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At the Hawk’s Well we love to create new work. Collaborating with a number of partners over the last few years, we have had various successes with these unique commissions.

Recent Projects

Hawk’s Well Theatre is pleased to be a part of new initiative Cultural Companions. A new network of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. This is a great way to meet new people with shared interests. Cultural Companions aims to provide increased opportunities for older people to engage with Sligo’s vibrant cultural and arts scene.

Commemorating the lives of Sligo natives and revolutionaries Constance Markievicz and Eva Gore-Booth, MARKIEVICZ is a brand new suite of music commissioned from renowned traditional music composer Michael Rooney. Launched with An intro to MARKIEVICZ in April 2019, the project will premier with Constance in December.

In 2018, together with Sligo Academy of Music, we formed the Sligo Community Adult Orchestra. This fun initiative gives a chance to those who haven't played an instrument in a while to play again and is led by conductor Niamh Crowley. The first performance by this new orchestra took place at our Sligo Pops concert in December 2018. Together with The Dock Arts Centre, this project expanded into a Sligo-Leitrim Community Orchestra, culminating in two inspiring concerts at the Hawk's Well and The Dock in November 2019. If you are interested in getting involved, please get back to us at:

The Takeover saw secondary school students from Sligo take over the Hawk’s Well Theatre. Offered one day at the venue to run a programme of their interest, the students presented their original play The Ballad of Burke and Hare. Taking over the complete staging, production, and running of the venue, the students welcomed attendees to the venue, and ushered them to their seats. The project saw two performances of an original theatre show, produced and devised by the students alone. 

Annually we produce Sligo Sings and Sligo Acts; annual workshops that are designed to be all inclusive and provide an opportunity for all to perform, regardless of ability of experience.

The iYeats Poetry Competition runs annually, and was launched by the Hawk's Well Theatre in 2009 to mark the 50th Yeats International Summer School and the 70th anniversary of the death of W. B Yeats. For more on the current competition, click here.

For past projects, click here.