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Centre for Contemporary Art and the George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Programme of Events

Programme June — September 2017

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GALLERY AND BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS Monday: Closed Tues – Sat: 11am – 5.30pm Sunday: 2pm – 5pm

Cover Photo: Thierry Bal, courtesy the artist and Maureen Paley, London








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! 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.


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June – September | 2017

Thurs 1st Private Peaceful 8pm Wed 7th VISUAL summer Season Exhibition opening 6pm Wed 7th You Can’t Feel What You Feel 6.30pm Wed 7th ARTWORKS and Carlow Arts Festival Opening 7pm Wed 7th The Rapture of Hugo Ball 8pm Thurs 8th This Thumping Heart 8pm Fri 9th Carlow on Camera 6.30pm Sat 10th Pss Pss 6.30pm Sat 10th You Can’t Feel What You Feel 3pm Sat 10th – Mon 12th Einstein on the Beach 1pm Thurs 15th – Fri 16th John McKenna Between Your Love and Mine 8pm Wed 21st Film: Love and Friendship 3pm, 8pm Fri 23rd Eric Lalor 8pm Sat 24th Daria Martin in conversation 3pm Sun 25th Family Art workshop 3pm

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The summer season’s exhibition programme at VISUAL explores ways in which the visual arts can use the language of spectacle and theatrical staging to affect feeling. The season considers the craft of creating art for an audience, and how art forms can cross each other’s boundaries in order to reach audiences in new and expanded ways. VISUAL presents a major survey of new film works by American artist Daria Martin; a new performance piece by visual artist Yvonne McGuiness working with Carlow Youth Theatre; work from an early pioneer of stage craft, Bauhaus designer and visual artist Oskar Schlemmer; an engagement space for costume design and dress up inspired by Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet; and Carlow’s annual open submission in collaboration with Carlow Arts Festival, ART WORKS – which also gives a nod to the season’s theme.

Support & Funding

VISUAL Programme of Events

Sat 1st Marie Cashin School of Dance 7.30pm Sun 2nd Summer Sewing Session 10am Fri 7th – Sun 9th Camp Rock: The Musical! 2pm, 7.30pm Sat 15th – Sun 16th Costume Design Summer Camp 10am Wed 19th July Film: Cinema Paradiso 3pm, 8pm Sun 23rd Family Art workshop 3pm Mon 24th – Fri 28th VISUAL Performing Arts Summer Camp 9.30am Thurs 27th James Wong – How To Eat Better 8pm

Dance €13/9 workshop €36 Musical €15/12 Workshop €80 Film €8/6 Family €5 Camp €65/100 Talk €16

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Wed 23rd Film: The Barkleys of Broadway 8pm


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Tues 5th VISUAL Parent & Toddler 11am Family €5 Sat 9th Carlow African Film Festival All day Festival Various Fri 15th Culture Night 6pm Visual Art Free Sat 16th Mary Coughlan and Band 8pm Music €23/21 Wed 20th Film: Secret Scripture 8pm Film €8/6 Fri 22nd John McKenna The Mental 8pm Theatre €16/14 Sun 24th Monkeyshine Theatre The Magic Bookshop 2pm,4pm,6pm Family €5 Sun 24th Family Art Workshop 3pm Family €5 Fri 29th Gearoid Farrelly – Home Truths 8pm Comedy €10 Sat 30th Friends in Low Places 8pm Music €22/20

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F Main Gallery 7th June – 3rd September Image: A Hunger Artist, production still HD film / 15 minutes / 2017 Photograph: Thierry Bal, courtesy the artist and Maureen Paley, London A Hunger Artist is a co commission by VISUAL Carlow, Site Gallery Shefield, Schering Stiftung Berlin. It has been supported by the Welcome Trust, the Arts Council England, St John’s College, and the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, where Daria Martin is a Professor. The artist is represented by Maureen Paley, London.

Daria Martin A Hunger Artist & other new works 2012–2017 VISUAL is delighted to present the world premiere of Daria Martin’s new work A Hunger Artist (HD Film). Inspired by Franz Kafka’s short story ‘A Hunger Artist’ (1922): a fasting artist performs in a cage for an admiring public but, perpetually underestimated, he doesn’t live up to his potential until he falls out of fashion and then, left to his own devices without audience or manager, he dies. A robust panther takes up the Artist’s place in a vacant cage…. This major survey show also includes Martin’s latest trilogy of 16mm films, Theatre of the Tender (2016); At The Threshold (2015); and Sensorium Tests (2012). Inspired by the artist’s research into a heightened form of physical sensitivity called mirror touch synaesthesia, these latest works explore the dynamics of actor – spectator, and the transfer of emotion and feeling between people. Daria Martin (born 1973) is an American artist and filmmaker based in London since 2002 and working primarily in 16mm film. Her work has been exhibited at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, The New Museum, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. This exhibition was made possible with the support of the Carlow County Council Arts Office.

Associated Event Artist Talk Sat 24th June, 3pm Daria Martin & Frieze editor Jennifer Higgie

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F Ground Floor Galleries Wed 7th June, 6.30pm Sat 10th, 3pm Image credit: Gabriel mc Guinness

Yvonne mc Guinness You Can’t Feel What You Feel “Sometimes I feel like I’m wearing a heavy coat and I would like to be able to get other people to wear it” “I like touching electric fences and the feeling of an unglazed cup on my teeth” CYT members Investigating themes of empathy, sensation and connection to place, McGuinness has worked with County Carlow Youth Theatre members to create a performance intervention for VISUAL’s gallery spaces. Commissioned by VISUAL in response to the season’s themes, the work explores how the languages of visual arts, theatre and spectacle can combine to communicate with and affect both participants and audiences. Yvonne mc Guinness has an interest in embodied experience of place and re-imagining the everyday by devising projects that create surreal and dynamic moments of interaction and connection to place, time and communities. Credits: Facilitated by Sile Penkert and Eimear Cheasty County Carlow Youth Theatre Members, supported by Carlow County Council Arts Office Director of photography: Mike Kelly Soundscape: Ellen King This project is funded by the Arts Council Young Ensemble Scheme


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F Digital Gallery 30th May – 10th September Triadische Ballett [Triadic Ballet], 1970. Courtesy Global Screen, Munich.

Oskar Schlemmer was a painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer. He was also a professor at the Bauhaus School, a German art school operational from 1919 to 1933 that combined crafts and the fine arts and was famous for the approach to design that it publicised and taught.

Tom Watt – Sun Trap Responding to VISUAL’s role as a creative social space, artist Tom Watt has created a playful multi-purpose place for people to gather, rest, perform, enjoy some sunshine….inspired by VISUAL’s spring seasons themed programming on play and our urban landscapes and summer season on theatre and visual art , Sun Trap is a small amphitheatre for public use.

Image: Drawing of Sun Trap, courtesy the artist.



Oskar Schlemmer The Triadic Ballet Using cartoonish costumes and bright colours in a bizarre exploration of modernity, The Triadic Ballet (1922) by Oskar Schlemmer pushed dance into the 20th century. Described by Schlemmer as a ‘party in form and colour’, in 1970 the ballet was captured in film for future audiences to enjoy and be inspired by.

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A VISUAL Commission, 2017.

F Studio and Link Gallery 7th June – 3rd September Hotron ART WORKS Prize Awards Party and exhibition launch: 7th June, 7 pm – All welcome

Hotron ARTWORKS Selected Artists: Susan McWilliams, Kevin Gaffney, Lee Welch, Aisling O’Beirn, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Sarah O’Brien, Jonathan Mayhew, Vera Ryklova, Pádraig Spillane, Karl Burke, Martin Boyle, Robert Moriarty, Damien Flood, Doireann Ni Ghrioghair, Tom Fitzgerald, Lorraine Neeson and Saidhbhín Gibson. Invited artists: Miguel Martin, Emma Haugh, Tonya Mc Mullan. Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL present ART WORKS ‘17, the 38th Annual Open Submission exhibition and Hotron Art Prizes. Selected by Eoin Dara, Head of Exhibitions at DCA (Dundee) and Emma Lucy O’ Brien, Curator, VISUAL. The exhibition celebrates the energy, creative power and diversity of visual arts practices from emerging and established artists working in Ireland. Emma Haugh and Tonya Mc Mullan have been invited to respond directly to VISUAL’s season theme. The Hotron Éigse Prize of €3000 for an outstanding piece of work and the Hotron ART WORKS prize of €1000 for work by a recent graduate will be presented at the exhibition launch in VISUAL on 7th June. Commenting on ART Works ’17 Eoin Dara says;

Associated Event Costumes and Movement Tues 6th June – Sun 3rd September A dress-up space in the Lobby Gallery for making a spectacle, informed by Bauhaus costume and puppet making. Come and stage your own performance – costumes are suitable for all ages, mix and match to create your own style!

“The shortlisted artists form a really eclectic and exciting mix of approaches to contemporary practice. With artworks ranging from painting, drawing and photography, to experimental film, installation, and performance, this exhibition will be a wonderful opportunity for audiences to get a sense of some of the pertinent ideas and concerns both emerging and established artists across Ireland are exploring in 2017.”


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VISUAL ART Costume Design Summer Camp Sat 15th – Sun 16th July 10 am – 4pm, €80 Facilitated by Louise Osbourne and Sinead Mc Cormack

Summer Sewing Session Sun 2nd July 10am – 4pm €36

Facilitated by Oren Little and Saidhbhín Gibson. Want to know more before booking? Email

Costume Design Summer Camp

Tues, 11am from 5th September €5 (1 adult & 2 toddlers or 2 adults & 1 toddler)

Sun 25th June, 23rd July, 24th September, 3.00pm – 4.30pm Suitable for children ages 6 to 12 €5 per person, €10 per family

In The Triadic Ballet, Oskar Schlemmer’s dancers transform space “through form, colour and light.” Over 2 days create your own colourful theatrical costumes and make them move to your own beat! The workshop will culminate in a professional photo shoot. Materials Included. Suitable for Ages 10–16.

FAMILY EVENTS Family Art Workshops Family activities continue for the summer. We welcome parents and grandparents to join in with their children and grandchildren and get creative. Facilitated by artists, these fun afternoons are guaranteed to add the sparkle of imagination to any Sunday. Our workshops have been inspired by the seasons gallery programme.

Summer Sewing Session Want to dip your toe in the sewing pool? Then this is the class for you! Learn how to create a useful and stylish Tote bag that is ideal for every day. Upcycle your old favourite pair of jeans, a skirt or even a preloved coat, or start afresh with new material. Participants will need to bring a sewing machine but friends can share one. Suitable for beginners who can sew a straight line on a machine and over 14 years old. This will be a unique opportunity to learn a new skill or refresh your knowledge in a friendly workshop environment.

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Family Art Workshops

June – September | 2017

VISUAL Parent & Toddler VISUAL’s Parent and Toddler group is where you’ll find the luckiest little toddlers. Facilitated by an artist, this group gets to 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.

Heritage Week Mon 19th – Tues 27th

Heritage Week What’s the story, Carlow? What is Carlow’s story? Is it the fortified garrison town of William Mashall? Is it the site of the failed sugar beet industry? Is it the home of Ireland’s best whiskey? Is it a future universtiy town? What path would YOU take to Carlow’s future? And what might that future look like… Join Studio Weave for free workshops throughout Heritage week, collecting stories of Carlow’s past and present to collectively re-imagine its future. This is an opportunity for all of us to get involved and help shape Carlow’s Story! Funded by the Heritage Council and Carlow County Council, this joint project by VISUAL and designCORE, IT Carlow, with the support of Carlow Chamber of Commerce and Carlow PPN, aims to develop a shared narrative for Carlow Town, to inform future planning. Studio Weave are an award-winning RIBA Chartered Architecture practice based in London. Their team of strategic, urban and social designers, architects, programmers and economists, use storytelling as an inclusive and participatory design tool to generate innovative ideas for urban planning. Keep an eye on VISUAL’s website and Facebook pages for workshop details, and make sure your voice is included. To register your interest and for email updates, email



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Wed 7th June, 8pm FREE but ticketed through

Carlow Arts Festival is the first big Cultural event of Summer 2017 and takes place from 7th – 13th June.

Carlow on Camera – Irish Film Institute

VISUAL is smack bang in the middle of Festival HQ at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, which will be filled artistic adventures over the week-long festival. Below is a selection of events here at VISUAL and for the full programme, visit

Fri 9th June, 6.30pm €16/14 conc Booking through

Presented by VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival

Carlow on Camera – Irish Film Institute Carlow on Camera presents an exciting, programme of films about Carlow which are preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive. Dating from the 1930s to the present day the programme creates a vibrant social history of the county and a colourful kaleidoscope of years gone by. It includes Activities of www, made by PP Fr Jackie Moran (1935 – ’58); Radharc’s documentary about Pattern Day in St Mullins (1966); Gael Linn’s Amharc Éireann newsreels of the county (1960s); Journeys down the Barrow (1960s) and the elegiac What Remains (2013) co-directed by Carlow filmmaker Tadhg O’ Sullivan and Pat Collins. The programme highlight will be the Irish modern-day première of the recently re-discovered silent boarding-school drama Some Say Chance, directed by Carlovian Michael Farrell in 1935 and accompanied by internationally renowned cellist Kate Ellis.

Roger Gregg & Crazy Dog Audio Theatre Co. present

The Rapture of Hugo Ball A dark comedy by Creative Explorations staged as a radio show with live music and sound effects. A satire tracing a performance-artist’s unsuccessful struggle to gain recognition and acclaim in an independent world, the protagonist finds himself thwarted at every turn by an arts culture rife with the rivalry of competing egos, choked by academic jargon and administered by indifferent bureaucratic gatekeepers. Though set in the realm of performance art, the tale equally applies to all the creative arts wherein the individual artist has to struggle to establish a viable career.



Celebrating the many extraordinary riches the arts has to offer, from national and international artists, this year’s programme is jam-packed with world festival premières, award-winning shows, immersive visual arts projects, a diverse selection music and a whole host of family-friendly and free events.


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PSS PSS Sat 10th June, 6:30pm €15 Adult / €5 child / €12 (OAP/ unwaged/student), €35 – Family of 4 Booking through

PSS PSS Brilliant, tender and ingenious, two modern-day clowns take to the stage. Baccalà’s hilarious and timeless performance of enthralling physicality and exquisite expression has been fêted the world over. Inventive, exciting, ridiculous, this breath-taking pas de deux of mishaps and acrobatics will have you laughing long after you leave the theatre.

This Thumping Heart

Dancehall Project & Emma Martin

Thurs 8th June, 8pm €12 / €6 child / €10 conc. Booking through

Commissioned by VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival

Winner of 14 international prizes, including the Cirque Du Soleil prize. Pss Pss has been performed over 600 times, in over 50 countries, and on 5 continents, to huge acclaim. An hour of happiness. Don’t miss it!

10 Teenage Girls.... bright eyes, breathing the same air, blood pumping together...dancing their hearts out. This Thumping Heart chases through the expectations, anxieties and vulnerabilities of what it is to be a young woman. The dramas of the most potent of life stages distilled into powerful physicality. Created by the dancers together with choreographer Emma Martin, featuring Carlow Youth Orchestra and in association with Carlow Regional Youth Services (CRYS).

“*****extraordinary... riveting ...infectious... one of the most magical shows on the circuit...” THE STAGE

This Thumping Heart

This production is the outcome of a youth dance project initiated by VISUAL with CRYS in 2015 in response to Dance Artist in Residence Emma Martin’s production of Dancehall, and facilitated by dance teacher Olwyn Lyons. I went out in the world afraid / All the other people were dancing /The sun glared, and I did not know / My face, or my hands, or whom to turn to / I wish the sky would move as I move. (Girl’s Song, Alicia Ostriker)

“Sometimes a show is such a total delight that it is hard to write about it without just gushing. See it, see it! Pss Pss is such a show. See it, see it.” Total Theatre

Einstein on the Beach Sat 10th – Mon 12th June , 1pm – 5.30pm FREE but ticketed through

Einstein on the Beach Einstein on the Beach breaks all the rules of conventional opera. Instead of a traditional orchestral arrangement, Glass chose to compose the work for the synthesisers, woodwinds and voices of the Philip Glass Ensemble. The piece is mesmeric, visually stunning and non-narrative in form. Taking place over four and half hours, the audience is invited to enter and exit at liberty during the screening.


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VISUAL EVENTS Thurs 1st June, 8pm €16/€14/Family €49

Verdant and Pemberley Productions Presents

Private Peaceful By Michael Morpurgo Thomas ‘Tommo’ Peaceful and his elder brother Charlie do everything together. They used to go to school together, face their problems together, sleep and eat together; they even loved the same girl… but now they have to face the many facets of war together. Can a bond and loyalty between brothers overcome the brutality of the front lines and bring them safely home? When the lines of heroism and cowardice collide, what can one man or even a brother do to fight the injustices of it all? “Full of warmth as well as grief, conveying vividly how precious it is to be alive” The Sunday Times

Wed 21st June, 8pm Silver Screen, 3pm €8/6conc

Midweek Movie time at VISUAL!

Love & Friendship Love & Friendship is an adaptation of young Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan, believed to have been written in 1794 and published in 1871. Hilarious account of a beautiful widow securing a new husband while living in her in-laws estate.

Eric Lalor Fri 23rd June 8pm €13/9

“Michael Morpurgo is expert at getting through to his readers. He writes here about events that should never be forgotten nor forgiven” The Independent

Eric Lalor His warm, energetic onstage presence makes for an engaging, high intensity performance and makes him one of the top names of Irish comedians. “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

“The horrors of war and the joyfulness of life are bound up together in this magnificent show” The Scotsman

Between Your Love and Mine – A Requiem Thurs 15th and Fri 16th June 8pm €18/15 conc

World Premiere Mend and Make Do presents

Between Your Love and Mine – A Requiem Written by Leonard Cohen and arranged for theatre by John MacKenna. 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. Extra date added due to popular demand. Thursday night performance will be attended by President Michael D Higgins.


VISUAL EVENTS Love & Friendship

Private Peaceful By Michael Morpurgo

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Tonight’s The Night Sat 1st July, 7.30pm €13/9

Tonight’s The Night The Marie Cashin School of Dance returns this year with another variety packed show. The show is titled “Tonight’s the Night” and the students are so excited to perform their annual end of year show to songs from past and present with various styles of dance to entertain!


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VISUAL EVENTS Camp Rock: The Musical! Fri 7th 7.30pm, Sat 8th 2pm & 7.30pm and Sun 9th July 7.30pm €15/12 conc

Performing Arts Summer Camp! Mon 24th July – Fri 28th July 9.30am – 1.30pm Ages 7–10 years and 11–13 years Price: €65 Family rate €100 for two siblings. EARLY BIRD OFFER €50 if booked by June 9th “Thank you Carlow Youth Theatre Team! My daughter says it was the best summer camp ever! Their performance earlier, no matter how short (and out of this world), was brilliant! See you all again hopefully next year.” Parent 2016

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Camp Rock: The Musical! Pack your duffel bags, grab your guitars, and get ready to rock at Camp Rock: The Musical! Now you can have a great summer adventure any time of the year! Join Mitchie, Shane, Nate, Jason, Tess, Caitlyn, Dana, and the gang for an all-singing, all-dancing, all-swimming extravaganza! (All right, no swimming, but you get the picture.) Camp Rock: The Musical combines your favourite songs and the characters you love from the Disney Channel Original Movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam into one funny, heartfelt, and exciting theatrical experience.

Performing Arts Summer Camp!


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VISUAL EVENTS Cinema Paradiso Wed 19th July, 8pm Silver Screen, 3pm €8/6conc

How to Eat Better Thurs 27th July, 8pm €16

Midweek Movie time at VISUAL!

Cinema Paradiso Young Salvatore Di Vita discovers the perfect escape from life in his war-torn Sicilian village: the Cinema Paradiso movie house, where projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) instils in the boy a deep love of films. When Salvatore grows up, falls in love with a beautiful local girl and takes over as the Paradiso’s projectionist, Alfredo must convince Salvatore to leave his small town and pursue his passion for filmmaking.

James Wong How to Eat Better Part of Carlow Garden Festival 2017

County Carlow Youth Theatre are excited to be embarking on more adventures in drama this summer in VISUAL. Explore drama, theatre making, storytelling and story making while having lots of fun and making new friends.

This talk strips away the fad diets and superfood fixations to give you a straight talking guide to making everyday foods measurably healthier and tastier, simply by changing the way you select, store and cook them. Want to make supermarket blueberries have loads more antioxidants and cost virtually half the price? Cut the calories in spuds and simultaneously raise their fibre all for identical flavour? This talk is a rare opportunity to hear UK expert, James Wong, author of the internationally best-selling books ‘Grow Your Own Drugs’ and ‘Homegrown Revolution’. In 2015 The Sunday Times listed Wong as one of the Top 20 most influential people in horticulture. For more details visit

County Carlow Youth Theatre is an initiative of the Arts Office of Carlow County Council. It provides a safe and fun space for the young people of Carlow to explore their creativity with a programme of weekly workshops and innovative projects. Find out more about us on

The Barkleys of Broadway Wed 23rd August, 8pm Tickets: €8/6

Midweek Movie time at VISUAL!

The Barkleys of Broadway A successful but constantly-feuding husband and wife musical comedy team threatens to break up when the wife entertains an offer to become a serious actress. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers play a showbiz couple who are always bickering – but true love prevails. This film was their first together for ten years. The songs, by Harry Warren and Ira Gershwin, include `They Can’t Take That Away From Me’ and `You’d Be Hard To Replace’.


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VISUAL EVENTS 13th Annual Carlow African Film Festival

Carlow African Film Festival Sat 9th September All day

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VISUAL EVENTS An Evening With Mary Coughlan and her Musicians Sat 16th September 8pm €23/21 conc

Pat Egan Presents

Mary Coughlan and her Musicians A celebration of Mary’s 30 plus years in the music business.

VISUAL is delighted to be hosting the 13th Carlow African Film Festival during this summer season.

Mary Coughlan’s music career has been a roller coaster, one hell of a ride, and this Live & Kicking concert will reflect that, featuring all the songs that are close to Mary’s heart and life.

CAFF provides an annual platform to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Africa through film, honour excellence in African Film making and promote cultural integration in Ireland.

Often described as the greatest female vocalist and interpreter of songs that Ireland has ever produced. Mary Coughlan proudly stands alongside, the iconic giants of jazz on both sides of the Atlantic, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Mary Coughlan is the only singer these shores have produced to rival the greatest of European cabaret and American jazz club blues because of one thing: her unique voice.

This very special festival will feature great movies, storytelling and much, much more.

“Ireland has never produced a singer quite like Mary Coughlan” The Irish Times “Her talent is awesome” The London Observer “A song is not complete unless it is sung by Mary Coughlan” Melody Maker “Mary’s live performances must be seen to be believed” New Music Express

Celebrate Culture Night Fri 15th September 6pm

Celebrate Culture Night Join us for a taster evening of creativity to celebrate Culture Night. This Culture Night, VISUAL Carlow will celebrate the joy of creativity with a selection of drop in sessions, where all the family can come and experience something different. There will be activities for children and adults alike, guided tours and maybe even some surprises along the way. No need to book for any of the events, just come along from 6pm and join in the fun! 059 9172400. Box Office and Galleries open Tuesday from 11am, Saturday from 12 noon, Sunday from 2pm.

The Secret Scripture Wed 20th September, 8pm €8/6conc

Midweek Movie time at VISUAL!

The Secret Scripture Based on Sebastian Barry’s acclaimed novel, Jim Sheridan’s first Irish-set film since The Boxer, explores the life and history of Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave), a woman confined to the Roscommon Mental Hospital for 50 years. As the institution is about to close, Dr. Grene (Eric Bana) is sent to see whether she’s fit to be released. He’s intrigued by Roseanne’s eccentricities and her fierce attachment to her Bible, in which she’s been keeping a diary since she was first admitted. As he delves into her past, Dr. Grene gets to know the younger Roseanne (played by Rooney Mara) and eventually learns the terrible truth about her confinement.


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VISUAL EVENTS The Mental Fri 22nd September, 8pm Tickets: €16/14

World Premiere Mend and Make Do presents

Gearoíd Farrelly Home Truths Fri 29th September, 8pm €10

Sun 24th September, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm €5


This show will address everything from Trump to decluttering and explain why you shouldn’t toilet train a cat. Gearóid has appeared at comedy festivals all over the world. He has supported the likes of Joan Rivers and Sarah Millican in the UK. This year he toured Ireland with Neil Delamere and appears every week on his Sunday Best show on Today FM. Gearóid’s podcast “Fascinated” is a comedy chat show and is available on iTunes. “To be an audience member in Farrelly’s crowd is a joy. Each joke landed perfectly…. impeccable comic timing.” “Broadway Baby” (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) “The best opening act in his price range” Joan Rivers “Would you not see if you can get something in a Panto?” Gearóid’s Mother

As part of Pen Fest with Carlow County Library An interactive experience for everyone over the age of 5. Welcome to The Magic Bookshop! It’s a treasure trove of wonders where old books flock together and their stories hop from the pages. Peter and John work at the new arrivals desk. Great heaps of books have to be sorted and categorized and sometimes sent to the dreaded shredder. The two friends do their very best to make sure every book gets a new life and that none of the magic is lost. Step inside this unusual shop, swap a book and and maybe even take a little of the magic home with you. Please bring a gently used book to swap! Duration 40 min

Gearóid Farrelly Home Truths Comedian Gearóid Farrelly takes his brand of chatty stand-up comedy on the road this autumn.

The world premiere of The Mental, the third play in John MacKenna’s Barrow Trilogy – following Corner Boys and Lucinda Sly is set in St Joseph’s psychiatric hospital in 1990, it’s the story of John Salter, a man who has been in psychiatric care for forty years for “attempting to do a good deed.” But times are changing and patients are moving into community houses – something John Salter is resisting. “If I go, who’ll get the crows up in the morning and who’ll get them into their nests at night?” he asks. The Mental is a warm and gentle story of one man’s journey through a life that might have followed a different path. Directed by Angela Keogh.

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The Mental

The Magic Bookshop

June – September | 2017

Trevor Smith –  Friends In Low Places Sat 30th September, 8pm €22/20

Trevor Smith – Friends In Low Places The Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience. The Garth Brooks Story featuring Trevor Smith & his ‘Friends In Low Places’ band pays tribute to the biggest selling solo artist of the 90’s and country music legend Garth Brooks. Trevor and his 8 piece band perform live all of Garth’s greatest hits including Baton Rouge, The Dance, If Tomorrow Never Comes, Standing Outside The Fire, Thunder Rolls. “Trevor Smith and his band are by far the closest thing I have witnessed to Garth Brooks. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the show and didn’t want it to end! I would highly recommend this show to any country music fan. Fantastic fantastic fantastic!!!” Sunday World


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Duke Special Thurs 12th October, 8pm €18

Duke Special

Duke Special returns to VISUAL, Carlow after a three year hiatus. Seamus Heaney described his friend, the poet Michael Longley, as: ‘a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders’. Duke Special will be performing new songs and music based on the poetry of this influential and renowned Belfast writer. Longley’s poems are full of gentleness, honesty, mischief and love and are peppered with a cast of artists, animals, flowers, friends and long forgotten soldiers. As ever, Duke Special is mining a new seam of inspiration, hunting for treasures and what it means to be a human being.

SOME PEOPLE V. REGINALD D. HUNTER Sat 14th October, 8pm €26

SOME PEOPLE V. REGINALD D. HUNTER Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a fan base spanning the generations. His TV appearances include Have I Got News For You?, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and BBC Two’s hugely popular series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the South, documenting Reginald’s epic road trip through 150 years of American popular song. “Comedy of a rare scope” ***** Times. “Stand-up comedy’s coolest customer” Telegraph. “Arguably the most accomplished act in the comedy section of your Fringe brochure” Scotsman.

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VISUAL Programme of Events

June – September | 2017




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VISUAL Programme of Events


June – September | 2017


The Local Enterprise Office Carlow is your local first-stop shop for new, existing and expanding entrepreneurs and business owners. The LEO is your business connection within the County Council providing a gateway to Enterprise Ireland and all State agencies that can help grow your business.


Examples of Direct Services and Supports for Businesses are: Confidential Business Advice Access to Mentoring Advice on Finance Access to information on local premises, incubation & Enterprise Centres Access to Loan Funding Access to a variety of Professional Development Programmes Opportunity to attend and participate in Networking Events Access to information on Specialised Programmes and funds designed for your sector If you require any support, get in touch! Local Enterprise Office, Enterprise House, O Brien Road, Carlow Call 059-9129783 Email: Website:

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In County Carlow rural life is the way of life. Soaring mountains, verdant river valleys and rich rolling countryside offers the perfect backdrop for golf, trekking, angling, horse riding, canoeing and walking. Take a trip on foot, horseback or boat and discover mystical pre-christian monuments, ancient ecclesiastical sites, grand country houses and gardens, and picturesque rural villages all offering a glimpse of a way of life gone by. Carlow – through the waters of time.

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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 June— September 2017

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Exciting Contemporary Art, Theatre, Dance, Summer Camps, Family events, Festival dates and more!