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Monday 22 April 2019

Entertaining Sligo

Two's Company - Local actor Niamh McGrath stars in the celebrated play Two which comes to the Hawk's Well Theatre on Wednesday 20th March. Written by Jim Cartwright, the show also includes lauded actor Andrew Murray.

Written by Cartwright in 1989 but still astonishingly real today, the much loved two-hander takes the audience through a spectrum of human emotion, weaving a rich tapestry of life through intimate insights into the lives of a group of colourful pub regulars.

Taking place over the course of one evening in the local, and featuring fourteen diverse characters brought to life by just two performers, Two is funny, poignant and incredibly human. Each character acts like a fragment of shattered glass reflecting back, as the play mines the depths of the human experience.

The play stars Sligo's Niamh McGrath, who is a professional actress, playwright, director and drama teacher. Niamh's play Sarah's Comfort was nominated for the Stewart Parker Award, and she was part of the original cast of Alone It Stands, touring to Tasmania, Glasgow, the Edinburgh Festival and London's West End.

Directed by Elyn Friedrichs, and produced by Loose Tea Theatre Company, Two has been hailed as; "Touching and at times painful, but also thoroughly heart-warming" by Dublin Live, while The Sunday Times boasted; "The writing is brilliantly, surrealistically and comically poetic."

Two takes place on Wednesday 20th March at 8pm. Tickets priced €18/16 conc./10 u18s (plus €1 booking fee), are available to book now, by calling the box office on 0719161518, or by visiting www.hawkswell.com.

Con Brio

On Friday, Con Brio present Carducci Quartet with Julian Bliss clarinet in The Model.

This is an internationally renowned Anglo-Irish string quartet based in the UK, the versatile and award-winning Carducci String Quartet has performed everything from brand new quartets, classic works by Haydn and the complete Shostakovich cycles. Julian Bliss is one of the world's finest clarinetists excelling as a concert soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader, and tireless musical explorer.

The programme includes the stunning clarinet quintet by Brahms, one of those immortal pieces one is never tired of and Gumboots (for string quartet and clarinet) - "an engaging new work which deserves a place in the chamber repertory" (Gramophone).

8pm, March 20th in The Model.

Sligo Acts: Love

With over 30 performers, this unforgettable evening celebrating drama in the Hawk's Well is taking place on Sunday, March 24th. It sees the 2019 Sligo Acts programme culminating in a hugely entertaining drama performance based around the theme of Love! The actors will bring you on a journey of love through the ages, exploring comedy, tragedy, improvisation, classical and contemporary theatre. Presented by over thirty performers in the Sligo Acts programme under the direction of Isabel Claffey, Julie Sharkey and Niall Colleary. Sunday, March 24th at 8pm.

The Sound of Music

St Brigid's Hall is alive with the sound of music as singing rehearsals are well underway with musical director Andy Fly and Cloonacool's Karen McKim in the lead role of Maria Rainer.

Frank Brennan is the other lead role of Captain Von Trapp.

The show is running from Friday, March 29th with other performances on Saturday, March 30th, March 31st until April 6th.

Tickets at €20/U12s €10 are available from Nora Brennan Nathy's (071 9185116).

There are still a number of walk on parts available.

Anyone interested contact Tom Walsh on 087 2276628.

Ricky Tomlinson

The actor most notable for his role in the Royle Family is coming to the Hawk's Well on Wednesday, March 27th to speak about his extensive acting career.

The film star, tv legend and author will be taking you on a journey through his hugely successful career. Listen as he talks about his role in The Royle Family that made him a household name plus the films and tv shows he has starred in and the international stars he has met and worked with. Take the opportunity to meet and have a photo with him or send up a question for him to answer. Ricky will be joined by Irish singer songwriter Lee Roy James, and comedian and actor Tony Barton, to make it a night to remember. March 27th, 8pm, tickets €25.

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