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Hawk's Well Theatre

The Big Wall

By Bob Kelly

A moving journey into the past to uncover the secrets behind the walls of Sligo Gaol.

"The earliest thing I can remember is when the mother took me over to the Sessions House to watch me father having the flesh whipped off of his back."

Set in Sligo at the brink of the war, the bustling port town seethes with undercurrents of violence and discontent. The Cranmore Hotel - Sligo Gaol - is bursting at the seams with revolutionaries, lunatics and debtors. In this Hawk’s Well Theatre production marking the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, step back in time and join a steady stream of criminals make the sad journey from Teeling Street to vanish behind the Big Wall.

Tickets on sale Mon 25 April at 10am. Early booking is advised. 

Please note this performance takes place in Sligo Courthouse and Sligo Gaol.

An accompanying audio exhibition at the Hawk's Well, entitled Sligo Stories, features memories from Sligo residents of the war period.

To make your experience at The Big Wall more comfortable, please be aware of the following:

  • You need your ticket to gain admission to the performance. Latecomers will not be admitted.
  • This interactive show lasts about 1.5 hours and starts at Sligo Courthouse and ends at Sligo Gaol.
  • This performance takes place in two heritage buildings, one of which is not usually open to the public. Please wear footwear suitable for walking and for rough surfaces and steps. Wear warm, water proof clothing.
  • Audiences are required to walk around the courthouse with the performance and to walk to and around Sligo Gaol and to climb narrow stairs with no handrails.
  • Doors will open approximately 15 minutes before the start of the performance. Please use the side entrance to Sligo Courthouse on the left.
  • Show suitable for ages 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent. Please advise us of age at time of booking.
  • Mobile phones or cameras are not permitted during the performance.
  • There are no toilet facilities for the public at Sligo Gaol.
  • There is no food or drink allowed into the performance.
  • Car parking is available at Abbey Street Car Park near Sligo Courthouse.