What’s On: Ballina Arts Centre

September 2015

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  What’s On: Ballina Arts Centre  – week commencing

  7th September 2015


Twenty Ten Artists Group present ‘Five Years On’ exhibition at Ballina Art Centre

Ballina Arts Centre is set to host Five Years On, an exhibition of work by the Twenty Ten Artists Group.  Opening on Thursday 10th September at 7pm, the exhibition will include work by Pat Donald, Eileen Fitzgerald, Mary Gillivan, Mary Hession, Mary Patterson, Irma Van Baalen and Angela Walsh.  The individual practises are distinct and varied, even though they graduated together from GMIT Castlebar with a BA in Art and Design in 2010.   Five Years On runs until 31st October. Admission is free.

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Sabine Lacey exhibits ‘Unspoken’

The official opening of Unspoken will be at Ballina Arts Centre on Friday, 11th September, at 8pm.  Recently, this local artist’s mother-in-law died, leaving her husband an orphanwith no brothers or sisters. When sorting through her belongings, Sabine realized that she was not just discarding her belongings but her whole life. At first, the artist tried to retrieve her life, bringing its memories into the present through some photographs she found in a drawer. However, gradually she realized that the photographs as a vehicle of memory resist inner reality. More and more the paintings based on these photographs, other than just being a document of an instant, started to become the search for this inner reality.  Especially as her husband began battling cancer, and so the work began to look beyond the rose-tinted perfection which family albums so like to preserve and started to bring to the fore the unspoken. Because most often it is not what is said that makes us who we are but what remains unspoken.  Sadly, Sabine’s husband, Tim lost his battle in November of last year.

Admission Free

Culture Night Returns  

This year Ballina Arts Centre celebrates Culture Night on Friday 18th September, with an exciting programme of activities for kids and families. Ballina Arts Centre has participated in Culture Night since it became a nationwide event, and each year the event gets bigger and better, with more and more people willing to come out and take a walk on the cultural side.  Culture Night is an initiative co-ordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, in partnership with Mayo County Council and local partners. 

Culture Night will run from 4 – 8pm, and all activities at Ballina Arts Centre are free of charge and open to all.


Flight FR254 takes off in Ballina!

Mayo talent at its best take the stage at Ballina ArtsCentre on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September at 8pm with their latest production Flight FR254, it is about an Arrivals Hall at an Irish airport, late in the evening, two days before Christmas.  We join the patrons as they await various passengers from Flight FR254.  Their stories and situations guarantee a night of laughter for the audience.  This hilarious play written and directed by Martin Donohoe boasts a strong cast of eleven actors with a wealth of experience on the amateur scene.  Do not miss this hysterically funny tale.

Tickets €12/10   Booking Essential.


Turning Mammy

John McDwyer brings his new play, Turning Mammy, to Ballina Arts Centre on Wednesday, 30th September, 8pm.  Performed by the popular Beezneez TheatreCompany, this is a comedy which will have the audience laughing out loud.  Sisters Martha and Mary live together on the family farm.  Mary is involved in a long-term search for her baby which was adopted at birth while Martha is involved in a long-term wait for neighbour, Ambrose’s Mammy to die, so that she can finally marry the love of her life.  The author directs Eileen Murphy, Valerie Traynor and Peadar Conway in a play with as many laugh out loud set-ups as moments of melancholic sadness.  Bound to be another Beezneez winner!

Tickets €16 / €14. Booking advised

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Vernon God Little

Ballina Arts Centre is delighted to welcome Decadent Theatre Company to it’s stage on Friday, 9th October, at 8pm.  Master Vernon Little lives in a flea-bitten town, “the barbeque sauce capital of the state of Central Texas”, where unfortunately his best friend has massacred sixteen of their classmates. The town wants vengeance and turns its sights on the innocent Vernon who is under arrest from the start of the story.  As the saying goes – “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” – Vernon escapes custody and flees to Mexico pursued by a media circus of outlandish proportions.  Vernon God Little is a riotous, irreverent adventure with a fast-talking teenager who cruelly ends up on a warped version of death row driven by the rules of reality TV.  However, desperate times throw up the most unlikely of heroes, and, since he’s a boy of such sweetness, Vernon makes death row a respectable address. His innate innocence exposes the nature of the American justice in the eye of a media storm.

Tickets €18 /€16. Booking advised

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Playboy of the Western World

The critically acclaimed Blue Raincoat Theatre Company bring their production of Ireland’s most famous play in history, Playboy of the Western World,  to Ballina Arts Centre on Tuesday, 13th and Wednesday 14th October.  Set on the west coast of Ireland, Christy Mahon is first celebrated and then reviled for patricide.  The Playboy of the Western World is JM Synge’s most famous and controversial play set on the West Coast of Ireland, it is a tale of heroism and revulsion in a small community.

This production features the same cast as the original production at The Factory Performance Space last Autumn, with Bob Kelly in the role of Christy Mahon, Fiona McGeown as the Widow Quinn, Sandra O’Malley as Pegeen Mike and John Carty as Shawn Keogh.  ‘A fascinating production.’ Peter Crawley, Irish Times.  Tickets €18 /€16. Booking essential.

Ballina Arts Centre is open from 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday. For further information on all events, contact Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St., Ballina, Co. Mayo. Tel: 096 73593; www.ballinaartscentre.com

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