Arts prog launched

PACKED AU­TUMN SCHED­ULE FOR TAIN ARTS CEN­TRE

The Argus - - DUNDALK AFTER DARK -

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.

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