Arts prog launched
PACKED AUTUMN SCHEDULE FOR TAIN ARTS CENTRE
THE autumn winter arts programme for the Tain Arts Centre, which was launched last Friday, contains something for anyone with even a fleeting interest in the arts.
The comprehensive programme covers theatre, music, dance, cinema, visual arts, and creative workshops by visiting and local groups.
From opera to rap, from comedy to tragedy, with liberal doses of singing and dancing, the programme has something for all ages.
With 35 events, it makes use of all the spaces in the newly branded Tain Arts Centre including the main theatre, the ‘Space’, the Basement Gallery, and workshop areas, as well as venturing outside the confines of the historic Town Hall.
Highlights include visits by Irish Youth Opera with ‘ The Rape of Lucretia’ by Benjamin Britten, and the welcome return from Opera Theatre Company with Donizetti’s ‘L’elisir d’Amore’.
Other musical offerings include ‘Fiddler on the Roof ’ from Dundalk Musical Society, much loved songs and arias from soprano Celine Byrne and guests, and shows from Youth Groove, Dynamic Dance, and Emmanuella Salako and Crystal Ice Dance.
There are exciting theatrical productions including the award winning original play ‘Connor’ by Dundalk’s own M.A.D. youth theatre, Dolmen Theatre Group with Conor McPhearson’s play ‘ The Weir’, ‘ The Far Side’ by Upstate Theatre, and Encore productions with their new work ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’.
Visiting productions include the comedy ‘ The Waiting Room’, the Duleek Players with ‘Anna the Girl Who Stood Out in the Cold’ by Greenore born playwright Michael Ferguson, and ‘Little Gem’ starring Anita Reeves.
Christmas offerings see An Tain moving to the Crowne Plaza for ‘Faulty Towers -The Dining Experience’ which gives patrons the opportunity to enjoy a three course banquet in the company of Basil, Sybil and Manuel, Tailsman Productions with ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘ The Three Little Pigs Night Before Christmas’ and the Dance Kids’ Christmas spectacle ‘Sparkle and Shine’.
Cinema makes a return with screenings of ‘ The Stag’, ‘Psycho’ and the new Spike Jonze movie ‘Her’.
Exhibitions in The Basement Gallery include the opening show ‘Double Back’ by Dromiskin born artist Ciaran O’Sullivan and ‘Becoming’ by Dundalk artist Aoife Ward in mid-November.
Children’s workshops in drama and visual arts will also take place in the workshop areas. Full details of all events can be found on the arts centre’s website www.antain.ie.