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Galway Theatre Festival

Galway Theatre Festival

Galway Theatre Festival draws on Galway’s unique theatrical heritage, and is one of Ireland’s only festivals dedicated to theatre and performance.

The Festival provides a platform for national artists and artists based in the West of Ireland, bringing together a high-quality programme that showcases the best and newest talents in theatre, spectacle, circus, story-telling and immersive performance.

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: Wasted – Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway

Writer: Kate Tempest Director: Mairéad Folan Reviewer: Paige Louter Wasted is presented by No Ropes Theatre as part of the Made in Galway strand of works in progress showings. The text is written by poet, spoken word artist, author, and playwright Kate Tempest, and is actually a finished product: the “in progress” portion of the showing is the company’s experimentation ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: Alice M – The Barn @ Victoria Hotel, Galway

Creators: Guerilla Aerial Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne   How to describe Guerilla Aerial? Well, in their own words they are “a mysterious, nomadic tribe of gender-bending, half-deranged actors, acrobats, dancers, musicians and storytellers”. There is something exciting and unnerving about interacting with these creatures, especially when they approach unexpectedly as you queue outside the venue. A spider-like creature unceremoniously scuttles through ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: Orpheus Road and …touched… – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Writer:Ursula Rani Sarma Director: Nelson Barre Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne Two of playwright Ursula Rani Sarma’s plays, Orpheus Road (2003) and ...touched... (1999), are directed by Nelson Barre as part of the #wakingthefeministswest movement’s involvement with the Galway Theatre Festival, running as a double-bill. On a completely bare stage in the Town Hall Theatre Studio, the performances rely totally on script ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL – Mary, Mary, Mary – An Taibhdhearc, Galway

Directors: Kate Murray and Maria Tivnan Writer: Maria Tivnan Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne “Holy Mary mother of god; Mary, shut the gate; Mary, take the fag out of your mouth”, these are some of the refrains with which the three Marys begin and finish their one act play. The performance features chanting, singing and movement interspersed with commentary and interaction between ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: WAITING FOR ELVIS – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Writer: Eileen Gibbons Director: Petal Pilley Reviewer: Paige Louter Waiting for Elvis is a sweet and sad portrait of friendship between two very different women: Lisa Marie (Valerie Egan), who is reserved and sharp-tongued, and Elizabeth (Charlene Kelly), who speaks to everyone with bright hopefulness and cheerily shares marshmallows and gifts of novelty mugs. The world of the play rotates ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: Sisters of the Rising – Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway

Writer: Christiane O'Mahony Director: Anushka Senanayake Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne Christiane O’Mahony’s play is on message where it highlights the airbrushing of women from the history of the 1916 Easter Rising. The narrative, as it unfolds on the sparsely furnished stage, introduces two sisters, Josie and Gillian O’Farrell, one a defiant tomboy, the other boy-mad and more concerned with getting married ...

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