Cathleen Bradley (left) and Orla Mullan rehearse a scene from Balor Rep's production of Marie Jones’ ‘Fly Me To The Moon', which is at The Balor this Wedesday and Thursday.
There is some pretty splendid theatre and music coming to Donegal stages this week.
Michael Harding Talking to Strangers
Author Michael Harding’s last show here sold out despite the onslaught of winter storms and he’s back this Sunday, October 9th, in An Grianan Theatre.
Michael Harding returns with tales from his latest book, “Talking to Strangers”, and to ruminate on his life over the past 18 months: playing the Bull McCabe on stage in Dublin; struggling with self-doubt, faith, and psychotherapy; and the chaos of building an extension to his home near Lough Allen. He challenges you not necessarily to agree, but to examine the people and the landscape around us. You should be able to pick up a ticket on the door but best give the box office a call on 074 91 20777 or visit angrianan.com to check before travelling.
Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival
The festival, which covers the south of the county, continues through to this Sunday, Oct. 9th.
Musically there’s The Donegal Voices, St Anne's Church of Ireland, Ballyshannon, on Friday night, Oct 7th. There's the Glenties Fiddlers Gathering, Fri 7th to Sun 9th, the 4 of Us at the Balor on Saturday, and a couple of great trad gigs, Zoe Conway, Máirtin O'Connor and Donal Lunny at Leghowney tomorrow night (Wed. 5th) and my personal favourites, Caitlín and Ciarán, in Dunkineely on Thursday; and lots, lots more. And don't forget the wonderful, colourful Ballyshannon Carnival Parade on Saturday. Check it out by downloading the brochure at https://donegalgathering.com or pick up one of the printed ones.
Macbeth, the condensed 75-minute version by C21 Productions is coming to An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny on Wednesday, 12th Oct., with shows at 10.30am and 1pm.
Edited and directed specifically for schools by Arthur Webb, this fast-moving production follows the story of the evil Scottish warrior and his power-hungry wife.
Prophecy, witchcraft, murder and revenge all play a part and guarantee a captivating production. To book call the box office, 074 9120777. It’s €10 per student, teachers and teaching assistants are free.
Comedy At The Vintage
Another shout out for the excellent comedy club at Voodoo Vintage, which has been building great crowds and attracting top comics. It’s on this Thursday, Oct. 6th, with headliner Niamh Marron, who has supported PJ Gallagher, David McSavage and Al Porter and has written for Channel 4 Comedy, BBC1 and BBC3. Also on the bill are Conor Keys, resident MC of Dalys Comedy Club in Omagh, Pauric Gallagher, Bryan Campbell, Fergal Lonergan and MC Barry Mack. Be there for 9.30pm and you should be okay.
Fly Me To The Moon
From the writer of “Stones In His Pockets”, and “Women On The Verge of HRT” comes a comic whirlwind of opportunism and regret. It’s at the Balor Arts Centre 8pm this Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th Oct.
Frances (Cathleen Bradley) and Loretta, (Orla Mullen), are two home helps who look after 84-year-old Davey, a lonely man who lives for his Frank Sinatra records and weekly flutter on the horses. When Davey dies, having just scooped the biggest win of his life, an amazing possibility presents itself to the two cash-strapped women: They're the only two who know about his good fortune. Bookings on 074 91 31840 and balorarts centre.com
Three Days of Rain
At An Grianán Theatre this Saturday night, Oct. 8th, Disappear Here proudly presents a staging of the Pulitzer-nominated “Three Days of Rain” by Richard Greenberg. After discovering a journal documenting a legendary architect’s struggle with plans for an iconic building in the 1960s, his bereaved offspring confront long-buried family secrets, lies and scandals. Lyrical, witty and emotionally charged, “Three Days of Rain” is epic in scope but deeply personal at heart. Stars Michael McLaughlin, Lisa Tyrrell and Fiach Kunz, and directed by Mark McAuley.