A unique look at Sligo’s har­bour

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS - By JES­SICA FARRY

Hawk’s Well Theatre will stage a unique piece of theatre, ti­tled The Deep­wa­ter Ram­bler at Sligo Har­bour on Sun­day the 14 th of Oc­to­ber. Cel­e­brat­ing the rich her­itage of Sligo’s dock­lands, this new play has been writ­ten by ac­tor, writer and di­rec­tor, Bob Kelly; au­thor of pre­vi­ous pro­duc­tions ‘Bless the Mark’ and ‘ The Big Wall’ writ­ten dur­ing his role in re­cent years as theatre artist in res­i­dence.

Tak­ing place in Sligo Dock, the im­mer­sive na­ture of this piece of theatre will bring the au­di­ence that bit closer to life in the Port of Sligo, which was once one of the busiest in the coun­try; the quays alive with sto­ries of ad­ven­ture, em­i­gra­tion, for­tune-hunt­ing and ship­wreck.

The port of Sligo grew from a me­dieval quay into one of Ire­land’s prin­ci­ple em­i­gra­tion ports dur­ing the famine years.

To­day ex­ports are on the rise and it is the only work­ing har­bour be­tween Gal­way and Derry.

The play fea­tures three per­form­ers; ac­tor and core mem­ber of Blue Theatre Rain­coat Com­pany, Ciaran McCauley; Martin Maguire (star of Red Rock,TV3 & RTE’s The Clinic) and tal­ented vi­o­lin­ist and Water­boys mem­ber, Steve Wick­ham. There will be three show times: 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

Au­di­ence sizes will be limited for each show, en­sur­ing an in­ti­mate and unique ex­pe­ri­ence for all as­sem­bled.

The theatre per­for­mance will be fol­lowed by a his­tory talk and Q&A with cur­rent Sligo Har­bour­mas­ter, John Car­ton and in­vited guests, who will dis­cuss the many as­pects of life at Sligo port, past and present.

Writer Bob Kelly told The Sligo Cham­pion that this pro­duc­tion could be­come some­thing big­ger: “It’s dif­fer­ent. Noth­ing re­ally has been done with the docks be­fore like this. The docks are in the cen­tre of town and there’s such a rich his­tory there.

It’s sort of a work in progress, it’s not a full show. They’ ll be read­ing from the scripts them­selves. It’s more like a re­hearse read­ing. There’s not a mas­sive cast or any­thing.

“We’re re­ally scratch­ing the sur­face here. It’s al­most like a pro­posal re­ally. The idea is to put some­thing out there and see what can be done with it. This could maybe be some­thing more in the fu­ture.”

Tick­ets for this event are €10 (plus €1 Ren­o­va­tion Fee) and are avail­able from the theatre box of­fice on 071 91 61518 or on­line at www. hawk­swell.com.

The cast of Deep­wa­ter Ram­bler visit Sligo port.

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