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.
Our current ongoing projects include both 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.
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 is expected to premier at the end of the year.
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: email@example.com.
The Takeover saw Sligo’s Transition Year students took over the Hawk’s Well Theatre. Offered one day at the venue to run a programme of their interest, the students presented original play The Ballad of Burke and Hare. Taking over the complete staging, production, and running of the venue, the students sold the tickets, 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.
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 completion, click here.
For past projects, click here.