May - August programme out now
Theatrical highlights include the return of Mikel Murfi as Bealtaine artist for 2016 with his new show ‘I Hear you and Rejoice’ commissioned by the Hawk’s Well and Sligo County Council Arts Service and a new site specific theatre production at Sligo Courthouse and Sligo Gaol entitled ‘The Big Wall’ . This production is part of the 1916 centenary commemorations and is produced by Hawk’s Well Theatre and written by Theatre Artist in Residence Bob Kelly.
There are plenty of plays to keep theatre lovers entertained this season. Grange Players return with perhaps John B. Keane's best known play The Field on the 1st of May. Parthalonans Theatre Productions are on tour with Language of the Mute and visit on the 11th of May. Written by Sligo born writer Jack Harte, this is the story of ex-pupils who invade a Dublin classroom to confront their former teacher, whose actions have had a profound effect on them. Mikel Murfi’s I Hear You and Rejoice is an account of one of the most unlikely marriages of all time - “the ups, the downs and the beyond the beyonds.” Tickets for this production on Thursday 19th of May go on sale on Wednesday 27th of April at 10am. Hawk’s Well Theatre Artist in Residence Bob Kelly will host a chat show on Wednesday 11th of May after Language of the Mute and after I Hear You and Rejoice on Wednesday 18th of May.
At the end of May from the 26th to the 30th of May the Hawk’s Well production ‘The Big Wall’ written by Bob Kelly takes place at Sligo Courthouse and Sligo Gaol and follows the footsteps of the generations of revolutionaries, lunatics and debtors who made the sad journey from Teeling Street to vanish behind the Big Wall of the Cranmore Hotel. Tickets for The Big Wall go on sale on Monday 25th of April at 10am.
On the 1st of June Pangur Ban and Parkinson’s Ireland present The Gallant John Joe. This is a chance to see the nationally treasured and internationally revered, Tom Hickey revive one of his best loved roles. On Yeats Day, Monday 13th of June you can catch a play at lunchtime. Rebel, Rebel is based on a line of yeats’ poetry ‘Did that play of mine send out certain men the English shot?’. Set in Dublin, 24th of April 1916 - Ireland’s leading actors abandon a matinee of Cathleen Ní Houlihan. Stepping out of their costumes and taking their revolvers from beneath The Abbey stage, they march to Dublin Castle. Patrick Talbot Productions presents God Bless the Child - the childhood stories of Frank O’Connor, adapted for the stage on Thursday 23rd of June.
Big Guerilla Productions present a new play Danger Money by John McManus starring Seamus O’Rourke on Thursday 14th of July. London was only ever meant to be a stepping stone for Teddy 'the Mucker' Tucker, but somehow he stayed there for over thirty years until one day he abruptly abandoned his friends and his job and returned home to North Leitrim. During the Tread Softly festival there’s a delightful double bill of locally connected theatre based on the lives of Susan and Elizabeth Yeats, Lily and Lolly on Wed 3rd of August with A Cuala Songbook and Daughters of Emer. On the 5th of August at the end of the Yeats International Summer School, students of the Yeats International Summer School Drama workshop present Cathleen Ní Houlihan by W. B Yeats, directed by Declan Drohan – workshop leader. To mark their 20th anniversary, Beezneez present a much requested revival of John McDwyer’s first stage play, Lovely Leitrim on the 6th and 7th of August. Coolera Dramatic Society present Myra’s Story on Thursday 25th of August with proceeds going to the Hawk’s Well Theatre’s renovation fund.
Another special night this summer will be the Hawk’s Well Theatre Celebration Night on Saturday 30th of July when the historic lifespan of Sligo’s local theatre will be celebrated. Hosted by Sligo born actor Pauline McLynn, proceeds from the night will go to the theatre’s renovation fun to ensure this vital resource for future generations.