Town hall theatre
2nd – 18th Sep
Galway International Arts Festival and Landmark Productions are partnering once more to bring to the stage a new play by Enda Walsh. Medicine is a dark and frequently absurdist work that shatters the boundary between cast and audience: actors are interrupted by crew members, technical mechanics happen on stage, and performance becomes a kind of therapy. Medicine is a devastatingly funny and moving meditation on how, for decades, we have treated those we call mentally ill.
This production features a sensational cast – Clare Barrett, Aoife Duffin and Domhnall Gleeson, accompanied by Sean Carpio – as Enda Walsh once again shines a light on the darkest corners of our collective stories
Award-wining vocalist Aimee Banks is a 19 year old soprano from Galway. Aimee currently holds a number of vocal titles and recently was named the most “Promising Performer and Bursary” at The Irene Sandford Competition 2020 with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She was a recipient of an Eimear Noonan Music Bursary Award in 2020 and is the current Overall Junior Vocalist at Sligo Feis Ceoil 2019. Aimee has recently returned from performing with the National Opera Studio in London. This in-person concert will also be livestreamed.
Blending contemporary roots with rock, the award-winning band was formed by brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy from the border town of Newry.
Unable to tour during lockdown, thousands have enjoyed logging on to Facebook Live to see them perform tunes from 2016’s career highlight SUGAR ISLAND right back to their 1989 debut SONGS FOR THE TEMPTED, which first put them on the pop map with MARY, as well as their latest lockdown inspired radio hit WAITING GAME.
22nd – 24th Sep
An original musical Immortal is the next chapter of Irish folklore. The story is set between the mythological land of Tír na Nóg, rural Galway during the Irish civil war and modern day Galway. It is created by Galway’s Morgan Brothers Luke and Jake, and features 12 new original songs that strive to bring our rich local history and Celtic traditions to a modern audience.
An era after her Dad has left Tír na Nóg, Plur sets off on a perilous journey to find him. With the help of Choppy, a grouchy swan, Plur crosses the sea to the magical land she has heard spoken about only in stories: Ireland. But when she arrives, she learns that trouble is brewing. The year is 1921 and the struggle for Irish Independence is about to take a bitter turn. As Plur falls into step with a bunch of young rebels intent on storming Renmore Barracks, there is only one question on her mind: will she manage to find her Dad, and bring him home before it is too late?
Julie Jay is a comic who has taken the comedy world by storm in recent months and already has many impressive accolades under her belt, including winning the Forbidden Fruit Comedy Search 2017 and performing at major festivals. She has also supported the biggest names in comedy, including Neil Delamere, Ardal O’Hanlon, Alison Spittle, has been resident support act for Tommy Tiernan on his Paddy Crazy Horse Tour and most recently has MC’d the 2019 series of the Tommy Tiernan Show. Her new show Julie Really Love Me explores her quest for validation, being childless in the state of Gilead, classroom antics, and guards. Yes, lots and lots of guards.
Cavan man, Kevin McGahern began performing stand up in 2009 and since then has become a well-known face of Irish television and comedy. Kevin was the host of RTÉ’s celebrated show, Republic of Telly for 10 seasons and went on to present documentaries such as Kevin McGahern’s Fast & Furious and Kevin McGahern’s America for the broadcaster. He played the character of Sim Card in the popular RTÉ2 television series, The Hardy Bucks which is now available on Netflix.
Some old, some new, and plenty of messing with award-winning comedian Neil Delamere.
Having been at the forefront of the Irish music scene since his multi-platinum selling debut album Amen (So Be It), Paddy Casey’s career has taken him all over the globe touring with acts like The Pretenders, R.E.M, Ian Brown, Blondie and Tracy Chapman to name a few. Closer to home he has played all over Ireland, including a sold out Dublin Castle, RDS and a record-breaking week long run in The Olympia Theatre, alongside special guest spots with U2, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan and more.
The Gala 40th season concert brings together artists who have made a special mark on Music for Galway’s history over the past four decades and promises to be a spectacular return to live events after the pandemic.
Fri, 24 Sept 2021, 20:00
Irish singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson has been cultivating a cult fanbase for several years with the release of songs such as Ruin Your Night, Petrol Station and Can’t We Pretend are evocative vignettes of a moment in time which find the poetry in introspection, with a tangible nod to key influences such as Sharon Van Etten, Arcade Fire, Phoebe Bridgers and Julia Jacklin.
Sun, 26 Sept 2021, 20:00
John Spillane at the Róisín Dubh