Ark­low to get ‘black box’ style the­atre venues

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

ARK­LOW Mu­sic and Arts Group (AMA) is on the crest of a wave at the mo­ment with the an­nounce­ment of two ‘Black Box’ style the­atre venues in the town.

The venues will be named ‘As­gard The­atre I’ and ‘As­gard The­atre II’ with the lat­ter named af­ter the town’s most fa­mous boat.

A black box the­atre con­sists of a sim­ple, some­what un­adorned per­for­mance space, usu­ally a large square room with black walls and a flat floor. It is a rel­a­tively re­cent in­no­va­tion in the­atre.

The cre­ation of new venues in the Har­bour Bar and the Mid­way will en­hance not only Ark­low’s artis­tic land­scape but also ben­e­fit the lo­cal econ­omy.

While AMA has not suc­ceeded in its pri­mary ob­jec­tive which was to se­cure a ded­i­cated the­atre and per­for­mance arts space the de­ci­sion to pro­ceed with ‘Black Box’ ini­tia­tives will af­ford AMA the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate in­ti­mate venues host­ing reg­u­lar events.

The group hope to put Ark­low back on the map and re­store its rep­u­ta­tion as a des­ti­na­tion for top class en­ter­tain­ment.

Older gen­er­a­tions will fondly re­mem­ber Ark­low shin­ing as a bea­con of mu­si­cal light on the na­tional cir­cuit with venues like ‘The En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre’ and ‘The Or­monde Hall’ at­tract­ing top class en­ter­tain­ment and bring­ing in es­sen­tial rev­enue to the lo­cal econ­omy.

AMA is al­ready ex­cited to have at­tracted the in­ter­est of an in­ter­na­tional act who has ex­pressed an in­ter­est in per­form­ing in the new the­atre when it opens.

Fol­low­ing a re­cent ap­peal by the group for a site the group re­ceived two gen­er­ous of­fers with each site of­fer­ing some­thing unique to the ex­pe­ri­ence AMA hopes to pro­vide.

A spokesper­son for the group thanked Declan Kenny from The Har­bour Bar and Noleen Daven­port from The Mid­way, for their gen­er­ous sup­port and use of their premises for the new ven­ture which will show­case the huge tal­ent and po­ten­tial in Ark­low.

The group will now be­gin to plan and pro­mote its open­ing pro­gramme of events.

Any lo­cal per­form­ers or groups who are in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the new ven­ture to sub­mit their ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est by con­tact­ing any com­mit­tee mem­ber or log­ging onto ark­lowthe­atre.com.

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