Arts & Parts with Daithi Ramsey

A powerful drama

A powerful drama

Powerful, funny and moving, Port Authority is a beautifully observed play about the also-rans of life. Written by the author of the multiw award winning The Seafarer, Port Authority paints a vivid picture of life in contemporary Ireland.

Like The Seafarer, its strengths lie in its storytelling as Conor McPherson weaves the separate tales of three characters who never actually meet but who are on similar paths through life. There’s Kevin, bright eyed and bushy tailed and leaving home for the first time. Dermot, a mid-lifer who some how lands a high flying job for which he isn’t qualified and Joe, a pensioner living in a care home who receives a mysterious package.

As each man confronts the significance of these events, they are forced to take stock of themselves, their feelings, and of the decisions they have made.

Produced by the Decadent Theatre Co, the play stars Garrett Keogh, Phelim Drew, and Carl Kennedy and is directed by Andrew Flynn.

Award-winning playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir, The Veil and Dublin Carol) weaves together a moving and funny account of loves lost and found, the consequences of big dreams and the significance of even our smallest choices.

Port Authority is at An Grianán Theatre for one night only, tonight, Tuesday, 6 November at 8pm. Call the box office on 074912 0777 or see for more.

Bassam - a true and inspiring story

The one man play is based on the true story of the Palestinian peace activist Bassam Aramin, co-founder of the Israeli-Palestinian movement Combatants for Peace. Bassam is written by former Israeli soldier Idan Meir and performed by Fadl Mustapha, a Palestinian born in a refugee camp. This extraordinary play, which lasts approximately 50 minutes, is followed by an equally extraordinary discussion / Q&A session with the playwright and actor.

Bassam will be performed tomorrow at 10am in Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh, Árainn Mhór; Thursday at Tullyarvan Mill, Buncrana at 8pm; Friday at 11am in St Columba’s Comprehensive School in Glenties; Saturday at 8.30pm at The Yard, Falcarragh; Wednesday, November 14 at 11am in Mulroy College; Thursday, November 15 at 8pm in Ardara Heritage Centre; and Monday, November 19 at 11am in Moville Community College.

Selena Mowat Exhibition

From the co-creator of local art magazine ZWEEF and member of local artist collective Avant Garda comes an exclusive solo show by Letterkenny based artist Selena Mowat in An Grianan Theatre, pop in and have a look. Selena studied painting at Dundee University in Scotland where she also taught Drawing and Painting for six years before re-locating to Donegal. She will also be representing Ireland next year on a residency to France as part of the Culture Ireland programme alongside fellow Avant Garda artists Paul Rooney, Adrian Kelly, Damien McGinley, Joan Murray and John Canning.

Calendar Girls!

After the phenomenal success of The 39 Steps, the Letterkenny Music and Drama Group’s next production is the hilarious comedy Calendar Girls this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence and carefully positioned props. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.

Based on the true story of eleven Women’s Institute members who posed for an “alternative” calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls is marvellous theatre, guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and come out singing Jerusalem.

Pat Shortt at An Grianan

Pat Shortt’s new one-man comedy show, at An Grianan Theatre on 17th November, charts the life of Dixie Walsh (Jumbo Breakfast Roll, Where Did My Money Go). The show is a tribute night to Dixie where all his peers and friends (the audience) come to celebrate his career. Pat Shortt’s quirky interpretation of rural Irish characters brings to life Dixie’s mother, his teacher and other locals who queue up to recall their draft memories of Dixie and his music. I Am The Band is a hilarious look at life on the back roads between Ireland’s dance halls, and a tribute to one of this country’s true musiclege legends- Dixie Walsh..

Rory & The Island at the Balor

Former Revs frontman Rory Gallagher hit the headlines and radio playlists everywhere with his Donegal All-Ireland football anthem ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’. From his early career with one of Donegals most successful bands to his solo catalogue incorporating many of the sounds and rhythms from his adopted Lanzarote home, Rorys songwriting and performance is both accomplished and infectious. He plays the Balor Arts Centre on Saturday 10th November.

Panto at the Balor

The Butt Drama Circle annual Christmas panto marks the beginning of the Christmas season, and this year starts on 30th November. This year join Robinson Crusoe (Margaret Cunnane) as he races the wicked pirates (Gordon Lucas and Eddie Flanagan) in a frantic search for buried treasure. Along the way there’s Mermaids, Cannibals, Robinsons brother Silly Billy (JC Bonar) and comedy duo Port and Starboard (Paddy McMenamin and Mary Laverty). there’s great songs courtesy of King and Queen Neptune (Brian Duffy and Mary Sweeney) while the kids will just love the adorable dog. Directed by Kathleen McGowan, a cast of seventy locals combine their talents to bring you a show full of laughter and romance, dazzling dancing and sinking ships. The Butt Drama Circle has a reputation as the best showcase of local talent in the North West and this community production guarantees great entertainment for all the family.

Red Riding Hood at An Grianan Theatre this December

C21 again provide the schools Christmas panto at An Grianan as they were so well received last year. This year it’s Red Riding Hood! And it’s on from 17th to the 22nd December. This famous cautionary story of an ordinary little girl’s battle with a big bad Wolf is sure to captivate young audiences. It is suspenseful, colourful, dramatic and entertaining with a mixture of well-known and original songs. Music by Mark Dougherty (who has just finished working on George Best - Dancing Shoes) and an all-star cast, this production promises to be c21’s best yet!!