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Feb 22 2018

Peppa Pig’s Adventure comes to Galway

A day in the woods with Peppa and friends

PEPPA PIG is on a big adventure, so big it's taking her all the way to the Black Box and it has also led to an extra performance being added due to public demand.

Peppa Pig’s Adventure is at the Black Box Theatre Wednesday April 25 at 1pm and 4pm and on Thursday April 26 at 10am and 1pm, with an extra show at 4pm.

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Feb 22 2018

Jason Byrne; balls, brains and chaos

Comic brings new show, The Man With Three Brains, to Town Hall

ONE-MAN comic maelstrom Jason Byrne whirls into the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday March 10 at 7.30pm with his new show, The Man With Three Brains, which has been drawing rave reviews and sell-out crowds.

Jason has three brains which kick into action when he hits the stage. His left brain scans the audience, looking for improv moments. His right brain collates stand-up material and stunts, poised to dish out the funnies at speed. His centre brain is Jason’s coach, pushing him to the limit. This laugh-a-minute show peels back the madness inside Jason’s head to reveal all three brains working individually.

The comedian has been touring the show for several months, so it has morphed and mutated a few times along the way. “I am basically the amoeba of comedy; every show of mine changes all the time,” Jason tells me. “As the months pass I get bored and I put new stuff in; people ask me ‘Why not just do the same show for a while?’ and I always say ‘Nah, I don’t think I could do that!’

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Feb 10 2018

Talking SIN and sexiness with artist Margaret Nolan

EROTICA AND sexuality are the provocative and alluring themes of a bold new exhibition opening this Saturday, in both the Town Hall Theatre bar and the Black Gate Cultural Centre on St Francis Street.

Curated by Margaret Nolan, the show is teasingly entitled SIN, and across the two venues, comprises more than 40 pieces in a variety of media - painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. The exhibiting artists are Charlie Cullen, Tom Mathews, Hughie Friel, Liam Delaney, Caoimhe LaVelle, Ciara Nolan, Sabina Ñiguez, Margaret Nolan, Stephen Roche, Tony Carragher, Patrick Rodgers, Piotr Bieniasz, Finbar McHugh, and Dean Kelly. Over a Saturday afternoon coffee in Tigh Neachtain, artist/curator Margaret Nolan sat with me to talk about SIN and what viewers can expect.

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Feb 08 2018

I can’t wait to do it again, particularly with these guys

Aaron Monaghan on the return of Druid’s Waiting for Godot

AN EARLY highlight of the Town Hall Theatre’s spring programme gets under way this month with the return of Druid’s brilliant production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot. Directed by Garry Hynes, and first performed at the 2016 Galway International Arts Festival, the production has since toured Ireland and visited the US to huge acclaim.

At the centre of the play is the wonderful double act of Marty Rea as Estragon, lean as a pencil in his frayed pinstriped coat, and the shorter Aaron Monaghan as the perpetually perplexed Vladimir. Ahead of Godot’s return, Monaghan spoke with me about the play from New York where he and fellow Godot cast member Garret Lombard (Lucky ) are starring in Marie Jones’ Stones In His Pockets.

It has been 20 years since Monaghan made his stage debut and he is widely recognised as one of our foremost actors. His CV includes leading roles in prestige productions of Shakespeare, Synge, Sophocles, Murphy, and O’Casey, with many of those roles coming for Druid. Remarkably, Druid’s Waiting For Godot was his first time to do a play by Beckett.

 

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