Roscommon Arts Centre celebrates the arrival of summer with a new programme of events brimming with something for everyone. Keep a look out this summer for a giant 30-foot pig who promises to be lots of fun, and Hansel and Gretel may even leave a trail of crumbs behind when they visit in July.
As part of the Bealtaine Festival celebrating older age and creativity and participation in all art forms, the arts centre will host a range of activities throughout May including yoga, dance, art and craft, cinema and theatre. And lots of these events are free – so the only problem is to try and fit everything into your busy schedule! The Vibrate Dance Festival takes place around Roscommon town this May and Scottish Dance Theatre will perform as a highlight, with their new and highly acclaimed production Defined.
Livin’ Dred Theatre Company returns to the arts centre in the coming weeks with ‘Shoot The Crow’ by Owen McCafferty. Other highlights to grace the stage this summer are The Telephone Exchange, following the exploits of a country girl working in Dublin in the 1960s and the classic Faith-healer by Brian Friel, where Frank, a faith-healer doling out miracle cures for decades, returns to his homeland for the very last time.
The very successful Last Laugh Comedy Club continues this season with Paddy Courtney, Ian Coppinger, Danny Bhoy and some up-and-coming comics appearing in the arts centre throughout the summer. And there are local connections with a guest appearance by comedian Eleanor Tiernan from Kiltoom.
Music fans won’t be disappointed as the arts centre programme is bursting with tantalising music gigs this season. Mad About The Musicals return in mid-May after a very successful concert last year with all of the hits from Broadway and The West End. The Legend of Luke Kelly, featuring the fantastic frontman Chris Kavanagh, perform in June and then, before you can catch your breath Irish Pink Floyd plan an awe-inspiring concert in June complete with huge video screens and an even huger sound. Need a programme? Call (090) 66 245824.