Kilkenny Arts Competition 2019: Tough Magic does Shakespeare, Nathalie Stutzmann does Bach – Irish Instances


Two new collaborations with Tough Magic Theatre Firm and a promenade manufacturing of Thomas Kilroy’s novel The Large Chapel staged within the city of Callan, the place it’s set, are among the many theatrical highlights of the programme for this yr’s Kilkenny Arts Competition, which was introduced in the present day.

Kilkenny Arts Competition 2019: the contralto and conductor Nathalie Stutzmann

As at all times, the competition, which runs from August eighth to 18th, options a powerful vary of classical music, a lot of it carried out in St Canice’s Cathedral. Highlights embrace Kilkenny debuts for worldwide stars such because the contralto and conductor Nathalie Stutzmann, the pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk and the violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair. Beethoven, Brahms, Bach and Mussorgsky are among the many composers featured. The Irish Chamber Orchestra and Crash Ensemble will even carry out, whereas the acclaimed Irish actor Ciarán Hinds will collaborate with the Fews Ensemble for a efficiency of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Story.

Along with classical, there will likely be appearances from a spread of Irish and worldwide musicians, together with Martin Hayes and Cathal Coughlan.

The collaborations with Tough Magic on two new productions are a recent staging of Shakespeare’s comedy A lot Ado about Nothing, carried out at St Kieran’s School, and Cleft, by Fergal McElherron, a “darkish, visceral, folkloric story about one household’s unrelenting will to outlive”, directed by Lynne Parker and starring Simone Kirby and Penny Layden.

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2019: Asylum Productions is staging a promenade production of The Big Chapel
Kilkenny Arts Competition 2019: Asylum Productions is staging a promenade manufacturing of The Large Chapel

Asylum Productions’ The Large Chapel relies on Kilroy’s fictionalised retelling of the occasions surrounding the infamous “Callan faculties affair” within the late 19th century. The novel adaptation sees the folks of Callan, supported by a group of professional theatre artists, retelling their very own story, utilizing the city as its stage. This will likely be accompanied by a programme of occasions exploring the affect of Kilkenny on Kilroy’s work, the distinctive challenges of staging the manufacturing in Callan and an structure undertaking that reimagines the city’s regeneration and redevelopment as a pilot city for Mission Eire 2040.

The partitions of Kilkenny Fortress will likely be lit up by a lightweight present, with panoramic viewing at its rose backyard. The present will even partially viewable from vantage factors throughout town, with the native radio station KCLR offering the offsite soundtrack.

The Butler Gallery, in affiliation with the competition, is presenting the primary exhibition in Eire by the New York-based artist Amy Cutler, whose work and pencil-on-paper works are whimsical allegories illustrating the harmful efforts of the unrealistic expectations that cultures impose on girls.

The spoken-word programme contains readings from the competition’s poet-in-residence, Don Peterson, and the younger artist Mícheál “Moley” O’Súilleabháin; whereas the Belfast poet Cherry Smyth, together with the composer Ed Bennett and the singer Lauren Kinsella, brings her Famished undertaking to the Parade Tower.

And the annual Hubert Butler lecture will given by Fergal Keane, the BBC’s Africa editor, on warfare and peace within the trendy period.

The total programme is at

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