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Centre for Contemporary Art and the George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Programme of Events

Programme February— May 2017

Booking; 059 917 2400

Welcome to the Winter/ Spring Season at VISUAL

This season celebrates active participation. Our exhibition programme and exploration gallery are all about how we plan for play and recreation in our towns, and as well as some great Irish and international work, includes some great Carlow-focused research and design projects – not to mention a chance to play on the work in the galleries! Our Join In Festival this March is all about getting involved in the life of our town, whether it’s through arts, sports or civic life. We’ve also got some Really Great Theatre this Spring, with funny, heartwarming and thought-provoking new Irish dramas. Plus lots of comedy, music and talks – always more fun when shared and enjoyed in good company. We look forward to seeing you here this Spring!

Support & Funding Getting Here GALLERY AND BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS Monday: Closed Tues – Sat: 11am – 5.30pm Sunday: 2pm – 5pm











VISUAL is situated in Carlow’s town centre, on the grounds of Carlow College complex. A pedestrian entrance is located on College Street, beside Carlow Cathedral. By car: Leave the Motorway at Junction 4. VISUAL is located on the Old Dublin Road in the centre of town. Town Council pay parking (including Disabled parking and coach parking) is available onsite, and free after 6.30pm. By public transport: Carlow is an hour from Dublin by train, with frequent daily services. VISUAL is a 5 minute walk from Carlow Train Station. Bus Eireann and JJ Kavanagh Coaches operate frequent services daily. VISUAL is a 10 minute walk from Carlow Bus Park. VISUAL relies on the passion and commitment of our wonderful Volunteers in the delivery of our programme and we are very grateful for their support in the gallery and the theatre spaces. Thank you for all your help!

Cover Photo: John McKenzie © 2016 BALTIC. The Playground Project (installation view), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, 2016

VISUAL’s volunteers enjoy free membership of our film club, special discount offers, previews, gallery talks and cultural day trips. For a unique insight into art and culture, great company and the chance to contribute, contact or call the Box Office to find out more.

VISUAL Programme of Events


February  – May | 2017


Fri 10th Fishamble – The Humours of Bandon 8pm Sat 11th Galleries Opening 3pm Sat 11th For Jazz and Love 8pm Sun 12th Be My Love: The Mario Lanza show 3pm Tues 14th Parent & Toddler every Tuesday 11am Tues 14th Roman Holiday (1953) – St Valentine’s Day 3pm, 8pm Fri 17th IFI Schools Screening – The Kings Speech (2010) 11am Sat 18th A Whistle in the Dark – Enniscorthy Theatre Group 8pm Sun 19th Film – The Jungle Book (1967) 3pm Sun 26th Family Art Workshop 3pm


Wed 1st High Rock Productions – Caith Amach é 10am Schools €5 Sat 4th Open Mic @ VISUAL, with Eric Butler 8.30pm Music €12/10 Sun 5th Isla Grant 8pm Music €26 Wed 8th Film – Calamity Jane (1953) 3pm Film €6 Wed 8th International Womens Day – Suffragette (2015) 8pm Film €8/6 Thurs 9th Féile Scoildrámaíochta/Schools’ Theatre Festival 10.30am Schools FREE Fri 10th Michael Harding – Talking to Strangers 8pm Talk €18/16 Sat 11th Foil Arms & Hog 8pm Comedy €19/17 Mon 13th Carlow College Literary Awards 8pm Talk FREE Tues 14th – 16th Grease is the Word – St Leo's College & St Mary’s CBS 7.30pm Musical €13/11 Sat 18th Pat Talbot – The Quiet Land 8pm Theatre €18/15 Sat 25th The Nualas – All Spanxed Up 8pm Comedy €21/19 Sun 26th Family Art Workshop 3pm Family €5/10 Thurs 30th – 31st Equinox Theatre Company - Welcome to The M House 2pm, 8pm Theatre €12/10 Thurs 30th – Sun 2nd Join In Festival @ VISUAL VARIOUS Festival VARIOUS






Sat 1st – Sun 2nd Thurs 6th – Sun 9th Wed 12th Thurs 13th – Sat 15th Tues 18th Fri 21st – Sun 23rd Wed 26th Wed 26th Fri 28th Sat 29th Sun 30th

Family Art Workshop 3pm Slapdash Theatre – Alice in Wonderland 7.30pm, 2.30pm Delta Centre – We’ve Got Rhythm 8pm Ballet Barn – Cinderella and Other Stories 7.30pm, 2pm Official Opening of Pan Celtic International Festival 8pm Carlow Little Theatre – By The Bog Of Cats 8pm IFI Schools Screening – Sing Street 11am Loco and Reckless – I Hear You and Rejoice 8pm Sound Collective – Kilkenny Carlow ETB 8pm Pat Shortt – How’s Tings? 8pm Family Art Workshop 3pm

Theatre €17/15 Visual Arts FREE Music €15/12 Music €20/18 Family €5 Film €8/6 Schools €5 Theatre €16/14 Film €8/6 Family €5/10

Family Theatre Variety Dance Festival Theatre Schools Nat Theatre Music Comedy Family

€5/10 €20/15 €15/12 €18/12 FREE €16/14 €5 €17/15 €6 €29/27 €5/10



TBC early May Playtime Symposium 10am Fri 5th The Curious Case of Pinocchio – Lyngo 10am, 12pm Fri 5th Kings and Queens of Irish Country 8pm Thurs 11th Music Generation Carlow – The Far Field 10am, 12pm Fri 12th Eric Lalor Bar Comedy 8pm Sun 14th Lambert Puppet Theatre – Cinderella and Bosco 3pm Wed 17th Film – Eddie The Eagle (2016) 3pm Wed 17th Film – Mattress Men (2016) 8pm Thurs 18th Voicebox 7.30pm Sat 20th Fourth Wall Theatre Group Laois – Big Maggie 8pm Sun 21st Family Art Workshop 3pm Wed 24th – Thurs 25th Music Generation Carlow Gala concert 8pm

Between Your Love and Mine– A Requiem Written by Leonard Cohen Thurs 15th June


Booking; 059 917 2400

Visual Arts Schools Music Music Comedy Family Film Film Talk Theatre Family Music

€15 €6 €22.50 INVITE €10 €12/40 €6 €8/6 €5 €15/13 €5/10 €11


Between Your Love and Mine — A Requiem Written by Leonard Cohen Last summer, writer John MacKenna began work on a requiem for theatre, in memory of young friends and in honour of those who mourn them. The requiem was inspired in particular, by Leonard’s hope-filled lines, Behold the gates of mercy, in arbitrary space, and none of us deserving the cruelty or the grace, o solitude of longing where love has been confined, come healing of the body, come healing of the mind. In late October 2016, just two weeks before his death, the singer approved the final draft of Between Your Love and Mine which will be premiered at VISUAL Carlow. Musical director for the requiem is Aisling Carter and it features the voices of Eric Butler, Katie Jacques and Shane Sullivan. The band features Aisling Carter on keyboard, Lucy Deegan on cello and Annie-Rose Deegan on violin. Spoken word is by Angela Keogh and John Mackenna, who also directs the requiem.

VISUAL Programme of Events

February  – May | 2017


F Ground Floor Galleries 11th February- 21st May

The Playground Project For this season the ground floor at VISUAL has been transformed into an adventure playground for all ages! In the past playgrounds were places for social experiments, risky projects, and spectacular sculptures. Architects, urban planners, artists, parents, and children were invited to leave their comfort zone and to try something new. Playgrounds became focal points for ideas about education and childhood, about urban planning and public space, about architecture and art, about creativity and control. The Playground Project presents a place for play and a visual archive of exemplary, but often forgotten playground initiatives by pioneers such as Marjory Allen (Lady Allen of Hurtwood), Joseph Brown, Riccardo Dalisi, Richard Dattner, Aldo van Eyck, M. Paul Friedberg, Michael Grossert, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Alfred Ledermann, Yvan Pestalozzi, Group Ludic, Egon MøllerNielsen, Niki de Saint Phalle, Mitsuru Senda, Colin Ward and others. The Playground Project is a touring exhibition, curated by Urban Planner Gabriela Burkhalter. It has been realised and adapted for VISUAL in cooperation with Kunsthalle Zürich. For the exhibition at VISUAL it includes work by Rhona Byrne, Tom Watt and Eva Rothschild.


Booking; 059 917 2400



F Ground Floor Galleries 11th February - 21st May

Associated events The Playbook For this season, artist Steven Aylin has created a playbook for the exhibition featuring games, play activities to do at home, school and inside/outside the VISUAL galleries. The Playbook includes contributions by Dr Jackie Bourke and has been created with the support of County Carlow Sports Partnership. The Playbook is available to download from info/the-play-book

Family Play Dates: Family Art Workshops Sun 26th Feb, Sun 26th March, Sat 1st & Sun 2nd April, Sun 30th April, Sun 21st May 3.00pm - 4.30pm, €5 per person, €10 per family Imagine, design and build your own playground! Facilitated by Louise Osbourne. Materials included, suitable for ages 4- 12. Parents and guardians must remain with their children.

Schools Playdates Monday - Fridays throughout the season, €2 per pupil Teachers and their pupils are invited to play freely within the exhibition and explore the importance of play. Workshops will include a design project where pupils imagine and build model play spaces for the public. Facilitated by Mairead Kealy - schools must book a week in advance

Senior Cycle Workshops In-depth explorations and behind-the-scenes views of how the exhibition programme is built within the galleries. We have flexible times during school hours so please ring the Box Office on 059 9172400 to book your class in.

Play Time Symposium TBC early May, 10am - 5pm, €15 A day of talks and workshops on the value of play, facilitating play within our public social spaces, and play and urban design. Includes presentations by Curator Gabriela Burkthaler, Jackie Bourke, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Cleo Fagan Superprojects, Martha Jane Duggan, Carlow Sports Partnership and artist Tom Watt.

VISUAL Programme of Events

February  – May | 2017



F Digital Gallery 8th February - 28th May Image credit: Halil Altindere, Wonderland. © 2013, HD video: color/sound, Courtesy the artist and Pilot Galeri, Istanbul.

Halil Altindere — Wonderland Halil Altindere’s film Wonderland, documents the anger and frustration of a group of youths from the historic Sulukule neighborhood of Istanbul, home to Romani communities since the Byzantine Empire. The area has been increasingly demolished since 2006 as part of an “urban renewal” development project. Presented in the style of a music video, Wonderland captures the young men of the hip-hop group Tahribad-ı isyan rapping about inequality and gentrification as they are simultaneously confronted by the police. Since the mid-1990s, Halil Altindere (Turkish, b. 1971) has emerged as one of the most prominent contemporary artists in Turkey with a practice that ranges from video, sculpture, photography, installation, and performance, to collaborative editorial and curatorial projects.

Booking; 059 917 2400



F Studio Gallery 11th February - 21st May Image credit: Playground by Josef Seebacher. ©1958, Liedlgasse, Vienna 17

Exploration Gallery Play is the highest form of research. – Albert Einstein

Exploration Gallery Our exploration gallery is an inspiring space to think, respond and play. Try your hand at designing and building at our drop-in making table, share your thoughts about how we plan for play in our towns and explore research on urban design, planning and recreation in Carlow.

Research at VISUAL Why is play important? How do we plan for play and recreation in our towns? Where is the ‘centre’ of Carlow town and how do people feel about it? How might our understanding of play and planning make everyday life better? How do we get actively involved in our towns? How do we communicate it? These are just some of the questions that are being researched through this season. Join in via our Play Time Symposium or explore research projects by 3rd level students from the School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology, Department of Design; Designcore, Institute of Technology Carlow; and Dept of Graphic Design, Waterford Institute of Technology.

VISUAL Programme of Events


February  – May | 2017

FAMILY EVENTS VISUAL Parent & Toddler Art class Tuesdays, 11am from 7th February €5 (1 adult & 2 toddlers or 2 adults & 1 toddler)

Parent & Toddler Art class VISUAL’s Parent and Toddler group is where you’ll find the luckiest little toddlers. Enjoy a morning of fun, art and play, while offering you a chance to meet with other parents. Grandparents and child-minders are welcome. Tea and coffee is also provided.

Don’t miss out on our Family Art Workshops on Sunday afternoons at the end of each month!

The Jungle Book (1967) Film: The Jungle Book (1967)

Beloved animation classic to start the midterm break!

Sun 19th February 3pm €8/6 conc €20 family

Cinderella with special guest Bosco Sun 14th May 3pm €12 €40 Family of 4

Lambert Puppet Theatre presents

Cinderella with special guest Bosco A Sunday Treat for families, featuring large puppets and colourful sets, see page 26 for more information.

Booking; 059 917 2400


SCHOOL DATES IFI Schools Screening The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech

Fri 17th February 11am €5 per student & Teachers go free

A popular choice for Leaving Cert comparative study 2017.

Sing Street

Sing Street

Running time: 119 mins, Cert PG-13

Wed 26th April 11am €5 per student & Teachers go free

Caith Amach É Wed 1st March 10am €5 per student & Teachers go free

Running time: 106 mins, Cert PG-13

Director John Carney achieves charm with this 1980’s funny teen drama, in which Conor seeks to escape from the strains of family life by starting a band. High Rock Productions present

Caith Amach É A must for Leaving Cert students in preparation for their Oral IrishExamination.

Féile Scoildrámaíochta Cheatharlach 2017 / Festival of School Drama Thurs 9th March 10.30am Free Event

Féile Scoildrámaíochta Cheatharlach 2017

Festival of School Drama In association with Glór Cheatharlach and An Cumann Scoildrámaíochta, VISUAL will host its inaugural Irish Language Schools’ Drama Festival. Schools from across the county will perform a variety of dramas ‘as Gaeilge’. Equinox Theatre Company presents a school matinee of The M House on Thursday 9th March at 2pm. €5 and teachers go free. See page 17 for more information.

The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio Fri 5th May 10am & 12pm €6/8 conc

Lyngo Theatre presents

The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio Crickets, cats, foxes and, of course, the world-famous puppet, will spring out of our collection of dusty, old, magic books while Patrick Lynch from CBeebies pulls all the strings and turns all the pages to bring you the true story of Pinocchio, no lie. Ages 5+

VISUAL Programme of Events

February  – May | 2017



The Humours of Bandon

Fishamble: The New Play Company presents

Fri 10th February 8pm €17/15 conc

The Humours of Bandon Don’t be afraid of that floor, hammer it! From the confines of every parochial hall in Ireland, Irish Dancing champions are churned out at a massive rate. Medals and cups build up in drawing rooms and Riverdance swells a national pride, but the public aren’t privy to the blood, sweat and tears that pave the way to the first place podium. A coming of age story, full of heart, humour and wisdom, for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life

Winner of Little Gem Award at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016 Nominated for Best Performer at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016 ‘terrific one woman show… both writing and performance are by turns sharp, charming and hilarious… All round, a champion turn’ THE IRISH TIMES ‘…not surprising that at the end that she received a “Riverdance” like ovation.’ NOMOREWORKHORSE

For Jazz and Love Sat 11th February 8pm €15/12 conc

A Valentine’s Special For Jazz and Love

The David Ayers Quartet and Dr Noel Kavanagh The David Ayers Quartet is joined by special guest Dr. Noel Kavanagh– Dr. Blue Note to some – for a quirky, provocative and entirely entertaining lecture on the philosophy of love. For those who have love and those in pursuit of it, we’ll be serving prosecco and whiskey sours!

Booking; 059 917 2400



Be My Love– The Story of Mario Lanza Sun 12th February 3pm Please note afternoon time of event €20/18 conc

Be My Love — The Story of Mario Lanza The great conductor, Arturo Toscanini described him as “the greatest tenor of the twentieth century”. Movies like That Midnight Kiss, The Great Caruso, The Toast of New Orleans and The Student Prince brought his fame and his voice all around the world. Jose Carreras admitted that Lanza had been his inspiration and Placido Domingo said, “I owe my career in opera to a kid from Philadelphia!”. He leaves behind a wonderful catalogue of recordings and 12 Gold Discs, including; Be my love, The Loveliest Night of the Year, Drink! Drink! Drink!, Because You’re Mine, and I’ll walk with God’s.

Film: Roman Holiday Tues 14th February 3pm & 8pm €8/6 conc

Film @ VISUAL Roman Holiday Celebrate St Valentine’s Day in VISUAL with a romantic film! One of Hollywood’s most sweetly romantic films -- a frothy, modern telling of the Cinderella story, in reverse. It stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess out to see Rome in this 1953 film directed and produced by William Wyler. Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance; the screenplay and costume design also won.

VISUAL Programme of Events


February  – May | 2017

VISUAL EVENTS A Whistle in the Dark

Enniscorthy Drama Group presents

Sat 18th February 8pm €16/14 conc

A Whistle in the Dark Premiered in 1961 at the Theatre Royal Stratford, having been rejected by the Abbey Theatre, Tom Murphy’s play went on to be a West End hit. The story of the climactic confrontation between Michael, his father and brothers, a brawling, hard-drinking, criminal gang of Irish immigrants living and working in Coventry. A powerful portrayal of tribal violence and the devastation it brings in its wake. It remains Murphy’s best known and most performed play.

Isla Grant Sun 5th March 8pm €26

‘All the Hits and More’ Tour

Isla Grant Highly respected singer and prolific songwriter Isla Grant makes a welcome return visit to Ireland after an absence of two years. Her highly entertaining concert show features all her hit songs and some new from her latest album. A treat for all Isla Grant fans.

Open Mic @ VISUAL with Eric Butler Sat 4th March 8.30pm €12/10 conc

Open Mic @ VISUAL, with Eric Butler On March 4th, Eric Butler will present a selection of both emerging and wellknown local acts for an evening showcasing Carlow’s musical talent. Come and enjoy a drink in the relaxed environment of the bar, while listening to an eclectic mix of artists, as well as Eric performing some of his own work. *If you are an emerging artist and would like to take part in the open mic, please drop us a line –

Booking; 059 917 2400


VISUAL EVENTS Film @ VISUAL Film: Calamity Jane Wed 8th March 3pm €6

Daytime Screenings

Calamity Jane Staring: Doris Day and Howard Keel The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok. ‘The 1953 musical features Doris Day on whip-crackin’ form and golden tunes.’ THE GUARDIAN

Film: Suffragette Wed 8th March 8pm €8/6 conc

Film for International Women’s Day


Staring: Cary Mulligan Carey Mulligan plays Maud Watts, a laundry worker in pre-first world war London whose loyalties to her husband and son keep her on the outside of the growing women’s rights movement. But when too-neat fate forces Maud to testify about her tough work/life conditions, she finds herself at the epicentre of a struggle that is met with violence, imprisonment and worse. ‘A wonderfully involving, moving Carey Mulligan and a spirited ensemble flesh out a handsomely crafted, timely look at why and how far people are willing to go for a cause.’ EMPIRE

Michael Harding – Talking to Strangers Fri 10th March 8pm €18/16 conc

Michael Harding– Talking to Strangers Michael Harding is one of Ireland’s most distinctive writers and storytellers and his recent memoirs Staring at Lakes and Hanging with the Elephant have touched a chord with audiences throughout the country. Now he returns with his latest book, Talking to Strangers and to ruminate on his life over the past 18 months – playing the Bull McCabe on stage in Dublin, struggling with self-doubt, faith, and psychotherapy, and the chaos of building an extension to his home near Lough Allen.

VISUAL Programme of Events

February  – May | 2017



Foil, Arms & Hog Sat 11th March 8pm €19/17 conc The Irish Times Examiner 

Carlow College Literary Awards and Creative Writing Showcase Mon 13th March 8pm Free

Foil, Arms & Hog Foil, Arms and Hog are Ireland’s top comedy sketch group. Called ‘Pure Brilliant’ by Tommy Tiernan, the group have over four million hits on YouTube and have sold out five shows at Dublin’s Vicar Street. With regular sketches on RTE, viral comedy hits like ‘How to Speak Dublin’ and over 70,000 online followers, Foil Arms and Hog have established themselves amongst the new breed of Irish comedy stars. Children over 14+

Carlow College Literary Awards and Creative Writing Showcase The Carlow College Literary Awards brings together the entire college community to recognise and celebrate the very best of Carlow College literary talent. The awards gather together the college literary community in a spirit of camaraderie and friendly competition to celebrate the best prose and poetry of the past year. First Year Creative Writing class will also present a showcase of their writing. Ciaran Collins, author of The Gamal, winner of the Rooney Prize for Literature in 2013, and described by the New York Times as ‘remarkable’ and the Irish Times as ‘outstanding’, will present the awards as well as read from his work. Awards will be given for Poetry and the Short Story/Flash Fiction.

Booking; 059 917 2400



Grease Is The Word Tues 14th to Thurs 16th March 7.30pm €13/11 conc

St. Leo’s College and St. Mary’s Academy C.B.S. presents

Grease Is The Word Following on from the success of last year’s Disco Inferno, St. Leo’s College and St. Mary’s Academy C.B.S present Grease Is The Word. A culmination of hard work from over one hundred Transition Year students from both schools, this show promises to be an energetic, colourful and talent fuelled production with stunning vocals, slick choreography and boundless talent. The performance is produced under the expert guidance of Mr. David Doyle, Mr. Ian Curran and Ms. Áine Shiels. Slick your hair, grab your popsocks and transport yourself back to the fifties and don’t miss out on this stellar production!

The Quiet Land Sat 18th March 8pm €18/15 conc

Patrick Talbot Productions presents

The Quiet Land

Two elderly farmers, Eamon and Nashee, meet at a gate on a remote hillside. They are old rivals, old neighbours. Their conversation is of a gentler time. But there’s nothing gentle about today’s conversation. They are forced to confront each other with some heart-breaking truths. The Quiet Land is a celebration of the humour, resilience and endearing innocence of an older generation as it struggles to survive in the rural Ireland of today. Starring Des Keogh and Derry Power.

Winner of the PJ O’Connor Award 2014 “ Two quietly epic performances…..don’t miss it" SUNDAY INDEPENDENT "A glorious, perfectly-pitched pair of performances" SCOTSMAN 

VISUAL Programme of Events

February  – May | 2017


VISUAL EVENTS The Nualas – All Spanxed Up! Sat 25th March 8pm €21/19 conc

The Nualas– All Spanxed Up! This fabulous new extravaganza from The Nualas will leave your ankles swollen with laughter, your ear drums throbbing in sheer musical ecstasy and your eyeballs bulging out of their sockets in disbelief, as The Nualas knock it out of the entertainment park yet again (in spanx). "You’d be an eejit to miss it!" SOME EEJIT WHO MISSED IT THE LAST TIME "Stomach-achingly brilliant!" A FELLA WHO HAD SOME OUT-OF-DATE CHICKEN BEFORE HE CAME TO THE SHOW

“Dammit! The Nualas can sing and make your face ache from laughing.” TIME OUT, LONDON

Welcome to The M House Thurs 30th March 2pm Fri 31st March 8pm €12/10 conc

Equinox Theatre Company presents

Welcome to The M House

Opening event of the Join In Festival Welcome to The M House. This is the place for you if you like watching TV all the time… And if you like being checked on, on the hour every hour, every single day… And if you don’t mind being in a cramped space… And having all your decisions made for you… Oh, and if you don’t mind taking turns holding up the walls yourself… Oh, and by the way, your name needs to begin with M. This is getting ridiculous. But welcome to our world – The M House. We think it’s time for a change. Equinox Theatre Company invite you on a journey of discovery exploring the ridiculous nature of our one-size-fits-all culture, in a relaxed performance where everyone is welcome regardless of what letter your name begins with. Contact box office for group rates.

Booking; 059 917 2400



Join In - Be Part of the Festival! 31st March – 2nd April 2017 Full details of all events will be found on VISUAL’s website this Spring. If you would like to get involved or plan an event, contact

Be Part of the Festival! Participate in a creative workshop – we will have free drawing, movement and craft workshops, where you can try your hand at an activity. All levels welcome to all workshops. Drop into the library – A little bit of VISUAL will pop up in the library over the weekend, with some Family Art Workshops. You can also find out about the library’s events in VISUAL – readings, poetry and more!

Attend the ‘Join In Voicebox’ where we will have representatives from volunteer organisations around Carlow sharing information about their work and how people can get involved.

Spot some pop up exhibitions – design students from IT Carlow and Waterford IT and DIT School of Architecture will be presenting work, as well as some surprise pop up work at various locations. Contribute to the discussion – there will be a number of events focussing on the role of town planning in the wellbeing of a community. Come to a workshop on creative regeneration led by Callan’s Workhouse Union, or see how the students of IT Carlow have used design to respond to a town planning challenge. Get Sporty – Carlow Sports Partnership will host a family activity day where everyone can join in the games.

Enjoy great theatre which celebrates inclusion. VISUAL is proud to premier Equinox Theatre’s new production – The M House. Host an event - If you would like to host your own event during the Join In Festival which highlights or celebrates participation, just get in touch and we’ll include you in the programme. And of course - Come to the galleries – the playground project will be open all weekend with fun activities, free tours and a quiet reading space to chill out after all the play. Our galleries are always free to visit.

Booking; 059 917 2400



Alice in Wonderland Thurs 6th – Sun 9th April 7.30pm 2.30pm (Sat & Sun only) €20/15 conc €60 Family of 4

Slapdash Theatre presents

Alice in Wonderland Alice is bored. Everything is school and homework and always doing what you’re told. Until she follows a White Rabbit down a hole and her whole life is quite literally turned upside down and almost inside out. Suddenly, she finds herself in a strange land with no school and no homework and no one telling you what to do! Far from being scared, Alice is curious and soon makes friends with Cats, Caterpillars and Queens. Unfortunately, friends become foes and Alice may be trapped forever. How will she escape? Come follow Alice and JUMP down the rabbit hole to WONDERLAND; where nothing makes sense, everyone is mad, and it is always, always time for tea!

VISUAL Programme of Events

February  – May | 2017


VISUAL EVENTS We’ve Got Rhythm Wed 12th April 8pm €15/12 conc

Delta Centre proudly presents

We’ve Got Rhythm For many years Delta Centre has been showcasing the many talents and abilities of its learners through a combination of drama, song and dance. This inclusive, innovative and inspirational performance of people with different abilities, their carers’ and volunteers, is a model to be shared with all. This is a show about hope, happiness, friendship, and above all, the opportunity for our learners to showcase their many talents for families, friends and supporters. The show will include drama and many songs and dances from well-known West End and Broadway shows. Over a hundred people will take to the stage in what promises to be a great performance for all to enjoy.

Cinderella and other Stories Thurs 13th - Sat 15th April 2pm & 7.30pm €18/12 conc €55 Family

Ballet Barn presents

Cinderella and other Stories

The Ballet Barn will produce three stories for their 2017 show; (Cinderella, The Secret Garden and a mysterious Irish tale, The Well), choreographed by Adele Mealey and Aedeen O’Hagan with winners of the student choreographing competition. Cinderella needs no explaining except the Fairy Godmother has many fairy friends to guide Cinderella to the Ball; In The Secret Garden we have Mary, an orphan who comes to an old drafty house, makes friends, discovers a garden with the help of a robin and helps to bring the garden to life and a cousin to walk again. The Well is an Irish folklore story about a girl who goes to a well and meets some faeries and a wise woman who warns her not to stay too long with the faeries or she will never get back home again.

Féile Idirnáisiúnta Pan Cheilteach 2017 Official Opening Concert of the Pan Celtic International Festival Tues 18th April 8pm Admission Free

Official Opening Concert of the Pan Celtic International Festival Showcasing the music, song and dance of Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Booking; 059 917 2400



By the Bog of Cats Fri 21st - Sun 23rd April 8pm €16/14 conc

Carlow Little Theatre Society

By the Bog of Cats By Marina Carr Following the success of three major productions at Visual in 2016, Carlow Little Theatre Society return to the George Bernard Shaw in April 2017 with Marina Carr’s provocative and bewitching play ‘By the Bog of Cats’. Blending Greek myth and Irish folklore, this surreal drama is loosely based on Euripides’ tragedy Medea and tells the prophetic tale of Hester Swane, an Irish Traveller, who attempts to come to terms with a lifetime of abandonment in a world where all whom she has loved have discarded her. As ever in Carr’s dramas, the small community is populated by richly woven characters—from the outrageous, stultifying mother of the groom, Mrs. Kilbride, to the brutal and mercenary farmer, Xavier Cassidy. In the final moments of the action, we witness a woman provoked beyond the limits of human endurance. By the Bog of Cats is a furious, uncompromising tale of greed and betrayal, of murder and profound self-sacrifice. Directed by Darren Donohoe Produced by Paul Dunne with lighting by Ann Nolan By kind permission of the The Agency (London) Ltd.

VISUAL Programme of Events

February  – May | 2017



I Hear You And Rejoice Wed 26th April 8pm €17 /15 conc

Loco and Reckless Productions present

I Hear You And Rejoice Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one. A tender and joy filled account of a most unlikely marriage - you may never look at life in quite the same way again. Following the sell-out success of The Man In The Woman’s Shoes, Mikel Murfi returns with a new one man show. The second collaboration between Sligo County Council Arts Service, The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo, and Mikel Murfi. It was created for the Bealtaine Festival– Celebrating Creativity As We Age.

Sound Collective Fri 28th April 8pm €6

Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training’s Music Department presents

Sound Collective

A live music showcase featuring the talents of the music class of 2017. Following the phenomenal success of Lost in Sound in Visual last May, this year’s class have put together a night of top quality performances in a variety of genres.

Booking; 059 917 2400



Pat Shortt – How’s Tings? Sat 29th April 8pm €29/27 conc

Kings and Queens of Country Fri 5th May 8pm €22.50

Pat Shortt – How’s Tings? Fresh from the success of his award-winning show, Selfie (“Dangerously funny.” -, New York) Pat Shortt returns with a brand new show called How’s Tings? In a night of music and mayhem, Ireland’s most popular comedian explores all sorts of tings. Big tings and little tings. Personal tings and tings that are not so personal. Important international tings and tings that only affect the parish. In Shortt, it’s a funny show about tings.

Kings and Queens of Irish Country Featuring Mick Flavin, John Hogan, Louise Morrissey and Sandy Kelly who each have had glittering careers spanning many decades. With countless hit records between them, a number of those hits will be performed with the Keltic Storm band. If it’s country music you like, then this is the show for you.

VISUAL Programme of Events


February  – May | 2017


The Far Field Thurs 11th May 10am & 12pm Invite Only

Music Generation Carlow presents

The Far Field The other-worldly realm of fairies is brought to life in this musical performance for young children (aged 3 +). Developed and performed by Thomas Johnston (whistles/song) with Sean McElwain (guitar/fiddle/whistle), and Emma Fisher (puppeteer). Johnston and McElwain have been instrumental forces in garnering and fostering young interest in traditional musical forms in Ireland. This event is by invite only but for more information on the activity of Music Generation Carlow please contact 059-9138538.

Eric Lalor Fri 13th May 8pm €10

Eric Lalor Bar Comedy One of the things that I am most proud of is knowing that we helped Eric to his true calling. A pure natural. – Des Bishop It is hard to pigeon hole Eric Lalor’s act. His warm, energetic onstage presence makes for an unforgettable experience for the audience. With gags that always hit the spot, his engaging, high intensity performances make him one of the top names of Irish comedians.

Booking; 059 917 2400


VISUAL EVENTS Cinderella with special guest Bosco Sun 14th May 3pm €12 €40 Family of 4

Lambert Puppet Theatre presents

Cinderella with special guest Bosco

From its earliest beginning the Lambert family has been involved with RTE, working the hugely popular series Wanderly Wagon featuring the Late Eugene Lambert and Judge. Paula Lambert was the ‘Bosco’ voice for seventeen years and Bosco is still a firm favourite with younger children and makes a nostalgic appearance in the opening part of the Show. Featuring large puppets and colourful sets. Ages: 4 – 10 years

Film @ VISUAL Film: Eddie the Eagle Wed 17th May 3pm €8

Eddie the Eagle The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics. ‘Eddie The Eagle turns a long-running joke of British sport into a crowd-pleasing story of inspiration. It’s a solid gold winner.’ EMPIRE

Film: Mattress Men Wed 17th May 8pm €8/6 conc

Mattress Men In an attempt to save his struggling mattress business, sixty-something Michael Flynn reinvents himself as the eccentric online personality ‘Mattress Mick’ under the guidance of his good friend Paul Kelly. Using all his marketing savvy and entrepreneurial skills, Paul embarks on a mission to make Mattress Mick a viral sensation. Mattress Men is a wholly engrossing tale – peppered with startling revelations – of a friendship sorely-tested.

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February  – May | 2017

VISUAL EVENTS Voicebox at VISUAL Thurs 18th May 7.30pm €5

Voicebox at VISUAL Hear from inspiring Carlow people! 5 minutes are given to ten speakers each to present their practice and careers, things that inspire them or motivate them. Come along to learn something new about someone from Carlow. Free bottle of O’Hara’s for the first 30 tickets on the door. Supported by Carlow Brewing Company.

Big Maggie Sat 20th May 8pm €15/13 conc

Fourth Wall theatre Group Laois presents

Big Maggie by John B. Keane Fourth Wall Theatre group is Co. Laois’s new theatre group consisting of new and experienced talent. The play stars Margaret McKenna, one of Carlow Little Theatre’s finest actors having recently appeared in Calendar Girls. It also features upcoming actor Carlow man James Aylesbury who appeared in Many Young Men of Twenty last season. The play also stars and is directed by Kevin Lalor-Fitzpatrick and Michelle O’Sullivan.

Music Generation Wed 24th & Thurs 25th May 8pm €11

Carlow Gala concerts

Music Generation The 3rd series of Gala concerts hosted by Music Generation Carlow will showcase some of the talented participants from 8-18 years across the Music Generation Carlow programme. With performances by the Vocal Programme, Recorder Programme, Junior and Senior Rock Schools, Carlow Regional Youth Services, Traditional Programme and the Brass programme these concerts are sure to cater for all music lovers.

Booking; 059 917 2400



Carlow Arts Festival 2017 June 7-13

Carlow Arts Festival 2017 Kickstart your summer with our week long cultural carnival! Festival HQ at St Patrick’s Carlow College will be bigger & better than ever... filled with cultural treats for everyone, including live music, theatre, art, outdoor big-screen movies, dance, comedy, circus, spectacle, surprises and lots and lots of family fun! With super food, drink and feel-good festival atmosphere on offer to complete the experience, Carlow Arts Festival 2017 is not to be missed!

Arts interviews, features, live music and more On air on 96.9FM and online at KCLR, supporting the arts across Carlow and Kilkenny

VISUAL Programme of Events

October –February  | 2017



Booking; 059 917 2400

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Immerse yourself in the story of Ireland’s Ancient East in County Carlow. Get off the beaten track to see, hear, touch and feel the imprints of the millennia of settlers in this county. Take your time to discover it all – Stone Age artefacts, monasteries, medieval castles and large country houses and estates.

Centre for Contemporary Art and the George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Programme of Events

Programme February— May 2017

VISUAL Carlow Feb-May 2017  

VISUAL Carlow Gallery and theatre programme from February to May 2017. Opening Day Sat 11th February

VISUAL Carlow Feb-May 2017  

VISUAL Carlow Gallery and theatre programme from February to May 2017. Opening Day Sat 11th February