Brochure - May - Aug 2024

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Dear Patrons,

Our cover girl Maeve Kilcoyne embodies the word joy.

Maeve is part of Shine - our creative programme that gives adults with intellectual disabilities the chance to connect through drama and music. Our Shine participants will take to the Hawk’s Well stage for the first time in our May production: Show Up and Show Off.

Members of Sligo Community Orchestra, our Sing for the Hell of it choir along with aspiring actors and comedians from our weekly workshops will also share the stage with them that evening. Please come along to show them your support and join in the fun and sense of achievement.

So many local artists bring joy to our community by sharing their skills. You might find a workshop or summer camp to explore your creativity in our Take Part section.

We hope that our summer programme will bring happiness and joy into your life as local and touring artists and festivals take to the stage.

Wishing you a wonderful summer season,

The Hawk’s Well Team

Helpful Information Welcome

Chill-out room

We have a chill-out room available for some of our children’s shows for those who wish to avail of a quiet space. Look for the chill-out symbol.

Relaxed Performance

This means the show has been adapted to suit people who might require a more relaxed environment when going to the theatre. Usually, these are adults or children with learning difficulties, autism, and/or sensory communication disorders.

Tickets for u18s:

We have teamed up with Music Generation Sligo to offer half price tickets to people aged under 18 to all music events with the Go See logo showing.

Selling Fast

Tickets for these shows are selling fast so book early!

Renovation fee on tickets:

In order to raise essential funds for our capital development project, there is a €1 fee on all tickets sold.

Greening our Theatre

Hawk’s Well Theatre is a proud member of the Green Arts Initiative in Ireland. We are working to reduce our environmental impact and become a more sustainable theatre.

Rafeef Ziadah: Let it Be a Tale

with live music

Phil Monsour

Tues 23 April, 8pm


Palestinian poet and spoken word artist Rafeef Ziadah brings her powerful catalogue of poetry to the stage featuring selections from her latest album Three Generations and earlier works from We Teach Life. With original musical compositions by Phil Monsour, this sequence of interconnected poems serves as a poignant and personal tribute to Palestine, chronicling Al-Nakba, exile, defiance, and survival.

Aindrias de Staic: By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

Wed 24 April, 8pm


A special evening of Irish Stories for grown-ups told through words, sounds and music in the bardic style. Strongly influenced by previous bards like Raifteri an Fhíle, Brian Merriman and Aindrias MacCruitín, this show is a contemporary take on the living tradition of storytelling. With special guests Aising Lyons on harp and concertina and Brian Fleming on percussion.

Duration: 90 Mins Age: 16+

Leonard Barry: Album Launch Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This

Tues 23 - Thurs 25 April

We are delighted to be part of the Network for Extraordinary Audiences which enables us to bring the show Sweet Dreams from artist Anna Newell to St Cecelias school and the Holy Family Preschool this April.

This show is specifically for children/young people with complex needs up to the age of 10.

Fri 26 April, 8pm


Littoral, Leonard Barry’s third solo CD, features some of the leading lights of Traditional music. To celebrate, Leonard and the artists that collaborated on this new release will come together to create a special night of music. Michael McGoldrick, Seamie O’Dowd, Andy Morrow, Michael Holmes and Anna Houston will join Leonard on the night for a one-off concert. “Warm, rich, expressing the joys of Traditional music.”

Where is my Mind? LIVE With Niall Breslin

and guest Dr. Tony Bates

Thurs 25 April, 8pm

Hothouse Flowers

Sat 27 April, 8pm

Declan Nerney: Live in Concert

with guests John McNicholl and John Hogan

Sun 28 April, 8pm


With a super career that has spanned over 4 decades at the top of Irish Country Music and scoring countless hits with his catalogue of trademark songs, join Declan Nerney and his super live band with special guests John McNicholl and John Hogan for a nostalgic night of music, song and laughter on the 2024 Where’s the Party nationwide concert tour.

word Music Music
Words Words Spoken
Schools Off-site
Anna Newell

A weekly dish of culture served in our foyer Free events


WEDNESDAYS from 8 MAY – 28 AUGUST | 1.10 – 1.50pm

Curated with support from Lisa Golden, Miriam Needham & Isabel Claffey


Trad@Lunch: Niamh & Séan Farrell

Siblings Niamh and Séan Farrell grew up playing traditional music in Sligo. One of Ireland’s most exquisite and versatile voices, Niamh’s memorable performances are nothing short of spine-tingling. She is joined by her brother Séan on vocals and guitar to kick off our summer lunchtime series.

MAY 15


Join us for a delightful mixture of comedy, drama, and song, performed by Órla McSharry, Fiona Maria Fitzpatrick, and Conn Barry.

MAY 22

Trad@Lunch: Junior Davey & Friends

Coming from Gurteen Co. Sligo, Junior Davey is a 5 times All Ireland Bodhran Champion and Bones World Champion. He has performed with many of Ireland’s finest musicians. He is joined by some special guests for this performance.

MAY 29

Drama@Lunch curated by Isabel Claffey

Join us for some lunch-time theatre and a hilarious radio play directed by Isabel Claffey.


Trad@Lunch: SEOID

SEOID is a new collaboration of the well-known Trad multi-instrumentalists Kerrie Herrity, Kenny Donagher, John Dwyer & Fiachra Guihen performing a lively and vibrant mix of traditional sets and newly composed music.

Joyce@Lunch JUNE 12

Join us as we celebrate Bloomsday this week with some hilarious performances from the works of the great James Joyce. Enjoy a selection of readings and songs from Donal O’Kelly and friends.


Trad@Lunch: Oisín MacDiarmada & Samantha Harvey

Oisín Mac Diarmada is an All-Ireland winning fiddle player, and founder of the internationally renowned group Téada. Providing masterful accompaniment on piano, Samantha Harvey is an award-winning step dancer.



Join Marina Ilina, Chakra O’Connor, Sinéad Sexton, Margo Barrow and Gavin Marley for some engaging drama, poetry and music.


Trad@Lunch: Ryan Sheridan, Conor McDonagh & Sinéad Johnston

We are joined by some of Sligo’s finest young musicians Conor McDonagh, Ryan Sheridan and Sinéad Johnston. All 3 have had many major successes at all-Ireland Fleadh level through the years. The trios most recent success was taking 1st place in the Senior trio competition at the most recent all –Ireland fleadh in Mullingar.


Cairde@Lunch: GreenBirdFlying

Enjoy some music from GreenBirdFlying as part of the Cairde Sligo Arts Festival. GreenBirdFlying is the alt folk trio of Cliodhna Quinlan, Mark Murphy and Mandi Frankham. As a trio they perform tuneful original folk music and songs with a hint of strangeness that fit around many genres including traditional, old time and americana.


Trad@Lunch: Lisa Golden & Friends

Young Ballymote musician Lisa Golden has helped us curate our Trad@Lunch sessions this year. A great flute player, Lisa has won the all-Ireland 12 – 15 Flute Slow Airs in 2022 and is joined for this performance by special guests.


Jazz@Lunch: Eleonora Strino Trio

Enjoy some Jazz at lunch time with a performance from Eleonora Strino Trio as Sligo Jazz Festival takes over the Hawk’s Well.


Trad@Lunch: Aaron and Ava Glancy

Join the multi-talented Irish traditional dancers and musicians Aaron and Ava Glancy. Ava is a skilled sean-nós dancer and fiddle player who has competed in Fleadhanna Ceoil competitions at every level. Aaron Glancy, her brother, is a skilled button accordion player and sean-nós dancer.



Isabel Claffey and a host of local talent bring us a lunchtime show of humour, drama and moving moments.

AUG 14

Trad@Lunch: Stephen Doherty, David & Patrick Doocey

Brothers David and Patrick Doocey on guitar and fiddle are originally from Boston, now living in Mayo. Stephen Doherty is a multi-instrumentalist from Foxford playing flute, accordion and whistles. This trio have performed with some of the top artists in the industry.

AUG 21


Our final Cabaret@Lunch promises lots of surprises, with performances from Theatre Artist in Residence Miriam Needham and friends.

AUG 28

Trad@Lunch: Daithí Gormley and Elaine Reilly

From Ballintogher, Daithí Gormley is widely regarded as one of the best Button Accordion players of his generation, with a vast repertory rooted in the rich musical legacy of his home county. Elaine Reilly from Granard, County Longford, is one of the foremost tenor banjo players of her generation.


Sligo Grammar School


Tues 30 April & Wed 1 May, 8pm

€15/10 Grammar School Students

Sit back and enjoy as the students of the Sligo Grammar School take you on a musical journey through the decades. Exploring a range of genres, students will sing and dance to an eclectic mix of modern hits alongside a selection of Broadway musical favourites! This musical spectacular promises to have something for everyone. Join us for an unforgettable night of music and dance!

Pure Medicine

Thurs 2 May, 8pm


In this brand new theatre production, Betty Duffy and Cahal Flynn explore a childhood in rural Ireland, reminiscing about a time when old boys told tales by the fire and a story could take you on an adventure. In this one-man show, actor and writer Cahal Flynn explores his own experiences of this stage of our social history.

“Absolutely unique and riveting”

“This story needs to be told again and again”

Duration: 50 Mins

Music Music

Tom Robinson

Sat 4 May, 8pm


Tom Robinson is a dynamic singer songwriter whose music spans the genres of punk rock, new wave, pop and rock. A dedicated activist for LGBT equality and human rights, his influence has spanned generations, collaborating with artists as diverse as The Kinks, Elton John, Billy Bragg and Ian McKellen. This promises to be a vibrant night of music that is not to be missed.

My Darling Clementine

Present Country Darkness including the songs of Elvis Costello

Sun 5 May, 8pm


After their critically acclaimed album Country Darkness - the songs of Elvis Costello, in collaboration with Costello’s long-time, right-hand man Steve Nieve, My Darling Clementine’s live show will feature a number of the Costello songs, as well as many favourites from Michael and Lou’s 10 year back catalogue.

“Costello’s songs, King and Dalgleish’s voices, Nieve’s keys... it’s a perfect fit” - American Songwriter

Deirdre O’Kane: O’Kaning It

Fri 3 May, 8pm

Extra date added: Thurs 28 Nov, 8pm


Comedic fireball Deirdre O’Kane is mad for the road, mercilessly mining hilarity from the human condition. Will she conquer the chaos or revel in it? Tame the mayhem or O’Kane it? Either way, you’re in for a night of relentless laughs fuelled by warped personal insights.


Sligo Academy of Music Gala

Thurs 9 May, 8pm


A special evening of music featuring the Sinfonietta, Jazz Orchestra, Junior Orchestra, Perfect Harmonies Choir, SAM Harp Ensemble, Duly Noted, Sligo Community Orchestra and performances by the SAM tutors. This musical extravaganza will cater for all ages, young and old. The Musical Director for the evening is Niamh Crowley. The night will feature an eclectic mix of Classical, Jazz and Popular music.

Shows Theatre

Teenage Theme Night #32: The 70s

Sat 11 & Sun 12 May, 8pm


Teenage Theme Nights have been providing a platform for older teenagers to perform with their peers in a professional, safe and friendly environment for over 10 years. This May, join us for the 32nd show in the everpopular series - as we celebrate the class of 2024 in showcasing their final Teenage Theme Nights performance. Also featuring our 4th and 5th year groups, as well as our professional house band.


Sarah Middleton Beat It Dance School

Mon 13 - Wed 15 May, 7pm


Sarah Middleton’s Beat It dance school of Strandhill, Sligo, is coming back this year with a bang!

Beat It dance school will be performing a mixture of dance with dancers aged 3-18 yrs, they will include a variety of Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Breakdancing!


Emma Doran: DILEMMA! Summertime Babies

Sat 18 May, 8pm


It’s the post-apocalyptic world. There’s only one contraceptive pill left. Do you give it to your 20-year-old daughter or keep it for yourself? Is it better to be a 40-year-old grandmother or a 40-year-old new Mum? These are the dilemmas facing Emma Doran; one of the most exciting stand-ups to emerge from these shores in years. She’s crammed so much into the last 20 years of her life that she is now officially the voice of 3 generations. “You’d be Mad to Miss Her”. - Evening Standard.

Sun 19 May, 11am (13 -36 months) & 12.30pm (0 – 12months)

€10 parent & baby

Enjoy the magic of live music at summertime with Eoin Troy and Aileen Concannon. A joyful treat for smallies!

Hawk’s Well Theatre

Songs, Poetry, & Theatre In Aid of DVAS

Sat 18 May, 1pm Donation Based

Come and enjoy a warm and entertaining lunchtime show of music, poetry, and theatre, in celebration of the vital support that Domestic Violence Advocacy Service provide. Join us in the foyer from 12 noon to enjoy complimentary refreshments before the show at 1pm, which includes performances by Fiona Maria Fitzpatrick, Sinéad Sexton, and Miriam Needham.


Music Network in partnership with the Baltimore Fiddle Fair


With special guest Patsy Reid

Sun 19 May, 8pm


With the flutes, whistles and accordion of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhrán of John Joe Kelly, this iconic band weaves and spins traditionally rooted tunes into an enthralling sound. They are joined on this tour by one of Scotland’s finest, fiddle and viola player Patsy Reid, who will bring her own creative genius to the mix.


Music Generation Sligo

Music Hubz

Gala Concert

Mon 20 May, 6.30pm €10

Don’t miss your chance to witness the next generation of musical talent shine bright as young Sligo musicians take the stage for an unforgettable end-of-year gala concert! Join us for an evening filled with a selection of sensational performances from Music Generation Sligo’s vibrant Performance Music Hubz. From the mesmerising harmonies of Sligo Youth Voices to the electrifying beats of Teen & Junior bands, this event promises to dazzle and delight.

Lisa Cooper Dance Academy

LCDA Summer Showcase 2024

Sun 26 May, 3pm & 7pm


Thurs 23 May, 8pm €30/15u18s

This is a night not to be missed as Onóir put their unique stamp on the timeless ballads and folk songs that we all love. But be prepared for a few pleasant surprises as they delve into americana, heart-rending soul and a little bit of country. In addition to top-quality vocals, there’s going to be some fun and laughter along the way.

Early booking advised.

A Celebration of Music & Song

Sat 25 May, 8pm


Renowned Galway singer Seán Keane will headline this concert, joined by a full band to perform his well-known repertoire of songs. Seán will also join forces on the night with Stephen Doherty, Michael Rooney & The Ceol Na nÓg Traditional Orchestra. The orchestra under the direction of Stephen Doherty features over 70 teenagers from Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim, Donegal,


Blood in the Alley Theatre Company

The Empty Nest

Wed 29 May, 8pm €18/16conc. €15

Performers of the Lisa Cooper Dance Academy present their annual Summer Showcase, covering a variety of dance styles, including Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet and Musical Theatre.

These talented dancers aged 3 to 17 bring you an energetic and vibrant show for all the family to enjoy.

Tony and Sheila are watching television... again. Their children are reared and their grandchildren are invading their lives. Sheila wants to travel; Tony is determined to stay put. All that’s on the television is sex... and they can’t remember when they did it last! Oisín Flores Sweeney’s debut play is an hilarious piece of theatre that looks at how couples negotiate life after the kids leave. ‘hugely funny, uncomfortably accurate, and comedically sharp’ - The Arts Review

Running time: 50mins

Ages: 15+

Remember Me: Screening

Thurs 30 May, 8pm Free (booking required)

As part of the Bealtaine Festival, Hawk’s Well present a special screening of Brian Leyden’s captivating play, Remember Me, which mesmerised audiences last year on the stage; a subtle and movingly told true story inspired by the memories of May McConnell. The decisions that shape our lives are sifted and recalled and the absent remembered and reflected on in a compact solo performance by Fiona McGeown, with music from Seamie O’Dowd.

Music Music

Mario Rosenstock

Fri 31 May, 8pm


As Ireland’s most popular comic satirist the much-loved multi award winning mimic and comedian Mario Rosenstock always guarantees a night of superb entertainment. Creator and voice behind the legendary Gift Grub on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast show on Today FM since 1999, Mario has sold over 500,000 comedy albums in Ireland while his one-man stage shows Mario Rosenstock Live and Mario-in your Face have broken box office records, selling over 200,000 tickets and selling out the Gaiety for 6 nights in a row.

Early booking advised.

A Tom Moran and

Abbey Theatre co-production

Tom Moran is a Big Fat Filthy Disgusting Liar

Wed 5 June, 8pm €22/20conc.

Brimming with compassion and humour, Tom has secrets to share and a future to fix. A selfproclaimed people-pleaser and an expert in empathy, Tom really struggles with the truth. Join him for this hilarious but completely true solo show where he begs the question: “If I never lied again and was just myself, would any of my loved ones still love me?”

Cash Returns

Sat 1 June, 8pm


Cash Returns is an awardwinning 9 piece Johnny Cash & June Carter show which brings the authentic sound of American Country Music’s most iconic couple back to the live stage. Cash’s very own drummer, WS Fluke Holland, on his Tennessee based radio show applauded the show; “If anyone hears JP Mac they will know why he is an award winning Johnny Cash act - I would like to see this guy play in person”

Chapel Lane Showcase

Sun 2 June, 5pm


Join the students from the Chapel Lane School for Performing Arts this June as they present their end of year showcase for 2024. Brimming with song, dance and lots of fun, this show will ensure you leave Hawk’s Well with a pep in your step and a smile on your face.

Music Generation Sligo

Schools Celebration Concert 2024

Fri 7 June, 12pm

€10 Music

Get ready to be blown away by amazing beats and soul-stirring melodies as we celebrate the incredible musical journey of over 700 talented students at our upcoming schools celebration concert! This event promises to be an exhilarating showcase of passion, dedication, and musical brilliance. Topped off with a performance by our Music Generation house band!

BabyLovesMusic Children Music

€13 (baby & parent) Nightlight

Sat 8 June, 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm

Inspired by lullabies, sleep, dreams, peace, rest, succour –Nightlight is an informal concert for babies aged 0-12 months and their carer. Featuring four awardwinning musicians – Tim Doyle, Kate Hearne, Anna Newell, and Eamon Sweeney – with musical arrangements by Malachy Robinson of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. ‘This was the most magical event we have attended with our baby - and we have been to everything we can find.‘ - Parent Feedback

Theatre Shows
Music Music

Music Network & Sligo Jazz Project



Sat 8 June, 8pm


Fredriksson has already garnered wide-spread recognition as a flamboyant improviser and versatile musician. Considered one of Europe’s leading jazz saxophonists, they have blazed their own musical trail, daring to step outside of the genre in a way that is uniquely personal. Their extraordinary work Juniper is at its heart a singer-songwriter album performed by an instrumental jazz band. Compellingly beautiful and haunting, Juniper has charmed audiences lucky enough to hear Linda and their band in concert.

Legends of American Country Show

Sun 9 June, 8pm


The Legends of American Country returns for another fantastic night of toe-tapping Country nostalgia. The 2024 tour will showcase highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Don Williams, Patsy Cline, Charley Pride, Tammy Wynette and Kenny Rogers and new tributes to icons Hank Williams, Alan Jackson, Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette, Garth Brooks and Jim Reeves. With countless other hit singalong songs, this promises to be a must-see

musical extravaganza.

WhistleBlast Quartet

If you go down to the Woods Theatre

Windmill Players

Dancing at Lughnasa

Fri 14 - Sat 15 June, 8pm


Written by Brian Friel, the award-winning play Dancing at Lughnasa is set in 1936 around the Celtic festival of Lughnasa and is told from the point of view of the adult Michael Evans as he recounts the summer in his aunts’ cottage when he was seven years old. The play depicts the late summer days when love briefly seems possible for five of the Mundy sisters. The Windmill Players will bring their own interpretation to a classic of Irish theatre.



Wed 19 June


Thurs 13 June, 12pm (schools) & 6.30pm (families)


Come down to the woods with the WhistleBlast Quartet and join us for a woodland adventure featuring some familiar characters and well-loved pieces of classical music. A sell out in the Quartet’s NCH Family Series! Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and Peter and the Wolf will all appear; but watch out for the Trolls from the Hall of the Mountain King. See how music brings images and stories alive, with lots of opportunity for participation and interaction.

Solve-Along-A Murder, She Wrote

Broadway Malady

Fri 21 June, 8pm Masterclass

Featuring the savagely comedic feminist discourse of acclaimed New York artist Adrienne Truscott with the slippery dramaturgy of internationally renowned Brokentalkers, MASTERCLASS parodies the “great male artist” to within an inch of his life to uncover some difficult truths about privilege and power. The show begins in the form of a cockamamie masterclass performed by fedup feminist Adrienne Truscott and all-around good guy Feidlim Cannon. It’s fun. It’s familiar. But there is something more at play. Duration: 60 mins

Age: 16+


Cult hit event Solve-Along-A Murder, She Wrote returns to Sligo with an interactive screening of the classic Murder, She Wrote episode Broadway Malady, following last year’s riotous performance of Sing a Song of Murder. This year

Jessica Fletcher heads to New York City but soon gets caught up in a murder mystery only she (or you!) can solve!

“You’ll be swept away with Jessica Fletcher feels … it has the BEST HOST.”- Time Out London

Schools / Children


Cloudbusting: The Music of Kate Bush

The Line, The Cross and The Curve Tour 2024

Sat 22 June, 8pm


Featuring songs from the legendary short film of the same name Kate Bush released in 1994, this spectacular new show offers audiences a fresh ‘take’ on those tracks that first appeared on The Red Shoes album. With a set list that also includes classic hits such as Wuthering Heights, Babooshka, Hounds of Love and Running Up That Hill.


Whisk(e)y Wars

Thurs 27 June, 8pm

€18 Includes dram of Paddy with thanks to Hazelwood House/ Sazerac

Tragedy. Treachery. The perfect single malt. Tam Tully fights tragedy and treachery to save her Ulster distillery from ruin by crafting the Holy Grail of whiskey, that perfect single malt. Laced with dry wit, casked in raw emotion, this is a story you won’t forget! You might even get a wee dram to boot…

‘Hypnotic enough to stop time itself’ ***** EdFringeReview

Ages: 16+


Michelle Bell’s School of Dance

Magical Moves

Sun 23 June, 3pm


Michelle Bell’s School of Dance and pupils from Le Studio, Bundoran will be showcasing an enjoyable variety of dances with Lyrical, Ballet, Jazz and Acrobatic’s choreographed by Michelle Bell. Performers will range from 5years-17years of age and their talent simply has to be seen.


Hawk’s Well Theatre & Cranmore Community Co-op

Cranmore Youth City

Mon 24 June, 6pm


In collaboration with Cranmore Community Co-op, we’re welcoming members of Youth City to come and perform on the Hawk’s Well stage. This performance will consist of a variety of short scenes and vignettes created by young people from the Cranmore area, developed during a workshop programme with Miriam Needham. All are welcome to come and enjoy this fun, light-hearted show!



Fri 28 June, 8pm


Contemporary folk harpist, singer and composer BRÍDÍN, carries on the tradition of Irish music into the fourth generation of her family. Over the years she has achieved many accolades for her musical ability including RTÉ Folk Awards Nominee and All Ireland Titles. Her layered melodies on harp and voice blend beautifully with contrapuntal fiddle, keyboard, electric guitar and bass, woven together with pulsating drums.

Comedy Shows

Winner of Ha! Ha! Hawk’s Well Comedy Award at So Funny Sligo Comedy Festival 2024!

Shannon Basso-Gaule: Lost in Translation

Fri 19 July, 8pm | €15

Shannon’s always wrestled with his identity. Is he Irish? French? Italian? English? (Eh… maybe not the last one. But kinda’) Also, nice pick on the first name for a guy! (thanks Ma and Da). This question has armed Shannon with an abundance of material for his debut solo show, set to take place on the very stage where he was recently crowned the victorious winner of The HA!HA! Hawk’s Well comedy competition.


As a Theatre for the People, our community is at the heart of what we do. We aim to present a diverse programme reflecting the community we live in and giving every voice a platform to be heard! Over 100 people regularly take part in our Community Workshops. That’s over...

50 in our Community Adult Orchestra with Niamh Crowley

50 in the Sing for the hell of it! Choir with Dave Flynn

20 in our Acting for Adults with Isabel Claffey

10 in our Comedy Writing with John Colleary

30 in our SHINE programme for people with Intellectual Disabilities

We want to illuminate and show off these voices and the amazing creativity that has been happening behind the scenes in these workshops. It’s time for the community to take centre stage and SHOW UP & SHOW OFF.

what you can

Felip Carbonell Rumba Experience

Sat 6 July, 8pm


Felip Carbonell’s Rumba Experience, the brain child of well-known Sligo based Mallorcan musician Felip, is an exciting and ambitious new music project with an anchor in the Catalan Rumba, expanding to other styles of Afro-Cuban and Latin music.

Featuring: Felip Carbonell, guitar and vocals; Paula Riera, vocals; Eddie McFarlane, guitar; Eddie Lynch, keyboard, Eddie Lee, bass and Ken McDonald, percussion.

Family/ Circus

Lunchtime at the Well


Wed 10 July, 1.10pm


Green Bird Flying is the alt folk trio of Cliodhna Quinlan (fiddle), Mark Murphy (piano, guitar, mandolin) and Mandi Frankham (vocals). Their tuneful songs use poetry as lyrics. They released their first album last year. This performance highlights their ongoing collaboration with Sligo poet Mary Branley. The show will feature Mary’s poetry as songs or soundscapes performed with and by the band.

Pro Tours Theatre

Trash Test Dummies

Thurs 11 July, 7pm


€45 for four tickets

Put your bins out! Tonight is bin night and the Trash Test Dummies are on duty! These are no ordinary bins, they are chock-a-block full of surprises and the Dummies are in for some serious fun and a wild imaginative adventure.

“Circus and acrobatic show perfect for families.” Edinburgh Festival For Kids ****

Unveiled Boubacar Traoré Trio

A Showcase of Interdisciplinary Works

Fri 12 July, 7pm | €12

A unique opportunity to see four brand new performances across different artistic disciplines by emerging and established artists who are blazing a trail in their own artforms.

Featuring: Barbarian by Bob Kelly and Diarmuid Armstrong - Theatre / Dance

Wonderhorse by Miriam Needham - Theatre

Through Our Eyes by Charmaine Matonsi and Wasekera Sekerani - Theatre

One Hundred Thousand Years by Ashton - Vertical Dance / Theatre

Sat 13 July, 8pm | €25/12.50u18s

An incredible opportunity to see the Godfather of popular Malian music at work.

Boubacar Traoré plays a mixture of blues and Malian roots music based on the Khassonké rhythms of North-West Mali. His unique, inimitable, guitar technique owes a great deal to his kora influences, but its shades and phrasing also suggest the great black bluesmen of the deep South: Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and others.

Musical 6 - 13 July 2024
Ashton, Photo: James Ward Malian Blues Guitar Music Music Music Theatre Dance

23 - 28 July 2024

Supported by Sligo Jazz Festival

Elio Villafranca’s Sligo Afro-Latin & Jazz Orchestra

Sligo Jazz Project’s 2024 Artist in Residence leads an all-star nine-piece group with an emphasis on afro cuban and swing styles

Thurs 25 July, 8pm


Hawk’s Well Auditorium

Fergus McCreadie

Sligo Jazz Project Young Artist in Residence 2024, Fergus McCreadie, with special guests Tom Ollendorff, Sun-Mi Hong, Conor Murray, Micheal Murray.

Tues 23 July, 8pm


Hawk’s Well Auditorium

The Power of the Voice

Celebrating the female voice in jazz with Emilia Martensson, Christine Tobin, Veronica Morscher & friends.

Fri 26 July, 8pm


Hawk’s Well Auditorium

Festival Wrap PartyThe Final


Sun 28 July, 6pm


Two stages of music with a host of international jazz stars.

Festival Jam Session

Featuring a host of international talent

Tues 23 - Sat 27, 5pm & 10pm


Hawk’s Well Foyer

Hawk’s Well Foyer & Auditorium

Double Bill: Sun Mi Hong Trio + Gareth Lockrane & Julian Siegel

with special guests including Phil Robson & Christine Tobin

Wed 24 July, 8pm


Hawk’s Well Auditorium

SJP All Stars

Gala concert featuring the entire 2024 summer school faculty


Daytime Events

Eleonora Strino Trio

Wed 24 July, 1pm |

Sat 27 July, 1.30pm | Sat 27 July, 8pm

Hawk’s Well Auditorium

Hawk’s Well Foyer

Tom Ollendorff & Friends plus Gareth Lockrane & Friends


Hawk’s Well Auditorium

SJP BIG BASH - The Sligo Jazz Marathon featuring more than 130 musicians of all ages & nationalities!

Sun 28 July, 12pm |

Free Free (donations welcome)

Hawk’s Well Auditorium for more info


Hawk’s Well Theatre

The Pension Plan FPL @ the Well

Sat 20 July, 8pm


Beezneez are back with John McDwyer’s riproaring comedy about the bachelor Flanagan brothers who live a life of peaceful contentment on their hillside farm, disturbed only by the persistent efforts of their spinster neighbour, Ann Catherine, to marry either or both of them. Their tranquil existence is disturbed by a visiting stranger who brings news that threatens to turn their world upside down.

Sun 11 Aug, 3.30pm


Join us for an afternoon of Fantasy Premier League as we look ahead to the new season. We’ll be discussing all things FPL - with plans, players and teams to get you ready for GW1 and beyond. We will be joined by special guests from the world of football and FPL

Nils Kavanagh Trio

Fri 30 Aug, 8pm


Award-winning Sligo pianist Nils Kavanagh launches his debut album No Expectations, leading an energetic and explorative piano trio of Ireland’s top jazz performers, with Derek Whyte on double bass and Miles Ronayne on drums. Winner of the Young Irish Jazz Musician of the Year 2022-2024 and rising star on the UK and Irish jazz scene, Nils is already making his mark on contemporary jazz with a unique compositional voice and a fearless approach to improvisation.

Take a Seat

For over 40 years, Hawk’s Well Theatre has been at the centre of our community’s cultural life.

Today, you can be part of this legacy by naming a seat in Hawk’s Well Theatrea unique and meaningful way to celebrate your own, or a loved one’s, passion for the arts.

For a generous contribution of €200, your dedication will be engraved into a plaque and placed on your very own seat in a position of your choice in our auditorium.

Behind each named seat is a story. Every contribution helps us secure the future of our theatre, as well as the survival of the arts within our community.

Be part of Hawk’s Well Theatre’s story today!

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Artist in Residence: Miriam Needham

As part of my residency at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, I have had the pleasure of meeting and engaging with people from various communities in the Sligo area over the last few years. I’m delighted to continue with this work in 2024, delivering creative workshops in collaboration with Sligo Social Services, Domestic Violence Advocacy Service, and Cranmore Community Co-op.

I’d like to highlight two events we have coming up that are connected to these engagement initiatives: on Saturday 18 May, there will be a lunchtime show fundraiser for DVAS, featuring song, drama, and poetry; and on Monday 24 June, Cranmore Youth City will perform a variety show on the Hawk’s Well stage at 6pm - all welcome to attend.

Time at the Well Artists 2024

Time at the Well is our annual Performing Artist Support Programme. The programme offers artists a budget, stage time, technical support and mentorship to help them on their journey to bring their idea to life.

Charmaine T. Matonsi

Charmaine T. Matonsi grew up in Zimbabwe. She has been living in Sligo since 2018, during which time she has worked with Brokentalkers (Uprooted: Who Owns the Story?) and Donal O’Kelly (The Bed), as well as performing her own work at the Hawk’s Well as part of Ladies Night and our Locals@Lunch series. During her Time at the Well, she will develop a spoken word theatre piece that explores the various experiences that go along with being a black migrant woman living in Ireland.

Fiona Maria Fitzpatrick

Fiona is an actor, musician, and theatre-maker from Belturbet, Co. Cavan, now living in south Donegal. Some of her recent performances include What Are We Aetin’ Anyway (Cottage Market Cavan), Hear Me Speak! (Hawk’s Well Theatre), and Ceili at Drumshee (Dark Daughter Productions). From 2017 – 2021, she worked with Footsbarn Travelling Theatre, and she has often pounded the boards with Seamus O’Rourke, most notably touring The Cavan Curse from 2016-2018. As a musician, she has fronted various ensembles (The Messages, The Darling Buds Of, Bonita) traversing styles from Jazz to Folk. During her Time at the Well, she will develop her new play, Nothin’ But An Auld Weed.

Ben Lucent

Ben’s performance work began in 2019, predominantly in Drag, working with the National Gallery, Gaze Film Festival, the GCN, Threshold, Dublin Pride and Sligo Pride among others. Working in storytelling performances with puppetry, dance, creative expression and mindfulness, blending original material and popular LGBTQIA+ authors. In 2023 he trained in physical theatre with A Train From Sligo To Dublin, performing a group devised piece in the Project Arts Centre Ben would like to use his Time at the Well to develop an interactive play for children on the themes of imagination, authenticity and self-love. With a focus on an imaginative and joyful representation of LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent people to help break down stigmatisation and provide a positive, inspiring counter-narrative.

Children’s Workshops

Creative Club for Teens

Tues 4 June, 2 – 4pm Music with Stephanie Pawula

Tues 11 June, 2 – 4pm Drama with Miriam Needham

Tues 18 June, 2 – 4pm Creative Writing with Miriam Needham

€10 per workshop (€25 for all three)

Drop in to our creative club for teens this summer. Spend a couple of hours exploring your creativity in immersive drama, music and creative writing workshops where lots of fun is guaranteed.

Children’s Workshops

Drama at the Well Camp

Mon 8 – Fri 12 July, 10am – 1pm

€80 per child Ages: 5-10

This fun and engaging drama camp encourages young children to act and participate in many different activities specifically designed to explore creativity and build confidence. Limited availability, early booking advised.

Facilitated by Isabel Claffey & Deirdre Gaule

Children’s Workshops


na nOg

Irish Myths and Legends

Storytelling, art and drama workshop

With Wayne O’Connor and Sinéad O’Brien

Sat 15 June, 2 – 4pm (6 – 9 years)

& 4 -6pm (10 -12 years)

Free but booking required

This fun interactive workshop explores some of the classic myths and legends of Irish folklore. Enjoy stories of love, magic, mystery and mayhem which come from a long and powerful oral tradition. Experienced illustrator Wayne O’Connor and Irish actress Sinéad O’Brien will conjure up the magic in children’s imaginations, fired by these legends of old to create art and drama for today’s warriors and mythical queens.

Children’s Workshops

Creative Academy Summer Camp

Ages 7 – 12

€100 (€90 for additional siblings)

Week 1: Mon 1 – Fri 5 July, 10am – 3pm

Tutors: Deirdre Gaule: Drama

Katelyn Ressler: Singing

Ingrid McLoughlin: Dance

Megan O’Kelly: Yoga

Week 2: Mon 15 - Fri 19 July, 10am – 3pm

Tutors: Orla McSharry: Drama

Sinéad Conway: Singing

Ingrid McLoughlin: Dance

Miriam Needham: Yoga

Unlock your child’s creative potential through drama, dance, singing, yoga and performance.

Children should bring a packed lunch every day and wear comfortable clothing.

Early booking advised.

Take Part: Workshops for Children


last Friday of every month at 11am (unless closed for holidays) Cultural

Cultural Companions welcome older members of the community to the Hawk’s Well to socialise and attend shows together

Free: Members and Newcomers welcome

Introducing Cultural Conversations- a Companion shares the story of their life, their work or any area of their interest with fellow members at our monthly meet up. Anyone interested in taking part can contact Isabel on 087 137 1018 or culturalcompanions@

Comedy Writing with John Colleary

Sat 8 June, 10.30am - 4.30pm


Step out of your comfort zone and unlock your creativity with this fun one-day comedy writing course for adults. Whatever your preferred comedy genre may be, this course will help to develop YOUR unique writing style, and also enable you to present your ideas in a short stand-up comedy set.

Early booking advised.

Ursula McHugh

The Creative Path

Fri 17 May, 10am-1pm

The Creative Path is a project that illuminates the creativity inherent in everyone. Both therapeutic and creative practices are mutually supportive with creativity often playing a crucial role in mental health and wellbeing.

The workshop will help you discover talents you never knew you had, perhaps for writing, painting, music or you may finally get to pursue that idea you have for a business. If you have a copy of The Artist’s Way please bring with you along with a notebook.

Workshop Workshop

The Lir Academy

Intro to Acting

Sligo Weekend Workshop

Sat 29 - Sun 30 June


This course is designed to give you a taste of The Lir Academy’s actor training programme throughout an intensive weekend. Led by leading Lir practitioner David Scott, this course is the perfect opportunity to experience studying at The Lir Academy and what the daily routine would be like. Please book with The Lir Academy here: courses/acting-sligo

From Idea to Script with Monica McCarthy

€50 Free Free Free

Suitable for ages 16 +. No experience required.

Sat 1 June, 10.30am – 4.30pm

If you’ve ever thought about making a film, writing a play, or creating a podcast, then this exciting workshop is for you! From finding inspiration, to tips for collaboration, to overcoming overwhelm, you’ll leave with best practices to befriend your muse and bring your unique vision to life. A oneday creative workshop with award-winning writer/actress/ director Monica McCarthy.


Sing with Seamie and Sandy

Wed 4, 11, 18 & 25 Sept, 1pm

Rekindle your love of singing, learn new songs and have some fun at our singalong sessions on Wednesdays throughout September with Seamie O’Dowd and Sandy Kelly.

Sing with Seamie and friends with Cathy Jordan

Wed 24 April, 1pm

Workshop Workshop Community
Take Part: Adults


A Night at the Opry - Thurs 5 Sept, 8pm

I Can’t Believe It’s not Ireland - Wed 11 Sept, 8pm & Thurs 12 Sept, 11am (schools)

The Highstool Prophets - Thurs 12 Sept, 8pm

Anne Gildea: How to Get the Menopause & Enjoy It - Fri 13 Sept, 8pm

Moon Looks On: Way out West Album Launch - Sat 14 Sept, 8pm

Coldplace: A Tribute to Coldplay - Thurs 19 Sept, 8pm

Bernard O’Shea: Desperate House Husband - Sat 21 Sept, 8pm

James Nelson: Singing for his Supper - Sun 22 Sept, 8pm

Mikel Murfi Trilogy - Tues 24 - Thurs 26 Sept, 8pm

Cherish the Ladies - Fri 27 Sept, 8pm

Bruised Orange - John Prine Tribute Band - Sat 28 Sept, 8pm

Sligo Baroque Festival - Opera - Sun 29 Sept, 8pm

The Sceptical Suffragette - Thurs 3 Oct, 8pm

Rory’s Stories - Keep ‘er Lit - Sat 5 Oct, 8pm

The Seeger Sessions Revival - Sun 6 Oct, 8pm

David Coleman: Helping Children & Teenagers Cope with Anxiety - Tues 15 Oct, 8pm

David O’Doherty - Fri 18 Oct, 8pm

80s Icons Show - Sat 19 Oct, 8pm

The Speks - Sun 20 Oct, 2pm

Sligo Live - Fri 25 Oct – Sun 3 Nov

The Whacky Witch and her Magic Cauldron - Tues 29 - Wed 30 Oct, 11am & 1pm

Sligo Fun Company - Annie – Tues 5 – Sat 9 Nov, 8pm

ABBA Forever - Sun 10 Nov, 8pm

Niall McCabe - Wed 20 Nov, 8pm

Showband Hits and Stories - Fri 29 Nov, 8pm

Rock Rising: The Revolution of Classic Rock - Sat 30 Nov, 8pm

Thank you to our Corporate Friends

Support from the business community is essential to our survival as we renew our theatre for future generations.

Please contact or phone us on 071 916 1518 for further details of Hawk’s Well Corporate Friends scheme and exciting sponsorship opportunities.



Approaching from south Sligo or Dublin exit right at junction S5 and follow the signposts for the cathedral and Temple Street. The theatre is right beside the cathedral. Approaching from north Sligo, turn left at the last set of traffic lights on the inner relief road and follow sign-post for the cathedral. At the next junction turn right on to Temple Street and the Hawk’s Well Theatre is the building next to the cathedral.


The theatre is in walking distance from Sligo Train and Bus stations.


There is limited on-street parking available in front of the theatre and on the Lungy (the street beside the stagedoor entrance). The car-park closest to the theatre is the Cathedral car-park. €3 payment is required when leaving this car-park.

Find Us Hawk’s Well Theatre Temple Street Sligo F91 CFY7. Box O ce Mon–Wed, 10am–2pm, Thursday-Fri 10am-5:30pm. Also open one hour before show-time. 071 916 1518 |boxo
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