In What’s On at Ballina Arts Centre this October 2017 we are spoiled for choice in terms of theatre, live music and art. As regards things to do in Ballina, theatre is perfect for an autumn’s evening, where we might enjoy a few hours indoors to ponder and be entertained. Music lovers will relish the performance of the Dublin City Ramblers at Ballina Arts Centre later this month. There are two art exhibitions and, on one Saturday, there is the opportunity to try your hand at still life drawing with artist Keira O’Toole.
There is activity and entertainment aplenty at Ballina Arts Centre this October – perfect for easing us into Autumn. And if you’re planning a visit to North Mayo or Ballina, why not take in a show on your stay here? Sounds tempting!
Meet the members of Ballina’s Nephin Theatre Group
Back row L-R: Tommy Forde, Vanessa Forde, Ronan Colhoun, Jacinta Kearney, Dolores O’Boyle
Front Row L-R: Patricia Granahan, Mary Halloran, Rebecca Morrow, Patrick Peoples
Martin Donohoe has written another great play for Nephin Theatre Group who are delighted to present their fourth production, “When One Door Closes”. The play presents an eight strong local cast who will keep you entertained until the curtain closes for its hefty run of 3 nights at Ballina Arts Centre!
“When One Door Closes” is the story of Melissa and her mother Kathleen who are facing life after the recent bereavement of Kathleen’s manipulative husband.
They are joined on stage by various friends, neighbours and an over enthusiastic decorator. You will be welcomed to their humble abode for a night full of poignant moments, entertainment and loads of laughs!
Showing Friday 20th, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22th October, at 8pm.
Michael Roper and Gerry Farrell of many Beezneez and Splódar productions exhibit their outstanding acting ability at Ballina Arts Centre on Thursday 26th October, 8pm as Luther and the Analyst. In this gripping psychological drama there are moments of intensity and unexpected comedy.
In a verbal battle between two protagonists we see the life and struggles of Martin Luther, the monk who defied the Catholic Church having narrowly escaped execution, and who struck a blow at Christendom from which it never recovered.
This original production has all the ingredients for an enlightening, thought provoking and enjoyable theatrical experience at Ballina Arts Centre this October.
The Dublin City Ramblers have thrilled audiences worldwide for 35 years with their blend of ballads and folk.
With over 30 albums, top ten hits, several awards for best ballad/folk group and eight Gold Albums, there’s no wonder they are classed as Ireland’s Number One Ballad Group! Performing at Ballina Arts Centre on Friday 27th October, 8pm – it’s definitely a date for the diary.
Original member, Sean McGuinness, has kept The Ramblers, going throughout the years.
Come along and hear old favourites such as The Flight of Earls, Four Green Fields, Nancy Spain and many more.
Have you always wanted to try still life drawing?
Join artist Keira O’Toole in an introductory workshop to still life drawing on Saturday 28th October, 11am-2pm. Still life drawing expands drawing practice and observational skills and allows the artist to explore shape, proportions, composition as well as texture, tone and colour. All levels welcome.
Hours of workshop: 11am-2pm
Basic materials provided
Human Chain: Dutch Contemporary Drawings is showing in the main Gallery and is a large scale exhibition of beautiful drawings and works on paper by seven Dutch artists, who at one point were resident artists at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, close to the North Mayo coast.
The Centre’s second exhibition is the fascinating Find Your Gods, by Kiltimagh based artist, ShelkyBean. The exhibition consists of large digital illustrations displayed in the stunning Concourse Gallery overlooking the River Moy!
Modern day gods take many forms – actors, musicians, artists, political figures. ShelkyBean has created portraits based on her own collection of gods with an attempt to question many issues, while also keeping in mind that these individuals we raise to god-like status are fallible human beings too.
Both exhibitions run until 28th October so don’t miss out, well worth a visit!!
Admission: FREE. All Welcome.
Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Tel: 096 73593
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm (Monday to Saturday)
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Tel: 096 73593