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Local actor featuring at Sam Wanamaker Festival

Young Sligo actor Jordan Gallagher performs at Shakespeare's Globe as part of the annual Sam Wanamaker Festival.

Jordan, who grew up in County Sligo and trained at RADA and Drama Centre, was selected as one of 42 up and coming young actors preparing to tread the boards of the world famous stage on Saturday 29 March.

Students from leading drama schools across the country will come together for a weekend of workshops led by the Globe's resident text, movement and voice practitioners, culminating in a public performance of scenes by Shakespeare and his contemporaries and an uproarious jig.

This year, to coincide with the season's theme of mythic love and the hope of radical and positive transformation, all scenes presented in the festival will celebrate and explore the natural world.

Previous festival performers who went on to receive worldwide recognition include Andrew Garfield, best known for Hollywood blockbusters such as The Amazing Spiderman, and Michelle Dockery, best-known for her role as Lady Mary in Downton Abbey. Other participants have since joined major West End shows and have gone on to perform in the Globe's own productions.

Jordan, currently studying at Drama Centre, will be performing as Touchstone in a scene from As You Like It by William Shakespeare.

Speaking of the festival, Jordan commented: "Growing up in the Northwest of Ireland in Co Sligo the idea of moving to London to train at Drama School was a pipe-dream, never mind the thought of being selected in third year to take part in the Sam Wanamaker Festival at The Globe. I'm absolutely thrilled to be representing Drama Centre this year with my peer and dear friend Danyal. I would be lying if I said I wasn't a wee bit nervous and intimidated by the whole idea, but I guess that's where the training comes in handy. I still can't really pin point why or what inspired me to be an actor, but I've always had a desire to tell stories, and I'm fascinated by human behavior.

This year's Sam Wanamaker Festival is in association with The Federation of Drama Schools and Spotlight.

Fundraising auction

Bag a bargain for a great cause! Hawk's Well Theatre presents a fun auction evening at the theatre on Friday 3rd of April at 8pm, filled with entertainment, amusement and loads of exciting lots.

Lots at the Well will have a selection of fabulous and intriguing donated items going under the hammer. Come along and bag a bargain, with all proceeds going to the Hawk's Well Renovation Fund.

Renovation is urgently needed to secure and improve the Hawk's Well Theatre's facilities. The theatre is in dire need of capital investment due to physical and technical challenges. Renovating the Hawk's Well is an unprecedented opportunity to develop and secure the theatre for generations to come.

There are a fantastic array of lots which include...Food Lovers Lots - Oyster hamper from Oysters Direct, Organic Hamper from Good & Green Organics, Trilogy display case of Athrú premium whiskeys from Lough Gill Distillery, Selection of coffee from Carrow Coffee Roasters, Full set of signed Irish Seaweed Kitchen books from Prannie Rhatigan, Sunday lunch for two at McNean House from Neven Maguire, Lunch at Café Souperb and Dinner at Stoked - Strandhill.

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