What's On

Wednesday 3 - Saturday 27 February, 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, free of charge

RIVERINE: 9 Stories of the Gambia

An exhibition of work by Maurice Gunning & Alice McDowell

With the support of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, Maurice Gunning and Alice McDowell travelled to The Gambia in early 2015 to create RIVERINE: 9 Stories from The Gambia. glór is delighted to present this remarkable and stunning exhibition upstairs in glór gallery during the month of February.

A quiet, yet powerful revolutionary movement is underway throughout this small African nation - to protect and nurture female health and sexuality across the country.

In a series of intimate photographic portraits, the exhibition explores the physical and internal landscapes of nine women: utilising interviews and ambient recording from their homes in The Gambia. These women have made the life-changing decision to abandon the traditional practice of female circumcision. However, as custodians of the tradition, their actions to cease this practice have not always been embraced by their communities: as female circumcision is widely regarded as a religious and cultural obligation.

Through dialogue and advocacy with religious scholars and the district chiefs of the villages which stretch from the Upper River Region of The Gambia to its meeting with the Atlantic, local organisations have begun to eradicate this practice from the country. The nine women and their stories presented here, illustrate how combining the elements of custom and tradition with education and knowledge, great change can come about for a country and its people. All nine women are forging a new life and livelihood for themselves, and most importantly, a new future for women in The Gambia.

Maurice Gunning is the photographer in residence at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.
Alice McDowell is a documentary film-maker working with the Galway Film Centre.

Saturday 6 February, 8pm, €24

Après Match

Following the recent success of Après Match of the Day on RTÉ 2, Ireland’s premier league comedy team, Après Match, is coming to play a home game in Ennis. Expect your favourite football pundits: Eamon Dunphy, Liam Brady and Kenny Cunningham and some other loved and not so loved characters including George Hook, Paul Durkan, Joan Burton, Mary O’ Rourke, Alex Ferguson, Martin O’ Neill, Giovanni Trappatoni, Gay Byrne, Johnny Giles and the inimitable John Delaney.

Get off the bench and book your tickets today to watch Gary Cooke, Risteárd Cooper and Barry Murphy hit the back of the net!

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

12 weeks from Saturday 6 February, 2pm - 4pm, €120 adults/€50 conc & under 16s

Astronomy for Beginners with Tony O’Hanlon

From recognising the constellations to the latest knowledge of our Universe, the lectures use stunning images and graphics, while weather permitting, nighttime observing with binoculars and a telescope make this a truly fascinating and fun event.  You don't need to have any knowledge to enjoy the experience.

A co-founder of the Shannonside Astronomy Club in 1985, Tony held the post of Secretary for 24 years; and was also a co-founder and primary organizer of the SAC's Whirlpool Star party based in Birr Castle, Co. Offaly, an internationally recognised event.  A former V.P. of the Irish Astronomical Association, he has presented star shows and public outreach activities at Armagh Planetarium. Tony has been fortunate to spend time at large professional observatories around the world.

Suitable for all, adults and children (10yrs +)

For further information and booking contact Tony O'Hanlon on 086 8581550 / tylazy@yahoo.ie

Tuesday 9 February & Tuesday 1 March, €5 on the door

Féile Scoildrámaíochta an Chlaír

Annual presentations of Scoildrámaíocht from schools around the county and beyond.  This makes for excellent entertainment for young and old and it is also a great opportunity for children to perform through the medium of Irish.

8 weeks starting from Wednesday 10 February, 10.15am - 11.15am, €180 (incl. handout material & CD)

8 Week Mindfulness through Breathing Morning Course

(MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

Mindfulness can help clarify every situation by focusing on the breath, allowing space and creativity to experience what is already present, bringing gentle kindness to yourself and others around you.

Booking and information contact Josephine Sweeney:
Phone:   087 6926715
Email:    info@serenitywithin.ie
Website: www.serenitywithin.ie

Friday 12 & Saturday 13 February, 8pm, €40

Christy Moore - Sold Out

with The Máirtín O’Connor Band

 

 

The iconic voice of Christy Moore makes a welcome return to the glór stage.  Moore has been singing, writing and collecting songs for most of his life and is now regarded as one of Ireland’s most important and influential artists with a career spanning over 50 amazing years. Joining Christy is The Máirtín O’Connor Band.

Early booking advised.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Sunday 14 February, 8pm, €20 including film, tapas & glass of prosecco

Brief Encounter (1945)

88 mins │Dir: David Lean │ Cert: Gen

A British classic of such famous status that it barely needs an introduction. Directed by auteur David Lean and adapted by Noel Coward from his own stage play, this is a poignant and beautifully crafted love story.  Laura Jesson accidentally meets a man, Dr. Alex Harvey, at a railway station. As their acquaintance grows, so does their love for each other despite both being married with children.  On the brink of an affair and desperately in love, the two must make a choice that may part them forever.

Ticket price includes tapas and a glass of prosecco.

Tuesday 16 February, 7.30pm, €12.50

Barefield National School Springtime Concert 2016

Join the pupils of Barefield for their annual feast of music, song and dance.

Wednesday 17 February, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc.

Charolais

presented by Bigger Picture Projects

Written and performed by Noni Stapleton
Directed by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh 

Perfectly marbled and bashed about till tender: A surreal, black comedy of love, longing and one woman’s intense rivalry with a Charolais heifer. This is a muddy place of simmering desire minced with a loneliness that cuts to the bone. Rarely in Irish theatre are the challenges of farming life and the joy of sex expressed so frankly or with such charm.  If you are fond of cows and dark humour this is the show for you.

Winner of Bewley's Little Gem Award at Tiger Dublin Fringe.

‘A fast-paced, witty, and intensely emotional tale filled with laughter, loss and despair’ ★★★★ Irish Times

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Thursday 18 February, 8pm, €15

David Moore – Astronomy Ireland

Stunning Universe

David Moore presents the best photographs of the universe taken by the world's most powerful telescopes and by spacecraft and landers showing the universe as you have never seen it before. David Moore founded Astronomy Ireland 25 years ago and is the Editor of its magazine. In that quarter of a century he has collected the most stunning images mankind has ever produced and he will not only show these but explain what each image means which adds enormously to the impact of each picture
A feast for the eye and mind alike that will leave you breathless.

With post talk Q & A.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.
 

Thursday 18th February, 8.30pm, Free of Charge

Artist Talk

Maurice Gunning and Alice McDowell

This is a Glór Friends event
Friday 19 February, 8pm, €25

Conal Gallen:  A Laugh and a half

Ireland's ambassador of comedy, Conal Gallen is back on stage with his hilarious new one man stand up show. After taking over 18 months out to tour his hugely successful comedy play A Bit On The Side, Conal is back with what promises to be his best show yet, jam-packed with over two hours of hilarious jokes, stories and songs which will have you in stitches from start to finish!

Loved by audiences young and old, Conal has proved time and time again that he is Ireland’s funniest man, with his hilarious, side-splitting brand of comedy.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Saturday 20 February, 8pm, €20

Eddi Reader

glór is delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed Scottish songstress Eddi Reader back to Clare.  With a career spanning over 3 decades, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

Eddi’s beautifully raw vocals continue to captivate and inspire audiences from her own native Scotland to the UK, Japan, Canada, Australia and Europe and she is considered to be ‘one of Scotland’s greatest national treasures.’ The Scotsman.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Wednesday 24 - Saturday 27 February, 8pm, €15

The Loves of Cass Maguire by Brian Friel

presented by The Ennis Players

After fifty-two years of romping as a saloon waitress in America, Cass comes home to Ireland. But the brother and his family to whom she returns really have no need of her, and ship her off to a rest haven for old dreamers. Nothing is as Cass envisioned it and she begins living off past memories. And though her memories now have a bitter taste, we know that in time, and with the telling, they will be suffused with the aura of pleasant dreams.

This production of The Loves of Cass Maguire will be all the more poignant due to Friel’s recent death and also marks the 50th anniversary of the play’s debut in New York in 1965.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Monday 29 February, 10am & 11.45am, €6

Monday’s Child by Brendan Murray

presented by Barnstorm Theatre Company

Suitable for ages 4 - 7│Duration 40 mins

Monday’s Child tells the simple and poetic story of a unique bond between a little girl and an old woman suffering memory loss. Together, in a dream-like garden they sing and dance and dress up, as they joyously explore a treasure trove of memory boxes.
This sensitive, imaginative, yet funny play explores how we collect memories, how these shape who we are, and how they help us to meet the challenges of growing old.

Wednesday 2nd March, 8pm, € 25

A Night With The Stars

JMG Music Group presents


Join five of Ireland’s finest Irish Country artists for A Night with the Stars, featuring country music legends John Hogan, Frank Mc Caffrey, Mick Flavin, Ray Lynam and the hugely popular Bansha singer, Louise Morrissey. Each will perform their most popular hit songs in the company of a full country band. This show has enjoyed nationwide success with sell out shows all over the country so early booking advisable.

Thursday 3rd March , 11am & 1pm, € 5

Ridiculous!

The Ark presents


Duration 40 Mins │Ages 6+ │Limited numbers


Whether you’re as big as a house or as small as a shoe, strap on your custard wings and tune your gnu!
Performers Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy will take you on a journey through crazy poems, silly songs and nonsense verse from some of the best loved children’s’ poets.
Featuring work from Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, James Joyce, E E Cummings, Shel Silverstein, Spike Milligan, Tom Lehrer, Jack Prelutsky, Marriott Edgar and Pat Ingoldsby. This is a performance that will be loved by both adults and children alike.

Friday 4th of March, 10am, € 5

My Books Are My Friends

with Sarah Keating

 

In this session Sara Keating , cultural journalist , avid reader and advocate for children’s reading, will talk to librarians and parents / carers about reading and the very young.  Once a  baby can focus on colours and shapes, books become lifelong friends and this session aimed at the grown ups in children’s reading lives, will offer hints and tips for the little beginner, the reluctant and the potential tiny authors among us.  So come along for a session on young children and reading as part of Leamh in association with the Ennis Book Club Festival

 

Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

The annual Ennis Book Club Festival is back with its unique mix of readings, discussion, debates, comedy and chat in one of Ireland's friendliest towns. 

2016 will be a year for the curious, designed to give our audiences plenty of food for thought.   We take a slightly alternative look at the significance of the centenary year and through the eyes and words of our guest writers, ponder the myriad ways in which ‘revolution’ occurs in all of our lives.  In the broader sense, we ponder questions that past and present revolutionaries evoke.  We consider how far we have travelled, or indeed not travelled, since. 

So lots of lively conversation, reading and friendship is assured this year – alongside some fun with food and music and a very special 10th birthday festival club.

Tickets available from glór box office on 065 6843103 or online at www.glor.ie
 

FRIDAY 4th MARCH


SATURDAY 5th MARCH

  • Books ‘n Buns - a literary quiz over a cuppa
    Rowan Tree Café, 9am – 10.30am, €10/€8
     
  • Writing from History - Evelyn Conlon & Henrietta McKervey
    Old Ground Hotel, 10am – 11am, €10/€8
     
  • 10 Books You Should Read
    glór, 11.30am – 1pm, €15/€12
     
  • Walking tour of Ennis with Seán Spellissy
    glór, 11.30am – 1pm, €8
     
  • Meet The Happy Pear
    glór, 1.30pm – 3pm, €18
     
  • From My Life: Doireann Ni Ghriofa and Leanne O’Sullivan with The Vanbrugh Quartet
    Temple Gate Hotel, 2pm – 3pm, €15/€12
     
  • The Long Gaze Back
    glór, 3.15pm – 4.30pm, €15/€12
     
  • Oh Father dear - Cormac James, Kevin Maher and Cónal Creedon
    glór (Theatre 2), 4.30pm – 5.30pm, €10/€8
     
  • Special Guests - Lemn Sissay & Kate Adie in Conversation
    glór, 8pm – 10pm, €25
     
  • Festival Club with Singer Songwriter Louise McMahon
    Rowan Tree Café, 10.30pm, Free event


SUNDAY 6th MARCH

  • Sunday Symposium
    glór, 10am – 12.30pm, €15
     
  • Walking tour of Ennis with Jane O’Brien
    glór, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, €8
     
  • Filleadh ar an gCathair - Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh le Emer Ní  Fhlaithearta agus Úna Ní Fhlannagáin
    SUAS Café, 12.45pm, €8
     
  • Isn't it well for ye? - The Irish Mammy Lunch – Colm O’Regan
    Old Ground Hotel, 1.30pm -3pm, €20 (includes hot lunch)


Download/print a copy of the full festival schedule here.

Friday 4th March, 11am, € 10 per family Group (parent and Baby)

Books For Babies

with Sara Keating

In this session, parents and babies and pre-schoolers are invited to come along to join us for a very special session with Sara Keating in which she joyfully and with fun in mind opens up even the youngest among us and their parents to the fascinating world of books.  We’ll have some books available for looking at and enjoying and remember to bring your own along too

10 euro per family group (parent and baby), includes complementary cup of tea or coffee, served from 10.30am with your pre purchased ticket

Friday 4 March, 6pm, €22 (opening events' package which includes copies of Penguins Debuts)

Ennis Book Club Festival 2016 Official Opening

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

The 10th Ennis Book Club Festival opens with an evening of events at glór to welcome friends old and new.
 

  • 6pm: Ennis Book Club Festival 10th Birthday Reception and Opening of HOPE
    Join us for the official Opening of the Festival and of HOPE at the glór gallery. HOPE is the result of an open call to Cork, Limerick, and Galway printmakers to respond to the theme of HOPE – selected by Michael Byrne. Music provided by Music Generation Clare.
     
  • 7pm: Penguin Debuts – Kit de Waal (My Name is Leon) and Vanessa Ronan (The Last Days of Summer)
    Meet two Penguin Debuts — Vanessa Ronan and Kit de Waal. Both are to be published in summer 2016. Ronan’s Last Days of Summer has been recommended by Professor Joseph O’Connor as “a seriously gripping debut from a major talent”.   Kit de Waal’s My Name Is Leon, in turn, has been chosen by The Guardian as one to watch for 2016. Get your hands on a free copy of both novels, exclusively at glór, on Festival opening night.


     
  • 8pm: Marian Keyes in conversation with Fiona Looney
    We are delighted to welcome Marian Keyes in conversation with Fiona Looney. Marian needs no introduction as a novelist, columnist, and hugely entertaining and insightful panellist. Join us in glór as she and Fiona discuss her insights on life, love, and cake — just in time for the publication of Marian’s new collection of essays Making it Up as I go Along.


Your opening night ticket will also gain you admittance to The Singing Café in the Old Ground Hotel from 10.30pm.
The Singing Café is an award-winning musical extravaganza of popular songs from the work of James Joyce. Devised and performed by Darina Gallagher and Sinéad Murphy, Songs of Joyce, captures the music of Joyce’s Dublin through a theatrical soundscape of parlour song and music hall, to bawdy ballads, sea-song and folksong. Encompassing the cheeky `Seaside Girls', the nostalgic `Love's Old Sweet Song', the pertinent `The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo' and the beauty of Michael Balfe's `I Dreamt That I Dwelt in Marble Halls'.

Saturday 5 March, 11.30am - 1pm, €15/€12

10 Books You Should Read – Diarmaid Ferriter and Catríona Crowe

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

Join us for one of the highlights of the weekend, designed to whet the appetite of even the most reluctant reader. Historian and Professor of Modern Irish History, Diarmaid Ferriter, will be joined by Head of Special Projects at the National Archives, Catríona Crowe, to share with us insights into their favourite books. We’ve asked them not to limit themselves, so expect some surprises from two voracious readers!

Saturday 5 March, 1.30pm - 3pm, €18

The Happy Pear – brothers David and Stephen Flynn

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

The Happy Pear twins, Stephen and David Flynn, take to the stage for food-recipe demos, stories, laughs and some tastings of delicious Happy Pear food. They will prepare recipes from their bestselling book, The Happy Pear: Recipes and Stories from the first 10 years, while sharing with you their journey to a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Saturday 5 March, 3.15pm - 4.30pm, €15/€12

The Long Gaze Back– Sinéad Gleeson with Christine Dwyer Hickey, Lisa McInerney & Siobhán Mannion

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

Join Sinéad Gleeson, broadcaster and journalist, as she explores the literary gem that is the short story. Sinéad is editor of the recently published, critically acclaimed, Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards’ winner The Long Gaze Back. Joining Sinéad are three contributors to the anthology: Christine Dwyer Hickey, whose latest novel, The Lives of Women, was published in April 2015; Lisa McInerney, whose debut novel, The Glorious Heresies was published in 2015 (shortlisted for an Irish Book Award) and Siobhán Mannion, recipient of the Hennessy Award and a radio producer. They will read from and discuss their stories from the anthology.

Saturday 5 March, 4.30pm - 5.30pm in glór's Theatre 2, €10/€8

Oh Father dear - Kevin Maher, Cormac James and Cónal Creedon

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

Fathers feature strongly in literature from Atticus Finch (Harper Lee) to Michael Moran (Amongst Women) and with Mother’s Day falling on Sunday 6th March, we thought that it would be interesting to take a look at fathers in literature. We have invited three authors in whose work fathers feature prominently to join us. Cormac James (Track and Field and The Surfacing), Kevin Maher (The Fields and Last Night on Earth) and Cónal Creedon (Fathers and Sons, Passion Play, Pancho and Lefty Ride Out, The Mortal Deed Of Michael O’Leary) will be reading from their work and discussing the fathers within.

Saturday 5 March, 8pm, €25

In Conversation- Lemn Sissay followed by Kate Adie, hosted by writer and broadcaster Susan McKay

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

For our Saturday night mainstage event, we welcome two very different guests, hosted by writer and broadcaster Susan McKay.

First up is Lemn Sissay who will perform and discuss his work as a poet, playwright, and human rights’ activist. Lemn was recently named Chancellor at the University of Manchester, beating off stiff competition from none other than Peter Mandelson.

We are also delighted to welcome Kate Adie, bestselling author and broadcaster, and BBC’s Chief News Correspondent, a role she was promoted to following her coverage of the killings in Tiananmen Square. Kate will discuss her life and work as one of the first British women to send dispatches from danger zones around the world.

Sunday 6 March, 10am - 11am, €15

Sunday Symposium

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

Our Sunday morning symposium will look slightly different this year with two great events planned to inspire and provoke.

  • 10.00 am: Reflections on the Centenary - Professor Diarmaid Ferriter
    We’ve invited Professor Diarmuid Ferriter to reflect on the centenary year and to offer some insights into A Nation and Not a Rabble, The Irish Revolution 1013 to 1923 which was recently shortlisted for the Bord  Gais Irish Book Award.
     
  • 11.00 am:  Coffee break
     
  • 11.15 am:  Do It Like a Woman with Catríona Crowe in the company of Ivana Bacik, Caroline Criado-Perez, Susan McKay and Micheline Sheehy Skeffington
    We reflect on the ways in which people are revolutionary now and in particular the leading role that women have played in the role of women as universal and ongoing struggle for equality.   Reflecting on the kind of social change that we have experienced in Ireland in the past 30 years, affecting all of us, men and women, it is obvious that this social change has been more often than not championed by women.  As it happens the title happens to be the title of Caroline Criado Perez’s book – she joins us as a panellist as does Ivana Bacik, Susan McKay and Micheline Sheehy Skeffington.  Chaired by Catriona Crowe, the session will consider the myriad ways in which people are revolutionary by focusing in particular on the stories of women the world over.
Wednesday 9 March, 8pm, €27.50

An Evening with Johnny McEvoy

presented by Tom Kelly Promotions

Johnny McEvoy has always been highly acclaimed for his excellent shows and his forthcoming nationwide concerts are eagerly  awaited by his legion of fans.

This nostalgiac evening of 'Song and Story' features all of  Johnny's many hit songs, including Muirsin Durkan, Boston Burglar, Those Brown Eyes, Long Long Before Your Time and more.  His songs are haunting, evocative and beautifully presented with many in the folk and ballad style.

Johnny McEvoy has been one of the most enduring and talented singer/songwriters in these islands over the past 50 years. His concert  performance is second to none with his songs beautifully delivered  in truly artistic fashion and story telling of the finest order.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Thursday 6th of March, 11am & 12.15pm, € 6 - Teachers FOC

The Birth of a Nation by Gerard McCarthy

1916 Centenary Celebrations @ glór


The Birth of a Nation is a succinct story of Ireland’s journey to independence and contains the oldest footage ever shot in Ireland. A central scene in the film is Padraig Pearse’s famous oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa, when Pearse made a call to arms eight months before the Rising took place. The grainy footage was used at the time as a propaganda tool for Republicans who were struggling to win support in advance of the Easter Rising. Other prominent revolutionary figures who appear include Michael Collins, Roger Casement, James Connolly, Eamonn Ceannt, Thomas Clarke and Erskine Childers.

Friday 11 March, 8pm, €25

Des Bishop: Grey Matters

The fantasy of everlasting youth dyed with Des’s last purchase of Just for Men over a year ago. Now he is embracing the Grey and letting the wisdom of his years inspire his stand up.

Grey Matters tackles the issues confronting Des these days, returning to live in New York, being surrounded by other people’s kids, gender and marriage equality, the dangers of snapchat, dating a Chinese woman, the prospect of reaching 40 and most of all, after the documentary-style stand up show about his time in China, Des is looking forward to returning to straight stand up where he can riff about whatever is on his mind.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Saturday 12 March, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

The Nualas

The Glitterbomb Tour

The Nualas are celebrating their 21st birthday! With scorchingly brilliant new songs, red hot new chat and blistering new shoes, The Nualas are jetting in for one night only to leave you helpless with laughter, delirious with pleasure, and a little disorientated if you can’t remember which door you came in.

‘Staggeringly impressive three-part harmonies and a savage, biting wit.’ Metro Scotland

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6.30pm.  For €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Tuesday 15 March - Saturday 19 March, 8pm,
Saturday 19 March, 2.30pm, €18/€14 conc.

Footloose - the Musical

presented by Ennis Musical Society

A rebellious Teenager moves to a small town in America where Dance is forbidden & sets out to bring the music back, calling for a “Rock ‘n’ Roll” prom.  Based on the 1984 film, Footloose boasts a number of classic hits including Almost Paradise, Holding Out for a Hero not to mention the title song “Footloose”.

Cast:

  • Ren: Jamie Sheehen
  • Ariel: Síofra Ní Eilí Duggan
  • Willard: Declan Honan
  • Rusty: Sinéad Coughlan
  • Wendy-Jo: Ciara Lynch
  • Chuck: Daniel Lynch
  • Travis: Adam Bluett
  • Urleen: Shona Connellan
  • Lyle: Tony O'Brien
  • Jeter/Bickle/Garvin: Conor Coughlan/ BenO'Sullivan
  • Shaw: Neil Haran
  • Vi: Kate Corrigan
  • Ethel: Andie Doolan
  • Wes Warnicker: Laurence O'Brien
  • Lulu Warnicker: Pam Blake
  • Betty Blast: Elizabeth Brown
  • Coach Roger Dunbar: Ruan Kent
  • Eleanor Dunbar: Sharon Cullinan
  • Principal Clark: Joe Moran
Saturday 2 April, 8pm, €20

The Concertina Ensemble

presented by glór in association with Cosairtín, The National Concertina Convention

  • Niall and Caoimhín Vallely
  • John Williams and Eoin O'Neill
  • Simon Thoumire

The Irish Concertina Ensemble, featuring the premiere of 'An Pocaire Gaoithe: The View from Above" a suite of music commissioned by Consairtín and composed by Tim Collins to celebrate Clare County of Culture 2016.

Friday 8th of April , 8pm, €22/€20 Conc./€10 students

The Irish Chamber Orchestra

Revolution and Rhetoric


John Kinsella                     The Splendid Years
Arnold Bax                         In Memoriam 1916
Sam Perkin                         The Foggy Dew arr. for String Quartet, Electronics and Voice


The Irish Chamber Orchestra dedicates this concert to the 1916 Easter Rising commemorative celebrations @ glór, with an emphasis on remembrance.  Renowned actor Des Keogh explores this period of Irish history presenting a nostalgic pot-pourri of music, song and poetry.  

Themes of love, loss and transience dominate the programme which includes John Kinsella’s The Splendid Years, Sir Arnold Bax’s In Memoriam, which pays homage to Ireland, and Sam Perkin’s arrangement of the The Foggy Dew -a reflective work dedicated to Thomas Kent.
 

Thursday 14 April, 8pm, €19/€17.50

Duke Special

This will be a magical show exploring forgotten old dusty manuscripts along with songs from his most recent and well-received album, "Look out machines!", not to mention many of the usual live favourites…

Many people are aware of Duke's platinum album ‘Songs From The Deep Forest’, and the hit song ‘Freewheel’, but many may be surprised by the cultural breadth of his other work. His creative talents have seen him involved in projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for the Irish Sesame Street to writing the music for and appearing in Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed 2009 production of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ at London’s National Theatre. He has presented a documentary on the life of '50s megastar Ruby Murray and has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to write a series of original songs based on photographs for their exhibition of the photographers Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand. He has performed with orchestras such as the Ulster and RTÉ Concert orchestras and has finished an unfinished musical by Kurt Weill based on Huckleberry Finn.

Recently he joined forces with stand-up comedian Andrew Doyle and together they brought a brand new musical adaptation of Gulliver's Travels to the Lyric Theatre in his native Belfast, a production created by the team behind the West End smash hit Once the Musical!
Always looking for new and interesting collaborations and projects to get his teeth into, Duke Special really is an artist who never stops!

Monday 18th of April, 11am & 8pm, €18/€16 conc- Matinee €6 Teachers FOC

Madame de Markievicz

The New Theatre presents

Written by Ann Matthews
Directed and produced by Anthony Fox


Madame de Markievicz on Trial is centred on Constance Markievicz, depicting an event in Dublin at Easter, 1916 when a policeman was fatally shot. It is set in a courtroom and a prison cell during the autumn of 1917 and the dialogue is largely based on the extensive speeches made by Markievicz during this time. William May, the prosecutor and sole fictional character in the drama is the Devil’s Advocate. He trawls through all aspects of Madam’s life to challenge the misinformation created by post 1916 propaganda. The testimonies of the witnesses are interwoven and the audience will be the ultimate judge, as they leave the theatre to decide to issue an innocent or guilty verdict.

‘... an imaginative cracker of a play, skilfully structured and acted with the kind of passion the subject needs’ Mail on Sunday
 

Thursday 28th of April, 8pm, € 12.50/ € 10 Students - € 40 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)

Ennis Guitar School

Vardens’ Ennis Guitar School is proud to present their annual concert, showcasing our students of all ages playing guitar, piano/keyboards and singing. Our students have worked hard all year and now they want to show you what they can do. 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. You’ll be singing all the way home!

SAturday 30 April, 7.30pm, €10

Actors + Reactors End of Year Showcase

An evening of dramatic extracts, poetry, mime, drama and recitals presented by talented young people from 4 to 15 years and introduced and stage managed by senior Actors and Reactors students.

Actors and Reactors, Ennis – a drama school established by Aoibhín and Doireann Garrihy – will showcase a term’s work in aid of The Clare Crusaders Children Clinic, a self funded clinic providing free therapy and specialist treatment to over 350 children with special needs in County Clare.

Tuesday 3rd of May, 8pm, € 20

Paul Daniels


Several years ago the most entertaining magic guy in the world, Paul Daniels, together with his wife, Debbie McGee, toured with a small, intimate, magic show and had so much fun they have decided to do it again.   They will be bringing their night of bafflement and laughter up and down the country with a unique show that is definitely not to be missed.

Sunday 22 May, 8pm, €30/€37 conc./€100 family of 4

Puccini La bohème

presented by Opera Theatre Company

A chance encounter in a freezing attic results in a red-hot affair between penniless poet Rodolfo and innocent seamstress Mimi. But will their love be strong enough to survive against the odds? La bohème follows a group of friends as they struggle as artists in 1930’s Paris.  Puccini’s timeless classic promises a breathtaking experience for newcomers and opera fans alike, with ravishing music and thrilling arias and ensembles.

Ben Barnes directs a sterling cast of Irish and international singers, including rising star soprano Máire Flavin (Mimi), Argentinian tenor Pablo Bemsch (Rodolfo), Sinead Campbell-Wallace (Musetta), Charles Rice (Marcello), Padraic Rowan (Colline) and Rory Musgrave (Schaunard), together with a professional chorus of twelve and a thirteen member chamber orchestra conducted by Andrew Greenwood. Design is by Joe Vanek.  La bohème will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.

La bohème celebrates Opera Theatre Company’s 30th year touring opera throughout Ireland.