What's On

Exhibition: Friday 6 April - Saturday 12 May, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge
Guided tour: Saturday 14 April , 11.30am, free of charge
Dementia Friendly Tour: Tuesday 17 April, 11.30am, free of charge

Gráinne Cuffe: Moments

Launch Friday 13 April

glór is delighted to present an exhibition of new work from leading Irish Printmaker, Gráinne Cuffe.

Well known for her intricate flowers studies, and oversized exuberant etchings, her new works depict lilies, tulips, and some sweet pea. Cuffe’s practice is firmly placed within a long-established artistic tradition that values careful and considered observations of nature and the translation of these  observations into a new visual form.

Her large, metre square etchings embody influences from Georgia O'Keeffe, from her Bauhaus trained architect father Luan Cuffe, and from working in studios in California, London, Milan and Dublin. Her work is 'not strictly botanical' and embraces the energy, structure and colour of flowers. A perfect  exhibition to celebrate the bounties of the season!

A Guided Tour of the exhibition and Artist’s Talk, will take place on Saturday 14 April at 11.30am. Free of charge and all welcome.

A Dementia Friendly Exhibition Tour for People Living with Dementia & their Family, Friends & Carers will take place on Tuesday 17 April at 11.30am. Click here for more information. Please pre-book with Sinéad Cahill at gallery@glor.ie / 065 6845370. 

Friday 20 April in the glór Studio, 8.30pm, €15/€13 conc.

Danny O’Brien: RaconTour

Fresh from a sell-out month long run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a tour of South East Asia, award-winning comedian Danny O'Brien returns with his most adventurous and unique solo show to date! After inheriting a broken-down, unreliable, older-than-he-is motorcycle, Danny decided to take to the road on a comedic expedition. Come hear the story of this RaconTour- in all its glory, failures and triumphs alike!

Following in the footsteps of Simon Pegg, Dylan Moran and Dara O Briain - Danny was handpicked last year to perform as part of the iconic “Best of The Edinburgh Fest” Show in Australia, touring Perth World Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Danny has also featured on The Comedy Channel’s "Brexit at Tiffany’s" Show and is a regular on Irish TV and Radio.
As well as this he has been providing tour support for Today FM's Dermot & Dave's nationwide "Ah Sure Look It" Tour.

Don't miss one of the most exciting and highly anticipated stand up shows of the year!

Winner of the coveted Father Ted 'Tedfest' Award and voted FM104's 'Dublin's Funniest Comedian'

O'Brien took to the stage like a force of nature...one suspects it won’t be too much longer before stadiums come calling.” Irish Examiner ★★★★★

'O'Brien is genuinely, uproariously funny with a huge stage presence and wicked timing... He looks set to be one of the breakout comedy stars of 2017' The Sunday Independent

"A perfect mixture of brains, banter and brilliance" Great Scott ★★★★

Friday 20 April, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Music and Songs our Fathers Loved

presented by Shaskeen and The Wingers

Shaskeen and The Wingers are delighted to return for another magical performance in 2018, with a nostalgic homage to the early recording pioneers of Irish music and song, from the first decades of the 20th century through the development and growth of Irish broadcasting to the internationally celebrated platform that is now occupied by Irish music.

It is difficult to imagine in the present robust and exciting world of Traditional Music that we now enjoy, that a mere century ago this tradition was in danger of being lost forever. Generations of deprivation and emigration had brought Ireland to her knees, yet it was this very scourge of emigration that would provide the spark to ignite the passion for our native music with the arrival of the first 78rpm recordings from the United States. James Morrison, Michael Coleman and the Flanagan brothers became household names.  This excitement would be re-generated at the emergence of new state and the advent of broadcasting with the establishment of 2RN the National Radio Service.

The struggle to have Irish music regularly broadcast up to the emergence of Radio Eireann continued with the lack of available recordings posing a particular problem, until Ciaran MacMathuna embarked on his job of journey work. There have been many landmark Radio programmes over the decades but one, which provides the inspiration for this performance was the Walton’s programme presided over by Leo Maguire and transmitted on Saturdays as part of a sponsored programme schedule from 1952 to 1981.
The programme featured artists from Walton’s own label, Glenside Records, and included Joe Lynch, Charlie Magee, Mary McConigle and Delia Murphy together with many others.\


Leo Maguire’s persistent message to the listeners was:
A weekly reminder of the grace and the beauty that lies in our heritage of Irish song, the songs our Fathers loved”.

Saturday 21 April, 8pm, €22/€20 conc

Jack L - Magic Days

There's something for every taste in Jack's music. His most recent best-selling album of original material Magic Days was deemed his “best work ever” by The Hot Press and Irish Times amongst others, and was Album of the Month on RTÉ Radio One.

Jack is on a high at the moment and he promises to deliver a spectacular event with some great new characters to introduce you to, including 'The King Of Soho' (The first single from the album) and many more intriguing creations from his vivid imagination,  And none more vivid then the man himself!

Jack is one of the greatest interpreters of song lyrics I have heard in recent years”.........Christopher Riddle (Leader of The Nelson Riddle Orchestra)
As with all great shows, it’s over too soon”  Edinburgh Evening News
A gorgeous, versatile Baritone”  The Washington Post
Jack L’s voice is an irresistible force of nature”  The Irish Times
"What a voice…what a performer!"   The Los Angeles Times

Post-Primary Talk - Tuesday 24 April, 11am, free of charge
Evening Talk - Wednesday 25 April, 7.30pm, free of charge

Nolde Talks On Tour

presented by The National Gallery in partnership with glór

In mid-February, the National Gallery opened one of its major exhibitions of 2018, Emil Nolde: Colour is Life. A rare opportunity to see the work of this prolific and versatile artist, this exhibition will explore some of the many facets of his work. From portraits to seascapes and including etchings, woodcuts, drawings and paintings, this is a bold survey of Nolde’s fascinating oeuvre.

The National Gallery, in partnership with glór presents free illustrated talks on Emil Nolde's life and work. Including a talk for post-primary and an evening talk delivered by a member of the education team, these talks will introduce audiences to both the man and his art: his techniques, his motivations and the historical context of his work.

Lasting an hour it will give those who wish to visit the exhibition in Dublin a wonderful introduction to what they’ll experience, while those who can’t make it to the exhibition will have the opportunity to see and hear about these unique works.

Duration approx. 60 minutes, including time for questions and informal discussion.

Free of Charge and All Welcome. Please pre-book with glór box office on 065 6843103.

Wednesday 25 April, 7.30pm, Pay what you feel on the night (bring cash!)

PlatForms

PlatForms is a new glór initiative to support artists in creating new work – whilst providing insight for audiences into the development process and the choices that artists make. The event will be ‘scratch’ in style, with a selection of artists across art-forms sharing brief excerpts from their work-in-progress, with opportunities for audience responses and feedback. Three to four artists/groups of artists will present short excerpts of their work – followed by brief moderated discussions with the audience about what they have seen.
So if you are an arts lover with a curiosity for the new, then join us on this fascinating journey!

The work being presented on the night will be excerpts from:

  • Yurt a play by John Killeen
  • In the struggle we find hope, contemporary street dance & composition by Tobi Omoteso and Leo Wolstenholme
  • Sweet About Me a play written and performed by Jacinta Sheerin


We are delighted that director and dramaturg Thomas Conway will be the dramaturg/facilitator for PlatForms.  The audience are requested to reserve tickets in advance and then pay what they feel on the night (in cash!).

Please book your ticket in advance with glór box office.

Friday 27 April, 10.30am & 12pm, €5/Teachers Free

Star Chasers by Scott Young

presented by Barnstorm Theatre Company

Suitable for ages 4-7
Schools: Junior Infants - First Class
Duration 35 mins


A modern-day adventure for all, Star Chasers sees Billy and Dad heading north with just a tent and a box full of Mam’s memories. This is a rich exploration of the relationship between a parent and child and their attempts to come to terms with the shared loss in their lives.

A tapestry of music, movement and magical imagery.

Friday 27 April, 8pm, €12.50/€10 conc./€40 family of 4

G4 Ennis Guitar School Annual Concert

G4 Ennis Guitar School is proud to present their annual concert, showcasing their students of all ages playing guitar, piano/keyboards and singing, in styles such as Pop, Rock, Blues, and many more.  This is sure to be an entertaining evening that you won’t want to miss.

Saturday 28 April, 11am & 12.30pm, €6

Whatever the Weather

presented by Little Bigtop Theatre

Co-created by Joanna Williams and Joanna Parkes
Suitable for ages 3-5
Duration 40 mins

A drop of sunshine, a sprinkle of rain, a dollop of snow and a whoosh of wind. Whatever the weather it can be fun to go outside! But that’s not what Worried Wendy thinks, she hides away inside, afraid of what the weather may bring. Together the children show Wendy there’s nothing to fear by sharing a range of sensory activities with her... Whatever the weather they can go out to play!

Saturday 28 April, 7.30pm, €10
Package ticket, for glór event & Sunday 29th April events listed below, €25

Nature, Gardening and Mental Wellbeing – Film and Expert Talks

presented by Clare Garden Festival in association with glór

This year’s highlight event of Clare Garden Festival FRINGE combines the award-winning garden film Project Wild Thing with expert talks to be announced.

Filmmaker David Bond thinks Mother Nature needs a helping hand. His children are fascinated by screens but are strangers to the natural world. David appoints himself the Marketing Director for Nature and, with the help of marketing experts, he sets out to sell this amazing, free, wonder product. Project Wild Thing finds hilarity, joy and absurdity in the choices we face as 21st Century humans.

PROJECT WILD THING - official trailer from Green Lions on Vimeo.

 

Clare Garden Festival also presents the following events on Sunday 29th April:

  • Masterclass Organic Gardening with Jim Cronin at Ennis Showgrounds
    11am - 12pm  |  Tickets €15
  • Clare Garden Festival at Ennis Showgrounds
    (Over 70 Plant, Garden & Food stalls, Expert talks, Gardens, etc.)
    11am-5pm  |  Entry €6

Package ticket available for the above 2 events and Nature, Gardening and Mental Wellbeing – Film and Expert Talks at glór for just €25. Available from glór box office on 065 6843103 or in person.

See more details on www.claregardenfestival.com

Tuesday 1 May, 8pm, €7

Song Of Granite

preceded by 'Sekar Arum' by Maurice Gunning

Dir: Pat Collins
2017  |  Ireland, Canada
104 mins  |   Cert: CLUB

This visually meticulous and mesmerising film revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney. The stylised black-and-white picture, obscuring the border between documentary and fiction, is a cinematic ballad that invites viewers to join the enigmatic, talented and idiosyncratic artist on his dramatic life journey; along the way we also get a sense of the difficult yet humble life of the people of Ireland over the course of last century.

The film takes us to the district of Connemara, and to the village of Carna, Joe Heaney’s birthplace, considered the cradle of local folklore, and then the camera accompanies him on his travels round the world. The power and magic of the songs provide the central motif threading its way through the film. The director stages the music scenes so skilfully and suggestively that we feel we are actually present in the room, swept up in the atmosphere along with the rest of the audience.

Was it the songs that helped the inhabitants of this magnificent but desolate Irish landscape to survive and commune with God? And what part of his heart and soul must the artist sacrifice in order to satisfy his inner compulsions?
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017



This film will be preceded by a short film 'Sekar Arum' by Maurice Gunning

Sekar Arum - Forging the Javanese Gamelan, is a short documentary about the forging of a Javanese Gamelan gong, highlighting the rhythmic nature of the methods employed by traditional gamelan makers, including the firing, moulding and tuning of a new bronze instrument. Filmed and edited by documentary photographer and film-maker Maurice Gunning and produced by Mel Mercier.

Thursday 3 May, 8pm, €16/€14 conc.

Merry.go.round by Maria Nilsson Waller

presented by Dance Limerick

Merry.go.round is the latest and final piece in Maria Nilsson Waller’s triptych based on unclaimed territories. The dance work looks beyond our world into the great vast blackness of the cosmos in order to examine our most human of concerns: the search for true love and what it is we call home. In this otherworldly realm of celestial bodies five characters orbit each other. Some are destined to converge, others to split apart. They all long for authentic connections in a world where every man is an island. Caught between construction and deconstruction it is a marvel universe both beautifully simple and incredible messy.

Rebel Swedish jazz band Je Suis!, NASA recordings of the solar system and iconic opera music all feature as part of the eclectic soundtrack. Strange yet familiar, with a touch of cinematic sci-fi, merry.go.round is never the same twice.

Duration 45 mins

Friday 4 May, 11am , free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Áine Phillips - Ceara Conway

in association with Clare Arts Office and The Artists' Resource Room

The Artists' Resource Room is a visual artist-led community group providing a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare in the form of regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings and debates.

Áine Phillips is a visual artist based in Ennis and is Head of Sculpture at Burren College of Art. She has exhibited and performed her work widely in Ireland and internationally.

Join us for tea/coffee in the Spás at glór at 11am followed by our meeting at 11.30am.

Ceara Conway is a visual artist and singer working in performance, song and traditional folk practices. She  has a track record in producing innovative, experiential installation/ performance works that utilise elements such as live singing, appropriated texts, testimonies and visual art  to explore social and cultural experiences of power and loss in response to issues such as cultural colonialism, death, exile and migration.  Recent commissions include Breath, Damer House Gallery, Time, Ulster Museum, DUBH, EVA International Ireland’s Biennale, (2016); Thin Places, (2015), Kings College, London; Vicissitudes, (2013), Derry City of Culture and  Making Visible, Irish Museum of Modern Art, (2014). She currently works part time as the coordinator for the Embrace for Arts and People with Disabilities and the Artists in Schools Programme with the Clare Arts Office.

Friday 4 – Saturday 5 May, 8pm, €18/€15 conc.

Big Maggie

presented by Corofin Dramatic Society

Set in 1960s rural Ireland, Big Maggie is a compelling portrait of a woman who is determined to create a better life for herself and her children following the death of her husband. However, problems arise when her vision of the future begins to sit with increasing discomfort on the shoulders of her offspring. The dialogue crackles with hilarious, caustic putdowns as the indomitable Maggie deals with her feckless family and unwanted suitors. Everyone wants a part of Big Maggie and her property, but she has other ideas.

John B. Keane's wonderful creation of a rural Irish matriarch ranks with Juno, Mommo and Molly Bloom as one of the great female creations of twentieth-century Irish literature.

Saturday 5 May, 12pm - 2pm, free of charge

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

We are a group of people who like to work with fibres and textiles.  We spin, weave, dye, knit, crotchet, felt and sew.

Anyone who likes to craft, regardless of experience is welcome to join us between 12pm and 2pm in the Spás at glór.

We would see these Saturdays as an opportunity to meet, chat and share skills and ideas.

Saturday 5 May, 2.30pm, €7/€5 conc.

Older Than Ireland

presented as part of Bealtaine Festival & preceded by 'Stories from the Landscape' by Clare County Council Heritage Office

Dir: Alex Fegan
Ireland  |  2015
81 mins  |  Cert: PG

Older Than Ireland is a landmark feature documentary that explores what it means to have lived one hundred years in Ireland, as seen through the eyes of its oldest citizens.
Featuring thirty men and women, this remarkable group of centenarians, all born before 1916, are the last generation to have borne witness to Ireland’s bloody transition from a newly formed fledging republic through to its development into a mature European state. These centenarians are our living history and it is through their wit, wisdom and philosophy that the film explores the more universal themes of life. From youth to true love, from loss to regrets, from the meaning of life to the existence of a life hereafter — the centenarians have an opinion on it all. Older Than Ireland is a film that pays homage to this unique group of remarkable individuals. - Galway Film Fleadh 2015


This film will be preceded by a short film 'Stories from the Landscape' by Clare County Council Heritage Office

Filmed by Paul Flynn, in collaboration with Cuimhneamh an Chláir, this short features a day in the life of 93 year old George Casey at the Kildysert Agricultural Show where he has gone with horses for many years.

Thursday 10 May, 7pm, €10

Actors + Reactors End of Year Showcase

Sit back and enjoy an evening of dramatic extracts, poetry, mime, drama and recitals presented by the talented young people of the Actors & Reactors School of Speech and Drama in aid of Elevate - a not for profit organisation offering wellness programmes to young people in Co Clare. Young People supporting Young People.

Friday 11 May, 8pm, €16/€14 conc.

No Smoke Without Fire

There’s sixty thousand euro post office robbery money up for grabs and scandal knows no bounds, as six women gossip intermittently in the smoking area of a Dublin pub, leaving a trail of personal information behind them. As the innocent along with the guilty suffer the stings of innuendo and the lashes of sharp tongues, a hilarious tale of crime and its consequences unfolds. A comic drama by Paddy Murray, full of sharp Dublin wit, this story of Larry, the cash, the camper van and the deceased husband are all performed with ease by acclaimed actress, Mary Murray (Love/Hate).

If ever there was an actor you wanted to see more of, it’s Mary Murray. On stage she has always had a magnetic focus, a presence somewhere between no-nonsense control and a shiver of vulnerability... An actor of tremendous physical versatility and wit.’ - Irish Times

Duration 60 mins

Saturday 12 May, 8pm, €18.50

Socks in the Frying Pan

Socks in the Frying Pan comprises Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals and the accomplished Hayes brothers, Shane Hayes on accordion and Fiachra Hayes on fiddle & banjo.

This Co. Clare trio blend Irish traditional melodies with their own personal flair which has gained them critical acclaim and accolades including 'New Band of the Year' by the Irish Music Association.  Dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and onstage wit will entertain and delight. One of the most sought after groups in Irish music today, the worldwide ‘Sock Invasion’ continues! The Socks come home but they won’t be putting their feet up!

Tuesday 15 May, 8pm, €12/€10 conc.

La Bohème Opera Screening

presented by Teatro Communale di Bologna

Set in the idyllic 19th century Paris, La Bohème tells the story of a love affair between a poor poet and a seamstress. But they are soon faced by the cruel realities of poverty and ill health which ends up putting their relationship to the test. This production of one of opera’s classic and unforgettable stories is led by a cast of four talented young artists as the lovers.

Duration 140 mins

Thursday 17 May, 7pm , €13 adult/€10 child/Family 4 ticket €39

Broadway Dance School – Shoot for the Stars

Broadway Dance is a recreational and competitive dance school which trains dancers in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and contemporary dance.

This year’s show will be a demonstration of what we achieved during this school year and will showcase our dances from different genres, various decades and with different creative themes. Don’t miss this exciting night of dance.

Friday 18 May – Saturday 16 June, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge

Embrace Exhibition

The annual Embrace exhibition highlights the artistic achievements of people with different abilities participating in the Embrace programme run by the Arts Office of Clare County Council. Over 30 groups in 2018 are working with professional artists across numerous art forms which include film, painting, ceramics, textiles and sculpture. Be prepared to be amazed and astounded by the dazzling display on show in the gallery space, an explosion of colour and creativity.

 

Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 May, 7.30pm, €14/€12 conc./Family of 4 €48

Working with Mamma Mia, Chitty Chitty Bang and Much More

presented by Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts

This annual showcase is always much anticipated and always proves to be and most entertaining night out for all the family.

Tuesday 22 May, 1pm, free of charge

Embrace Showcase

The annual Embrace showcase highlights the artistic achievements of people with different abilities participating in the Embrace for Arts programme run by the Arts Office of Clare County Council.

Always a great show, the event features music, dancing, drama and a surprise or two!

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Tuesday 22 May, 8pm, €7

Escape from Liberty Cinema (Ucieczka z kina ‘Wolnosc)

presented as part of PolskaÉire Festival & preceded by 'Good Business' by Ray Sullivan

Dir: Wojciech Marczewski
1990  |  Poland
88 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

Wojciech Marczewski’s anti-totalitarian satire is a darkly comic examination of censorship which adapts the premise of Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo to late 1980s Poland. The film centres on a provincial film censor who is horrified to discover that the actors in a trite romantic weepie are refusing to perform their roles. With shades also of Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. and Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, the film deftly combines political satire, social observation and surreal humour.

Directed by one of Poland’s leading intellectual - and much censored - filmmakers, this multi-award winning feature is a key film of the seismic political changes of 1989, and an enthusiastic manifesto for the freedom of the artist - and ultimately, of all humanity.

"Extremely funny political comedy... Consciously influenced by Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo, it's an absurdist satire on bureaucracy and moral cowardice" Philip French, The Observer

"A rich mixture of dark political satire and poetic allegory" Wally Hammond, Time Out

"An exuberant attack on censorship" Variety

This film will be preceded by a short film 'Good Business' by Ray Sullivan

Good Business is a short and intelligent Sci-Fi filmed on location near Blackhead Lighthouse.

Friday 25 May, 8pm, €10

Aos Óg Concert

as part of Fleadh Nua 2018

The future of our traditional music, singing and dance is always in the hands of the Aos Óg, the young generation.

The Aos Óg Concert has always been a key event in the Fleadh Nua, which takes place in Ennis each year.  This year, the concert will feature some of the best young traditional musicians, singers and dancers from Co. Clare and beyond.

Saturday 26 May, 8pm, €15

The Corner House Session

as part of Fleadh Nua 2018

The Corner House is Cork’s most famous trad music pub and tonight’s concert will feature some of the musicians who have established the unique reputation of this venue, including Johnny McCarthy, (Fiddle), Eoin Ó Riabhaigh, (Uilleann Pipes), Aidan Coffey, (Accordion), and Colm Murphy, (Bodhrán).

They will be joined by Cyril O’Donoghue and other guests as they give a flavour of the music, singing and craic that is a feature of The Corner House Sessions.

Sunday 27 May, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Shandrum Céilí Band in Concert

as part of Fleadh Nua 2018

The Shandrum is the most exciting and successful Céilí Band to have competed at the Fleadh in many years. Following on their great success in achieving the three-in-a-row at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2017, we aredelighted to welcome the band to perform what will be an exciting and enthralling concert at Fleadh Nua.

Wednesday 30 May, 2pm, free of charge

Afternoon Tea Dance

presented by glór & Clare Arts Office

Clare Arts Office teams up with glór for an afternoon of singing and nostalgia as we mark the Bealtaine Festival - Ireland's national celebration of creativity as we age.

Admission free and all are welcome, with light refreshments provided after the event.

Thursday 31 May – Friday 1 June, 7.30pm, €12/€10 conc.

Beauty and the Beast

presented by The Dinan School of Ballet

The Dinan School of Ballet takes to the stage once again with their own unique blend of dance, music and drama.

Using a creative mix of ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance along with a wide ranging musical score, their show will take you on a dramatic
journey based on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast.

A fun night out for all the family is guaranteed!

Friday 1 June, 11am , free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Áine Phillips - Emma O’Grady

in association with Clare Arts Office and The Artists' Resource Room

The Artists' Resource Room is a visual artist-led community group providing a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare in the form of regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings and debates.

Áine Phillips is a visual artist based in Ennis and is Head of Sculpture at Burren College of Art. She has exhibited and performed her work widely in Ireland and internationally.

Join us for tea/coffee in the Spás at glór at 11am followed by our meeting at 11.30am.

Emma O’Grady is a Laois-born, Galway-based actor, writer, production manager and lighting technician. She has an MA in Drama & Theatre Studies, (NUIG) and was co-founder and co-artistic director of Mephisto Theatre Company 2007-2014. Her first play What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?, which is based on tape recordings her grandfather made shortly before his death, was performed to critical acclaim at Galway Theatre Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival 2017.

Saturday 2 June, 3pm & 7.30pm, €14/€9 Child/€44 Family of 5/€38 Family 4

Sparks Hip Hop School of Dance

Sparks present a fun and entertaining night for all the family, young and old.

See performers from as young as 3 years all the way up to adult champions. Don't miss it!

Early booking strongly advised.

Saturday 9 June, 2pm, €5

It’s Not Yet Dark

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

Dir: Frankie Fenton
Ireland  |  2017  |  80 mins

It’s Not Yet Dark tells the ground breaking story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a talented young Irish film maker with MND, as he embarks on directing his first feature film through the use of his eyes and eye gaze technology.

Simon Fitzmaurice died in October 2017, only two weeks after the film’s release.

Saturday 9 June, 4pm, €12/€10 conc

Book Club Favourite - Ruth Fitzmaurice

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

Book Club Favourite - Ruth Fitzmaurice – I Found My Tribe - in conversation with Mick Heaney

An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world and the brightness of life by a wonderful writer.

'One of the year’s most arresting, humbling and acute memoirs. It is a catch-in-the-throat, life-affirming work that you want to gulp down in one and recommend to all your friends. Fitzmaurice tells her story in sparkling prose that is as sinewy as her new sea-strengthened body, and as admirable and boundless as her spirit.'  - Sunday Times

Saturday 9 June, 8pm, €15/€12 conc

A tribute to Sebastian Barry with Sean Rocks and special guests

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2018

Re-scheduled due to the extreme weather in early March, Ennis Book Club Festival presents this special event, a tribute to Sebastian Barry, who is in conversation with Festival favourite host Seán Rocks. Sebastian Barry is one of Ireland's greatest living writers, and has recently been appointed the Laureate for Irish Fiction 2018-2021.

A panel of special guests will discuss the work of the celebrated poet, playwright and novelist in the first half, and after a short interval, Sean will be joined on stage by Sebastian for an intimate and unmissable interview.

Sebastian Barry is the only novelist to have won the coveted Costa best novel award twice. Days Without End is described by the Financial Times as “not only a story of survival [but] a love story, too, written in a gorgeous style that blends Barry’s characteristic eloquence with the straight-talk of early America … firmly in the tradition of Irish diaspora writing”. For Eoin McNamee in The Irish Times, “Barry is the most humane of writers.” He has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his novels A Long Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008) which has since been made into a movie by Jim Sheridan.

Early booking advisable.

Thursday 14 June, 8pm, €29

Hennessy: A Tribute to Christie

Celebrating the incredible life and career of one of Ireland’s most loved performers, Christie Hennessy’s children will perform as Hennessy from June 13-17 at venues throughout Ireland. Amber, Hermione and Tim who have all had stellar careers within the music business both as artists and as managers, have come together to celebrate the work and career of their late father, who passed away in December 2007.

“We miss our dad every day. Coming together to perform as Hennessy seems the best way for us to honour him – both through his music and our own personal memories. We cannot wait to meet all of Christie’s fans as we sing his favourite songs, ones everyone will know and love, as well as arranging a few surprises for you all, from our family to yours.”

Hermione, Amber and Tim will perform classic songs made famous by Christie Hennessy including:  'Messenger Boy', 'Oh Jealous Heart',  'If You Were to Fall’, 'All the Lies That You Told Me’ and ‘Roll Back the Clouds’, as well as singing songs that influenced their father. The show, Hennessy: A Tribute to Christie will feature exclusive and heart-felt stories and anecdotes about a man for whom fame came late in life.

Hennessy: A Tribute To Christie will offer a unique insight into the life and career of a loved and much missed Irish music legend, performed by the people who knew him best, his children. Also on show will be unseen memorabilia and personal effects that the family have curated for fans for the first time.

Saturday 16 June, 8pm, €22/€20 conc.

Shout! – The 60s MOD Musical

presented by Verdant Productions & Do R Die Productions

The musical follows five young female subscribers to a fictional magazine called Shout!, “the magazine for the modern woman”, as they come of age during the liberating 1960s that made England swing. From cover to cover, Shout! unfolds like a musical magazine and travels in time through the decade, chronicling the dawn of liberation of women. Just as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Cilla Black and Lulu were independent women with major careers, English (and indeed Irish!) women were redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about women. Shout! and its all-female cast reflect that change through the unforgettable music of the era.

Shout! contains show stopping new arrangements of classic pop anthems of the decade, including, 'Downtown', 'Son of a Preacher Man', 'Goldfinger', 'I Only Wanna Be With You', 'To Sir With Love' and of course, 'Shout!'. The songs and each girl’s own unfolding story are tied together by hilarious sound bytes from the period – from 60s advertisements for anything and everything – to lonely hearts letters answered by Shout! magazine’s advice columnist, who thinks each girl’s problem can be solved with a “fetching new hair style and a new shade of lipstick.”

'Shout captures all the exuberant innocence, camp melodrama, and soulful heartbreak of the Sixties diva songbook'   The Times London

'Hits you with a burst of noisy energy, and sheer talent that simply takes your breath away'    Whatsonstage.com

'Stylish and inventive…a surprisingly shagadelic shindig'   Talking Broadway

'If you loved the songs of the 1960s you will thoroughly enjoy performances of songs such as Shout!.... There is a great sense of joy and fun about the whole production …it deserves to be a success'   No More Workhorse

Thursday 21 June at the Old Ground Hotel, 6.30pm, €40

Gin & Jazz - A Midsummer Night Soirée in the Gardens of The Old Ground Hotel

with music by The Café Orchestra

Enjoy a Dingle Gin Cocktail on arrival on the lawn, followed by a seated supper in the newly renovated Banquet Hall, and take part in an Art Auction where you can take away work from well-known artists and there will also be a chance to win one of our glamorous raffle prizes.

The perfect night out with friends, colleagues and family – ideal for that outing with your book club or other social group with the feel good factor of knowing that you’re supporting glór’s many programming activities, including programmes for our younger audiences and our new artist development initiatives.

Have a great night out whilst supporting glór!

You can also reserve the tickets for your group now and pay by Friday 15 June.

Saturday 23 June, 3pm - 4pm and 4.15pm - 5.15pm (followed by social dancing), €30

Kizomba Dance Workshops presented by Kizomba Ennis

with Tomas Kieta and Claire O'Meara

Kizomba is a dance which originated in Angola back in the late 1970s & early 1980s. It since travelled to Europe and has been growing ever since - Kizomba is taking the world by storm!

Claire O’Meara, a native of Co. Clare, has been dancing for many years and after discovering Kizomba almost 5 years ago, she set up Kizomba Ennis and has been sharing her passion for the dance teaching and choreographing in Ennis for almost 2 years.

Claire regularly travels abroad to Lisbon to train with the masters of Kizomba as Portugal is a hub for the dance, She has recently started to teach Kizomba at different festivals in the UK.  Claire is delighted to have had the opportunity to train and work with Tomas Keita and is excited to collaborate with him on this exciting project.

Tomas Keita was born in Guinea-Bissau and is one of the pioneers of teaching Kizomba and African dance in Europe, particulally in Spain. As a teacher and choreographer for African Rhythms and dance, he works in in different dance academies in Portugal and participated in different international congresses for Kizomba.  He has been working for more than 15 years as a teacher and trainer. Based in Barcelona, he is delighted to come to Ennis to share his passion with everyone.

Hour long workshops will run at 3pm and 4.15pm. Make sure to stay after to enjoy some social dancing.

Booking is directly with Claire O'Meara on 085 76 46 098 or claireomeara2000@gmail.com

Friday 29 June, 8pm, €25

The Legends of American Country

The Legends of American Country returns for another fantastic night of toe tapping Country classics. The 2018 tour will showcase  highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Kenny Rogers and 4 brand new tributes to icons George Jones, Charley Pride, Patsy Cline and Don Williams and countless other well-known  hit songs in this must see extravaganza.

The show features 4 fantastic singers who are all backed by the superb Country Storm band and coupled with an authentic stage set that will transport you all the way to Nashville and back. One thing is for sure - if you like Country music this is the only show in town!

Monday 9 - Friday 13 July, 10am - 3pm, €95/€170 for 2 Siblings/€235 for 3 Siblings/€300 for 4 siblings

Starcamp

Suitable for ages 4 – 12

Since 2007, Starcamp Summer camps have been offering children an absolutely outstanding week that will make a difference to their lives. Starcamp’s core ethos is building children's self-esteem & confidence and Starcamp’s summer camp children have appeared on numerous shows such as Elev8, Sattitude, The Den, Ireland AM, The Late Late Toy Show, have met with Jedward and Westlife, have sang with Hometown, Ryan Tubridy, Bosco, Zig and Zag and Dustin, and have released singles into the charts!

Book online at www.starcamp.ie

Monday 23 - Friday 27 July, 11am - 1pm (Ages 12+),
Monday 23 - Friday 27 July, 2pm - 4pm (Ages 6-11), €95/€85 for 2 or more children from same family

Ballet Ireland’s Annual Summer School

Let’s Make a Ballet!

Calling all budding performers!

Ballet Ireland’s popular summer school returns to theatres around the country in 2018. This much-loved programme gives participants a chance to experience all that goes into making a ballet and a peek into the life of a professional dancer. Working alongside Ballet Ireland’s professional dancers, participants will be completely involved in creating their own ballet based on a familiar story that is performed on stage at the end of the week for family and friends to come and enjoy.

The week-long programme involves daily class and numerous workshops exploring all the component parts that make ballet; choreography, music, mime, drama and making props and costumes. It is a truly unforgettable experience for all involved.

"When I went to sleep I dreamt I was back on stage. I loved it. When can I do it again?" – 2017 Summer School Participant

The programme is suitable for boys and girls ages 6+ with or without dance training.
 

Saturday 11 August, 10am - 5pm, €165 per person

Furniture Techniques Masterclass

presented by Kyle Lane

In this full day workshop, you will learn:

  • How to source, prepare and prime.
  • How to paint and what paint to use.
  • Techniques such as applying wallpaper, transferring font, geometric designs, gold leaf, distressing, white washing and much much more.

Everything is supplied & you will receive a small piece of furniture to work on (small table / locker), along with a detailed booklet with all the instructions you learned throughout the day. Lunch is also provided.

All queries and booking directly with the workshop provider at www.kylelane.ie

Friday 28 September, 8pm, €25

Oh What A Night: A Celebration of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

presented by Zac Global Promotions

Following a sold-out run at the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin, this fast-paced, energetic production paying tribute to the legendary music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons returns for a nationwide tour. Putting their charismatic stamp on timeless classics such as ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Walk Like A Man’, ‘Sherry’, and ‘Oh What A Night’ the boys take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remind you exactly why The Four Seasons sold over 100 million records and earned themselves a place in the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
 
With slick choreography, charm, charisma, brilliant audience participation, and amazing live vocals, it’s clear to see why Frankie’s Guys are receiving standing ovations up and down the country.

Saturday 13 October, 8pm, €22.50/€20 conc.

Donna Taggart

Autumn Concert Tour 2018

Following her astonishing International success with ‘Jealous of the Angels’ which has now achieved Multi-Platinum status with well in excess of 100 Million streams Donna Taggart is delighted to announce an Autumn 2018 Concert Tour in Ireland.

Just back from the USA after touring with legendary singer/songwriter Phil Coulter Donna’s distinctive emotional singing style has drawn comparisons with the likes of Eva Cassidy, Mary Black and Alison Krauss. Although Donna has only recently gained international recognition she is making up for lost time.  Her debut Irish and UK Tour in 2017 enthralled audiences and has established her as one of Ireland’s top Live Female performers.

Sunday 21 October, 8pm, €30

Harlem Gospel Choir

Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound and infectious energy. For over two decades they have been America's premier gospel choir and have toured the globe thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music.

Deeply rooted in the history of the African-American slave trade, black gospel music can be traced back to the 1700s when African slaves brought their unique African musical heritage to America and combined it with their new faith - Christianity. Out of the hardship and the trials of slavery, this unique musical tradition came to be, and forever changed music as we know it. Blues, Soul, and Rock-and-Roll...they all have origins in black gospel music. Harlem Gospel Choir presents modern gospel classics as performed in the black churches of Harlem today.

Harlem Gospel Choir have performed alongside superstars such as Bono, Diana Ross, The Gorillaz, Andre Rieu, Damon Albarn, Pharrell Williams and most recently with JamieXX, Raury, KBS Korean Traditional Music Orchestra and Lang Lang, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Sia, Yolanda Adams, The 1975, Ibeyi, Nile Rodgers, Kathy Sledge and most recently at the 2018 Grammy Award Show with Sam Smith. They have performed for three Presidents (President Obama, President Carter and President Nelson Mandela), two Popes (Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI), Ban Ki-Moon, and the UN General Assembly. They have recorded with Keith Richards, The Chieftains, Andre Rieu, The Night of the Proms, and Trace Adkins among many others.

Harlem Gospel Choir embodies the spirit of American Gospel. Every concert is infectiously enthusiastic; a roller coaster ride of singing and dancing; a gospel celebration! The Choir's rich harmonies & dynamic sound are "UNFETTERED & JOYOUS". Their harmonious songs of love and hope and inspiration will touch the depths of your soul, lift your spirit, and take your breath away!

Get ready to tap your feet, clap your hands, and even dance on stage to their high-energy, joyous and exuberant performance! 

Thursday 1 November, 8pm, €25

Michael English

with very special guest Louise Morrissey

Following the huge success of Michael’s previous Concert Tours, he brings his show to glór on Thursday November 1st with his very special guest Louise Morrissey.

Michael’s popularity has skyrocketed since going on the road with his band 4 years ago packing out venues all over Ireland & the UK for both concerts & dances. Michael & his talented band are renowned for their energetic performances & with Michael's musical talents he plays both his famous 'red piano' & accordion at his shows. He is dedicated to giving his followers an unforgettable show each time they see him. And with accolades like 'Best Country Dance Band' at The Irish Country Music Awards & 'Vocalist of the Year' at The Sunday World country Music Awards under his belt there is no stopping the Kildare man!

Thursday 22 November, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Michael Harding: On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist

presented in association with Ennis Book Club Festival

Join best-selling writer and raconteur Michael Harding as he reads from his latest memoir, ruminates on the difference between psychotherapy and religion, and relates the story of his pilgrimage to Skellig Michael, in his ongoing search for meaning.

Harding’s latest attempt to find meaning in life is searingly honest, funny and self-deprecating” The Irish Times

a spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment.” Books.ie

Friday 8 February 2019, 8pm , €25/€22.50 Conc.

Johnny Cash Roadshow

Johnny Cash Roadshow is not another tribute band - it is a full production and finest celebration of Johnny Cash in the world. JCR are now recognised and loved as a band in their own right, unrivalled by any other that truly celebrates the career of a music legend, Johnny Cash.  This is the UK and Europe’s most recognised celebration, with respected singer/songwriter Clive John, re-creating with astounding accuracy and truly capturing the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring Amanda Stone as ‘June Carter’ and the ‘Roadshow Horns’.

All aspects of Cash’s life are covered with impeccable taste.  The show takes the audience from the 1950’s right up to 2002 including all the greatest hits,  along with songs from the latest five decades of the man in black’s career. All this accompanied by emotive and evocative screen images.‘

'Clive captures my Grandfather JUST as he was
Caitlin Crowell  - Granddaughter of Mr. Johnny Cash