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Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

T: 096 73593





Jasango Theatre

Friday 10th June, 8pm

Written by Joanna Murray-Smith, featuring Angela Ryan and Jasmin Finn and directed by George B. Miller, Bombshells is a rip-roaring, explosive and hilarious evening spent with several generations of women on the edge. From the fame-seeking teenager to the frenetic young mother to the simmering widow and the exultant, terrified bride, these women will surprise and delight you in this series of vivid monologues.

Following a successful run at Galway’s Bank of Ireland Theatre Bombshells went on to be one of the highlights of the Theatre Stage Mindfield Programme at Electric Picnic 2009. In keeping with Jasango’s commitment to collaboration, this production showcases smart, haunting music by the Go Away Birds, and the evocative artwork of Cork Artist Katie Egerton.

Adm: €12 / €10. Booking advised.


The Tell Tale Heart

Written by Edgar Allan Poe and performed by Stephen Doyle

Thursday 16th June, 8pm

The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe first published in 1843. It follows an unnamed narrator who insists on his sanity after murdering an old man. The murder is carefully calculated and the murderer conceals the body by dismembering it and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately the narrator’s guilt manifests itself in the hallucination that his victim’s heart is still beating under the floorboards.

The Tell-Tale Heart is widely considered to be a classic of the Gothic fiction genre and one of Poe’s most famous short stories.

Stephen Doyle’s work ranges from physical theatre to the classics. He has toured extensively throughout Europe with his one-man shows ‘Shakespeare Undressed’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’. In his adaptation of The Tell-Tale Heart, Doyle creates a world of delicious insanity that is, by turns, funny and hauntingly disturbing. Adm: €12 / €10. Booking essential.


The Derry Boat

Written and performed by Little John Nee

Thursday 30th June, 8pm

Little John Nee is unlikely gangster Shugie O'Donnell, as he makes his entrance in The Derry Boat. Cued by a dissonant crunchy electric guitar chord, Shugie crashes through the door of a corrugated metal shack in a rumpled black suit and tiny sunglasses, waving a gun and toting a large suitcase. This sets the stage for an unlikely roller-coaster ride that tells the funny but poignant story of  four generations of migration between Ireland and Scotland.

The Derry Boat celebrates the strong and vibrant links which have existed between Donegal and Scotland through the years. The play's title is taken from the Derry/Glasgow ferry on which emigrants and travellers sailed back and forth from Donegal and Glasgow up until the 1960s.

Written and performed by Little John Nee, directed by Padraig Breathnach, Music by Fergal Gallagher. Originally commissioned in 1998 by the Earagail Arts Festival as part of Arts Council Scriptwriters Award. Adm: €12 / €10. Booking advised.




Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo.

T: 094 9023733




Thursday 2nd June @ 8.00pm

Moth Productions - The Pitch

Philly lived and played for his team, the jersey, the parish, his friends, and the very pitch his enemies are now trying to take from him to turn into a housing estate. Like Philoctetes abandoned by his comrades as they go off to the Trojan War, Philly is tormented by painful memories and the unjust fate that holds him prisoner, as he replays the events of that day when his club won the County Championship for the one and only time, and he wasn’t allowed to play. Accused of fathering an illegitimate child, and now threatened with retirement to a nursing home, he holds tight to the Herculean feats of his youth - and to the land on which these dramas unfolded. The old pitch is sacred ground, and it is here that he will make his last stand. Written by award-winning writer and actor Shane Connaughton, directed by veteran writer, director and producer Kerry Crabbe, and starring Shane Connaughton, Fiona Fitzpatrick and Niall Lynch.

The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible.

Adm: €15 / €12 (concessions)


Wednesday 15th June @ 8.00pm

Truman Town Theatre - Sunday Morning Coming Down

A poignant, dark comedy by Mick Donnellan, Sunday Morning Coming Down is a rural play set in the playwright’s home town of Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. It centres around the McGuire family and their often comic attempts to perform as a functional family in a house dominated by alcohol, religion and social pressures: the two brothers, teacher John and slaughterhouse worker Chris; father and gravedigger Joe, in a rocky marriage with Theresa. And then ex-girlfriend Sharon arrives on the scene to throw John’s future plans into turmoil. Presenting us with razor sharp wit and a tight character driven story, the play is “a rollercoaster of comedy, tragedy, and the hilarity often associated with the darker side of a small Irish town”. After completing an MA in Writing at NUIG, writer and director Mick Donnellan worked with Druid Theatre under the New Writers Programme and more recently as a Screenwriter with RTÉ. The play features actors PJ Moore, Sean O'Maille, Theresa Leahy, Cathal Leonard, Niamh Shiggins and Conor Geoghan. Sunday Morning Coming Down was staged as a sell-out public reading Druid Theatre company in 2009. Here’s the chance to see the play in its full glory.

The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible.

Adm: €15 / €12 (concessions)


Thursday 23rd June @ 8.00pm

Leonor Bethencourt - Zocorro Rose of Tralee

Zocorro is a Spanish testosterone-fuelled Nanny who dreams of becoming the next Rose of Tralee.  She tackles the tribulations of nannying Foxrock children, hospitals, leprechauns and Ryanair, and will sacrifice love and bare whatever is necessary to achieve her goal: to be crowned the Rose of Tralee, and win the keys to the Volvo that comes with it.  Can a surprise random urine test shatter her dreams?  Almodóvar meets Joyce in this one-woman show written and performed by Leonor Bethencourt, which was a sell-out success and Best Show nominee at Dublin’s Fringe in 2009.

The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible.

Adm: €15 / €12 (concessions)





T: 097 81079


Clann Lir

This beautiful, bilingual production for children, by Galway’s Branar Drámaíochta, is a magical tale told with puppetry, vivid imagery and enchanting, newly-composed traditional music. A father’s love for his children is at heart of this beautiful re-telling of the ancient tale of Clann Lir. In this stunning piece of theatre, Branar focuses on the fairytale elements of the story - a father’s search for his children, magical transformations, the three chances to break a spell, and much more! The production is designed specifically for national school children from first class up to fourth class. Directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn, music by Micheal Chang & Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin, and performed by Grace Kiely agus Neasa Ní Chuanaigh, this project was developed with help of Deis funding and Foras na Gaeilge. ‘Clann Lir’ will be staged in Aras Inis Gluaire on Wednesday, 8 June. For more info, call 097 81079.

Selected Programmes:

excel 2016

Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

Bealtaine 2016 cover 


John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

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Culture Night 2016

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