones to rage like tsunamis, and unpredictable mood swings? It is not watching George Clooney or listening to Michael Buble - it is the menopause.

This change-of-life experience is the basis of the international smash hit sensation, Menopause The Musical, which comes to the Town Hall Theatre for four performances on March 26 and 27. This show has thrilled countless audiences around the world since its 2001 premiere in Florida, including multiple sell-out Irish tours.

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