Arts and drama and fun for all!
Last Thursday evening, the white board was removed from the wall of the large classroom in Ballythomas National School; the posters were taken down; and the desks and chairs were taken away.
Soon the scaffolding was up and rigged with lights, and the rented chairs from Tinahely Courthouse arrived, and the stage was set for two nights of theatre.
The Gap Arts Festival was another runaway success this year. It began on Thursday afternoon with drama workshops in Ballyfad Hall. Dance workshops followed in Kilanerin Hall.
On Friday and Saturday evening, actor Donal O'Kelly and musician Trevor Knight had audiences enthralled with their performance of 'Catalpa'. Festival Director Garrett Keogh said that they provided a 'very stirring and wonderful journey' in Ballythomas, and people described it as 'mesmeric.'
Before each performance, The Gap Festival Film Project presented 'If the Shoe Fits', a short documentary made this summer about the sport of horsehoes, and it was very well received.
On Saturday afternoon, young and old were fascinated by an artistic and musical performance of 'An Ronn Dall - The Blind Seal', while in the marquee where there was an art project, a call for toilet roll holders received such a huge response, that they've had to donate the excess donations to another project. The participants in the dance workshop also performed a flash mob dance between the showers on Saturday afternoon.
Sunday was spent returning the theatre in Ballythomas NS back into a classroom. Garrett said they were delighted with how the weekend went. 'There is an appetite for the Arts here,' he said. 'The thing is to see what we might do next. We already have an ongoing film and photographic group which meets once a month.'
He thanked all involved in the weekend, all who volunteered, and all who supplied their services. Special thanks went to Tinahely Courthouse, and to Aidan Clince for supplying cheese, and Austin Brannigan for sponsoring wine which was enjoyed during the play performances.