The musical 'Millie Elliot' performed by Spotlight Dance Studio got its premier showing in the Marketplace Theatre last Friday night and was enthusiastically received by the big audience by giving a standing ovation to the young dance/drama school.
This production spotlighted the many trials and pressures that our young people face in modern life. It was hard hitting at times with the depiction of overdosing on drugs, pier pressure, family relationships and unemployment all touched on through the eyes of young Millie as she danced her way through these problems. An outlet that saved her and her friends from going down the wrong path.
Wonderfully choreographed by their tutor Joanne Mullen and within a hectic rehearsal period of 3 weeks these young actors, dancers and singers put on a first class show. All those 'Millie and Micky Elliot's' who performed with such vitality ...take another bow. Armagh Theatre Group are proud to have been associated with them.
After last month's 'House Full' Open Mic with guest poet Mel McMahon we are delighted to welcome another Co Armagh poetry slam champion David Braziel. Although a proud English man David is an adopted son of Portadown of 25years where he lives with his wife and family.
Winner of the Belfast Book Festival poetry Slam, the Red Pill slam, Bangor's Literature Festival Slam and the Belfast heats of the All Ireland slam. David's work has been published in a number of local journals and anthologies and was long listed for the Seamus Heaney award for New Writing. Performing in festivals and readings across Ireland, his one-man show 'Too Big for words ' debuted in Belfast last year. Check out David's work on www.poetryni.com or http://brazielpoet.bandcamp.com or www.vimeo.com
David will be backed up by our regular and new contributor's in Song, music, poetry, storytelling, yarns and Drama. Our Limerick Laughs competition with its generous prizes has this month's topic,
''LENT, its memories and its sacrifices''
All the usual conditions and perks on the night. BYOB, 5mins on stage, £5 entry inc's complimentary glass of wine/soft drinks and nibbles. Door open 8pm,unreserved limited seating, show starts around 8.30pm.
Abbey Lane Theatre BT6 7DW, 23rd February 2018
The second meeting of Armagh Ukulele Jam due to take place on Saturday 3rd February from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.
Venue is 40 Woodford Drive, Armagh. We are all beginners so come along and learn with us! if interested more info from Kevin on
A wonderful turnout for the first Open Mic of 2018 in Abbey Lane Theatre and a great response for our guest poet Mel McMahon. Mel thrilled the audience with his poems from his collection 'Out of Breath' and the endearing stories behind his work. Thanks again Mel. Along with Mel we were graced by the presence of two of Northern Ireland's leading promoters of poetry in Geraldine O'Kane and Colin Dardis from Crescent Arts Centre OMN which has been running for the past 6 years in Belfast. Catch it on the first Friday of the month 8.30 start (Purely Poetry). Thanks for calling, Colin and Geraldine, and your contributions, first class!
It's always difficult to follow great acts but Dymphna Ferran easily rose to the challenge and got us all laughing with her Bus driver yarns. John Goodwin's ''Building up and tearing England down'' was his first contribution in Abbey Lane and likewise Peter Carragher another first time visitor used his bardic skills in his poems of 'Mary Ann' on her bike and the 'The fight in Crossmaglen'. Brilliant stuff Peter and hope to see you'se both back next month.
Thomas Healy; Harp, poems and songs, Daniel Corrigan; original song/guitar, Lughaidh O'Domaile; banjo, Kevin 'Willie' Trainor; original song 'The tail of the Hare' Theresa; sang a Carol King song, Joan and Joe McCool; duet piece poetry and whistle'Michael Callaghan sang; 'Eileen is waiting for me', Dymphna slipped in with another poem (which the jury is out on) Pat Prunty sang; Robbie Burns' ''Peace and joy, love and pleasure'' capping a fantastic night.
'Limerick Laughs' was competed strongly for by Pauline McKee, Tim Hanna, Bridie Heaney (by proxy Aisling and Colin) Peter Kelly, Dymphna , Pat Prunty and myself . Management introduced new technology to smooth the decision making process which had fallen into disrepute and presented the audience with an online Clapometer. This science indicated Tim Hanna as the winner as the strongest 'FANTASTIC' score. He won a meal for two at the nearest park bench, Pat Prunty chocolates and Pauline McKee wine. The jury is also out on the Clapometer .
NEXT OMN FEBRUARY 23RD Details of guests and Limerick's laughs competition coming soon.
Our world famous 'Limerick's laughs' competition, won by poets as far away as Co Tyrone and by poets from 8 to 80 returns by popular demand at the Open Mic Night next Friday (26th) in Abbey Lane Theatre, Armagh.
Prizes, prizes, prizes to the lucky winners each month,publication on our revamped website and possible WORLD FAME!
This month's theme for your Limerick combines two upcoming significant dates 'Burns Night' and 'Valentines Day'. Choose one or both for your efforts, or write one for each and double your chance to WIN!
Mel will appear at Abbey Lane Open Mic Night Friday 26th Jan. First excerpt appropriate for the weather that's in it:
for Pat and Fiona McParland
When the storm arrived in the small hours of the night
we were unprepared-
it flicked up slates, whipped off roofs
and found its voice in the dry throat
of our attic.
Our hearts shook
as if our lives had been entered
by an intruder
and our words to each other
were as gentle as the leaves dropping
onto lawns as the wind passed.
TIESfor Anne McParland
Such a simple deed
now marks the passage of time.
I bend to tie my mother's shoes
where once she bent for mine.
Just what we've all been crying out for. A local Ukulele class for beginners and accomplished strummers has started in Armagh. For more information if you are interested in learning how to master this versatile instrument please ring KEVIN ON 07902500233 everyone welcome.
Abbey Lane Theatre has secured a rare public appearance by the famous Co Armagh poet and teacher MEL McMAHON. Mel originally from Lurgan Town, has published work in Poetry Ireland, The Honest Ulsterman, Books Ireland,Fortnight and on BBC Radio Ulster. He will read from his own published collection 'Out of Breath' and feature his new collection. Shortlisted for the Beehive International Poetry Prize and a winner in the FSNI International Poetry Competition this talented poet will fill Abbey Lane on the night with his wonderful humour,honesty and insight into everyday situations and relationships. A definite Diary date.....Not to be missed JANUARY 26TH 8PM doors open to all.
Limerick Laugh's will also feature on the night with a much improved range of prizes for the lucky winners.
Two topic's for our Limericks competition being 'Burns Night' on the previous evening and 'Valentines Day' coming up on 14th Feb.
Double prizes if you can incorporate both themes in one.... it's a difference of 'night and day'!!
Our monthly series of Open Mic Nights finished on a high last Friday with a great variety of talent on show featuring Actors, Buskers, Poets, Storytellers, Musicians, Singers and a 'chancy' Limericks Laughs competition. As with all these nights they would not be as successful without our talented contributors who we thank wholeheartedly. We started the evening with sketches performed by ATG members highlighting scams that Policing &Community Safety Partnership use in their public programmes in the ABC council area. Owen McCreesh (local busker and youtube sensation) then took to the stage to entertain us with his distinctive style and take on old classic hits of the 60's and 70's. Next we had the World renowned Jimmy Rafferty, poet and Bard of Armagh multiple winner, to regale us with his humorous rhyme. Jimmy was just back from winning Tralee Bard 2017 and tried out new material on our enraptured audience. Half time came quick and we hadn't even heard from our loyal monthly contributors. Thomas Healy(original poetry)Tim Hanna (rip off poem) Felim Raffferty (Christmas poem original) Dymphna Ferran
(her light hearted poem on the serious subject of Dementia ) and acknowledgement of her ??birthday from all in Abbey Lane.
Elma and Curtis duo Mandoline players, Michael Callaghan( singalong songs) Ann Gilmartin (story, A Christmas tale) and then we had a close run LIMERICK LAUGH's competition with wonderful prizes. Tim Hanna's effort was a sure winner until Sandra Armstrong, just finished writing hers and rocked the place with a five line ditty about thighs and stockings... acted out to leave nothing to doubt. We all loved it!!! and she ran off with the 1st prize appropriately a Christmas stocking. a disappointed Tim won second prize of 6 mince pies. And insult was added to injury as 3 of the pies had been eaten by 'The Woodford Wolves' at the back. Big thanks to Bridie Heaney with our tribute to Patrick Kavanagh and Oscar Wilde anniversaries. And our faithful techy moonlighting on sound and lights Aisling Kelly. NEXT OMN JANUARY 26TH 2018. Seasons greetings and continued writings for the new year.
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.