Theatre to ring in the cream of the crop

Published 10/12/2013 | 05:40

Comedian Jason Byrne.
Comedian Jason Byrne.

The Hawk's Well has announced its line-up for the new year.

Expect delights in drama, comedy, music, and even a Hollywood star thrown in for good measure!

Marie O' Byrne, director, said that there is plenty for adults, children and families to look forward to.

She said: "One of the first events is Reeling in the Showband years, with Ronan Collins.

"We expect this to sell-out, as it does every year."

Local girl Niamh Farrell is back with a variety night and this year it's raising money for the Sligo Cancer Support Centre.

Hollywood legend - and esteemed fiddle player - Brendan Gleeson is appearing in concert on January 10th with fellow musicians.

Marie said: "Everyone of course knows him as an actor, but when I worked in the Harcourt Hotel, covering their music gigs, he would be in playing.

"He was really good.

"Dick Powell, who will be on stage with Brendan, is great fun too."

That show is expected to attract a lot of attention.

Marie continued: "Homeward Bound sees musicians celebrate songs from their homeplace.

"Seamie O' Dowd represents Sligo, while Niamh Dunne, Damien O' Kane and Pauline Scanlon are also some of the performers.

"We're hoping to bring back something like this during the Fleadh, it should be a nice one," Marie added.

Drama enthusiasts can prepare for the exciting return of Druid, who are bringing The Colleen Bawn to the stage from January 15-18th.

"With big names such as Aisling O' Sullivan, from RAW, and Sligo's Marie Mullen, along with music, we're expecting tickets to fly out the door," Marie confirmed.

"We don't get the opportunity often to get Druid, depending on their touring schedule, so we are delighted to have them next month."

Sligo General Hospital Musical Society are back with Alice in Wonderland in January.

Funnyman Jason Byrne makes a welcome return at the end of the month.

Marie said: "He has been doing a lot of work in the UK and hasn't been with us for some time."

Meanwhile, Neil Delamere is performing on Valentine's Day.

Marie continued: "Sligo Fun Company are bringing Jesus Christ Superstar in February, following their successful run this year.

"Another show to look out for is Tom Crean, Antarctic Explorer in February.

"The one man show, by Aidan Dooley, was last here two years' ago.

"He tells the story really well, it sucks you into the whole story."

Scottish songstress Eddi Reader is back in the venue on February 16th, with support by Fiach Moriarty, a hit at Sligo Live.

"Eddi played a lot of shows last year and we are glad that she is coming back."

Sligo Musical Society are preparing for Calamity Jane, their annual production in March.

Marie said: "There is a family focus, with a number of matinee shows too."

Also that month, local director Mikel Murfi brings back his highly-praised show, The Man in the Woman's Shoes.

"Fans of Kieran Goss will be glad to hear that he is back on March 2nd."

The Abbey theatre are coming in March with Quietly, another one to watch out for.

With a wide choice of plays, musicals, comedy, book festivals, school shows and of course pitch-perfect music, the Hawk's Well is continuing to offer Northwest audiences impeccable entertainment.

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