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Kinnitty Castle The Slí Dala Restaurant at Kinnitty Castle Hotel offers an elegant fine dining experience, enjoy our gourmet cuisine under the expert guidance of Award Winning Executive Chef Darren Brooks. Our well appointed restaurant offers guests the perfect setting to enjoy a candle lit evening overlooking our beautifully manicured gardens with Four Star Friendly Service. The Slí Dala Restaurant is open daily from 6.30pm to 9pm, a Three Course Menu is priced at only €37.50pp and a Two Course option is available for €29.50pp. If you are thinking of planning an event, family gathering or looking for some ideas for a group of friends then we can tailor something for your needs. Booking is Essential, to make a reservation please contact or telephone 057 91 37318


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d selection of events for your Welcome to our new season – a varie e this season bringing you the ramm enjoyment! We have a packed prog work for all ages. We have a best of local, national and international teenagers, visual arts, comedy, selection of summer camps for children and this season include Fishamble: theatre, music, film and song. The highlights of Forgotten. Written and n uctio The New Play Company’s prod s advises “Drop ever ything. performed by Pat Kinevane the Irish Time – even unforgettable”. Book now...captivating, moving and - yes for all events on our website You can book and choose your seat ional charge for booking online. There is no addit you to donate €1 towards our When paying for your ticket we invite nal and we thank our patrons, optio ly plete running costs – this is com donated since introducing this most sincerely, who have generously filling the gap in reduced public scheme. The funds raised go towards Box Office is open Monday – funding over the past few years. Our 057 9122911. on us call Friday 1 – 5.30pm. Drop in or tre soon! Thea the We look forward to seeing you at

Emma Nee Haslam Venue Manager

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GERRY O’MAHONY 1 July – 15 August Gerry O’Mahony is a graduate from L.S.A.D. He has taught art in Ireland and has travelled extensively, spending long periods in both Israel and Malawi. These travels have been a huge influence on his art practice. He is a permanent member of Contact Studios, Limerick, and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. In my work I seek to confront the instinctive realities of human and cultural challenges in a world which fluctuates between the familiar and the unknown, an odyssey that shows humanity’s struggle to find ways to inhabit the planet in a peaceful, productive and co-operative way.

ANTHONY CULLEN 18 August – 28 September Dublin based artist, Anthony Cullen, has been painting professionally since 2008. In his current collection of apes and monkeys there is a strong emphasis on the eyes – being the windows to the soul. The apes in his paintings are often quite melancholic which opens the way for more ideas of consciousness. His style of paintings is deliberately less expressive and more restrained and realistic. Each painting takes about two months to complete with an arduous wet on dry oil approach used. Anthony has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows throughout Ireland.

JOHN GILLEN 1 October – 31 October John Gillen is a native of Birr living in Dublin. He attended NCAD but subsequently pursued a career in public service. Having availed of early retirement John has resumed his art career with tremendous success. Recipient of the Pauline Bewick Bursary in 2002, John has exhibited in Dublin, at the Cobalt, 101 Talbot Street, The Blue Leave and Peoples Art St Stephen’s Green and also has had solo and joint exhibition in Birr. He is also involved in the Botanic School of Art. John specialises in still life, botanical subjects and land, sea and street scapes.

BIRR FILM CLUB TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP Over 18’s Full membership – €25 (couple €40) Members – €3 per film Friends of Members – €5 per film Non-members – become a member for the night for €4 (15 mins before film starts) then pay €3 member rate to view for the night. Non-members cannot book in advance and are advised to check possible availability the day before to avoid disappointment Friends of the Theatre automatically become Film Club Members Membership valid for one year from 23 September 2014.

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SUNDAY 22 JUNE • Katherine Crossen Piano Vincent Hunt Cello • Tally Flynn Violin on Violin and Catherine on Piano, as Come to hear Vincent on Cello, Tally to France for César Franck’s Cello they take you on a summer’s journey ta and to the Land of Film for Sona Violin rt’s Moza for Sonata, to Austria familiar sounds for young and old Helping to send Conor Dwyer on his journey to Belgium this summer on the Special Olympics Team, all funds raised by this concert go to Birr’s own Olympic champion, swimming for Ireland!’ Vincent Hunt has a post-graduate diploma in Music from University of Ulster, an MA in performing from University of Limerick and is ex-Chairperson of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras. He currently conducts and directs the Laois School of Music Ensemble, the Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra and is a founder member of the Roscommon County Youth Orchestra and the County Kildare Orchestra. Katherine Crossen returned to Ireland in 2006 from the USA, where she taught music and performed regularly. She now lives near Tullamore where she teaches. Tally Flynn recently completed her Masters in Performance and Musicology in Maynooth and won the Maynooth Concert Competition in 2013 and has competed, with distinction, in the Feis Ceoil. SUPPORTED BY OFFALY COUNTY COUNCIL ARTS OFFICE

3pm • Adults €10/Children U12 €5


A lot has been written and a lot has been said, whispered, recounted, alleged, supposed and presumed. It’s all quite forgotten now and the songs remain the same, they remain a testament to Mary Coughlan’s seemingly timeless and endless talent. Her smoky, bluesy, boozy drawl has always been a seduction, no matter what the subject. The vocal marrying of sardonic wit, visceral rage, orgiastic between the sheets passion, the tenderest of sorrowful regrets – this is Mary’s talent. Regardless of the elements she chooses to manipulate with flawless ease, Mary’s voice has always been an unforeseen, sudden seduction. This is why she is so loved. 8pm • €20/€18 (Friends €18)


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MONDAY 7 – FRIDAY 11 JULY STARCAMP, Ireland’s leading and most renowned performing and fun Summer Camp is coming to Birr Theatre Offaly. Open to boys and girls aged 4-13. Starcamp’s core ethos is to instil confidence and self-esteem through praise and recognition. We create a wondrous, nurturing environment where participation and happiness are key. We enhance skills and personalities through creative energies that will last a lifetime. Sing, Dance and Act all while making new friends and having fun. Run by professional, experienced, fully trained and Garda vetted leaders, choreographers and drama coaches. To book your childs place, visit or call 021 4377900. 9.30am – 2.30pm 1 Child €90, 2 siblings €150, 3 siblings €200

by Instructed Lord of the rs Dance Sta FLYNN O’KANE ACADEMY

Summer Dance Camp 2014 MONDAY 14 – THURSDAY 17 JULY FUN FILLED AND ACTION PACKED!! Instructed by ‘Lord of the Dance’ stars – Bernadette Flynn and Damien O’Kane A fusion of Irish and modern dance, arts and craft, games and rhythmical routines! Beginners welcome. 10am – 2.15pm • Booking essential: 087 2400861

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MONDAY 14 – FRIDAY 18 JULY SUMMER CAMP FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS FACILITATED BY LISA CAHILL. This is an opportunity for children with special needs age 6 – 12 years to spend time with an experienced professional dance artist who will lead them in creative dance and movement. It provides an outlet and stimulus to express their feelings of joy and togetherness. Lisa Cahill returns to Birr for her fourth year to work with her special friends, old and new. SUPPORTED BY OFFALY COUNTY COUNCIL ARTS OFFICE

2.30pm – 4.30pm • €20

school of rock 2014 MONDAY 21 JULY – FRIDAY 1 AUGUST CALLING ALL ROCK STARS! The 9th Annual School of Rock facilitate by award winning multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter Brendan Keeley is now enrolling. This 2-week course will give intensive training in writing and performing your own and other wellknown songs. It will also provide training in various aspects of the music business including copyright, publishing, the recording process, voice training and instrument tuition. Anyone interested in participating should have at least a basic knowledge of an instrument (guitar, drums, bass, voice). As places are limited, it is essential that new participants attend a workshop on Thursday 26 June, 5pm at which time places on the course will be allocated. Participation at workshop does not guarantee a place on the course. Age 14 – 18yrs • €70 each; 2 siblings €65 each; 3 siblings €60 each


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FRI 1 – FRI 9 AUG 2014 46th Annual Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival Festival programme available end of June

school of rock 2014 gig FRIDAY 1 AUGUST Following their two weeks intensive training under the guidance of Brendan Keeley, the 2014 School of Rock participants will lift the roof at a gig to remember! Don’t miss your chance to see the musicians of the future and who knows, someday you might just say “I remember when they just started!”. 8pm • €5



Following the highly acclaimed ‘Les Miserables’ in concert last year, Midland Musical Youth returns with another spectacular concert this year. MMY ENCORE! will feature some of the greatest choruses, solos, duets and trios from Musical Theatre through the years, from Classical to Rock, from Broadway to the West End. This large ensemble of wonderful singers age 16 to 21, drawn from all over the midlands, are guaranteed to amaze and delight you in what promises to be yet again a highlight of Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival. Musical Director: Enda O Connor • Production: Maureen de Forge, Tommy Lyndon 8.30pm • €16/€14

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Written and Performed by Katie O’Kelly • Directed by Donal O’Kelly

One day on the shopfloor. Zero hour contracts appear. There will be blood.

WEDNESDAY 6 & THURSDAY 7 AUGUST Welcome to the world of fashion retail, a labyrinth of sequins, hangers, sales targets and bunions where “the customer is always right”. Four shop employees. One day on the shop floor. A day so jam-packed it is bursting at the seams, and the workers feel as disposable as the clothes they sell. A whirlwind solo show by Stage UK Best Solo Performer nominee in the Edinburgh Fringe 2012, Katie O’Kelly. Come delve in the hidden world behind the super friendly smiles of our department stores. Laugh, weep and scream! Ka-chinka-ching! ‘One of those performers with true stage presence’ – British Theatre Guide ‘A kaleidoscopic story...pitch-perfect O’Kelly’ – Irish Theatre Magazine ‘Moves flawlessly from belly laughs to breaking the audience’s hearts’ – Liberty ‘Expertly performed’ – No More Workhorse ***SELECTED AS A THEATRE HIGHLIGHT FOR 2014 BY THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ***

A Show in a Bag Production: Show in a Bag is an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers & actors. 1.05pm • €15/€13 (including light lunch)


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FRI 1 – FRI 8 AUG 2014 46th Annual Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival Festival programme available end of June

WEDNESDAY 6 AUGUST Five of Ireland’s best new comics are touring Ireland in a camper van this summer gigging in as many towns as possible. The Lads of Comedy will be followed by a camera crew for a TV pilot to be aired later in the year. The show will be a mix of stand up comedy and sketches. Kevin McGahern Host of RTÉ’s Republic of Telly, Star of Hardy Bucks and RTÉ Comedy Awards Finalist. Hilarious… McGahern is fantastic… Nails it – JOE.IE Trevor Browne Finalist of RTÉ Comedy Awards, writer for Republic of Telly, three sold out solo runs at the Edinburgh Festival. One of the funniest comics I’ve ever seen’ Fringe Guru Edwin Sammon Featured in Republic of Telly, the RTÉ Comedy Awards and winner of the coveted Father Ted Comedy Competition in 2011, a lover not a Tweeter, Edwin is one of the best stand ups in the country. Fact. He has played nearly every festival imaginable ranging from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Electric Picnic. Ronan Grace Craic Attack and “FM104 Comedy” finalist. He is a regular contributor to the Republic of Telly and is a regular host in the International Comedy Club, Dublin. Ronan’s great stage presence laconic style and acerbic material makes me think we’ll be seeing more if him on TV screens in the future Colm O’Regan Andrea Farrell RTÉ Comedy Awards Finalist and regularly featured in Republic of Telly also likes to tweet memes to celebrities! Andrea did her first Edinburgh solo in 2012 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Endearing, charming, with plenty of laughs – The Skinny 9pm • €10 BIRR THEATRE & ARTS CENTRE PRESENTS OXMANTOWN SINGERS LUNCHTIME CONCERT

vintage classics FRIDAY 8 AUGUST Join us for a real lunch-time treat of classical music featuring the very talented Pascal Kennedy (bass) joined on stage by senior members of the Oxmantown Singers under the guidance of Deirdre Hanniffy and accompanied by Marie Power. Winner of Feis Ceoil 2013 (bass solo), Pascal is currently attending the Royal Irish Academy and looks forward to his Lieder and Opera course in Scotland this summer. 1.05pm • €12/10 (including light lunch)

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‘Drop everything. Book now...captivating, moving and – yes - even unforgettable’ The Irish Times FISHAMBLE: THE NEW PLAY COMPANY PRESENTS

FRIDAY 8 AUGUST Written and performed by Pat Kinevane Directed by Jim Culleton Produced by Marketa Dowling

‘Has no one a skitter o’ dignity left?’ Flor wants to bath himself Dora wants her chowder now Gustus wants his house back Eucharia wants to make an announcement…

‘beautifully written and vivid…uniquely memorable’ The New Yorker

‘an incredibly moving piece of theatre…unequivocally beautiful’ The Scotsman ‘a unique theatrical experience’ LA Times

With exhilarating theatricality and haunting honesty, Kinevane’s captivating performance brings to life these sometimes forgotten voices of society. This boutique performance by the award-winning Fishamble: The New Play Company is now in its seventh year of touring Ireland and abroad. It has been performed in over 100 performances throughout Ireland and on tour to England, Scotland, US, France, Czech Republic, Iceland, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, as well as in the U.S. to New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Fishamble: The New Play Company is a multi-award winning company dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work for the theatre. Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council. Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland. 8pm • €16/€14 (Running time 80 mins)


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International Summer Music School 2014 Concert SUNDAY 24 AUGUST Enjoy an afternoon of classical music at the final concert of International Summer Music School 2014 with performances by young musicians aged 8–18 alongside a stunning line-up of professional artist-performers! Come and enjoy some fabulous music where upwards of 35 musicians will present a colourful and exciting concert of instrumental and vocal music – this is a ‘not-to-be-missed’ event! 3pm • €10

Make sure to book your tickets ea rly… Conal Gall en is TOO funn y!!

SATURDAY 13 SEPTEMBER He’s back! Yes, Conal Gallen returns to the stage this September for a one month stand up tour, rolling into Birr this September. Don’t miss out on this rare chance to see Conal back in his one man stand up show and see why he really is Ireland’s funniest man! 8pm • €25 (Friends: priority)

CULTURE NIGHT FRIDAY 19 SEPTEMBER On Friday 19 September, 2014 everybody will enjoy the unique experience of Culture Night a FREE night of entertainment, discover and adventure taking place in towns, cities, counties and islands in Ireland. Museums, galleries, cultural and arts centres will open their doors to welcome people of all ages to taste and sample their cultural delights for free on this evening. MOON AND SIXPENCE PUPPET THEATRE’S

Red Riding Hood, Features the classic fairy-tale characters and a talking dustbin, who encourages children to pick up litter! The marionettes (string puppets), perform with music and sound effects and draws plenty of audience participation, as much from adults as from children. Running time 50 mins. 6pm • FREE All Welcome. Just book your ticket so we know you’re coming!

8pm OFFline Film Festival – Local Programme Launch The 5th Annual OFFline Offaly Film Festival takes place Wednesday 8 – Sunday 12 October. Join us tonight as we launch the programme in time for you to plan your Festival week! FREE All Welcome Just let us know you’re coming!

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Dir: John Michael McDonagh 100mins | Ireland | (English) Drama 15A


Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson), a village priest in a coastal village in Ireland, is told in the confessional that one of his parishioners is going to kill him. The man was abused by a priest for five years as a child; that priest has died, but killing the innocent Fr James will be revenge for the other priests’s abuse of an innocent boy. The man gives Fr James a week to settle his affairs. Since he is under the seal of confession and cannot go to the police, the good-humoured priest sets off himself to try to prevent his murderer *Best Film and Best from carrying out the deed. This proves to be an arduous task since Actor at the Irish Film his parish is bristling with combative black sheep. Before long the & Television Awards sinister undercurrents that Lavelle tries hard to ignore grow stronger *IMDb rating of 7.9 and the powers of darkness begin to close in around him. He must ask himself whether he has the courage to face his Golgotha. - Berlin Film Festival 2013

8pm Birr Film Club Members €3, Non-Members €7

Acting Masterclass Of fa ly Dr a m a P r oj e ct

with Geoff Colman

FRIDAY 26 – SUNDAY 28 SEPTEMBER An excellent opportunity for experienced actors to TRAIN with an exceptional acting teacher of international renown. Geoff Colman works with each individual on strengthening their core acting practice. It is also amazing to observe him working with other actors in the group. Geoff Colman is Head of Acting at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He is regularly invited to give Masterclasses and workshops both in the UK and abroad. As a director and professional acting coach he has worked with playwrights and actors from various performance contexts ranging from the National Theatre of Finland and Institut del Teatre Barcelona, to Miramax, Lenny Henry and Derren Brown. This Masterclass is also an ideal chance for directors and less experienced actors to OBSERVE a director engage with actors. Actor places are limited and will be booked on “first come first served basis”. A place will be secured on receipt of full fee. Bookings can be made with Fiona Breen at 086 8904828 or Participants Fee €150 (Observers: €20 per day). AN OFFALY DRAMA PROJECT, SUPPORTED BY OFFALY ARTS, DRAMA LEAGUE OF IRELAND.






Dir: Kim Mordaunth 96min | 2013 | Laos/Australia (Lao) | Club


The Rocket is a heartwarming coming-of-age tale set entirely in Laos. Ahlo is the surviving twin of a difficult birth and is believed by some to be a source of bad luck. When the 10-year-old Ahlo and his family are displaced by the construction of a dam, further tragedy strikes as they relocate. Upon reaching the relocation village, Ahlo befriends young Kia and her eccentric uncle Purple, but is still ostracised by the superstitious community, and even treated with suspicion by his own family. Ahlo decides that his only hope of redemption is the *Best First Feature Award at the Berlinale Rocket Festival: a riotous, and dangerous, annual competition where huge bamboo rockets are set off to provoke the rain gods. Despite *Best Narrative being too young to enter the competition, Ahlo is determined to Feature at Tribeca succeed. Set amidst a beautiful landscape, and with lovely performances *Nominated for 45 by the young actors, The Rocket is a sensitive and uplifting film. and winner of 25 International Film Festival Awards

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*IMDb rating of 7.5

8pm Birr Film Club Members €3, Non-Members €7

Bach Vivaldi Strauss The Godfather Dr. Zhivago Fiddler on the roof

SUNDAY 5 OCTOBER Vladimir is proud to announce his brand new show for 2014. Together with his brother Anton they will perform an all new popular movie/musical and classical programme accompanied by their piano player Adam Kuruc. Hear music from Johannes Brahms, J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Strauss and themes from movies/musicals including The Godfather, Dr. Zhivago, Fiddler on the Roof as well as many sing-along favourites. We’re delighted to welcome Vladimir back to Birr with Anton and know this will be a very special evening. 8pm • €13 when purchased in advance • €16 on the night

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*Nominated for 30 and winner of 19 International Film Festival Awards *IMDb rating of 8.0

8pm Birr Film Club Members €3, Non-Members €7

Some romances are written in the stars. Others, it would seem, can be chalked up to a misread street map. When a lunchbox painstakingly prepared by Ila (Nimrat Kaur) for her emotionally distant husband is mistakenly delivered to Saajan (the wonderful Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi), the under-appreciated Mumbai housewife and lonely accountant strike up an intimate correspondence. Continuing to use Mumbai’s legion of lunch couriers as their go-betweens, they share increasingly involved letters detailing their inner thoughts and life stories. The tinges of disappointment and regret that punctuate these missives reflect the enticing soulfulness of Ritesh Batra’s debut. In turn, there’s exhilaration to be had watching these characters realize that their futures are unwritten. But will they put down their pens and overcome the obstacles keeping them from one another? - Vancouver International Film Festival 2013

Birr Wed 8 – Sun 12 October 2014 INCLUDING LOCALLY MADE SHORTS AND FEATURE FILMS Full Programme available in early September See for details




*IMDb rating of 7.3

8pm Birr Film Club Members €3, Non-Members €7

Dir: John Curran | 110mins 2013 | (English) | Drama | 12A


Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Stoker) commands the screen in John Curran’s mesmerizing character study, based on the astonishing true story of Robyn Davidson. With her faithful dog and four unruly camels in tow, Robyn departed Central Australia on foot, determined to traverse the Outback and reach the Indian Ocean. Her only obstacles were 2,700 kms of desert and her own personal demons. Curran and Wasikowska capture Robyn’s two-year preparatory phase in Alice Springs, when she learned how to maintain camels and reluctantly accepted necessary funding from National Geographic. The catch? She had to allow photographer Rick Smolan (played by Girls’ Adam Driver) to snap pictures at predetermined stops along the way. The arduous physical journey and the arguably more dangerous mental one are conveyed through Curran’s use of the stunning landscapes as a prominent character in the former and Waikowska’s complete dedication in the latter. This is one journey you will not forget. - Vancouver International Film Festival 2014


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An Evening of Nostalgia with

JOHNNY McEVOY SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER Johnny McEvoy has always been highly acclaimed for his excellent shows and his concert at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Saturday October 18th is eagerly awaited by his legion of fans. This nostalgiac evening of ‘Song and Story’ features all of Johnny’s many ‘Hit Songs’, including Muirsin Durkan, Boston Burglar, Those Brown Eyes, Long Long Before Your Time etc. His songs are haunting, evocative and beautifully presented with many in the folk and ballad style. This is a concert not to be missed with one of Ireland’s legendary Singer/ Songwriters. 8pm • €25 (Friends: priority) BIRR FILM CLUB




Dir: Asghar Farhadi | 130mins | 2013 Iran | (French) | Drama | 12A


Following the taut Oscar-winning divorce drama A Separation, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi returns with another stunning study of modern family life, this time set on the outskirts of Paris where Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) arrives from Tehran to finalise the end of his tempestuous marriage to estranged wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo). The Past, however, is not simply a variation on a theme; it is a gripping, emotional detective story, as curious Ahmad investigates the events *Winner of Best of the previous four years, his interest piqued by Marie’s sulky teenage Actress at the Cannes daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet), whose strange contempt for her Film Festival mother’s new boyfriend Samir (Tahar Rahim) sets the story in *Winner of 10 motion. Farhadi’s cast is note-perfect, International Film Festival Awards. especially Bejo,… but the real *IMDb rating of 8.0 star is the script, a masterwork 8pm of restraint that drip-feeds Birr Film Club one explosive revelation Members €3, after another. Non-Members €7

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drama festival 3 PLAYS PER NIGHT FOR 3 NIGHTS

FRIDAY 24 – SUNDAY 26 OCTOBER Birr’s One Act Drama Festival has become one of the most sought after Festivals in Ireland for award winning drama groups as they compete for a place in the All-Ireland One Act Drama Finals, with Birr festival winners taking top awards in the past. These three nights provide wonderful entertainment of the highest quality for three plays per night. Festival Workshops: workshops on performance and directing techniques on Saturday 25th October. Booking for workshops essential at 087 2836675 as numbers limited. Friday & Saturday 8pm • Sunday 7.30pm • €13/€11 (3 night rate €26)





Dir: Morgan Neville | USA 90mins | 2013 | (English) Documentary | 12A


Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, 20 Feet From Stardom *Winner of 15 boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, awards including Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these worldBest Documentary at the 86th Academy famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take centre stage in the film. Awards IMDb rating of 7.4

Vancouver International Film Festival 2013

8pm Birr Film Club Members €3, Non-Members €7


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BOOKING Tickets are non-refundable and must be paid for at time of booking. Please have your credit/debit card ready. All ticket prices include €1 transaction fee. Box Office: Open Monday – Friday: 1 – 5.30pm 057 9122911 Online: where you can select your seat (no additional charges). Cheques payable to Birr Stage Guild Ltd. In the final hour before a show only tickets for that performance can be processed. To comply with fire regulations children (even babies) must have a ticket. CONCESSIONS We offer concession rates, where possible, to students, under 18’s, senior citizens, unemployed and disabled. Current I.D. is essential to avail of these concessions. GROUP RATES Group rates are available. Please enquire at Box Office. LATECOMERS All performances start at 8pm (unless otherwise stated). Doors open 30 minutes before performance. Performances will start on time – please don’t be late! Latecomers will not be admitted until there is a suitable break, which in some cases may be the interval. DISABLED ACCESS Birr Theatre and Arts Centre is accessible for wheelchair users. We also have a house wheelchair for your use. This can be booked for a performance or the chair can be used to bring you from your car to your seat (please note: there are two steps to the front row seats). Please make your requirements known at the time of booking. It is advisable to book in advance. CHILDREN Children must be accompanied by an adult at all performances. FOOD & DRINK Wine, coffee and soft drinks will be available during the interval. No food and drink permitted in the auditorium. PARKING There is ample street parking. However we remind you we are located in a residential area and ask you to be conscious not to block private entrances. MAILING LIST Join our mailing list now by emailing or leave your details at reception. Ensure to leave your mobile number for regular text reminders. FURTHER INFORMATION Birr Theatre & Arts Centre Oxmantown Hall, Birr, Co Offaly Box Office: 057 9122911 Email: Web: Venue Manager: Emma Nee Haslam

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