About the Event


Galway Theatre Festival features 6 days of exciting theatre, circus, spectacle, and storytelling, showcasing the vibrant performance culture of Ireland’s festival city.


Schedule


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18th April 2017
1pm
Blood on the Moon
Brick Wall Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre NUI Galway

A virtuosic one-man telling of the trial of James Patrick Whelan, a Galway-born emigrant accused of assassinating one of the fathers of Canadian independence. Blood on the Moon captures the fascinating history of the Irish Fenians overseas, and their role in the birth of a new nation.

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1pm
Tea
John Rogers & Aengus Hackett - Mick Lally Theatre

Tea is a show encompassing theatre, live music, ceremony and, of course, tea. Running in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening, Tea juxtaposes a meditative otherworldliness with the everyday essence of a good cup of tea.

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3pm
FUEL Showcase
FUEL Showcase - Mick Lally Theatre

Druid’s artist residency, FUEL, began in 2014 as a means of providing support and resources for artists based in the west of Ireland. As part of this year’s Festival, FUEL presents a series of presentations from current FUEL participants Andrea Cleary, Little John Nee, Liam McCarthy and Wildebeest Theatre.

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3pm
Boa Noite
Maleta Co. - Nun's Island Theatre

Boa Noite is about friendship. It is about control, power, success and failure. Exploring the symbiotic and parasitic nature of being human, two virtuosic jugglers meet, be and share.

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5pm
Dorian Gray.Remix
Simulacra Theatre - Bank of Ireland Theatre

Love, eternal beauty and funky beats! Drawing on the themes of image and eternal beauty at the heart of Oscar Wilde’s story, this immersive production invites audiences on a roller-coaster of storytelling and interactive technology that will leave your eyes amazed and your hearts questioning.

MORE INFO

7pm
Blood on the Moon
Brick Wall Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre NUI Galway

A virtuosic one-man telling of the trial of James Patrick Whelan, a Galway-born emigrant accused of assassinating one of the fathers of Canadian independence. Blood on the Moon captures the fascinating history of the Irish Fenians overseas, and their role in the birth of a new nation.

MORE INFO

7pm
Tea
John Rogers & Aengus Hackett - Mick Lally Theatre

Tea is a show encompassing theatre, live music, ceremony and, of course, tea. Running in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening, Tea juxtaposes a meditative otherworldliness with the everyday essence of a good cup of tea.

MORE INFO

7pm
Boa Noite
Maleta Co. - Nun's Island Theatre

Boa Noite is about friendship. It is about control, power, success and failure. Exploring the symbiotic and parasitic nature of being human, two virtuosic jugglers meet, be and share.

MORE INFO

8pm
What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside? Preview
Emma O'Grady - An Taibhdhearc

Inspired by her grandfather, Paddy O’Grady, Emma O’Grady examines the fractured and fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them, and who we could be instead.

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8:30pm
Looking Deadly
Niamh McGrath & Keith Singleton - Town Hall Studio

A wedding is the craic; birthdays are…alright. But you can’t beat a good Irish funeral. Let Foystown’s finest funeral directors Jane and Rob help you come to terms with the loss of your dear friend and local legend big Tom McCarthy. May he rest in peace... Eventually.

MORE INFO

9pm
Dorian Gray.Remix
Simulacra Theatre - Bank of Ireland Theatre

Love, eternal beauty and funky beats! Drawing on the themes of image and eternal beauty at the heart of Oscar Wilde’s story, this immersive production invites audiences on a roller-coaster of storytelling and interactive technology that will leave your eyes amazed and your hearts questioning.

MORE INFO

9:30pm
FUEL Showcase
FUEL Showcase - Mick Lally Theatre

Druid’s artist residency, FUEL, began in 2014 as a means of providing support and resources for artists based in the west of Ireland. As part of this year’s Festival, FUEL presents a series of presentations from current FUEL participants Andrea Cleary, Little John Nee, Liam McCarthy and Wildebeest Theatre.

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10pm
Festival Club
Tigh Neachtain

Wed 19th April
9am
Tea
John Rogers & Aengus Hackett - Mick Lally Theatre

Tea is a show encompassing theatre, live music, ceremony and, of course, tea. Running in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening, Tea juxtaposes a meditative otherworldliness with the everyday essence of a good cup of tea.

MORE INFO

1pm
Blood on the Moon
Brick Wall Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre NUI Galway

A virtuosic one-man telling of the trial of James Patrick Whelan, a Galway-born emigrant accused of assassinating one of the fathers of Canadian independence. Blood on the Moon captures the fascinating history of the Irish Fenians overseas, and their role in the birth of a new nation.

MORE INFO

1pm
Tea
John Rogers & Aengus Hackett - Mick Lally Theatre

Tea is a show encompassing theatre, live music, ceremony and, of course, tea. Running in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening, Tea juxtaposes a meditative otherworldliness with the everyday essence of a good cup of tea.

MORE INFO

3pm
FUEL Showcase
FUEL Showcase - Mick Lally Theatre

Druid’s artist residency, FUEL, began in 2014 as a means of providing support and resources for artists based in the west of Ireland. As part of this year’s Festival, FUEL presents a series of presentations from current FUEL participants Andrea Cleary, Little John Nee, Liam McCarthy and Wildebeest Theatre.

MORE INFO

5pm
Shadows of the Táin
Candlelit Tales - Nun's Island Theatre

A beautiful re-telling of one of Ireland’s most iconic legends. The Táin is Ireland’s famous Celtic epic, brought to life by Candlelit Tales with original songs from the Old Irish verses, haunting shadow puppetry and dynamic choreography.

MORE INFO

5pm
Dorian Grey.Remix
Simulacra Theatre - Bank of Ireland Theatre

Love, eternal beauty and funky beats! Drawing on the themes of image and eternal beauty at the heart of Oscar Wilde’s story, this immersive production invites audiences on a roller-coaster of storytelling and interactive technology that will leave your eyes amazed and your hearts questioning.

MORE INFO

7pm
Tea
John Rogers & Aengus Hackett - Mick Lally Theatre

Tea is a show encompassing theatre, live music, ceremony and, of course, tea. Running in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening, Tea juxtaposes a meditative otherworldliness with the everyday essence of a good cup of tea.

MORE INFO

7pm
Blood on the Moon
Brick Wall Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre NUI Galway

A virtuosic one-man telling of the trial of James Patrick Whelan, a Galway-born emigrant accused of assassinating one of the fathers of Canadian independence. Blood on the Moon captures the fascinating history of the Irish Fenians overseas, and their role in the birth of a new nation.

MORE INFO

7:30pm
Moth & Butterfly
A night of Storytelling & Improvisation - Katie's Claddagh Cottage
Admission on the door

One of Galway's most popular Arts events, Moth & Butterfly combines the artforms of Storytelling & Improvisation, in the enchanting setting of The Claddagh Cottage. Hosted by the ensemble, with contributions from guest tellers and audience, this night will weave you into the story, and warm you by the fire.

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8pm
What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?
Emma O'Grady - An Taibhdhearc

Inspired by her grandfather, Paddy O’Grady, Emma O’Grady examines the fractured and fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them, and who we could be instead.

MORE INFO

9pm
Boa Noite
Maleta Co. - Nun's Island Theatre

Boa Noite is about friendship. It is about control, power, success and failure. Exploring the symbiotic and parasitic nature of being human, two virtuosic jugglers meet, be and share.

MORE INFO

9pm
Dorian Gray.Remix
Simulacra Theatre - Bank of Ireland Theatre

Love, eternal beauty and funky beats! Drawing on the themes of image and eternal beauty at the heart of Oscar Wilde’s story, this immersive production invites audiences on a roller-coaster of storytelling and interactive technology that will leave your eyes amazed and your hearts questioning.

MORE INFO

9:30pm
FUEL Showcase
FUEL Showcase - Mick Lally Theatre

Druid’s artist residency, FUEL, began in 2014 as a means of providing support and resources for artists based in the west of Ireland. As part of this year’s Festival, FUEL presents a series of presentations from current FUEL participants Andrea Cleary, Little John Nee, Liam McCarthy and Wildebeest Theatre.

MORE INFO

10pm
Festival Club
Bite Club

20th April 2017
1pm
Marilyn Monroe Airlines: Always Late and Unreliable!
Zocorro - Cava Restaurant

Writer and performer, Leonor Bethencourt, who’s “Zocorro Rose of Tralee” one woman show delighted audiences in GTF 2016, returns to Galway to take you on the flight of your life. Simmering with raw emotions, this is a comedy about flying and reaching for the stars. Presented in the atmospheric Cava Restaurant, with a tapas lunch.

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3pm
Marilyn Monroe Airlines: Always Late and Unreliable!
Zocorro - Cava Restaurant

Writer and performer, Leonor Bethencourt, who’s “Zocorro Rose of Tralee” one woman show delighted audiences in GTF 2016, returns to Galway to take you on the flight of your life. Simmering with raw emotions, this is a comedy about flying and reaching for the stars. Presented in the atmospheric Cava Restaurant, with a tapas lunch.

MORE INFO

6pm
Dancing Dogs
Farna Theatre - Nun's Island Theatre

Fast-paced and surreal, with moments of intimate story-telling, Dancing Dogs showcases new Irish writing in the style of Enda Walsh and Mark O’Rowe. Join Murphy and Him as they uncover mystery after mystery - Why is Nuala Leary dead? Why are the Crows stalking them? And why are the Dogs of Dereenathirigy dancing…?

MORE INFO

8pm
What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?
Emma O'Grady - An Taibhdhearc

Inspired by her grandfather, Paddy O’Grady, Emma O’Grady examines the fractured and fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them, and who we could be instead.

MORE INFO

8:30pm
Looking Deadly
Niamh McGrath & Keith Singleton - Town Hall Studio

A wedding is the craic; birthdays are…alright. But you can’t beat a good Irish funeral. Let Foystown’s finest funeral directors Jane and Rob help you come to terms with the loss of your dear friend and local legend big Tom McCarthy. May he rest in peace... Eventually.

MORE INFO

9pm
Shadows of the Táin
Candlelit Tales - Nun's Island Theatre

A beautiful re-telling of one of Ireland’s most iconic legends. The Táin is Ireland’s famous Celtic epic, brought to life by Candlelit Tales with original songs from the Old Irish verses, haunting shadow puppetry and dynamic choreography.

MORE INFO

10pm
Return of the Mackeral Eators
The Mackeralaytorz - Mick Lally Theatre

Local band The Mackrealaytors are searching for their inspiration and motivation in the cultural graveyard of ambition, Galway City. Sure they’ve got soul - but they'd sell every screed of it for a gig! The Mackerel Eaters serves up a slice of madness, mayhem and insightful storytelling, interwoven with superb musical interludes.

MORE INFO

10pm
Festival Club
Bite Club

21st April 2017
1pm
Marilyn Monroe Airlines: Always Late and Unreliable!
Zocorro - Cava Restaurant

Writer and performer, Leonor Bethencourt, who’s “Zocorro Rose of Tralee” one woman show delighted audiences in GTF 2016, returns to Galway to take you on the flight of your life. Simmering with raw emotions, this is a comedy about flying and reaching for the stars. Presented in the atmospheric Cava Restaurant, with a tapas lunch.

MORE INFO

2pm
What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?
Emma O'Grady - An Taibhdhearc

Inspired by her grandfather, Paddy O’Grady, Emma O’Grady examines the fractured and fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them, and who we could be instead.

MORE INFO

3pm
Marilyn Monroe Airlines: Always Late and Unreliable!
Zocorro - Cava Restaurant

Writer and performer, Leonor Bethencourt, who’s “Zocorro Rose of Tralee” one woman show delighted audiences in GTF 2016, returns to Galway to take you on the flight of your life. Simmering with raw emotions, this is a comedy about flying and reaching for the stars. Presented in the atmospheric Cava Restaurant, with a tapas lunch.

MORE INFO

3pm
Molly
Tara Breathnach - Nun's Island Theatre

Molly is a provocative new adaptation of Joyce’s final soliloquy in Ulysses. This vibrant presentation reveals the woman behind the oft-misrepresented caricature - earthy and witty, yet vulnerable and sensual. A caustic wit is matched with searing honesty in her night-time musings.

MORE INFO

5pm
Capitalism: The Musical
Deirdre Murphy - Bank of Ireland Theatre

Capitalism: The Musical is an acrobatic political satire on the state we are in and the future we can create. A razor sharp fairytale of heroes, emperors, and magic, the musical tells the tale of eight everyday acrobats who - with a little help from their Fairy God Mothers - take on the trio of scheming Emperors at the top.

MORE INFO

6pm
Shadows of the Táin
Candlelit Tales - Nun's Island Theatre

A beautiful re-telling of one of Ireland’s most iconic legends. The Táin is Ireland’s famous Celtic epic, brought to life by Candlelit Tales with original songs from the Old Irish verses, haunting shadow puppetry and dynamic choreography.

MORE INFO

7pm
Eamonn (from Mensware)
Ill-Advised Theatre - Mick Lally Theatre

A one-man musical comedy about things that aren’t funny. Eamonn (From Menswear) is a rap-infused musical extravaganza that asks the pressing questions: "What makes someone Irish?", "Who decides who is welcome in Ireland" and - "Do you have these in a size nine?"

MORE INFO

7pm
The Shadow of Carmilla
ThereisBear! - O'Donoghue Centre NUI Galway

Ireland, in the mid 1800s - a society caught between science and superstition. This bi-lingual reimagining of Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic vampire story Carmilla transports the action to the wilds of post-famine Connemara, where language and culture clash, and suspicion lurks in the shadows.

MORE INFO

8pm
What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?
Emma O'Grady - An Taibhdhearc

Inspired by her grandfather, Paddy O’Grady, Emma O’Grady examines the fractured and fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them, and who we could be instead.

MORE INFO

8:30pm
Looking Deadly
Niamh McGrath & Keith Singleton - Town Hall Studio

A wedding is the craic; birthdays are…alright. But you can’t beat a good Irish funeral. Let Foystown’s finest funeral directors Jane and Rob help you come to terms with the loss of your dear friend and local legend big Tom McCarthy. May he rest in peace... Eventually.

MORE INFO

9pm
Dancing Dogs
Farna Theatre - Nun's Island Theatre

Fast-paced and surreal, with moments of intimate story-telling, Dancing Dogs showcases new Irish writing in the style of Enda Walsh and Mark O’Rowe. Join Murphy and Him as they uncover mystery after mystery - Why is Nuala Leary dead? Why are the Crows stalking them? And why are the Dogs of Dereenathirigy dancing…?

MORE INFO

9pm
Capitalism: The Musical
Deidre Murphy - Bank of Ireland Theatre

Capitalism: The Musical is an acrobatic political satire on the state we are in and the future we can create. A razor sharp fairytale of heroes, emperors, and magic, the musical tells the tale of eight everyday acrobats who - with a little help from their Fairy God Mothers - take on the trio of scheming Emperors at the top.

MORE INFO

10pm
Return of the Mackeral Eators
The Mackeralaytorz - Mick Lally Theatre

Local band The Mackrealaytors are searching for their inspiration and motivation in the cultural graveyard of ambition, Galway City. Sure they’ve got soul - but they'd sell every screed of it for a gig! The Mackerel Eaters serves up a slice of madness, mayhem and insightful storytelling, interwoven with superb musical interludes.

MORE INFO

10pm
Festival Club
Monroe's Tavern

22nd April 2017
12pm
Lady Justice
CATAGOGO Collective - Bank of Ireland Theatre
Free admission

Drawing on the campaign of women who suffered symphysiotomies in Ireland CATAGOGO Collective presents a work-in-progress that questions issues of gender, societal roles and how justice is served when the adversaries are institutions of the State.

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1pm
Molly
Tara Breathnach - Nun's Island Theatre

Molly is a provocative new adaptation of Joyce’s final soliloquy in Ulysses. This vibrant presentation reveals the woman behind the oft-misrepresented caricature - earthy and witty, yet vulnerable and sensual. A caustic wit is matched with searing honesty in her night-time musings.

MORE INFO

2pm
The Locksmith's Song
Eoin Lynch - Mick Lally Theatre

This highly visual production for young people that mixes puppetry and object manipulation with dynamic physical theatre. Keys and locks sing and dance, shadow puppets float and fascinate. All told by Eoin Lynch, one of Ireland’s most experienced performers for young audiences.

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2pm
Forgive Us Our Trespasses
Cáca Dána Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre NUI Galway
Free Admission

Work in Progress. This experimental piece of theatre draws on the directing styles of Grotowsky and Brecht, focusing on audience participation to create a piece that is hard hitting, human and guaranteed to make you question your view of Irish society. What happens when fertility, or lack of it comes back to bite you? How do we deal with it, or do we?

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3pm
Capitalism: The Musical
Deidre Murphy - Bank of Ireland Theatre

Capitalism: The Musical is an acrobatic political satire on the state we are in and the future we can create. A razor sharp fairytale of heroes, emperors, and magic, the musical tells the tale of eight everyday acrobats who - with a little help from their Fairy God Mothers - take on the trio of scheming Emperors at the top.

MORE INFO

3pm
Shadows of the Táin
Candlelit Tales - Nun's Island Theatre

A beautiful re-telling of one of Ireland’s most iconic legends. The Táin is Ireland’s famous Celtic epic, brought to life by Candlelit Tales with original songs from the Old Irish verses, haunting shadow puppetry and dynamic choreography.

MORE INFO

4pm
The Locksmith's Song
Eoin Lynch - Mick Lally Theatre

This highly visual production for young people that mixes puppetry and object manipulation with dynamic physical theatre. Keys and locks sing and dance, shadow puppets float and fascinate. All told by Eoin Lynch, one of Ireland’s most experienced performers for young audiences.

MORE INFO

6pm
Dancing Dogs
Farna Theatre - Nun's Island Theatre

Fast-paced and surreal, with moments of intimate story-telling, Dancing Dogs showcases new Irish writing in the style of Enda Walsh and Mark O’Rowe. Join Murphy and Him as they uncover mystery after mystery - Why is Nuala Leary dead? Why are the Crows stalking them? And why are the Dogs of Dereenathirigy dancing…?

MORE INFO

7pm
Eamonn (from Mensware)
Ill-Advised Theatre - Mick Lally Theatre

A one-man musical comedy about things that aren’t funny. Eamonn (From Menswear) is a rap-infused musical extravaganza that asks the pressing questions: "What makes someone Irish?", "Who decides who is welcome in Ireland" and - "Do you have these in a size nine?"

MORE INFO

7pm
Cirque du Gaillimh
Galway Community Circus - Big Top-Fisheries Field

Galway Community Circus is delighted to present Cirque du Gaillimh - a contemporary circus extravaganza with musical accompaniment from the Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe Galway School of Music orchestra.

7:30pm
The Crom
Macnas Young Ensemble - Macnas Space-Liosbaun Industrial Estate
Free Admission

The Crom project is a new show in development which will involve participants from Macnas' Young Ensemble programme, ranging in age from 15 - 23. The YE has taken inspiration from the large scale Macnas creation Crom, and has worked to develop aspects of the Giant's story, examining the role of myth in our culture and how it is connected to our landscape.

8pm
The Shadow of Carmilla
ThereisBear! - O'Donoghue Centre NUI Galway

Ireland, in the mid 1800s - a society caught between science and superstition. This bi-lingual reimagining of Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic vampire story Carmilla transports the action to the wilds of post-famine Connemara, where language and culture clash, and suspicion lurks in the shadows.

MORE INFO

8pm
How to Stop the Sea
Emer McMahon - An Taibhdhearc

There is a house, long outgrown, where beetles scatter across the floorboards. Nearby, the sea watches on. Inside, a woman steals a glance at a young man in pink Bermuda shorts. In this eerie exploration of language, rhythm and letting go, two monologues weave back and forth creating a sensual, atmospheric piece of spoken word drama.

MORE INFO

8:30pm
Looking Deadly
Niamh McGrath & Keith Singleton - Town Hall Studio

A wedding is the craic; birthdays are…alright. But you can’t beat a good Irish funeral. Let Foystown’s finest funeral directors Jane and Rob help you come to terms with the loss of your dear friend and local legend big Tom McCarthy. May he rest in peace... Eventually.

MORE INFO

9pm
Molly
Tara Breathnach - Nun's Island Theatre

Molly is a provocative new adaptation of Joyce’s final soliloquy in Ulysses. This vibrant presentation reveals the woman behind the oft-misrepresented caricature - earthy and witty, yet vulnerable and sensual. A caustic wit is matched with searing honesty in her night-time musings.

MORE INFO

9pm
Capitalism: The Musical
Deirdre Murphy - Bank of Ireland Theatre

Capitalism: The Musical is an acrobatic political satire on the state we are in and the future we can create. A razor sharp fairytale of heroes, emperors, and magic, the musical tells the tale of eight everyday acrobats who - with a little help from their Fairy God Mothers - take on the trio of scheming Emperors at the top.

MORE INFO

10pm
Return of the Mackeral Eators
The Mackeralaytorz - Mick Lally Theatre

Local band The Mackrealaytors are searching for their inspiration and motivation in the cultural graveyard of ambition, Galway City. Sure they’ve got soul - but they'd sell every screed of it for a gig! The Mackerel Eaters serves up a slice of madness, mayhem and insightful storytelling, interwoven with superb musical interludes.

MORE INFO

10pm
Festival Club
The Blue Note

23rd April 2017
11am
San Siobhán
Tara Breathnach - An Taibhdhearc
Free Admission

Work in progress. Leagan nua de ‘San Siobhán’ á chruthú ag Tara Breathnach, le fís den dearadh seite. An interrogation of the famous play about St Joan of Arc by GB Shaw, a role once famously played by Siobhan McKenna.

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1pm
Glórtha ón Ghorta
Cathal Póirtéir - An Taibhdhearc
Free Admission

Work in Progress. Sliochtanna as an dráma le Cathal Póirtéir, le ceol ó Éamonn Ó Broithe, píobaire. ‘Witness theatre’ about the Great Famine. Music is by Éamonn Ó Broithe on pipes who will also sing famous songs of that era.

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1pm
The Locksmith's Song
Eoin Lynch - Mick Lally Theatre

This highly visual production for young people that mixes puppetry and object manipulation with dynamic physical theatre. Keys and locks sing and dance, shadow puppets float and fascinate. All told by Eoin Lynch, one of Ireland’s most experienced performers for young audiences.

MORE INFO

2:30pm
Cirque du Gaillimh
Galway Community Circus - Big Top-Fisheries Field

Galway Community Circus is delighted to present Cirque du Gaillimh - a contemporary circus extravaganza with musical accompaniment from the Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe Galway School of Music orchestra.

3pm
On Lost Ground
Sonar Theatre - O'Donoghue Centre NUI Galway
Free Admission

Work in Progress. This work-in-progress showing draws inspiration from the second section of Dante Aligheri’s The Divine Comedy: Purgatory. Using various performance media (poetry, movement, dance, text) and influences, we explore the physical and mental state of stasis.

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3pm
The Locksmith's Song
Eoin Lynch - Mick Lally Theatre

This highly visual production for young people that mixes puppetry and object manipulation with dynamic physical theatre. Keys and locks sing and dance, shadow puppets float and fascinate. All told by Eoin Lynch, one of Ireland’s most experienced performers for young audiences.

MORE INFO

5pm
Soul Waves
Saras Feijoo & Aengus Hackett - Town Hall Studio
Free Admission

Work in Progress. Soul Waves travels between the worlds of visual arts and music, exploring the exciting territory where they meet. How does the world of sound interact with that of the visual? Does movement through space relate to music, and do sound waves passing through air evoke a physical response?

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5pm
How to Stop the Sea
Emer McMahon - An Taibhdhearc

There is a house, long outgrown, where beetles scatter across the floorboards. Nearby, the sea watches on. Inside, a woman steals a glance at a young man in pink Bermuda shorts. In this eerie exploration of language, rhythm and letting go, two monologues weave back and forth creating a sensual, atmospheric piece of spoken word drama.

MORE INFO

7pm
Eamonn (from Mensware)
Ill-Advised Theatre - Mick Lally Theatre

A one-man musical comedy about things that aren’t funny. Eamonn (From Menswear) is a rap-infused musical extravaganza that asks the pressing questions: "What makes someone Irish?", "Who decides who is welcome in Ireland" and - "Do you have these in a size nine?"

MORE INFO

7pm
The Shadow of Carmilla
ThereisBear! - O'Donoghue Centre NUI Galway

Ireland, in the mid 1800s - a society caught between science and superstition. This bi-lingual reimagining of Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic vampire story Carmilla transports the action to the wilds of post-famine Connemara, where language and culture clash, and suspicion lurks in the shadows.

MORE INFO

7pm
Cirque du Gaillimh
Galway Community Circus - Big Top-Fisheries Field

Galway Community Circus is delighted to present Cirque du Gaillimh - a contemporary circus extravaganza with musical accompaniment from the Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe Galway School of Music orchestra.

7pm
Flash Theatre-A 24 hours theatre event
NoRopes Theatre - Bank of Ireland Theatre

NoRopes presents Flash Theatre - a 24 hour theatre event that showcases the incredible wealth of theatre talent in Galway and beyond. See four twenty minutes that have been written, rehearsed and staged in 24 hours! Flash Theatre - a 24 hour theatre event offers an experience like no other - frantic, fun, and full of a passion for theatre!

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8pm
Macnas Performance Troupe
- Secret Location
Free Admission

The Macnas Performance Troupe is a group of Galway-based artists who have been working together in Macnas each week. This new work in development looks at telling a story across different sites indoors and outdoors, exploring new writing and theatre in conventional and unconventional spaces and places.

8pm
How to Stop the Sea
Emer McMahon - An Taibhdhearc

There is a house, long outgrown, where beetles scatter across the floorboards. Nearby, the sea watches on. Inside, a woman steals a glance at a young man in pink Bermuda shorts. In this eerie exploration of language, rhythm and letting go, two monologues weave back and forth creating a sensual, atmospheric piece of spoken word drama.

MORE INFO

8:30pm
Looking Deadly
Niamh McGrath & Keith Singleton - Town Hall Studio

A wedding is the craic; birthdays are…alright. But you can’t beat a good Irish funeral. Let Foystown’s finest funeral directors Jane and Rob help you come to terms with the loss of your dear friend and local legend big Tom McCarthy. May he rest in peace... Eventually.

MORE INFO

10pm
Return of the Mackeral Eators
The Mackeralaytorz - Mick Lally Theatre

Local band The Mackrealaytors are searching for their inspiration and motivation in the cultural graveyard of ambition, Galway City. Sure they’ve got soul - but they'd sell every screed of it for a gig! The Mackerel Eaters serves up a slice of madness, mayhem and insightful storytelling, interwoven with superb musical interludes.

MORE INFO

10pm
Festival Club
The Blue Note

Main Shows


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    What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?

    By Emma O'Grady

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    Blood on the moon

    By Brick Wall Theatre

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    Tea

    By Aengus Hackett & John Rogers

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    Boa Noite

    by Maleta Co.

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    Looking Deadly

    By Niamh McGrath & Keith Singleton

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    Dorian Gray. Remix

    By Simulacra Theatre

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    Dancing Dogs

    By Farna Theatre

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    Marilyn Monroe Airlines: Always Late and Unreliable!

    By Zocorro

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    Return of the Mackeral Eators

    By The Mackeralaytorz

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    Molly

    By Tara Breathnach

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    Eamonn (From Menswear)

    By Ill-Advised Theatre Company

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    The Shadow of Carmilla-Scáth an tSúmaire

    By ThereisBear! Theatre Company

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    Shadows of the Táin

    By Candlelit Tales

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    Capitalism – The Musical

    By Deirdre Murphy

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    How to Stop the Sea

    By Emer McMahon

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    The Locksmith’s Song

    By Eoin Lynch

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    Flash Theatre – a 24 hour theatre event

    By NoRopes Theatre

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What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?
By Emma O'Grady
World Premiere

One month before his death, retired civil servant and man of few words Paddy O’Grady had a sudden urge to talk. Using a portable cassette tape recorder, he recorded 15 hours of stories about leprechauns, aliens and lonely pharmacists; absurdist political satire and musings on life, love and death. In this new production Paddy’s granddaughter, Emma O’Grady, examines the fractured and fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them, and who we could be instead. This is a piece about emotional inheritance and grief for wasted creativity that serves as both a tribute and a warning.
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April 18-21. 8pm
April 21. 2pm
An Taibhdhearc

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Blood on the moon
By Brick Wall Theatre
April 7th, 1868. Ottawa, Canada. 2am.
Thomas D’Arcy McGee, former Irish rebel leader turned famous politician, is shot point blank.
James Patrick Whelan, Galway-born and fellow Irish immigrant, is accused of the crime and sentenced to death.Now, close to 150 years after his execution, Whelan still walks the streets of Ottawa, determined to prove his innocence and rewrite the history books...
With only one actor, one chair, and 18 characters, this show blends physical theatre and storytelling to create a compelling revisitation of Whelan’s trial and final days on death row.
Celebrating the close ties between Canada and Ireland,Blood on the Moon captures the fascinating history of the Irish Fenians overseas, and their role in the birth of a new nation.
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April 18-19. 1pm & 7pm
O'Donoghue Centre NUI Galway

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Tea
By Aengus Hackett & John Rogers
Tea is a show encompassing theatre, live music, ceremony and, of course, tea. Theatremaker John Rogers teams up with musician and composer Aengus Hackett to create a performance that infuses Eastern tea ceremonies with the customs of the Irish ‘cuppa’. The piece draws on Rogers’ work on the Suramedura artist residency in Sri Lanka and Hackett’s exploration of the possibilities in bringing together different musical cultures, combining Indonesian Gamelan and electronics, most recently with In Flow. Running in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening, Tea is an opportunity to experience a show that juxtaposes a meditative otherworldliness with the everyday essence of a good cup of tea.
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April 18. 1pm & 7pm
April 19. 9am, 1pm & 7pm
Mick Lally Theatre

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Boa Noite
by Maleta Co.
Circus

Boa Noite is about friendship. It is about control, power, success and failure. Using juggling and object manipulation, with aspects of dance and physical theatre, two virtuosic performers construct their language. Is there a crack in everything? Is that how the light shines through? Exploring the symbiotic and parasitic nature of being human, two jugglers meet, be and share. Following on from their hugely successful work-in-progress showing in GTF 2016, Galway-based company Maleta present this beautiful new work of contemporary circus.
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April 18. 3pm & 7pm
April 19. 9pm
Nun's Island Theatre

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Looking Deadly
By Niamh McGrath & Keith Singleton
A wedding is the craic, birthdays are…alright. But you can’t beat a good Irish funeral. Yeah it’s sad… but ya know what’ll help with that? Kind words, hang sangwiches, a glass of warm porter, milky tea, a bad ballad, a snog with that cousin you know you shouldn’t fancy and a fight over who thought more of the dearly departed.
Now you’re ready for the three day wake!
Let Foystown’s finest funeral directors Jane and Rob help you come to terms with the loss of your dear friend and local legend big Tom McCarthy. May he rest in peace... Eventually.
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April 18-23. 8:30pm
Town Hall Studio

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Dorian Gray. Remix
By Simulacra Theatre
Love, eternal beauty and funky beats!

Oscar Wilde’s scandalous novel is re-imagined in a brave new adaptation. Forget about painters’ berets and flowers in buttons, it's time for electronic music and video projections.
Drawing on the themes of image and eternal beauty at the heart of Wilde’s story, this immersive production invites audiences on a roller-coaster of storytelling and interactive technology that will leave your eyes amazed and your hearts questioning.
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April 18-19. 5pm & 9pm
Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUIG

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Dancing Dogs
By Farna Theatre
“Dereenathirigy. ... It’s a place of halves … It’s half nice, half not nice. Half the people would help you if you dropped your shopping bags. Half of them would smash you over the head with a shovel and then rob your Weetabix.”

Dancing Dogs is a story about belonging and purpose. It’s a story of life and death and the mystery of Dereenathirigy, the strange world which Murphy and Him inhabit. What is Dereenathirigy and why are they there? Join Murphy and Him as they uncover mystery after mystery - Why is Nuala Leary dead? Why are the Crows stalking them? And why are the Dogs of Dereenathirigy dancing… Fast-paced and surreal, with moments of intimate story-telling, Dancing Dogs showcases new Irish writing in the style of Enda Walsh and Mark O’Rowe.
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April 20 & 22. 6pm
April 21. 9pm
Nun's Island Theatre

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Marilyn Monroe Airlines: Always Late and Unreliable!
By Zocorro
Inspired by the turbulent life of Hollywood’s most glamorous icon, Zocorro, the sole crew member of a scandalous budget airline, proudly perpetuates Marilyn Monroe’s best known qualities. Writer and performer, Leonor Bethencourt, who’s “Zocorro Rose of Tralee” one woman show delighted audiences in GTF 2016, returns to Galway to take you on the flight of your life. Zocorro, a Spanish ingénue with a twist, lands a job she never thought she’d get. But how can she keep up the demeanor of teasing sensuality the aviation business demands? Marilyn Monroe has the answer! Simmering with raw emotions, this is a comedy about flying and reaching for the stars.
Presented in the atmospheric Cava Restaurant, with a tapas lunch.
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April 20-21. 1pm & 3pm
Cava Restaurant

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Return of the Mackeral Eators
By The Mackeralaytorz
Local band The Mackrealaytors are searching for their inspiration and motivation in the cultural graveyard of ambition, Galway City. The lads’ lives revolve around music and fishing, (for gigs and mackerel!), but drinking, smoking, and harebrained schemes override their “art”. Sure they’ve got soul - but they'd sell every screed of it for a gig! Welcome to a night in the life of the Mackerel eating musicians. Waking up late in the day, searching for the memory of the night before and the music that’s lost in half-baked notions. But nobody wants to mention the obvious, or are they deliberately trying to forget the antics of the night before...
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April 20-23. 10pm
Mick Lally Theatre

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Molly
By Tara Breathnach
She lies awake, plagued by insomnia, wind, and her husband’s snoring, and bares her soul as she questions her life choices.
Molly is a provocative new adaptation of Joyce’s final soliloquy in Ulysses. This vibrant presentation reveals the woman behind the oft-misrepresented caricature - earthy and witty, yet vulnerable and sensual. A caustic wit is matched with searing honesty in her night-time musings. Closely based on James Joyce’s wife Nora, who was from Galway City, Molly Bloom is here liberated from the weight of literature in a fresh and revealing portrayal.

Age suitability 16+
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April 21. 3pm
April 22. 1pm & 9pm
Nun's Island Theatre

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Eamonn (From Menswear)
By Ill-Advised Theatre Company
A one-man musical comedy about things that aren’t funny.

Eamonn (From Menswear) is a one-man musical comedy interrogating the essence of Irish identity and culture while asking the questions: What makes someone Irish? Who decides who is welcome in Ireland? And - do you have these in a size nine?
Eamonn is the manager of a menswear store. He is a young, devoted father and husband; a diligent worker; a considerate neighbour; and a passionate karaoke enthusiast. Like many young Irish men, Eamonn lives his life according to his own self-curated code of ethics, but the principles he once swore by become contorted and unstable when slowly encroaching questions of identity, morality and conscience start to plague his mind. Eamonn (From Menswear) is a stylish, political and provocative fashion-infused musical dealing with the idea of a nation slowly ridding itself of the stratification of race, gender, sexuality and religion.
But it’s a comedy, like.
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April 21-23. 7pm
Mick Lally Theatre

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The Shadow of Carmilla-Scáth an tSúmaire
By ThereisBear! Theatre Company
Ireland, in the mid 1800s - a society caught between science and superstition. Josephine, the daughter of the local landlord, lies weak in a hushed room. Her father is a rational man, but all his power cannot protect her from mysterious, devastating attacks. The watchful servants are disinclined to share what they know. As Josephine's life drains away, these women are torn between saving a life and risking their livelihood to name what it is they fear: an ancient horror that haunts their home... This bi-lingual reimagining of Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic vampire story Carmilla transports the action to the wilds of post-famine Connemara, where language and culture clash, and suspicion lurks in the shadows.
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April 21 & 23. 7pm
April 22. 8pm
O'Donoghue Centre NUI Galway

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Shadows of the Táin
By Candlelit Tales
The Táin is Ireland’s greatest epic tale. It tells us of the great deeds of Cúchulainn as he stands alone against Queen Maeve of Connaught and the army of Ireland, who seek to steal the powerful Brown Bull of Cooley. Candlelit Tales presented their stripped-back telling of The Táin to great acclaim in GTF 2014. Now they return to this saga with a new vision, bringing the story to life with original songs from the Old Irish verses, haunting shadow puppetry Flight of Fancy, and dynamic choreography.

A beautiful re-telling of one of Ireland’s most iconic legends.
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April 19. 5pm - April 20. 9pm
April 21. 6pm - April 22. 3pm
Nun's Island Theatre

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Capitalism – The Musical
By Deirdre Murphy
Capitalism: The Musical is an acrobatic political satire on the state we are in and the future we can create.

A razor sharp fairytale of heroes, emperors, and magic, the musical tells the tale of of eight everyday heroic acrobats who - with a little help from their Fairy God Mothers - take on the trio of scheming Emperors at the top. Performed by a multi-talented, international cast of acrobats, singers and performers, with music provided by a live band, Capitalism: The Musical tells a serious tale through acrobatic virtuosity, comedic humour and - of course - magical musical numbers.
Spells are cast and broken, whistles are blown, and a possible future is written...
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April 21. 5pm & 9pm
April 22. 3pm & 9pm
Bank of Ireland Theatre

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How to Stop the Sea
By Emer McMahon
“If there’s a moment to regret it’s now. But I let it pass. Tumble in only half-knowing. What’s to come.”

There is a house, long outgrown, where beetles scatter across the floorboards. Nearby, the sea watches on. Inside, a woman steals a glance at a young man in pink Bermuda shorts.
Theirs is a connection rooted in place and loss; a story with a dark underbelly, filled with longing and yellow gorse, with the strange lights of home and the weight of the unsaid.
In this eerie exploration of language, rhythm and letting go, two monologues weave back and forth creating a sensual, atmospheric piece of spoken word drama.
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April 22. 8pm
April 23. 5pm & 8pm
An Taibhdhearc

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The Locksmith’s Song
By Eoin Lynch
Children's Show (7+)

A grumpy locksmith is sent an old wooden box.
'A present?' he thinks - but no one would send him a present. It is locked, but he of all people should know how to open it… He crafts a key and opens it up. Long forgotten memories pour out. Memories of his lost mother's love, and of the old man who showed him the magic that locks can hold. With each memory his heart grows a little lighter…
This highly visual production mixes puppetry and object manipulation with dynamic physical theatre.
Keys and locks sing and dance, shadow puppets float and fascinate.
All told by Eoin Lynch, one of Ireland’s most experienced performers for young audiences.
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April 22. 2 & 4pm
April 23. 1 & 3pm
Mick Lally Theatre

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Flash Theatre – a 24 hour theatre event
By NoRopes Theatre
After a two year hiatus, this fast-paced, adrenaline-packed 24 hour theatre event is back!
NoRopes presents Flash Theatre - a 24 hour theatre event that showcases the incredible wealth of theatre talent in Galway and beyond. See four twenty minutes that have been written, rehearsed and staged in 24 hours! One piece will be performed as Gaeilge. Bringing together theatre-makers from all different levels of experience, Flash Theatre - a 24 hour event offers an experience like no other - frantic, fun, and full of a passion for theatre!
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April 23. 7pm
Bank of Ireland Theatre

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