Jan - April 2018 programme out now
Theatrical highlights include the acclaimed production from Michael Keegan Dolan’s Teac Damsa, Swan Lake/Loch na hEala;; Private Peaceful presented by Verdant & Pemberley Productions based on the novel by Michael Morpugo (of War Horse fame); Decadent Theatre Company’s production of the Frank McGuinness play, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me and Druid Theatre’s award winning production of Samuel Beckett’s seminal work Waiting for Godot. Mikel Murfi’s acclaimed one-man shows The Man in the Woman’s Shoes and its companion piece I Hear You and Rejoice return to the theatre in April along with Seamus O’Rourke’s new play, Under the Bed. More theatrical productions include Mother (and me) from Geva Theatre in the US, Take Off Your Cornflakes featuring Rose Henderson and Pat Nolan, It’s Wine O’Clock and lunchtime theatre in April with My Left Nut. Local theatrical productions include Beezneez’ The Drawer Boy, Skreen/Dromard Drama Group’s For Better, For Worse; Cloonacool Players Cupid Wore Skirts and musical productions presented by Sligo Fun Company (The Wizard of Oz), Sligo Grammar School (Little Shop of Horrors) Sligo Hospital Musical Society (The Frog Prince) and the Ursuline Transition year musical with performances also from local schools Beat It Dance School and Jacinta Maye’s school of Speech & Drama.
In 2018, the theatre continues with some of its popular programmes and events, including ‘Sing for the Hell of it’ where singing enthusiasts enjoy monthly gatherings with choirmaster, Dave Flynn. An exciting new drama initiative, Sligo Acts, gets underway in January, culminating in a show titled Husbands & Wives on Sunday 11th of March.
As part of the Sligo Children’s Book Festival in March, the theatre will be hosting a number of special children’s events including a Roald Dahl Family Fun Day, Dream Jars Workshops, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes (retold by Wayne O’Connor) and a Dahlicious Books & Hot Chocolate Club! The theatre’s Music for Babies series also continues with Lullaby Babies and Trad Babies, where babies and their adults can enjoy a performance that caters especially for smallies featuring some super musicians. Some wonderful childrens shows visit the theatre on tour this season also including the five-star award-winning Dr. Zeiffal, Dr. Zeigal and The Hippo That Can Never Be Caught! From Mouth of Lions; Barnstorm’s Star Chasers for schools and Replay Theatre’s Baby Daddy for babies aged 6 – 18 months. Popular school productions Caith Amach E for leaving cert Irish and Cyclone Rep’s Shakespeare sessions for secondary schools return.
Music-wise, there is a broad selection to suit all tastes. The next installment of the theatre’s Duets at the Well series featuring Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán O’Duinnchinn takes place in January. There will be performances by Niamh Parsons, Ciarán Tourish, Liam Kelly and John Doyle; First Light with Adrian Crowley and Nocturnes; Kieran Goss and Frances Black; Charlie Landsborough; Eddi Reader, the Jarlath Henderson Band; The Secret Sisters (all the way from Alabama) and Irish pop sensation, Jake Carter. Other music highlights include the launch of Declan Folan’s debut album; Sandy Kelly’s Patsy Cline, Music and Memories; Liam Lawton; Hawk’s Well Theatre’s Tradroque - an exciting music event combining the genres of Irish traditional and baroque music; the return of Jack L and the Kings of Country to the theatre and Irish National Opera and Northern Ireland Opera’s production, Powder Her Face.
Courses for adults include some wonderful literary workshops - Brian Leyden: On Storycraft; The Art of the Spoken Word with Jessica Traynor and playwriting with Gavin Kostick (Literary Manager, Fishamble). Trad enthusiasts will also be delighted to hear that a new series of bodhrán workshops for children and adults with bodhrán maestro, John Joe Kelly will take place at the theatre next spring. Popular courses for children will continue next year, including Drama at the Well, Toddler Drama and SingSkool Mini courses. Another new trad event Super Sunday Sessions kicks off at the theatre in January. Providing an opportunity for teenagers to play traditional music in a family-friendly and relaxed environment, these sessions will be led by the very finest master musicians.
Details for all events are available online at www.hawkswell.com and from the Hawk’s Well Theatre Box Office on 071 916 1518. A development fee of €1 on all tickets is being added to the price of all tickets sold to raise money for the renovation of the theatre building.