Galway Theatre Festival

Féile Amharclannaiochta na Gaillimhe

3-11 May/Bealtaine, 2019


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Galway Theatre Festival features 9 days of exciting theatre, circus, spectacle, and storytelling, showcasing the vibrant performance culture of Ireland’s festival city. The goal of Galway Theatre Festival is to bring a fresh and lively programme of performance to the streets and venues of Galway, evoking a raw energy and adventurous spirit in our audiences. Now in its 11th year, 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, storytelling and immersive performance.


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Schedule


3rd May 2019
5:30PM
Festival Opening
- O'Donoghue Centre (NUIG)
Opening

8:00PM
Are you there Una?
Elaine Mears - Mick Lally Theatre
World Premiere

The late Una Taaffe continues to inspire many far-fetched tales in her native Galway. Are you there Una? is a reclamation and restoration portrait of Una. It explores collected stories, interviews, personal memorabilia, and fragments of memories of Una, as a means of peeling back the layers of myth-making and finding the real person beneath. Read more

8:30PM
Eternal Youth
Niamh Ryan - Bank of Ireland Theatre (NUIG)

School has just finished and adulthood is fast approaching, the world should be at their fingertips but college could also mean separation. Two best friends attempt to battle their demons together but their deep obsession with Peter Pan and what’s left of their childhood leaves them struggling to stay afloat. Read more

8:30PM
Searlit Ní Gallachoir ~ Fantasy Ireland
Charlotte Gallagher - Town Hall Theatre Studio

Fusing stand up, storytelling and spiritual memoir, Searlit Ní Gallachoir ~ Fantasy Ireland explores humour, heritage and belonging in this new, one-woman show for the Galway Theatre Festival. Read more

4th May 2019
3:00PM
Marty Moncrieff, The Teddy Bear Thief
Beluga Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre (NUIG)
Children's Theatre

Children's Theatre - Fast cars, trainloads of gold, priceless artwork. There’s nothing this teddy bear can’t steal. Marty is the most IN-famous thief there is. He’s even pulled off snatching the moon in broad daylight. From cookies to jewellery to the fiver in your pocket, he’s not running out of stuff to swipe. But with a new detective hot on his fluffy heels, Marty is running out of places to hide. Read more

7:00PM
ARBITRATION (or a life worth living)
Brick Wall Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre (NUIG)

A Government-sanctioned yearly judgement whereby citizens must prove their life’s worthiness or risk being burned alive. Alan is missing something crucial; the shadow of his biggest regret lurks amongst his evidence. With 20 minutes on the clock, and with the help from his friend, the VCR, Alan must now make a choice: hide his instability and manufacture evidence, or face his demon and be true to himself. Read more

8:00PM
Are you there Una?
Elaine Mears - Mick Lally Theatre

The late Una Taaffe continues to inspire many far-fetched tales in her native Galway. Are you there Una? is a reclamation and restoration portrait of Una. It explores collected stories, interviews, personal memorabilia, and fragments of memories of Una, as a means of peeling back the layers of myth-making and finding the real person beneath. Read more

8:30PM
Eternal Youth
Niamh Ryan - Bank of Ireland Theatre (NUIG)

School has just finished and adulthood is fast approaching, the world should be at their fingertips but college could also mean separation. Two best friends attempt to battle their demons together but their deep obsession with Peter Pan and what’s left of their childhood leaves them struggling to stay afloat. Read more

8:30PM
Searlit Ní Gallachoir ~ Fantasy Ireland
Charlotte Gallagher - Town Hall Theatre Studio

Fusing stand up, storytelling and spiritual memoir, Searlit Ní Gallachoir ~ Fantasy Ireland explores humour, heritage and belonging in this new, one-woman show for the Galway Theatre Festival. Read more

5th May 2019
12:00PM
Marty Moncrieff, The Teddy Bear Thief
Beluga Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre (NUIG)
Children's Theatre

Children's Theatre - Fast cars, trainloads of gold, priceless artwork. There’s nothing this teddy bear can’t steal. Marty is the most IN-famous thief there is. He’s even pulled off snatching the moon in broad daylight. From cookies to jewellery to the fiver in your pocket, he’s not running out of stuff to swipe. But with a new detective hot on his fluffy heels, Marty is running out of places to hide. Read more

3:00PM
Marty Moncrieff, The Teddy Bear Thief
Beluga Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre (NUIG)
Children's Theatre

Children's Theatre - Fast cars, trainloads of gold, priceless artwork. There’s nothing this teddy bear can’t steal. Marty is the most IN-famous thief there is. He’s even pulled off snatching the moon in broad daylight. From cookies to jewellery to the fiver in your pocket, he’s not running out of stuff to swipe. But with a new detective hot on his fluffy heels, Marty is running out of places to hide. Read more

3:00PM
4 Elements
Galway Community Circus - St Joseph's Community Centre - Shantalla
Circus

Galway Community Circus, the Irish flagship for youth and social circus, is proud to present its youth performance troupe as part of the Galway Theatre Festival with a show in which, through circus arts, they will explore the interconnections between the 4 elements in themselves. Read more

5:00PM
Searlit O’Gallachoir ~ Fantasy Ireland
Charlotte Gallagher - Town Hall Theatre Studio

Fusing stand up, storytelling and spiritual memoir, Searlit Ní Gallachoir ~ Fantasy Ireland explores humour, heritage and belonging in this new, one-woman show for the Galway Theatre Festival. Read more

7:00PM
ARBITRATION (or a life worth living)
Brick Wall Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre (NUIG)

A Government-sanctioned yearly judgement whereby citizens must prove their life’s worthiness or risk being burned alive. Alan is missing something crucial; the shadow of his biggest regret lurks amongst his evidence. With 20 minutes on the clock, and with the help from his friend, the VCR, Alan must now make a choice: hide his instability and manufacture evidence, or face his demon and be true to himself. Read more

7:30PM
4 Elements
Galway Community Circus - St Joseph's Community Centre - Shantalla
Circus

Galway Community Circus, the Irish flagship for youth and social circus, is proud to present its youth performance troupe as part of the Galway Theatre Festival with a show in which, through circus arts, they will explore the interconnections between the 4 elements in themselves.

8:00PM
Are you there Una?
Elaine Mears - Mick Lally Theatre

The late Una Taaffe continues to inspire many far-fetched tales in her native Galway. Are you there Una? is a reclamation and restoration portrait of Una. It explores collected stories, interviews, personal memorabilia, and fragments of memories of Una, as a means of peeling back the layers of myth-making and finding the real person beneath. Read more

8:30PM
Eternal Youth
Niamh Ryan - Bank of Ireland Theatre (NUIG)

School has just finished and adulthood is fast approaching, the world should be at their fingertips but college could also mean separation. Two best friends attempt to battle their demons together but their deep obsession with Peter Pan and what’s left of their childhood leaves them struggling to stay afloat. Read more

8:30PM
Searlit Ní Gallachoir ~ Fantasy Ireland
Charlotte Gallagher - Town Hall Theatre Studio

Fusing stand up, storytelling and spiritual memoir, Searlit Ní Gallachoir ~ Fantasy Ireland explores humour, heritage and belonging in this new, one-woman show for the Galway Theatre Festival. Read more

6th May 2019
12:00PM
Marty Moncrieff, The Teddy Bear Thief
Beluga Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre (NUIG)
Children's Theatre

Children's Theatre - Fast cars, trainloads of gold, priceless artwork. There’s nothing this teddy bear can’t steal. Marty is the most IN-famous thief there is. He’s even pulled off snatching the moon in broad daylight. From cookies to jewellery to the fiver in your pocket, he’s not running out of stuff to swipe. But with a new detective hot on his fluffy heels, Marty is running out of places to hide. Read more

3:00PM
Marty Moncrieff, The Teddy Bear Thief
Beluga Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre (NUIG)
Children's Theatre

Children's Theatre - Fast cars, trainloads of gold, priceless artwork. There’s nothing this teddy bear can’t steal. Marty is the most IN-famous thief there is. He’s even pulled off snatching the moon in broad daylight. From cookies to jewellery to the fiver in your pocket, he’s not running out of stuff to swipe. But with a new detective hot on his fluffy heels, Marty is running out of places to hide. Read more

3:00PM to 8:00PM
Connection +/-
THE BLACK PHONE BOX - The Blue Note
Drop-in / Free Admission

“Every Sunday they would arrive in, the pair of them. They’d be dressed to the nines and tens, pockets full of coins and the hair done, all for to ring the daughter in Boston…” A collection of true stories, short plays, musings and dreams. Captured inside two old phones, these are the stories of connections, both lost and found. The phone is ringing. Pick it up. It’s for you.

4:00PM
Are you there Una?
Elaine Mears - Mick Lally Theatre

The late Una Taaffe continues to inspire many far-fetched tales in her native Galway. Are you there Una? is a reclamation and restoration portrait of Una. It explores collected stories, interviews, personal memorabilia, and fragments of memories of Una, as a means of peeling back the layers of myth-making and finding the real person beneath. Read more

5:00PM
Behind Closed Doors!
Vision Nation - Bank of Ireland Theatre

Vision Nation presents a series of stories featuring everyday characters and lives within the direct provision system in Ireland.
In these stories we can see the impact of life in the direct provision system - adults from different countries, speaking different languages, of different ages and personalities, all sharing a room and trying to live their lives with no privacy or dignity. Read more

7:00PM
ARBITRATION (or a life worth living)
Brick Wall Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre (NUIG)

A Government-sanctioned yearly judgement whereby citizens must prove their life’s worthiness or risk being burned alive. Alan is missing something crucial; the shadow of his biggest regret lurks amongst his evidence. With 20 minutes on the clock, and with the help from his friend, the VCR, Alan must now make a choice: hide his instability and manufacture evidence, or face his demon and be true to himself. Read more

7:00PM
Also for roaring
Mmm Theatre - Nun's Island Theatre

Work in Progress - Also for Roaring is nonsense and notional. It is inspired by Tristan Tzara’s Dadaist play The Gas Heart but it doesn’t identify as Dadaist; like many good contemporary creations, it is confused. It is trying things out, playing around, dipping its toe in the waters of sense and nonsense, of coping and caving, of mundane and catastrophic. Maybe it is going through a phase. Maybe you can help.

8:00PM
Are you there Una?
Elaine Mears - Mick Lally Theatre

The late Una Taaffe continues to inspire many far-fetched tales in her native Galway. Are you there Una? is a reclamation and restoration portrait of Una. It explores collected stories, interviews, personal memorabilia, and fragments of memories of Una, as a means of peeling back the layers of myth-making and finding the real person beneath. Read more

8:30PM
Eternal Youth
Niamh Ryan - Bank of Ireland Theatre (NUIG)

School has just finished and adulthood is fast approaching, the world should be at their fingertips but college could also mean separation. Two best friends attempt to battle their demons together but their deep obsession with Peter Pan and what’s left of their childhood leaves them struggling to stay afloat. Read more

7th May 2019
1:00PM
A body of water (Rehearsed reading)
David Joyce - O'Donoghue Centre - Studio 1
Free Admission

Rehearsed reading - Neil O Mara is an Irish exile living in the UK, he lives in fear because he was set up for murder nineteen years ago and he absconded rather than face trial. He lives a dormant life. Neil sends a letter to his son Eoin seeking closure on his past. From the start someone else is looking for Neil for their own motivations. The past and the present will come face to face and Neil’s letter is only the beginning.

3:00PM to 8:00PM
Connection +/-
THE BLACK PHONE BOX - The Blue Note
Drop-in / Free Admission

“Every Sunday they would arrive in, the pair of them. They’d be dressed to the nines and tens, pockets full of coins and the hair done, all for to ring the daughter in Boston…” A collection of true stories, short plays, musings and dreams. Captured inside two old phones, these are the stories of connections, both lost and found. The phone is ringing. Pick it up. It’s for you.

5:00PM
The Game Of Claire
Diffused Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre

Work in Progress - Welcome to Diffused Theatre’s first ever Choose Your Own Adventure play, meaning the audience gets to play God with our poor protagonist, Claire.

5:00PM
Behind Closed Doors!
Vision Nation - Bank of Ireland Theatre

Vision Nation presents a series of stories featuring everyday characters and lives within the direct provision system in Ireland.
In these stories we can see the impact of life in the direct provision system - adults from different countries, speaking different languages, of different ages and personalities, all sharing a room and trying to live their lives with no privacy or dignity. Read more

7:00PM
Between Language and Limb
Patricia Glynn, Geraldine Mills, and Celina Jaffe - Nun's Island Theatre

Work in Progress - Between Language and Limb explore some creative and performance possibilities that can emerge between the two separate art forms of poetry and movement/dance. Dancers respond to the poet's words, while the language of movement, shape and dynamics of the dancer can inspire poetic images.

8:00PM
Hairy Jaysus
Exit Does Theatre - Mick Lally Theatre

Hairy Jaysus is a biopic based on the events that led to the execution of Frank Sheehy Skeffington on Easter week 1916. Sheehy-Skeffington was a pacifist, feminist, socialist and atheist who was murdered after being wrongly identified as a one of the rising leaders while trying to stop looting during the Dublin rebellion during Easter week in 1916. Read more

8:30PM
Behind Closed Doors!
Vision Nation - Bank of Ireland Theatre

Vision Nation presents a series of stories featuring everyday characters and lives within the direct provision system in Ireland.
In these stories we can see the impact of life in the direct provision system - adults from different countries, speaking different languages, of different ages and personalities, all sharing a room and trying to live their lives with no privacy or dignity. Read more

8:30PM
The Realness of Miss Representation
Steven Sharpe - Town Hall Theatre Studio

In his one-man musical Sharpe takes an autobiographical look at being a 30 something gay man in a post yes equality Ireland. With more freedoms, options, obstacles and expectations for the LGBTQ+ community, how will Steven deal with the current social climate? Read more

8th May 2019
3:00PM to 8:00PM
Connection +/-
THE BLACK PHONE BOX - The Blue Note
Drop-in / Free Admission

“Every Sunday they would arrive in, the pair of them. They’d be dressed to the nines and tens, pockets full of coins and the hair done, all for to ring the daughter in Boston…” A collection of true stories, short plays, musings and dreams. Captured inside two old phones, these are the stories of connections, both lost and found. The phone is ringing. Pick it up. It’s for you.

4:00PM
Cláirseach ina tost / The Harp Silenced
le Garraí an Ghiorria - Mick Lally Theatre

Work in Progress - The Irish harp, a powerful symbol of Irish culture, was silenced by Cromwell who hanged the harpers and silenced their voice. This voice re-emerges through storytelling and the oral arts, in contemporary dance, music and poetry. Tógann an dráma idir láimhe seo foirm na cruite Gaelach mar mheafar, agus ansin stroiceann as a chéile í trí mheáin seanchais, na filíochta, damhsa comhaimseartha agus an cheoil.

7PM
Beats on the Street
Macnas Drumming Ensemble - Pop up event on Galway Streets
Free Event

Macnas drumming troupe will showcase their work in progress involving percussion techniques and skills in an outdoor environment with performance energy and character. Expect to move and groove with the usual Macnas Magic!

7:00PM
An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting
Laurence Clark - O'Donoghue Centre (NUIG)

Growing up Laurence never saw dads with cerebral palsy; which made him think he’d never be a parent himself. Besides, the only thing he’d ever managed to look after was a cactus, and even that died from dehydration. But then his future wife says he’d better be prepared for the fact she wants babies… which is a pretty strong opening line! What follows is the hilarious and heart-warming story of two people with cerebral palsy traversing the ups and downs of parenthood. Read more

8:00PM
Hairy Jaysus
Exit Does Theatre - Mick Lally Theatre

Hairy Jaysus is a biopic based on the events that led to the execution of Frank Sheehy Skeffington on Easter week 1916. Sheehy-Skeffington was a pacifist, feminist, socialist and atheist who was murdered after being wrongly identified as a one of the rising leaders while trying to stop looting during the Dublin rebellion during Easter week in 1916. Read more

8:30PM
Searlit Ní Gallachoir ~ Fantasy Ireland - Special Performance
Charlotte Gallagher - Charlie Byrne's Bookshop
Special Performance

Fusing stand up, storytelling and spiritual memoir, Searlit Ní Gallachoir ~ Fantasy Ireland explores humour, heritage and belonging in this new, one-woman show for the Galway Theatre Festival. Read more

9:00PM
One Take Challenge
Little Cinema - Roisin Dubh
Cinema

One Take Challenge - The idea is very simple - the films screened will be 5 mins long and will mimic the restrictions as theatre! So, they will be made in just one take, and it has to be the first take! (lots of rehearsing)!

9th May 2019
3:00PM to 8:00PM
Connection +/-
THE BLACK PHONE BOX - The Blue Note
Drop-in / Free Admission

“Every Sunday they would arrive in, the pair of them. They’d be dressed to the nines and tens, pockets full of coins and the hair done, all for to ring the daughter in Boston…” A collection of true stories, short plays, musings and dreams. Captured inside two old phones, these are the stories of connections, both lost and found. The phone is ringing. Pick it up. It’s for you.

5:00PM
Hairy Jaysus
Exit Does Theatre - Mick Lally Theatre

Hairy Jaysus is a biopic based on the events that led to the execution of Frank Sheehy Skeffington on Easter week 1916. Sheehy-Skeffington was a pacifist, feminist, socialist and atheist who was murdered after being wrongly identified as a one of the rising leaders while trying to stop looting during the Dublin rebellion during Easter week in 1916. Read more

7:00PM
An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting
Laurence Clark - O'Donoghue Centre (NUIG)

Growing up Laurence never saw dads with cerebral palsy; which made him think he’d never be a parent himself. Besides, the only thing he’d ever managed to look after was a cactus, and even that died from dehydration. But then his future wife says he’d better be prepared for the fact she wants babies… which is a pretty strong opening line! What follows is the hilarious and heart-warming story of two people with cerebral palsy traversing the ups and downs of parenthood. Read more

8:00PM
Hairy Jaysus
Exit Does Theatre - Mick Lally Theatre

Hairy Jaysus is a biopic based on the events that led to the execution of Frank Sheehy Skeffington on Easter week 1916. Sheehy-Skeffington was a pacifist, feminist, socialist and atheist who was murdered after being wrongly identified as a one of the rising leaders while trying to stop looting during the Dublin rebellion during Easter week in 1916. Read more

8:30PM
This Was Never Going To Be Normal
Deirdre Murphy and Rebecca Reilly - Bank of Ireland Theatre (NUIG)

This Was Never Going to Be Normal. This was always going to be a catastrophe. This was never before. There is always going to be a clown. We germinate; we nurture agency. We collect the detritus of breath, the exhaled debris of our consumption. We renegotiate value. We are gods, balancing weight and lightness as a means to cope in a changing world. We are humans, reflecting the radiance of wisdom which has come before. The silver bullet has backfired. Read more

8:30PM
The Realness of Miss Representation
Steven Sharpe - Town Hall Theatre Studio

In his one-man musical Sharpe takes an autobiographical look at being a 30 something gay man in a post yes equality Ireland. With more freedoms, options, obstacles and expectations for the LGBTQ+ community, how will Steven deal with the current social climate? Read more

10th May 2019

3:00PM to 8:00PM
Connection +/-
THE BLACK PHONE BOX - The Blue Note
Drop-in / Free Admission

“Every Sunday they would arrive in, the pair of them. They’d be dressed to the nines and tens, pockets full of coins and the hair done, all for to ring the daughter in Boston…” A collection of true stories, short plays, musings and dreams. Captured inside two old phones, these are the stories of connections, both lost and found. The phone is ringing. Pick it up. It’s for you.

7:00PM
An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting
Laurence Clark - O'Donoghue Centre (NUIG)

Growing up Laurence never saw dads with cerebral palsy; which made him think he’d never be a parent himself. Besides, the only thing he’d ever managed to look after was a cactus, and even that died from dehydration. But then his future wife says he’d better be prepared for the fact she wants babies… which is a pretty strong opening line! What follows is the hilarious and heart-warming story of two people with cerebral palsy traversing the ups and downs of parenthood. Read more

8:30PM
This Was Never Going To Be Normal
Deirdre Murphy and Rebecca Reilly - Bank of Ireland Theatre (NUIG)

This Was Never Going to Be Normal. This was always going to be a catastrophe. This was never before. There is always going to be a clown. We germinate; we nurture agency. We collect the detritus of breath, the exhaled debris of our consumption. We renegotiate value. We are gods, balancing weight and lightness as a means to cope in a changing world. We are humans, reflecting the radiance of wisdom which has come before. The silver bullet has backfired. Read more

11th May 2019
1:00PM
Creativity & The City: a public discussion
Theatre57 - O'Donoghue Centre (NUIG)
TALK

One year on from its inaugural meeting, Theatre57 invites you to be part of a wider conversation about how a city supports its creative community, and vice versa. We will look at models of creative hubs, future developments in the city and county, and international initiatives that have benefited both artists and communities.
Theatre57 was founded in summer 2018. It is a collective of over 60 independent theatre artists making work in Galway city and county. We advocate for sustainability in the arts and investment in local infrastructure to enable the creative professional development of artists.

3:00PM to 8:00PM
Connection +/-
THE BLACK PHONE BOX - The Blue Note
Drop-in / Free Admission

“Every Sunday they would arrive in, the pair of them. They’d be dressed to the nines and tens, pockets full of coins and the hair done, all for to ring the daughter in Boston…” A collection of true stories, short plays, musings and dreams. Captured inside two old phones, these are the stories of connections, both lost and found. The phone is ringing. Pick it up. It’s for you.

5:00PM
This Was Never Going To Be Normal
Deirdre Murphy and Rebecca Reilly - Bank of Ireland Theatre (NUIG)

This Was Never Going to Be Normal. This was always going to be a catastrophe. This was never before. There is always going to be a clown. We germinate; we nurture agency. We collect the detritus of breath, the exhaled debris of our consumption. We renegotiate value. We are gods, balancing weight and lightness as a means to cope in a changing world. We are humans, reflecting the radiance of wisdom which has come before. The silver bullet has backfired. Read more

7:00PM
An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting
Laurence Clark - O'Donoghue Centre (NUIG)

Growing up Laurence never saw dads with cerebral palsy; which made him think he’d never be a parent himself. Besides, the only thing he’d ever managed to look after was a cactus, and even that died from dehydration. But then his future wife says he’d better be prepared for the fact she wants babies… which is a pretty strong opening line! What follows is the hilarious and heart-warming story of two people with cerebral palsy traversing the ups and downs of parenthood. Read more

8:30PM
This Was Never Going To Be Normal
Deirdre Murphy and Rebecca Reilly - Bank of Ireland Theatre (NUIG)

This Was Never Going to Be Normal. This was always going to be a catastrophe. This was never before. There is always going to be a clown. We germinate; we nurture agency. We collect the detritus of breath, the exhaled debris of our consumption. We renegotiate value. We are gods, balancing weight and lightness as a means to cope in a changing world. We are humans, reflecting the radiance of wisdom which has come before. The silver bullet has backfired. Read more

Main Shows


  • Eternal Youth

    By Niamh Ryan

    This Was Never Going To Be Normal

    By Deirdre Murphy and Rebecca Reilly

    Marty Moncrieff, The Teddy Bear Thief

    By Beluga Theatre

  • Searlit Ní Gallachoir ~ Fantasy Ireland

    By Charlotte Gallagher & TOCHMARC productions

    ARBITRATION (or a life worth living)

    By Brick Wall Theatre

    Are you there Una?

    By Elaine Mears

  • Behind Closed Doors!

    By Vision Nation

    An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting

    NoRopes Theatre
    By Laurence Clark

    Hairy Jaysus

    By Exit Does Theatre

  • 4 Elements

    By Galway Community Circus

    One Take Challenge

    By Little Cinema

    The Realness of Miss Representation

    By Steven Sharpe

  • Connection +/-

    By The Black Phone Box

    Beats on the Street

    By Macnas Drumming Ensemble

Eternal Youth
By Niamh Ryan

“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” – Peter Pan

School has just finished and adulthood is fast approaching, the world should be at their fingertips but college could also mean separation. Two best friends attempt to battle their demons together but their deep obsession with Peter Pan and what’s left of their childhood leaves them struggling to stay afloat.

With a unique spin on rhythm and language, Eternal Youth, winner of the Sam Seldon playwriting award and Irondale Theatre (Brooklyn, New York) development award, will pull you into a fantasy world that reminds you that you are not alone.

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May 3-May 6 @ 8:30pm
Bank of Ireland Theatre-NUIG (75 mins)
This Was Never Going To Be Normal
By Deirdre Murphy and Rebecca Reilly

This Was Never Going to Be Normal. This was always going to be a catastrophe. This was never before. There is always going to be a clown.
We germinate; we nurture agency. We collect the detritus of breath, the exhaled debris of our consumption. We renegotiate value.
We are gods, balancing weight and lightness as a means to cope in a changing world.
We are humans, reflecting the radiance of wisdom which has come before. The silver bullet has backfired.
We will immerse you into this world so you can retrieve your means. The goddesses have been invited.

A dance theatre live sound installation performed by Deirdre Murphy and Rebecca Reilly. Created by the fellowship of Deirdre, Rebecca, and Jenny Macdonald.

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May 9-May 11 @ 8:30pm & May 11 @ 5pm
Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUIG (50 mins)
Marty Moncrieff, The Teddy Bear Thief
By Beluga Theatre
Children’s show
Fast cars, trainloads of gold, priceless artwork. There’s nothing this teddy bear can’t steal. Marty is the most IN-famous thief there is. He’s even pulled off snatching the moon in broad daylight. From cookies to jewellery to the fiver in your pocket, he’s not running out of stuff to swipe. But with a new detective hot on his fluffy heels, Marty is running out of places to hide.

Will he change his ways?

This is an adventure story about the cutest outlaw you ever did see.

Read more

May 4 @3pm & May 5-May 6 @12pm & 3pm
O’Donoghue Centre, NUIG (45 mins)
Searlit Ní Gallachoir ~ Fantasy Ireland
By Charlotte Gallagher & TOCHMARC productions
Twirling stand up, storytelling and spiritual memoir, Searlit Ní Gallachoir ~ Fantasy Ireland explores humour, heritage and belonging in this new, one-woman show for the Galway Theatre Festival. Charlotte - ahem - Searlit, is a seeker. She’s on a quest to discover her IRISHNESS. She’s English, but she has Irish blood, and she’s decided to find the mysticism and magic that Hollywood, romance novels and the Irish tourist board have promised her. She’s packed her bags and moved to Galway. She lives in a little house by the sea. She’s waiting for magic... But she’s waded into the bog of a very dangerous question: Is she really Irish at all?

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May 3-May 5 @8:30pm & May 5th @5pm
Town Hall Theatre Studio (60 mins)


Special Performance in Charlie Byrne's Bookshop: May 8 @8:30pm
ARBITRATION (or a life worth living)
By Brick Wall Theatre
arbitration (ɑːbɪˈtreɪʃn), n.

A Government-sanctioned yearly judgement whereby citizens must prove their life’s worthiness or risk being burned alive.

Alan is missing something crucial; the shadow of his biggest regret lurks amongst his evidence. With 20 minutes on the clock, and with the help from his friend, the VCR, Alan must now make a choice: hide his instability and manufacture evidence, or face his demon and be true to himself.

Movement and text blend together in this dystopian work that investigates our need for social approval, putting our freedom to live in the hands of someone else.

Read more

May 4-May 6 @7pm
O’Donoghue Centre, NUIG (55 mins)
Are you there Una?
By Elaine Mears
The late Una Taaffe continues to inspire many far-fetched tales in her native Galway. Are you there Una? is a reclamation and restoration portrait of Una. It explores collected stories, interviews, personal memorabilia, and fragments of memories of Una, as a means of peeling back the layers of myth-making and finding the real person beneath. Una’s life speaks to wider concerns of finding a sense of identity and belonging, how we read isolation, eccentricity and mental illness, and how we demystify these.

The piece incorporates live music performance from Anna Mullarkey and video design by Jennifer Cunningham.
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May 3 - May 6 @8pm and May 6 @4pm
Mick Lally Theatre (70 mins)
Behind Closed Doors!
By Vision Nation
Vision Nation presents a series of stories featuring everyday characters and lives within the direct provision system in Ireland.
Devised with actors living in direct provision in Galway, Behind Closed Doors! exposes life in the direct provision system.
Stories of everyday life interweave with live music to show the impact of the direct provision system, involving adults from different countries, speaking different languages, of different ages and personalities, all sharing a room and trying to live their lives with no privacy or dignity. Conflict breaks out over the basic rights of life, over using the bathroom, or keeping the light on, trying to study, or trying to sleep.
Behind Closed Doors! invites us to reflect on a system that dehumanizes, disempowers and ultimately can institutionalise people that have been forced to leave their native land in search of safer shores.

Directed by Jenny Bassett with live music from Benjamin Oben and Kingsley Anokye.

Each performance will be followed by a Q&A. Read more

May 6, 5pm - May 7, 5pm & 8.30pm
Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUIG (60 mins + QA)
An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting
NoRopes Theatre
By Laurence Clark
Growing up Laurence never saw dads with cerebral palsy; which made him think he’d never be a parent himself. Besides, the only thing he’d ever managed to look after was a cactus, and even that died from dehydration.
But then his future wife says he’d better be prepared for the fact she wants babies… which is a pretty strong opening line! What follows is the hilarious and heart-warming story of two people with cerebral palsy traversing the ups and downs of parenthood.

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May 8-May 11 @7pm
O’Donoghue Centre, NUIG (60 mins)
Hairy Jaysus
By Exit Does Theatre
Hairy Jaysus is a biopic based on the events that led to the execution of Frank Sheehy Skeffington on Easter week 1916.

Sheehy-Skeffington was a pacifist, feminist, socialist and atheist who was murdered after being wrongly identified as a one of the rising leaders while trying to stop looting during the Dublin rebellion during Easter week in 1916.
O’Kellys poignant drama will be performed by Exit does Theatres’ artistic director Paddy McEneaney in collaboration with practitioners Paul McDonnell (Design Technician) and Dee Armstrong (Sound Design) and is produced in association with the Glens Centre Manorhamilton.

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May 7-May 9 @8pm and May 9 @5pm
Mick Lally Theatre (60 mins)
4 Elements
By Galway Community Circus
Galway Community Circus, the Irish flagship for youth and social circus, is proud to present its youth performance troupe as part of the Galway Theatre Festival with a show in which, through circus arts, they will explore the interconnections between the 4 elements in themselves.

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May 5 @ 3pm and @ 7:30pm
75 mins + 15 mins interval
St Joseph's Community Centre - Shantalla
One Take Challenge
By Little Cinema
Galway Theatre Festival and Little Cinema Galway are very excited to collaborate again this year to present another evening of fantastic films in a theatre format!
The idea is very simple - the films screened will be 5 mins long and will mimic the restrictions as theatre! So, they will be made in just one take (lots of rehearsing). Some amazing films have been done previously for the One Take Challenge, and we're excited to see what people can come up with this year!

Filmmakers will be present at the screening to introduce their pieces. It should be a very fun night! Little Cinema Website

May 8, doors at 9pm, screening starts at 9:30pm (2hrs 15min)
Roisin Dubh
€6, ticket sale online & on the door (cash only)
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The Realness of Miss Representation
By Steven Sharpe
Steven Sharpe will debut his new one man musical "The Realness of Miss Representation" at the 2019 Galway Theatre Festival.
In the show, Sharpe takes an autobiographical look at being a 30 something gay man in a post yes equality Ireland. With more freedoms, options, obstacles and expectations for the LGBTQ+ community, how will Steven deal with the current social climate?
Heartfelt, harrowing, hilarious and always serving up realness*, let Miss Representation come through with the tee!
This will be Steven's first theatre show since his sold out run of “Who's The Man?” in 2013. A show which went on to become a live album to great critical acclaim. Since then, Sharpe was been touring shows across Ireland and Europe, along with many musical collaborations and countless performances doing what he does best.
(*presenting his authentic self, let Steven Sharpe tell you what’s up!)


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May 7 & May 9 at 8:30pm
Town Hall Theatre Studio (90 mins + interval)
Connection +/-
By The Black Phone Box
“Every Sunday they would arrive in, the pair of them. They’d be dressed to the nines and tens, pockets full of coins and the hair done, all for to ring the daughter in Boston…” A collection of true stories, short plays, musings and dreams. Captured inside two old phones, these are the stories of connections, both lost and found. The phone is ringing. Pick it up. It’s for you.


May 6 - May11 - 3pm to 8pm
Drop-in, Free Admission
The Blue Note Bar
Beats on the Street
By Macnas Drumming Ensemble
Exciting, dynamic and captivating the Macnas drumming troupe will showcase their work in progress involving percussion techniques and skills in an outdoor environment with performance energy and character. Expect to move and groove with the usual Macnas Magic! Macnas aims to provide opportunities for young musicians to actively engage in street and spectacle art, providing them with an opportunity to build confidence performing at iconic cultural events in their own community.


May 8th - 7pm
Pop up event on Galway Streets, keep an eye on our website and social media for more info!

Box Office Info


BUY TICKETS
ONLINE: tht.ie
BY PHONE/IN PERSON: Town Hall Theatre Box Office - 091569777 - Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm
ON THE DOOR: Tickets will be available on the door only for shows that have not sold out prior to the day of the performance. (*cash only)
TICKET COLLECTION: Tickets can be collected from the Town Hall Theatre Box Office up to 3hours before the performance, and on the doors 30mins before the show.

BOOKING FOR FREE EVENTS
MADE IN GALWAY| works-in-progress have a limited capacity and are very popular. Book your place early on Eventbrite to avoid disappointment!

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