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Spring Market

We are delighted to announce that our first annual Spring Market will take place on Sunday, April 14th, running from 11am to 5pm.

There will be a fantastic variety of items for sale on the day; from hand crafted goods to beauty products and everything in between.

If you are interested in having a stall at our Spring Market please get in contact with Donna on 094 93 10999 or email d.ireland@townhall.ie for more details and an application form.

 

 

Seán Keane & The Mayo Concert Orchestra in aid of Regina’s Fight For Life Campaign

Claremorris Town Hall Theatre Presents:

Seán Keane

& The Mayo Concert Orchestra

In aid of Regina’s Fight For Life Campaign

Easter Sunday, 21st April

Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm

Full Bar

 

Seán Keane will be joined by the Mayo Concert Orchestra Easter Sunday, April 21st for a benefit concert in aid of Regina’s Fight For Life Campaign, with all proceeds going directly to the campaign.

You can follow Regina’s progress here – https://www.facebook.com/reginasfightforlife/

Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Max T. Barnes

Claremorris Town Hall Theatre Presents:

Straight from Nashville

Max T. Barnes

And His All American Band in Concert with “3’s Country”

Sunday, June 9th

Doors: 7pm    Show: 8pm

A WESTERN CARE ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISER

Max T Barnes and his All American Band will play in the Claremorris Town Hall Theatre and Concert Hall in a benefit Concert for Western Care Association on Sunday, June 9th as part of his 2019 Tour of Ireland, coming to Claremorris directly from Nashville.

Max T. Barnes is a Country Music hit writer who is the son of a hit writer. He wrote his first hit song at the age of 19, Vern Gosdin’s “Way Down Deep”. And he’s been topping the charts ever since! Writing “Let Go of the Stone” by John Anderson – “At the Sound of the Tone” by John Schneider – “Before You Kill Us All” by Randy Travis – 3 Weeks at #1 with “That’s How Your Love Makes Me Feel” by Diamond Rio – and 3 Weeks at #1 with “Love, Me” by Colin Raye, to name a few.

Later that year “Love, Me”, the career launching hit For Colin Raye, also took Max T. to the CMA awards as a CMA Song of the Year Nominee. But Max T. Barnes did not win it that time around … among other greats, he was up against his dad, legendary songwriter Max D. Barnes! His father took home the award that night with “Look At Us”, a song written by him and Vince Gill. ‘My poor mom didn’t know who to root for’, Max T. remembers. ‘I am proud to have been a part of the only father/son competition in CMA history’. His father, Max D., had also won in 1989 with “Chiselled In Stone”.

Between Max T. and his late father they have written 33 #1’s and hits and sold nearly 70 million records. Max T. is branching out by doing live dates singing his hits and his favorites of his dad’s. ‘I love singing “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” ‘cause everybody knows it’ Barnes states. ‘”Chiselled In Stone”, “Joe Knows How To Live”, “This Ain’t My First Rodeo”, these are the meat and potatoes of country music’ he says. It’s safe to say that when he plays live, he doesn’t run out of material. Among his latest hit singles were two Joe Diffie hits, “A Night to Remember”, “Tougher Than Nails” and “Biker Chick” by JoDee Messina.

In the past 2 years Max T. has toured Australia twice, Ireland six times, Belgium, Scotland, England, Sweden, Norway, Canada and the U.S., doing shows and his songwriting seminars. He just signed a new publishing deal with Eleven Eleven Music in Nashville, and scored a cut on Trace Adkins new album called I’m Gone. Max T. released a single in Ireland, a duet with Irish Super Star Jonny Brady, titled “The Craic” (which means a good time in Gaelic). The pair enjoyed great success on radio and received a nomination for Single Of The Year at Irish TV. In 2018 Max T Barnes won the International Artist Of The Year award by Hot Country TV. He recently just finished producing a new album for Bobby Bare. It features all new songs and an appearance by Chris Stapleton on an amped up new version of Detroit City.

Visit www.maxtbarnes.com for further information and Wikipedia – Max T Barnes.

Crossmolina-based band, 3’s Country, will kick off the proceedings on the night. Their female vocalist, Teresa Canavan, is a Western Care Staff member (see www.facebook.com/tckarc1/). This promises to be a sell-out Concert so early booking is advisable.

 

Widow’s Paradise

 

 

Claremorris Drama Group presents:

‘Widow’s Paradise”

Friday March 8th

Doors: 7pm    Show: 8pm

Full Bar

 

“Widow’s Paradise” is a 3 Act comedy set in the 1960’s. The action of the play takes place in a “luxury” caravan with 5 beautiful ladies embarking on a “strictly women only” holiday, set in the Gorgeous Mayo countryside.
A subsequent case of “mistaken caravan identity” sees the “Widow’s Paradise” thrown into disarray with the arrival of no nonsense alpha-male Harry, his dim-witted side-kick Ernie and Harry’s handsome young son Alan. What was supposed to be a scene of peace and tranquility turns into a riotous clash of the sexes, each with their own story to tell.

Tickets available from members of the following organisations:

Gaelscoil de Burca
Claremorris Family Resource Centre
Claremorris GAA Board na nóg
Claremorris Colts Girls Rugby

Claremorris Musical Society Presents: “BIG” The Musical

 

Claremorris Musical Society Presents: “Big” the musical

January 30th – February 2nd Nightly

Doors: 7.00pm    Show: 8.00pm

 

Based on the classic 80’s film starring Tom Hanks, “Big” tells the story of Josh Baskin who is sick of being an awkward kid. At a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine to become “big.” To his shock, his wish is granted. After an understandably awkward beginning, Josh is forced to do “adult” things, like getting a job and a girlfriend. In the end, he discovers that there’s much more to being an adult than he bargained for and learns that we must all grow up at our own pace, in our own time.

 

Tickets on sale now from the Box Office

Adults: €18 Wednesday/Thursday, €20 Friday/Saturday

Children: €15 All Performances

49th Claremorris Drama & Fringe Festival 2019

 

 

Under the auspices of ADCI

Adjudicator Alan Haslett ADA GODA

 

Official Opening with Prosecco Reception: Thursday 14th 7.00pm

Opening by Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell 7.30pm

Curtain up at 8.00pm

 

Thursday 14th March

“On Broken Wings”  By Dermot Healy

 Cornmill Theatre Group (Open)

The 49th Festival opens with the Cornmill Theatre Group Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim with their production of Dermot Healy’s  “On Broken Wings”.

“On Broken Wings” opens in a cottage on the Mullet Peninsula. Timothy Lavelle sits by the hearth in a cottage in contemporary Ireland. The fireplace opens and in stride his parents and his younger self. We follow Timmy from childhood, including times potato picking in Scotland, wall-building with his father, and as an elevator man in America, before returning to the cottage where he was born.

 

Friday 15th March

“Someone Who’ll Watch over Me” by Frank McGuinness

Butt Drama Circle  (Open)

We welcome back Butt Drama Circle, from Ballybofey, to Claremorris. Someone Who’ll Watch over Me is a play written by Irish dramatist Frank McGuinness. The play focuses on the trials and tribulations of an Irishman, an Englishman and an American (Edward, Michael, and Adam) who are kidnapped and held hostage by unseen Arabs in Lebanon. As the three men strive for survival they also strive to overcome their personal and nationalistic differences. Related to this is each individual’s own attempt to maintain sanity under the watchful eye of both captors and supposed comrades. At times very dramatic.

 

Saturday 16th March

”The Loves of Cass Maguire” by Brian Friel

 Clann Machua Kiltimagh (Confined)

If you missed this play on its last production in Claremorris don’t miss it this time. Humorous yet moving.  For more than fifty years Cass McGuire has worked a block from Skid Row, among deadbeats and washouts — people who live in the past. This play deals with her return to Ireland and her genteel family’s rejection of her. It follows her lonely struggle to re-discover the home she’s dreamt of all her life and her eventual surrender to the make believe of Eden House. Clann Machua are sure to give us a great night’s entertainment.

 

Sunday 17th March

Moonglow” by Kim Carney

Bunclody/Killmyshall Drama Group (Open)

The Bunclody/Killmyshall Group return to us in 2019 with a Play that is new to the Festival. This Comedy/Drama is about Maxine, a feisty, bitter Alzheimer’s victim, who doesn’t want to move into a nursing facility. But when she meets Joe, a widower who shares her love for dance, her outlook begins to change. Although the two clash when lucid, their hazy memories overlap, and they begin an affair that rejuvenates and fulfils them. But can these lovers — played simultaneously by an elderly twosome and a young, vivacious couple — stay together despite their families’ wishes and their fading vitality?

 

Monday 18th March

Life Sucks” by  Aaron Posner

Corofin Dramatic Society (Open)

Last year Corofin brought us a terrific production of John B Keane’s “Big Maggie”, this year something much different. In this brash reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions – and each other. What could possibly go wrong?  Life Sucks is altogether wise, profoundly humane, hilarious, quirky, endearing and, in countless clever ways, brilliantly faithful to its source. Posner sticks lovingly close to Chekhov’s plot … [He] gives huge and equal bear-hugs to Chekhov’s absurd comedy and touching pathos, while leaving room to banter with the audience … sassy yet heartfelt…” – The Washington Post. “… very smart and self-aware … a light and airy conversation-starter of a show that’s just satirical enough to fulfill those who’d rather sit in traffic than watch anything by Chekhov, and clever and accurately Chekhovian enough to pleasure those who love the source play … hugely enjoyable … The play defies traditional categories like ‘comedy’ or ‘drama,’ so let’s just settle for calling it ‘fantastic.’” – Time Out Chicago. “Comic gold … Filled with laughs and anarchic asides … Posner’s ear for comedy is reminiscent of Mel Brooks in his prime.”

Tuesday 19th March

Same Old Moon” by Geraldine Aron

Compántas Lir Claregalway (Open)

Last Year’s winners with “The Glass Menagerie”, by Tennessee Williams, return with a play last seen in the festival in 2006. Same Old Moon. by Geraldine Aron.  A Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy . “It is funny, moving and seriously entertaining … The audience loved it. Same Old Moon creates scenes from the life of aspiring writer Brenda Barnes. From age nine into her forties, she is seen through the eyes of her eccentric and sometimes fiery family, particularly her wilfully self-descriptive father and her put-upon and sometimes hot-tempered mum. Hilarious scrapes erupt when Brenda’s imagination and intelligence bump against the restrictions of Irish and English customs and society.

 

Wednesday 20th March

I Do Not like Thee Dr Fell   by Bernard Farrell

Cloonacool Players (Confined)

It was in 2010 that we had the last production of “I Do Not Like Thee Dr Fell” by Compántas Lir. Cloonacool Players return after an absence of a few years, they have been winners in the past.     Half a dozen disparate souls gather for group therapy “that promises to probe their lives”. Yikes, that’s bound to be painful. A wild card amongst them upends the confidentiality that binds the encounters and the games begin: “The session does not go as planned and they get more than they bargained for when one of their number savagely exposes their real social and sexual secrets”.  Savage and funny in cyclical meter for this intensely physical play.

 

Thursday 21st March

The Factory Girls”by Frank McGuinness

DADS Dunmore (Confined)

Our second Frank McGuinness play brings back the award-winning Dunmore Amateur Drama Society. This is the first production of “The Factory Girls” in Claremorris. Set in a shirt factory in Donegal, The Factory Girls tells the story of five women facing the threat of redundancy, who stage a lock-in in a shirt factory in Co. Donegal. As their protest continues the woman learn more about each other and themselves as they explore their anger, courage and compassion. WIDELY regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest living playwrights, Frank McGuinness feels that his 1982 debut play, The Factory Girls, is still relevant.  Set during recessionary times, with industrial unrest at the core of the play, “it shows that you need to be able to stand on your own feet and take on whatever confronts you. Sometimes, you’d be confronted from within as much as from without.”

Saturday 23rd March

Sive”  By John B Keane

Sliabh Aughty Drama Group (Confined)

Sliabh Aughty Drama Group, Co. Clare bring us one of John B Keane’s greatest plays. Keane chose to use the name “Sive” for the play in honour of his sister, Shiela, using the Irish-Gaelic form of the name. The story is centred on a young eighteen-year-old girl, Sive, who is illegitimate. She lives with her uncle Mike, his wife Mena, and Nanna who is Mike’s mother. A local matchmaker Thomasheen Sean Rua decides that Sive should marry an old man called Seán Dota.  Seán is rich but old and haggard. Thomasheen convinces Mena to organise the marriage of Sive to Seán Dota. She and her husband will receive a sum of two hundred pounds as soon as Sive marries Seán Dota. Mike is originally unwilling to have Sive married to a man so much older than her, but Mena convinces him otherwise. Sive however is in love with a young man by the name of Liam Scuab.

 

Closing Night of The Fringe Festival in The Studio

 

Saturday 24th March

Fool For Love” by Sam Shepard

Doonbeg Drama Group (Open)

We welcome back the Doonbeg Drama Group after a year out and winning the Confined All-Ireland in 2017.  Fool for Love is a play written by American playwright and actor Sam Shepard. The play focuses on May and Eddie, former lovers who have met again in a motel.

Through searing truth and dark humour, Fool for Love shows the story of two people who just can’t live without each other whether they like it or not. May is hiding out at an old motel in the Mojave Desert. Eddie, an old flame and childhood friend, finds her there and threatens to drag her back into the life from which she had fled. Reality and dream; truth and lies; past and present mingle in an explosive, emotional experience.

Followed by Final adjudication and Presentation of Prizes for both Fringe and Full Length Festival

 

 

                          

 

 

 

 

 

Stars of Country Christmas Special


Claremorris Town Hall Theatre Presents:

Stars of Country Christmas Special

The Stars of Country Christmas Special Concert boasts some of the biggest names in Irish Country Music.

What better way to start off the Christmas Festivities than singing along with Country legends such as Declan Nearney, Mick Flavin, Ray Lynam, Patrick Feeney and Brendan Shine. Music on the night by Keltic Storm.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear these talented artists perform together on Thursday, December 6th.

Doors open at 7pm with the Show commencing at 8pm.

 

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Christmas Crooners “Baby it’s Cold Outside”

Direct from the West End:

Theatre Productions Europe Presents:

Christmas Crooners

“Baby it’s Cold Outside”

A Claremorris Musical Society Fundraiser

 

The Christmas Crooners show “Baby it’s Cold Outside” is jam packed with festive favorites including the Christmas hits of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself – Frank Sinatra.
Staged in the warm and delightful style of the famous Andy Williams Christmas Shows, this brilliant production comes complete with Christmas Trees, a Rocking Chair and of course a lovely warm fireplace; just right for roasting those chestnuts and toasting the season!
With a fantastic cast of West-End Singers and backed by the Superb and Talented Swing Band, The Jazz All Stars.
Come join us on Saturday, December 8th to kick off the Festive Season in style and sing along to over 30 hit Christmas Songs.

Doors: 7.00pm, Show: 8.00pm

Full Bar

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Mount St Michael’s Secondary School Production – Les Misérables

Mount St. Michael’s school production of Les Misérables will take place in the Theatre on October 23rd, 24th and 25th. Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm. Tickets are available directly from the school.

Based on the 1862 novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables follows the story of a French peasant named Jean and his quest for redemption after serving years in jail. He decides to break his parole and start a new life but he is tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Throughout his journey, Jean, along with many other characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France.

 

The Year of The Hiker – Garrymore Drama Group

Claremorris Town Hall Theatre Presents:

The Year of The Hiker

Saturday, November 24th 2018

Doors:7 pm Show: 8pm

 

The Year of the Hiker written in 1963 by John B. Keane, tells the moving story of a man nicknamed the Hiker who returns home looking for forgiveness from the family he walked out on 20 years ago. The Story begins with his son Simey being urged by no-nonsense Aunt Freda to get ready for his sister’s wedding to Dr. William Dolly. The family’s thoughts slip back to the Hiker’s absence, and his wife Kate laments that Joe should not have to be giving his sister away. Nobody seems to know why the Hiker went after eight years of marriage. Hardest hit was Kate who withered in loneliness and shame, and Joe, who recalls the patience his father had for him and his devastation at being abandoned.

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