Here are the upcoming events in Ballina Arts Centre for the week ahead. Book your tickets here!
Launches 5th July, Runs until 31st August
On Friday 5th July at 8pm, Ballina Arts Centre will host the official opening of ‘By Hand’ by Laura Jean Zito.
Having been once encouraged by the great John B Keane to “photograph the farmers, they’re a dyin’ breed”, Laura Jean Zito did just that and that became the inception of this particular series.
These nostalgic images show the seeds within of present day ‘turmoils’: plastics in the environment, gun control, fascism, injustice, fraud, harassment, homelessness, migration, energy, religion, Brexit, generation gap, education, resources, water.
Hi-Tech filters are replacing the personal touch, affecting our relationships to everything. We’ve gained velocity, but lost veracity. Out with the ‘Town Crier’, and in with ‘Fake News. ’Art is done by mind and by hand. Robots spit out products that rival each other for ‘perfection’, but the value of hand-made objects is in their ‘imperfection’, just like humans.
Admission is FREE and ALL are Welcome.
Monday, July 8, 7.30pm
On Monday 8th July at 7.30pm, Ballina Arts Centre will host a story of love and loss, hope and resilience! Take Me Home, Colleen is a collection of 12 original songs and stories, backed up by a cinematic visual experience, which tells the story of two young lovers and their struggles to survive the so-called Irish ‘Potato Famine’.
It is 1845 and the people of Killala in North Mayo are faced with the mot desperate of realities. Sean Óg Gaughan will have to fight to save his family, while Colleen will have to fight to save her dreams.
Written, directed and performed by Brendan Farrell, founding member of the well-known folk and ballad group The Sam Maguires, Take Me Home, Colleen is a contemporary folk music masterclass.
Tuesday 9th July, 8pm
Conal Gallen is bringing his brand new stand-up comedy show, ‘Back To Front’ to the stage this summer! Packed full of hilarious jokes, songs and a few surprises for good measure, it is guaranteed to have audiences in fits of laughter from the very start right through to the very end! As always, audiences can expect the unexpected, because as usual, no one knows what he is going to come out with next (not even Conal himself!).
There is a reason why Conal Gallen has won more awards than any other Irish comedian EVER… it’s simple, it’s because he truly is the BEST! Don’t Miss your chance to see the master of Comedy at work and book your tickets NOW!
Early booking advised.
Friday 12th July, 2pm
As part of the Ballina Street Festival Kids 2019 programme the much loved fairy-tale Goldilocks and The Three Bears comes to life on stage in an unforgettable live stage production of song and laughter that the children will love. Goldilocks, the Three Bears and Ruff the Dog perform live in this exciting and fun-filled musical production which takes a few twists and turns along the way with other new puppet characters and hopefully a happy ever after.
Kids will learn that music can be found everywhere as they sing and dance to all their favourite songs. Throughout the show there are interactive moments that children and parents alike can enjoy. Watch your kids take part in action songs like ‘Head Shoulders Knees and Toes’, ‘If Your Happy and You Know It’ and ‘Sing a Rainbow’ as well as many other all-time children’s favourites.
With different adventures from every character, the show will have parents and children alike laughing, playing and singing. Featuring fantastic costumes, an amazing stage set and colourful lighting, it will be an experience for all the family to remember and cherish.
Official Opening Friday 12th July, 8pm
Following on from a previous body of work detailing fictional relationships with organic objects, this exhibition also examines how we as adults, educators and guardians present the world to each other. How we inform continues to grow both easier and more difficult at the same time. While we seek to protect our young from peril through education of it, the task of doing so responsibly, and the legitimacy or attraction of information and misinformation though various media sources provides its own set of challenges.
Runs until August.
Free Admission. All welcome.
Thursday 18th July, 8pm
It’s been a while now since Beezneez produced a farce and audiences will be well aware that nobody does it better! John McDwyer directs Pat Feeley, Karen Gordon, Jacinta Gormley, Noel O’Callaghan and Valerie Traynor in Derek Benfield’s Touch and Go, an avalanche of mix ups and mistaken identities.
While George’s wife is in America, he lends his flat to his friend, Brian, who entertains his lover there, unaware that, at the same time, George is over at his flat, being entertained by Brian’s wife. When George’s wife comes home a day early, well you know the rest… Book now and fasten your seat-belts!
Fri 19th & Sat 20th July, 8pm
Mayo Youth Theatre, present Arthur Miller’s timeless classic. The Crucible is set in the year 1692, a dark period of American history, during which time the Salem Witch Trials took place, creating widespread paranoia and creating tensions amongst locals and family alike of those accused of being involved with the dark arts of witchcraft, and acting against Christian God’s law.
Starring the members of Mayo Youth Theatre, in roles both on and back stage.
Directed by Head Facilitator Ronan Colhoun.
Saturday, 10th August
Join Beanz on a journey of laughter, craic and good old Irish Divilment. Hear for the first time, stories of a Traveller viewing up in modern Ireland.
*This show has audience interaction, people have cried at these shows so please be aware of this when choosing your seat up the front…. ‘Tiz only a bit of craic, but there’ll be banter for those brave enough to sit up the front.
For more information on upcoming events in Ballina Arts Centre. visit www.ballinaartscentre.com, or call the box office on +353 (0) 96 73593.