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VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and the George Bernard Shaw Theatre is located on the grounds of Carlow College and is owned and managed by Carlow Local Authorities. The Centre relies on the goodwill, enthusiasm and pride of a team of volunteers for the delivery of our programme in both the gallery and the theatre, and we are immensely grateful to them for finding the time to make all our lives culturally richer. We always welcome new volunteers, so if you’re interested please contact

Gallery Opening Hours Monday Tuesday - Saturday Sunday

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Closed 11am - 5.30pm 2pm - 5pm

Box Office Opening Hours Monday Tuesday - Saturday Sunday Also, on day of events

Closed 11am - 5.30pm 2pm - 5pm One hour prior to the show start

Tickets can be purchased online at any time of day or night

059 9172400 Our Box Office is just inside the main doors We regret that tickets cannot be refunded after purchase. In the event of a performance cancellation, tickets must be returned to the box office to obtain a refund. Booking Fees A booking fee of €1 per ticket applies to all card transactions whether purchased online, via telephone or in person (to a maximum of €10) Latecomer Policy Latecomers can only be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. Admission cannot always be guaranteed. Disabled Access The Arts Centre is fully accessible for disabled patrons. Designated car & Special Needs parking is available in the public car park at the centre. Patrons, please discuss your needs with Box Office staff when making your booking and they will be able to best advise you. Car Parking Car parking is available immediately inside the grounds at the Old Dublin Rd entrance. Coach parking is available further on to the right. Postage of tickets Patrons who wish for their tickets to be posted out to them in advance will be charged €1. Alternatively, tickets can be collected at the Box Office on the night (or anytime in advance). By Phone In Person Online Ticket Policy

We encourage patrons to go online and sign up to our mailing list. This will give them access to news, special ticket offers, unannounced shows and events, and delivery of our season brochure in digital format. No unwanted mail, just culture at your fingertips. Cover Image: Detail from Nimbus Green Room, 2013. Courtesy Berndnaut Smilde and Ronchini Gallery. Brochure Design: Tom Feehan at 056 7728797

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7th Sept 10th Sept 11th Sept onwards 12th Sept 14th Sept 14th Sept 19th Sept 20th Sept 20th Sept 25th Sept 27th Sept 28th Sept

Get Rhythym Film Screening: Lore Re Órga Fly Me to the Moon Silent: A Workshop on Making Theatre The Nualas Comedy Club with Chris Kent Christy Moore Culture Night: Aaron Lawless & Taylorfest ADI Talk: Captioning and Audio Description The Stars of 'The Savage Eye' Silent

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3rd Oct 3rd Oct 4th Oct 5th Oct - Jan 2014 5th Oct - Jan 2014 5th Oct - Jan 2014 5th Oct - Jan 2014 8th Oct 9th Oct 10th Oct 11th Oct 12th Oct 12th Oct 17th Oct 18th Oct 19th Oct 19th Oct 22nd Oct 23rd Oct 24th Oct 25th Oct 27th Oct 31st Oct

Film Screening: Kings 10.30am Scholar, Smuggler, Prisoner, Scribe: Howard Marks 8pm Doug Allan: Life Through a Lense 8pm Cora Cummins: 'The Black Rose, The Green Pound and The Blue Sky' Undercover: A Dialect Janet Cardiff 'Forty Part Motet' Launch of Autumn Galleries and The Co-op 2pm - 8pm Film Screening: Lón Sa Spéir 8pm Cure & Re-Orga: T-Party with Feragus Ó Conchúir 11am Cure & ICWA: Pot Luck Lunch 12pm Tommy Tiernan 8pm Cure & My Own Unique Identity: Meet the Artist Cure 8pm Comedy Club with Fred Cooke 8pm Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend 8pm Ballet Ireland Carmen Masterclass 11.30am The Fureys & Davy Arthur 8pm Voice Box Night 8pm Student Enterprise Show 9am - 1pm Student Concept Competition 7pm - 8.30pm Redemption Song 8pm Jackula 12pm Film Screening: Hitchcock 8pm

Film Spoken Word Spoken Word Visual Art Visual Art Visual Art The Co-op Film The Co-op The Co-op Comedy The Co-Op Dance Comedy Theatre The Co-Op Music The Co-Op Event Event Theatre Children's Theatre Film

Friday Saturday Tuesday Friday Tuesday Thursday Friday Thursday Friday

8th Nov 9th Nov 12th Nov 15th Nov 19th Nov 21st Nov 22nd Nov 28th Nov 29th Nov

Bockety World of Henry and Bucket (Barnstorm) Carmen (Ballet Ireland) The Memory of Water Pat Shortt: I am the Band Film Screening: Much Ado About Nothing Comedy Club with Gearoid Farrelly Jack L Voice Box Night ABBA Forever

10pm & 11.30pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm

Children's Theatre Dance Theatre Theatre Film Comedy Music The Co-Op Music

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Cinders Eile Film Screening: The Muppets Christmas Carol

2.30pm, 7.30pm Variety 2.30pm & 7.30pm Pantomime 7pm Film

Thursday 5th - 7th Dec Wednesday 11th - 16th Dec Thursday 19th Dec

8pm 8pm 11am 8pm 11.30am-4pm 8pm 8pm 7.30pm 5pm 8pm 8pm

Music Film Dance Theatre The Co-Op Theatre Comedy Music Various The Co-Op Comedy Theatre

Carlow Youth Theatre

Carlow Local Authorities Arts Office At VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and The George Bernard Shaw Theatre The Carlow Local Authorities Arts Service has created a participatory and inclusive arts service, pioneering a way of working that supports the creative process of artists and curators, led by local need and providing a context for artists to work in Carlow. It stimulates an interest in the appreciation of the arts across the county—acting as advisor, curator, advocate, funder, programmer, conduit and catalyst for new initiatives, helping to shape optimum conditions for collaborations. VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art is a key part of the Carlow Local Authorities Arts Service remit, and, in this programme alone, its involvement is visible in the Dance Residency (Emma Martin), and Theatre Residencies (WillFredd Theatre Company, Carlow Youth Theatre). In Visual Arts, the Arts office will co-fund two key exhibitions, by Carlow native Cora Cummins and international artist Janet Cardiff. It is also a significant partner in the development of The Co-op (see opposite page). Its Artlinks mentoring bursary ( will feed significantly into the Voicebox programme (p16). The Arts Office is also one of the leading partners in Music Generation Carlow, the U2 and Ireland Fund bursary to fund education in music (see p5). The website for further information is Arts Office Contacts: Sinead Dowling, (059) 9170301 Ann Scully, (059) 9136204 (For Music Generation) Paula Phelan, (059) 9138583


Carlow Youth Theatre Ongoing residency in George Bernard Shaw Theatre Established in 2000, Carlow Youth Theatre continues as a model of community youth art engagement that does not compromise in striving for artistic excellence. Youth Theatre can represent the energy of a place and its people like few other artforms, and is a well-spring for the emergence of creative industries across Ireland. Carlow Youth Theatre continues to offer weekly workshops to members, between the ages of 12-15 and 15-18 years old, as. You do not have to have any previous experience in youth theatre or drama—you just have to be willing to commit to having fun and getting involved. To register your interest please contact

The Co-op is a new project for VISUAL, curated by Galleries Co-ordinator, Emma- Lucy O’ Brien and Theatre Co-ordinator, Hannah Mullan. It looks specifically at collaborative practices and the ways in which dialogue between artists (and some non-artists) can create new spaces for creativity in Carlow. The Co-op is working to understand the role of collaborative practices in contemporary art and performance, and the ways in which these associations can lead to new knowledge and new art.

Throughout the season brochure and on the VISUAL website you will be able to identify The Co-op’s activities with the following keys:

Collaborate refers to the opportunities for collaboration that have opened up as a result of core season programming at VISUAL. Some of these projects have been co-ordinated for specific groups and individuals, and others are an open call to get involved!

Voice Box looks to create new platforms for discussion at VISUAL. It will appear in a number of ways over the season, be it Voice Box Nights when local creative and innovative people talk before an audience about the work that fuels their passions, or roundtable events linked to gallery projects, exhibitions and the performing arts programme.

Collaboration often lends to the creation of new ideas and work. Made in Carlow celebrates and takes pride in this.

The Co-op is kindly supported by Carlow Local Authorities Arts Office

Images courtesy of the studio of artist Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art presents

The Forty Part Motet

(A reworking of Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis 1573)

Janet Cardiff Main Gallery October 5th 2013 – January 12th 2014

We are delighted to present internationally acclaimed artist Janet Cardiff’s Forty Part Motet, a truly magnificent sound installation involving forty separately recorded voices, played back through forty speakers strategically placed throughout the space, to create an unforgettable sonic experience. Cardiff describes the work: ‘While listening to a concert you are normally seated in front of

the choir, in traditional audience position. With this piece I want the audience to be able to experience a piece of music from the viewpoint of the singers. Every performer hears a unique mix of the piece of music. Enabling the audience to move throughout the space allows them to be intimately connected with the voices. I placed the speakers around the room in an oval so that the listener would be able to really feel the sculptural construction of the piece by Tallis. You can hear the sound move from one choir to another, jumping back and forth, echoing each other and then experience the overwhelming feeling as the sound waves hit you when all of the singers are singing.’ A purpose built space for large scale sculpture works, VISUAL’s Main Gallery will, for the first time, take on an enormous piece of sound sculpture. The Forty Part Motet has, since 2001, been inspiring audiences around the world. This immersive experience has been described as a sublime circle of sound and stirs thoughts on the potential that exists within a community of

people or individuals who come together in praise of something positive and good. For ongoing events in relation to this work please see The Forty Part Motet page on Janet Cardiff was born in 1957 in Ontario, Canada. She lives and works in Berlin and British Columbia (Canada).

The Forty Part Motet Duration: 14 min. loop with 11 min. of music and 3 min. of intermission Sung by: Salisbury Cathedral Choir Recording and Postproduction by: SoundMoves Edited by: George Bures Miller Produced by: Field Art Projects

Associated Event Music Generation Carlow will work in partnership with County Carlow Arts Service to bring together a group of transition year students from Borris Vocational School, led by composer (and Trinity College lecturer) Linda Buckley, to devise a new work in response to Janet Cardiff’s Forty Part Motet. The group will work on developing their compositional skills by exploring themes of space, imitation, text, layering of sound, harmony, and equality of parts, visualisation, emotion and the senses. These themes will be explored through compositional workshops facilitated by Linda and will result in the performance of the new piece in December. Music Generation Carlow is one of the three new selected areas for participation in Music Generation - Ireland's national music education programme initiated by Music Network and funded by donations from U2 and The Ireland Funds.


Verdant Productions presents

Get Rhythm: A Tribute to Johnny Cash Date Saturday 7th September Times 8pm Price €18/€16

GBL Productions in association with Patrick Talbot Productions presents

Fly Me To The Moon Written and directed by Marie Jones

Date Thursday 12th September Time 8pm Price €20/€18

In 2012, a group of eight experienced musicians from County Cavan toured the prisons of Ireland, recreating the prison concerts undertaken by Johnny Cash and his band in the 1960s. This 8-piece band (replicating the classic Cash, Tennessee Three, Carter Family and Carl Perkins line-up) will now bring their expertise to Carlow, playing songs from throughout Cash's career.

From the author of the smash-hits Stones in

His Pockets and Women on the Verge of HRT, comes this new smash hit comedy. Francis and Loretta are community care visitors. Davy, one of their elderly charges, has had a significant win on the horses, but he doesn’t know. When the cash-strapped women learn that Davey will not be around for a considerable time they are faced with a

Paul McCann recreates the role of Johnny

mouth-watering dilemma.

Cash, and June Carter’s vocal duties will be performed by Louise O’Reilly.

Marie Jones’ hilarious new comedy investigates whether we are valued more in life or in death.

They will recreate Cash’s greatest live performances, bringing us all his hits, and giving our audience a beautiful night in the company of a one of the greatest musicians of all times.

‘Fizzes with comic energy’ Belfast Newsletter

The Nualas

Christy Moore

Date Saturday 14th September Time 8pm Price €20/€18

Date Friday 20th September Doors 7pm Price €40

Ireland’s top all-female comedy singing

There is little that needs to be said, short of the familiar tum-tee-tum of this man’s name, to fill an auditorium. Christy Moore will take to the stage of the George Bernard Shaw Theatre for the first time – guitar, bodhran, voice – with an intimate show, arriving without a set list, but instead leafing through his song book as the night unfolds. From Nancy Spain to Ride On, Lisdoonvarna to The Voyage, Don’t Forget your Shovel to Ordinary Man, this will be a sublime night in the company of ... an extraordinary man.

sensations The Nualas are legging it down to Carlow for a night of laugh-yourhead off, wet-your-pants, pass-out-fromthe-glamour-of-it-all entertainment. In a world where pop stars think nothing of singing in their underwear, The Nualas buck the trend by sporting proper shiny stage attire. You’ll hear favourites like ‘Manolo’ alongside fabulous all-new classics, such as ‘Sexy Farm Song’, and ‘Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Why Am I So Fat?’. Expect scintillating vocal harmony, ambitious choreography, bags of bling, and a night packed solid with craic, laughter, tears, and chat. Following their last performance in Carlow in 2012 – a sell-out during the Carlow Arts Festival – the girls are back and they mean business.

Pre-theatre menu 3 Courses €26 059 9179245

High Bright Lap Harp, Aaron Lawless 2013

Nimbus D’Aspremont, Berndnaut Smilde 2012

Undercover: A Dialect Work by Stephen Brandes, Aaron Lawless, Berndnaut Smilde, aiPotu, Jeronimo Hagerman, Magdelena Jitrik, Fiona Larkin, Sean Lynch, Pilvi Takala, & ‘955,000’. Curated by Michele Horrigan Link, Studio Galleries, and various sites in Carlow Town Dates 5th October 2013 - 5th January 2014 Undercover: A Dialect is an exhibition exploring the ways in which artists can be involved in covert and hidden activities in public, often acting out individual trajectories away from any public attention. It takes the position that artistic activity is not about fitting into a consensus of what art in public should be, and identifies with work that enjoys an undercurrent of improvisation and frugality, haphazard formality, and changeability. The exhibition will take place in the galleries at VISUAL, and in sites around Carlow town, and include new work by Aaron Lawless and Stephen Brandes. Berndnaut Smilde will create a cloud for VISUAL as part of his ongoing Nimbus series. A cloud will hang momentarily in the galleries at VISUAL allowing the artist a brief time to capture an image for print, which will remain as evidence when the cloud has evaporated. Norwegian Collective aiPotu will offer open air bathing to the public through a sculptural installation made of recycled timber and featuring Norwegian Pine soap. Also included in this exhibition is 955,000, a selection of loose leaf submissions by over 70 artists on index cards with instructions for artworks, proposals for unrealized projects, hand drawn notes and explanations—originally part of a publication curated by Lucy Lippard for Vancover Art Gallery in 1970. Contributions by Hans Hacke, Bruce Nauman, Robert Smithson, Barry Flanagan and Eva Hesse offer examples of work and ideas from a time when art was undergoing changes that would radically shape the practices of artists and their relationship to the public.

Undercover: A Dialect is curated by artist and curator Michele Horrigan, who is founder and curatorial director of Askeaton Contemporary Arts. Michele will give a Curators talk at 2.30pm on Saturday 5th October.


Wolf’s Den, Fiona Larkin, 2010

Associated Events - Undercover Transitional Instruments Date: 20th September / Culture Night Time: 6pm - 7.30pm Venue: Theatre Bar, VISUAL Centre For Culture Night celebrations, Aaron Lawless will present a series of musical instruments made of recycled and found materials located around the Carlow area. These forms will be used in a public event with local musicians. Lawless’ practice involves recycling leftover found materials into startling arrangements, exhibited as installations or sculptural entities. Often guided by YouTube tutorials and DIY instruction manuals, his constructions rarely hold an allusion to high art, rather he sees them as makeshift solutions made with the resources at hand.

Barrow Valley Painters: New Work Facilitated by Adam Bohanna Date: 5th -24th November Venue: Atrium and Bar, VISUAL Centre The Barrow Valley Painters Group will create a new body of work in association with Undercover: A Dialogue. Curated by Michele Horrigan, this series of paintings will look at Carlow and some of its more curious aspects and vistas. 2013 Eigse Open Submission winner Adam Bohanna will facilitate this project with a number of oil painting workshops.

Wolf’s Den – Do onto others Fiona Larkin with Carlow Youth Theatre & MOUI Artist Fiona Larkin explores the use of the imagination as a device for engagement. Larkin invites participants to wear the clothes of another—specifically a second hand denim jacket with Wolf’s Den embroidered on the back—and take a journey with that person or stranger in mind. In November Larkin will be at VISUAL to workshop the concept with Carlow Youth Theatre and teenagers from My Own Unique Identity. Through enactments and dialogue these groups will engage with ideas around what it is to be a stranger and encounter the unknown.

IADT @ VISUAL Students from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in Dublin will develop a body of work dealing with some of the themes that have been developed over this season, drawing inspiration in particular from Undercover: A Dialect and Cora Cummin’s exhibition The Black Rose, The Green Pound and The Blue Sky.

Chris Kent

Fred Cooke

Lisa Richards Agency presents

The George Bernard Shaw Theatre Comedy Club

Gearóid Farrelly


€10 (or €30 for all three including a drink at each) Once a month, we will be bringing you the hottest new talent on the Irish comedy circuit from the talent agency which represents almost all the leading Irish comedians, from the comfort and intimacy of the theatre bar at The George Bernard Shaw. We will be kicking off this season with not-so-unknown and hilarious talents of Chris Kent, Fred Cooke and Gearóid Farrelly.

Chris Kent Date Time

Thursday 19th September 8pm

Earlier this year Chris was voted as one of the Top Five Irish Comedians by Hot Press Magazine. He is well known as a panelist on RTE Radio show The Second Republic.

Fred Cooke Date Time

Thursday 17th October 8pm

Fred has rapidly become a unique stand-up delivering a style of comedy that simply cannot be imitated. He has already contributed to a variety of successful Irish TV shows, both as a writer and performer, including RTE’s Republic of Telly and The Cafe.

Gearóid Farrelly Date Time

Thursday 21st November 8pm

A polished live performer Gearóid is a regular at Irish comedy festivals and has completed national tours with PJ Gallagher, Neil Delamere and Maeve Higgins. He has also supported Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne and opened for Rich Hall in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.

Cleverality, with support from VISUAL Centre, presents

Taylorfest Friday 20th - Saturday 21st September Note: This event takes place on Dublin Street, Carlow


a of ch Free

The second annual celebration of Carlow native Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor, this Culture Night initiative will take place on Carlow’s Dublin Street – in cafes, bars, and a pop-up cinema and cultural space. A wide selection of silent film and 1920s themed events include the Irish premiere film screening, with live musical accompaniment by Eric Butler, of Johanna Enlists (1918). This highly popular Mary Pickford-starring comedyis one of only a half-dozen existing films from William Desmond Taylor's 87 movies. The delightful story is about a freckle-faced farm girl whose pleas to the heavens to send her a beau results in the 143rd army regiment camping on her land. Other events: -


A rehearsed reading of Greedy, written by Derek O’Connor and directed by Jimmy Fay (a stage-adaptation of Erich Von Stroheim’s 1924 masterpiece re-located to contemporary Ireland). The Extraordinary Life of William Desmond Taylor; a new production performed by the Carlow Little Theatre. Contemporary Irish filmmaker Andrew Legge will introduce his short films The

Chronoscope and The Unusual Inventions of Henry Cavendish. -

A recreated 1920s Speakeasy in period costume with live music.


An exhibition of portraiture photography using turn-of-century techniques curated by Saidhbhín Gibson



The Stars of

The Savage Eye Date Friday 27th September Time 8pm Price €18/€16

David McSavage’s cutting commentary focuses on all aspects of Irish life – looked at through the lens of the critically acclaimed TV show The Savage Eye. From the Bull Mick to Mary Robinson, Pat Kenny and Joe Duffy, nobody is safe this truth-induced evening of introspection. David McSavage is joined by fellow performers and writers John Colleary, Pat McDonnell & Dermot McMorrow.

[The Savage Eye is] the best TV comedy ever made in Ireland The Sunday Independent

Warning: Not for the faint hearted, nor for under 16’s.

Pre-theatre menu 3 Courses €26 059 9179245

Fishamble: The New Play Company presents

Silent Written and performed by Pat Kinevane Date Saturday 28th September Time 8pm Price €16 (€14 for workshop attendees)

Homeless McGoldrig once had splendid things. But he has lost it all - including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino, in this brave, bold, beautiful production. Directed by Jim Culleton, Silent is currently wowing audiences on its extensive Irish, European and US tour.


Silent | A workshop in Making Theatre Date Saturday 14th September Time 11.30am-4.30pm Price €10 A day-long workshop for 14-18 year olds exploring the themes behind the Fishamble production of Silent. facilitated by Irish theatre maker and performer Sarah Baxter. Sarah trained at London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) where she studied devised and physical theatre.

Fishamble: The New Play Company is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council.

Verdant Productions presents

Image Credit: The Rose Garden, photograph, 2013. Courtesy the artist

The Black Rose, The Green Pound and The Blue Sky

Cora Cummins Digital Gallery

5th October 2013 - 5th January 2014

For Cora Cummins the opportunity to exhibit at VISUAL inspired thoughts of local connections (she is originally from Carlow) and the everyday; how, in fact, the extraordinary can be found on your doorstep, and how it’s all the more magical and meaningful when it relates to your personal space of experience, memory and imagination. This exhibition presents a surreal ‘mapping’ of the county she is from. Memory, experience, unlikely historical fact and flights of fancy fuse to create a new body of work by Cummins, comprising two videos, a set of etchings and a new edition of The Fold, a collaborative publication. Cora Cummins is now based in Dublin. She studied fine art at DIT and NCAD and currently lectures at IADT Dun Laoghaire, as well as continuing to work on making art.



Print Workshop with Cora Cummins Date Saturday 30 November Time 10am - 4pm Price €90 (very limited numbers!) Cora Cummins will facilitate a print workshop at VISUAL using drypoint and chine cole techniques. IADT @ VISUAL Students from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in Dublin will develop a body of work dealing with some of the themes that have been developed over this season, drawing inspiration in particular from Cora Cummin’s exhibition and from Undercover, A Dialect, curated by Michele Horrigan.


Our monthly screenings continue to explore films that may not have had a screening in the local multiplex, but which are titans of cinema. We welcome new members to our film club all the time, and you can simply come along to any of the screenings and join up. To find out more, email Tuesday 10th September at 8pm


Dir: Cate Shortland Duration: 109 mins, Germany 2012

When their Nazi SS parents are taken into Allied custody, five siblings are left to fend for themselves. Teenage Lore (Saskia Rosendahl) takes charge, and the children set out to join their grandmother in Hamburg, some 900 km away. Along the arduous journey, the children encounter a populace suffering from post-war deprivation, and for the first time are exposed to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. With food hard to come by, and the journey becoming ever more dangerous, the children meet Thomas (Kai-Peter Malina), a young Jewish survivor who helps them negotiate their way through tricky situations. Lore is both repulsed by and attracted to Thomas. All that she has been taught leads her to believe that he is the enemy, but his industriousness, generosity and physicality prove alluring.

Thursday 3rd October 11am


Dir: Tom Collins Duration: 88 mins, Ireland 2007

In the mid 1970s a group of young men leave the Connemara Gaeltacht, bound for London and filled with ambition for a better life. After thirty years, they meet again at the funeral of their youngest friend, Jackie. For some of the men the years have been hard, working in building sites across Britain. Slowly the truth about Jackie's death become clear and the friends discover they need each other more than ever.

Tuesday 8th October at 8pm

Lón Sa Spéir

Producer: Éamonn Ó Cualáin Duration: 78 mins, Ireland 2012

Narrated by Fionnula Flanagan, Lón sa Spéir is the remarkable story of one of the most iconic images of the 20th century – Lunch atop a Skyscraper – taken on the 69th floor of the Rockefeller Building in the autumn of 1932. At the height of the Great Depression, eleven ironworkers sit eating lunch on a steel beam, boots dangling 850 feet above the sidewalk of 41st Street. For over 70 years, the identity of the eleven men, and the photographer that immortalised them, remained a mystery—until the start of the 21st century, when the photograph finally began to give up its secrets.

Thursday 31st October at 8pm



Dir: Sacha Gervasi Duration: 98 mins, UK/USA 2013

‘What if someone good made a horror picture?’ asks Alfred Hitchcock of his wife Alma Reville early on in this clever and witty drama about the making of Psycho. The creation of that film is at heart the story of a marriage between a fat, ugly genius and the ‘tiny, birdlike woman’ who was invigilator, confidante and touchstone to his talent. Played here by Anthony Hopkins, in facial prosthesis and fake belly, and the neither tiny nor particularly birdlike Helen Mirren, Hitch and Alma appear as an indissoluble partnership in art and life. Includes screening of the short horror movie ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ made by the young people of Carlow Regional Youth Services.

Tuesday 19th November at 8pm

Much Ado About Nothing

Dir: Joss Whedon Duration: 107 mins, USA 2012

Joss Whedon's impact on youth culture is already hard to overestimate. Now he's made the first great contemporary Shakespeare since Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Whedon is one of the few blockbuster film-makers who also has a semi-rep acting company. Small-name regulars from Buffy, Angel and Firefly reel off blank verse in the director's own LA mansion. Whedon's got a keen ear for comedy, a no-nonsense approach to ditching the gags that don't work, a deft hand for slapstick and an eagerness to use it. – JDIFF 2013

Thursday 19th December at 8pm

The Muppets Christmas Carol


Dir: Brian Henson Duration: 86 mins, USA 1992

Brian Henson directs his late father's creations in the Charles Dickens classic, the best known (and most oft-filmed) Christmas story of all time. Michael Caine plays the old miser Scrooge with Kermit as his long-suffering but ever-hopeful employee Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Cratchit's wife, and a host of Muppets (including the Great Gonzo as an unlikely Charles Dickens) taking other primary roles in this bright, playful adaptation of the sombre tale. Or at least it starts brightly enough—the anarchic humour soon settles into mirthful memories and a sense of melancholy as the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future take Scrooge on a journey of his wasted life. This kid-friendly retelling makes an excellent trip to the cinema for all the family.

Voice Box Nights at VISUAL Dates Tuesday 22nd October / Thursday 28th November

Time 8pm

Price â‚Ź5

A brand new initiative spearheading the aspirations of The Co-op (see page 2), Voice Box Night provides a platform for vocalising local innovation and artistic practice. This social night is a new adventure for VISUAL and will take place twice in every season. It looks to celebrate the enormous amount of creative energy that abounds in Co. Carlow. Ten speakers will, with 5 minutes each, present an aspect of their practice/career which inspires and motivates them. Speakers will include musicians, visual artists, artworkers, designers, innovators and many more. Each presenter will battle against a clock to describe what it is that makes them tick and why it is that they do what they do. Free drink for the first 30 tickets in the door on the night! Voice Box Tuesday 22nd October/8pm Connie Byrne Hyland Seamus O’Hara Paula Phelan Adam Bohanna John MacKenna Jamie Alcock Emma Martin Podge Sheehan Michele Horrigan Sinead Dowling And others.

(MC) (Carlow Brewing Company) (Music Generation) (Artist) (Playright) (Carlow Youth Services) (Dancer in Residence, VISUAL) (President of the Students Union, Carlow IT) (Visual Arts Curator) (County Arts Officer)

Voice Box Tuesday 28th November/8pm Speakers will be announced on 5th October. ARTS OFFICE

This event has been kindly sponsored by the Carlow Brewing Company. Graphics for the The Co-op and Voice Box by the Project Twins.

Artist in Residence:

Dance Artist in Residence:

WillFredd Theatre

Emma Martin

Dates November 2013 – October 2014

Dates November 2013 – October 2014

Sarah Jane Sheils and Sophie Motley, aka WillFredd Theatre, are delighted to have been awarded a theatre residency at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre.

Emma Martin is an Irish choreographer based in Carlow, whose residency will run into late 2014.

WillFredd pride themselves in immersing their theatre-making into collaborative partnership of unusual scope and diversity, and have worked with the Dublin Deaf community, farmers, allotment owners, beekeepers and palliative care professionals. They recently produced an extraordinary piece of theatre entitled Farm which was awarded the coveted ‘Revive’ Award at Absolut Fringe 2012.

Her work has been described as ‘at once beautiful and brutalist, raw and exquisite’. The work sets out to explore ways of distilling our everyday existence, with a desire to draw out the stranger and otherworldly tones, using a combination of dance, theatre, music and song. Throughout her residency at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, she has been developing a new dance theatre production, which will premiere in 2014.

The project that they will develop during their time in Carlow will be a theatrical creation bringing together the Irish horse-racing fraternity and local artists.


Scholar, Smuggler, Prisoner, Scribe

A new show by Howard Marks Date Thursday 3rd October Time 8pm Price €15



During the mid 1980s Howard Marks had 43 aliases, 89 phone lines, and owned 25 companies throughout the world. All were money laundering vehicles serving a core activity: dope dealing. Marks began to deal small amounts of hashish while doing a postgraduate philosophy course at Oxford, but soon he was moving much larger quantities. At the height of his career he was smuggling consignments of up to 50 tons from Pakistan and Thailand to America and Canada, while juggling relationships with MI6, the CIA, the IRA, and the Mafia. His bestselling memoir Mr Nice revealed a man of immense audacity, humour and intelligence. An evening with Howard Marks unveils those same traits, with fresh and extraordinary new material since his last visit to Ireland.

Doug Allan: Life Behind the Lens Date Friday 4th October Time 8pm Price €15

Join wildlife lens-man Doug Allan for an unforgettable evening, as he takes you up close and personal with the animals that live in the wildest places on earth. This award-winning cameraman—whose TV credits include the epic wildlife series: Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet, Ocean Giants, and Frozen Planet—will share his adventures, encounters and insights. He will present extraordinary unseen film footage on the big screen, and talk about working with Sir David Attenborough, Charlie Bird, Gordon Ramsay and others.

‘Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug. There’s just no one else who knows these frozen worlds as he does’ Sir David Attenborough

“Calmly conceived and intellectually robust, [Ó Conchúir’s artisitic] strategy doesn’t just produce eloquent movement, it creates powerful art.” The Irish Times

Fearghus Ó Conchúir

Cure Date 12th October

Time 8pm

Price €16

What does it take to recover? What happens after collapse? Cure is about overcoming difficulties, about what's needed to survive and about the journey in hope as much as the arrival. It invites us to look for the way ahead, and assembles the wisdom and creativity of others in order to take the next steps. Cure is a new solo for Fearghus Ó Conchúir, choreographed by six artists and performers with whom he's worked in recent years. Fearghus Ó Conchúir is part of PROJECT CATALYST, an initiative of Project Arts Centre. This production contains nudity. 14+

ASSOCIATED EVENTS VISUAL has put together a series of opportunities for Carlow people to meet choreographer and dancer Fearghus Ó Conchúir, to exchange ideas on the topic of his new work, Cure. Fearghus is one of Ireland’s leading independent choreographers, but he’s also really easy to talk to—so even if you know nothing about contemporary dance, it’s worth coming to one of these informal get-togethers. Wednesday 9th October at 11am €5 Ré Órga Tea Party. A special Wednesday dance session for our over 50s, hosted by Alicia Christofi-Walshe. Alicia will be introducing Fergus and exploring the themes and inspiration behind Cure over a cuppa. Fearghus will then collaborate with the group. Dust off those dancing shoes and swing on down. Thursday 10th October at 12pm €5 Irish Country Women’s Association’s Pot Luck Picnic. Bring along a dish and come and have a chat with Fearghus about life as a contemporary dancer and the inspirations behind the making of Cure. Saturday 12th October Meet the Artist: See the Work. Fearghus will host a special discussion group with the My Own Unique Identity group (part of Carlow Youth Services), looking at the theme of place and belonging.

Aiken Promotions presents

With an F Productions presents

Tommy Tiernan: World Tour of Carlow

Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend

To his mortifying shame Tommy Tiernan knows nothing about Carlow. He is not even sure how to get there. He is going to get into the car in Galway, put twenty quid worth of petrol into it, point it towards Wicklow and hope for the best. Tommy’s mastery of stand-up allows him to take risks other comedians dare not. Through hilarious storytelling and a high energy, non-apologetic delivery he continually challenges his audience.

Date Friday 18th October Time 8pm Price €16/€14

Captioned + AudioDescribed

Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend is about a new Irish generation and about change. It’s more than a haircut or going to college. It’s the changes you can’t control, the changes you can’t come back from, like growing up, or emigrating, or that moment you realise: you’re not who you thought you were going to be when you wrote about it in 3rd class.

To see Tiernan live is a rare treat.

“Brilliant & life-affirming – Tommy Tiernan actually makes you proud to be Irish.” Irish Independent

ASSOCIATED EVENT Thursday 25th September 5pm - 6.30pm Ahead of the performance of Solpadeine, Arts & Disability Ireland—and a panel of experts—welcome audiences to the theatre for an early evening discussion on ‘accessible theatre’, including a demo of the extradionary captioning and audio description services available.

This audio-described and captioned performance is facilitated by Arts and Disability Ireland with Arts Council funding.

Date Friday 11th October Time 8pm Price €28

By Stefanie Preissner

The Fureys and Davey Arthur

Mend and Make Do presents

Redemption Song Written by John MacKenna

Date Saturday 19th October Time 8pm Price €25 One of Ireland’s finest international bands, The Fureys, will make their second appearance with Davey Arthur in The George Bernard Shaw Theatre. The Fureys have been entertaining people all over the world for 32 years with their music, songs and stories. They have performed before hundreds of thousands of fans, including the late Pope John Paul. Tony Blair has publicly stated that his favourite peace song of all time is The Fureys’ Green Fields of France. These legends of Irish music will sing all their hits, including I Will Love You and When You Were Sweet 16, and bring the house down with an unforgettable night.

Date Friday 25th October Time 8pm Price €16/€14 Joe is a small-time builder—as he says himself, ‘If you never get too big, you never go out of business.’ Joe’s marriage to Mary has broken up, and his son—if indeed it was his son—has been killed, brutally executed. One evening, two young men call to his door with stunning news: they've given a lift to a hitch-hiker and they swear the man is Joe's dead son.

Redemption Song is a powerful and gripping contemporary retelling of an old story. This play is written by local author and RTE broadcaster John MacKenna, and directed by Carlow Club Players’ Marian Kinsella.

Ré Órga Dance Workshop Date Wednesdays beginning 4th Sept Time 11am - 1pm (For Over 50s ) Price €5 per session

Alicia Christofi-Walshe returns to the George Bernard Shaw Theatre to lead our over-50s dance group, Ré Órga, in a series of dance classes this Autumn. These popular sessions encourage, inspire, and motivate people to get dancing; they emphasize maintaining flexibility, strength, balance, and co-ordination in a social and relaxed environment. Alicia will teach participants new social dances and contemporary techniques, and she encourages those of all abilities to come along, meet new people and make new dances!

Ballet Ireland presents Barnstorm Theatre Co presents

CarmenThe Bockety World of Henry Date Saturday 9th November and Bucket Time 8pm

Price €18/€15by Sarah Argent, in collaboration

with Barnstorm Theatre Company Set to Bizet's passionate score, Carmen follows the story of a young, naïve soldier Date by Friday November Jose, who is bewitched the 8th beautiful and fiery gypsy, Carmen. Obsessed Time 10am & 11.30pm and reckless, Jose turns €6 his back on Price respectable life to be with her. What isdancers friendship? Ballet Ireland's talented will sizzle in this fantastic new production, What happens when it goes wrong? bringing passion,What colour in do to make doand youdrama have to abundance. it work?

The play explores friendship through a day in the life of Henry and Bucket, two ASSOCIATED EVENT friends who live in a bockety world of A workshop fordiscarded the danceobjects. community in Carlow Date Saturday 19th October Time 11.30-2pm (14 - 18 years) Price €10

A stand-out piece of children’s theatre

This workshop will begin with a masterclass from Ballet Ireland's Stephen Brennan, and Irish Independent will then explore a scene from Carmen with two professional dancers from the company. An incredible opportunity to get the inside track on what it’s like to be involved in the making of a new Theballet Irish Times and a chance to see, and dance, a section before it hits the stage!

Bockety brilliance! ****


Jack Flash presents

Barnstorm Theatre Co presents


The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket

Date Sunday 27th October Time 12 noon Price €6 (Family ticket available)

Enjoy a spooktacular Halloween treat with the return of this fabulous magic and juggling show. Jackula is Dracula’s bumbling younger brother. He is on his quest to become the world’s most magical vampire. He makes his pet ghost dance. He balances three pints of water on his face. He gets the kids to help him try to step out of his older brother’s shadow. Jack Flash has performed at The White House, Leinster House, The Aras and to over 11 million people with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s ‘Greatest Show on Earth’. For children aged 4 to 12.

by Sarah Argent, in collaboration with Barnstorm Theatre Company Date Friday 8th November Time 10am & 11.30pm Price €6

What is friendship? What happens when it goes wrong? What do you have to do to make it work? The play explores friendship through a day in the life of Henry and Bucket, two friends who live in a bockety world of discarded objects.

A stand-out piece of children’s theatre Irish Independent

Bockety brilliance! **** The Irish Times

VISUAL Saturday Art School Portfolio Preparation course for 4th, 5th and 6th year students Date Time Price

8 consecutive Saturdays from 26th October 11.15am – 2.30pm €150

In every season, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art offers a facilitated program for teenagers interested in art making. For winter 2013 we will present a portfolio preparation course for postjunior to leaving cert students. This eight-week course is broken up into three major sections: Observation, Research Methods and Application. It will be facilitated by professional artists, third-level educators and artists from the current shows at VISUAL. Aside from studio work they will be introduced to the arts professionals at VISUAL and given some insight into what it is to work in the arts. The VISUAL Saturday Art School is about exploring and introducing students to new experiences in the arts and art making as well as offering support in portfolio preparation. Book on 059 9172400

Mature students welcome.

Family Art Workshop Date Time Price

Sunday 13th October, 10th November, 15th December 2pm - 3.30pm €6 (per family of up to 3 members)

Family Art Workshop continues in the galleries this season, welcoming parents and grandparents to come with their children and grandchildren and get creative. Facilitated by artists, these family fun afternoons are guaranteed to add the sparkle of imagination to any Sunday. Patrons should note that this is a family workshop and parents/guardians must remain with their children throughout. Suitable for children up to the age of 12 years. Book on 059 9172400

VISUAL Parent & Toddler Group Wednesdays beginning 11th September Price €3 (per family of up to 3 members) Date

VISUAL’s Parent and Toddler group is where you’ll find the luckiest little toddlers. Facilitated by artist Saidhbhín Gibson this group gets to enjoy a morning of fun, art and play, while offering you a chance to meet with other parents. This season toddlers will make shape monsters, lollipop butterflies and lots more! Grandparents and child-minders are welcome. Tea and coffee is also provided. Book on 059 9172400

Tours for Schools On-going throughout the season Price €2 per student

(tour without workshop)

Every season VISUAL welcomes to the galleries tour groups from both primary and secondary schools in the South East. These visits are tailored to the age profile of the class. In this season, the opportunities for School Tours expand beyond the walls of VISUAL to some of the site-specific work around Carlow Town. For primary students a range of workshops can be availed of, and for secondary school students exam questions can be considered. If you are interested in bringing a class for a tour please contact 059 9172400 two weeks in advance of your proposed date.

Theatre Royal Productions presents

The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson Date Tuesday 12th November Time 8pm Price €18/€16 Because you can’t choose your family... Three sisters come together in a highly charged atmosphere on the eve of their mother's funeral. With a storm raging outside they laugh and cry, rage and bicker, as the conflicts of the past and their hold on the present are mercilessly exposed. This searing comedy exposes the patterns and strains of family life in a way that will be familiar to all. Directed by Ben Barnes, this production of The Memory of Water reminds you why you go to the theatre.

Ben Barnes’s production counterpoints Stephenson’s comedy and poignancy with a command that is not easily forgotten. The Irish Times

Pat Shortt ABBA presents Forever I Am The Band

Date Friday 29th November Time 8pm Date Friday 15th November Price €20/€18 Time 8pm Price €28

It’s Christmas! It’s Party Time! It’s A

Pat Shortt returns to Carlow with this oneTheir music is the most played on ra man comedy show charting the life of Dixie stations around the and the My Walsh (Jumbo Breakfast Roll, Where Did world, musical based on their life is still pac Money Go), a solo lounge musician. theatres, and Mamma Mia was a hug The show is a tribute cinema night tohit.... Dixie to

which all his peers and friends (the Abba stillhis rolls on! audience) come to celebrate career. Dixie reminisces about the path his career Believe ithe or has not,had it is forty years since has taken—and the struggles they started, and this terrific show to endure—to get to the top of his game. celebrates with a loud, proud fanfare favourite. It has One of Ireland’s mostbringing talentedyou andevery deeply played to full houses hilarious comic performers in a show that all over Ireland withtoaudiences rocking in the aisles he has been fine-tuning perfection—this before they know is a show to get yourself an early ticket it. for.

Get your glad rags on, brush up on t lyrics, don the dancing boots and co to the best party in town!


Jack L The return of The 27 Club Date Friday 22nd November Time 8pm Price €23/€20


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Named for the remarkable group of artists who passed away at the age of 27, The 27 Club brings together material from singers such as Janis Joplin, The Doors, Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, The Bunnymen, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana… with the great Jack Lukeman doing the honours. Jack L has blazed a trail around Ireland and Europe with this smash hit show, and this is its final tour. With his own spellbinding and legendry style, he interweaves the legacy of these artists, not through a vale of tears, but in a rip-roaring musical celebration of life itself.

ABBA Forever Date Friday 29th November Time 8pm Price €20/€18

It’s Christmas! It’s Party Time! It’s Abba! Their music is the most played on radio stations around the world, and the musical based on their life is still packing theatres, and Mamma Mia was a huge cinema hit.... Abba still rolls on! Believe it or not, it is forty years since they started, and this terrific show celebrates with a loud, proud fanfare, bringing you every favourite. It has played to full houses all over Ireland, with audiences rocking in the aisles before they know it. Get your glad rags on, brush up on the lyrics, don the dancing boots and come to the best party in town!

Striking Productions presents

Carlow Club Players presents

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Cinder Eile

Date Thursday 5th - Saturday 7th December Time Various times Price €15/€12 The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason. It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. But we think that the most likely reason of all May have been that his heart was two sizes too small. Following the success of last year’s ‘Christmas Comes to Town’, Striking Productions returns with a fresh new adaptation of Dr Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, where the Cat in the Hat introduces us to the tiny, near-invisible world of the Whos. The show features a huge all-singing, all-dancing local cast and will appeal to all age groups.

Date Time

Thursday 12th - Monday 16th December Various matinees and evening performance times Price €15 adult / €12 children €50 family of four / schools rate

‘Oh no it’s not!’ ‘Oh yes it is!’ Oh yes it’s PANTO time again. This year the Carlow Club Players are proud to present their take on the world’s favourite pantomime Cinderella. All the ingredients are there for a spectacular family extravaganza—jealousy, persecution and deceit. The Fairy godmother (the good), the stepmother (the bad), and the sisters (the ugly) are all participants in this hilarious fairytale, blending The Carlow Club Players’ very own mix of storytelling magic with a measure of all things current in town. Shelve all financial worries, ditch all feelings of doom and gloom (‘They’re behind you!’), and bring your brood to this traditional Christmas pantomime. is the definitive online guide to Irish cultural events, giving you complete information about cultural activities both here and abroad. To find out what’s on near you right now, visit on your computer or mobile phone.

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VISUAL - Autumn 2013  

Autumn 2013 programme of VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow, Ireland. Visual is a contemporary gall...

VISUAL - Autumn 2013  

Autumn 2013 programme of VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow, Ireland. Visual is a contemporary gall...