Hawk’s Well Theatre’s Unveils May – August 2019 Programme
Announcing a bumper new season, Hawk’s Well Theatre’s latest brochure for May – August 2019 is out now, and is available to pick up all over Sligo. Featuring all the shows and events taking place during the coming months, there’s plenty of culture and entertainment on offer. The new brochure is also available to view or download at www.hawkswell.com.
The spring / summer season is as packed as ever, with plays, workshops, concerts, talks, and productions of all shapes and sizes planned. Highlights this season include an Introduction to Markievicz, a music and words production that reflects on the significant legacy of Constance Markivicz, The Takeover – which sees transition year students take control of the theatre for the day, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Sligo Jazz Festival, and a return of the popular The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, and I Hear You And Rejoice, by Mikel Murfi, originally commissioned by the Hawk’s Well and Sligo Arts Service in 2012.
May kicks off with Rise Productions’ darkly humorous play Spotless, and there are plenty of Irish productions to follow during the month, including gritty comic play Pumpgirl on 16th, and Carole Moore’s lunchtime play for Bealtaine, The Experience of Being (22nd), as well as the aforementioned Mike Murfi pairing, which takes place in June. Later, cooking up something unusual, Arán & Im sees Manchán Magan baking sourdough bread, whilst offering insights into the wonders of the Irish language, on 31st July and 1st August.
Locally, Coran Players present hilarious comedy Cupid Wore Skirts and there’s a welcome return for Crokey Hill Players’ popular farce 3 Hail Marys, both in May, while Beezneez Theatre’s Touch and Go arrives on 20th July. During Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Brokentalkers present Uprooted, a play which has been developed and performed by a culturally diverse group of community performers living in Sligo.
Music lovers meanwhile won’t be left wanting, and as the season comes into full swing, there’s Jazz, Trad, Pop, Country, and a whole lot more on offer. While July sees both Cairde Sligo Arts and Sligo Jazz festivals take over the theatre on back to back weekends, Trad at Lunch also returns during the summer, kicking off with Oisin MacDiarmada and Samatha Harvey on 19th June, with performances weekly until 21st August.
Offering something to suit all tastes, standalone gigs include the undisputed queen of folk and political song Peggy Seeger who takes to the stage on 19th July, a two-night stint from Christy Moore in June, and X-Factor finalists Sean & Conor Price who shake it up in July. Singing sensation Jake Carter also gets on song on 17th May, and Brooklyn-based Anais Mitchell, brings her poetry and balladry on 16th August. There’s also the exciting debut of The Gateway City Project to look forward to, featuring Seamie O’Dowd, Cathal Roche, Kieran Quinn and John Joe Kelly, on 29th May, and the return of one of Ireland’s finest singer-songwriters Mick Flannery on 12th May. The popular Kieran Quinn Theme Nights for Teenagers and Adults return in May.
For music fans, as well as those with a passion for literature, Murder Ballads, Nocturama, and more will be discussed at an evening of The Poetry of Nick Cave. Happening on 30th July, author Gerard Beirne presents a treat for fans of The Bad Seeds luminaire and poetry enthusiasts alike.
For younger visitors, there’s lots to do during the summer holidays. As well as performances from the Chapel Lane School of Performing Arts, and both the Michelle Bell and Victoria Walker dance schools in June, there are numerous workshops and summer camps to keep the kids busy. Hawk’s Well’s Creative Academy starts on 1st July, with the ever-popular Singskool getting in-tune from 29th July.
Books & Lemonade pops up on 6th July, and Fidget Feet’s story of new beginnings and transformation - Hatch emerges on 11th and 10th May. 17th August meanwhile, will see the rise of Superheroes and Monsters, which sees fantasy artist Wayne O’Connor guiding 7+ year olds to create their own characters and creatures. Wayne also presents An Introduction to Digital Art later the same day, for ages 10+.
Elsewhere, Sing For the Hell of It returns, for those of any ability who wish to flex their vocal chords, with movie classic Dirty Dancing on 4th July, while a literary evening combining poetry, prose fiction and music in Muldoon’s Picnic takes place on 2nd August. Finally, respected psychologist and author Shane Martin will be focusing on health, happiness and resilience, when he presents Wake up! You’re Here!,on 8th June.
Two fundraisers in aid of the renovation fund take place over the summer season also. All those who fancy getting into the swing at golf can take part in the Golf Classic at County Sligo Golf Club, Rosses Point on Friday 5th of July. Due to the resounding success of last year’s fundraiser at Markree Castle, this Late Summer Celebration at Markree Castle returns on Wednesday 4th of September.
With workshops for adults and children; from Songbirds with Cathy Jordan, to Acting for Adults with Isabel Claffey and Preschool Sean Nós Dancing Classes with Anna Lethert, as well as Gala concerts from Music Generation and Sligo Academy of Music, and a look back at Sligo past in The Way We Were on 26th June, there’s something for everyone at Hawk’s Well Theatre this season.
Details for all events are available by picking up a brochure, or by visiting the theatre online at www.hawkswell.com. For ticketing, visit the website, or call the Box Office on 071 916 1518.