Theatrical celebration surpasses expectations
IT WAS all about bringing the Arts to places in parts of the country where they mightn't regularly be found, and in that respect, The Gap Arts Festival in Ballythomas over the weekend, certainly delivered.
Friday and Saturday nights saw performances of the play 'Waiting for Elvis' with Anne Kent and Gillian McCarthy, in a packed out Ballythomas NS. Both performances were preceded by an airing of 'Capture', a short film made by a group of locals with the help of film maker Terence White.
Bui Bolg performed to around 170 children and parent in two afternoon shows in the schoolyard, and artist Roisin Markham kept young hands busy at a creative workshop in the marquee at The Gap Pub. Face painting and nail painting also provided additional entertainment.
A photographic exhibition in Kilanerin Hall by five local photographers was also a big success, and there was also great interest in the showing of a film made in Malawi, 'Where There's a Well', by Tommy Flavin from Kilanerin.
'The festival was a success beyond expectations,' said Festival Director Garrett Keogh, thanking The Arts Council, Wexford County Council, and all the local business and individuals for sponsoring the Festival. Thanks were also sent to all those who helped out at the various events, and all who attended.
He said there was a fantastic response to the local film, both by those who made it, and those who watched it. 'Film-making is very much a collaborative art, and local people came together as a group and worked very well,' he commented. 'There was more than a good response to the finished product.'