The Arts in Donegal Column - Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cinderella is almost as busy as Santa with shows at the Balor and in Derry

Conor Malone


Conor Malone


The Arts in Donegal Column - Thursday, December 1, 2016

Lots of Cinderella action but Conor Malone is in reflective mood too - he recalls the late 1990's and early 2000's brought a new wave of Irish singer-songwriters with the likes of Paddy Casey, Mundy and Declan O Rourke all receiving their fair share of critical and commercial success.

This Week's Highlights

The Balor Christmas Panto Cinderella continues tonight in Ballybofey. There’s 8pm shows tonight (Thursday December 1st) tomorrow, Friday December 2nd, Tuesday December 6th, Thursday December 8th and Friday December 9th. There’s also 4pm matinee shows on Saturday December 3rd and Sunday December 4th.

Cinderella is also the panto of choice in The Millennium Forum, Derry. It opens there tomorrow (Friday December 1st) for a month long run ending on New Year’s Eve December 31st.

Staying with the Christmas theme, North West Opera perform Carols by Candlelight at The Playhouse, Derry tomorrow (Friday December 1st). Also tomorrow, An Grianan, Letterkenny hosts the Mulroy College Concert while The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are at The Millennium Forum.

Saturday sees Declan O Rourke play An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny and country singer Hugo Duncan is at The Millennium Forum. Death Of The Innocents is a play about a fire which claimed the lives of six students of a school for deaf children in Strabane in 1856 – that’s this Friday at The Alley in Strabane.

And finally, the Letterkenny University Hospital Variety Concert takes place next Tuesday December 5th at An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny.

Cinderella Eile

The Balor Christmas panto Cinderella opened to two packed houses last weekend followed by another capacity crowd yesterday evening (Wednesday). There’s further shows tonight (Thursday 1st) tomorrow (Friday 2nd) next Tuesday 6th, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th at 8pm nightly and there’s matinee shows on this Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th at 4pm.

The matinee shows and the two Friday shows are sold out with very limited availability remaining for tonight Thursday 1st, Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th so if you want to see the show don’t deal any longer. Tickets are e10 for adults and e6 for children with a 2 adults, 2 children family ticket available for an even e30. Book from The Balor Box Office on 0749131840 or online at

There’s some potential for confusion as Cinderella is also the Christmas Panto at The Millennium Forum in Derry.

Arguably the biggest panto in the North West if features William Caulfield as Buttons and a special shoutout to Orla Mullan who recently starred in the Balor production of Fly Me To The Moon – she plays the Fairy Godmother.

Cinderella opens tomorrow Friday December 2nd at The Millennium Forum in Derry and runs right up until New Year’s Eve December 31st. There’s an opening weekend offer of all tickets £12. Asides from that ticket prices range from £12.50 to £16. Times and dates ary throughout the month so check out the schedule online or ring the Forum on 048 71264455.

Declan O'Rourke

The late 1990’s and early 2000’s brought a new wave of Irish singer-songwriters with the likes of Paddy Casey, Mundy and Declan O'Rourke all receiving their fair share of critical and commercial success.

Declan was the last of the aforementioned trio to break through – his debut album Since Kyabram was released in 2004 débuting at no.5 in the Irish charts and going on to record double-platinum sales and earning three Meteor Award nominations (Best Male, Best Album and Best Folk/Traditional Album).

The debut single from the album ‘Galileo’ was universally lauded – I remember a Paul Weller interview where he referenced it as one of the songs that he wished he had written himself.

Declan’s folk roots, while not defining his music, are very much in evidence in his work.

Indeed his last appearance at An Grianan was as part of 2015’s The New Triangle show in the company of Dubliners legend John Sheahan and Damien Dempsey.

He’s back at An Grianan on a tour on the back of the release of his latest album Full Colour which features twelve of his best-loved songs re-imagined and re-recorded along with 3 brand new songs. He’ll be accompanied on stage by a full band and a string quartet which makes an already attractive gig sound even better.

Declan O’Rourke plays An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny this Saturday December 3rd at 8pm. Tickets are e20 or you can buy 4 for e70. They’re available from An Grianan on 0749120777 or online