FIT-UP THEATRE RETURNS TO COUNTY GALWAY
Rural villages in North East Galway will enjoy a week of fantastic theatre from November 2nd – 7th 2021. The Three Rings in association with Galway County Arts Office with support from the Arts Council will present a week-long tour of Noni Stapleton’s award winning play Charolais as they reintroduce Fit-Up Theatre to Galway communities.
The 2021 tour will include performances in venues at 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.
The Fit-Up Festival is based on the old ‘Fit-Ups’ which were at their height of popularity in the 1930s, 40s and 50s when travelling theatre companies travelled around Ireland to rural communities performing in make-shift venues. There were once 52 travelling theatre companies in Ireland, Anew MacMaster’s being the most famous and well-known to Galway audiences of the time. Harrold Pinter once performed in Tuam as part of one of McMaster’s shows. The resurrection of the Fit-Up model began in West Cork in 2009 as the brainchild of director Geoff Gould and has now become a popular feature in Cork’s calendar of events and now Three Rings are set to do the same for Galway. The goal of the Fit-Up festival in North East Galway is to build new audiences for contemporary theatre in remote rural communities while offering touring opportunities for Ireland’s best theatre makers, writers and performers.
Audiences are in for a real treat for the very first Fit-Up festival with the hilariously dark Charolais by Noni Stapleton. Charolais takes the age-old story of female jealousy and gives it a new twist: the other woman is cow, a literal one, a purebred Charolais (French) heifer. Noni Stapleton plays Siobhan, whose farmer boyfriend devotes considerable attention to his prize heifer at the expense of his very pregnant and disgruntled girlfriend. Siobhan has developed a homicidal jealousy for this Charolais and is feeling equally murderous towards her snobbish soon-to-be mother in law. A dark comedy of love and longing: rarely in theatre are the challenges of farming life and the joy of sex expressed so frankly or with such charm.
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 and further information call 0879677732 / 0872372820