A brief look at some of this week's festival highlights

A brief look at some of this week's festival highlights
By Sue Doherty sue.doherty@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Opening Night

Mother Loss-The Story of the Wollstonecraft Women, opens the festival tonight at 8.30pm in the Abbey Arts Centre Ballyshannon. The show, written and directed by Maura Logue with new music by Niamh Currid, tells the stories of Mary Wollstonecroft, the pioneering British writer and womens’ rights advocate, and her daughters Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein, and Fanny Imlay, who died tragically at the age of 25.

The story has a strong Donegal connection as Mary Wollstonecraft’s mother Elizabeth was originally Elizabeth Dixon of Ballyshannon. The Dixons were a particularly wealthy merchant and landowning family in the town. Tickets €10, from 071 985 1375.

Classical Choir

Tomorrow, Friday 30th September at 8.30pm Trinity Presbyterian Church, Letterkenny hosts an interdenominational evening featuring the recently formed, 40 plus strong, Donegal Voices choir. Drawn from all areas of County Donegal and conducted by renowned musical director Andrew Batchelor.

On Friday 7th October at 8.00pm the choir moves to St Anne's Church, Ballyshannon for a second recital.

The programme in both venues features Vivaldi's 'Gloria' and Bach's 'Magnificat in D'.

Fly Me to the Moon

The Balor Rep Theatre Company’s new productuion of Marie Jones’ latest hit comedy, Fly Me To the Moon visits several towns and villages.

Frances and Loretta are community care visitors who look after 84 year old Davey, who lives for his Frank Sinatra records and his modest weekly bet on the horses. But when Davey dies unexpectedly, having just enjoyed the biggest win of his life, an amazing possibility presents itself to the two cash-strapped women.

Catch the show at: the Abbey, Ballyshannon on October Tuesday; the Balor , Ballybofey on Wednesday and Thursday; on Saturday (Oct. 8) a Halla Mhuire, Gleann Cholm Cille; and on Sunday (Oct 9) at The Heritage Centre in Ardara. Performances at 8.pm nightly, except at Halla Mhuire where show starts at 8.30pm. Tickets €12 on the night.

Songs for an Autumn Evening

The team behind the Mountcharles Opera Festival present Songs for an Autumn Evening at the St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Donegal Town, on Saturday night (Oct 1), at 8pm.

The Bluestack Chorale, soprano Deborah Cunningham and baritone, accompanied by Evan McGarrigle on piano will deliver a host of cabaret classics and operatic favourites .

Tickets €10 at the door.