Now in its third year the Mad Hatter festival presents the finest selection of shows from Ireland and beyond for the young people of Sligo and takes place from the 29th of October through to the 1st of November in Sligo town. The festival is the result of collaboration between the Hawk’s Well Theatre and Blue Raincoat Theatre Company. It brings a selection of the best performances on offer to the young people of Sligo, providing access to a diverse range of high quality artistic productions from home and abroad as well as entertaining, teaching and inspiring the next generation.
Fancy a scare at Halloween? Then don’t miss Jonathan Harker and Dracula at the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Sunday 2nd of November at 8pm. This new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s iconic masterpiece on vampirism, sees Gerard McCarthy playing both Jonathan Harker, whose diaries chronicle the bloody tale, and the greatest supernatural character of all time: Dracula. Using multiple cameras, backing screens, projections, surround sound and a newly commissioned score, this solo tour de force will make audiences scream.
He is deathly pale.
His fingernails are cut to sharp points.
His teeth protrude menacingly from his mouth in clouds of rancid breath.
Yet even Count Dracula’s unnerving appearance and the frightened reaction of the local peasants fail to warn Jonathan Harker, a young man from England, about his host.
‘In Acting Shakespeare’ is a superbly engaging one-man show on tour in Ireland this October following a two-month sold out run off-Broadway in New York City. It comes to the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Thursday 23rd of October at 8pm.
“In Acting Shakespeare” is a funny, touching and uplifting story of one man’s discovery of Shakespeare, acting and language. Freely adapted, with permission, from Sir Ian McKellen’s ‘Acting Shakespeare’, the wonderfully talented James De Vita tells his own story of a young fisherman searching for a new career. This fun, fervent tribute to one man’s personal journey, deftly weaves some of Shakespeare’s most famous monologues with James’ days as Long Island fisherman and his nights as a classical actor. This is a show for anyone interested in Shakespeare or theatre.
Martin Simpson is widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. He will perform at the Hawk’s Well theatre on Saturday 18th of October at 8pm.
There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and “One Day”.
Part post-punk revival, part neo-psychedelica, Sligo /Leitrim band Darktown have hit the Sligo music scene like a grenade. ‘Machinery of Night’ is their second release, and this mini-album hits the shelves this month. To celebrate the new release, Darktown will be performing two very special gigs on Saturday, October 18th. The first is a lunchtime appearance, at 1pm, in Liber Book & Music Store, O’Connell Street, Sligo. Then, at 10 o’clock that evening, they’ll be on stage in The Swagman, Wine Street, Sligo.
This new release follows hot on the heels of the success of ‘Deepwater Quay’, the group’s first EP, which was launched with gigs in Hennigan’s, Sligo, and Bewleys Cafe Theatre, Dublin, at the close of 2013.
Branching Out, Sligo’s youth arts forum are delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit their most recent international youth cultural exchange ‘The Bridge’ / Inter Religious Dialogue & Co-existence.
Brian Devaney, the leader of the Irish group, was joined with Barry Cullen, Niamh Devaney and Vanessa Scanlon. The exchange happened in Graz, Austria for nine days at the start of September. Groups who participated include Austria, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Georgia. Each group needed to prepare presentations on various topics comprising of traditions and rituals, food and drink, dance and arts and cultural conflicts. Every member of each group that took part in The Bridge had very different experiences and we have tried to showcase some of these experiences through the exhibition.
On the 14th of October we will be launching the exhibition of work at 6pm in the Hyde Bridge Gallery. It runs until the 28th of October. We have received a strong body of work from all the groups that took part in the exchange and we look forward to sharing it with you. To keep up to date with the progress of the exhibition follow Branching Out on Facebook
Music Network is delighted to present the ‘most imaginative and fascinating musician in all of trad’ (Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh in a solo fiddle and film tour. At The Model Sligo on Sunday 12th October, In My Mind is a window into the world of music making, from a musician equally at home playing Sliabh Luchra slides as exploring contemporary musical landscapes. Making live music happen across the country, Music Network provides an opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices, funded by the Arts Council.
Armed with his trusty 10-string “Hardanger d’Amore” fiddle and a film projector, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh sets out to show the beauty, depth and humour of traditional Irish music in his own take on what makes it beautiful. Inside the projector are virtual guests, friends whom he has filmed: musician, dancer, singer, poet and landscape, each of whom make the other half of a duet with a live Caoimhín. A better look at what goes on inside a musician’s head could not be had, not if you cut it in half and hinged it open.