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    Footsbarn Theatre - Bottoms Dream

  • Clonakilty International Guitar Festival 2018 presents FOOTSBARN THEATRE - BOTTOMS DREAM on the 17th September under the Big Top at Clonakilty Showgrounds.  Inspired by Shakespeare’s MidSummer Night’s Dream, Bottom’s Dream is a magical comedy of rude mechanicals and scheming fairies.  Click "Enhance your stay" to add tickets to your accommodation package.  

    The world-renowned Footsbarn revisits its internationally acclaimed production of MidSummer Night’s Dream to create an evening of magic and comedy where the amateur troupe of rude mechanicals get embroiled in an argument between the King and Queen of the Fairies. From the moment you step inside the theatre, you are in a parallel universe, a place where fantastical creatures lurk, and the removal of the intrigues of the court and the lovers, allows for a special emphasis on the world of the groundlings and of the supernatural. 

    Doors: 7pm, start at 7.30pm
    Location: Underneath the Big Top at Clonakilty Showgrounds, Park Road, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.
    Tickets: €18.50
  • Date: 17.09.2018 - 17.09.2018
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    Glen Hansard with David Keenan

  • Clonakilty International Guitar Festival 2018 presents Glen Hansard with David Keenan.  Click "Enhance your stay" to add tickets to your accommodation package. Making his third solo album, singer-songwriter Glen Hansard released Between Two Shores on January 19, 2018 via Anti-. Following up 2015’s GRAMMY nominated Didn’t He Ramble, and his 2012 solo debut Rhythm and Repose, the ten-track collection was produced by Hansard himself for the first time. The culmination of more than six years of writing and recording, Between Two Shores came together in only a matter of weeks.
    This September Glen brings a string section and a few special guests to Clonakilty to perform under the Footsbarn’ theatres big top Circus tent as part of the Clonakilty International Guitar festival.

    Doors: 7pm, Start at 7.30pm
    Location: Underneath the Big Top, The showgrounds, Park Road, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
    Tickets: €35.00
  • Date: 18.09.2018 - 18.09.2018
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    Interference with Glen Hansard

  • Clonakilty International Guitar Festival 2018 presents INTERFERENCE who will perform a very special show with GLEN HANSARD under the big top in the showgrounds in Clonakilty on Wednesday, 19th of September.  Click "Enhance your stay" to add tickets to your accommodation package. 

    Interference are a group centred around singer-songwriter, poet and painter, Fergus O’Farrell. Citizen of the world, & former resident in God’s own country, West Cork, Ferg has since left this mortal coil but his memories, music & friendships live on. 

    Interference on the night will include Paul Tiernan on acoustic guitar and vocals, Maurice Seezer on accordion and piano, James O’Leary on electric guitar, Anto on guitar, drums and percussion and John Fitzgerald on bass and piano & some very special guests including Glen Hansard and more to be announced. 

    Doors: 7pm, Start 7.30pm
    Location: Underneath the Big Top, The Showgrounds, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
    Tickets: €35


  • Date: 19.09.2018 - 19.09.2018
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    Footsbarn Theatre - Mingling with Moliere

  • Clonakilty International Guitar Festival 2018 in association with Footbarne Theatre presents: MINGLING WITH MOLIÈRE ! Why Molière?  Friday, 21st September, 2018 underneath the Big Top at The Showgrounds, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.  Click "Enhance your stay" to add tickets to your accommodation package. 

    Molière is provocative, caustic, saucy, disturbing, clever and moving, all that at once. He sets up and dismantled archetypes. He knocks and caresses. He speaks of love, business and politics whilst drinking glasses of white wine. On this era where we use the stage name of Jean -Baptiste Poquelin to pass discriminating guidelines, it seemed to this international troupe, that speaks ten languages daily, that it was probably important to revisit good old Molière and remind the world that he was above all a buffoon, a king’s jester and therefore an artist devoted to the unveiling of liars and hypocrites.

    The Forced Marriage

    Comedy-ballet or comedy-masquerade created in 1664 and played at the Palace of the Queen Mother with apparitions of the king and many courtiers: played with “The Étourdi ” text of Molière. Music and libretto by Lully.
    In 1667 Molière writes a play in one act without music. In 1672, the comedy-ballet was rehearsed and performed for the royal festival with “La Comtesse d’Escarbagnas” – text by Molière, a new music and libretto by Charpentier.
    Footsbarn decided to reintroduce the idea of intermezzos inspired by the music of Lully and Charpentier by taking up some texts of the time on the themes of the play: an old man who marries a young girl, the fear of being cuckold, the dangers that await us: jealousy, suspicions, sorrows
    The appearance of our “demons” follows a general theme: putting oneself in an impossible situation with no escape.
    Footsbarn has added scenes from “La Jalousie du Barbouillé”: time has passed, they are married, the couple can’t function, the arguments are incessant and the fear of being cuckold has only increased. The environment is the same: the father, the friend, a philosopher, the brother, the lover. Dorimène becomes Angelique and the Barbouillé is Sganarelle. “Always dissatisfied, always cuckold, the most unfortunate of men.”

    Life goes on. He returns and  is reminded of his fears, his doubts, and if Sganarelle foreshadows the character of George Dandin, the end is not the same: Dandin is tragic, here everything continues in spite of all like an endless ballet. Life goes on and nothing changes. Everything  turns to the absurd – “oh, the beautiful symphony.”

    Doors: 7pm, 7.30 start
    Location: Under the Big Top, The Showgrounds, Park Road, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
    Tickets: €18.50

  • Date: 21.09.2018 - 21.09.2018
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