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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Gap Fest has witches, ET, and a cow

Cllrs Malcolm Byrne, Mary Farrell,​ Anthony Donoghue, John Hegarty and Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin with Denis Browne, Paddy Browne and Kaylisha Leonard at the launch of the Gap Arts Festival
Cllrs Malcolm Byrne, Mary Farrell,​ Anthony Donoghue, John Hegarty and Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin with Denis Browne, Paddy Browne and Kaylisha Leonard at the launch of the Gap Arts Festival

Fintan Lambe

'Charolais', the racy comedy about a woman who loves a farmer, but he's in love with his cow, is a hot ticket on Friday and Saturday nights at the Gap Arts Festival which runs from Friday, August 11, to Sunday, August 13.

'The Quaid Quartet on Sunday lunchtime is popular too,' said festival director Garrett Keogh. 'Last year was the first time we had classical music, and it was a huge success. It packed out. So we've had to make it a ticketed event this year.' Admission is free, but you can reserve a place on Eventbrite.ie

Unfortunately, there are no seats left for Béile na Féile - The Festival Feast. The Sunday afternoon celebratory meal sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge is sold out.

Meanwhile, 'The Witches' has been confirmed as the late-night outdoor family movie in the school field at Ballythomas on the Friday, August 11. The combination of Roald Dahl and Anjelica Huston makes for a funny and scary movie. Admission is free, but again places should be reserved on Eventbrite.ie. The screening is weather dependent, so check Facebook for updates.

'The late-night movie is getting a great response from our audiences online,' said Garrett. 'Many people are doing the double, or the treble - a ticket for the funny/scary play Charolais, preceded by the local short film about the notorious Hunter Gowan, and then the outdoor movie afterwards.'

But he said that 'Charolais' with its themes of love, lust, jealousy and the threat of bovine murder, is not suitable for children.

The poetry workshops with former Ireland Professor of Poetry Paula Meehan have also sold out. But there is a great opportunity to hear this pre-eminent poet read her work in St John's Church in Hollyfort on Saturday at 5.30 p.m. Local writers will accompany her reading their own poems.

'Part of the aim is to allow writers' voices to be heard in their community,' said Keogh. Like most events at the Gap Festival, admission is free, but to be sure of a place register at Eventbrite.ie.

The weekend also includes an indoor cinema on Saturday afternoon showing 'ET the Extra-Terrestrial'; a drop-in workshop at the marquee; mural painting; drama classes; a foot-tapping dance band; and the display of Giants@The Gap, ten-foot giant puppets made by participants at Caoimhe Dunn's artist in the community workshops over the last two months. Details at gapartsfestival.com

Gorey Guardian

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