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Hawk’s Well presents ‘The Big Wall’ at Sligo Courthouse and Sligo Gaol for 1916 centenary

Hawk’s Well presents ‘The Big Wall’ at Sligo Courthouse and Sligo Gaol for 1916 centenary
28 April, 2016

Tickets for the Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo’s productionThe Big Wall are now on sale. This ambitious, new performance project marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 rising and takes place in Sligo Courthouse and Sligo Gaol from Thurs 26 to Mon 30 May.

The production is produced by the Hawk's Well Theatre and is written and directed by Hawk’s Well Theatre Artist in Residence Bob Kelly and features a cast of 6 professional actors who will be joined by a local cast from Sligo Youth Theatre and a cast of over 20 local actors.

The professional cast includes Miriam Needham, Julie Sharkey, Bryan Quinn, Clare Monnelly, Ciarán McAuley and Margaret Kilcoyne. Miriam Needham has worked with Branar Theatre  while Julie Sharkey performed in the Nomad Theatre production ‘The Far Off Hills’ directed by Mikel Murfi which premiered at the Hawk’s Well in 2014 before touring the country. Bryan Quinn has appeared in Game of Thrones and has toured extensively as a musician with Tucan, Ham Sandwich and the Frames. Clare Monnelly plays the older sister in Moone Boy. Sligo actor Ciarán McAuley has worked with the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company and Margaret Kilcoyne also from Sligo has worked with Punchdrunk in London and recently performed in a humorous play about the Yeats sisters Lily and Lolly.

Sligo stands on the brink of war. The Cranmore Hotel - Sligo Gaol - is bursting at the seams with Fenians, thieves and madmen. The country is growing in turmoil and soon War will sweep through Sligo, leaving in its wake death, bitterness and a country changed forever.

You are invited behind The Big Wall to journey through a theatre performance, written and directed by Hawk’s Well theatre artist-in-residence Bob Kelly and produced by Hawk's Well Theatre. Performances take place at 6pm, 6.40pm, 7.20pm and 8pm each day and there are additional performances at 4pm and 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. The performance starts at Sligo Courthouse and the audience then walk to to Sligo Gaol where the show culminates. The show last about an hour and a half. As this performance takes place in two heritage buildings, one of which is not usually open to the public, the audience are advised to wear warm, water proof clothing and footwear suitable for walking and for rough surfaces and steps. This original production; supported by Sligo County Council & Ireland 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.
The show has limited capacity so early booking is strongly advised. Tickets are available from the Hawk’s Well box office on 071 9161518.
An accompanying audio exhibition at the Hawk's Well, entitled 'Sligo Stories', is currently on display at the Hawk’s Well and this features memories from Sligo residents of the war period.
Originally a member of Sligo Youth Theatre, Bob Kelly studied theatre at the prestigious Ecole de Jacques Lecoq in Paris, graduating in 2010. Since then he has performed in the Louvre, The Abbey and at the Royal Ballet School. He is a regular collaborator with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, and in 2012 was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for his work with them on The Poor Mouth. Most recently he has played Christy in the Blue Raincoat's production of The Playboy of the Western World and he performed in Once the Musical on the Olympia stage in the summer of 2015.

Bob Kelly is researching and developing new creative projects as Hawk’s Well Theatre Artist in Residence. He is also developing the theatre’s training programme through workshops, rehearsed readings and discussions including hosting a 'chat show' after selected theatrical performances. 

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