What's On

Monday 27 February – Thursday 2 March , 8pm, €16/€14 Conc.

The Colleen Bawn by Dion Boucicault

presented by The Ennis Players

Directed by Geraldine Greene

This Irish melodrama is based on the tragic story of Ellen Hanley whose murdered body was washed ashore at Moneypoint in Co.  Clare and buried nearby at Burrane cemetery. Boucicault’s play has a much happier ending and in the hands of Ennis Players receives a marvellously irreverent and highly energetic production. In the 1860's The Colleen Bawn was an immediate success in London where it had the longest run in the history of the English stage...it's 230 performances making it the Mousetrap of it's day!

The performance on Monday 27th February will be in aid of Breast Cancer Research.

Wednesday 8 – Saturday 11 March, 8pm, €18

Little Shop of Horrors

presented by Ennis Musical Society

2017 brings Ennis Musical Society back into the 60's with the comedy rock horror that is "Little Shop of Horrors" ln this gleefully gruesome musical Seymour, a poor florist's assistant, allows his craving for fame and fortune to seduce him into playing nursemaid to a man-eating plant. Goings on surrounding the growing plant's demand for more, more, MORE are accompanied by witty parodies of sixties music. Between bites, the carnivorous Audrey II, named after Seymour's secret love, brings down the house singing rhythm and blues à la Otis Reading or James Brown!

A night not to be missed.

Musical Societies can avail of a reduced ticket price of €15 for groups 5+. Please note this offer is not available online and can be booked in person or over the phone.

Saturday 11 March, 2pm - 4pm, free of charge

Youth Trad Singing Circle

presented by Clare Arts Office as part of their Traditional Singers in Residence programme

The aim of the circle is to provide a social outlet for young people in the county who have are interested in traditional singing. It gives them an opportunity to meet like-minded young people, to share songs and ideas in a fun environment.

The sessions will be led by Elle Marie O'Dwyer and John Flanagan.  Elle, from Cork, has just completed her MA in the Irish World Music Academy. John, originally from Corofin, is now based in Galway and has years of experience in traditional singing.  No experience is necessary and all are welcome to join in. 

The circle meets every second Saturday in glór, Ennis from 2pm – 4pm.  Further singing circles will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday 25th March
  • Saturday 8th April


Further details are available from 065 6899091 arts@clarelibrary.ie

Tuesday 21 March, 7.30pm, Pay What You Feel on the night (bring cash!) | Reserve your tickets in advance

Staging Posts

Staging Posts 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.

So if you are an arts lover with a curiosity for the new, then join us on this fascinating journey!

Artists interested in applying should click here.

Saturday 25 March, 2pm - 4pm, free of charge

Youth Trad Singing Circle

presented by Clare Arts Office as part of their Traditional Singers in Residence programme

The aim of the circle is to provide a social outlet for young people in the county who have are interested in traditional singing. It gives them an opportunity to meet like-minded young people, to share songs and ideas in a fun environment.

The sessions will be led by Elle Marie O'Dwyer and John Flanagan.  Elle, from Cork, has just completed her MA in the Irish World Music Academy. John, originally from Corofin, is now based in Galway and has years of experience in traditional singing.  No experience is necessary and all are welcome to join in. 

The circle meets every second Saturday in glór, Ennis from 2pm – 4pm.  Further singing circles will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday 8th April


Further details are available from 065 6899091 arts@clarelibrary.ie

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 April, 7.30pm, €15/€12/€50 family of 4

Dance Fusion 2017- Evolution

presented by BreakThrough Dance Company

BreakThrough Dance Company present their annual dance show - 'Dance Fusion 2017- Evolution'.

Sit back and enjoy an evening of dance, drama and song suitable for the whole family to enjoy!

Saturday 8 April, 2pm - 4pm, free of charge

Youth Trad Singing Circle

presented by Clare Arts Office as part of their Traditional Singers in Residence programme

The aim of the circle is to provide a social outlet for young people in the county who have are interested in traditional singing. It gives them an opportunity to meet like-minded young people, to share songs and ideas in a fun environment.

The sessions will be led by Elle Marie O'Dwyer and John Flanagan.  Elle, from Cork, has just completed her MA in the Irish World Music Academy. John, originally from Corofin, is now based in Galway and has years of experience in traditional singing.  No experience is necessary and all are welcome to join in. 

The circle meets every second Saturday in glór, Ennis from 2pm – 4pm.  Further singing circles will take place in 2017 on dates to be announced.

Further details are available from 065 6899091 arts@clarelibrary.ie

Wednesday 3 – Saturday 27 May, 10am - 5pm, Free of charge

Embrace Exhibition

The annual Embrace exhibition highlights the artistic achievements of people with disabilities participating in the Embrace programme run by the Arts Office of Clare County Council.

Over 30 groups in 2017 are working with professional artists across numerous artforms 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.

Thursday 4 May, 8pm, €12.50/ €10 Conc/€40 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)

Vardens’ Ennis Guitar School Annual Concert

Vardens’ 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.

Tuesday 9 May, 1pm, Free of Charge

Embrace Showcase

Over 30 groups in 2017 are working with professional artists across numerous artforms and this annual event enables those who are doing performance based work to tread the boards in glór.

Always a great show, the event features music, dancing, drama and possibly a surprise or two. A great way to spend a lunchtime

Tuesday 16 May, 7pm, €12/€10 Child/ €35 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)

Shoot for the Stars

presented by Broadway Dance Recital

This show brings together our three dance schools from Doolin, Miltown Malbay & Kinvara, Co. Galway and will showcase all styles of dance, from jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, musical theatre and contemporary.

Thursday 18 - Friday 19 May, 7.30pm, €12/€10 Conc.

The Little Mermaid

presented by The Dinan School of Ballet

This gorgeous production has something for all the family.

Beautifully produced and choreographed, it showcases the school’s multi-talented dancers and performers. With diverse musical and dance styles, creative choreography and
striking costumes, this charming show will bring you on a dramatic and enchanting journey.

Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 May, 7.30pm, €14/€12 Conc.

Working with The Wiz

presented by Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts

The much-loved Wizard of Oz, which won the hearts of millions, both young and old, throughout the world, now comes to Ennis with the record-breaking, updated version of The Wiz.

The Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts is putting its magical touch to this all-time favourite and guarantees a great night’s entertainment for children of all ages. With many wonderful excerpts from other hit shows also featured, this is a great opportunity to bring the kids along to experience the magic of real live theatre.