Kicking off the season will be virtuoso Irish fiddler Frankie Gavin, with Catherine McHugh, who is widely regarded as Ireland’s foremost piano accompanist and is featured on Frankie’s new album Port Eireann. As a duo, they are currently touring Ireland to promote this excellent 18-track recording of traditional music. Join Frankie and Catherine on the 13th of January at 8 pm.
Theatre highlights this season include Gina Moxley’s superbly written and performed ‘Danti-Dan’ from Livin’ Dred Theatre, on January 27th, which takes us to the middle of nowhere outside Cork city, during the interminable summer of 1970, where a motley gang hang out on a short stretch of road.
Historical entertainer Paddy Cullivan will bring the incredible story of the death of Ireland’s first Commander-in-Chief – ‘The Murder of Michael Collins’ – to the stage on the 3rd of February.
If you’re after some light-hearted theatre, on February 24th ‘Gombean’ by Niamh McGrath will fit the bill. Gombean, directed by Seamus O‘Rourke, is a comedy set in a sleepy town in Sligo.
The 2023 Roscommon Drama Festival begins on March 3rd for nine nights, and sees amateur drama groups from around the country all vying for a place at the All-Ireland Drama Festival. This year’s adjudicator is actor and director Anna Walker.
Musical highlights this season at the arts centre include country and gospel music from Patrick Feeney on February 23rd. Celebrating 20 years on the road, The Celtic Tenors return on April 15th and the hugely popular Jack Lukeman is on stage on the 22nd of April.
If it’s comedy you are looking for then Conal Gallen has just the ticket, as he performs his new stand-up show ‘Funny Bits’ on February 4th. Or you can reminisce on one of Ireland’s most popular shows, with Joe Rooney’s ‘Celebration of Fr Ted’ on March 18th.
The Arts Centre are also delighted to announce that Druid Theatre Company will perform ‘The Last Return’ at the venue on February 9th, 10th & 11th as part of a national tour. Written by Sonya Kelly and directed by Sara Joyce, The Last Return opened at Galway International Arts Festival 2022. The cast includes Anna Healy, Bosco Hogan, Rebecca O’Mara and Naima Swaleh.
Not forgetting the little ones, there’s a great line-up of kids’ shows this season including Kyle Riley on January 28th with his family fun concert ‘Little Folk on the Road’.
Experience some magic with Joe Daly’s magic and illusion show on February 23rd, or for the very small ones, join Anna Newell for ‘Baby Groove’ on April 14th and 15th!
For information on all upcoming events and to book tickets contact box office on 09066 25824 or go to www.roscommonartscentre.ie