Ballina Arts Centre November 2017 programme

A packed winter programme!

Ballina Arts Centre November 2017 programme

What an absolutely packed schedule is in store in the Ballina Arts Centre November 2017 programme!


Westport artist Marie Wood Exhibits at Ballina Arts Centre

1st November – 22nd December. FREE 

marie wood a journey through time and space exhibition at Ballina Arts CentreBallina Arts Centre’s Concourse exhibition programme continues throughout November and December with an exhibition of work by Westport-based artist Marie Wood. The exhibition is entitled A Journey through Time and Place, and Marie has had quite a journey herself. She says:  “I chose this title because, on reflection. It became obvious to me that my selection of works were all a response to my experience of living in a particular place”.

From a series of portraits depicting ‘Strong Women’ and influenced by the study of portraiture of medieval queens, to the depiction of the Geisha in Japanese Art.  Influenced by where she lives now, her recent work entitled ‘Pirate Queen’ is impressive.  Admission free and all are welcome.



Teenage refugees participate in Paper, Light and Shadow exhibition at Ballina Arts Centre

Opens Wednesday 15th November at 8pm, runs until December. Free

Throughout late July and August a group of teenage refugees, recently resettled in Mayo, participated in a visual art and animation project at the Linenhall Arts Centre. The group came up with a story and told it using visual imagery in the form of animated paper cut-outs. Under the expert guidance of artist Maeve Clancy, assisted by designer Jeni Roddy, they imagined, conceived, wrote and conveyed the story using artwork they created during the project.

The project was initiated and funded by Mayo County Council Arts Office through a Cultural Diversity Partnership initiative, supported by the Arts Council under the Invitation to Collaborate Scheme.  Admission free and all are welcome.


postMODERN: Performance Art on Film  

10th & 11th November. Tickets: €5 per film   

postModern at Ballina Arts CentrepostMODERN: Performance Art on Film is a two-day programme of films looking at the phenomenon of Performance Art.

Performance Art developed as a visual art discipline in the mid-twentieth century and has become one of the defining characteristics of postmodernism.

postMODERN takes a broad look at a number of performance artists – Amanda Coogan, Marina Abramovich, Joseph Beuys and Laurie Anderson. The programme also includes Pina, WIm Wenders’ enthralling film portrait of contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch.


Films showing at Ballina Arts Centre as below:

Friday 10th November: 

8pm:                 Amanda Coogan: Long Now – introduced by Paddy Cahill, followed by Q&A

Saturday 11th November:

1pm:                Joseph Beuys: Transformer

3pm:                Heart of a Dog: Laurie Anderson

5.30pm:           Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

8pm:                Pina



 Remembering the poets of World War 1

Monday 13th November, 8pm, Admission: €5.

Ballina Arts Centre is hosting We Will Remember Them…, a remembrance for the poets of World War I.   Anni Wilton-Jones and Mick Byrne will read from the work of a number of poets whose work has come to be associated with the Great War, including Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Francis Ledwidge, Ivor Gurney, William Hodgson, Robert Graves, Alan Seeger, Edward Thomas, John McCrae, Laurence Binyon, Isaac Rosenberg, Joyce Kilmer, Julian Grenfell, Charles Sorley and others.



Dx2 Dance Double-bill: Tost by Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre; and You & Me & You by Laura Murphy & Rob Heaslip

Thursday 16th November, 8pm. Tickets: €14 / €12.

Dx2 national tour - You and Me and You by Laura Murphy & Rob Heaslip - image credit Sid ScottNow in its second year, Firkin Crane on Tour presents an exciting and new independent contemporary dance double-bill to audiences across Ireland.

In Tost, Enniskillen-based choreographer Dylan Quinn collaborates with German dance artist Jenny Ecke, renowned Irish artist Paddy McCann, and UK composer and vocal artist Andy Garbi, to explore the space between two noises, two happenings, two places, two people.

Rob Heaslip and Laura Murphy’s You and Me, and You invites you to become the third party in their relationship. In an intimate setting.  Supported by an Arts Council Touring Award.  (Image credit: Sid Scott)



Another winner for Beezneez Theatre Co. with comedy Turning Mammy

Friday 17th November, 8pm. Tickets €18 / €16

John McDwyer describes his play, Turning Mammy, as a comedy with a few serious bits. 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.  That’s as simple as it gets, however, as we discover dysfunctional people with deep secrets and passions.  Another Beezneez success!

Parke Drama Group bring their play Wigs on the Green to Ballina

Saturday 18th November, at 8pm, Tickets: €10.

The play sees the clock turn back to the 1950s and focus turn to widow Betty Smith and her daughters Kitty and Maureen – two young ladies desperate for romance, excitement and fun. If they are to secure such wanton happiness, they need to succeed in rubber-stamping their mother’s blessing to go the dance.
A simpler time sees life revolve around the local community and its inhabitants who all have a word to say, a plan of action and maybe even a dream of their own… Who said love was just for young ones?

Award winning play Drinking in America starring former Emmerdale actor Liam O’Brien

Thursday 23rd November, 8pm. Tickets: €16 / €14.

Drinking In America at Ballina Arts Centre Bottom Dog TheatreBottom Dog Theatre Company comes to the Ballina Arts Centre for the first time with their Irish premiere of Drinking in America by US playwright Eric Bogosian.   Described by the New York Times as “a breakneck, hair-raising comic tour of the contemporary American male psyche”, this award-winning play features acclaimed actor Liam O’Brien playing 12 distinct different roles.

From a grasping show-biz hustler to a latter-day Willy Loman on the road; from a ghetto junkie to a gyrating heavy-metal rock star, the former Emmerdale star presents the most challenging work of his career. He is joined on stage by Choice Prize-nominated musician Steve Ryan (from the band Windings) who provides a live soundtrack to the production.


Li’l Orphan Annie

Sunday 26th November, 4pm. Tickets: adults €10; concession €7; Family Ticket: €30 (admits 4 people)

Director Jack Cronin brings his second musical – the classic Li’l Orphan Annie to Ballina Arts Centre on .  In the depths of the 1930s, Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy Oliver Warbucks. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love this wonderful girl. He decides to help Annie find her long lost parents by offering a reward if they would come to him and prove their identity.



Ballina Chamber Choir and Guests return with their Christmas melodious music

Wednesday 29th November, 8pm. Tickets €12 (adults), €5 (children)

Ballina Chamber Choir Christmas Concert 2017 Ballina Arts CentreBallina’s wonderful and acclaimed Chamber Choir present their popular Sing and Ring concert under the baton of Niamh O’Kelly.

Adding magical Christmas cheer will be special guests the Handbell Choir from Castlebar College of Further Education and the very talented children of the Quay National School, Ballina.

There will also be some stunning solo performances by the choir’s highly talented members including Elaine Fitzgerald and Leslie Herron.  This concert will deliver the perfect start to a glorious Christmas Season in Ballina.



There is an Island

Thursday 30th November, 8pm. Tickets: €15 / €12.   

There is an Island combine rich vocals, earthy violin textures, minimal piano and ethereal soundscapes to form songs inspired by the memories and places that remain in our hearts. In this arresting new Irish trio, singer Michelle O’Rourke and the composing duo of Benedict Schlepper-Connoll (violin) and Garrett Sholdice (piano) channel an eclectic spread of influences – from Nick Cave to Planxty to Mozart – to create lingering, intimate performances. Expect hushed invocations, oceanic lullabies and haunting melodies with a sound that is at once transparent and full of warmth.   “O’Rourke’s vocals provided an irresistible soaring beauty.” – The Sunday Business Post.    



Children’s Light Portal Workshop with Tom Meskell

Saturday 11th November, 11am -1pm

A lovely addition to the Ballina Arts Centre November 2017 programme. Children will use lantern making techniques to create imaginary portals to other worlds!! Using a variety of materials, participants are only limited by their imagination.

Ages: 6-12 years old. Tickets: €15 per child.


More info and booking for Ballina Arts Centre November 2017 programme 

Book tickets ONLINE for Ballina Arts Centre events. Just go to and click the “BOOK NOW” tab on top of the page! 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;

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