Theatre: “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Kilkenny Arts Festival

[From the Kilkenny Arts Festival website]

On the deck of a deluxe mobile home a group of friends gather for a week-long party full of cocktail-infused debauchery, bad dancing and questionable gender politics. As the celebrations continue, two couples emerge. Claudio and Hero fall deeply and madly in love, while Benedick and Beatrice resume their altogether more quarrelsome romance. Much Ado About Nothing charts the course of these two star-crossed courtships as malicious rumour and pointed lies threaten to tear them both apart.

After last year’s award-winning production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rough Magic returns to the Kilkenny Arts Festival with this vivid, contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s celebrated screwball comedy. This festive production of deception and excess, sparkling wit and linguistic exuberance asks – can we ever truly know the people we love?

Note: this is an outdoor performance. Please dress for the weather. No umbrellas allowed.

TICKETS: available from the Kilkenny Arts Festival website.

DATES: 8th – 17th August 2019

VENUE: The Quad at St.Kieran’s College, College Road, Kilkenny.

[Photo credit: Ste Murray, sourced from the Kilkenny Arts Festival website.]


 

Talk: “Shakespeare and a Divided America” by Prof James Shapiro at the Galway International Arts Festival

[From the Galway International Arts Festival website.]

Professor James Shapiro, widely acknowledged as one of world’s leading and most entertaining Shakespeare scholars (author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare) will discuss the uses and misuses of Shakespeare to divide America, the subject of his next book. He will be interviewed by Professor Patrick Lonergan, Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies, NUI Galway.

DATE & TIME: 20 July 2019 5pm

VENUE: Aula Maxima, NUI Galway

TICKETS: €10 available from the Galway International Arts Festival website.


 

Theatre: “Twelfth Night” in Roscommon

This July, the Pilgrim Players return to the Bishop’s Palace in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, with a new production of Twelfth Night.

The company aims to make accessible and vibrant theatre not just for ardent fans, but for all comers. Built in 1864, the Bishop’s Palace (aka Edmondstown House) is a historic home situated in beautiful grounds – the grounds will be open to the local community, and the audience are welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy this outdoor performance of one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies.

VENUE:
The Bishop’s Palace, Edmondstown, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, F45 NX04
DATES:
Friday 19 July 2019, 7pm (grounds open from 6pm)
Saturday 20 July 2019, 3pm (grounds open from 2pm)
Saturday 20 July 2019, 7pm (grounds open from 6pm)
Sunday 21 July 2019, 3pm (grounds open from 2pm)
Children are very welcome to attend. They will be admitted for free to the Saturday matinee performance. For more key info, see the the Pilgrim Players website.
Bishops Palace Ballaghaderreen Roscommon

The Bishop’s Palace, Edmondstown, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon