An exciting week for lovers of Irish theatre as we are digital tour partners for two world premieres.
Streaming live from the Gate Theatre is Donegal playwright Frank McGuinness’ lockdown inspired drama The Visiting Hour which stars Stephen Rea and Judith Roddy. It is directed by Inishowen native Catriona McLaughlin.
And streaming live from the Mick Lally Theatre in Galway is Boland: Journey of a Poet featuring the words of the late Eavan Boland and directed by theatre legend Garry Hynes.
This moving new play about an Irish father (Stephen Rea) and daughter (Judith Roddy) at visiting hour in a nursing home during the pandemic, will be performed and recorded in the Gate auditorium, and streamed to audiences on Thur 22 to Sat 24 April at 7.30pm.
Performed by Siobhán Cullen (Once Upon a Bridge, The Cherry Orchard, DruidShakespeare: Richard III), and live streamed from The Mick Lally Theatre in Galway, this world premiere production examines Boland’s relationships with family, poetry, memory, womanhood and national identity. Inspired by Eavan Boland’s mother, the expressionist painter Frances Kelly, Boland: Journey of a Poet will feature the Irish artist Debbie Chapman live on stage who will create a piece of art in response to the production.
You can watch the play live from Galway on Thu 22 to Sat 24 Apr at 7.30 (additional 2pm matinee on Sat also) while it will also be available on demand from Tue 27 Apr – Sun 2 May.