Galway Theatre Festival celebrating 15th year in style
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Galway Theatre Festival celebrating 15th year in style

Galway Theatre Festival (GTF) launched its 2024 programme in The Mick Lally Theatre as it celebrates its 15th festival. The much-loved Galway festival, which runs from May 3rd to May 11th, draws on the unique theatrical heritage of the West of Ireland and is dedicated to platforming and developing independent theatre and performance. The team is excited to showcase the vibrant creativity and culture of the City of Tribes through our programme of events. Discover what's in store here...

Galway Theatre Festival features 9 days of exciting theatre, spectacle and storytelling- showcasing the vibrant performance culture of Ireland’s festival city. The goal of Galway Theatre Festival is to bring a fresh and lively programme of performance to the streets and venues of Galway, evoking a raw energy and adventurous spirit in our audiences.The Festival provides a platform for both national artists and artists based in the West of Ireland, bringing together a high-quality programme that showcases the best and newest talents in artistic performance.

GTF 2024 brings together a range of arts organisations to present a diverse selection of productions, including thought-provoking dramas, street theatre, comedy, and workshops. The festival offers something for everyone, and audiences are encouraged to take a chance on something new and unexpected.

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Among the exciting productions on offer are Countless Cathleens by Ériu, a dance-theatre comedy where principal female dancers from across time coexist, Ní Liomsa An Teach Álainn Seo by Cult Collective an invocation of the storytelling tradition which is accompanied by music from the harp, and Party Scene by THISISPOPBABY which journeys into the underbelly of queer culture and the complexities of desire, intimacy, isolation and addiction.

A highlight of the Galway programme is House Of Pluto’s GAMMY. This is an Irish rural portrait of lost potential, inexpression and female rage, while Just A Minute by Connor Murray is a welcome addition to the programme following its sold out run in the Dublin Fringe Festival.

Other shows include Baubo Theatre’s Curious Pigeons in which a flock of unruly pigeons explore the streets and relay an important message about finding your flock, A Post Office At The Hawthorn by Jenni Nikinmaa which can be accessed via a smart device, Esther Almazon’s Yaqui & Béal: Yoeme & Irish in Conversation which explores the similarities between Native Americans and Irish, and Sight nor Sound Theatre’s The Good Crank which documents the life of Kitty Clogg who lives alone and is certain that she’s never going to die.

Ham Sandwiches And Discipline casts a lens on the theatrics of the GAA. Well-known actor and writer Seamus O’Rourke’s Indigestion can also be found on this year’s programme, while comedian Martin ‘Beanz’ Ward debut play The Dead House can also be found after a successful run at Dublin Theatre Festival.

Galway Theatre Festival’s Works-in-Progress strand offers a unique opportunity for artists to test and refine their work with constructive feedback from audiences. This year's strand includes exciting new works such as Across From Me People are Watching by Rena Bryson (Eva’s Echo), Wife by Eimear Finan, An Ceilpeadóir by Brídín Nic Dhonncha and Pupa by Chloe Naomi of Ciaróg Productions.

Galway Theatre Festival is pleased to announce a diverse range of workshops for this year's festival. The workshops include Brú Theatre Workshop which is a practical workshop on ways to create Irish language and bilingual works for the stage. Moonfish Theatre Workshop on creating theatre work through Irish and finally Fishamble Workshop with Gavin Kostick, which explores how to work with autobiographical material.

Other events include The Little Cinema One Take Challenge, ONETWO3 (Galway Dance Project) and a panel discussion on The Landscape for Independent Theatre Makers in Galway.

Aoife Noone, Creative Director of the Galway Theatre Festival, said; "For over a decade and a half, we have championed new writing, embraced emerging artists, and dared to push boundaries. We have celebrated the power of the creative spirit to ignite our audiences’ imagination. We have something for everyone; from thought provoking dramas, comedy, works in progress and workshops."

"Whether you’ve been with us for the last 15 years or this is your first time attending the festival, I’m looking forward to meeting with you all and I hope you enjoy the show!"

Galway Theatre Festival would like to thank all those who have helped GTF grow and flourish over the years, including the founders, team members, board members, artists, audiences, and supporters.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online at or or in person/by phone at the Town Hall Theatre Box Office at 091 569777.

Don't miss your chance to experience the best in contemporary theatre and celebrate hope, resilience, and the arts at Galway Theatre Festival 2024.

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