Lo­cal sto­ries to be told at festival

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

“TRA­DI­TION­ALLY arts fes­ti­vals fo­cus on acts and per­for­mances from far afield. How­ever, what is spe­cial about the Drogheda Arts Festival is that we re­ally like to show­case lo­cal ac­tors, mu­si­cians and sto­ries” so said co-chair of the Drogheda Arts Festival, Elaine Cronin this week.

Drogheda Arts Festival takes place from 1st – 7th May and fea­tures a fab­u­lous line-up of ac­tiv­i­ties to suit all ages and tastes.

“This year we’ve cre­ated lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal sto­ries to be told. The re­cip­i­ent of the Drogheda Arts Festival 2018 Com­mis­sion is Quintessence Theatre who tell the story of Drogheda’s lo­cal leg­end Kate the Navvy. The Star of Ch­ester’s Lane is a tale of courage, hu­mour and tri­umph over ad­ver­sity . and will have its world premiere on Sun­day 6th May” Elaine con­tin­ued.

Her co-chair Collette Far­rell added “For those who love his­tory and mu­sic, Song­trail is the per­fect fit for you. This walk­ing tour of Drogheda in­cludes lo­cal sto­ries and mu­sic and will depart four times daily from Thurs­day 3rd to Mon­day 7th May. It’s been cre­ated by Drogheda’s won­der­ful Up­state Theatre Project.

The Im­mor­tals, di­rected by Grainne Raf­ferty, is an­other orig­i­nal piece of work that looks at mod­ern is­sues here in Drogheda through the eyes of iconic lo­cal char­ac­ters. Tak­ing place on Satur­day 5th and Sun­day 6th May it will be one of the first per­for­mances in the new Choco­late Fac­tory Creative Space on Mer­chant’s Quay.

Collette con­tin­ues “The thorny sub­ject of men­tal health and re­cov­ery is tack­led in an A/V doc­u­men­tary based on the ex­pe­ri­ences of mem­bers of the Shine Men­tal Health group and cu­rated by De­clan Mal­lon of Up­state Theatre. Ly­sis fea­tures the real-life sto­ries of peo­ple who have strug­gled with their men­tal health and re­cov­ery. It brings these sto­ries to life in a way that chal­lenges the au­di­ence to think about our own per­cep­tions and prej­u­dices.”

Back by popular de­mand, lo­cals Sinead and Derek McCluskey will bring tra­di­tional games to life as part of the fab­u­lous fam­ily fun day on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day at Drogheda Arts Festival at Beaulieu.

Elaine con­cludes “And fi­nally, if you love food and theatre you’re in for a treat with A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Mur­der. There will be lots of mys­tery and in­trigue as Catas­tro­phe Theatre Com­pany stages din­ner theatre at An Gri­anán, Ter­mon­feckin. Writ­ten by Niall O’Brien and Colm McAr­dle, this Paul Hayes pro­duc­tion fea­tures a host of lo­cal ac­tors who bring this blood­cur­dling story to life. This Fri­day night event will of­fer lots of fun and de­li­cious din­ing. Check out the full line-up and book your tick­ets to­day by vis­it­ing www. DroghedaArt­sFes­ti­val.ie, call in to the Box Of­fice at the Droic­head Arts Cen­tre on Stock­well Street or call 041 9875140.

The Festival is gen­er­ously funded by Louth County Coun­cil and the Arts Coun­cil with ac­com­mo­da­tion sponsorship from the d ho­tel.

She truly was The Star of Ch­esters Lane - hear the story of Kate the Navvy and other lo­cal tales at the Drogheda Arts Festival from 1-7th May. Check out www. DroghedaArt­sFes­ti­val.ie for the full line up!

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