Events: The Make-up Artists present “A Tale of 3 Cities”

You all know by now that I love improv comedy. It’s exciting, it’s different and above everything else it’s a whole lot of fun! Well the other day Neil Curran from the Laughalot Improv group presented me with this fantastic new side project which he is involvoed in and of course I jumped on the chance to be involved. Following an incredible impromptu ‘improv jam’ session at Electric Picnic in 2010 and Body & Soul in 2011, some of Ireland’s top improvisers decided that there was too much fun to be had to leave it at that. Plans were hatched, and they decided that a three city COMEDY IMPROV tour was in order. You may recognise some of the performers, who are more regularly seen with Choke Comedy (Limerick), The Spontaneous Theatre People (Galway) and No Drama Theatre (Dublin) The Make-Up Artists’ show promises to be a great night of … There’s more

Galway Film Fleadh

Last night, Culch was delighted to attend the Galway Film Fleadh Launch in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway.  The 23rd Fleadh runs in Galway from the 5th to the 10th of July and continues to gain momentum annually, demonstrated by the considerable turn out for the Launch, despite the rain!  Gar O’Brien, Programmer for the 2011 event ran us through the impressive programme for this year. The name of the Galway Film Fleadh has become synonymous with the “first feature”, and this year is no different, with the Opening Film of the festival a strong first feature for Darragh Byrne.  Parked tells the story of recently unemployed Fred and dope-smoking Cathal who strike up an unlikely friendship.  They also happen to be neighbours, who live in their cars.  Starring the wonderful Colm Meaney and Colin Morgan, the film’s screening will be attended by the Director.  

Emmet Scanlan & What the Good Thought Haiti Fundraiser Sunday 20th March

Galway’s Emmet Scanlan & What the Good Thought will be playing a charity fundraiser in Druid Theatre, Druid Lane, Galway this Sunday 20th March at 7pm. The gig is in aid of Haven, a charity helping in the reconstruction of Haiti after the devastating earthquake there last year. Emmet plans to travel to Haiti in April to work with Haven, having spent a month there last year building houses and facilities in areas affected by the earthquake. Admission is €12 and support is by Sabrina Dinan. All proceeds from the bar will also be going to help Haven. Next Friday Emmet and co. release a charity single for Haiti on iTunes, called “A Man May Cry”. Proceeds from this release will also be donated to the relief efforts in Haiti.

‘Let’s See What Happens’ in 126 Gallery Galway

126, Artist run gallery is transforming its Queen Street gallery space into a hub of events for four days this March. Hosting a range of educational, unusual, fun and informative events the board aims to move away from it’s usual pattern of consecutive exhibitions and open up the space to different kinds of happenings. 126 is looking to explore new possibilities for the gallery and step beyond it’s usual comfort zone to ‘see what happens’ as a result. All are welcome and events are free. The full programme of events is here. If you’re around Galway check it out do.

‘Wishful Thinking’. An evening of 16mm film- 4th March, 126 Gallery, Galway

126 Gallery in association with the Glucksman Gallery, Cork, presents: ‘Wishful Thinking’ Wishful Thinking, curated by Matt Packer from The Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, is a travelling programme of selected 16mm film by contemporary international artists: Luke Fowler, Jaki Irvine, Ursula Mayer, Rosalind Nashashibi, Roman Ondak, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Deborah Stratman, and Moira Tierney The event starts at 6pm in the 126 Gallery, Queen Street, Galway and finishes around 9. The gallery can be contacted on 091 569871.  

Comedy: Abie Philbin Bowman for the Roisin Dubh this weekend

Abie Philbin Bowman presents two of his shows this weekend in the Roisin Dubh in Galway. On Friday February 11 at 8.30, Abie will perform Sex Lies & the KKK, and on Saturday February 12 at 8.30, Eco Friendly Jihad. “Way beyond superficial satire… Absorbing, intricately woven, challenging and highly entertaining.” – Malcolm Hay, TimeOut Tickets are available from the Róisín Dubh and and cost €14 (€10 members).

Druid and NUIG launch new partnership

Druid and NUIG have today announced a partnership which will see NUIG contributing to the development of Druid’s next major production, while Druid will in turn develop modules for NUIG’s BA and MA students. This initiative is a bit sketchy on details in the press release but I assume NUIG will be contributing financially to the production. It’s an interesting initiative, Druid emerged from UCG as it was then, founded by Garry Hynes, Marie Mullen and the late Mick Lally, and NUIG has a Theatre and Drama MA that will obviously benefit from such close involvement with Druid.

Get down here! Galway Arts Festival 12-25 July 2010

Summer heralds Galway at its most attractive: the city’s waterways achieve colours of an almost impossible intensity for the short duration of the warmest season. White swans swarm the Claddagh and Spanish Arch, blue dragonflies dance over the canals whose banks heave with explosions of flowers, and the daylight plays that golden trick that attracts painters and photographers west. Of course, there’s the Beijing-rivalling number of bikes that listlessly cake the canal beds, and the bobbing keg caught in the weir’s wake, but surely they only serve to remind the visitor of the playful high jinks that these heady days imbue in the imbiber. Thus is set the backdrop against which the Galway Arts Festival takes place, kicking off this year on the 12 July and running until the 25th. The full programme is available online here, and bookings can be made here. A few of the theatre highlights include: … There’s more

Summer Drama for Kids – 2 Week Drama Camps in Galway

Galway actor Sarah O’Toole will be running her popular kids’ drama programme this July. First camp starts week of July 5th and runs for 2 weeks meeting on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays. Venue is Anno Santo Hotel, Salthill, Galway. Second Camp starts week of July 19th and runs for 2 weeks meeting on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays. Venue TBC. Two different age groups – 10-12 year olds – classes take place from 11.00am to 2.00pm 12-14 year olds – classes take place from 3.00pm to 6.00pm Price: €120 per 2 week camp (18 hours quality tuition) For any enquiries or to book a place call 087 237 3531. As there are only 12 places available to ensure quality tuition, it is advised to book as soon as possible! Fee payable in advance or on first session. Tutor is an experienced teacher and theatre practitioner with a Masters in Theatre Directing.

We Are the Champions, My Friends

I can’t express how delighted I am. We have won the Best Pop Culture Category of this year’s Irish Blog Awards. An exciting night was had by all who attended the awards in Galway’s Radisson, it seems. Check out the Twitter hastag #IBA10 for more details. Well done to all the winners on the night, and I would like to thank all of the writers who have made such a fun and random site to be part of. Over the last year, we have received some great support from other bloggers and sites, from PR companies and most of all from our readers, who are the reason who have become so popular. Thank you all! I couldn’t make it to the awards myself, so I’ll let some of the attendees wax lyrical about the chaos that ensued in their own posts, but I have seen a  picture of … There’s more

Acting Classes for Adults in Galway

Galway based actor Sarah O’Toole will be running drama workshops in Galway in the coming weeks. Introduction to Acting – Wednesday Nights 7.00 – 9.00pm This course is aimed at adults from 16 upwards covers all the basics in approaching acting and theatre through a varied selection of games, exercises, improvisations and techniques, whilst sharing with the students all the fun to be had in the rehearsal room! Starts 7th April. Acting for Fun – Tuesday Nights 7.00 – 9.00pm This course is aimed at adults with some experience of acting and deepens the skills encountered in previous classes, moving towards working on scripted scenes. Starts 6th April. Price: €120/100 (students/unemployed). For any enquiries or to book a place call 087 237 3531. As there are only 12 places available to ensure quality tuition, it is advised to book as soon as possible! Fee payable in advance. or on first … There’s more

Random Acts of Macnas, Sunday, 14 March 2010 8pm

Macnas will take to Shop Street in Galway on Sunday 14th March with the first of its “Random Acts of Macnas”, The Hare. “A giant hare wanders the streets with some rather bizarre ladies with unusual hairstyles, bringing some of the Macnas style to St. Patricks Festival in Galway. Don’t miss this fabulous new street show which is debuting on Sunday Night.” This is part of the St. Patrick’s Festival Galway/Féile Pádraig Gaillimh programme of events for 2010. Should be fun! (And webmaster, please resize those thumbnails. Ages to load). View Shop Street in a larger map

An Audience with Garry Hynes

The Literary and Debating Society of NUI Galway is hosting an Audience with Garry Hynes, founder and Artistic Director of the Druid Theatre Company, tomorrow evening, Thursday 11th March, in the Aula Maxima in the main Quadrangle of NUI Galway, at 7pm. Hynes will be interviewed by Adrian Frazier, Professor of English in NUI Galway and Director of the MA in Drama and Theatre Studies. The interview will cover topics such as theatre in Galway and Ireland, the role and influence of Irish theatre on the global stage, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Entry is free and everyone is welcome. View Aula Maxima, NUIG in a larger map

There’s a play in my soup! Lunchtime Theatre for Galway

Starting today and for the rest of March Kelly’s will be hosting lunchtime theatre at 1pm. The programme is as follows- 8, 9, 10 March: Waterdonkey Theatre presents The Fourth Wall and What Does a Duck Mean? by Meadhbh Haicéid 15, 16, 17 March: Moonfish Theatre presents Brewers Fayre by David Greig 22, 23, 24 March: Winner of the Jerome Hynes One Act Play Award 29,30, 31 March: Truewest Theatre Co presents The Head of Red O’Brien by Mark O’Halloran Admission is only €5 so if you’re in town grab a sandwich and a show. Kelly’s Bar & Lounge, Bridge Street, Galway, Ireland. Tel.: +353 (0) 91 563804 View Kellys in a larger map