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Monday 22 July 2019

Drama and comedy at Boyle Festival

The popular Boyle Arts Festival returns from July 18th to 27th with so much in store. This is the 30th annual event and should be extra-special this July. Among the musicians performing are The Blizzards, Tommy Fleming, The Riptide Movement, Mary Coughlan, Charlie McGettigan & Paul Harrington, to name a few.

Comedian Alison Spittle will be providing plenty of laughs and you can see her show in King House on July 20th.

Drama is one of the foundation stones of the Boyle Arts Festival and Beezneez Theatre Company will present Derek Benfield's 'Touch & Go', a farcical comedy with an avalanche of mix-ups and mistaken identities in St. Joseph's Hall on July 24th.

Robert Gogan, will present 'Strolling through Ulysses', a one-man show that tells the story of Bloomsday 1904 and takes audiences on a trip through the fun and laughter of James Joyce's celebrated novel, during an afternoon event at the Open Table on July 24th.

John McManus will tell the story of 'The Determinator', the hilarious story of one man's epic trek from Dowra, Co. Leitrim to New York and his efforts to win back his ex-girlfriend. This is a lunchtime event in king House on July 22nd.

The Breffni Players will present Charles Barron's 'Out With A Whisper' in King House on July 27th, while artist Francis Fay will present an intriguing durational piece entitled ' The Singing Flame' in the Jail cells of King House. This performance is an emotional response to the 1916 rising and audiences can come and go as they please, during this extraordinary four hour performance on July 26th.

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of the Spoken Word programme is RTÉ news journalist and author, Carole Coleman in conversation with Senator David Norris on July 19th. Carole currently presents 'This Week' on RTÉ Radio 1 and Senator David Norris is a member of the Trinity College Dublin University Panel in Seanad Éireann since 1987. There are many literary events such as in The Spool Factory on July 20th when Roscommon poet Jane Clarke will read from her new publication, 'All the Way Home' and author Brian Leyden will read from 'Summer of '63', a novel set in the Boyle area, during the early 1960s. 'Lost Cosmopolitans' will see author Pat McCabe reading from his recent novel, 'Heartland' and Eoin McNamee reading from his new novel, 'The Vogue'. The two writers will also be discussing their work. Horslips members, Jim Lockhart and Barry Devlin will be discussing their classic album 'The Táin' and the band's enduring legacy with Oliver Fallon, in King House on July 21st. The Moylurg Writers will be launching and reading from their latest compilation. See www.boylearts.com.

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