Sep 17 2020
Dance, performance, music, visual arts, film, and talks throughout the evening of September 18
Culture Night, Ireland's annual night of free arts, entertainments, and cultural events, to encourage the public to embrace, enjoy, and develop more interest in music, theatre, literature, dance, and the visual arts, returns tomorrow, Friday September 18.
The Covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in what Stephen Fry has called, "a very dark time for the performing arts", has seen shows, tours, and events cancelled. In recent weeks live events have started to happen again, but on a very restricted basis. So given that Galway has been without arts events since mid-March, Culture Night is the perfect opportunity for an evening out - all events will adhere to Covid-19 guidelines - and appreciate the boost the arts can, and does, provide to our lives.
Sep 15 2020
The Town Hall Theatre this evening, Tuesday 15 September, will join venues across the country and light up their building in red to demonstrate support for workers in the live events sector affected by the continued lockdown.
The initiative is part of National Awareness Week for the Live Entertainment & Event Industry in Ireland, a sector which has remained in forced lockdown since the pandemic hit back in March.
Industry representative groups have invited the public to join the sector in raising awareness of the plight of the 35,000 workers and their families affected by the continued lockdown of this vital commercial sector.
For more information please see https://www.epicwg.com/
Sep 15 2020
After much consideration, Renmore Pantomime Society has made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020/2021 production.
It was hoped that Covid-19 related restrictions for theatres would have been eased by now but unfortunately this is not the case. Given it is unlikely that there will be any significant change in the near future, the Society has had to make a decision based on the current guidelines - currently, it is only possible to have 50 people in the theatre auditorium and this figure must include cast, audience and theatre staff. As Renmmore Pantomime can typically have in excess of 50 in the cast alone, it would be necessary to radically change the concept of the Pantomime in order to meet these requirements. Renmore Pantomime is about people - the production team, the cast on stage, the musicians and singers in the orchestra pit, the crew behind stage, the front of house team and most importantly the audience. It is the interaction between all these groups that make Renmore Pantomime what it is, while bringing entertainment to the thousands that attend each year. So we have reluctantly made the decision to cancel this year’s event.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have supported our society to date. Our sponsors, vendors, society members and most importantly you, the public, who come year after year to see our shows. We would encourage our Society friends to continue supporting our sponsors. Details of our sponsors are listed on our website www.renmorepantomime.com
This is only the 2nd time in over 40 years that Renmore Pantomime has not produced an annual Pantomime. While we are extremely disappointed that we have had to make this decision, we believe that the safety of our members and our patrons is a priority. We are looking forward to getting back on stage in Dec '21/Jan '22 when we can welcome all our members and patrons back to the Town Hall Theatre.
Sep 11 2020
The Town Hall Theatre team are currently putting the finishing touches to an innovative online cultural project involving local artists and residents in Galway Nursing Homes and Care Centres. The project will culminate in the release of a series of digital arts vignettes at the end of September. Funded by Creative Ireland and Galway City Council, ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ is a series of ten short-form digital pieces (each 6-10 minutes long) created by a panel of Galway-based artists who have engaged with residents in Nursing Homes and Care Centres across the city and county this summer and researched, wrote and presented digital pieces inspired by those engagements. The first of the vignettes will be broadcast on social media and digital platforms in the coming weeks.
This unique intergenerational initiative, created to shine a light on older citizens affected by the lockdown, was designed to show collective support for older citizens and the people who care for them, especially in times of crisis. The outbreak of Covid-19 earlier this year was a source of significant stress, worry and perhaps even fear for many older people and the restrictive measures put in place to deal with the crisis - particularly in Nursing Homes - increased the social isolation experienced by many. As the project progressed, it expanded to include older people living outside of care home settings and also others deeply affected by the lockdown.
At the beginning of the summer, the Town Hall Theatre invited a number of Nursing Homes and Care Centres in Galway, Moycullen, Oranmore, Corandulla, Clarinbridge and Tuam to nominate a resident to interact with one of a panel of local theatre makers, musicians and writers. The artists then connected (via phone or Zoom or in some instances, via safe visits) with the resident and with the resident’s family, listening to their stories and then creating a unique series of short-form vignettes for broadcast on social media and digital platforms. The digital stories feature a diverse range of subjects, from recent experiences to fond if distant memories of childhood and varied lifetimes. The panel of artists working on the project include:
Bringing it all Back Home is funded by Galway City Council’s Creative Ireland Funding as part of the Irish Government’s campaign, Getting Through Covid-19 Together, which aims to support people through the restrictive measures that have been put in place to deal with the C-19 crisis. The campaign emphasises the importance of collective support and staying connected to others, and while all of us are experiencing different concerns, it highlights: “no matter what you’re going through, let’s stay connected and make it through, together”. The initiative is being run in association with Backstage Theatre Longford (who were the original architects of the project) and the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire, and was co-ordinated by Oranmore-based freelance director of theatre and radio, Maisie Lee. The Town Hall Theatre expressed gratitude to the project’s funders Creative Ireland and Galway City Council, all of the participating artists and especially to the residents who so generously shared their stories, and to their families and carers.
For more information on broadcast channels, dates and times, keep watch on Town Hall Theatre’s social media channels or visit www.tht.ie
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