What's On

Saturday 28 July, 8pm, €16/€14 conc

Edges of Light

Colin Dunne, Tola Custy, Maeve Gilchrist and David Power (Ireland/Scotland)

  • Colin Dunne, dance
  • Tola Custy, fiddle
  • Maeve Gilchrist, harp
  • David Power, uilleann pipes, whistles

Edges of Light is a collaboration between Irish dance legend Colin Dunne, fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist, and uilleann piper David Power.

Combining the play of dance with an adventurous musical spirit, the quartet conjure up a beautiful soundscape, weaving simple and complex textures of melody and rhythm inspired by the natural sounds and shimmering patterns of light that announce Ireland’s day. If you missed this exquisite performance in 2016, early booking advised. This ensemble was originally invited by Music Network to perform together for a specially curated tour of Ireland in September 2016.

Post-show discussion with members of the company
 

Saturday 15 September, 8pm, €16/€14 conc

What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?

One month before his death, retired civil servant and man of few words Paddy O’Grady had a sudden urge to talk. Using a cassette tape recorder, he recorded hours of absurdist stories and musings on life.

Now, Paddy’s granddaughter examines the fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them and who we could be instead in a show about emotional inheritance and grief for wasted creativity that serves as both a tribute and a warning.

Supported by the Arts Council

"...a striking piece of theatrical work." - Reviews Hub
A charming meditation on inheritance” – Peter Crawley, Irish Times
"...a compelling, bravura performance."- Galway Advertiser
"... beautifully realised..." - Reviews Hub
"...This is a play about family, but also about individuality. It makes for a great story." - Reviews Hub
… extremely charming, well-executed, and leaves one feeling there is slightly more good in the world than beforehand.” – Reviews Hub
...stellar performance...” – Meg.ie

Tuesday 18 September, 8pm, €16/€14 conc

Máirtín O’Connor, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Séamie O’Dowd

presented by Music Netowrk

Music Network is delighted to bring together the unique voice of Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill in concert with phenomenal accordionist, Máirtín O'Connor and gifted multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Séamie O’Dowd. The adventurous musical spirit that has seen O'Connor and O’Dowd dazzle and intrigue audiences through their past musical collaborations will explore new avenues as they enjoy the freedom of the instrumental duo format while also combining their creative talents to create a gorgeous soundscape to enhance the traditional songs for which Ní Dhomhnaill is renowned. An opportunity to hear material old and new, performed by a sublime trio, that will range from exquisite to high-spirited and will undoubtedly be inspirational!
 

  • Máirtín O’Connor, Accordion
  • Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Voice
  • Séamie O'Dowd, Guitar/Fiddle/Voice


One of the most versatile Irish button accordion players” – Folkworld [on O’Connor]
Dark and deep, sonorous and controlled” – The Irish Times [on Ní Dhomhnaill]
Musical legend” – The independent [on O’Dowd]

Saturday 22 September, 8pm, €16/€14 Conc.

Cracks

presented by Quintessence Theatre Company

A powerful piece of devised theatre from An Tain Arts Centre’s Company-In-Residence exploring the issue of mental illness in Ireland.

I’m falling between the cracks in myself, and I don’t know how to crawl back out…

Quintessence Theatre use their innovative physical ensemble story-telling techniques mingled with multi-media platforms of film and music to poignantly explore the profound struggle individuals with mental illness face on a daily basis in Ireland today.

In this darkly comical and deeply moving new play an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness. Devised by the company and directed by Anna Simpson, a Creative Associate of the Pleasance and Practitioner with the Globe, London, this brand new work seeks to expose the lived experience of battling a severe mental illness in an inefficient and unsympathetic system through the eyes of one young woman.