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Introducing North-East Galway Fit-Up Theatre Festival
Announcing the first ever North East Galway Fit Up Festival hosted by The Three Rings in association with Galway County Arts Office and supported by the Arts Council. For one week only this November Noni Stapleton’s award-winning “Charolais” will travel to Skehana Community Hall (Tues 2nd), Ballygar Arts Centre ( Weds 3rd), Fohenagh Hall (Thurs 4th), Belclare Hall (Fri 5th), The Mall Theatre, Tuam (Sat 6th) and The Storehouse, Ballyglunin Station (Sun 7th) with performances taking place at 8pm each night.
Covid compliance measures will be in place and all patrons are asked to adhere to public health guidelines at the time of event. Capacity is limited in each of the venues so it is advisable to book tickets in advance. For bookings call 0879677732 / 0872372820. Tickets €15/€12.50. For further info and regular updates follow The Three Rings Facebook page
The story behind the Fit-Up Theatre Festivals
The Fit-up Theatre Festival’s mission is to provide rural communities with access to the highest standards of playwrighting, acting and theatre-making that Irish professional theatre has to offer, and we bring it directly into local community halls at an affordable price.
In 2009 Artistic Director Geoff Gould, Company Manager Jessica Finken and Technician Shane Ward set off around West Cork in an old Renault 19 with the actor Joan Sheehy and four stage lamps and commenced a journey that would result in the revival of an old theatre tradition: the ‘Fit-Ups’ of the 1950’s when professional theatre companies travelled to rural villages performing in make-shift venues during the summer. Since then, with the excellent support of Cork County Council Arts Officer Ian McDonagh and more recently The Arts Council, we have presented and staged 42 productions of mostly new plays in 16 different locations in West Cork.
The Fit-Up continues to grow each year, and now there are currently three Fit-up Theatre Festivals annually: the Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival in late January/early February; the West Waterford Fit-Up Theatre Festival in May and the West Cork Fit-up Theatre Festival which runs during July and August, with a the fourth Fit-Up due to be added this year. We are delighted to announce that we will be partnering with Marian, Marsha and Eugene of The Three Rings in Tuam, Galway County Council Arts Officer Sharon O’Grady and the Arts Council to produce the first ever North East Galway Fit-Up Theatre Festival in September 2021.
While we are eternally grateful to the myriad of actors and technicians who have graced us with their talent, the Fit-Up would not exist without the tremendous support we have received from our audience. For that we thank you sincerely and hope that this year’s festival – although markedly different in format due to COVID-19 – will provide you with as much enjoyment as previous years.
The Fit-up Theatre Festivals are a joint initiative between Blood in the Alley Theatre Productions, Cork County Council and the Arts Council.