What’s on in Offaly – January 2014

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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There are a host of Arts events on throughout County Offaly in January with something to suit all tastes from music to drama to comedy and exhibitions and workshops

There are a host of Arts events on throughout County Offaly in January with something to suit all tastes from music to drama to comedy and exhibitions and workshops

Events

Rehearsals for Clara Musical Society’s 2014 Production ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Starting Monday 13th January at 8pm

Friends Meeting House, Tullamore Road, Clara

Description: Rehearsals for the 2014 production of the rock-opera ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ start on Monday 13th of January at 8 pm and will continue on Monday and Wednesday nights. Members are needed for the chorus and everyone is welcome (you must be over 16 to join)

Contact: For information please call 087 9366247, visit the website www.clarams.com or follow on Facebook.

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Birr Film Club - “Good Vibrations”

Tues 14th Jan @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: As “The Troubles” shut down Belfast in the 1970’s Terri Hooley opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and becomes the leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community to bring the city back to life.

Cost: Birr Film Club Members €3 / Birr Film Club Friends of Members €5 / Non Members €7

Contact: Theatre Box Office (057) 9122911 / www.birrtheatre.com

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Celebrating 125 years of Oxmantown Hall

Weds 15th Jan @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: To celebrate 125 years of Oxmantown Hall Music Network brings an exciting line-up of four esteemed artists who are joining forces for the first time on this specially curated tour. Starring: Dirk Powell, Michael McGoldrick, Brendan Gleeson and Francis Gaffney.

Cost: €18 / €16 (including refreshments)

Contact: Theatre Box Office (057) 9122911 / www.birrtheatre.com

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Birr Film Club – “A Hijacking”

Tues 21st Jan @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: A distinctive approach to the story of a cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates with the action alternating between the stressed crew on the ship and the shipping company boardroom.

Cost: Birr Film Club Members €3 / Birr Film Club Friends of Members €5 / Non Members €7

Contact: Theatre Box Office (057) 9122911 / www.birrtheatre.com

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Neil Delamere

Fri 24th Jan

Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore

Tickets: €20 call 05793 46666

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Cinderella – Lambert Theatre Company

Sun 26th Jan @ 3pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: This beautifully produced show telling the story of the classic fairytale features large puppets, colourful sets and exquisite lighting is suitable for children up to ten years of age.

Cost: €10 (Small Group – 1 adult & 2 children €25)

Contact: Theatre Box Office (057) 9122911 / www.birrtheatre.com

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Birr Film Club – “Me and You”

Tues 28th Jan @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: Lorenzo, a quirky 14 year old decides to take a break from it all and hide out in his building’s neglected basement, living in perfect isolation with his favourite music, books and ant farm, an interesting alternative to watching TV.

Cost: Birr Film Club Members €3 / Birr Film Club Friends of Members €5 / Non Members €7

Contact: Theatre Box Office (057) 9122911 / www.birrtheatre.com

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An Evening with Dominic Kirwan

Fri 31st Jan @ 8pm

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Description: One of Ireland’s best and most popular performers makes a welcome return with special guest Louise Morrissey. This concert will feature songs from his many hit albums.

Cost: €25

Contact: Theatre Box Office (057) 9122911 / www.birrtheatre.com

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Ballycumber Drama Group presents Sam Crees comedy “Cupid Wore Skirts”

Fri 31st Jan and Sat 2nd Feb @ 8pm

Ballycumber Community Centre

Description: This hilarious comedy about the responses to a widower’s advertisement for a wife promises a fantastic evening’s entertainment for all.

Tickets: €10 on door

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TADs Presents: Calendar Girls

Tues 4th - Weds 12th Feb

Tullamore GAA

More details to follow.

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Ballycumber Drama Group presents Sam Crees comedy “Cupid Wore Skirts”

Weds 5th to Sat 8th Feb at 8pm

Tuar Ard Arts Centre

Description: This hilarious comedy about the responses to a widower’s advertisement for a wife promises a fantastic evening’s entertainment for all.

Tickets are €10 and can be booked for Tuar Ard on 0906482042.

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Workshops

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Offaly Youth Theatre – Birr/Edenderry/Tullamore

New Year Term Starting Soon

Birr: Oratory Buildings, St Brendans Community School.

Edenderry: Public Access Arts, JKL Street, Edenderry

Tullamore: TBC

Description: Offaly Youth Theatre is open to all young people aged 13- 20, and offers the opportunity to learn about stage and screen craft, acting, improvisation, developing characters, devising scripts and to take part in a live performance. It is facilitated by local theatre professionals, with many years of training and experience in all aspects of theatre development from acting to directing to developing productions. Check us out on Facebook.

Contact: Contact 05793 57400 for more information.

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Public Access Arts Workshops

Public Access Arts, JKL Street, Edenderry

There are Four Workshops starting this January……

Writing Words – One Day Workshop with John Saunders

Saturday 25th January

Description: John will lead a full day workshop on developing your creative writing skills. The focus will be on poetry but many of the skills will be transferable to prose. The day will be highly participatory and those attending should bring some of their own work. The course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience

Cost:    €70

Contact: To book your place please call 0879271292 or email john at;   saundersjps@gmail.com.  Places will be limited

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Introduction to Digital Photography with Veronica Nicholson

Tues 28th Jan 7-9pm

Description: An eight week course in beginners digital photography with renowned photographer Veronica Nicholson.

Cost: €80.00

Contact: Veronica on 087 9480498 - Places limited so book early to avoid disappointment

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Pre-Instrumental Music Classes

Tuesdays 10am - 10.45am

Description: For Age Group 3 to 5 year olds

Cost: €5 Per Child Per class Beginning January 14th 2014

Contact: For bookings call Sharon 087-6295647

Music Theory Classes

Mondays 6:30pm-7:15pm

Description: From 8 years to adult. Beginning January 13th 2014 Learn the basics of music theory or study for a RIAM music theory exam

Cost: €8 per person per class (Books and exam fee extra)

Contact: Bookings call Sharon 087-6295647

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Ballet for Adults

Presbyterian Church, Church Street, Tullamore

Monday Nights @ 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Description: Beginners Ballet for Adults with Ruth McDermott School of Dancing. Great way to get in shape. Starts Monday 20th January 2014.

Cost: €10 per session of €40 for 5 week term.

Contact: Ruth McDermott on 090 6627033

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Birr photography group

Every Thursday

Craughwell’s Pub, Castle Street, Birr.

Info: Find out about cameras and learn how to use them.

Cost: Call Joe on 087 6574820 for further information.

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Slieve Bloom Photography Club

Last Wednesday of Every Month

Tullamore Court Hotel 8pm

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Offaly Exhibitions

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6th Annual Common Ground – New Beginnings

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

On Show until end of January

A selection of visual art from local and national artists.  50 pieces on show.

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Famine Textiles

Public Access Arts, JKL Street, Edenderry

Weds 29th January –12th March 2014

Historical show curated by Mary O’Connor

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Lynne Hoare Window Exhibition

Kilroys Shop windows, east side of the High Street, Tullamore

January 2014

Description: Featuring aspects of the Struwelpeter book by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman.

One is the Great Tall Tailors shop and the other a dining room.