Although there has been some bad news in terms of the arts scene here in Limerick, there is still a lot of good news. Venues like Dolan’s, The Lime Tree, the University Concert Hall, The Loft, Cobbelstone Joes, The Blind Pig/Dr John’s, The Library (both the municipal and the bar), the Limerick City Art Gallery, Ormston House, Raggle Taggle and the Hunt Museum to name just keep on truckin’ and hosting events. Here are two more great examples…
Theatre at the Savoy
After starting last year, the monthly event, Theatre at the Savoy, is still getting stronger. On the last week of the month, there are two lunchtime performances on Thursday and Friday as well as a teatime performance on the Thursday evening. Performances consistently sell out (and at €10 for a play and lunch, it’s not hard to see why).
I went to see Let Me Be by Fregoli Theatre Company, in the lunchtime slot last month. The young ensemble from the Galway-based company did an excellent job on the original drama by Maria Tivnan (who also starred in the play with Kate Murray). The emotional drama, focusing on two young sisters, was deeply affecting and seemed to really resonate with the audience.
The good people at Limerick Local Heroes and the Savoy Hotel deserve some praise for organising such a popular monthly event. Next month, the play is Fred and Alice, written and directed by John Sheehy. The play by Limerick’s CallBack Theatre Company is billed as “a quirky love story played at a blistering pace” and stars Cora Fenton and Ciaran Bermingham. More information here.
After the great success of Thursday Nights @ Bourke’s, Seoda Shows is picking up where those events left off—showcasing the best in new and established Irish/international musical talent. Having enjoyed many a good band in Bourke’s myself, I reckon if these gigs continue in the same vein, they’ll do well.
“Seoda is the Irish for treasures. Seoda Shows hosts various concerts, shows, shindigs and shenanigans for the party faithful.” The venue is the same and while the events are no longer free, the tickets are very reasonably priced, with an even cheaper advance price i.e. €1/2 off a regular price of €6-8 = bargain.
On April 9, Fang Island is playing with special guests, No Spill Blood. Fang Island is a rock outfit from the USA and No Spill Blood is “a fun new musical group featuring members of Elk, Adebisi Shank, Hands up who wants to die, Magic Pockets”. On April 11, electronic pop twosome, Young Wonder, are launching an EP with support from supercool fiddle player, Dáithí Ó Drónaí. On April 18, the musical stylings of John Smith will be on display with special guest—local gal, Emma Langford.
This new venture is a brave move—one of those Jim Morrison and a bare-assed Indian in the desert but as they say “If you build it, they will come”. More information here.