A new autumn/winter schedule for Roscommon Arts Centre was launched this week. Events begin on September 6 th and continue until December 21 st and in between there are almost 50 different events to chose from and over sixty nights to select. The highlight of the season will be Roscommon Arts Centre’s own first professional theatre co-production of renowned Irish playwright Tom Murphy’s ‘Conversations on a Homecoming’ starring Don Wycherley from RTÉ’s Batchelor’s Walk and Showbands. Set in a pub in Galway in the 1970’s, a group of friends meet up after a period of ten years and over a long session they begin a process of self-discovery in this classic Irish drama which will give local audiences an opportunity to experience the best of Irish professional theatre locally in November. Reel thing Old favourites Conal Gallen, Jon Kenny and Isla Grant will be sharing the stage with Jack L, Tommy Fleming and meteor award winner Luan Parle, while a new traditional music element to the programme entitled ‘The Reel Thing’ will showcase the best trad and folk music performers such as Steve Cooney and Tony Mc Mahon, John Wynne and John McEvoy, The Alan Kelly Quartet, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman, members of The South Roscommon Singers Circle, Vinegar Bill, At The Racket and Martin Donohue and his ‘Nyah’ friends. Lollipops for children Kids can look forward to our Lollipops Children’s festival in October, which this year takes to the roads with planned performances in local schools as well as at the centre; the Lambert Puppet Theatre in November and our Christmas show this year will be a new adaptation of the magical Children of Lír story. Comic Moments Comedy hits a high note this season with the internationally renowned US comedy trio the Reduced Shakespeare Company who we are privileged to host in Roscommon as they perform their 92 minute hilarious stage show entitled ‘All The Great books Abridged’. This show promises to take you on a whirlwind trip through all the books you might have slept through in school or just haven’t quite got around to reading yet including Harry Potter, Jane Austin and the Bible! Also looking for the last laugh will be Australian comic Adam Hills, Colin Murphy and Dave McSavage. Classic flicks We’re planning a season of classis flicks which includes Casablanca, Singing in the Rain, the Wizard of Oz and just in time for Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life. Other festive treats include a rat pack music night entitled Christmas Crooners and a trip back in time at our Viennese Straus Gala evening. Drama at it’s best Local drama comes compliments of Beezneez Theatre Company, Roscommon Drama Group, the Leitrim based Glen Players and the Athlone based No Fixed Abode Theatre Company. Frank Moynihan is back with another celebrity chef night, there’s a fantastic Abba night happening in October and Sionnan are back on stage in September. Young Playwright Oswald Healy’s new production entitled With wandering Steps and Slow kicks off the drama season in September, while the Carducci Quartet promise a wonderful evening of classic music on September 7th. Poets Mary Turley Mc Garh and Ann Joyce both read some of their latest works and Irish Modern Dance Company are back with a new production entitled ‘RrrrrrrrrrrrrrKill’. Visual Art & Workshop Programme The visual art programme features artist Sonia Shiel and a selection of work from the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s national collection, while in the workshop space there’s a new music appreciation class for young children with Rachel Hardiman’s The Sound of Music, drama with Catherine Simon and dance and yoga classes planned. Tickets are now on sale for all events, via the arts centre’s box office on (090) 66 25 824. Box office hours are 10 am – 5.30 pm, Tuesday to Saturday and 1 pm – 5 pm on Saturdays, subject to programme. If you have not yet received a copy of the events brochure, please contact us today and we will happily post one out to you. The brochure can also be downloaded from our website on www.roscommonartscentre.ie .