Balor DCA host a fundraising variety concert at The Balor in Ballybofey tonight (Thursday March 24th) while comedian, journalist & activist Mark Thomas brings his new show Trespass to The Playhouse in Derry.
Coming up on Saturday March 26th, singer Brian Kennedy is at McGrory’s in Culdaff and Prime Cut Productions present Miss Julie at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. Easter Sunday sees the Harlem Gospel Choir at The Millennium Forum in Derry and the March Shindig takes place in the Vintage Rooms in Voodoo, Letterkenny.
There’s another performance from the Harlem Gospel Choir in An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny on Easter Monday (March 28th). Also on Monday is a screening of The Railway Children recorded live at the National Railway Museum in Yorkshire – that’s being shown in Century Cinemas, Letterkenny,
Finally Feis Doire Colmcille – Northern Ireland’s largest celebration of Irish musical culture - takes place from Monday March 28th to Saturday April 2nd at The Millennium Forum in Derry.
Goats Don’t Shave at The Balor
There’s a hugely enjoyable night in store on Saturday week April 2nd as Donegal folk-rock outfit Goats Don’t Shave make a long awaited Balor debut.
Goats Don’t Shave have been on my radar to book ever since I first started here. This gig has been about three years in the making ever since The Goats rehearsed here one day in preparation for a short UK tour.
I’ve been pestering frontman Pat Gallagher on and off to do a gig ever since and I’m delighted that we’ve finally been able to make it happen.
There’s only a handful of bands that can use the term ‘legendary’ without being accused of hyperbole, but Goats Don’t Shave are, to my mind, undoubtedly one of them. Their iconic hit Las Vegas (In The Hills of Donegal) is still one of Irish folk-rock's most instantly recognisable songs and a Donegal GAA unofficial anthem of sorts.
They’re far from one hit wonders with Pat’s songs having been recorded by artists from all over the world. His songs, comprising hard won pieces of wisdom set to strong yet simple melodies, have won him immense respect from peers, critics and devoted fans alike while the bands intensity, skill and sheer entertainment have made them one of Donegal music’s most iconic acts.
This highly anticipated Balor gig features Pat, his old Goats don’t Shave partners in crime and a couple of special guests for what promises to be an absolute stormer of a gig.
Goats Don’t Shave play The Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey on Saturday April 2nd at 8.30pm. Tickets are a bit of a bargain too – just €15 – available from The Balor Box Office on 0749131840 or online at www.balorartscentre.com
After Miss Julie
Passion and tragedy combine in Belfast based Prime Cut Productions After Miss Julie at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny this coming Saturday (March 26th)
The original play Miss Julie was written by Swedish playwright August Strindberg and set on the estate of a count in Sweden. This re-imagining by Patrick Marber – considered by some the finest British dramatist of his generation – take place in County Fermanagh on VE Day in 1945 with celebrations occurring in every corner of Northern Ireland.
In the midst of the revelry Miss Julie descends into the servants kitchen of her father’s country mansion in search of chauffeur John. What happens next, over the duration of one long balmy night,will turn her world upside down with tragic and far reaching consequences.
Considered by many to be Strindberg's cruellest love story Miss Julie is a passionate tragedy and, in the words of The Telegraph, is “A drama with an eroitc difference, a blast from the past that feels like a play for today”.
Prime Cut Productions present After Miss Julie at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny on Saturday March 26th at 8pm. Admission is €15 (€2 concession) and tickets are available from An Grianan on 0749120777 or online at www.angrianan.com. There’s an age recommendation of 14+.
The Railway Children
Century Cinemas in Letterkenny continue their series of ‘live’ theatre screenings on Easter Monday with a film of York Theatre Royal’s Olivier award-winning production of The Railway Children performed in summer 2015 at the National Railway Museum, Yorkshire.
The stage adaptation of E. Nesbit’s cherished novel follows the story of Roberta (Bobbie), Peter and Phyllis – three sheltered siblings who suffer huge upheaval when their father, who works for the Foreign Office, is taken away from their London home and falsely imprisoned. The children and their mother, now penniless, are forced to move from London to rural Yorkshire near a railway line.
The Railway Children can be seen at Century Cinemas Letterkenny on Easter Monday March 28th at 3pm. Admission is €12.50 for adults, 3pm for children. For more information contact Century Cinemas on 0749121976.