Here are the upcoming events in Ballina Arts Centre for the weeks ahead. Book your tickets here!
Launch: Friday, 6th September, 8pm. Runs until Saturday 26th October
Artist Conor O’ Grady was born on Ireland’s west coast and lives in County Donegal. He studied at the National College of Art and Design and DIT, and his work has been shown in public and private exhibitions throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe and Australia. Previous exhibitions in Mayo include Kathleen Lynn: Insider on the Outside.
Conor’s latest installation features a collection of sculptures, moving imagery and drawings which examine the culture and visual languages of particular violent, criminal, marginal or sectional sub-groups within Irish society.
Damnatio Memoriae refers to the ancient Roman practice in which a person is punished by being erased from history. Every group represented within this installation is both condemned by and invisible to modern Irish society.
The work includes a series of diagrammatical and info-graphic drawings which portray the links and interconnected nature of all the men murdered as a result of their relationship to serious, organised criminality in Dublin City.
Runs until Saturday 26th October. Admission is FREE and ALL are Welcome.
Saturday 7th September, 8pm
Loose Tea Company Present Two
Written by Jim Cartwright in 1989 but still astonishingly real today, The much loved Two waltzes the audience through a spectrum of human emotion, weaving a rich tapestry of life through intimate insights into the lives of colourful pub regulars. Taking place over the course of one evening in the local pub and featuring fourteen diverse characters brought to life by just two actors, Two is funny, poignant and incredibly human. Each character or couple acts like a fragment of shattered glass reflecting back at us as the play mines the depths of the human experience. Performed by Niamh McGrath and Andrew Murray, and directed by Elyn Friedrichs.
“Touching and at times painful – but also thoroughly heart-warming.” – Dublin Live
“The writing is brilliantly, surrealistically and comically poetic.” – The Sunday Times
“A heady mixture of charm and laughter alongside tales that have a little more meat to sink your teeth into… oozes charm, humour and a large amount of heart. Wonderfully conveyed by Murray and McGrath” – The Arts Review
Tickets: €16 / €14. Early booking advised.
Friday 13th September, 8pm
Ireland’s No.1 Rod Stewart Tribute show ‘Tonight’s the Night’ has been selling out theatres and filling ballrooms across Ireland and the UK and is rapidly becoming the most sought after tribute act in either country.
With the best, most natural ‘Rod voice’ in the world, great costume changes and songs from every era of Rod Stewart’s huge catalogue, front man Lee Hedley with his seven-piece band and backing singers will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along from the first number.
Tickets: €20. Early booking advised.
Written by Anna Sheils-McNamee
Wednesday 18th September, 8pm
Centring on a dysfunctional relationship between a blind father and his sighted daughter, My Dad’s Blind uses audio recordings, irreverent comedy and real-life memories to explore a father-daughter relationship and all the awkward, embarrassing and ridiculous ways the two of them struggle to navigate a sighted world… with the help of a guide dog which has just had a stroke.
Starring Steve Blount and Anna Sheils-McNamee. Directed by Gemma Aked-Priestley. Winner “Best Production” – Dublin Fringe Festival 2018. Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.
“At its core lies an astringent comic sensibility and a lively theatrical imagination, brought to life by the energetic performers. All in all, a singular vision of a potentially difficult subject.” – The Irish Times
“Feels more authentic than anything this reviewer has seen at the Fringe in years.”– The Reviews Hub
Tickets: €18 / €16. Early booking advised.
Saturday 14th September, 8pm – 11pm
After the Sligo premiere of Preab Meadar, this ground-breaking show of dance-songs had everybody buzzing about the incredibly catchy music (Bernard Clarke described it as “boundary transcending” on Lyric FM) and explosively percussive dance moves.
Traditional composers Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Daire Bracken have created a whole new music genre based on the rhythms of bardic poetry and in this performance they have teamed up with sean-nós dancers Liam Scanlon and Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáin, devising new steps suited to the unique rhythms of Preab Meadar.
With complex time signatures of 15/8, 24/8, 7/8, and 5/8, see and hear a revolution in Irish dance take place.
“An extraordinary meeting of word craft and music rhythms” – Ellen Cranitch, Lyric FM
Preab Meadar is at Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday 14th September, 8pm. Tickets: €16 / €14.
Friday 20th September, 8pm. Runs until 1st November.
This family-friendly interactive exhibition explores the ways in which knowledge flows between people and generations in today’s digital society. The wall pieces are accompanied by an audio track accessed through the use of discovery pens. Audience members who are visually impaired can use the discovery pens to acquire additional information.
Leah Hilliard was awarded the Digital Transformations Bursary to support the production of this work. Digital Transformations proposes a radical new relationship between arts, technology, education, policy and society. It is based in the west of Ireland and fosters arts-centred dialogue and working relationships.
Runs until 1st November. Admission: Free. All welcome.
Friday 27th September, 8pm
Apart from being one of the most in-demand comics around, John Colleary has co-written and starred in IFTA nominated shows, The Savage Eye and Irish Pictorial Weekly. A talented actor and mimic, John recently featured as one-third of The Gusset Brothers on The Tommy Tiernan Show. Colleary has also scooped a PPI award for his topical sketch writing and performance on Today FMs drivetime flagship, The Last Word. A regular at Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Vodafone Comedy Carnival and The Electric Picnic to name a few,
John can now add Ballina Comedy Club to this long line with what is to be an hilarious start to the winter comedy programme for all!
“It’d make you sick how talented he is” – Joe Rooney
Saturday 12th October, 8pm – 11pm
Irish/French singer and actress Camille O’Sullivan enjoys a formidable international reputation for her interpretations of the songs of Nick Cave, Brel, Waits, Bowie and Radiohead. Chameleon-like on stage, Camille transforms each song into an intense theatrical experience, drawing her audience into a world “illuminated by the dark and the light”. She has sold-out the Sydney Opera House, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Roundhouse and has appeared on Later with Jools Holland. She has dueted with Tim Robbins, Todd Rundgren and Shane McGowan, and was chosen by Yoko Ono to perform Double Fantasy Live at Meltdown Royal Festival Hall alongside Patti Smith and Sean Lennon.
Her many awards include: ‘Best Performance’ award at the Sydney Festival; several ‘Best Music’ Awards at Dublin, Brighton and Melbourne festivals; Spirit of the Fringe Award at Edinburgh Fringe; Irish Tatler Woman of the Year Music Award and Herald Angel Award.
“Ravishing, a superb performer and great singer… the star is her singing voice, a deep sultry instrument that might have been created to express desolate love” – The Guardian
“Such an outpouring of passion you can’t resist being drawn into her web” – The Independent
“One of the top 25 performances ever on Later with Jools” – Daily Telegraph
“Mesmerising” – Mail on Sunday
Tickets: €25. Early booking advised.
For more information on upcoming events in Ballina Arts Centre. visit www.ballinaartscentre.com, or call the box office on +353 (0) 96 73593.