Culture Ireland GB18 – Finishing the Year on a High
Culture Ireland GB18, a special year of Irish arts across Britain, finishes the year on a busy high with several projects across England, Scotland and Wales this month and next, including a site-responsive performance by the multi-award winning, multi-disciplinary company ANU Productions. TORCH (Nov 19 - Dec 1) directed by Louise Lowe, is simultaneously uplifting and unsettling, taking audiences on a high octane, unrelenting and immersive journey through the Merseyside town of St. Helens.
Meanwhile, CoisCéim Dance Theatre brings to a close its British tour of The Wolf and Peter with the final two performances (Nov 13 & 14) as part of an Irish Season at Warwick Arts Center in Coventry.
The Irish season also features Dead Centre’s production of Hamnet (Nov 20-22), Fishamble: The New Play Company’s Underneath (Nov 29) and the Lords of Strut family-friendly show Absolute Legends (Dec 1 & 2).
Other theatre as part of Culture Ireland GB18 includes Fishamble's The Humours of Bandon at Tailesin Arts Center in Wales (Nov 22- Dec 5) and the final performances (until Nov 24) of To Hell In A Handbag, Jonathan White and Helen Norton’s two-hander comedy that has been touring the South-East of England through the House Network since the start of November.
In addition to Irish theatre, a wide range of Irish musicians will perform at both Birmingham’s TradFest (Nov 22-25) and as part of the Irish Blasta Festival, an Irish Traditional Music Weekend (Nov 23 – 25) at the Irish Cultural Centre in London’s Hammersmith.
Representing Ireland’s visual arts scene, Dublin-based artist Jesse Jones’ exhibition Tremble Tremble - first seen at the 2017 Venice Biennale - is at the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh until the end of January 2019.
Other Irish visual art exhibitions can be seen in Dundee, Aberdeen and Bristol (Catherine Hehir, Des McMahon, Noelle Noonan, Suzanne O’Reilly), Southampton (Sean Lynch, Siobhan Hapaska) and Wiltshire (Siobhan McDonald) and Leeds (Laura Angell).
Finally, the eighth annual edition of Irish Film London will take place across London (Nov 21-25). The festival, which just announced Colin Farrell at its patron, features Smithy & Dickie, Hannah Quinn’s delightful short about 1940s Irish love letters and Under The Clock directed by Colm Nicell which tells the story of a generation of people whose romantic lives began under the famous Clery’s Clock. The closing film is We Ourselves, Paul Mercier’s second feature, an intimate and intense journey into the minds and hearts of a group of idealists and careerists as they take their separate paths in life.
Full details of the programme are available at: www.cultureireland.ie/gb18
Image: CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Matt Szczerek in The Wolf and Peter. Photo credit: Ros Kavanagh