The young talent on show last Friday night at the OMN brilliantly entertained the audience with their 'take' on Beauty and the Beast. Spotlight Dance and Drama school have developed these young actors/dancers in their stage art to a very high standard and we in Abbey Lane certainly seen the future stars of acting and dance in Armagh. The future looks bright. Well done to Joanne Mullen and her cast for putting on a great show at very short notice. Congratulations and thanks to all involved.
Our rather more mature contributors took to the stage and this month we were regaled by Dymphna (original poetry), Peter (the steam trap),Tim (Limerick Laughs), Joe (Trad Scottish song) ,Roisin (poem) Kevin Groogan (Guitar & songs),Liz (song)Malachi (original poetry and stories)Mark (song) Liz &Kevin duo, Peter &Pat duo.
Malachi had a short history on Francis Ledwidge poet ( centenary anniv) Limerick Laughs won hands down by Dymphna, see OMN section for winning contribution.
next date 29th July will be in association with John Hewitt Summer School..... start time moved to 9PM for this month. Big crowd expected so getherearly!
. Open Mic Night will take a break in August but will be back in September
Our guests this month is the very talented Spotlight Studios Youth Drama/Dance school. Based in Armagh and directed by the gifted Joanne Mullen Spotlightght Studio Dance and Drama School performed their 'Chara & The Beast' (the Celtic tale of Beauty &the Beast) to a packed Market Place auditorium last weekend. They will be appearing in Abbey Lane with highlights of the show for us on Fri 30th door open 8pm .
Usual entry, nibbles and drinks provided but bring your own please if you wish. £5 for 5 mins on stage, under lights with an appreciative and enthusiastic audience. BEST VALUE ENTERTAINMENT IN TOWN!
This months' Limerick subject 'Politicians'
1 )I want to run free 4)I want a warm home
I want to live on A family to treasure.
Like the wind and the rain My wife not denied
Like pleasure and pain My girls by my side
Like birdsong Such a wealth can't be measured-
I want to live on. A family to treasure
2) I want to feel life, 5) I want back my childhood
Like roots in the soil My growth to a man
Or the bugs and the worms My strength and my wildness
That wriggle and squirm My humour and mildness
And live just to toil- My days by the Bann
Like roots in the soil My growth to a man
3) I want to know love 6)I want to go hunting
A passion within To walk till I drop
That must be obeyed And savour the taste
That cannot be swayed With never a waste
But can block out the din- The chase never stops-
A passion within. To walk till I drop
7)I want to feel earth
I want to plant seeds
And then I could know
What will blossom and grow
To outshine the weeds-
I want to plant seeds.
I want to run free. But then -that's always been me...
In the clammy heat of an early Armagh summer, with temperatures in their mid 20's the open doors of Abbey Lane Theatre allowed the sweet sound of famous Scottish airs to float into the City's skies as Kirsty McMullen gave a wonderful rendition of famous tunes from across the Irish Sea. Robbie Burns songs like' My luve is like a Red Red Rose', 'Auld lang Syne' along with 'Scotland the Brave' had the audience foot tapping and singing along. To Charles Neville (Ulster Scots Community Network Development Officer) who gave us an insight into the Network's achievements and aims and Kirsty (Enagh Rural Development Association Markethill) a big thank you. We also had our Limerick Laughs competition which was won, on countback, by Dymphna who was delighted with her first prize. These great efforts will be on our Open Mic Night section of the website. Next months subject will be 'Politicians ' and I'm sure we have some lovely things to say about that lot! Remember you too could win some brilliant prizes on the night. To all who came along and those who took part on the night a BIG THANK YOU.They are, Bridie (original poem), Paddy ( song/guitar) : Limerick Laughs competition featuring Bridie, Aisling, Felim Jnr, Dymphna x2, Malachi, John and William. We continued our night with Ann's (Cuban poem)Thomas (song/guitar), Dymphna ( ,Gammy Knee' org poem), Malachi (story), Felim( poem) Joan (song) Paddy, Thomas, Malachi and finished with Claudia singing Cathy's Song. Great night once again, next OMG JUNE 30TH.
May's Open Mic Night this Friday 26th promises to be another 'not to be missed' night of local entertainment promoting the written word, music and culture from around the area. This month's guest group is the Ulster Scots Community Network and Enagh Rural Development Association represented by Charles Neville and Kirsty McMillan. The strong associations we have with Scotland, its culture and language will be portrayed through poetry and music by these two eminent artist. Make sure you arrive early for this special OMN and give Charles and Kirsty a great Abbey Lane welcome. Doors open 8pm, start 8.30pm all welcome £5 inc glass of wine/nibbles
Our Limerick Laughs competition continues with the joint themes of 'Teachers' OR 'Veggies' A Limerick about either or both thems may win you one of the fantastic prizes!.
Starting on WED 17th May @ 7.15 pm in Abbey Lane this very popular Comedy improve workshop returns in the capable hand of Mary McKenna. Perfect for novices/beginners or those who want to try something different. Guaranteed laughter AND fun while learning new comedy skills this short course will culminate in a show of your new found skills in June.'' One of the funniest nights every.....'' , '' great experience'' quotes from last years' course.
Wonderful pictures from ' Slices of Life' production with thanks to Mary McKenna .
Helena Rafferty and Dessie Crilly.
EmilyJane Conway and Kevin McEneaneny
Marcella and Connell McBride
Some brilliant moments of Drama from Armagh Theatre Group captured by Conor at our 'Slices of Life' production directed by Kevin McEneaney in Abbey Lane Theatre.
More images to follow.......well done everybody!
We had a great response to our first Limerick Laughs competition during the OMNight Friday last. Well done to all who participated either in writing their own or reading from originals supplied by management. During the voting procedure which was hotly contested, there was evidence of VEVO (vote early vote often) syndrome and GM (Gerry Meandering) similar to Gerrymandering only some of the audience moved around to vote for every entrant. In the end we got the same split decision as with Stormont elections, no clear winner and a three way tie had to be declared to keep the peace. Those at the top of the pile Dymphna Ferran, Josh Trotter and our own Heaney poet Bridie. See our Open Mic Night section for these wonderful pieces of poetry. Thanks and congratulations to all the other contributors on the night, Malachi (original poem) Adam (Epic stories, jokes and big, big lies), Dymphna (Original humorous rhymes) Limericks round1, Tim (real estate advice of the last century) Peter (troubadour),Limericks R2, Kevin (Lovers soliloquy) Ann (storytelling) Malachi ( poetic advice to ABC councils)Limericks final including rows & ructions, Josh and Adam (peoples opera),Peter (singsong), and finally Dymphna( The tie). Next OMN on 26th May and our Limericks subjects will be 'Teachers' or 'Veggies'. REMEMBER THE GREAT PRIZES ON OFFER!