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Mephisto graced the Galway Theatre Festival with David Harrower Blackbird and the Town Hall with an excellent, and timely, revival of Patricia Burke Brogan Eclipsed. Decadent Theatre Company kept up its reputation for compelling work with Eden and A Skull in Connemara. Irish language drama enjoyed Macdara O Tom Murphy adaptationof An Tioranach Drogallach and Fib lively updating of Irish myth with Setanta by Paul Mercier.
Another seasonal crowd pleaser was the recent return of leading English actor Clive Francis with his own one man adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Brilliantly bringing to life Scrooge and all the other characters in Dickens ageless classic, this was a virtuoso performance that captivated the Town Hall audience.
much pleasure, including Rob Crouch affectionate evocation of the rollicking life of Oliver Reed, Wild Thing; Peter Duffy fine rendition of Kavanagh The Great Hunger at the Galway Fringe; and Mirjana Rendulic Broken Promise Land about the life of an exotic dancer.
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SO THE curtain comes down on another 12 months of theatre going and there was no shortage of exciting shows to hold and captivate audiences imaginations throughout 2013.
And it was a nice to see Druid recently rename their theatre the Mick Lally Theatre in honour of the much loved actor. A fitting memorial.
The arts festival also offered a welcome return run for Blue Teapot Sanctuary by Christian O a sensitive and warm drama about the difficulties for people with intellectual disabilities to have romantic relationships. First seen at last year Galway Theatre Festival, the play appearance at the arts festival, and subsequent visit to the Dublin Fringe, got glowing reviews, all richly deserved. A terrific year for Blue Teapot was crowned in November when the company received an Arts and Culture Award from the Galway County Council.
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Certainly there are times when one can get lost in that torrent, with its punning cascades and eddies, its bewildering whirlpools, but like any river it also has its passages of clarity and calm and Fouer conveyed the sense of both the river and the writing powerful life affirming energies in what was a truly outstanding performance. He was electrifying as he conjured O two marginal figures, Howie Lee and Converse All Star For Girls Blue Rookie Lee, and their assorted sidekicks and nemeses in a drama fizzing with brio and from first minute to the last.
The performances are hugely enjoyable throughout, including Aisling O hilarious heiress Anne Chute; Marty Rea flustered and conflicted Hardress Cregan, Maeliosa Stafford oleaginous Corrigan, Marie Mullen two maternal roles, and Aaron Monaghan slavish lackey Danny Mann. A real crowd pleaser for the season that in it.
sprinkling of blarney ) it also works in some pointed observations on Irish class divisions and prejudices.
Another truly memorable play from the Galway Arts Festival was Yael Farber Mies Julie, a production of gut churning, visceral power whose shattering finale provoked gasps from the audience. Farber relocated Strindberg classic to a modern day South African farmhouse, where the smouldering Julie (Hilda Cronje ) paced the red tiled floor afire with pent up sexual tension while Xhosa farm labourer John (Bongile Mantasi ) tried to focus on his work and avoid the erotic heatwave in the room.
Farber made this fierce struggle a powerful metaphor for the wider South African conflict over claims to land ownership and ancestral rights, the country ongoing racial divides and difficulties in delivering on the promise of the end of apartheid. to the new South Africa, Mies Julie where miracles leave us exactly where we began, John remarked bitterly at one point.
Both the Galway Fringe and Galway Theatre festivals continued to offer platforms to small and upcoming companies from both the city and farther afield. With the Fringe now having grown to a two week event it certainly bears out that there is no shortage of eager and talented theatre makers coming through the ranks. Both festivals are welcome presences on the city arts scene.
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In Riverrun, Fouer took on the part of Anna Livia Plurabelle, the primal river of life that courses mightily through Joyce novel. Positioned in front of a standing mic, her voice swooped and whispered and sang while her body swayed and weaved as the torrent of Joyce words flowed through her.
Indeed one actor plays provided some of the most memorable highlights of the past year, and two of them were from the Galway Arts Festival, Olwen Fouer take on Finnegan Wake in Riverrun and Tom Vaughan Lawlor in Howie the Rookie.
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