Press release

Apr 2, 2019



3rd – 11th May 2019

Add a little magic to your world with the 11th Galway Theatre Festival

Galway’s vibrant theatre festival celebrates its 11th year in style, returning to showcase more unique and exciting talent from the West’s performance scene. The festival will run from 3-11th May. This 9-day programme of diverse events includes a total of 14 productions and 7 works in development taking place across 8 of the city’s venues.

This year’s theme “Magic Lies Just Beneath the Surface” calls audiences to invite magic back into their lives and see the hidden things that connect us all. The line-up is a feast for the imagination, sampling the magic of hottest stage companies and performance artists, as well as the best new theatre the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.

The many performances invite us to re-connect with our imagination, our sense of wonder, and explore the magic that connects us all. Some shows build fantasy worlds to enrapture us -with a unique spin on rhythm and language, Eternal Youth, by Niamh Ryan plays with the story of Peter Pan, to chronicle the turbulence of growing up and leaving childhood behind. Brick Wall Theatre returns to GTF with the world premiere of ARBITRATION (or a life worth living). Written by Niall Carmody, and performed by Jérémie Cyr-Cooke, this funny, quirky play investigates our need for social approval – creating a dystopian world, where citizens must prove their life’s worthiness or risk being burned alive! Younger audiences will be charmed by the lovable rogue, Marty Moncrieff, the Teddy Bear Thief – the cutest outlaw in town, presented by new company Beluga Theatre.

Reality and fantasy collide in Searlit Ni Gallachoir – Fantasy Ireland. Charlotte – ahem – Searlit, is on a quest to discover her Irishness, in this one woman show, fusing standup and storytelling from Tochmarc Productions

Rooted in reality, Elaine Mears presents Are you there Una?, a reclamation and restoration portrait of the late Una Taaffe, using collected stories, interviews, personal memorabilia, and fragments of memories of Una, as a means of peeling back the layers of myth and finding the real person beneath. Exit Does Theatre brings feminist, pacifist and socialist Frances Sheehy Skeffington to life, in Donal O’Kelly’s poignant drama Hairy Jaysus, dealing with the events of 1916 which led to his execution. Music fans will be delighted with The Realness of Miss Representation, from Steven Sharpe, a heartfelt and hilarious autobiographical look at being a 30 something year old gay man in a post yes equality Ireland. While This Was Never Going to Be Normal explores our relationship with the environment, blending movement, sound and sculpture into an enrapturing dance theatre installation piece, performed by Deirdre Murphy and Rebecca Reilly.

The stark reality of life in the direct provision system is brought to light in Behind Closed Doors! Presented by Vision Nation, a collective of people living in the direct provision centres in Galway, this piece invites us to reflect on the dehumanizing and disempowering system of Direct Provision in Ireland. Meanwhile, An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting delves into the trials and tribulations of parenting with cerebral palsy, in a hilarious and heartwarming play from UK actor Laurence Clark, produced by NoRopes Theatre Company

Connections, seen and unseen, made and missed, abound in this year’s programme.

Galway Community Circus’ 4 Elements, a family show by the youth performance troupe, links the four elements of earth, air, fire and water in this exciting performance suitable for the whole family! While Connection +/-, presented by the Black Phone Box, captures true stories, short plays and musings on connections, both lost and found.

GTF will bring magic to the streets of Galway, Macnas Magic – with the Macnas Drumming Ensemble. Expect to move and groove with Beats on the Street

The Made In Galway strand will focus on work currently under development, allowing audiences to become part of the devising process. This strand includes Garraí an Ghiorria’s Clairseach ina tost (The Harp Silenced) weaving storytelling, music and contemporary dance to explore the silencing of the Irish Harp by Cromwell. Diffused Theatre Company asks the audience to get involved and choose how the story ends in The Game of Claire. Explore sense and nonsense with MMM Theatre’s Also For Roaring inspired by Dadaist play The Gas Heart. Dance and poetry combine in Between Language and Limb, presented by Patricia Glynn, Geraldine Mills and Celina Jaffe, while David Joyce presents a rehearsed reading of his script A Body of Water.

Galway Theatre Festival is delighted to be hosting two exhibitions: Donnacha Cahill’s Inquisitive Hares, and Lara Luxardi’s Impressions, along with a host of tech workshops and a talk curated by Theatre57, on Creativity and the City, a conversation on how a city supports its creative community and vice versa.

For the full Festival line-up and online ticket sales check out

Early Bird ticket deals of just €8 per ticket are available for one month only from March 25th – April 19th.

Tickets can also be bought online, by phone, or in person through the Town Hall Theatre Box Office – / Telephone: (091) 569777.

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