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Theatre | Music | Comedy | Film | Dance | Classes Cover Image: FOLLOW, see page 8 | 090 6625824

Events at a Glance January - March 2013 jan event January


8th 11th & 12th





The Hunt



It’s The Real McCoy




Elderberries Dance classes begin



17th & 18th

The Sand Park




Traditional Singing classes begin

Trad Music



My Brother Joe












Jack L




Catch Me If You Can







15th & 16th

The Highest House on the Mountain




The Importance of Being Earnest




Conal Gallen







1st – 9th

Roscommon Drama Festival




Filmed screening




Les Misérables



22nd & 23rd

Feel the Rhythm

Children’s Performance


Workshops & Classes

Evolution Stage School

Traditional Singing Classes

Since opening their doors to new members last September, the Roscommon branch of Evolution is going from strength to strength. Bursting at the seams with talented young people aged from 4 upwards, this season Evolution are stepping it up a gear as they prepare for their first ever production, Feel the Rhythm on 22nd and 23rd March. See page 12 for more details.

with Pauline Hanly

For more details on how to join check out or call 087 6157983 / 086 2581966.

Pauline Hanly is an All-Ireland champion traditional and sean nós singer who possesses a profound love of the Irish tradition, music and folklore. With over thirty years experience, Pauline’s informal classes offer a unique way of introducing children to their cultural heritage and traditions. All levels welcome. Please contact Pauline directly on 086 4036152 to arrange a class time to suit your child.

4 – 6 years

3.30pm – 4.15pm

All ages from 3.30pm

7 – 9 years

4.15pm – 5.15pm

Term beginning Tuesday 22nd January


5.15pm – 6.15pm


Workshops & Classes

Roscommon County Youth Theatre

Elderberries Dance Ensemble

Are you interested in becoming involved in acting and theatre? Gain experience both on and off stage through workshops, trips to performances and exchanges with other youth theatres, as well as an annual production.

Elderberries Dance returns for another season of fun dance and exercise for the Over 50s. Get a spring in your step with these sessions of gentle movement and dance which are designed to be fun, creative and accessible and include techniques designed to help improve strength, flexibility and balance.

Membership is open to young people aged 14 – 22.

As always class finishes with complimentary tea, biscuits and chat! Newcomers welcome, no experience necessary. Participants should wear supportive footwear and comfortable clothing.

For more information contact RCYT Director Catherine Simon on 086 8747024.

with Catherine Donnelly

Wednesday 16th January – Wednesday 24th April * 11.30am *no class on 6th & 13th February, 27th March and 3rd April



The Hunt


When Raymond (Kevin Beirne), a married man with two children, is nabbed outside the local brothel, he finds it hard to keep his darker demons at bay. The Hunt is an insight into a mind on the very edge, and the rural landscape which it has come from. A new direction in local filmmaking, with both producer Colm Moylan and director Niall Sheridan from the county this screening features Seamus Moran (Fair City), Gráinne Bleasdale (Aifric), Martin Maloney (Hardy Bucks) and Jacek Dusznik. Join us for the Roscommon premiere of this new film, which will also be preceded by Moon Rooster another local short film from the same filmmakers. Suitable for ages 15+.

Tuesday 8th January | 8pm | €5

January 2013 Programme

It’s the Real McCoy by Tommy Marren Abandoned after only five months of marriage, Madge Mulloy has spent more than forty years struggling to survive on a small farm with her only daughter Maura. This rip-roaring comedy focuses on what happens when her wayward husband returns home with explanations for his disappearance. What unfolds is a combination of high drama, amazing Irish wit and a storyline that keeps the audience guessing right until the final minute. Early booking advised.

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th January 8pm | €20


January 2013 Programme

The Sand Park

My Brother Joe

by Séamus O’Rourke

Throughout his singing career, Joe Dolan’s energetic and charismatic stage performances thrilled audiences the world over. Now this show featuring Joe’s niece and nephew in their band Karen and The Dolans alongside his original backing band and comedian Shaun Connors, will have you dancing in the aisles with hit after hit of famous Joe songs. As the saying goes “There’s no show, Like a Joe show”.

From the writer of Victor’s Dung and Ride On!, The Sand Park is the sometimes hilarious account of how James Anthony Lowery, a man in his mid-fifties, comes to terms with the death of his son fifteen years ago and now more recently, his wife Rose. A play about rural Irish life and the way we cope with the inevitable, it is also a play about the fun of life, the ritual of death and what happens when either one is altered.

Thursday 17th & Friday 18th January | 8pm | €16/€14

Thursday 24th January |8pm | €20


January/February 2013 Programme


Jack L The 27 Club

Beezneez Theatre Company

Featuring the work of iconic singers such as Janis Joplin, Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse and Jimi Hendrix, all of whom died at the age of 27, classic songs are given the ultimate Jack treatment with his own spell-binding and legendry performance ability. Exploring this mysterious number, Jack interweaves their legacy, not through a vale of tears but in a rip-roaring musical celebration of life itself in what will be a dramatic and unforgettable show.

Three Sales Managers come together supposedly to meet their new Managing Director but in fact, it is to meet their future. As they await their call, they ‘bat the breeze’ and in scenes rich in uncompromising dialogue they fight for position and score points on one another without fear or favour. Playwright John McDwyer pulls no punches in this searing, honest appraisal of life at the end of the Celtic Tiger. Scorpion delivers an up-to-date commentary on the state of Ireland in the current climate and presents the audience with identifiable characters who will remain in the memory long after the theatre has emptied.

Thursday 31st January | 8pm | €17/€15

“…amazing and timeless” – Irish Independent Saturday 2nd February | 8pm | €22


February 2013 Programme

Catch Me If You Can


No Fixed Abode Theatre Company

WillFredd Theatre in association with Arts & Disability Ireland

Mary and Greta Luby find themselves lumbered with their cantankerous ageing Daddy. With their eyes fixed on the inheritance, just how much more can they take? And will their best laid plans be accomplished or will a visit from the crazy locum doctor save Daddy from this duo. A new comedy by local playwright Margaret McKenna Mullan.

Friday 8th February | 8pm | €14/€12

Shane O’Reilly is a “Code” (Child of Deaf Adults). He grew up in a house with doorbell lights and subtitles on the TV. A house where to be heard, you had to be seen. Telling humorous and moving stories and experiences from the Irish Deaf community through sound, light, ISL, (Irish Sign Language) and traditional story telling, FOLLOW is the first piece of theatre in Ireland created for both a Deaf and Hearing audience.

Tuesday 13th February | 8pm | €14/€12

“Every journey to the theatre commences in hope – here it is totally justified.” – Irish Independent ?????


February 2013 Programme

The Highest House on the Mountain

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

by John B. Keane Sanctuary Players

London Classic Theatre

Widower Mikey and Sonny, his simple-minded brother feel that life is offering them a second chance, but this is shattered when Mikey’s two sons return from England to the family farm, for very different reasons and harbouring dark secrets. Once the veil of secrecy is stripped away, nothing will ever be the same again in this play about the timeless battle between the forces of tradition and change.

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th February 8pm | €15/€12

Jack is in love with Gwendolen. Algernon is in love with Cecily. When an identity crisis spirals out of control, the previously separate worlds of town and country collide and delicious mayhem ensues. Thoughts of marriage and a happy ending must be put on hold until the inimitable Lady Bracknell can be convinced that the young men are worthy suitors. LCT promise to bring this 19th Century classic to vivid, extravagant life with their customary flair, attention to detail and impeccable production values. Widely-acknowledged as one of the greatest comedies in the English language, The Importance of Being Earnest is packed with wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue, gloriously improbable plot twists and a sprinkling of romance.

Tuesday 19th February | 8pm | €17/€15


February/March 2013 Programme

Conal Gallen Laugh Out Loud ! Following his laugh-a-minute, sold out performance in November, Conal is coming back for one night only for what promises to be one of the funniest shows you are ever likely to see. His show is littered with hilarious jokes, stories and songs.

Saturday 23rd February | 8pm | €25


Filmed Educational screenings for schools This spring we invite students studying German to come along to an educational screening in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute, to compliment the secondary school curriculum. Details of the title will be available through the arts centre box office 090 66 25824 early in the new year. All Filmed screenings are free and teachers should reserve their schools early as places tend to fill quickly.

Thursday 14th March | German Title

March 2013 Programme

Roscommon Drama Festival Now a much-anticipated feature of the spring programme, Roscommon Drama Festival boasts nine packed nights of award-winning performances by amateur groups from around Ireland, all of who are eager to win a nomination to the All-Ireland Drama Finals. An exciting mix of theatre takes the spotlight offering something for all audiences, all under the eye of this year’s adjudicator, Michael Poynor A.D.A. More details of this years programme is available through the box office and at

Friday 1st – Saturday 9th March | 8pm nightly | €14/€12/Season Ticket: €90* *limited number available




Fri 1st

The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh

Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group

Sat 2nd

The Goat or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee

Prosperous Dramatic Scoiety

Sun 3rd

Poor Beast in the Rain by Billy Roche

Phoenix Players Yellow Moon Theatre Company

Mon 4th

On Raftery’s Hill by Marina Carr

Tue 5th

Moment by Deirdre Kinahan

Glenamaddy Players

Wed 6th

The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin

Estuary Players

Thurs 7th

War by Roddy Doyle

Dunmore Amateur Dramatic Society

Fri 8th

The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge

Kilmeen Drama Group

Sat 9th

Sharon’s Grave by John B Keane

Kilmuckridge Drama Group


March 2013 Programme

Les Misérables Hotbuckle Productions Prisoner 24601, Jean Valjean is released from prison and so begins his bitter struggle to find redemption for the sins of his past and become a force for good. Always at his heels is his nemesis, the ruthless, puritanical policeman Javert, who has made it his life’s work to re-capture Valjean and put him back in prison. Set in a time when riot and revolution were in the air, and those with all the power and money were blinkered to the coming storm, this unique theatre production of love, injustice and atonement is as relevant now as it ever was.

Tuesday 19th March | 8pm | €17/€15

Feel the Rhythm Evolution Stage School Since opening in September 2012 Evolution Stage School has gone from strength to strength and Feel the Rhythm is their first production in Roscommon. With very special guests, comedian June Rodgers and Tenor Paul Hennessy, this show will be packed full with a lively mixture of song, dance and comedy for all the family. Early booking strongly recommended from Tuesday 12th February.

Special Guest: Jun

Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd March | 7.30pm €15/€12* *Concession ticket for Under 12s


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Cinderella - After the Ball

The Bridge Below the Town

Ireland’s Got Mammies

Ballet Ireland

by Pat McCabe

Colm O’Regan

Ever wondered what happened to Cinderella and Prince Charming after the wedding? Ballet Ireland takes up the fairytale when the pair returns from their honeymoon. In a unique twist on the classic fairytale, the couple will face lots of ups & downs but ultimately end up on the road to Happily Ever After.

Livin’ Dred Theatre Company

Tuesday 16th April

From the writer of The Dead School and The Butcher Boy comes a brand new play directed by Padraic McIntyre. This is a beautiful and magnificently heartbreaking ghost story set in the midlands over a period of fifty years; both a lament and a celebration of a way of life that can never be again.

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th April

Comedian Colm O’Regan brings the world of the Irish Mammy to life in a unique and dotey way. Exploring topics ranging from tea towel hierarchy to the importance of a Safe Place for things, this show will make you see Mammy in a new light. A regular columnist for RTE and the BBC, this year Colm just wants to celebrate his Mammy; so much so that he’s made a complete SHOW of her.

Thursday 25th April

Also performances by: Roscommon County Youth Theatre, Roscommon Drama Group, Macra na Feirme All-Ireland Finals and much more!

MAY Programme

MAY Programme

Roscommon Arts Centre is located on

Disabled Patrons

Ticket Prices

Circular Road, Roscommon County Roscommon

Roscommon Arts Centre welcomes patrons with disabilities and can accommodate up to 8 wheelchair users at each performance.

Box Office: 090 6625824 Tuesday – Friday: 11am – 5pm Saturdays: 2pm – 5pm on performance days only

Patrons who are physically disabled, hearing, or visually impaired must be escorted to events. As a courtesy the escort will be given a complimentary ticket to attend. These tickets, as well as wheelchair locations are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please inform the Box Office of your seating needs at time of booking.

Where an alternative price is advertised, this applies to children & young people, full time students, senior citizens (65+), the unwaged (with social welfare cards), the disabled and to those with restricted mobility. ID cards may be required.

The Gallery is open to the public during centre opening hours, but does close at 4pm on Thursday afternoons. Please note tickets should be collected at least fifteen minutes before the advertised start time. Alternatively tickets can be collected from the box office during opening hours.

Reservations Reservations will be held pending payment until 48 hours before a performance. Group reservations are held until one week before a performance. In order to comply with fire regulations, each person, even babies, must have a valid ticket for performances. Please check your reservation at time of booking as there is room for human error and mistakes cannot always be rectified at a later stage. There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets, unless events are cancelled/re-scheduled. If you are unable to attend an event please contact us and we will endeavour to assist you.


Although animals are not permitted in the arts centre, an exception is made for guide dogs and service animals, the box office should be made aware of such accommodations at time of booking. Please note the arts centre does not have elevators or escalators; the gallery and workshop spaces are not wheelchair accessible

Latecomers Latecomers will not be admitted and will be asked to wait until the interval for admittance.

Payment Payment can be made by cash, credit card/laser or cheque. Cheques should be made payable to Roscommon County Council.

Last Laugh Comedy Club Last Laugh Comedy Club is an over 16’s event unless otherwise advertised. ID cards may be required.

Get Involved Roscommon Arts Centre invites you to become involved in what’s happening at the centre. You can sign up on our website at or by contacting us at the box office on 090 66 25 824. Roscommon Arts Centre reserves the right to alter/cancel performances. Roscommon Arts Centre reserves the right to refuse admission. Please note that there is a Children Protection and Health and Safety Policy in place at Roscommon Arts Centre. ALL INFORMATION CORRECT AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT, HOWEVER YOU ARE ADVISED TO CHECK WITH THE BOX OFFICE AND LOCAL PAPERS FOR CHANGES TO ADVERTISED PROGRAMME.

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