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The Alley sizzles into Summer with New Programme of Events

05 May 2017

Now in its 10th year, the Alley Theatre welcomes a new programme full of events set to take place over the summer months. 

Just last week, students of the Arts Academy came together at their latest sell-out show Balo Balo to launch the programme which has  a mix of music, drama, children’s events and art exhibitions to suit all ages and all tastes.

Spring and Summer is the time to sit back and relax and enjoy some wonderful music and this programme is full of it.  If you love Irish traditional music, we are pleased to announce that ‘The Rolling Wave’ Irish traditional group have a number of sessions planned for both their youth and adult groups throughout the summer starting this Saturday afternoon (13th May) as the youth section will be performing in the Cafe Area.  ]
Always keen to support local musicians our Alley Bar Open Mic Nights are back this July and August and we are pleased to announce Sounds Like Summer Music Competition will return this summer, so if you are a musician and would like to take part in this fabulous competition get in touch.  The Three Rivers Brass Band will launch the Summer Jamm Music Festival on the 9th June, a perfect start to what is going to be a rocking weekend full of Ireland’s best rock and country stars performing in the Canal Basin.  Other music events to look forward to this summer are ‘Outlaw Country’ , ‘Jazz Gazette’, ‘Burning Love – A Celebration of Elvis’, ‘Lore & Niamh McGlinchy’, ‘The Whistlin Donkeys’, ‘Fred Morrison’ and ‘Donna Taggart’.

May and June is full of drama starting with Colin Bateman’s new play a ‘Bag for Life’ which is setting stage this week.  This powerful production is a one woman show with a difference which tells the tale of Karen, a young mother who’s troubled past comes back to haunt her.  This is followed by ‘On Our Way to Lisbon’ by Brassneck Theatre Company in association with Isosceles Productions.  It has been 50 years since Glasgow Celtic achieved the unimaginable by winning the European Cup and becoming the legendary Lisbon Lions. This two-man play tells the story of how, in 1967, Glasgow Celtic became the first British team to win the European Cup with victory over the mighty Inter Milan.  June sees a one man play come to the theatre as Martin ‘Jim’ McFadden tells his true and personal account of his battle with his bottle and his demons.  This honest story of wildness and debauchery will keep you laughing through the hideousness of the darkness.

Family Theatre and fun for the summer includes ‘Humpty Dumptys Big Eggventure’, Lyngo Theatre Company with ‘There and Back Again An Odyssey’ by Cbeebies Patrick Lynch.   Follow Patrick as he launches Ulysses and his companions on fantastic 20 year voyage back home. The pupils of St Marys Primary School will be presenting Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies in June.  Kids if you are looking for something to do over the summer months look no further as the ‘Summer School of Rock’ is here in July.  Join us for one week full of fun and music workshops with the Arts Academy.  You will learn musical instrument skills along with group singing, stagecraft and recording skills.  If dance is more your thing then learn the moves of ‘Jive in Summer School’ of Jive in August. 

Encouraging young talent is something we are proud of at the Alley Theatre and we are delighted a number of local dance and drama groups are joining us this summer including Encore Performing Arts Academy who will take to the stage in their annual dance recitals in ‘Dream – Believe and Achieve’ as well Encores ‘End of Year Musical Theatre Showcase’.  The Arts Academy will also be back with their ‘Summer Variety show’.

If you love cooking you will not want to miss ‘Flavour of Tyrone Cookery Demonstration’ hosted by Foyle Hospice on the 19th May featuring some of our best loved chefs from around the Strabane District.  Come along and enjoy a special evening of tasty cuisine.

Our spacious art gallery will host a variety of exhibitions this summer including textile, sculptures, paintings and photography. Showing currently is Dr Ann O’Mahony and Jane Dunn exhibition ‘Voice’.  A beautiful exhibition using textile to claim ‘a speaking voice’ to express ideas and concerns.  Come along on the 13th May 12 – 4pm to meet the artists and see this wonderful exhibition.
A look into the end of summer, start of autumn welcomes music from Shawn Cuddy & Richie Kavanagh, comedy drama with ‘Its Wine O’Clock’ and Surestarts Ante –Natal Evening for Mums to be.
For more information and to purchase tickets for any of these performances visit www.alley-theatre.com or call the box office on 028 71 384444

Photo Caption: Pictured at the launch of the Alley Theatre’s summer programme are Emma Devine, Derry City and Strabane District Council and Jacqui Doherty from the Strabane Art’s Academy along with Academy members, Ava Vaughan, Mia Kerrigan, and Niamh Lamont.

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