Wednesday 13 December 2017

Charlie Murphy, Enda Walsh, Elvis Costello - here's what's in store for Galway International Arts Festival

Charlie Murphy.
Charlie Murphy.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Charlie Murphy, Enda Walsh, and Elvis Costello will all head to the land of the tribes this summer for the Galway International Arts Festival.

Over its 35 year history, the GIAF has evolved into a mix of the brilliant, bold and bizarre.

This year seems no different; gargantuan praying mantis will swarm the streets, trash bags will be transformed into eye catching works of art and Tony and Olivier award winning playwrights, directors and actors will show case unseen work.

Festival favourite Enda Walsh will return staging his latest theatrical work 'Arlington [a love story]' starring Charlie Murphy and The Stag's Hugh O'Conor.

He will also present a new installation piece Kitchen featuring the voice of actress Eileen Walsh.

Acclaimed theatre company Druid will stage Beckett's classic Waiting for Godot at the Mick Lally Theatre with Aaron Monaghan and Marty Rea taking on the lead roles.

"It's a fantastic festival to be part of," director Garry Hynes said. "It's the location and the energy that sets it apart."

The work of acclaimed designer Eileen Gray will be celebrated in Coiscéim's dance piece Invitation to a Journey.

Brit pop icons Suede, Liberties native Imelda May, Elvis Costello, The Gloaming and Damien Dempsey will all take to the stage at the Absolut Big Top.

Over the course of the festival which runs from July 11 - 24, the streets will be filled with dynamic street performance.

Spainish theatre company Sarruga will bring their gigantic insects to town, while French urban artist Francisco de Pájaro will transform refuse sacks and cardboard boxes lying on street corners into art.

Commenting on this year’s programme, Galway International Arts Festival’s Artistic Director Paul Fahy described the festival as "a creative collision like no other.”

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