Posts Tagged ‘show’

La Locandiera – a real Italian feast on Thursday

November 2, 2010

Are the rainy autumn nights getting to you? Did the hour change put you in a bad mood? No plans yet on Thursday evening? La Locandiera contains all the ingredients for a fun and delicious Thursday evening treat. Food, fun, laughs and entertainment is the perfect cocktail to cheer up a dreary autumn night.

Not convinced yet? Read the article below, written by journalist Vanessa Moore and I’m sure you will be.


Mirandolina! – everyone’s in love with Mirandolina.’ Born in 1753 Mirandolina has been a hit ever since. This able woman keeps her inn full of paying by guests, with flirtatious ways and obliging manners, and never drops her guard. This is 1750s Florence after all, and independent women entrepreneurs like her are few and far between.
Enter the Ulster Gentleman, a man who professes to hate women: “I have never loved a woman, I have never put a woman onto a pedestal, and I have always believed that woman is man’s insupportable infirmity.” This remark challenges Mirandolina to “use Art to cut down, conquer and crush the barbarous hard-hearted enemy.”

And so begins this new English translation by director Alice Coghlan, performed in the cosy candlelit restaurant for the night – or is it Mirandolina’s Inn? This Inn is an open, happy, “allegra” place, where the characters entertain the audience through Italian music and song.

Goldoni is Italy’s greatest comic playwright, but his plays are very rarely performed in Ireland although there is sure to be a Goldini performance in Italian theatres on any day of the year. This production offers an audience the chance to see this classic comedy in a very intimate setting. Audiences will find the play’s characters seated at their tables, serving food and wine and latterly sword fighting all around them – much as they did for Wonderland’s sell-out hit Georgian house version of Molière’s The Miser and Afternoon Tea version of The Picture of Dorian Gray

A classic play of love, hate, romantic rivalry, rank and seduction, it is above all a humorous play, and one to sweep an audience away for the night.

For more info and tickets, check out our website or contact our box office on 041 9833946.

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Plenty of reasons to join us at Droichead during mid-term break

October 27, 2010

This week we have lots of exciting events lined up in Droichead Arts Centre so plenty of reasons for you to visit our venue during mid-term break.


This Friday and Saturday we have the fantastic family show “A spell of Cold weather” scheduled. This play is produced by Little Duke Theatre in partnership with Droichead Arts Centre. The play is set on a farm, which is the home of two down in the mouth farmers, Betty and Bob. They have lost touch with each other, their animals and their own culture. In the time between Christmas and New Year, Betty and Bob get a surprise. Together Holly and Tomos bring the farm back to spiritual health and the play ends with an unforgettable, magical, New Year’s night party.

The renowned artist Maureen Finn will facilitate clay workshops for our youngest artists this Saturday in her studio at Millmount. Create new masterpieces and learn the skills of working with clay, with a hand on and fun approach workshop. No reason for kids to be bored during mid-term.

Definitely worth a stop when in the neighbourhood is Magnhild Opdøl’s exhibition “Until the end” running in our gallery in Stockwell Street. This exhibition displays the most amazing detailed drawings.

And last but not least we have WWE Style Wrestling” scheduled for this Sunday. With this show you are guaranteed a night of family entertainment, high octane action and a high energy spectacle.

For more info and tickets, contact our box office on 041 9833946 or go to our website.

 

What the folk?

September 30, 2010

Droichead Arts Centre is very much looking forward to the site-specific interactive performance by Siamsa Tire Theatre Company called ‘What the Folk?’ It will take place in the drawing room areas of An Grianan in Termonfeckin, Drogheda on the 5th, 6th and 7th of October.

Originally commissioned for the Fringe Festival in Dublin, this piece gives an insight into the beautiful world of traditional folk songs and dance in Kerry as opposed to the competitive music and dance industry. Siamsa Tire Theatre Company describes it as ‘…an intimate and revealing session for the culturally curious – part storytelling, part impromptu knees-up, looking beyond the clichés to the passion and pain of a lifetime of practice, graft and dedication.  Find out about the bubble wrap horses, how the steps talk and fingers dance, the 40 sheep, the embarrassing scenes and the amorous undertones. ‘

The performance gets a great review in the Irish Theatre Magazine. ‘As the representatives of the National Folk Theatre speak informally of their repertoire, deliver songs as casually and proudly as party pieces and gingerly trace step dances from armchairs, we are treated like guests for a discreet display of tradition. What is surprising is that this gentle introduction soon becomes an unbridled release of genuine feeling’. Click here to read more.

There are only 25 places per performance, but all 3 nights have shows on at both 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Tea and some delightful cakes are also part of the performance! For more info and tickets call our box office 041 9833946 or check out of website www.droichead.com.

‘Looking into the light of dark matters…’ by James Hays

August 30, 2010

‘Looking into the light of dark matters’ is the title of the exhibition by James Hays which opens in Droichead Arts Centre on Friday the 3rd of September at 6.30pm. The show runs until the 4th of October. All are welcome on the opening day, which really is the perfect event to go to after a lovely Sunday morning brunch.

Irish Artist James Hayes studied Fine Art in Ireland, the UK and in North Spain. His work mainly consists of installations and sculptural pieces. He has exhibited widely across Ireland, the UK and the US. ‘Looking into the light of dark matters’ is a new large scale multimedia installation created especially for his exhibition in Droichead Arts Centre.

His work aims to explore aspects of environmental conflict and trends in environmental energy production and consumption. It also serves to explore Hayes’s continuous use of the humble object in his practice, the continuous investigation and play with materials and their counter point opposites and with complementary processes of a traditional and non-traditional nature that make up his works and assist in defining his sculptural language.

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THE SEPTEMBER PROGRAMME: PLENTY OF EXCITING EVENTS LINED UP

August 17, 2010

I barely dare to acknowledge, but the summer is coming to an end and we are very busy finalising our autumn programme. We have plenty of exciting events lined up, when re-opening our doors after a 3 week summer break. A selection from our September programme, and there is a lot more to come…

We have a fantastic new exhibition ‘Looking into the light of dark matters…’ lined up with installation work by the artist James Hays, opening on Friday the 3rd of September. ‘Looking into the light of dark matters…’ is a new large-scale multimedia installation created for Droichead Arts Centre. The work consists of numerous wax and bronze casts of iconic objects, which run, in co –ordination with a multi-screen digital video projection twinned with additional digital sound components.

Psycho Spaghetti

On the 16th of September we have the brilliant comedy Psycho Spaghetti programmed. This comedy by Ger Carey’s is written specifically for teenagers. It’s a hilarious one-man show which attempts to answer the age-old question:  “Just what is going on inside the teenage brain?” The show is 100 minutes of laugh-out-loud comedy aimed at getting teenagers to laugh at themselves and view themselves as part of a bigger picture. The show is perfect for Transition Year students, LCA, Youth Reach and even grown-ups!

On the 24th of September we are celebrating Culture Night. Droichead Arts Centre is delighted to be taking part in the first culture night celebration in Drogheda. Culture night began as a small Dublin event organised in Temple bar in 2006, and this year is spreading to towns around Ireland. Droichead will team up with Highlanes Gallery, The Barbican, Calipo Theatre Co., Upstate Theatre Project, Droichead Youth Theatre and Nexus Arts to present a wonderful line up of exhibitions, music, poetry, film, theatre and open studios.  All events will run from 6pm -10pm unless stated otherwise. A programme schedule will be released on our website closer to the date.

The ‘Early Bird catches the Deal’ is our motto this season so booking early is recommended. For info and tickets go to our website www.droichead.com or contact our box office on 041 9833946.

Droichead @ the Drogheda Arts Festival

April 20, 2010

The countdown has begun, only one more week until the artistic fireworks will be unleashed to the town of Drogheda. And Droichead is busy, very busy to get everything ready to offer you a splendid weekend.

On the 30th of April Drogheda’s 6th Arts Festival kicks off and Droichead is once more very excited to be part of this vibrant cultural events weekend in the town.  The May Bank Holiday weekend offers something for everybody: Visual Arts, Music, Theatre, Performances, Workshops, Family Day… you name it.

Droichead has a range of events lined up. The Marienbad Palace exhibition, in conjunction with the Highlanes Gallery brings works together by Laura Buckley, Diana Copperwhite, Jorge De La Garza, Alicja Kwade, Haroon Mirza and Ian Monroe.  The works shown within the exhibition explore ideas of reality beyond our everyday experiences of space and time. We are also delighted to have ME (Mobile/Evolution) lined up. This show threads together humorous stories with amazingly challenging ways of using crutches. On Saturday the 1st of May West Street turns into Wonderland and Droichead also offers plenty of workshops for teenagers in film and music.

And this is only a selection of the wide range of activities lined up for the May Bank Holiday weekend. All the venues are in the town centre and on walking distance from each other so dive into the world of creative wonders and enjoy every bit of the Drogheda Arts Festival. Check out the website for full details of all the events.