The colour of Jamaica, its rhythm and rhyme, its romance and history are imbedded in its poetry, music, song and dance.
Like this island it portrays images from a strong culture and mysticism and one of her spritual Daughters' will be our special guest for February's Open Mic. We welcome the return of Raquel McKee aka Rainbow Ashwood Jamaican.
Rainbow Ashwood Jamaican
Rainbow Ashwood Jamaican, a Caribbean born poet, storyteller and actress living on the island of Ireland is a repeated Arts Council Northern Ireland awardee, and recently was commissioned to write for the National Lottery Heritage Funded Links and Legacy 400 project run by ACSONI (African & Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland). In 2019 she performed her commissioned pieces at Gala NIA in Titanic Belfast, headlined at Lit Up open mic night, performed within her cultural workshop to Herbert Smith Freehills law firm, read at Hillsborough Festival, as well at the East Side Arts Festival, and at Poetry Ireland at the X Borders Transitions showcase, amongst other events. In 2017 she performed at the John Hewitt Festival Week in Armagh, and returned in 2018 in the role of Asha in the Kabosh Theatre production Lives in Translation. She is delighted to be able to return. Samples of her work can be found in Four x Four Issue 28, The Corridor Literary publication -X Borders Issue and Writing Home Anthology by Dedalus Press.
February 28th doors 8pm start 8.30pm BYOP Bring your own favourite Poem, read it all or just a stanza! (4 OR 5 lines). Usual entry,rules,benefits and fun. see u @ Abbey Lane Theatre.
Well we got this decade's Open Mic's of to a brilliant start. A full house for Liz Weir's first visit to Abbey Lane and Armagh Theatre Group coincided with first visits by fellow storyteller Joseph Heywood; Thomas Mallon musician /singer; and 'Pat the Novice' yarns of dying priest and philosophy.
The night started with a communal tongue-in-cheek singalong to acknowledge the exit of Britain from EU influence from 11pm that night. We quickly moved on and introduced Liz Weir as our special guest for January. A consummate professional, Liz had the audience on her side straight away and regailed us with wonderful stories of Marriage and hard drinking witches in London and Romance between Fermanagh's kingdom and English aristocrats.
The Open Mic started with the talented Sophie Ross from Keady with an orginal song written by her that day. Not titled before performing the crowd when asked afterwards favoured 'Sometimes' ...brilliant singer who should go far. Next up Mark Brownlee ;poems inspired from songs, Jimmy Rafferty; 'Barred of Armagh' which mentioned 40yrs of recent local history, Thomas Healy on tin whistle and Cornet (but not at the same time); Laurane sang Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond beautifully, Joe McCool with a passing joke;Joseph Heywood's story The Coyote and the stars;Theo Sinton from Magherlin, on guitar singing Murl Haggard's 'Today I started loving you again' and wise words in 'Faster horse, younger women,older whiskey, more money' ;Malachi with his 'Fund me a lift' poetic plea for MOT. Thomas Mallon from Keady singing/guitar cover Lion's roar (First Aid Kit) class act; 'Pat the Novice' from Crossmaglen,the dying priest story; At this point Liz was up again with Valentine story, Robbie Burns and her Witches story. Dymphna quickly brought the night back from its heights with her inimitable humour, Tim went shopping with his poem; Damien Mallon sang Nell Flattery's drake;Sophie was back by popular demand and sang 'Rocky Racoon' to rapturous appluse. and our night ended with a poem from Rachel Toner on relationships. A wonderful night which also incuded Mick Mc Connell's AldiLidi song.
Thanks to Liz Weir and Joseph coming all the way from Cushendall and to all who performed. Thanks to Allan on sound/lights and projections; to the ladies at the door,serving drinks and cleaning up and to Tim for keeping them under control. But mostly to our wonderful supporters who make the evening what it is...the BEST Open Mic in Armagh.
Death Notice for Seamus Mallon
The Committee and Members Of Armagh Theatre Group deeply regret the death of Seamus Mallon our co-founder and long time friend. Without his foresight and drive for inclusivity we would not exist. He set a standard that we have been proud to maintain over the past 53 years. Deepest sympathy to his daughter Orla, son in law Mark, granddaughter Lara, sisters and entire family circle.
M.Rennie (Chairperson) M. Kelly (Secretaty)
We recommence our series of monthly Open Mic Night's and kick off the new decade with one of the biggest names in the literary world of children's books and storytelling on this island, Liz Weir.
Liz Weir is a County Antrim based storyteller with an international reputation. She has performed on five continents, sharing her tales with audiences of all ages and is currently Storyteller in Residence for Libraries NI. Liz has written 27 books for children and is currently working on a memoir looking back on her long career as a librarian and storyteller.
We also celebrate our Scottish roots on 31st January and give a nod to the bard Robbie Burns. (good name for a bridge) and open our doors to all musicians, writers,poets,singers + more projected humour from 8pm onwards. Bring your own tipple,£5 entry and a chance to shine on stage for 5mins. Co Armagh's best!
Tickets to see IMPACT (Extended production) this coming June 2020 in Marketplace Studio Theatre.
After a sold out run in Abbey Lane Theatre of the story of Armagh's train disaster in 1889 and in response to continued requests to see this Armagh Theatre Group production, we are delighted to announce tickets are now on sale at Box Office, MarketPlace Theatre Armagh 0283752 1821
To all our loyal supporters and friends may we wish you a peaceful, joyous and dramatic Christmas and hoping 2020
is not just a sign for good vision but a year when we open our eyes to all life's blessings. Happy New Year!
'SORRY YOU WERE OUT' By David Braziel
(A first reading by David at Open Mic Night Abbey Lane Theatre Armagh 29/11/19)
You would have been forgiven in thinking you had stepped back in time as you entered Abbey Lane last Friday. Dozens of elegantly dressed ladies and gentlemen gathered to experience the first Georgian Dressed Open Mic Night as part of the Georgian Festival weekend in Armagh.
Our entertainment began on a youthful high as Mariann Mc Bride sang beautifully and then Lochlan McBride played Bach on the organ. A first for OMN and hopefully the start of many appearances to come from these talented siblings.
Byddi Lee written word on the dangers of double chocolate,Peter Kelly sang 'Arthur McBride' as a Christmas song with the aid of a real McBride.Pat Fairon recited Goldsmith (the most popular poet of Georgian Ireland), Alex King on 5 string banjo, Laurane Veron sang 'Amazing Grace' in her strong french accent and David Braziel christening his new work 'Sorry you were out' for its first airing . (this will be on our website shortly for you to experience, with kind permission from David.
Joe McCool poem and tin whistle,Tim Hanna, Bridie Heaney and Wilma Campbell 'Georgian Election',Malachi Kelly with a Georgian vision of 'Armagh and whatabout your Da' and followed by 'The boys from Co Armagh'. Dymphna Ferron more uncensored humour and verse, Ann Gilmartin story of the moonless dark winter on the Norfolk Broads;Claudia Clendenning singing Opera; a return of Peter on guitar and finally;
The Best dressed competition. The ladies section was won through a show of hands then a toss of a coin eventually by Laurane. The Gents seen Malachi knocked into second place by some blatant gerrymandering which enabled Mervyn Dickson to squeeze home.
Well done to all participants and an audience who wholeheartedly got into the swing of Georgian fancy dress.
No Open Mic in December so next January 31st 2020!!!! Festive greeting to all and a happy Near Ear.
Go back in time for a few hours on the 29th Nov and be entertained in Georgian style at our world famous Open Mic Night.
Guests and contributors are encouraged to dress up. Don a wig, plaster on make up and lipstick. Pull on a pair of knee length stockings over your shapely calfs
and wiggle your toes into raised buckled shoes. Ladies can do something similar!.
Prizes for the best dressed Lady and Gentleman and a guarenteed great night's entertainment with complementary glass of punch/wine/coffee/tea and nibbles.
This is the last Open Mic for 2019 so a big crowd is expected - doors open before 8pm and show starts 8.30pm to finish.