Maria Clark in a scene from The Immortals which looks at current issues in Drogheda through the eyes of iconic local characters.
With less than three weeks to go until the start of the 2018 Drogheda Arts Festival, anticipation is building for what promises to be a fascinating programme of enjoyable and thought provoking events, many of them with a local focus.
Traditionally arts festivals focus on acts and performances from far afield but, according to Elaine Cronin, the co-chair of the Drogheda Arts Festival, what is special about the Drogheda Arts Festival is “… we really like to showcase local actors, musicians and stories”.
“This year we’ve created lots of opportunities for local stories to be told” Elaine continued. “The recipient of the Drogheda Arts Festival 2018 Commission is Quintessence Theatre who tell the story of local legend Kate the Navvy. The Star of Chester’s Lane is a tale of courage, humour and triumph over adversity and will have its world premiere on Sunday 6th May”.
Her co-chair Collette Farrell added “For those who love history and music, Songtrail is the perfect fit. This walking tour of Drogheda includes local stories and music and will depart four times daily from Thursday 3rd to Monday 7th May. It’s been created by Drogheda’s wonderful Upstate Theatre Project.
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The Immortals, directed by Grainne Rafferty, is another original piece of work that looks at modern issues in Drogheda through the eyes of iconic local characters. Taking place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May it will be one of the first performances in the new Chocolate Factory Creative Space on Merchant’s Quay which is another exciting development in the cultural life of Drogheda.
Collette continues “The thorny subject of mental health and recovery is tackled in an A/V documentary based on the experiences of members of the Shine Mental Health group and curated by Declan Mallon of Upstate Theatre. Lysis features the real-life stories of people who have struggled with their mental health and recovery. It brings these stories to life in a way that challenges the audience to think about our own perceptions and prejudices.”
Back by popular demand, locals Sinead and Derek McCluskey will bring traditional games to life as part of the fabulous family fun day on Bank Holiday Monday at Drogheda Arts Festival at Beaulieu.
Elaine concludes “And finally, if you love food and theatre you’re in for a treat with A Midsummer Night’s Murder. There will be lots of mystery and intrigue as Catastrophe Theatre Company stages dinner theatre at An Grianán, Termonfeckin. Written by Niall O’Brien and Colm McArdle, this Paul Hayes production features a host of local actors who bring this bloodcurdling story to life. This Friday night event will offer lots of fun and delicious dining.
Check out the full line-up and book your tickets today by visiting www.DroghedaArtsFestival.ie, call in to the Box Office at the Droichead Arts Centre on Stockwell Street or call 041 9875140.
Drogheda Arts Festival takes place from 1st – 7th May and is generously funded by Louth County Council and the Arts Council with accommodation sponsorship from the d Hotel.
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