Sunday 18 March 2018

'Catalpa' tops bill at Gap Arts Festival in Ballythomas

THE Gap becomes a hub for the Arts this weekend, as The Gap Arts Festival takes place at Ballythomas National School from Thursday, August 7, to Saturday, August 9.

Donal O'Kelly who starred in the films 'The Van', 'Spin the Bottle', and 'Fair City' will headline this year's festival with his award-winning play, 'Catalpa'. With live music by Trevor Knight, this rip-roaring epic adventure has been seen in New York, Chicago, Melbourne and Paris. 'And now we're lucky to have it here in Ballythomas for two nights, Friday and Saturday, August, 8 and 9,' festival director Garrett Keogh said.

'As in the last three years the Gap Festival, will have something for all the family,' Keogh said. There are dance and drama workshops, an all-afternoon Drop-In art making workshop with face and nail painting, and the enchanting bilingual story 'An Rón Dall, The Blind Seal'.

'To the background of music and story, artist Dara McGee actually paints a canvas in front of your eyes in real time,' Keogh said. 'Children are admitted free. And to hear their oohs and aahs as they say: "Look mammy it's a seal!" is a reward in itself.'

The Gap Festival Documentary Film Making Project short film 'If the Shoe Fits' will premiere on Friday evening and will be shown again on Saturday.

This project was funded by Wexford County Council Arts Department under the Artist in the Community Scheme.

'Thanks to the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge and local sponsors, we're able to keep prices low, and many events are free,' Keogh said. The full schedule can be found at and enquiries and bookings can be made through Althea at Kilanerin Community Office on 089 4456184.

Enniscorthy Guardian