This month

Drinking in America

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Drinking in America Bottom Dog Theatre Company comes to the Ballina Arts Centre for the first time with their Irish premiere of Drinking in America by US playwright Eric Bogosian. Described by the New York Times as “a breakneck, hair-raising comic tour of the contemporary American male psyche”, this award-winning play features acclaimed actor Liam O’Brien playing 12 distinct different roles. From a grasping show-biz hustler to a latter-day Willy Loman on the road; from a ghetto junkie to a gyrating heavy-metal rock star, the former Emmerdalestar presents the most challenging work of a...

Little Orphan Annie

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

We will be presenting our musical production in 2 acts “L’il Orphan Annie” on Sunday the 26th of November @ 4pm in the Ballina Arts Centre. Every year we choose a charity to donate our proceeds to, and this year we have chosen the LauraLynn Childrens Hospice Foundation. In the depths of the 1930's, Annie (Rebecca Cronin) is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan (Aisling Clarke). Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industria...

Sing & Ring: Ballina Chamber Choir and Guests

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Sing & Ring: Ballina Chamber Choir and Guests Wednesday 29th November, 8pm Ballina Chamber Choir presents their popular Sing and Ring concert under the baton of Niamh O'Kelly. Adding magical Christmas cheer will be special guests the Handbell Choir from Castlebar College of Further Education and the talented children of the Quay National School, Ballina. There will also be solo performances by the choir’s members including, Elaine Fitzgerald and Leslie Herron, delivering the perfect start to a glorious Christmas Season in Ballina. Tickets €12 (adults), €5 (children) €5.

There is an Island

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

There is an Island Thursday 30th November, 8pm There is an Island combine rich vocals, earthy violin textures, minimal piano and ethereal soundscapes to form songs inspired by the memories and places that remain in our hearts. In this arresting new Irish trio, singer Michelle O’Rourke and the composing duo of Benedict Schlepper-Connoll and Garrett Sholdice channel an eclectic spread of influences – from Nick Cave to Planxty to Mozart – to create lingering, intimate performances. Tickets: €15 / €12.

Next month

The Successful TD by John B Keane

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

The Successful TD by John B Keane City Theatre Dublin Saturday 2nd December, 8pm Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy and directed by Michael Scott. Written by John B Keane in 1967, he displays his edge for humour and satire that are uncomfortably close to the politics of today. It follows the trials, tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dáil in October elections. Tickets: €20. Early booking advised.

Silver Moon

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Silver Moon Compagnie Animotion (France) Sunday 3rd December, 2pm This masked performance tells the story of a little Polish girl, Helda and a rich boy, Jurgen, who break down class barriers on Christmas Eve. An imaginative and touching story, Jurgen learns that friendship cannot be bought and that imagination is the dearest thing to us. Creating an international, visual, language of theatre, French based company Compagnie Animotion has been making physical theatre for Deaf and hearing audiences since 2005, and encourages social change and inclusivity through their work. A beautiful, alternati...

The Lonesome West

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Ballina Drama Society presents: The Lonesome West. The Lonesome West is a dark hilarious and raw play by contemporary playwright Martin McDonagh, part of his famous Connemara trilogy. Set in rural Ireland we meet the Connor Brothers shortly after the sinister death of their father. The raw hatred they have for each other is a constant source of angst for Fr. Welsh and only Girleen, with her Poteen brings any cheer to their dour home. Their childish squabbles over tayto erupt into threatening brawls. It’s sad, funny, and charged with emotion as the brothers seem resigned to their loneliness...

january 2018

A Tale of the Expected by Martina Reilly

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

A Tale of the Expected is a bittersweet comedy written by best-selling author Martina Reilly. Lana is eighteen and pregnant. The father is Roman, aka, Mr Party Central and his family run the local chipper. Roman does not want fatherhood, the thoughts of it make him ill. In fact, the only thing he and Lana have in common is that they both love to watch re-runs of Deal or No Deal. It's not the most promising start.... A clash of personality, of family and of cultures combine to create an uplifitng and emotional night of theatre.

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