Before I kick of the theate and dance highlights I have to acknowledge Enda walsh getting an honorary degree in NUI Galway as well as   Tom Murphy,  Conor McPherson, Patrick Mason, Sineád Cusack and Bob Crowley at UCD which i have blogged about on July 1st and tody

Enda Walsh will be conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Literature (honoris causa). Enda Walsh is a multi-award winning Irish playwright. His work has been translated into over 20 languages and has been performed internationally since 1998.

His recent plays include Misterman, performed in Ireland, America and Britain, 2010 – 2011; The New Electric Ballroom, which toured Ireland, Australia, Edinburgh, London, New York and LA 2008-2009; and The Walworth Farce, which played Ireland, Edinburgh, London and New York, as well as an American and Australian tour 2007-2010. All of these plays were produced by Druid Theatre. His other plays include Delirium; Chatroom, The Small Thing, Bedbound and Disco Pigs.

He has written the Tony Award-winning book for the musical Once, which is currently playing on Broadway. His film work includes Disco Pigs (Temple Films/Renaissance) and Hunger (Blast/FILM4) and the forthcoming, Weightless (Smuggler Films, New York).

others conferred on that day were :

Dr Rita Colwell will be conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa). She is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Chairperson of Canon US Life Sciences, Inc.

Dr Colwell has served as Director of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1998-2004. During her term she oversaw a budget increase and a consolidation of the support levels provided to scientists and engineers with NSF grants. In addition she broadened the NSF range of programmes with special interaction in K-12 science and mathematics education, graduate science and engineering education and the increased participation of women and minorities in science and engineering.

Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Dr Colwell holds a B.S. in Bacteriology and an M.S. in Genetics from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and serves on science advisory boards worldwide. She received the National Medal of Science from the US President in 2006.

Mr Leonard Moran will be conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa). Leonard Moran is a biomedical industry entrepreneur based in Ballina, Co. Mayo. He is the founder and CEO of Ovagen, the world’s first economically sustainable producers of germ-free eggs and antibodies.

Prior to establishing Ovagen, Leonard founded Biological Laboratories Europe Limited (Biolabs) which was acquired in 2002 by Charles River Laboratories. Previously he spent 8 years with the British Medical Research Council (MRC) from 1968-76 where he focused on clinical research. In addition he has a wealth of practical operational and construction experience associated with biological facilities.

These three graduands join the ranks of previous honorary alumni which include, among many others, Nelson Mandela, Hilary Clinton, Christy O’Connor Snr and Jnr, Enya, Anjelica Huston, Fionnuala Flanagan and Margaret Atwood.

in terms of  theate and dance, GAF has added many backstage events across sphere of the festival but especially  theate and dance

MIES JULIE

THEATRE · Irish PREMIERE
SOUTH AFRICA
THE BAXTER THEATRE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE SOUTH AFRICAN STATE THEATRE PRESENT

MIES JULIE

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY YAEL FARBER

BASED ON AUGUST STRINDBERG’S MISS JULIE

MUSIC BY DANIEL AND MATTHEW PENCER

 

Following sensational reviews in Edinburgh, New York and London the multi-award winning, international hit Mies Julie comes to Galway for just eight performances.

In the smouldering kitchen of a remote South African farmhouse 18 years after the end of apartheid, a single night of tenderness and brutality unfolds between a black farm labourer, his white master’s daughter and the woman who raised them both. The visceral struggles of contemporary South Africa are laid bare as John and Julie battle over power, sexuality, memory, mothers and land.

This explosive new adaptation of Strindberg’s classic Miss Julie from the internationally acclaimed director Yael Farber and Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre gets straight to the drama’s dark and steamy heart.

Contains Strong Adult Themes and Nudity. Suitable for age 16+

 

BACKSTAGE AT THE FESTIVAL

Post-show talk with director Yael Farber and the cast, 23 July

jULY 22 20.00 Town Hall Theatre JULY 23 20.00 Town Hall Theatre JULY 24 20.00 Town Hall Theatre JULY 25 20.00 Town Hall Theatre JULY 26 20.00 Town Hall Theatre JULY 27 14.00 Town Hall Theatre JULY 27 20.00 Town Hall Theatre JULY 28 20.00 Town Hall Theatre
PRICE : €20-€29

***

LANDMARK PRODUCTIONS presents

HOWIE THE ROOKIE

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY MARK O’ROWE

STARRING TOM VAUGHAN-LAWLOR

Three hearts poundin’ loud, three lungs, pairs of lungs, suckin’ louder, suckin’ hard.

Then softer, then calmer, then quieter.

Then quiet.

Howie tells a story. Then Rookie takes it up. Mark O’Rowe’s electrifying epic tale is a wild, urban odyssey through a nightmare landscape – hilarious and grotesque by turns.

Meet the enormous Avalanche, monstrous on the bar stool in her white ski pants. Meet Ladyboy, a dangerous gangland thug with Siamese fighting fish and (it is rumoured) three sets of teeth. Meet Mouse, Howie’s younger brother. Meet the Howie. Meet the Rookie.

Mark O’Rowe’s ‘thrilling new play’ (The New York Times) has been re-imagined for a single actor.

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, star of RTÉ’s Love/Hate, will play both Howie and Rookie. Brace yourself for an adrenaline-filled theatrical odyssey.

Containing strong language and sexual references. Suitable for age 16+

BACKSTAGE AT THE FESTIVAL POST-SHOW TALK WITH TOM VAUGHAN-LAWLOR AND MARK O’ROWE 23 JULY

ATE TIME LOCATION JULY 22 20.00 An Taibhdhearc JULY 23 20.00 An Taibhdhearc JULY 24 14.00 An Taibhdhearc JULY 24 20.00 An Taibhdhearc JULY 25 20.00 An Taibhdhearc JULY 26 20.00 An Taibhdhearc JULY 27 14.00 An Taibhdhearc JULY 27 20.00 An Taibhdhearc
PRICE : €20 – €29
– See more at: http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/programme/theatre-amp-dance/howie-the-rookie/#sthash.6YihNTiJ.dpuf

***

Stella & Lou

After thephenomenal  sucessful The Outgoing Tide Northlight Theatre return to Galway with Stella and Lou.
THEATRE · European PREMIERE
U.S.A
NORTHLIGHT THEATRE PRESENT

STELLA AND LOU

BY BRUCE GRAHAM

DIRECTED BY BJ JONES

FEATURING PENNY SLUSHER, FRANCIS GUINAN AND ED FLYNN

On a quiet night at a Philadelphia bar, three kindred spirits find themselves on the cusp of change. Loneliness haunts Lou, a kind bartender set in his ways. He finds company with Stella, a feisty nurse with two grown kids and a failed marriage, and Donnie, a young barfly teetering between excitement and uncertainty about his upcoming wedding.

All three must face up to changing times and relationships past as they struggle to embrace the future in this funny and compassionate new play. From the author of The Outgoing Tide, a huge hit at Galway Arts Festival 2012, Stella & Lou is an intimate exploration of friendship, forgiveness, and the longing for companionship.
BACKSTAGE AT THE FESTIVAL POST -SHOW TALK WITH PLAYWRIGHT BRUCE GRAHAM, DIRECTOR BJ JONES AND THE CAST 17 JULY

JULY 16 20.00 Town Hall Theatre JULY 17 20.00 Town Hall Theatre JULY 18 20.00 Town Hall Theatre JULY 19 14.00 Town Hall Theatre JULY 19 20:00 Town Hall Theatre JULY 20 14:00 Town Hall Theatre JULY 20 20:00 Town Hall Theatre JULY 21 20:00 Town Hall Theatre
PRICE : €20-€29
– See more at: http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/programme/theatre-amp-dance/stella-amp-lou/#sthash.JllYY7sx.dpuf

****

Theatre · NEW WORK FROM GALWA Y
Ireland
BLUE TEAPOT THEATRE COMPANY PRESENT

SANCTUARY

BY CHRISTIAN O’REILLY

DIRECTED BY PETAL PILLEY

An ordinary trip to the cinema and a welcome break from their training centre provides an opportunity for Larry and Sophie to steal away and be together at last. But now that they’re alone, what will they do?

Beautifully bittersweet, this warm comedy keeps you laughing and crying. Sex and disability are explored in this captivating story that shows what happens in those rare moments alone.

Not suitable for Children.

JULY 17 19:00 Blue Teapot Theatre JULY 18 19.00 Blue Teapot Theatre JULY 19 19.00 Blue Teapot Theatre JULY 20 19:00 Blue Teapot Theatre JULY 24 19:00 Blue Teapot Theatre JULY 25 19:00 Blue Teapot Theatre JULY 26 19:00 Blue Teapot Theatre JULY 27 19:00 Blue Teapot Theatre
PRICE : €12 – €15
– See more at: http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/programme/theatre-amp-dance/sanctuary/#sthash.5cho2gCv.dpuf

****

E EMERGENCY ROOM AND GALWAY ARTS FESTIVAL PRESENT

RIVERRUN

ADAPTED, PERFORMED AND DIRECTED BY OLWEN FOUÉRÉ

SOUND DESIGN/COMPOSTION BY ALMA KELLEHER

SCENEOGRAPHY BY MONICA FRAWLEY

LIGHTING DESIGN BY STEPHEN DODD

CO DIRECTED BY KELLIE HUGHES

…Soft morning, city! Lsp! I am leafy speafing. Lpf!

Folty and folty all the nights have being falling on to long my hair…

Fouéré’s work in creating this world premiere began by listening for the voice of ALP (Anna Livia Plurabelle) in her guise as the river ‘Life’, whose never-ending course through Finnegans Wake emits a powerful transformative energy as she dissolves into the great ocean of time.

Fouéré, one of Ireland leading theatre makers, in collaboration with an exciting creative team, takes a unique approach to Joyce’s extraordinary ‘sound-dance’. A performance not to be missed.

Riverrun is made possible with the support of the Arts Council. Production support provided by Rough Magic.

Previews 18,19,20

BACKSTAGE AT THE FESTIVAL POST -SHOW TALK WITH OLWEN FOUÉRÉ AND THE CREATIVE TEAM 24 JULY

JULY 18 20:00 Druid Lane Theatre JULY 19 20:00 Druid Lane Theatre JULY 20 20.00 Druid Lane Theatre JULY 22 20:00 Druid Lane Theatre JULY 23 20:00 Druid Lane Theatre JULY 24 20:00 Druid Lane Theatre JULY 25 20:00 Druid Lane Theatre JULY 26 20:00 Druid Lane Theatre JULY 27 14:00 Druid Lane Theatre JULY 27 20:00 Druid Lane Theatre
PRICE : €20-€25
– See more at: http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/programme/theatre-amp-dance/riverrun_1/#sthash.BjTFUpSU.dpuf

– See more at: http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/programme/theatre-amp-dance/riverrun_1/#sthash.tjOOPskP.dpuf

*****

AT MOYLAN PRESENTS

A GALWAY GIRL

BY GERALDINE ARON

DIRECTED BY TERRY BYRNE

WITH JOE HANLEY AND CLARE BARRETT
The story of an Irish marriage.

Maisie and Dermot are the perfect picture of incompatibility. Married in 1950, they tell us about their life together from early disillusion to late acceptance.

By turns poignant and hilarious, A Galway Girl shows us the ups and downs of a shared life that was a touching mixture of humour and tragedy, held together by a love that endured.

First produced in 1979, A Galway Girl was a hit in England, Ireland and South Africa and remains a beautifully observed play and a fascinating social document.

Geraldine Aron was born in Galway but spent most of her adult life in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Her other writing credits include My Brilliant Divorce, Same Old Moon, The Donahue Sisters and The Stanley Parkers. She is also the author of numerous plays produced for television and radio, and Toscanini, a screenplay directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

– See more at: http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/programme/theatre-amp-dance/a-galway-girl_1/#sthash.tSwyA5TG.dpuf

ULY 16 18:00 Bank of Ireland Theatre JULY 17 18:00 Bank of Ireland Theatre JULY 18 18:00 Bank of Ireland Theatre JULY 19 14.00 Bank of Ireland Theatre JULY 19 18:00 Bank of Ireland Theatre JULY 20 14:00 Bank of Ireland Theatre JULY 20 18:00 Bank of Ireland Theatre JULY 22 18:00 Bank of Ireland Theatre JULY 23 18:00 Bank of Ireland Theatre JULY 24 18.00 Bank of Ireland Theatre JULY 25 18:00 Bank of Ireland Theatre JULY 26 18:00 Bank of Ireland Theatre JULY 27 14.00 Bank of Ireland Theatre JULY 27 18:00 Bank of Ireland Theatre
PRICE : €12 – €15
*****
Tom Murphy’s  THE LAST DAYS OF A RELUCTANT TYRANT in Irish
A powerful epic depicting ARINA, a mother consumed by greed who triumphs during the boom, but the bust comes and Arina’s fortunes fail. She is thrown onto the charity of her favourite son, then left destitute by his amoral greed and hypocrisy. This satire is a savage look at boom and bust with keen resonances for our time.     – See more at: http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/programme/theatre-amp-dance/an-tioranach-drogallach/#sthash.IoPdhXML.dpuf
JULY 16 to 20th 20:00An Taibhdhearc
***
Dance shows

The Rite of Spring and Petrushka
Dance Theatre · Irish Premiere
Ireland
A FABULOUS BEAST DANCE THEATRE PRODUCTION IN COLLABORATION WITH SADLER’S WELLS, CO-PRODUCED WITH GALWAY ARTS FESTIVAL , MOVIMENTOS FESTWOCHEN DER AUTOSADT IN WOLFSBURG, BRISBANE FESTIVAL AND MELBOURNE FESTIVAL PRESENT

THE RITE OF SPRING & PETRUSHKA
CHOREOGRAPHER & DIRECTOR MICHAEL KEEGAN-DOLAN

With music by Igor Stravinsky.

Michael Keegan-Dolan re-imagines his Olivier-nominated version of The Rite of Spring, which premiered at the London Coliseum in 2009 to great critical acclaim. Described both as ‘inspired’ and ‘exhilarating’ by The Times of London, The Rite of Spring draws on the same ancient, savage forces that inspired the Russian composer 100 years ago.

The evening is completed by Keegan-Dolan’s new interpretation of Petrushka. Performed by the exquisite dancers of Fabulous Beast, both pieces together create an intoxicating double bill of dance theatre that honours the searing modernity of Stravinsky’s music. The celebrated concert pianists Lidija and Sanja Bizjak will accompany both pieces.

Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre is supported by the Arts Council.

Contains Nudity and Scenes of a Sexual Nature, suitable for age 16+

013 PROGRAMME –

Knee Deep
PHYSICAL THEATRE · Circus
Australia
CASUS PRESENTS
KNEE DEEP
CONCEIVED AND DIRECTED BY CASUS

Australia’s hottest new circus company takes the art form to a whole new level.

Using traditional and contemporary circus techniques, Knee Deep is a spectacular display of choreography, acrobatics, trapeze and aerial stunts, full of incredible physical skill, brute strength and exquisite beauty.

Galway Arts Festival has a tradition of introducing young Australian companies to the European stage including the world-renowned Circa. Casus, with their breathtaking and fragile display of skills and performers who test the very limits of the human body, are the next generation about to take the world by storm.

 

BACKSTAGE AT THE FESTIVAL

POST -SHOW TALK WITH THE CAST 23 JULY

JOHN SCOTT/IRISH MODERN DANCE THEATRE PRESENT

HYPERACTIVE

CHOREOGRAPHY BY JOHN SCOTT

MUSIC BY MEREDITH MONK

DANCERS: MARCUS BELLAMY, ASHLEY CHEN, PHILLIP CONNAUGHTON, KEVIN COQUILLARD, WINSTON DYNAMITE BROWN

Hot on the heels of John Scott’s internationally successful Actions and Body Duet, comes Hyperactive, an explosive and thrilling new work for five virtuoso male dancers. Hyperactive is wonderfully enjoyable, using frenetic falls, athletic jumps and physical extensions.

A development from Scott’s hit Actions – Hyperactive, a live human architecture installation has the finest cast of male dance talent from Merce Cunningham, Alvin Ailey, the Broadway musical Spiderman and the TV musical series, Smash.

– See more at: http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/programme/theatre-amp-dance/hyperactive_1/#sthash.g9zweJaH.dpuf

 

 

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