Hawk’s Well Theatre has been involved in the commissioning of a number of exciting projects during the last number of years.
In 2019 we celebrated the wonderful legacy of musician and song writer Thom Moore, with the well-received The Thom Moore Songbook night, which featured a number of local artists paying tribute to one of Sligo’s adopted sons. This follows on in the tradition of our annual Celebration Nights, where we have celebrated the extraordinary careers of Sligo artists. To date, we have celebrated artists including The Jazz Ladds, Rick Epping, Seamie O’Dowd, Eddie Lee, Cathy Jordan, Brian Leyden, Donal McLynn, Sandy Kelly, Steve Wickham and Niamh Crowley.
Shows we are particularly proud of and which have toured internationally include The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, and I Hear You and Rejoice by Mikel Murfi, which regularly returns to Hawk’s Well Theatre. Our co-production from Fidget Feet Aerial Dance, The Second Coming, meanwhile, was a highlight of the All Ireland Fleadh in August 2015, before undertaking a seventeen-date tour of Germany.
Twice Theatre-Artist-in-Residence Bob Kelly meanwhile, has gone on to have numerous successes, including with The Big Wall - a site-specific theatre production staged in both Sligo Courthouse and Sligo Gaol. The purpose of this scheme is to offer theatre artists the opportunity to create a year-long work programme in partnership with venues and local authorities. The specific contents of the work programme was designed with the artist in collaboration with the Hawk’s Well and Sligo County Council Arts Service.
We love to create new work for children and our shows Codladh Sámh and Concerts for Babies delight the youngest in our community. Produced by the theatre along with The Dock and Roscommon Arts Centre, the Trad Babies series was created especially for the youngest of audiences and their adults. The concept has since blossomed, and we have since held similar events including Beethoven Babies and Bluegrass Babies.
Hawk’s Well Theatre’s continuing commitment to developing new projects is ongoing. For more on our current projects, click here.