FOR SALE NOW! Dirk Powell, Michael McGoldrick, Brendan Gleeson, and Francis Gaffney
Every once in a while providence throws us into the path of someone who has a gift to bestow. The serendipitous meeting of Dirk Powell and Brendan Gleeson on the set of the Oscar-winning movie Cold Mountain was one of these occasions, and what began as a shared experience of having music passed down from their grandfathers has grown into an exploration of American Old Time, Cajun and Irish traditional music.
Don't miss what will be an amazing night at Riverbank Arts Centre.
Back by Popular Demand: Guaranteed!
Guaranteed, written by Colin Murphy and presented by Fishamble, will be performed at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge on Sunday 10th November, 8pm.
This piece was written by Colin Murphy
The banking crisis has cost us €64 billion. People want accountability, and they’re afraid they’re not going to get it. But what if accountability was something they could contribute to themselves?
Picture a packed “town hall” meeting in a local venue – say, the Riverbank Arts Centre. Fed up waiting for a public banking inquiry, a group of locals has decided to hold one themselves.
They’ve brought with them the official reports by Honohan, Nyberg and Regling and Watson; stacks of newspaper articles; books by some of the country’s best journalists. But it’s overwhelming. There’s simply too much material. And there’s way too much economics. Disheartened, they are about to give up.
“Wait!” someone shouts. “Let’s stage it! With a group of actors. Maybe it’ll make more sense if we can see it happening before us. We can start at the beginning and make scenes out of all the important moments. Maybe then it’ll make sense.”
A month later, they come back together to put the bankers, bureaucrats and politicians on stage. Decisions that seemed dry are now laden with tension. Characters they had dismissed as ignorant or incompetent appear as more complex human beings. For an hour, they watch the events that led to the bank guarantee unfold. And then they debate it, armed with fresh information and insight.
In 'Guaranteed!', the play I have written about the bank guarantee, which has been produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company and comes to the Riverbank on November 10, we’ve tried to short-cut this approach. The play is based on my investigation of the banking crisis and aims to tell that story as clearly and concisely as possible.
It’s a story in three acts. The first act gives us Sean Fitzpatrick rhapsodising about Anglo, the board of AIB scheming to increase their property lending and Bertie Ahern outbidding his rivals for votes in the general election. It’s all about what’s not happening on stage: no hard questions being asked, no proper investigation of the banks, no real response to the global credit crunch.
In the second act, we see the growing frenzy of September 2008, as Lehman’s collapses and banks around the world totter, the Irish banks with them. In Dublin, on September 29, the elite decision makers gather at Government Buildings to try to save Anglo, and with it, they hope, the Irish economy.
Like any good tragedy, we know what’s going to happen. The drama lies in seeing the characters trying to escape or ignore that fate, even as their actions bring it closer.
But there’s a third act, when the lights go up and the cast leaves, and a small panel comes on stage to discuss and debate with the audience. This is a key part of this “citizens’ inquiry”. In the play, the actors took the place of witnesses, telling us what happened. Now the audience takes the place of the jury. And the panel take the place of the barristers, helping the audience sift through the evidence.
The play took life over a year ago, when I suggested to Fishamble Theatre Company that I write a play about the banking crisis for them. It would consist largely of anonymous men in suits talking about “shorting” and liquidity, I said. The set would consist of file boxes and a screen for showing powerpoint presentations. There would be no music, no comedy, no sex, and no makey-uppy stuff… It wasn’t an obvious sell. But they went for it.
And when we premiered the play this summer, we touched a nerve. We sold out. The President came. The Governor of the Central Bank came. People were turned away. Every night, most of the audience stayed for the discussion – and would have stayed long into the night, had we not had to let the theatre staff go home.
Speaking on one of the panels, the businesswoman Glenna Lynch said people’s anger had led them to turn their back on politics: they had “leaned out,” she said. But what we need to do, she suggested, is “lean in.” We need to engage, to challenge, to make our voices heard, to demand better standards.
Leaning in means not simply despairing at the lack of accountability, but finding ways to hold people accountable for ourselves. The theatre has always done this: when Shakespeare was using his history plays to tell stories of contemporary politics, when Sean O’Casey was challenging the romanticism of the Easter Rising, when Arthur Miller put a corrupt American defence contractor on stage, just two years after the end of the Second World War (in All My Sons), they were each using the stage to hold the powerful to account.
It won’t get us back any of the €64 billion. But it may just help people understand how that decision was made. (It may, surprisingly, make people laugh along the way.) And that may provoke them to lean in, rather than lean out – to help make sure nothing like this ever happens again.
Fantastic Week of Family Fun
We have a week of fantastic fun ahead with lots of events for the family; starting Saturday 26th Oct we will be launching two exhibitions followed by lots of children's theatre and much much more....
Cartoon Salon Limited Edition Prints from The Secret of Kells: The Children’s Gallery will be opened from 1pm, with an opportunity to see some amazing, one-of-a-kind handcrafted prints that depict the richly textured Irish medieval art that influenced the film. Riverbank Family Cinema will screen ‘Moon Man’ at 2pm, following the opening of the Children’s Gallery.
Panto Collapsar, a solo exhibition by artist Mikala Dwyer will fill the Mc Kenna Gallery with a mass of silver balloons to create a floating ceiling with an array of theatrically staged sculptures along with a dramatic wall painting! This exhibition will open on Saturday, 26th Oct at 3pm.
Mimirichi Clown’s: Paperworld – if you want to participate in one of Ireland’s largest paper fights with your kids this is the show for you. Come along and experience the pure joy that is Mimirichi Clown’s – this fast paced physical comedy, is an hilarious slapstick show.
On Halloween Day Faerie Stories will take you on a tale of stories that have made one man and his Goblin friend hungry for books and storytelling. Whatever will become of this duo?
Julie Madly Deeply will raise the roof with some of the best songs that we can all remember from our childhood, from Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady. This musical is intertwined with the story of Dame Julie Andrews and her extraordinary life.
Fidget Feet ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ takes this old favourite story and propels it into the 21st Century. Aerial dancing elves will help the shoemaker produce the best shoes that have ever been made. This show is highly recommended for all the family, there is also a workshop for the audience after the show in aerial dance!
We hope that you have a wonderful mid-term and Halloween,
Riverbank Arts Centre.
Neil Delamere: Smartbomb goes on sale!
Following his sold out performance last year Neil Delamere returns with a brilliant new show. "Smartbomb" sees the star of BBC's The Blame Game and Fighting Talk and RTE's The Panel explain Ireland's recession, eye patches and email viruses. Probably not in that order.
Book now to catch one of Ireland's finest comedians at his hilarious best. Coming to Riverbank Arts Centre on 15th March 2014. BOOK HERE
Make Memories at Riverbank Arts Centre this Mid-Term Break.
This mid-term break will see lots of events coming to Riverbank Arts Centre. Starting with a children's exhibition opening on Saturday Oct 26th presented by Cartoon Saloon 'The Secret of Kells', followed by a screening of Moon Man at 2pm again by Cartoon Saloon. At 3pm we will launch 'Panto Collapsar' which will have a children's element too it as well.
We are sizing up for a large paper fight on Sunday Oct 27th as part of the Mimirichi Clowns: Paperworld & on Halloween Night 'The Faerie Stories' is about two bookworms that meet in a Library and struggle to cope with thier hunger for stories.
Sarah Louise Young performas as Dame Julie Anderws in 'Julie Madly Deeply' - come along to sing along to the most memorable songs in history from 'Mary Poppins', 'The Sound of Music' and 'My Fair Lady'.
Most of all you will be in for a rare treat with 'The Elves and the Shoemaker' this immersive story telling with music and aerial circus is for children aged between 4-8.
Make Memories at Riverbank Arts Centre this Mid-Term Break.
Beyond the Brooklyn Sky Q&A on Thursday Night
We have organised a Q&A following Thursday Nights production to get an insight into the workings of this fantastic play. Aidan Dooley (of Tom Crean Fame & O'Sullivan Beara) will be leading the Q&A also with the writer of the play Michael Hilliard Mulcahy.
Book your tickets now for Thursday 17th October.
Saturday Night Show with Michael Harding
If you missed Michael Harding on Saturday Night Live on Saturday October 5th, catch it on RTÈ Player HERE
IFI French Film Festival: Jappeloup (2013)
Riverbank Arts Centre in association with access>CINEMA and the Irish Film Institute is pleased to bring a taste of the IFI's French Film Festival to Newbridge audiences. This surprise screening for this festival will be Jappeloup (2013)
At the start of the 1980s, Pierre Durand abandoned a promising legal career and threw himself into his true passion, showjumpin g. With his fathers backing, he gambled everything on a young horse who no one else had any faith in: Jappeloup. Saturday November 23rd at 8pm.
TOOTally Free Theatre Tickets
Toot is our new mascot. He wants you to ‘Try out our Theatre' (TOOT).
If you have never been to the theatre, or always thought you’d like to go to see something different why not take advantage of this new offer.
Toot is offering you a chance to get a theatre ticket for free. Look for events in the brochure with a picture of TOOT, call the box office on 045 448327or book your free ticket on line at www.riverbank.ie. Please note that there are only a limited number of free tickets for each event and you can only try out this scheme once.
Try out our Theatre and meet TOOT while you are here!
Shows included for Season September - December 2013:
Thursday, 19th September: Dublin Guitar Quartet
Saturday, 21st September: The Last Irish Cheiftan; O’Sullivan Beara
Wednesday, 25th September: This is how we fly
Thursday, 10th October: Three Men Talking
Thursday, 24th October: Staring at Lakes an evening with Michael Harding
Wednesday, 30th October: Equinox
Wednesday, 6th November: Skin in the Game
Thursday, 7th November: Chatham Sax Quartet
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Grassroots Festival Launches 12th Sept - 15th Sept
Join us on Friday Sept 13th for what will be the highlight of the Grassroots Festival with Celine Byrne performing at St Conleths Church.
Call box office to book your seat now 045 448327.