At the Hawk’s Well we love to create new work. We have collaborated with a number of partners to present new work over the last few years.
Projects specific to Sligo are Sligo Sings, Sligo Acts and Sligo Stories. Our Theatre-Artist-in-Residence Bob Kelly developed one of these stories into The Big Wall - a site-specific theatre production staged in both Sligo Courthouse and Sligo Gaol in May 2016.In April 2017 we paid tribute to three incredible artists who passed away in 2016 but whose legacies will live on forever. In this very special Hawk's Well production, Remembering 2016 - Sligo sings Prince, Bowie, Cohen, musicians and singers of Sligo joined together in harmony to pay tribute to these cherished pop culture icons. In 2019 we celebrate the wonderful legacy of Thom Moore in The Thom Moore Songbook.
Markievicz: We are delighted to announce that we have commissioned a new suite of music from renowned traditional music composer Michael Rooney, to commemorate the lives of Constance Markievicz & Eva Gore-Booth and reflect on their legacy. Suite extracts will be performed during the Tradroque concert on 28 December 2018, a significant anniversary in Markievicz's life. Keep an eye on our summer brochure for more details.
In November 2017 we launched a new fun acting programme titled Sligo Acts - suitable for those with plenty of performances under their belt as well as those just starting to tread the boards. This programme took place in Spring 2018, culminating in a performance, Husbands and Wives! on Sunday, 11th of March 2018. Sligo Acts continues in 2019 with an introductory workshop in January. This fun acting programme will culminate in a show Sligo Acts, Love! in March.
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. If you are interested in getting involved in 2019 please complete the expression of interest form and send it back to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year we celebrate a musician or artist from Sligo in our very special Celebration Nights. To date we have celebrated the extraordinary careers of Sligo artists The Jazz Ladds, Rick Epping, Seamie O’Dowd, Eddie Lee, Cathy Jordan, Brian Leyden, Donal ‘Dude’ McLynn, Sandy Kelly, Steve Wickham and Niamh Crowley.
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.
In 2017, theatre began to run a short residency programme called Time at the Well. Created as a support for performing artists, Time at the Well provides workspace and a stipend to residency recipients.