A rousing set from the wonderful 'Woodbees' got us all singing along at this month's Open Mic after an international flavour from our contributors. Poland, France and England were all represented along with nearer to home Crossgar, Dungannon and the darker reaches of Umgola.
MC on the night Rachel Toner called for contributions from poet John Henderson with his memories of home town Liverpool. Matthew Toner's short poem 'Over thinking'. CoDown's Joseph Conlon's yarn 'Time for Kindness' and poem 'Teachers'. Up next was Mark Brownlee with an excerpt from his forthcomming novelette themed on mental health ( www.bluemanic.com). This piece, chatting up a French student you fancy when your French is far from fancy .
The eagerly awaited return of Dymphna Ferran, after her lay-up last month, was enthusiastically applauded and she didn't disappoint. Yarns about 'Murphy' , Nuns and asses and doubledecker buses kept us all in laughter.
Malachi Kelly acknowledged the 10th anniversay of Seamus Heaney's passing with the bard's ' The Conway Stewart' and his own poems 'He has matured' and 'Armagh and Don't forget me Da'.
We broke for the much anticipated raffle with some unbelievable prizes being snapped up by the lucky punters. Then our first Polish contributor swept to the stage. Agata Banc who sang, for the first time in public, a traditional Polish song ' Hey Teksanski' and another star emerges from Abbey Lane.
Hard to follow Agata but our guest artists 'The Woodbees' entertain us with golden oldies and sing-a-long tunes for the next few slots Pauline McDonald, Elma McEneaney ( vocals and Ukeleles) and 'Rocky' (guitar).
Dymphna returned and her poem about her own mother passing with dementia was very moving. Malachi's piece on the Art of Conversation and then 'The Woodbee's were enticed back to finish the night with their newly found lead singer Agata who's powerful voice belied her previous shyness.
All in all another great wee night in Abbey Lane. Thanks go to all the audience who came, contributors and guests 'The Woodbees', ticket collectors, and members who 'cleared the stage' for the next rehearsals of 'Impact' coming to MPT in November. Last but not least Rachel Toner for her exquisite Master of Ceremonies talents.
Remember Flash Fiction Armagh on in the Long Meadow Cider brewery 7th Sept as part of the Armagh Food and Cider Festival . Tickets https://armagh-navancentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873634928
Next Open Mic is on 29th September where we continue to give voice to talented poets, writers, musicians, and singers in the homely atmosphere of Abbey Lane Theatre.
Just confirmed as Guest Artists for August OMN 'The Woodbees' Ukulele and singalong band!
Talented ladies Elma Mc Eneaney and Pauline McDonald front this exciting local group along with organising the ever popular 'Orchard Ukes'. So get your singing voices in order for Friday night and come down to Abbey Lane Theatre Armagh for a night of music, song, poetry and craic. Doors open 7.45pm £5 at door. Slots 5mins on stage under lights with a supportive audience to entertain , BYOB ,Raffle prizes and much more!
With an eclectic mix of poets, musicians, singers, storytellers, writers and yarners. The stage is open to you for 5 mins slots, under lights with a chance to entertain and enthral a very welcoming and appreciative audience. Doors open 7.45pm £5 at door, BYOB start about 8.15 to late. Non offensive respectful material an Abbey Lane Theatre rule.
The Holywood Players present acclaimed comedic thriller ‘Deathtrap’ – one night only!
The Holywood Players invite you to join them for a fabulous night of entertainment full of suspense, thrills and laughter that will keep you enthralled until the very final moment.
In this acclaimed dark comedic thriller by Ira Levin, washed-up playwright Sidney Bruhl hasn’t written a successful play in years and money is getting tight. But when Clifford, a student of a creative writing course he’s teaching, comes to him for advice on a script he’s written, his prayers are answered.
Sidney recognises the script immediately as a sure fire hit and his ticket back to Broadway success. The only issue is, does Clifford want to share the credit...and what will Sidney do if he doesn’t?
Holding the record for the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway and nominated for four Tony awards including Best Play, Deathtrap will keep you on the edge of your seats. Full of twists and turns, shocks and surprises, thrills and laughter- you will be holding your breath until the very end.
Catch Deathtrap at the Market Place Theatre, Armagh at 8pm on Friday 25 August.
Tickets are £15 (£13 concession) and can be bought through the box office:
Tel: 03300 561 025
or booked online at www.visitarmagh.com
Note: This play is not suitable for children under the age of 12 as it contains violence.
Racquel McKee Poet and Educationalist
Dennis McCloskey: The singing Taxi Driver
What a cracking John Hewitt International Space Station of an Open Mic we had in Abbey Lane this year.
To quote the two Ronnies intro ‘and in a packed programme tonight…’ we had poets and writers, musicians and yarnspinners, singers and storytellers and a three ball juggler telling jokes.
Our talented contributors were POETS; Yvonne Boyle, Stan Galloway, Jay Rafferty, Ger Duffy, Nichole Yurcaba, Raquel McKee, Damien B Donnelly, Siobhan Flynn, Mollie Maguire, John Henderson, Sandra McD-Hill, Rachel Toner, Daniel Bacon and in abstention Dymphna Ferran.
SINGERS/MUSICIANS; Theo Sinton, Sandra McD-Hill, Thomas Healy, Dennis McCloskey and Conchar White.
WRITERS/YARNS/STORYTELLERS; Therese Morgan, Joy Redmond, Mark Brownlee, Louis Graham and Adrian Millar.
Our first ever Juggling comedian Brendan Fahy and by no means least our GUEST ARTIST for the night COLIN (Loud jacket) HASSARD who regaled us with his acerbic wit and humour in his unique poetic style.
Thanks also to our audience for their warm reception to all our artists. To Sandra our outdoor Box Office receptionist who squeezed all those fivers off you. To members of Armagh Theatre Group who helped with setting up and clearing away and lastly John Hewitt International Summer School for allowing us to be a small part of such an iconic week in Armagh City’s calendar.
Our next Open Mic is on 25th August Abbey Lane Theatre in the heart of old Armagh City 8pm.
Poet: Damien B Donnelly
Brendan Fahy, Juggler and Jokes (at the same time)
July 28th 9pm Abbey Lane Theatre Armagh BT61 7DW
This month's winners are presented by Rachel Toner
Top prize £30 goes to Ellen McKenna; 'I wish' topic.
Jenny Murray ( Highly commended); 'Nostalgic memories' topic
Eugene Dugan-Bause (Highly commended); 'Mental health' topic
Hello All ✨
We are delighted to announce our Drama Summer Scheme will run on 7-11th August 2023 🎉
Get ready for an exciting week of activities, games, and laughter. Our team has planned a variety of engaging activities and drama games that will keep your child entertained.
Make new friends, unleash creativity, and have a blast at AYTG Summer Scheme.
We are running the scheme for 2 age groups
Monday - Friday
0930 - 1230 Age 7-10 year olds
1400 - 1700 Age 11 - 17year olds
There are limited spaces so booking early is recommended. Places are secured via Eventbrite: https://AYTGSummerScheme.eventbrite.co.uk?aff=oddtdtcreator
*When booking please make sure to select the appropriate time slot as per age group.*
**Please note Registration Forms must be completed**
Age 7-10 year olds https://forms.gle/6yZypRSv2yBDT5yP8
Age 11 - 17year olds https://forms.gle/bBsMEN8houdiag8PA
Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to create lasting memories!
We hope to see you soon! 👏
Armagh Youth Theatre Group
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