Four packed houses as Spotlight Studios presents Wizard of Oz in Abbey Lane Theatre over the weekend. See here a transformed forecourt as the audience are kept outside till a Munchkin peers over the 'City Gates' and invites the eager crowds to enter. Shows by 2 dozen 5-7yr olds and 20+ from 8 -young teens strutted their stuff on our stage. Drama in Armagh has just got a big transfusion of new blood for a bright future.
First line....... 'There was a wee woman called June'
5 lines , first two and last rhyme, middle two rhyme with each other.
Really really good prizes this month HONEST. Everyone will get a chance to win if they have a Limerick!
We have had our first auditions for this exciting development producing 'Cheatin Heart' a radio play by Rostrevor actress Maggie Shelvin. Our aim is to stage this before the July holidays for one evening in Abbey Lane Theatre. We are still looking for a male actor/reader from 35/50 age group preferably who can do a Belfast accent.
Also 2 female teenagers and one male teen to act the youthful main characters in the play of Dan , Geraldine and Maura. run time is about 40mins and you have the scripts to hand throughout...so simples!
ATG will stage our first Radio/Audio play this July...'Cheatin' Heart' by Maggie Shevlin, and need a cast of interesting voices to take on this exciting project. Acting experience is not essential and we are encouraging those with little stage experience to grasp this opportunity to perform on stage with a script grasped in your mit.
We need 2 adult females and one male to read the main parts and 2 teen girls and one teen boy. A Sound techy would be handy also!
Continuing with our evening's of Play readings Armagh Theatre Group invites you to Abbey Lane on Tues 12th June. Come along to read or listen to prospective plays which may see their way to the stage in the coming months. 'A matter of grave importance', 'Cash on delivery' and a radio play 'Cheating Heart' (more later on this one) are going to be read. So the more readers the better. New faces and voices needed, young/mature/female and male all welcome. A warm welcome, a laugh and refreshments await you and a friend.
7.30pm 12th June Abbey Lane Theatre (behind Music world, lower car park).
With temperatures in the bammy 20's and the long May bank holiday starting, excuses for missing this month's Open Mic were strong and understandable. But the magic of these evenings still enticed our faithful audience to come in the dozens to entertain and be entertained by their fellow attendees.
This month we were entralled by musicians, singers, authors, poets, yarn spinners and the afore mentioned Magician Ed. Our usual 'warm up' act Dynamic Dymphna gave us red hot flushes with some very personal insurance advice! Author of 'From March to November' Byddi Lee read excerpts from this her first published novel which had all the ladies rubbing their hands with glee and all the gentlemen cringing in notional agony...the War of the Sexes continues. Paddy Mohan fought back on the men's side with his guitar and singing.Malachi's poems 'Golden Cow' and 'Ma wee black pan' followed and the first half was called after Thomas showed us his new talent on flute and whistle.
After some complimentary refreshments we introduced this month's guest Ed Masters to resounding applause. His enthusiastic assistant for the evening, Paddy Hamill, played the part like a pro.... Ooing! and Aaaing! in all the right places as Ed showed us amazing card tricks. Helen Donnelly then volunteered from the crowd to assist Ed with a flying table trick after she got over the shock of meeting Ed. We were still trying to figure out how he managed that.! Another first for the OMN's Illusionst and Magician Ed Masters.
Our second author/playwrite was Fionnuala Cassidy from CoTyrone reading excerpts from her latest work for the first time in public. 'Smoke and mirrors' her working title, left the audience wanting more. This evening had another first with Esmee O'Donnell playing her cello beautifully unaccompanied. Marty sang his version of 'Windmills of your mind' and we had the welcome return of Michael Callaghan recently out off hospital to sing from the floor 'My Eileen is waiting for me'. Dymphna won the meal for 2 Limerick Laughs compo and so ended another great night's entertainment in Abbey Lane. Next date Friday 29th June. Limerick Laughs theme for JUNE 'There was a wee woman called June'. Big thanks to all who attended and participated on the night.
We always like to surprise and delight our audience with the range of wonderful talent at our doorstep. This month is shaping up to be slightly different to the many great nights already experienced. Ed Masters, Illusionist and Magician has confirmed he will be 'appearing' in Abbey Lane on 25th May. It's constantly said of Abbey Lane been a place of magic and imagination and that Magic you will see for yourself when Ed takes to our stage.
Ive said it before, beleive me again, this night should NOT BE MISSED.
Check out Ed on http://www.youtube.com/watch?V=sfAj6-zyQwE
Along with the mix of regular and new participants taking to the stage with their poems, songs, instruments and writings we have the 'Limerick Laughs' compo theme 'The Magic OF May' (that can be the Month, a name or a Politician) to compete for those breathtaking prizes! Door open 8pm £5 entry, 5mins on stage, compo drink and nibbles, or Bring Your Own Bottle. Seating will be more limited so get in early.
Keeping the wheels of Drama moving through productions at Armagh Theatre Group is an on going procedure. Their inception, or conception, more than often comes in the form of one of our regular reading nights the most recent which was Tuesday past. Yes, at times eveyone involved in a production often feels that sence of expection and worry, like new parents, as we approach the 'birthing' date. The staging of a new production.
We read 'London Vertigo' by B Freil set as a period farce (Hilarious) ; 'The car journey' by Thornton Wilder (Our Town) a moving one act that we all can relate to. Also 'The Donahue Sisters' by Geraldine Aron another one act,
very funny with an unexpected shocking twist!
There on the night, Claire, Bridie, Goretti, Malcolm, Tim, Maria, Byddi, Felim. Also Paul Mc, Malachi and Aideen not in pic). Thanks to all for coming along. Next readings will be in June. KEEP EYE ON WEBSITE FOR DATE.
with our play reading at, 8pm in Abbey Lane Theatre and YOU are invited to be in at the start of this fantastic, magical, exciting, wonderful conception.
DONT MISS THIS. An artistic journey which could see you on stage later this year. If you want to act on stage then act on this info. ARMAGH THEATRE GROUP, PLAY READINGS. TUES 15TH 8PM ABBEY LANE THEATRE.
Abbey Lane Theatre was packed as April's OMN got underway with internationally renowned guest artists Finbar Magee & Breige Quinn giving us a taste of their vast repertoire. Finbar's witty and thought provoking songs beautifully accompanied by Breige on fiddle had the audience entralled instantly. Their finale 'Facebook Friday Night' will go down as one of the golden memories of Open Mic Night's moments.
OUR NEXT OPEN MIC ....FRIDAY 25TH MAY