5 reasons to check out the Galway Theatre Festival this year

The Galway Theatre Festival kicks off its tenth year on May 4, with a programme full of world-class Irish theatre that comes from the heart.



1. Ask yourself, Céard a chothaíonn do chroí? What is your heart made of?

This year’s festival theme, ‘What is Your Heart Made Of?’ is a reminder and a challenge to think about what it is that nourishes our heart and our spirit. Explore how theatre can allow us to stop, be in the moment and appreciate the world outside our frantic bubble, with the beautiful show Remnants, presented by Turas Theatre Collective. A free, outdoor show, Remnants is a beautiful and powerful meditation on displacement, created by three artists in response to their experiences of performing in refugee camps with the organisation Clowns Without Borders.



2. Set your heart racing

This year’s programme highlights the physical, with many productions using choreographed performance to heighten awareness of the body and stimulate the mind. The acclaimed Brick Wall Theatre returns to the festival with a cascade of first kisses in an intimate and touching expose of The Messiness of Human Relationships (pictured above). Elsewhere Michelle Cahill’s Thirteen Steps to the Attic promises a powerful montage of movement set to tracks from the band Thieves of Silence. The Nth Degree tours its five-star success The Words Are There (pictured below)  a powerful piece of physical theatre that sheds light on a taboo subject with great sensitivity and humanity.


Nth Degree

3. Journey to the heights of your imagination

The festival offers plenty of opportunities to embark on both personal and physical journeys into the unknown and unexpected. Travel to many destinations, from epic adventures to the intensely personal journeys of those whose lives have seen great upheaval. For those seeking a more fantastic voyage, Morgan Creative are set to delight young and old with their re-imagining of the classic story The Little Prince. Macnas Youth Ensemble sets a giant loose in their latest work in progress The Crom Project. There’s also a tragi-comic trip into bowels of hell (or more accurately, the hell of bowels) in Caitríona Ní Chonaola’s Glutened, a one-woman show on living with Coeliac’s disease.



4. Celebrate the changing face of Ireland

Past legends, local history and contemporary issues combine into a celebration of Irish culture. Different takes on the Celtic legend of Cuchulainn are offered by Candlelit Tales, and DancePlayers’ production of W.B. Yeats’ The Only Jealousy Of Emer (pictured above). Gúna Nua presents the internationally acclaimed and multi award winning The Morning After The Life Before (pictured below), a personal tale of Ireland before and after the Marriage Equality referendum. Audiences also get to devise a blueprint for Ireland’s next decade as they navigate shark infested waters of the post-truth era in Sarah Hoover’s playful theatre-game Two Truths.



5. Kick off Galway’s Festival Season in style

Craic and divilment are in abundance as the Theatre Festival launches Galway’s thrilling summer of eclectic events. The travelling Theatre Festival Club will regularly set up camp in the city’s many bars and clubs, promising late night music and chat for thirsty audiences and thespian nightflys. Quirky Galwegian electro-folk act My Fellow Sponges also present their unique live music video performance Fuzzy Air. We’ve also teamed up with Little Cinema to present short films that challenge film-makers to create films using the rules of theatre – no second takes, no edits!


The festival runs from 4th-12th May 2018. For the full Festival line-up and online ticket sales check out www.galwaytheatrefestival.com. You can check out full programme at by following this link here, and tickets can also be bought online, by phone, or in person through the Town Hall Theatre Box Office – www.tht.ie / Telephone: (091) 569777.


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