The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo, celebrating its 30th year in 2012, is preparing for its busiest season yet with 44 different shows programmed between this September and December. The diverse programme offers a wide choice for lovers of the Arts with 11 plays, 20 musical acts, 4 comedy acts, 1 opera, a magic show, 2 musicals, a Children’s Theatre Festival and of course the Annual Coolera Panto taking to the stage over this period!
Birthday gigs each month include in September - Sligo Fun Company’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. October’s birthday gig celebrates children’s theatre with the launch of The Mad Hatter – A Children’s Festival of Theatre in Sligo presented by the Hawk’s Well Theatre and the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company. November sees local drama and musical groups in Sligo coming together to showcase Sligo’s talent in a production entitled There’s no Business like Show Business. Finally the birthday Gig for December is Coolera Dramatic Society’s Christmas Panto, Dick Whittington and his Cat.
Theatre highlights include Blood in the Alley’s production of Woman and Scarecrow in September featuring Geraldine Plunkett; London Classic Theatre’s The Importance of Being Earnest in October; a weekend with actor Pat Kinevane presenting his captivating one man shows Forgotten and Silent and Livin Dred’s Ride On in November. Crokey Hill Players return with their very popular The Real McCoy in September and again in December and Everyman Productions Sligo return in November with Dancing at Lughnasa. There are a number of theatrical productions aimed at secondary schools; Fibín’s An Triail and Icarus Theatre Collective’s Romeo and Juliet in November. The Christmas season kicks off with A Christmas Carol on 2nd of December featuring one of Britain’s leading actors Clive Francis in a unique one-man adaptation of the Dickens classic.
Musical highlights include the return of the internationally acclaimed Cherish the Ladies on September 12, joined by legendary singing sensation Maura O’Connell. On 17 October, The Music Makers performs with a multi-sensory celebration of instrument-making within Irish traditional music. As part of Sligo Live – Fidil and I Draw Slow will be held on October 26 and and Lau and Buille will play on October 27. Other musical acts returning to the Hawk’s Well include folk music icon Arlo Guthrie, The Alan Kelly Gang with Eddi Reader and special guests the Unwanted, country music sensation Nathan Carter and a very special celebration concert in November highlighting Rick Epping’s immense contribution to the landscape of folk music. Other highlights include Scullion, Bell X1, Albert Niland and the multi award winning singer-composer Julie Feeney joined by the Ursuline College Sligo choir on Sunday 18 November. Opera Theatre Company also return in November to present Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.
Comedy lovers can look forward to Des Bishop in September, Conal Gallen in October, The Nualas in November and the return of the sell-out Faulty Towers..the dining experience in December, while lovers of contemporary dance will enjoy Dance Theatre of Ireland’s production of Every little Step..the Rhythm of Hope in November. Sligo’s own Shane Gillen presents his magic show Mind Heist in December.
For info and booking call: (071) 9161518 or visit www.hawkswell.com