DROICHEAD ARTS Centre is welcoming back its former director, but this time he will be on stage instead of back stage!
Paul O'Hanrahan returns to the Droichead for the first time as a performer in a new adaptation of James Joyce's story The Dead on Friday December 7, with fellow artists, local composer and pianist Michael Holohan and soprano Niamh Browne.
Dun Laoghaire- based O'Hanrahan was Director of the Arts Centre for 12 years over the period 1992-2005.
He took part in many discussions about the design of the theatre in the Droichead and is now very much looking forward to performing on it for the first time.
O'Hanrahan specialises in performing and adapting Joyce's works and for the last 25 years has re- enacted Joyce's novel Ulysses in Dublin on Bloomsday, 16 June.
During his period as Arts Centre director, O'Hanrahan was involved in the development of the centre over the library in Stockwell Lane and subsequently at Barlow House.
He retains an interest in Drogheda by helping Phil and Brian Conyngham with the running of the Drogheda Samba Festival.
This new adaptation of Joyce's famous Christmas story was premiered earlier this year at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park.
The recital combines a dramatised reading by O'Hanrahan with an original piano score composed and performed by Michael Holohan and features songs and arias by soprano Niamh Browne.