Arts Column, November 3rd 2016

Conor Malone

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Arts Column, November 3rd 2016

Ballet Ireland presents The Nutcracker on Sunday at An Grianan

This Week’s Highlights

This week kicks off with The Ragdolls, an 8 piece tribute to the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – that’s at The Balor, Ballybofey tonight (Thursday Nov 3rd).
North West Opera’s Die Fledermaus opens for a two night run (Friday and Saturday) at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny tomorrow. Also tomorrow The Undertones are at The Millennium Forum, there’s comedy with The Nualas at The Alley, Strabane and The Playhouse in Derry hosts a screening of The Royal Ballet performance of Kenneth McMillan’s Anastasia.
Comedian Jimmy Cricket is at The Balor, Ballybofey on Saturday November 5th, while Jimeoin is at The Millennium Forum in Derry. Female folk 5 piece Wookalily play The Alley in Strabane and Kabosh Theatre Company perform Green & Blue at The Playhouse in Derry.
Sunday sees more ballet – live and in the flesh this time – as Ballet Ireland present The Nutcracker at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. Also on Sunday Boogie Nights reprises hits of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s at The Millennium Forum. You can also catch this show at An Grianan, Letterkenny on Wednesday November 9th.
And on Tuesday Rounding out a busy week is David Attenborough’s award winning cameraman Doug Allan who takes you behind the scenes of all those fascinating wildlife documentaries with his show In The Company Of Giants at The Balor, Ballybofey.

The Undertones
One of the seminal Irish bands of the ‘70’s The Undertones take to the stage of The Millennium Forum in Derry tomorrow night (Friday November 4th).
It’s fully forty years since five friends got together in Derry and learned how to play basic rock and roll. They would become The Undertones – one of Derry’s most revered musical exports and the creators of a sound that would form an indelible part of the music of a generation.
After four decades, six albums, thirteen singles and a new singer they make their Millennium Forum debut. Expect a blast through all the hits including Teenage Kicks, My Perfect Cousin and Jimmy Jimmy. Also on the bill are Derry 3 piece punk outfit TOUTS.
The Undertones play The Millennium Forum, Derry tomorrow Friday November 4th at 8.30pm. Tickets are £20 for standing, £24 seated and are available from The Forum on 048 71264455 or online atwww.millenniumforum.co.uk

And There’s More...
There’s a blast from the past at The Balor this Saturday evening as much loved Ulster comedian Jimmy Cricket comes to Ballybofey.
Many remember Jimmy fondly from the ‘80’s where he was more or less ever present on our televisions with his gags and catchphrases enjoyed by millions.
He’s still going strong (which evidently comes as a surprise to many – you wouldn’t believe the amount of times I’ve been asked ‘Jimmy Cricket? Is he still alive? Since I booked him). He arrives equipped with one-liners galore, a sprinkling of visual comedy and yes, that ever present letter from his Mammy! On offer is a comedy master class delivered by a legendary comedian acknowledged as ‘One of the great front of tabs comedians’. There’s some local interest here too - also appearing on the bill is popular Letterkenny comedian Andy McGranaghan.
Jimmy played the old Balor about 10 years ago and great craic it was too so I can wholeheartedly recommend this for all the family. Jimmy Cricket is at The Balor, Ballybofey this Saturday November 5th at 7.00pm. Tickets are €10 for adults and €5 for children, available from The Balor Box Office on 0749131840 or online atwww.balorartscentre.com

Ballet
At An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny on Sunday 6th as Ballet Ireland visit with their Christmas treat the Nutcracker. ‘Christmas only begins once you’ve seen Ballet Ireland’s The Nutcracker’ says the publicity. I’m sorry, Hallowe’en may be over but it’s still too early to start that aul Christmas carry on. Christmas seems to be starting earlier every year - one of these years Brown Thomas in Dubin will have a Christmas display up all year round and nobody will bat an eyelid.
Leaving aside my inner grinchiness, this is a much loved and classic opera complete with glittering costumes and Tchaikovsky’s beloved and sumptuous score which takes audiences on a wondrous adventure full of Christmas magic.
When midnight strikes very strange things begin to happen, the Christmas tree grows to incredible heights and Clara’s magical Christmas gift – the Nutcracker – leads the children into a fairy-tale world where they face the Mouse King and his army of mice as the journey into the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets together.
The Nutcracker is a timeless classic which serves as both a favourite of ballet fans and a great introduction to the genre.
Ballet Ireland perform The Nutcracker this Sunday at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny at 7pm.
Tickets are priced at €20 (€15 concession) and are available from An Grianan on 0749120777 or online at www.angrianan.com