Thanks go out to all our contributors at June's Open Mic Night especially Finbar Magee and Breige Quinn who delighted us with songs and music throughout the night. Along side our regular performers, and some new, kept the night's craic going with stories, music and songs.
After our usual warm up artist Malachi and his showing of Gerry Anderson's 'On the Air' cartoons Tim kicked of the actual Open Mic with a story on his gardening ( which is highly fictious). Thomas now playing Horn,Malachi's story on 'Refreshing the headstone', Des Crilly and the cowboys song...eventually, Bridie Heaney and a poem about Mothers, Joe McCool on whistle, Byddi Lee's story on drink or fish?, Brian and his traditional song of ''being good to your Man''! Kevin McAneany's epic story of his memories of the Picture house in Monaghan . The night finished with Finbar and Breige with a ballad on the Reavey brothers and Kingsmills murders which was very moving and 'God's a Prod' a slant on the times of year we hold our annual holidays and the difference, weather wise. Big thanks to all the help on door, drinks,techy and clean up.
Next one on 26th July is our annual OMN in association with John Hewitt Int Summer School which we eagerly await. Slightly later start of 9PM DOORS OPEN 8.30PM..............................DONT MISS!
Our recent production IMPACT Armagh Train Disaster played to full houses all week with many encouraging compliments from the audience each night.
Postings on social media and comments after each performance confirmed to us that something special was staged last week.
The concerted effort by Armagh Theatre Group and JoJo's Spotlight Dance and Drama Studios over April and May really bore fruit as prolonged applause and standing ovations followed each show.
From the start of the Writers meetings in early Feb to the reading of our first draft in Abbey Lane on 10th April. Re-writes and start of rehearsals on 2nd May, then our first full dress rehearsal June 11th, prior to our 'Opening' on the 130th anniversary of the disaster, everyone gave full comittment.
Cathy Carson; ''it was glorious, well done folks. Gripping'' Mary McKenna; ''Brilliant production, well done to all involved'' Jacqueline Donnelly; ''It was fantastic..looking forward to next one'' Charlie Guy; ''..one of those experiences that will never leave me'' Karen Mooney; ''This deserves to be seen by a bigger audience at a bigger venue'' Byddi Lee (writer) '' One of the best experiences I've had in my life... Malachi and Tim were brilliant....'' Dolores Stinson; ''Impact was absolutely excellent!'' More often we heard 'Informative'; 'Moving'; 'Captivating'; 'Memorable evening's entertainment'; 'Brilliant acting,sound,lighting,dancing and a gripping story'. So below are the Cast, crew, writers and director of Impact, Armagh's Train Disaster (1889) -2019 Thank you for your tremendous support.
Confirmation now through that Finbar Magee and Breige Quinn will be guesting at our June Open Mic on 28th. Both these great artist have entertained us royally in the past and our enthusastic audience will be privileged to have them appear again this month. Finbar is a well known singer songwriter of international fame, while Breige is one of the best fiddle players in the country. Along with our growing list of regular contributors this promises to be a great summer's night entertainment.
Rules and benefits; 5 mins on stage ( respectful material) songs,poetry, music,stories and yarns. We provide venue, equip,lights,audience,refreshments and nibbles. You provide entertainment and £5. Doors open 8pm BYOB and relax!
Guest writer, Chris Wright and his wife Jo caught the bug that is Abbey Lane Theatre Open Mic nights when he performed to a packed house last Friday.
Sharing the stage this month we had fantasic contributions from Joe McCool; whistle, Dymphna ; poem, Rosemary Tumilty;extracts from her play,Elma McEneaney; Ukelele'David Braziel; poet,Malachi; Whitehead Railway Museum story' Mark Brownlee; Micro poems,Our Idioms contest and May McCool's idiom act!, Felim Rafferty, poetry,Rosemary Tumilty;Guitar and song,Malachi poem 'Farewell hot water bottle', and Kate McLaughlin; tribute to Doris Day. Projections of our forthcoming play Impact ( Armagh's Train Disaster) by Felim Rafferty and all ably assisted by Monique, Allan and conscripted volunteers to clean up.Chris Wright
May McCool. Our next OMN is June 28th and all poets,singer, musicians writers etc very welcome.
Up date on tickets for IMPACT. All Performances are now sold out! Waiting list on Eventbrite is available for any returns and assess demand for possible future performances.
Chris Wright is from Bangor, Northern Ireland. His short fiction has featured in several publications such as Parentheses International Literary Arts Journal, The Wellington Street Review, Brave Voices Magazine, The Bangor Literary Journal, and Sirens Call. Recently, his work has been long-listed for Reflex Fiction’s International Flash Fiction Competition and has been performed on national radio and at the St Patrick’s Festival in Armagh. Chris is a Politics Graduate of Queens University, Belfast and is currently working on his second novel.
May 31st, last Friday. Doors open 8.00pm, BYO, £5 for 5mins on stage or just experience the tremendous talent that's at our doorstep. Writers, poets, singers, musicians and some downright lairs. Nibbles and refreshments served.
A night of historical drama depicting the tragic events of the Armagh Train Disaster which resulted in at least 89 deaths and over 400 injuries.
The popular Sunday school excursion to Warrenpoint seaside begins with a band parade, from the Methodist church in Abbey Street, through the town to the Railway Station.
It was a sunny morning on the 12th of June 1889 when some 1200 excited children and adults thronged the station platforms in anticipation of a day by the sea.
Please note our new On Line ticketing system and the link to Eventbrite. Click
for the link to the Eventbrite tickets..
April's Open Mic Night was populated with great poets, storytellers , musicians and singers at the top of their game. A poignant poem 'The Message' from David Braziel and an English lesson from Finnish standup comedian Mana Mahfoozi completed another entertaining night for the packed crowd in Abbey Lane Theatre.
Try it....you'll not be disappointed. Next one MAY 31ST.
For a listen to David's poem go to his Facebook page scroll to 'The Message' written after the killing of writer/journalist Lyra McKee.
For an English lesson go to youtube Mana Mahfoozi 'the shit'
Some of those who braved the stage last Friday night after our guests, the McGrath Brothers from Donaghmore were. Mark Brownlee, Rachel Toner,Cathy Carson, Sue Divin, Dymphna Ferran,Kate McLaughlin, Jimmy Rafferty and finishing with the McGraths singalong melody. Cost at door?....£5!
April at Abbey Lane, means music and song from the McGrath brothers of Donaghmore who guest this month's Open Mic Night. This will be the second visit to Abbey Lane of these fine musicians and they say they cant wait to feel the warm welcome our audiences are famous for.
We will also feature one of our favourite performance poets Cathy Carson who has left us open jawed at here previous visits to Abbey Lane. Worth getting here next Friday to see and hear a poet who tackles issues on life others are afraid to touch. Dont Miss!
Remember £5 at door give you an opportunity to entertain/recite/sing/read or play an instrument for 5mins AND gets you free nibbles,wine/soft drinks. Doors Open 8pm and we start 8.30pm BYOB and a friend or come yourself...... for a great night !
A very positive first reading of Armagh Theatre Group's play 'Impact!' (Armagh's Rail Disaster) was held last night in Abbey Lane.
The feed back from all who attended was greatly appreciated by the co writers Byddi Lee, Tim Hanna and Malachi Kelly. Future readings and casting will be announced shortly. Big thanks for all who called in last night and made it a successful evening. In years to come hundreds will say they were there!