THE Bealtaine Festival, now in its 16th year, is a unique and groundbreaking Irish festival which takes places nationwide celebrating creativity in older age. Birr Theatre & Arts Centre is delighted to continue its series of Bealtaine Events, many of which have special rates as part of this Festival.
A celebration in Talk, Story and Song of the life of the iconic Delia Murphy takes place on Thursday May 12 in I’ll Live Till I Die. Described as a pivotal figure who took up the Irish ballad and turned it into something of her own, she lives on through her songs still played on Irish radio today.
Droichead Nua Players present The Kings of the Kilburn High Road on Saturday May 14. This play takes place on the day that five of six young men who left to seek their fortune in London gather to wake their other friend and to reflect on their own lives, the loss of their dreams and their place in a society that no longer needs them. Or does it?
The Bealtaine Films are Julie and Julia on Thursday May 19 and Showboat on Friday May 20. Julie and Julia recounts the story of Julia Child, who in the 1940’s whilst living in Paris with her diplomat husband writes a cookbook for the American market and Julia Powell, who in 2002 New York, in an attempt to distract herself from her job decides to cook all 524 of Child’s recipes whilst blogging about the experience.
Showboat, with Kern’s unforgettable tunes which capture the ear and tear at the emotions tells of Magnolia, the innocent showboat girl whose life takes many turns, both good and bad. With the key roles played by Hollywood greats Ava Gardner and Howard Keel this is a classic film not to be missed! Fruitcake on Thursday May 26 starring Mary McEvoy starts off as a cookery demonstration but is in fact an account of one woman’s life and how each ingredient reminds her of past memories. (Please note: show duration is 50 minutes without interval).