We have a full night local entertainment from musicians, poets, writers, singers, actors and storytellers. Just confirmed local youtube sensation OWEN McCREESH (busker) who will be appearing at ABBEY LANE for the first time.
There will be tributes to PATRICK KAVANAGH, Monaghan poet and OSCAR WILDE, Dublin play write and poet on their respective 50th and 100th anniversaries. Limerick Laughs competition with limericks on all our Christmas memories.....and remember BIG BIG prizes to the winner (REALLY)!. Safety sketches on SCAMS performed by ATG recently at Council run event to highlight the many scams our community are exposed to. Then we have our many contributors who loyally come to perform to our audiences which really is the highlight and the reason for these nights. Oh, £5 entry for 5mins on stage, under lights, includes a glass of wine/refreshments FOC.... YES I KNOW ONLY £5. Doors open *8pm. Christmas atmosphere, BYOB.
As OMN returns on the Friday before Patrick Kavanagh's 50th anniversary we will feature some famous poems and songs of this world renowned Monaghan poet. Also this coincides with Oscar Wilde's centenary anniversary one of our brilliant playwrites from the 'Golden period' of Irish writers. Dust off their books and take along your favourite Kavanagh ode and song or witty quotes of Wilde to share with our audience and help acknowledge these gifted writers.
ARMAGH THEATRE GROUP continue their events programme for 2018 with the last 'OPEN MIC' OF THE YEAR ON FRIDAY 24TH NOVEMBER followed the next day with a Georgian Poetry Slam in ALMA Centre during 'GEORGIAN DAY' on 25th November. COME ALONG TO BOTH THESE EVENTS AND KEEP 'LIVE ARTS' ALIVE IN ARMAGH. Our 'Limerick Laughs' theme for the Open Mic ---CHRISTMAS--- and a big thanks to Eimear Kelly Gels for last months generous gift voucher to the winner.
Having packed the Studio Theatre at the Market Place Armagh for their three night run the cast and crew of 'Gaslight' take a deserved break. As with all our productions we lean on the generosity and kindness of many to let us indulge in our chosen madness so apart from the members of ATG we would like to thank. The ARMAGH CLUB, Armagh: Thomas Daly Furniture and Antiques,Battleford Rd Armagh: ABC COUNCIL: the staff and management of Market Place Theatre and of course, you our faithful supporters. Just a few shots of the stage going up and coming down.
Membership of Armagh Theatre Group is due for renewal by 1st January 2018. This is an annual payment of £30 which greatly helps to maintain Abbey Lane Theatre and all the necessary public liability, health and fire regulations & insurances. As a registered charity we are now obliged under Charity Commission regulations to produce detailed annual accounts. These have to be professionally produced . Your membership fee allows us to 'keep the doors open' and lets us do what we are here for.....to provide AMATURE DRAMA & ARTS for our community. Less than a penny a day and you can help to enrich lives through Drama, poetry ,music, writing ,songs , stories & much more.
You can download a Bankers Order through the membership section on this website or drop into your Bank with these details
ARMAGH THEATRE Co Ltd, Bank of Ireland, English St , ARMAGH. sort code 90/20/47 a/c no 40166793.
Where do you start. A night of Drama, Music, Humour,Poetry, Storytelling, Singing and adlibs. If we aren't promoting local talent in many aspects of the arts ....Well I'll eat a Witches hat!
To all who took part... Monique and David with scenes of the forthcoming play 'Gaslight', on in the Studio Theatre in Market Place 9th-11th Nov. A full house in Abbey Lane were enthused by their wonderful acting followed by Liam Mohan (Zac Brownband), Dymphna (sketch) ,Malachi (Spike Milligan poem), Daniel Corrigan (orginal guitar piece) ,Bridie (poetry),Pat Prunty and Eoin Kelly (trad), Michael Callaghan (song) Ann Gilmartin (storytelling)Thomas Healy (orginal poetry)Paddy Mohan (songs) Malachi (orginal story) Kathleen Duffy (singing Spinning Wheel), Melonie Banting (orginal poetry)William Andrews (Bluegrass banjo) accompanied by Daniel on guitar and Eoin on Mandolin . Thomas (Ed Sheeran song), Pat Prunty (Humour ballad), Madeleine Kelly (bandage joke)...A BIG BIG THANK YOU.
Winner of the 'Limerick Laughs' competition....1st DYMPHNA FERRAN, DUNGANNON... 2nd Bridie Heaney.... 3rd Monique Rennie. Thanks all for partaking.
We are going 'IN HOUSE' to invite this month's community group as the cast of our forth coming play 'Gaslight' will be performing scenes from this Victorian thriller. So 'Open Mic Night' has invited Armagh Theatre Group to give our audience a preview , for your eyes only, next Friday night!
ALSO next Friday night we will have our Limerick Laugh's competition theme 'Memories of Halloween' with a myriad of fantastic prizes for all your entries.... take a stab, have a go, '' there was a Halloween witch called.....'' that's you started only 4 more rhyming lines and that big prize could be YOURS!
PLUS.....all our great faithful contributors and a few surprises to regale you. £5 for 5 mins on stage, under lights to an appreciative audience. Come along and take part or just take it all in and enjoy the rich talent that we are surrounded with!
FREE Glass of Wine or Soft drinks, nibbles and great atmosphere. ALL FOR A FIVER. Doors open 8pm show starts 8.30.
Our Autumn production is the famous 'GASLIGHT' by Patrick Hamilton. Set in London of 1890's this Victorian thriller comes to the Market Place Studio Theatre from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th November with an 8pm start. Tickets £10 and £8 (concessions) from the Box Office Market Place Theatre (02837 521821)
Producer Felim Rafferty has assembled a talented cast to bring this classic Victorian era drama to the Armagh stage. The tormented 'Bella Manningham', portrayed so sympathetically by MONIQUE RENNIE, stoically tries to remain faithful to her domineering husband 'Jack Manningham' played by DAVID O'TOOLE. David wonderfully captures this cunning and evil character using all his years of stage craft to high professional standards. His amorous flirtations with the young and beautiful maid 'Nancy'( Claudia Clendenning) is blatantly provocative to an audience. Claudia's stage presence belies her novice appearance for ATG on the 'BIG STAGE'. Des Crilly an 'oul han' with Ballymacnab Players takes on the character of ex detective Rough who has had his eye on Manningham even in retirement. He plods along slowly unravelling the true intentions of Jack Manningham to us, the audience, until the surprising end. Bella Manningham gets much needed loyalty and support from her Housekeeper 'Elizabeth', played by Gillian Faulkner with calm authority, as Bella succumbs to her husbands selfish scheme. A pulsating night of theatre from your local Armagh Theatre Group. Please support.
Wednesday October 11th- A reading of plays (1acts) starting at 8pm , lots of parts will be on offer so come along, bring a friend and start that acting career you have always desired!
Friday 20th October 8pm- pictures!
Friday 27th October- OPEN MIC doors open 8pm show starts 8.30pm Everyone welcome. usual offers, freebies and prizes. musicians, poets, storytellers, singers , yarnspinners and down right liars this is your chance to shine!
November 9th-11th our production of 'GASLIGHT' by Patrick Hamilton. Studio , Market Place Theatre. Tickets now available at Market Place box office
Also on 27th in Market Place Theatre Armagh the Dungannon drama group Castle Hill present 'The Memory of water' by Shelagh Stevenson. Featuring our very own Margery Quinn. This show is also running in Ranfurley House Arts centre, Dungannon wed 18th -21st October (thurs 19th proceeds to Cancer Choices NI)
And also Bridie Heaney, of this parish, has been seconded to the Bardic Players (Donaghmore) for their production of 2 one acts 'One for the road' and ' Akind of Alaska' Market Place Theatre November 17th (fri)
So that's two Tyrone drama groups have to take two of our talented members for their productions to be presented in Armagh's premier theatre! Talk about coals to Newcastle, ice to Eskimos, apples to Armagh!
With guests having torturous journeys in their efforts to get to 'Abbey Lane' yesterday, due to Ryan Air and Northway disruptions, it was a surprise we ended up with a show at all. But as my Mother use to say "these things are sent to try us" and we rose to that challenge with some aplomb. A debt of gratitude is owed to Brian and Eithne Vallely from the Piper's Club who, even Michael O'Leary's intransigence, could not deflect their efforts to attend from London. Yet where one overcomes hundreds of miles of travel our other guest, Colin Hassard, frustratingly was thwarted in his attempt to travel from Banbridge via Port -e- down! The lesson there is travel by Scarvair via Tandragee!Colin. Better luck next time. Last night's contributors included Thomas Healy's first collection of poetry 'True Loss', Joan Clendinning proving she STILL is firing on all cylinders as she recited a Longfellow's poem unaided and Michael Callaghan with the aid of his 'walker' coming to the stage and singing so beautifully 'Where my Ellen is waiting for me' . New writings and stories from Dymphna, Tim, Ann and Malachi. Another first by Elma McEneaney with her Ukulele and her Mother, Ann, solo singing and dueting with her. Margarite Kelly singing 'Sonny' and Pat Prunty with her redition of Teddy O'Neill'. Finally the big prize in the Limerick Laughs competition was won by Bridie Heaney and thanks to Linda from L.A. IMAGE in Thomas Street ARMAGH for the generous Gift token. Bridie said, in an exclusive interview, she"will use it to help beautify herself for her new roll" in the Bardic production coming soon. We await with bated breath!.