The Arts

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Creative Camps for Kids at The Model this Easter

Added: 13/03/15 : 08:46:30

The Model announced a brand new Easter Camp for kids. Led by artist Naomi Draper, the creative camp features a week of adventure, exploration and art making for kids.
The four-day art camp will explore the theme of camping throughout the The Model’s galleries and spaces; Draper will create an exciting adventure for children, allowing them to explore and get to know The Model’s galleries.
With the landscapes of The Niland Collection as a backdrop, the galleries will become one of the campsites. Inspired by The Model’s latest exhibit Shared Visions: The Model Collects, there will be a special activity focusing on “collecting” where participants can pack, preserve and consider how their findings and treasures can be presented to others.
Shelter building, treasure hunting and storytelling are some of the activities that will be explored through drawing, sculpture, animation, listening and book making processes.
The morning camp will cater for young children aged 4 – 6 years, and the afternoon camp will cater for those aged 7 to 11years.

The Model’s Easter Camps take place in a safe and fun environment, and organised by The Model’s Education team.

Don’t miss out – come spend the Easter holidays at The Model exploring the magnificent building and the great outdoors! Places are €60 per child, and €50 per additional child, and are limited to 14 per session. To book call The Model on 071 9141405 or book online at

Tues 31 Mar – Fri 3 April /10am – 12pm (ages 4 – 6)
Tues 31 Mar – Fri 3 April / 1 – 3pm (ages 7 -11)

Kinlough-based writer Monica Corish, has been chosen for the Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction 2005-2015 Kinlough Writer Included in Hennessy Anthology

Added: 24/03/15 : 08:44:25

“Sepia,” a short story by Kinlough-based writer Monica Corish, has been chosen for the Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction 2005-2015. The anthology contains twenty-five of the best short stories from the New Irish Writing page over the past decade. Other authors in the anthology include Sara Baume, Niamh Boyce, Alan Jude Moore, Oona Frawley, Michael O’Higgins, Kevin Power and Colm Keegan.

The anthology brims with the talent and originality that has become synonymous with both the Hennessy Awards and the New Irish Writing Page. "You read a story in half an hour, you remember it a lifetime," says Colum McCann, a previous Hennessy Award winner. "This collection is a great rattlebag of promise."

Monica Corish's poems and stories are published fortnightly in the Leitrim Observer as part of the Leitrim Arts Office SPARK programme. She also edits the Writing Leitrim page. A trained writing group leader, Monica will host a writing weekend at The Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon on March 28th and 29th. Details can be found on her website

The Hennessy Book Of Irish Fiction 2005-2015, compiled by Dermot Bolger and Ciarán Carty and published by New Island Books, will be launched on April 1 in the Mansion House, Dublin.
Adult Acting Courses at the Hawk’s Well

Added: 16/03/15 : 07:57:27

The Hawk’s Well has been running acting courses for adults recently which have proven extremely popular so four new courses are now on offer at the theatre. Over Easter a ‘Forum Theatre’ workshop will take place on Thursday 9th of April from 7 to 9.30pm for ages 14+ and adults of all ages.

During this workshop Theatre Director Idan Meir will explore how we can use theatre as a tool for community and personal development following the legacy of the late Brazilian Director Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. This one off workshop costs €15 and places can be booked for it in advance at the Hawk’s Well Box Office.

Ever wondered what it’s like to tread the boards? Well now is your chance! Every Monday night for 6 weeks at the Hawk’s Well you can learn all about acting. Under the skilful direction of Bob Kelly, regular collaborator with the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, a six-week ‘Acting for Fun’ course offers a place to explore, create and be challenged - all while having fun.

Suitable for adults of all ages and for people with little or no acting experience, the ‘Acting for Fun’ course will take place on the Hawk's Well stage every Monday evening between 6 and 7.30pm. A further ‘Page to Stage’ course for those with acting experience will run from 7.30 to 9pm. Early booking is advised as previous courses have booked up quickly.  Courses runs every Monday evening from the 13h of April through to the 25th of May  and cost €75 for six weeks. (No classes on 4th of May)

About the tutor:  Originally a member of Sligo Youth Theatre, Bob Kelly went on to study theatre at the prestigious Ecole de Jacques Lecoq in Paris, graduating in 2010.  Since then he has performed in the Louvre, The Abbey, and at the Royal Ballet School; he is a regular collaborator with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, and in 2012 was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for his work with them on The Poor Mouth.  He has performed on the Hawk's Well stage on many occasions - most recently in Edna O'Brien's Country Girls - while this summer he played Cuchulainn in Blue Raincoat's On Baile's Strand  performed on Cumeen Strand in Sligo.

Public Speaking

A weekend course on ‘Effective Public Speaking’ will take place at the Hawk’s Well over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of May. This weekend course is designed to help adults develop their own unique style when speaking in public.  Over two days you will build your confidence speaking in public by developing your preparation and delivery skills, developing techniques to cope with performance anxiety and learning to speak with confidence and assurance.

Experienced tutor Ann Russell will introduce course participants to exercises designed to assist ease of delivery, to eliminate unnecessary tension and improve posture, together with techniques to improve the quality and tone of the voice and to develop greater flexibility, resonance and depth. The course will also help you to structure and organise your ideas to maximise your impact.

Candidates are asked to come with a short presentation prepared (5 minutes max). A laptop and overhead projector will be provided if you wish to use these for your presentation or feel free to just use notes. The costs of the weekend course is €120 and places can be booked in advance at the Hawk’s Well on 071 916 1518 or
Auditions for Sligo Drama Circle Today

Added: 23/03/15 : 09:20:59

Sligo Drama Circle are planning to produce two very contrasting plays this summer and are looking for actors.

The first play to be produced is Noel Cowards comedy, Present Laughter, set in England in the late 1930’s. It will be on the Hawks Well stage from 7th July to 11th July.

The plot centres on Garry Essendine, well-known comic actor. As he prepares to travel to Africa for a touring commitment, he finds his life catching up with him. Casual affairs come back to haunt him,; his estranged wife and devoted but disapproving secretary want to manage him and the wife of his producer wants to seduce him.  Add to this a slightly crazed young playwright who wants a piece of him, and you have a classic Noel Coward comedy.

The drama circle are looking for male actors between 35 and 50 to audition for the role of Garry Essendine. As you can imagine, it is a comic role and is a treat for any actor to play.

Later in the summer Sligo Drama Circle is going to produce an Irish one-act play “The Shadow of the Glen” by John Millington Synge, at various venues in Sligo town.

This well-known play is set in an isolated farmhouse in Ireland at the turn of 20th century. A woman is tending to the corpse of her dead husband when a tramp comes to the door, The woman leaves the tramp to tend the corpse and while she’s gone the tramp discovers that the man isn’t dead at all!

Male actors are also being sought for this play.

Auditions fort both of these plays will be held today, Monday 23rd March at 7.30pm in the Sligo Drama Circle premises in the Market Yard.

Contact phone: 087 6856271