To remind you the three topics for March are......... Secrets; War; Changed Times;
Thrity words maximum and the chosen winner gets £30. Also runners up receive a Highly Commended certificate and their poems published on our website and social media pages. Presentations are held at our monthly Open Mic, Friday 31st March at 8pm in Abbey Lane Theatre Armagh. Get writing poets!
After 4 years in excile Abbey Lane welcome the return of Colin Hassard , Banbridge's world famous musical poet.
Our scene of a packed Abbey Lane Theatre from 2019 will remind you how popular Colin is with our audience. Now an established international author with is debut poetry collection 'Age of the Microwave Dinner' in 2021 Colin now ranks as the 16th most famous person from Banbridge.
Ain't no mountain high enough...
Hugh thanks to Marian Rafferty ( the famous Rafferty's of Ballymacnab) and friends in there fund raising efforts climbing the Banks of Seagahan Dam...No no no wrong!
The heights of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. A mere 19,341 ft. Well done to you and this HUGH CONGRATULATIONS for achieving your goal. ATG is very grateful for your wonderful donation of £550 towards our funds. Just giving page is closed, thanks to all who supported Marian.
We are having a second reading of our Spring season comedy play next week in Abbey Lane Theatre Armagh.
This call out is to encourage more adult male participants to join with a strong female cast for performances in May.
Armagh Theatre Group have a wealth of knowledge and experience to help encourage you to step on to a stage for your first time ever, or since school dramas, or to tick off your bucket list.
We will take you from a hesitant nervous wannabee to a confident accomplished actor accepting applause from a full auditorium.
All we want from you is enthusiasm and commitment and we guarantee laughter all the way.
*EVERYONE is welcome next week especially those males up for the challange.*
If you are interested in joining Armagh Theatre Group this is a great opportunity to come and see who we are and what we are about.
DAY.....Wednesday 15th March 23' Time.....7.30pm Place..... Abbey Lane Theatre, Abbey Lane Armagh BT61 7DW
Abbey Lane's raffers echoed with the sounds of laughter, music, rhyme and song as a full house enjoyed the great mix of talent
present at this month's Open Mic.
After the presentation to the prize winners of the first 30/3/30 poetry competition Rachel took over MC duties for the rest of the evening and introduced us to a great selection of artists from Carryduff, Dungannon, Magherlin, Rathfriland, Moira, Richhill, Jerrettspass, Cappagh and Armagh City surrounds. Our visitors where from as far as Banbridge, Belfast and America. We must be doing something right!
As promised we had Musicians, poets, singers, storytellers,comedian, spoken word poet and a yarn spinner. We had a raffle! And all this for £5... We had a Ball. Thank you to all who managed to get in and who supported the artists with such warmth and encouragement.
The artists were:
Adam Trotter, John Henderson, StevieC, Harry Perrin, Lily Rose Conway, Matthew, Theo Sinton,John McAndrew, Mark Brownlee, Cathy Carson,Bridie Donaghy, Ellen McKenna, Molly, Jay Rafferty and Dymphna .
Thanks to all the ATG members who helped in any way setting up, raffle tickets etc and clearing the space for the Youth Group session on Sat morning.
We are back again on 31st March with results of our monthly poetry competition and what im sure will be another great night's entertainment at the Open Mic in Abbey Lane Theatre Armagh. 'The Capital of Talent'
After a successful launch on Friday's Open Mic we look towards March 31st as our next date for Open Mic and the
30/3/30 poetry competition; 30 words /3 topics /£30 prize. The three topics for March are
1) SECRETS 2) WAR 3) CHANGED TIMES.
Rachel Toner presents Lily Rose , Eugene and Joe their awards at Abbey Lane Theatre's inaugural poetry competition which kicked off February's Open Mic.
Lily Rose Conway was delighted to be presented with our cash prize for overall winner.
'Great Oak'. on the topic Nature, was the unanimous winner among the judges and Lily Rose read out her poem in front of a full house .
Highly commended certificates were awarded to Eugene Dugan-Brause for his 'Deadlock Deja Vu' on the topic Groundhog Day and Joe McGinley's
'Three in to two' on the topic Loves Triangle.
We would like to acknowledge all the poets who submitted to the competition and to such a high standard throughout.
'Great Oak' by LilyRose Conway.
Sharp snaps, halted tracks
Soaring oak, old as ages,
Painfully bent, barraged,
Felled at hands of men.
Sinfully fascinating sight,
This timeless majesty slain,
Joining its neighbours blight.
'Deadlock Deja Vu' by Eugene Dugan-Brause
Border on water
Border on land
Border in the government
Dwelling of the damned.
You who share power,
show us the way.
Probably not. Likely not.
Not on Groundhog Day.
'Three in to two' by Joe McGinley
Armagh Theatre Group are delighted with the response to our new poetry competition 30/3/30.
We would love to see all participants at tomorrow nights Open Mic if possible but can we give you a big
for all your submissions. The standard of poetry was very high and a great spread over the 3 topics which gave the
judges a torturous time picking a winner. Highly commendable certificates will therefore be presenting to 3 runners up in each topic.
So hope to see as many poets as possible and thanks once again for making this inaugeral 30/3/30 a success.
Start 8pm Limited seating!