Thursday 17 October 2019

Entertaining Sligo

Chicago - Pop Up Theatre Sligo are excited to announce the brilliantly talented cast for their upcoming production of Chicago taking place in the Hawks Well in 17th - 20th April 2019.

The successful candidates battled it out in a tough audition process before Christmas to take the coveted roles and are now in an intense 3 month rehearsal schedule ahead of the hotly anticipated production. In the principal roles newcomer Laura Kiely will play Roxie Hart the fame hungry murderess desperate to become famous on the back of a cold blooded murder and Maggie Villarini will play vaudeville superstar and fellow murderess Velma Kelly.

Donegal native and Sligo IT Performing Arts student Conor White will play king of the courtroom, the Razzle Dazzle lawyer Billy Flynn, and Brendan Reid plays long suffering husband of Roxie, Amos Hart. Pop Up are excited to also welcome Canadian natives Rachel Patenaude who takes the role of queen of the Cook County Jail Mamma Morton, and Laura Coulter-Low who plays roving reporter Mary Sunshine.

Director Karen Gordon revealed that casting was almost impossible "We had an amazing turnout for auditions, Sligo is truly saturated with talent. We could have cast this production 3 times over. We're thrilled with our final cast line-up, and equally as thrilled to have such a spectacular full cast and crew, we cannot wait to get started. Sligo is in for a really special treat this April!"

Working with the final cast will be a star studded production team involving the cream of Sligo / Donegal talent including Ingrid McLoughlin on Choreography, Herta Kelly as Vocal Director, the Sligo Academy of Music as Orchestra with Niamh Crowley as Musical Director, Barry McKinney on lights and Vinnie Higgins on sound. Pop Up are also proudly associated with Creative Ireland for this exciting project.

Tickets on sale NOW from the Hawks Well Theatre, with Saturday 20th heavily sold and the remaining nights selling fast! Book your tickets now on 071 91 61518 or at

Legally Blonde The Musical

Ursuline College students under the guidance of Sarah Middleton and musical direction of Niamh Crowley, are bringing Legally Blonde The Musical to Sligo this March at the Hawk's Well Theatre.

When homecoming queen Elle Woods' boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School. Legally Blonde The Musical is an all singing, all dancing romantic comedy, a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest. OMG, like, you totally have to see it!! So get your pink on and come join us for a whirlwind of laughter, music and song!

Yeats Summer School

The programme for the 60th Yeats International Summer School - now the world's longest running summer school, has been announced.

Dates: 25th July - 2nd August 2019

This year's directors are Professor Matthew Campbell and Dr Lauren Arrington and they have chosen a great lineup of lecturers to mark this prestigious event. In addition, there will be music, poetry, readings, walks and talks. There will be stand up paddling, Irish dancing and some fairies at Glencar Waterfall. Further events will be added to the programme.

A special Salute to Seamus evening will mark the poet Seamus Heaney's great literary achievements and his lifetime association with the Yeats Summer School.

Find the full programme online at

All queries can be emailed to:

Western Drama Festival

The Western Drama Festival runs nightly at 8pm from 1st to 9th March 2019 in St Brigids Hall, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo. Check out the website for details of the

WDF is the longest running amateur drama festival in Ireland and is renowned for its ambiance and hospitality which you can enjoy in the welcoming theatre that dates back to the early forties.

Adjudicator Anna Walker is an inspiration, full of enthusiasm and is esteemed and loved by audiences. Last year her adjudications in the Amateur Drama finals in Athlone were first rate, so she comes to the WDF with a great wealth of experience and expertise.

You will see there is an amazing and lovely mix of plays included in theprogramme, this promises to be a great festival.

Nine nights of drama will be excellent value at just €60.

Tickets for the 2019 Western Drama Festival can be purchased through the Tubbercurry Tourist Office.

Call to the Tourist Office at Humbert Street or phone 071-0936616 (Opening hours: Mon - Thur 10am - 5pm and Fri 10am - 4.30pm) Tickets can also be purchased at St. Brigid's Hall Theatre Box Office during the festival. For out-of-hours enquiries, please call 087-7078210.

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