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Opera - National tour of 'Powder Her Face' includes Sligo

Added: 06/02/18 : 07:54:49

Irish National Opera (INO) opens its inaugural programme with leading English composer THOMAS ADÈS’s darkly comic opera, Powder Her Face. 

This pioneering work is based on the exploits of a notorious socialite, Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. She lived the high life from the 1930s onwards — the era is one of the many nostalgically evoked in Adès's score — and in the 1960s became embroiled in one of the first sex scandals of modern tabloid journalism. As the Judge in the opera puts it, “She is a Don Juan among women.”


The work has been hailed as “a modern classic” by The Times and The Observer.  INO's tour takes director and designer ANTONY McDONALD’s highly-acclaimed production to Wexford, Kilkenny, Navan, Sligo, Dublin and Tralee between Saturday 24 February and Friday 9 March. The co-production with NI Opera was first staged last year at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.


The title role is taken by MARY PLAZAS (“the most compelling Duchess I've seen,” The Times), with Irish soprano DAIRE HALPIN and Australian-British tenor ADRIAN DWYER (“pitch-perfect in their incarnations of representatives of the lower orders,” The Telegraph), and British bass-baritone STEPHEN RICHARDSON (who “delivers a tour de force as the hysterical divorce court judge,” The Telegraph).

The four singers bring a staggering 16 roles to life while the 15-member Irish National Opera Orchestra, under conductor TIMOTHY REDMOND, swarms through the style-shifting world of Thomas Adès in a work that features the world’s most notoriously explicit aria.


Irish National Opera’s tour of Powder Her Face opens at the National Opera House, Wexford (Saturday 24 February) and tours to Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny (Tuesday 27 February ); Solstice Arts Centre, Navan (Thursday 1 March ); Hawk’s Well, Sligo (Saturday 3 March ); O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin (Tuesday 6 & Wednesday 7 March); and finally Siamsa Tíre, Tralee (Friday 9 March). 


THOMAS ADÈS, whose second opera, The Tempest, has been seen in London, New York, Vienna and Quebec, and whose third opera, The Exterminating Angel, was co-commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Royal Danish Opera, is coming to see Irish National Opera’s production of Power Her Face in Tralee, where he will also give a pre-performance interview with conductor Timothy Redmond. 


Irish National Opera’s artistic director Fergus Sheil sees him as “arguably the most prominent opera composer of our day. Powder Her Face was written when he was just 24 and is a youthful explosion of energy and creativity. He’s the composer of the moment, and it’s unprecedented to have somebody of his stature at one of our shows in Tralee, which is a very long remove from New York's Metropolitan Opera".


Tickets start at €27, see


Listings Information

Irish National Opera 

Thomas Adès (born 1971)


Sung in English, with English surtitles


Duchess Mary Plazas

Maid / Confidante / Waitress / Mistress / 

Rubbernecker / Society Journalist Daire Halpin

Electrician / Lounge Lizard/ Waiter/ Rubbernecker / Delivery Boy Adrian Dwyer

Hotel Manager / Duke / Laundryman / Other guest / Judge Stephen Richardson


Timothy Redmond Conductor

Antony McDonald Director and Designer

Fabiana Piccioli Lighting Designer

Lucy Burge Movement Director

Danielle Urbas Assistant Director


A co-production with NI Opera

Running time approx. 135 mins including interval



Saturday 24 February | 8.00pm | €27 / €30

Box Office – Tel: 053 912


Tuesday 27 February | 8.00pm | €27 / €30

Box Office – Tel: 056 776


Thursday 1 March | 8.00pm | €27 / €30

Box Office – Tel: 046 909


Saturday 3 March | 8.00pm | €27 / €30

Box Office – Tel: 071 916

O’REILLY THEATRE, Belvedere College, Dublin

Tuesday 6 & Wednesday 7 March | 7.30pm | €35 / 38

Bookings (via the National Concert Hall) – Tel: 01 417


SIAMSA TÍRE, Tralee, Co Kerry

Friday 9 March | 8.00pm | €27 / €30

Box Office – Tel: 066 712 3055




More Information


About INO

Irish National Opera was created by two award-winning companies, Opera Theatre Company and Wide Open Opera. It took part in a competitive process in 2017 through which the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon selected it as its preferred provider of main-scale opera. Irish National Opera will present large-scale productions in Ireland’s larger opera venues, and touring productions throughout the country. The company is committed to showcasing internationally-acclaimed Irish opera stars as well as developing the next generation of artists.


Irish National Opera is funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.  


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New Sligo Film Society programme for Spring 2018

Added: 12/01/18 : 07:03:58

The Model Sligo has announced a new Spring season of film at The Model Cinema in partnership with Sligo Film Society.

Sligo Film Society returns to The Model for the second edition of it’s 2017/2018 film programme, with a new season of 14 titles which commences this Thursday 11 January. The season runs until 19 April, with films from around the world including Bulgaria, France, Italy, Norway, Russia, Senegal, UK and US but there is also a strong Irish flavour. Membership will be open on the first night to avail of a concessionary ticket for all 14 films but it is also possible to pay per screening, tickets cost just €8 or €6 (unwaged, retired, students).

The opening film is the timely ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’, based on the memoire by actor Peter Turner of his on-off relationship with Hollywood legend Gloria Grahame, whose career faded when she got blacklisted in the 1950s. This love story lays the foundations for a slew of films exploring similar themes, some conventional others unconventional from critics’ darling, the sumptuously filmed ‘Call Me By Your Name’, the Irish crowd-pleaser ‘Sanctuary’, winner of Best First Irish Feature at Galway Film Fleadh (2016) and offbeat rom-com ‘Rosalie Blum’. Providing a slight tonal shift amongst these is Norwegian thriller ‘Thelma’, this supernatural fantasy is wrapped up in a coming-of-age drama.

From there a number of films use the bond of family to examine tales of human nature and morality. In particular, three female-focused stories tell of resilience – ‘Félicité’, ‘The Florida Project’, ‘The Devine Order’; Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos looks at retribution when teen Barry Keoghan invites himself into Colin Farrell’s picture-perfect domestic idyll in ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’; turning their eye on middle-class selfishess are Michael Haneke’s black comedy ‘Happy End’ and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Loveless’.

From Bulgaria, government corruption and the urban-rural social divide is given over to dark comedy in ‘Glory’ when a loner railroad worker becomes the focus for a media-circus after finding a bag load of cash, while social satire ‘The Square’ went away from Cannes with the top prize last year, finally the season ends with the recent Golden Globe winning ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Directed by London-Irish theatre stalwart Martin McDonagh, with a stirring performance from Frances McDormund as an enraged mother seeking justice in the case of her daughter’s unsolved murder, it will surely be in the hunt for Oscars later in the spring.

All screenings commence at 8pm, The Model Café will be open ahead of each screening serving drinks and refreshments.
The Model 2018 programme

Added: 16/01/18 : 16:05:55

The Model has released details of the visual art programme for 2018.

Highlights include Turbulence, an ambitious group exhibition that looks at the refugee crisis today through the work of Irish and international contemporary artists; a screening programme of work by Turner prize winner Martin Creed; Future Perfect a group exhibition featuring the most exciting contemporary artists working in Germany today; and a summer show, Portrait of a Family featuring work newly acquired from the Yeats Family sale and now on long-term loan to The Niland Collection.

Turbulence opened on 2 Dec and runs until 22 April at The Model. Taking key works by Jack Butler Yeats as its point of departure, the exhibition considers the movement of people in today’s world, against the backdrop of shifting contemporary perspectives on post-colonialism, socio-politics, hospitality and humanity. 

Turbulence is accompanied by three individual ‘Plug-In’ exhibitions during 2018. Each exhibition will further explore different aspects of migration, movement and post-colonialism. The first of these, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige - Waiting for the Barbarians runs from 13 January to 18 February. Peter Wachtler Far Out will be on show from 24 February to 25 March 2018 and to finish the series from 31 March to 6 May The Model will present an exhibition with renowned UK artist Martin Creed.

Turbulence is accompanied by a major symposium on 8 March chaired by Sarah Glennie and featuring Elaine Hoey and Gulsun Karamustafa amongst others.

On Saturday 28 April The Model will present Lorcán MacMathuna’s The Tain. This unique inter-disciplinary Sean-Nós composition and contemporary dance performance, will see MacMathuna, bring outstanding contemporary dancer Fearghus O'Conchuir, together with traditional musicians in a new interpretation of ancient Irish stories, using Louis LeBrocquy’s The Tain works from The Niland Collection as an inspiration and a backdrop. This once off special event will be followed by a Q&A with MacMathuna and O’Conchuir, and is sure to sell out fast.

Opening on Sat. 5 May is Future Perfect, a major touring international group exhibition curated by Angelika Stepken & Philipp Ziegler. Future Perfect features films, photographs, sculptures, objects, painting, and collages by sixteen artists who look at visions of the future and speculations on the course of history. Artists Yorgos Sapountzis, and Nasan Tur, will be on residence at The Model throughout the duration of the exhibition. Future Perfect is an exhibition by the Institut fur Auslandsbeziehunge presented by the Goethe Institut and The Model.

This year’s Niland Collection summer show Portrait of a Family will run from 19 May to 19 August and takes an intimate look at the Yeats Family through the paintings of John Butler Yeats. This exhibition features a considerable body of work newly added to The Niland Collection from the recent Yeats Family sale at Sotheby’s, and includes John Butler Yeats’ masterpiece Self Portrait, New York.

Cairde Visual, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s fifth annual open submission show returns to the The Model from 12 July – 19 August 2018

September brings a multi-faceted gallery project combining visual art, performance, music and sound art, which will see renowned composer and artist, Jennifer Walshe working both as artist and curator of the imaginary Irish Avant Garde. Jennifer Walshe runs from 1 September to 4 November.

The final show of 2018 is a solo project which will see The Model present recent text-based and painting works by Chris Doris from 17 November to 27 January 2019, in addition to the premiere of a new experiential choral work Songs of Being Seen, which is being developed especially for the exhibition.

Each exhibition is complemented by an ambitious education programme which gives visitors of all ages the opportunity to explore some of the themes, materials and artists through workshops, tours, family days, talks and lots, lots more.

For further information on the exhibition programme, contact
Sligo schools arts reminder

Added: 02/02/18 : 05:24:58

Sligo teachers in primary and second level schools, whose pupils take part in the annual Texaco Children’s Art Competition, are reminded that the closing date for receipt of entries this year is Wednesday, 28th February next.

Last year over 500 pupils from schools in Co.Sligo submitted entries to the Competition.