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A Season of Premiers this Spring at glór

Spring is truly upon us, and we have some fantastic events lined up in glór to fill your long spring evenings, including some premiers and first visits. Look out for glór’s new season booklet coming to your door, available to download on our website or to collect at the box office.

glór is delighted to welcome Irish National Opera for their first visit to Clare, kicking off their eleven-venue tour of the company’s production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, which had a sold-out run at Galway International Arts Festival in July. The all-Irish cast is headed by INO artistic partner, mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty, whose debut in the role in Galway won widespread critical plaudits.

glór continues to trailblaze for Irish Theatre and in 2019 we look forward to a number of co-productions with some of the country’s most respected theatre makers. Sweet About Me by Jacinta Sheerin premieres in glór in March with performances for schools and evening public performances.

A play about addiction, Sweet About Me is a one woman show, written and performed by Sheerin whose successes with Waiting for IKEA and I’m not ADHD I’m BOLD will have audiences looking forward to a work of substance with plenty of humour.

More first visits to Clare as glór presents two screenings of National Theatre Live performances – Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy Macbeth in February and later in the month Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Hamlet.

We welcome the return of Druid with the ‘wickedly insightful’, (The Irish Times), Furniture by Sonya Kelly, a light-hearted new play about perceptions and possessions. Told through the lives of six individuals, this fresh comedy looks at how the things we own shape our worldview, and even ourselves. More great theatre comes to Clare with Fishamble: The New Play Company bringing Sebastian Barry’s critically-acclaimed On Blueberry Hill. This play is bursting with humanity, as it explores murder, forgiveness, survival and, ultimately, love in the prison of the human heart. Fishamble return in May with Haughey|Gregory which follows the deal made between Tony Gregory and Charles Haughey in 1982, when Gregory took a surprise Dáil seat – and suddenly found himself holding the balance of power. Decadent Theatre also join us in May with Pumpgirl by Abbie Spallen, an explosively comic play that takes us deep into the unspoken thoughts and darkest desires of three lives destined to collide. Presented as part of the Bealtaine Festival, Bottom Dog Theatre Company presents the moving and tender Smallone, inspired by people who live lives of quiet privacy and Jon Kenny brings us his one man show, The Crowman.

glór’s Visual Arts  features three wonderful exhibitions, kicking off in February with four Clare makers, Vivienne Bogan, Kathryna Cuschieri, Nicola Henley and Jane Seymour, coming together for an exhibition of print, glass, textile and ceramics entitled Elemental Fusion, open from February in glór. In April, painting and print collide in the gallery with a two-hander exhibition featuring painter Kevin Lowery and printmaker, Louise Leonard, both of whom showed in glór’s 2017 Open Call exhibition, Halcyon Days. Featuring as part of the Bealtaine Festival, Rachel Macmanus presents her lovely portrait study of the residents of St. Joseph’s. Entitled Living Portraits, this exhibition will be on show in May in the spás area.

The first First Friday Series of 2019, in association with Clare Arts Office and The Artists’ Resource Room, will be led by Ennistymon based artist Sara Foust, and tying in with Elemental Fusion in March by John Tynan, Education Office with the Crafts and Design Council of Ireland.

As always, glór’s programme teems with the best of Irish and international music, including the return of Sharon Shannon; Derek Ryan; The Johnny Cash Roadshow; Isla Grant; Bell X1; The High Kings; Aoife Scott; Sean & Conor Price; The Legends of American Country; and special events including multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens and Italian jazz maestro Francesco Turrisi taking you on a musical voyage of discovery from Africa and the Middle East across to Europe and the Americas, and Luka Bloom and the Fiddle Case celebrate years of friendship with a rip-roaring concert in May.

Clare’s younger audiences are well looked after with performances including the return of Ceol Connected with the aptly titled and charming Return of Spring; Branar bring us their epic story of Woolly in Woolly’s Quest, the bravest of all sheep, the first sheep who dared to be adventurous and to discover what happens to her wool! As usual, Saturday afternoon in glór feature the ever-popular monthly family trad sessions led by Eoin O’Neill, and on St. Patrick’s Day we offer a feast of family fun after the parade with a Family Trad Session, Dabbledoo Music Workshops and An Grianán Theatre Productions presenting Manny Man does the History of Ireland, based on John D Ruddy’s hit series of books and YouTube videos. In April we welcome Compagnie Animotion with the classic tale The War of the Buttons, with accompanying Children’s Workshop exploring Sign Language, Mime and Physical Expression. Brickflicks brilliant stop-motion workshops come to glór for two days during the Easter break, showing kids how to make animation with their favourite Lego mini-figures.

We kick off our fortnightly season of films on Tuesday 5 February with Cold War, nominated for three Oscar nominations, followed by more award-winning films, and the locally made, When All is Ruin Once Again, following the building of the motorway through Gort and the impact on the local community when it is halted by the financial crisis.

It wouldn’t be spring in Clare without a festival or two and we look forward to one of Ireland’s fastest growing festivals, Ennis Book Club Festival taking place from 1 – 3 March 2019 and with a terrific line-up of events for young and old. Fleadh Nua takes over glór in May, with three very special events in their 2019 line-up.

In comedy we have the inimitable Des Bishop; Deirdre O’Kane; The Dirtbirds with Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins (Nualas) and Jason Byrne, and in our series of studio events we welcome Eleanor Tiernan; Corkman Chris Kent and the return of Danny O’Brien.

Of course, we also have the best in Clare Arts from all our wonderful amateur groups. Ennis Players bring us John B. Keane’s timeless Sive, Corofin Dramatic Society come with Life Sucks, a retelling of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, and Clare Youth Theatre presents The Flowersellers of Amiens, written by Eleanor Feely. Ennis Musical Society bring us a cracker in March with The Addams Family, and Clare Dance and Drama schools, Breakthrough Dance Company; The Ennis Academy of Performing Arts, The Dinan School of Ballet come out in force to present their Spring shows.

With all this on offer at your local venue, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Tickets are already booking for lots of events, so look out for the new glór spring brochure or click here to download