Whoa, bit of an anti-climax on a wet Monday morning after five nights Beezneez in a row. Five nights of uninterrupted laughter and joyful banter, five nights of watching the audiences standing up for the actors on stage at the end of each show, and John Mc Dwyer lingering happy and proud in the foyer of The Dock. I eavesdropped one little snippet of conversation in above mentioned foyer, Emer from the Breffs loving the play, congratulating the crew, praising your man Padraic Neary (who played Ned and reminded me very much of my lovely father-in law) for his hilarious performance. And what does he say? ‘Isn’t it great to entertain, isn’t it just lovely to make the people laugh?’ Aaahwww, that warms my Dock-Blogger-heart for sure, no wonder they all have that sparkle in their eyes! And one little part of me is yearning to try the good ole acting again, haven’t tread the boards since like a long time, but when I did I loved it for sure, and running on adrenaline the odd night can’t be a bad thing either. Not that John Mc Dwyer is askin or looking for me, but I must mention to him that if they ever need someone with a funny accent, well you know, I could be the great grand auntie visiting from the mainland or something like that. So yeah, that anti-climax after Johnnie’s Britches, where do we go from here? The What’s On Guide doesn’t reveal much for the rest of the month, but a handful of unexpected shows crept in on us, and I am delighted they did!
First of all, a new exhibition ‘Present’ is going up in The Jury Room Café, presented by the Twins Tradition Initiative once again, it’s looking good already as I am sitting here typing this, call by to the official opening on Friday at 5.30pm as usual, you know the spiel by now...
Next one up is the Children’s Literature Festival on the 18th and 19th of August, it's all over Carrick and The Dock will be buzzing those two days, pick up your brochure for this at The Dock, there is lots of things to do for all ages!
Thirdly, the Leitrim Youth Theatre Company is presenting their new play Chat Room on the 24th and 25th of August, it is a P15 play, discussing the subject matter of teenage suicide, and I for one am glad that this theme is being touched on by these young actors. This is definitely a play where I’ll be bringing that teenage daughter of mine, even though she is not 15 just yet, but secondary school is a whole different ball game and looking at the difficult or painful facts of life in the manner of watching a play together might be a great way of opening doors into future conversations.
And then, The Breffni Players, one more time, well two more nights really, Women on the verge of HRT on the 30th and 31st of August, back due to popular demand so to speak, and I cannot wait for my chance to get in this time as all the shows in July had been booked and sold out before I could turn around and say ‘yes please’.
After that we are back to school and a new What’s On Guide, I sneak previewed a couple of gigs already and can tell you we are in for more treats, plus Culture Night on the 21st of September is one of my favourite nights around Carrick, I better go and book that baby sitter well in advance just in case!
Folks, that’s me for now, I am mourning the what's-looking-like-the-end of that glorious sunny spell we had, I better go and cover that saddle on my bike, and keep thinking of Johnnie’s Britches to get those giggles back while I drive through the rain. Or as my daughter says, ‘Mum is laughing inside’. Thank you John Mc Dwyer and lovely lovely Beezneez crew for that ray of sunshine, the whole Irish thing that cracks me up each time, and the laughs you gave us, brilliant job once again!
... one more, trying to squeeze John Mc Dwyer about his new play Scorpion and the rehearsed reading for Culture Night at 6pm he smiled at me and didn't give away a thing! So I go 'So John, what's that Scorpion thing about?' He goes 'Well, you know, it's like Brendan Behan said, really, it's about an hour and a half!' You should have seen the big grin on his face, priceless indeed!
greatly amused, Your Dock Blogger
Have you checked out the Jury Room Café Bar lately? Davy is back and well recovered from a right old dose of flu, and he makes a great Coffee Mocha, if you want to try something more daring than your usual cuppa… But what I really meant to say: currently on those Café walls hangs a smashing selection of photographs by local icon Keith Nolan, and who hasn't heard if him yet?. Keith has documented Carrick’s Water Music Festival to date and is showing images of performers such as Eleanor Shanley, Duke Special, Charlie McGettigan and many more that have graced our stages since the festival began. The show will run to the 14th of July and The Jury Room is open for business 10.30-5pm Tuesday to Saturday. Nolan is a Roscommon born photographer and videographer with national and international experience and works mainly for clients in the communication/ media sector. He also works from his studio, Silver River Images on Bridge Street here in Carrick-on-Shannon, go and have a peep for yourselves! www.silverriverimages.ie
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Guys, there is an exciting weekend just around the bend; The Hunters Moon Festival is waiting for our call!
The next three sentences I am stealing from their website for you, but I’ll link you to it as well for the full programme and ticket prices and options etc…
Hunters Moon Music and Art Festival will take place on the 28th, 29th, and 30th of October in the Northwest of Ireland in Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim. Hunters Moon Festival is an experimental music, art and film festival combining unique visual art and music in the unique town of Carrick on Shannon. Tickets are available to all music events. There are festival tickets, day tickets and evening tickets on sale. Check the tickets page for full info.
There is free stuff too, open to everyone, so in times like these I am pointing that out especially, just to get a taste of what’s in store for us!
The Hunters Moon Arts Trail: An Arts Trail will wind its way through the streets on Carrick over the weekend of the festival. Maps of the Arts Trail are available at the Box Office. All art spaces are free and open to the public. Thanks to the keen eye and the hard work of our art curator, Caroline Walsh.
The Short Experimental Films Cinema: in the box office in Murtagh’s Courtyard, Main Street. Right down my street for that matter!
“Seek What They Sought” Art Exhibition by Tim Kerr: opening at 8 pm in the Jury Room of the Dock Arts Centre on Friday 28th of October. Looking bright and cheerful, come and have a drink and see the new art on those walls!
Deejays at Murtagh’s Bar – Friday 4 -8 pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 – 8 pm: There will be festival deejays playing everything from folk rock to medieval bands to art rock discos in Murtagh’s Bar all through the weekend. This is open and free to everyone!
Day of the Dead Procession: Sunday 30th October 6 – 7 pm, meet at the Dock Arts Centre. Whoa, sounding spooky scary - looks like bringing the small people along, do the whole fancy dress affair thing, and maybe put some sucky sweets into your pockets too, just in case!
There is a long line up of bands playing on all of the nights, I can't even start typing them all down so you better check that website, the Weekend Tickets are available in THE LEITRIM DESIGN HOUSE leading up to the festival, whereas Tickets for night-time performances will go on sale from 8:30pm at The Dock for that evening’s performance and are available for purchase on the door (subject to availability, as always and of course!).
That covers it all? It probably didn’t, but it’s a start to get you nosy!
See you at the weekend, looks like one more perk to be had in town, Murtagh’s Bar as the main sponsor of the whole festival is offering 10% off all food for the attendees of the festival, I might meet you at that bar too so!
in Halloween mode,
Your D B