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Derry and Strabane Culture Night to embrace Dance and Theatre

13 September 2018

One of the key theatrical attractions at this year’s Culture Night 2018 in Derry and Strabane is the Waiting Tables for Godot theatre performance taking place at Cappucino’s Café in Foyle Street on Culture Night Friday 21 September.

Presented by Mockingbird Theatre Group, Waiting Tables for Godot is written by Ronan Carr and performed by Anne Gallagher that invites the public to come and have some soup whilst enjoying a comic monologue about living in a world created by Samuel Beckett.

The 15-minute performances will give audiences a taster of their new play that comes following the theatre company’s recent success with the Barber of Moville and Emmet of Arabia.

Ronan speaking ahead of the performance said the group is delighted to be associated with the Culture Night 18 schedule of events and is looking forward to showcasing their latest work to the Derry audience.

He said: “Anne and I intend to bring an original, funny and insightful work to audiences the length and breadth of the country and are delighted to be performing this in Derry at Cappucinos’s Foyle Street at 7 pm/7.30pm/8pm and 8.30pm.

Other events of note in the theatre and dance sector is performances by Echo Echo, who, as part of their Fractals performance will present two short dance works lasting 45 minutes. HEMMED IN is an original work directed by Kelly Quigley while IMPROVISATION is a short improvised performance. Both are scheduled to take place between 7 and 8pm at their premises on the Walls.

Theatre and dance lovers in Strabane meanwhile are encouraged to come along to Castle Street and the Alley Courtyard between 6 and 7pm to see a performance of Chim Chim Cher-ee by the Encore PAA Dancers with their wonderful animated dance routines. Single Shoe Productions will bring their unique show - A Disappearing Act - to the Alley Theatre from 8 pm to 9.15pm. Described as a very witty inventive comedy, the show will explore the subject of morality and the rituals used to say goodbye to the ones we love. The show is suitable for aged 10 and over and more information can be obtained by contacting the Alley Theatre at 028 71384444.

The local Culture Night 2018 programme also includes an extensive mix of visual arts, music, and heritage events designed to allow people to drop in and move around venues across the City and District to take in the wide variety of sights and sounds on offer.

Encouraging people to come along on the night and be part of the celebrations, Event organiser with the Council Sharon Meenan says Culture Night is a great way to explore some of the hidden treasures around the Council area and attend a range of events that they would normally not have access to.

She says a lot of work has gone into this year’s programme with a strong emphasis on theatre and dance and encouraging more and more people to take part and to attend events and performances at venues they have never been to before.

“We really have something for everyone and Culture Night is all about getting people who don’t normally go to the theatre or to a dance performance to come along and experience it for themselves and see what is on offer here in Derry and Strabane. It’s a chance for us to showcase the local venues as well as promote the local talent that we have on our doorstep. And best for all, it’s all free, thanks to the support of the arts, heritage and community cultural organisations and venues who are hosting events with some additional support from Derry City and Strabane District Council and Arts Council NI Challenge Fund,” she added.

Other highlights for this year’s Culture Night 2018 is a performance by the Astronomic Weather Choir at Walker’s Plinth on the city’s walls, a presentation by personal artefact donors at the Museum of Free Derry, and Walking Tours of Strabane leaving from the Alley Theatre, ten-minute tours of the Guildhall and a performance from children from the Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Area where they will enact the true story of Jimmy Allender the 7.6 foot ‘Giant of Brooke Park’.

Culture Vultures in Sion Mills are invited to the Stables to take part in the Culture Night in the Village’ - a barbeque and an evening of traditional music and dance and fly tying workshops while the Strabane’s Alley Theatre will host an intimate play magician themed play exploring immortality by Single Shoe Productions entitled ‘A Disappearing Act’.

In addition to all of this, a number of cafes and shops in Derry city centre and in and around Strabane’s Castle Street will remain open on the evening of Culture Night to offer refreshments and entertainment as the public make their way around the venues and Cappuccinos Café in Foyle Street will be treating patrons with their comic monologue ‘Waiting Tables for Godot’.

The full programme for Culture Night 2018 is available to view at www.derrystrabane.com/culturenight.

The public can follow the action and share their own experiences on social media using the hashtag #CultureNightDS.

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