Confirmation now through that Finbar Magee and Breige Quinn will be guesting at our June Open Mic on 28th. Both these great artist have entertained us royally in the past and our enthusastic audience will be privileged to have them appear again this month. Finbar is a well known singer songwriter of international fame, while Breige is one of the best fiddle players in the country. Along with our growing list of regular contributors this promises to be a great summer's night entertainment.
Rules and benefits; 5 mins on stage ( respectful material) songs,poetry, music,stories and yarns. We provide venue, equip,lights,audience,refreshments and nibbles. You provide entertainment and £5. Doors open 8pm BYOB and relax!
Guest writer, Chris Wright and his wife Jo caught the bug that is Abbey Lane Theatre Open Mic nights when he performed to a packed house last Friday.
Sharing the stage this month we had fantasic contributions from Joe McCool; whistle, Dymphna ; poem, Rosemary Tumilty;extracts from her play,Elma McEneaney; Ukelele'David Braziel; poet,Malachi; Whitehead Railway Museum story' Mark Brownlee; Micro poems,Our Idioms contest and May McCool's idiom act!, Felim Rafferty, poetry,Rosemary Tumilty;Guitar and song,Malachi poem 'Farewell hot water bottle', and Kate McLaughlin; tribute to Doris Day. Projections of our forthcoming play Impact ( Armagh's Train Disaster) by Felim Rafferty and all ably assisted by Monique, Allan and conscripted volunteers to clean up.Chris Wright
May McCool. Our next OMN is June 28th and all poets,singer, musicians writers etc very welcome.
Up date on tickets for IMPACT. All Performances are now sold out! Waiting list on Eventbrite is available for any returns and assess demand for possible future performances.
Chris Wright is from Bangor, Northern Ireland. His short fiction has featured in several publications such as Parentheses International Literary Arts Journal, The Wellington Street Review, Brave Voices Magazine, The Bangor Literary Journal, and Sirens Call. Recently, his work has been long-listed for Reflex Fiction’s International Flash Fiction Competition and has been performed on national radio and at the St Patrick’s Festival in Armagh. Chris is a Politics Graduate of Queens University, Belfast and is currently working on his second novel.
May 31st, last Friday. Doors open 8.00pm, BYO, £5 for 5mins on stage or just experience the tremendous talent that's at our doorstep. Writers, poets, singers, musicians and some downright lairs. Nibbles and refreshments served.
A night of historical drama depicting the tragic events of the Armagh Train Disaster which resulted in at least 89 deaths and over 400 injuries.
The popular Sunday school excursion to Warrenpoint seaside begins with a band parade, from the Methodist church in Abbey Street, through the town to the Railway Station.
It was a sunny morning on the 12th of June 1889 when some 1200 excited children and adults thronged the station platforms in anticipation of a day by the sea.
Please note our new On Line ticketing system and the link to Eventbrite. Click
for the link to the Eventbrite tickets..
April's Open Mic Night was populated with great poets, storytellers , musicians and singers at the top of their game. A poignant poem 'The Message' from David Braziel and an English lesson from Finnish standup comedian Mana Mahfoozi completed another entertaining night for the packed crowd in Abbey Lane Theatre.
Try it....you'll not be disappointed. Next one MAY 31ST.
For a listen to David's poem go to his Facebook page scroll to 'The Message' written after the killing of writer/journalist Lyra McKee.
For an English lesson go to youtube Mana Mahfoozi 'the shit'
Some of those who braved the stage last Friday night after our guests, the McGrath Brothers from Donaghmore were. Mark Brownlee, Rachel Toner,Cathy Carson, Sue Divin, Dymphna Ferran,Kate McLaughlin, Jimmy Rafferty and finishing with the McGraths singalong melody. Cost at door?....£5!
April at Abbey Lane, means music and song from the McGrath brothers of Donaghmore who guest this month's Open Mic Night. This will be the second visit to Abbey Lane of these fine musicians and they say they cant wait to feel the warm welcome our audiences are famous for.
We will also feature one of our favourite performance poets Cathy Carson who has left us open jawed at here previous visits to Abbey Lane. Worth getting here next Friday to see and hear a poet who tackles issues on life others are afraid to touch. Dont Miss!
Remember £5 at door give you an opportunity to entertain/recite/sing/read or play an instrument for 5mins AND gets you free nibbles,wine/soft drinks. Doors Open 8pm and we start 8.30pm BYOB and a friend or come yourself...... for a great night !
A very positive first reading of Armagh Theatre Group's play 'Impact!' (Armagh's Rail Disaster) was held last night in Abbey Lane.
The feed back from all who attended was greatly appreciated by the co writers Byddi Lee, Tim Hanna and Malachi Kelly. Future readings and casting will be announced shortly. Big thanks for all who called in last night and made it a successful evening. In years to come hundreds will say they were there!
Wednesday in Abbey Lane Theatre@ 7.30pm. ATG are breaking new ground with an original play titled 'Impact! (Armagh Rail Disaster). This exciting new project depicts the tragic events of 130 years ago when 89 died and hundreds were injured on the railway line near Killuney.
Armagh Theatre Group have commissioned this two act play with the assistance of local author Byddi Lee. We will be holding its first reading this WEDNESDAY in ABBEY LANE THEATRE @ 7.30pm
If you are interested in taking part in the reading or helping with the production come along. Cast will contain Women 4 ,men 10 + few crowd extras.
A great 'turn out' for our guest artist Trish Bennett and all our contributors made for another wonderful night in Abbey Lane.
Many thanks to Trish travelling all the way from Co.Fermanagh/Leitrim border to give Armagh a taste of her undoubted talents in the ''oul' poetry and storytelling game''. Other contributors to thank on the night Peter Kelly with his 1st anniversary tribute to Una Boylan recalling some of the pieces she performed at our 'Poem and Pints nights' of the 70' and 80's. Una is still sorely missed. Tim Hanna presented work 'Zero some game' from Byddi Lee's writing classes as did Malachi with 'Return journey'. Joe Mc Ginley poem 'Do I really need to know!' had the crowd agreeing on its sentiment that social media just gives TOO MUCH information.
Ann Gilmartin's story of the Unhappy King was listened to attentively as was Maria Mc Gilly's take on British politics and B...xit. Andrew McMurdie sang 'Mr Tambourine Man' and was encouraged to sing again with 'You are my Sunshine' too rapturous applause. His new CD will be launched in May.
Dymphna as usual brought the proceeding to new levels with her funny poem '50 shades of Grey'. Mark Brownlee poem 'Dream Man' a humurous take on the perfect partner and Michael O'Callaghan regaled us with 'She's my girl she's my world'.
The VERY popular competition 'Family and Local Sayings' was well received dispite organized hacklers demanding the return of 'Limerick Laugh's' Surprise gifts were presented on the audience's Ayes or Nays...the ayes have it!
Best sayings of the night...Braziel family input ''If you'd open your eyes as wide as your mouth...'' ''if his brains were elastic they would stretch round a sparrows knee cap'' '' it will happen when there's two moons in the sky and one in the dungel'' advice ''if you fall don't wait to get up'' and ''I'm going up the stairs to throw my head down for half an hour''...afternoon nap! NEXT OPEN MIC 26TH APRIL. See you there! Thanks to all who helped on the night and Felim for photos.