Hawk's Well Brochure - May - Aug 2023

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Looking to the Future

Planning has been approved for a major renovation of the theatre, due to take place over the next few years. We will update you on our plans for this soon. For more info visit www.hawkswell.com

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.

Chill-out room

As we work to become a more inclusive venue, we have a chill-out room available for some of our shows where those who wish to leave the performance and avail of a quieter space can do so. Look for the chill-out room logo on certain shows.

Concession & Carer Tickets

Hawk’s Well Theatre recognises and acknowledges people’s differences and supports the individual needs of all patrons/customers. Where applicable we offer concession prices to senior citizens, children, students and people with disabilities. Carer tickets may also be available on certain performances to aid a customer with a disability who would be unable to visit the theatre without the support of another person. Please contact our Box Office on 071 9161518 for more information.

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.

Renovation fee on tickets:

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

Box Office Opening Times

Mon, Tues & Wed 10am - 2pm Thurs & Fri 10am - 5.30pm & one hour before shows.

Call: +353 (0)71 916 1518

Email: boxoffice@hawkswell.com

Online booking available at: www.hawkswell.com (€1 booking fee per ticket)


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at the Presbyterian Hall

Wed 26 — Fri 28 April

11.30, 12.30 & 2pm

€12 per adult & child

A chilled out 70’s-inspired adventure for babies under 12 months, full of gorgeous harmony singing and immersive video. Created by Anna Newell Theatre Adventures - one of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers for young audiences whose work for early years has been seen on six continents Ages 0-12 months. Limited Availability.


Hear Me Speak!

Thurs 27 April, 10am schools, 6pm families

Fri 28 April, 10am schools

Sat 29 April, 3pm families

School shows: Free Family shows: €7 adults / €5 children / €20 for four tickets

We’re building a world. Would you like to come?

Hear Me Speak! is a theatrical adventure for ages 7+, combining physical theatre, object manipulation, and audio of Sligo children’s voices.

Sligo Grammar School

Stars in our Eyes

Wed 3 - Thurs 4 May 8pm


Join the students of Sligo Grammar School for an entertaining evening of music as they perform, in costume, songs and instrumental pieces by the singers and composers who have influenced them. Acts will be accompanied by a specially formed house band comprising of staff and students. With a programme featuring muchloved contemporary and classic pop, rock and jazz, this is sure to be a night to remember!

We’ve handed over the microphone. We’ve cleared the space of adult thoughts, adult rules, and adult order. It’s time to listen up and hear what the young folk have to say!

What do you need to make your way in the world? What’s important and what’s not? How do you know when someone is your friend?

We’ve found some answers …

“ …. I would say … don’t be scared … just be … ARRRRGGGHHHH!”

“ … make chocolate free, have more playgrounds, make homework illegal … and give everyone a home …”

“ … a friend, you don’t get mad at them, but a best friend, you get mad at them. If it’s your best friend, you can laugh at them when they fall. Like, you help them, of course, but you help them after you’re done laughing at them …”

Hawk’s Well Theatre
Children Children

Curated with support from Lisa Golden

WEDNESDAYS from 10 MAY – 30

AUGUST | 1.10 – 1.50pm | Free

MAY 10


Kicking off the 2023 series, we are delighted to welcome back our young curator’s flute teacher for many years, Michael Hurley. This great musician from Leeds is a long time South Sligo resident and will treat you to a lunchtime of exceptional music in the company of family members, Deirdre Hurley on flute and John Blake on guitar.

MAY 17


Siblings from Sligo, Elsa and Jos come from an exceptionally musical family. Harpist, Elsa performs regularly at festivals and concerts throughout Ireland and beyond. Button accordion and keyboard player, Jos has often been described as being at the cutting edge of new Irish traditional music and is a founding member of wellknown band Moxie.

MAY 24


Whistle and bodhrán player, Joanna Sweeney, plays a local style of repertoire from the North Sligo region dating back to 1400’s. She is joined by guitarist Peter Gallagher from Swinford and percussionist, Paddy Hazelton, a Ugandan-Irish musician whose music has taken him all over the world.

MAY 31


Siblings Niamh and Sean Farrell grew up playing traditional Irish 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, Sean, on vocal and guitar, for this very special lunchtime performance.





Tralee musician, Leonard Barry has been described as an uilleann piper ‘with an eye for cut-glass detail.’ Shane McGowan has been called the ‘perfect guitar player’ with immense ability to produce the ideal backdrop to any given melody. Joining these two highly regarded players is one of Leonard’s promising young piping students Aoife Fadian.



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 stamped their mark on the scene over the past 10 years performing with some of the top artists in the industry.



This husband and wife duo, also known as ‘Draíocht’, have substantial musical credentials both individually, and as a duo. They have toured extensively worldwide and have three duet albums to their name. Prepare for a lunchtime of sublime music on flute and harp.



Rick Epping (harmonica, concertina, banjo, jaw harp) is a California-born musician who has immersed himself in American old-time and Irish traditional music since the 1960s. Rick is joined by multi-instrumentalists, Ruth Clinton (Landless) and Cormac MacDiarmada (Lankum) who also draw inspiration from Irish and American traditional music.



Claudia Schwab is an originally Austrian fiddle player and composer, who has been described as ‘one of the most creative artists on the Irish music scene today’. She is joined for this performance by Cavan bouzouki, mandolin and concertina player, Rodney Lancashire, who is a stalwart of the Sligo traditional music session scene for many years.



We are delighted to have worked closely with the young Ballymote musician, Lisa Golden, on the curation of our 2023 Trad@Lunch series. A great flute player in her own right, she won the all-Ireland 12-15 Flute Slow Airs in 2022 and is joined for this special performance by special guests.



Exhibiting musical maturity and prowess beyond their years, this trio, featuring box, banjo and flute, came second in the 2022 All-Ireland over 18 trio competition. We are delighted welcome back these three curators of the 2022 Trad@Lunch series to deliver a rousing performance.



Flute, fiddle, concertina and harp feature in this exhibition of exceptional young talent as Chloe McCann, Ava Kennedy, Amy and Anna Bagnall, and Lisa Golden come together to deliver a gorgeous performance. This award-winning group initially came together to compete at Scór in 2022.



Tiernan Courell is an Irish flute and whistle player, originally from Sligo but now based in Scotland. He has recently released his debut EP titled ‘How’s About Now?’ which is an eclectic mix of new and old compositions. He will be joined by the talented Rory Matheson (piano) and Craig Baxter (bodhran).



One of the finest exponents of the South Sligo fiddle style of playing, Declan Folan from Bunninadden, Co. Sligo is joined on banjo by Brian McGrath of De Dannan and At The Racket fame. Completing the trio is Dervish, bouzouki and mandolin player, Michael Holmes.

AUG 16


Maugherow native, Kerrie Herrity, is a much-loved music teacher and a regular tutor at Ireland’s leading summer schools. She is joined for this performance by John Dwyer on flute. Kerrie and John were instrumental in the establishment of the Benbulben Comhaltas Branch and have shown incredible commitment to re-energizing a love of Irish music in North Sligo.

AUG 23


From Ballintogher, Daithí Gormley is regarded as one of the finest button accordion players of his generation with an extensive repertoire steeped in the rich musical heritage of his native county Sligo. Elaine Reilly, from Granard, Co Longford, is one of the foremost tenor banjo players of her generation.

AUG 30


Liam Kelly grew up in Sligo town and is a founding member of the band Dervish. He recorded a John McKenna tribute album in 2021, playing one of McKenna’s flutes from the 1920’s. Liam is joined for this performance by fellow Dervish band member, Shane Mitchell on accordion, and Declan Courell on guitar.

Declan Nerney in concert with John Hogan and Owen Mac

Fri 5 May, 8pm


With a career that has spanned over 4 decades at the top of Irish Country Music, Declan Nerney has won many accolades along the way and scored countless hits with his catalogue of trademark songs.

Join Declan and special guests

John Hogan and Owen Mac accompanied by his super live band for a nostalgic night of music, song and laughter.


Decadent & Galway Arts Centre

From A Low and Quiet Sea

Sat 6 May, 8pm


The mother, the refugee, the penitent, the dreamer. Four characters, four lost souls, searching for a version of home.

Directed by Andrew Flynn this original production of From A Low and Quiet Sea was adapted for the stage from Donal Ryan’s acclaimed Booker Prize nominated novel.

Developed with support of The Arts Council, Backstage Activate Bursary & GIAF Elevate.


Liz Roche Dance


Fri 12 May, 8pm


To mark 100 years since the first publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, one of the most important works of modern literature, leading Irish choreographer Liz Roche and her company created a brand-new dance piece, Yes and Yes, which follows the episodes of Ulysses, suffused with curiosity, sensuality, release and resignation, and explores this in movement with four extraordinary dancers and through film, sound and design.

Tom Ollendorff

Sun 14 May, 8pm


Guitarist Tom Ollendorff is fast becoming one of the most exciting young guitarists to emerge on the UK and international jazz scenes, known for his highly distinctive sound which blends virtuosic guitar playing with sophisticated harmonic and melodic ideas, whilst always keeping room for nuance and sensitivity. This award-winning artist has worked alongside many highly respected artists including Ari Hoenig, Ben Wendel, Bill McHenry, Jeff Williams and Huw Warren.


Sarah Middleton’s Beat It Dance School

Can’t Stop the Beat

Sun 7 - Tues 9 May, 7pm


Dancers aged 3-18yrs from Beat It Dance School will entertain you with a massive variety of dance styles including; lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, jazz and breakdancing. With this energetic troupe an evening of joy and infectious enthusiasm is guaranteed.



The Takeover

Tues 16 May 2pm & 8pm


Four Transition Year students are taking over the Hawk’s Well Theatre on the 16th of May. You will be welcomed with a fantastic and dazzling array of theatre, music and poetry, performed by talented young Sligo people from both Summerhill College and the Mercy College. It is entirely a show of their own interests, their own choices and their own making.

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Commisioned by Solas Nua. Kindly supported by Creative Ireland & The Arts Council


Wed 17 May, 8pm | €18/16conc.

GomBean is a comedy set in a sleepy town in Sligo. Delivering a lockdown dose of caffeine fueled fun GomBean opens a lid on Grace O’ Malley’s new coffee van venture, but a blast from her past wrestling rival Ruby Stephens arrives in town, decades after making it big. Her arrival literally turns Grace’s world upside down, as she contends to win back her title which she lost at the U18’s Community Games in ’94. Some dreams can’t be stomped on! “Niamh McGrath is a true creative with wonderful comedic timing displaying great energy. I will be looking out for her next production”

Gala Concert

Thurs 18 May, 8pm


A special evening of music featuring the Sinfonietta, Jazz Orchestra, Junior Orchestra, the Young Jazz All-Stars and Perfect Harmonies Choir with performances by Jonathan Carter, Katelyn Ressler, and Sligo Community Orchestra. This musical extravaganza will cater for all ages, young and old, featuring an eclectic mix of classical, jazz and popular music ensuring a fantastic nights’ entertainment for all the family. The Musical Director for the evening is Niamh Crowley.


Cash Returns

Fri 19 May, 8pm


Stomp your feet and sing along to A Boy Named Sue, Jackson, Orange Blossom Special, Hurt, and Ring of Fire among many more when you come to hear the very best tribute around to Johnny & June. Cash Returns is an award winning 9 piece Johnny Cash & June Carter show who bring the authentic sound of American Country Music’s most iconic couple back to the live stage while being applauded by Cash’s very own drummer WS ‘Fluke’ Holland. Don’t miss it!

Kieran Quinn

Teenage Theme Night #29

Sat 20 May - Sun 21 May



It’s a big weekend for the Class of 2023 as they bid farewell to the Teenage Theme Nights, but not without one last hurrah. Aided by their peers in 4th and 5th Year, this talented bunch of 6th years will lead the show, which will present their choice of songs from the musicals. Supported on and off-stage as always by Kieran Quinn and an experienced group of professionals, this will be entertaining from start to finish.

Music Generation Sligo

Music Hubz

Gala Concert 2023

Tues 23 May, 6.30pm


Join Music Generation Sligo for a spectacular array of performances from young Sligo musicians. Students from Music Generation Sligo’s performance Music Hubz present a special end of year gala concert. Performances from Sligo Youth Voices, Teen & Junior bands, and many more.

Music Music Sligo Academy of Music Created with the support of Hawk’s Well Theatre

Hawk’s Well Theatre

Remember Me

written and directed by Brian Leyden

Thurs 25 May, 7pm - World Premiere

Fri 26 May, 1pm & 7pm Sat 27 May, 1pm



Trad Trio Connections

Sat 27 May, 8pm


A fantastic night of traditional Irish music with a double bill of trios. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear a trio of guitar legends featuring Seamie O’Dowd, Patrick Doocey and Shane McGowan. Also featuring are the renowned traditional singer and flute player, Nuala Kennedy who is joined by Clare fiddle maestro Tara Breen and Dublin guitarist of note, Tony Byrne.


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. At the heart of this story are the powerful matriarchal voices of the past, evoked with rare precision and tender emotional depth in a compact solo performance by Fiona McGeown

Commissioned by Hawk’s Well Theatre as part of the Cultural Companions Initiative.


A Celebration of Music & Song

LCDA Summer Showcase 2023

Sun 28 May, 3pm & 7pm


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.

Seán Keane, Michael Rooney, Stephen Doherty & The Ceol na nÓg

Trad Orchestra

Fri 2 June, 8pm


A unique night of Music and Song bringing together a multiple of performers from different platforms. Renowned Galway singer Seán Keane will headline the 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 newly formed Ceol Na nÓg Traditional Orchestra.

Lisa Cooper Dance

Chapel Lane Showcase The Weir

Sat 3 June, 8pm


Valerie arrives at a small country pub on a windy night in Ireland and is spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories from the local bachelors. Their mesmerising tales, both chilling and hilarious, draw the young woman into their world – but it is her story that stops the men in their tracks. Written by Olivier awardwinning Conor McPherson, The Weir won the Olivier award for Best New Play on its premiere and has since been staged the world over.


Sun 4 June, 5pm


Join the students from the Chapel Lane School for Performing Arts this June as they present their end of year showcase for 2023.

Brimming with song, dance and lots of fun this show will ensure you leave the Hawk’s Well with a pep in your step and a smile on your face.

YES! Reflections of Molly Bloom

Wed 7 June, 8pm

€18/16conc. Ages: 16+

Adapted by Aedín Moloney & Colum McCann from Ulysses by James Joyce featuring music by Paddy Moloney. A daring theatrical journey into the mind and heart of James Joyce’s most sensual hero – a woman of women, a soul of souls, the indomitable, and profoundly funny, Molly Bloom. “Ms. Moloney’s performance will enthrall and transport you…it is gorgeously lyrical, superlatively well-sustained, and a riot of sensuality” - Wall Street Journal


Fri 9 June, 2pm, 3pm 0-12months & 4pm 1-2years

Free of charge but booking essential

A beautiful performance of Irish songs from deep within our ancient song store, by traditional singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy and Dervish front woman and multi-instrumentalist Cathy Jordan. Sit back, close your eyes and breathe; let this lullaby experience for babies take you somewhere different, somewhere magical!

Part funded by Creative Ireland as part of the 2023 Cruinniu na nÓg Festival



Sat 10 June, 2pm

€9/30 for 4 tickets

Ukranian, unique and utterly bonkers! Come and enjoy the pure joy that is Mimirichifast-paced physical comedy, hilarious slapstick and the biggest paper fight ever. “Please go and see this, especially if you have children. Even if you don’t, it’s guaranteed entertainment on a paper plate” - The Scotsman

“This Ukrainian clown show offered the happiest 90 minutes on the Fringe, succeeding in making young and old gurgle with laughter.”

- The Guardian


Celtic Fiddle Festival

Sat 10 June, 8pm


Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globetrotting variations. Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and Capercaillie’s own Charlie McKerron (Scotland) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles. Along with acclaimed guitarist Nicolas Quemener from Brittany, the quartet combines their talents, musical traditions, and spontaneous humour for an evening of dazzling energy.

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Legends of American Country In The Midst of Plenty

Sun 11 June, 8pm


Now seen by over 350,000 fans live and watched by millions on TV Europe’s No.1 multi award winning show The Legends of American Country returns for another fantastic night of toe tapping and hand clapping Country nostalgia.

One thing is for sure, if it’s Country music you like then this is the only show in town!


Coolaney Gospel Choir & Sligo Cancer Support Choir

In Sweet Harmony

Sat 17 June, 8pm


Coolaney Gospel Choir has brought people from their small rural village together, united in singing for the love of it and for the endorphins it releases every time. The group is a mixture of all ages from every corner of Coolaney, and some further afield. Joining CGC on the night will be the Sligo Cancer Support Choir, made up of men and women at various stages of their cancer journey; a great group of like-minded people doing something they really enjoy while supporting each other.

Enchanted Croi Theatre

Fri 16 June, 8pm


A new folk musical set during the height of Ireland’s Great Hunger. The show is embarking on an Irish tour in 2023 after recently debuting to glowing reviews among sell-out crowds in Strokestown Park and the Roscommon Arts Centre. The piece traces the stories of friendship, betrayal, eviction, and emigration among families living on the Strokestown estate. Audiences are presented with hard questions about what it meant to survive the most harrowing chapter in Ireland’s history.


Anne Carton’s Creche


Mon 19 June, 11am


The story of Cinderella never loses its magic.

The 4 year olds from Anne Carton’s Creche add their own charm and sparkle to the classic fairy tale, Cinderella, in this production for their families and friends.

Produced by Eily Kilgallon.


Sat 17 June, 10.30am, 12pm and 1.30pm

€13 per adult and child

BabyLovesMusic is an informal concert for babies aged 0-12 months and their carers featuring four award-winning musicians.

An eclectic musical journey with a distinctly Irish feel, BabyLovesMusic features a rich variety of instruments including guitar, cello, accordion, fiddle, uilleann pipes, treble recorder, and lots more. ‘My baby was transfixed and I loved bringing her to something so beautiful...’


Solve-along-A Murder, She Wrote

Wed 21 June, 8pm

€21 Ages 16 +

Cult hit event Solve-along-a Murder, She Wrote comes to town, with an interactive screening of the classic Murder, She Wrote episode Sing a Song of Murder. Jessica Fletcher heads to London but soon gets caught up in a murder mystery only she (or you!) can solve!

Solve-along-a Murder, She Wrote is a unique and hilarious night featuring games, prizes and audience participation, with special permission from NBC Universal Television.


The Ballad of Mossy Flood

Written & performed by Seamus O’Rourke

Thurs 22 June, 8pm


Mossy Flood has a knack of going the long way around a story. In so doing, he makes us laugh and examine ourselves in a way we haven’t done before. He might be an unsociable odd-ball with a big thick head, but his wrestle with the everyday is pure gold. He will always land on his feet or at least somewhere near his feet... because he is Mossy Flood... and he’s from Longford.


David McSavage

Fri 23 June, 8pm


Get ready for a night of sidesplitting laughter with Ireland’s most beloved and divisive comedian!

McSavage reflects on what it means to be Irish, the root cause of all our problems, war, and making his sons proud, kind of.

Nothing is off-limits in this standout comedy show!

The Speks

Sun 25 June, 2pm

€10 Ages 2+

The Speks present a lively show of nursery rhymes and singalong songs set to acoustic Irish music which will have adults and kids jumping in their seats! Their hand-clapping, heartylaughing show is all about life on Glasses Island – a magical island off the coast of Co. Clare where everybody wears glasses! Winning a Parents’ Choice music award in the US and described as “Riverdance for kids”, this will be a great, fun event for kids aged 2 to 92!

Music Talk

Francie Lenehan: Guitar Man To Help Us Make It Through The Night Gig

Sat 24 June, 8pm


Francie Lenehan has been a highly respected and muchloved musician both nationally and on the local music scene for over fifty years. His career takes us on a wide and varied journey featuring some of the legends of Irish music, some of whom join us on a special night to celebrate the contribution to the Irish music industry. Featuring Chris Meehan & His Redneck Friends, Ray Lynam and a host of local and national guests.


Thurs 29 June, 8pm


Join us as we celebrate a historic moment for women’s football in Ireland in advance of the Women’s World Cup 2023. We will be talking football and exploring the relationship between football, music and culture in Ireland over the years. The evening will be hosted by Jessica Farry and Dónal Ryan, house band, Sarah Crummy, Seamie O’Dowd, Eddie Lee and Ken McDonald with special guests from the world of football and music. Donning your favourite football shirt on the night is encouraged!

Hawk’s Well Theatre

Pluirin na mBan: Cathy Jordan, Claudia Schwab and Irene Buckley

Sat 1 July, 8pm


Cathy Jordan (vocals, mandolin, percussion), Claudia Schwab (fiddle, vocals) and Irene Buckley (electronics, vocals) present a collaborative body of work where the three musicians express their bond to traditional music celebrating ancient folk songs through a new sound world incorporating atmospheric drone, pulsating bodhrán rhythms, fiddle delay and intricate vocal harmonies.

The Pavee Performance

Sun 2 July, 8pm


Juanita’s Big Problem

Tues 4 July, 12pm

Tickets Free –

Booking Essential

This event will feature performances by Paddy Quilligan, Sharyn Ward, Kathleen Marie Keenan, Davy Keenan, Winnie Ward and James McDonagh.


by Sinead Sexton, directed by Miriam Needham

Thurs 6 July, 8pm & Fri 7 July, 1pm


A one woman show, exploring a day in the life of a tour guide who plays the role of Eva Gore-Booth. Through the themes of place, feminism and queer identity, the audience journey with the tour guide through Eva’s family home. As her work persona begins to fracture, what starts as an average work day suddenly falls apart as identities become warped, crack and crumble.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plasticfree world. Using clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in an provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way.

Culture Shift

A Panel Talk on how we can continue to create in time of climate crisis

Sun 9 July, 3pm


The value of art in people’s lives has been highlighted in recent years as has the importance of human connection. At a time when we want to celebrate, come together not just locally and nationally but also internationally – how do we justify this at a time where we are in climate crisis. What are the ways forward; what can we do to address climate change and where do the responsibilities lie?

Featuring Eoghan Daltún & Elizabeth Clyne.

1 - 9 July 2023
An evening celebrating traveller artists curated by Martin Beanz Warde.

Sligo Jazz Festival

25 - 29 July 2023

All shows start at 8pm Tickets: €20/18conc./10u18s

Supported by

Nils Kavanagh Trio

Tues 25 July

Nils Kavanagh, piano

Marcus Baber, double bass

Sam Green, drums

Sligo pianist Nils Kavanagh takes up the inaugural position of Young Artist in Residence at Sligo Jazz Festival in 2023, having won Young Irish Jazz Musician of the Year 2022 at Limerick Jazz.

As part of his first national tour, Nils will lead an energetic and explorative group, presenting original compositions and arrangements through the classic piano trio idiom

Sligo Jazz Generation Celebration

Wed 26 July

Featuring Sligo Academy of Music Jazz Orchestra, Tony Kofi, Nils Kavanagh and guests

Celebrating the educators of jazz and their dedicated students by featuring both in a fabulously entertaining gala.

This special concert showcases some of the leading young musicians who have come through SJP’s summer school in collaboration with tutors from the 2023 faculty. The great institution of Sligo Academy of Music is also celebrated and will feature their wonderful jazz orchestra, along with some surprise guests.

Tony Kofi presents the Music of Cannonball Adderley

Thurs 27 July

SJP 2023 Artist in Residence, award-winning, London-based saxophonist, Tony Kofi presents the music of the late, great Cannonball Adderley, who gave us classic tunes such as Sack O’ Woe and Work Song.

Accompanied by members of the stellar SJP 2023 faculty, prepare for some great funky standards given the Kofi treatment!

Liane Carroll, Sara Colman & Friends

Fri 28 July

Enjoy a night of vocal jazz with two of the finest singers you will hear anywhere on the planet.

Liane Carroll and her great friend Sara Colman are no strangers to the Sligo audience, so will no doubt receive a spectacularly warm welcome back to the Hawk’s Well stage.

Both multi-award winning vocalists, who have worked with the who’s who of international pop and jazz stars, will, as always, be accompanied by a stellar line-up of international and Irish musicians.


Sat 29 July

Always a highlight of Sligo Jazz Festival, SJP’s All-Star night features the entire 20-strong summer school faculty in various formats, small and large, featuring many familiar faces as well as some artists on their first visit to Sligo.

Led by vocalist Liane Carroll and saxophonist Tony Kofi, prepare for a stormer of a night!


Pro Tours Theatre

Beezneez Theatre Company

Splash Test Dummies The Pension Plan

Sat 15 July, 7pm

€14/10u18s/42 for 4 tickets

Rub-a- dub-dub, The Dummies are back with some splishsplashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter! Ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into an hour of catch-your-breath acrobatics, juggling, slapstick and circusfilled hilarity. Bring the whole family on this adventure of oceanic proportions!

“The trio of clowns surprise and delight the adoring crowd”

- Edinburgh Festival for Kids

Sat 22 July, 8pm


From the pen of John McDwyer (Unforgiven, Turning Mammy) comes a new, rip, roaring comedy about the bachelor Flanagan brothers who live a life of peaceful contentment on their hillside farm, bothered 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. Salvation may come from an unlikely source but at what price?

A Week @ the Well

Mon 29 May - Fri 2 June

Steph Geremia, Kris Drever, Alan Kelly & Aaron Jones

Sun 30 July, 8pm


Acclaimed Irish flautist and singer, Steph Geremia will be joined by Scotland’s Kris Drever (Lau), Aaron Jones (Old Blind Dogs) and piano accordion maestro, Alan Kelly for a special night of music celebrating the release of her new album produced by renowned Scottish musician, John McCusker (Mark Knopfler band). Steph is perhaps best known as a mainstay member of the critically acclaimed Irish group, Alan Kelly Gang and in collaboration with Eddi Reader.

★★★★ RnR ★★★★ Songlines.

A Week @ the Well offers professional freelance theatre practitioners paid time to work on an idea or project, time to deliberate, dream and plan, alongside other working artists as our foyer becomes a co-working space for four artists.

Participants get:

• Paid for their week’s work.

• A desk in the theatre foyer.

• One days access to the stage space.

• A daily opportunity to brainstorm with your co-working colleagues.

• A daily shared light lunch together.

For further details see: www.hawkswell.com/whats-on/take-part Applications are open until 5pm on Monday 8th May 2023.

Artists Coffee Morning

Fri 5 May, 11am

Calling all artists! Are you based in the North West and involved in the arts?

Hosted by artist-in-residence

Miriam Needham, this event is an opportunity to meet with like-minded people in a relaxed setting. Artists of all levels of experience are welcome. Please email contact@hawkswell.com to register your interest.

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Drama at the Well Camp

Mon 10 – Fri 14 July, 10am – 1pm

€80 per child. Ages 5-7

Facilitators: Deirdre Gaule & Miriam Needham

This fun and engaging drama camp encourages young children to act and participate in many different activities specially designed to explore creativity and build confidence.

Limited availability, early booking advised.

Creative Academy Summer Camp Creative Club for Teens

Mon 17 – Fri 21 July, 10am – 3pm

€100 (€90 for additional siblings)

Ages 7-12

Facilitators: Deirdre Gaule (drama), Sinéad Conway (singing), Ingrid McLoughlin (dance) & Megan O’Kelly (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.

Mon 12 and 26 June, 2 – 4pm


The Art & Craft of Writing Poetry

Annemarie Ní Churreáin

Sat 6 May, 10.30 - 4.30pm


Join poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin for a workshop exploring the art and craft of writing poetry. Using as a springboard the words of Yeats who wrote ‘in dreams begin responsibilities’, this workshop will support participants to identify resonant poetic themes, to engage deeply with language, and to gain insights into the dynamics at play in the making of a poem.

Hawk’s Well Theatre & Sligo Academy of Music

Sligo Community Adult Orchestra

Sun 7 May, 11am - 1pm


Led by conductor Niamh Crowley, this fun initiative will give you the chance to renew old music skills or put new-found ones into practice in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

To join please email contact@ hawkswell.com. Rehearsals will resume again in the Autumn.

Facilitators: Terry Markey (comedy improv - 12th) and Miriam Needham (drama - 26th)

Drop in to our creative club for teens this summer. Spend a couple of hours exploring your creativity in immersive drama and comedy improvisation workshops where lots of fun

Cultural Companions

Meeting - Wed 26 April, 1pm

Coffee Mornings - 11am, last Friday of every month from 26 May.

Free, members & newcomers welcome.

Cultural Companions welcome older members of the community to the Hawk’s Well to socialise and enjoy a catch up with your fellow companions or come to find out more.

For details please contact 087 1371018 or email culturalcompanions@hawkswell. com

Take Part: Workshops for Children
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Take Part | Workshops for Adults Cultural Companions 2022 Meet some theatre friends through our Cultural Companions programme. Cultural Companions will: · Be kept informed of upcoming shows attended by members · Have a say on what you like to see at the theatre · Enjoy complimentary tea/coffee before/after shows 40 Years You can join our Cultural Companions by emailing culturalcompanions@hawkswell.com.

The Mysterious Case of Kitsy Rainey

Tues 26 – Thurs 28 Sept, 8pm | €20/18conc.

WORLD Premiere

Tues 26 Sept, 8pm

A new one-man show written and performed by Mikel Murfi. Following on from The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, I Hear You and Rejoice, this new piece, the third in the series, finishes out Pat Farnon’s journey in a most unexpected way. Having married Kitsy Rainey late in life, cobbler,

A new play written and performed by Pat Kinevane

Directed by Jim Culleton with music by Denis Clohessy

KING tells the story of Luther, a man from Cork named in honour of his Granny Bee Baw’s hero, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Luther only leaves his apartment for essential journeys, and to perform as an Elvis impersonator. The play explores prejudice, privilege, and resilience, as Luther struggles to live life to the full.

Fishamble and Pat Kinevane have previously collaborated on FORGOTTEN, SILENT, UNDERNEATH, and BEFORE, which have won major international awards including Olivier, Fringe First, Herald Archangel, Adelaide Fringe, and Helen Hayes awards.

WWW.HAWKSWELL.COM | 071 916 1518 WED 25 OCT | 8PM | €20
Fishamble: The New Play Company


Joachim Cooder Trio - Sat 2 Sept, 8pm

Susan McCann - Sun 10 Sept, 8pm

Tom Crean - Tues 12 Sept, 8pm

Onóir - Thurs 14 Sept, 8pm

Rock Rising - Fri 15 Sept, 8pm

I See You Like This - Jessica Wilson - Wed 20 - Fri 22 Sept, various times

The Seeger Sessions Revival - Sat 23 Sept, 8pm

The Mysterious Case of Kitsy Rainey - Tues 26 - Thurs 28 Sept, 8pm

Kieran Quinn Theme Night #32 - Thurs 5 — Sat 7 Oct, 8pm

Additional date added: Wed 4 October, 8pm. Tickets onsale, 26 April @ 11am

Indie Afternoon with Lepus Print - Sun 8 Oct, 2pm

Faith Healer by Brian Friel - Tues 10 Oct, 8pm

Change Your Mind Festival 2023 - Sun 15 Oct, all day until late

Seamie O’Dowd - Album Launch - Fri 20 Oct, 8pm

Mick Flannery - Sun 22 Oct, 8pm

KING by Pat Kinevane - Wed 25 Oct, 8pm

Elton John Show (Tribute) - Tues 31 Oct, 8pm

Ralph McTell From There to Here - Wed 1 Nov, 7:30pm

ABBA Forever - Thurs 16 Nov, 8pm

Phil Coulter - Sat 18 Nov, 8pm

The Fureys - Sat 30 Dec, 8pm

WWW.HAWKSWELL.COM | 071 916 1518

Take a Seat

We’ve saved you a seat! Make your mark in our theatre by naming a seat after yourself, a loved one or your business while contributing to the future of the theatre.

Naming a seat is a unique opportunity to have your very own seat inscribed in a position of your choice in our auditorium.

For as little as €200, your dedication will be engraved onto a plaque and placed on your chosen seat for 10 years. You can name a seat for yourself, on behalf of a loved one or as a gift.

In making this gift you will also be supporting the renovation of our building and our work into the future.

To find out more please contact jane@hawkswell.com

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

Please contact Jane, jane@hawkswell.com or phone

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