Swan Lake – Theatre with magic in its veins!



‘Our biggest ever undertaking’ –  Arts Centre Director Averyl

The opening weekend of February is set to be an exciting one at Roscommon Arts Centre, when the much-anticipated performance that is being billed as “theatre with magic in its veins” (The Evening Standard), Swan Lake takes to the stage.

  A show that has been on the centre’s ‘Wish List’ since it first won the hearts of audiences at the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival – this is certainly not Swan Lake the ballet!

  Set close to home, in the midlands of rural Ireland and combining storytelling, theatre, dance and live Irish folk music with a Nordic twist from the band Slow Moving Clouds, a total of 13 performers from all over the world will bowl audiences over with their mesmerising performances.

  “This is the largest professional performance that has ever graced the arts centre’s stage” Centre Director Averyl Dooher explained. “A show of this scale and size just doesn’t normally tour to rural Ireland and we’re lucky enough to be one of the first Irish venues to ever host the show, outside of the festival circuit  – so it really is a big deal for us”.

  Since its initial performances in Dublin, Swan Lake has sold out renowned venues like The Sydney Opera House and Saddler’s Wells Theatre in London, not to mention festivals and venues in Moscow, Stuttgart, Denmark, Korea and New Zealand. And from the stage of Roscommon Arts Centre, it goes directly to Dublin’s Abbey Theatre for a two-week run.

  The production also boasts a local connection, with its creator Michael Keegan Dolan, hailing from neighbouring Co. Longford. He is widely considered one of Ireland’s foremost dance and theatre makers.

  “Between performers and crew, there is a company of over 20 on the road with this show, which is the exception rather than the norm in the world of professional touring companies in Ireland, unless it is The Abbey or Druid” Averyl told us. “Such is the scale of this show, that we are stripping back the arts centre stage to its bare bones to accommodate it, otherwise it just would not fit!”

  The show has been recommended as one of the “must-see shows of 2018” by the well-known critic Emer O’Kelly.

  This is an extraordinary rural adaptation of the classic story, where ancient mythology and the modern world collide – it is very much a Swan Lake for our time.

  Averyl concluded: “This show is coming to Roscommon now, I doubt we will be lucky enough to ever get it again – we don’t want people to hear about it afterwards – we want people to know about it now, so that they get the opportunity to see it now and hopefully when this Swan Lake has its first ever performance in the midlands, where it is set, it will be met with full houses and rapturous applause”.

  Brought to you in association with Nomad Theatre Network with the support of The Arts Council, Swan Lake’s Roscommon Arts Centre dates are Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February. Tickets are now available at the box office on 090-6625824 and online at: roscommonartscnetre.ie

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