What’s on next week at Ballina Arts Centre 02/03/2019 – 09/03/2019

Posted in Connect on March 1, 2019.


The Big Fellow

by Declan Gorman

based on Frank O’Connor’s biography of Michael Collins

Co-Motion Media & Ballina Arts Centre

Wednesday 6th March, 8pm

The Big Fellow is an imaginative, entertaining piece of non-stop theatre. It features literary genius Frank O’Connor recreating the life and tragic death of Michael Collins as he graduates from daring escapades in the War of Independence to commanding the official army of the divided Free State. But there is a twist…

O’Connor fought against Collins in the Civil War. Why did he divert from a glittering literary career just 12 years later to write a book in praise of his dead enemy?


“A combination of physical energy and historical passion … totally engaging.” Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent

“Insightful, inspiring and profoundly moving… A wonderful use of humour is what differentiates Gorman’s drama from other historical narratives.”  Orla O’Dea, Westmeath Examiner

Tickets: €18 / €16. Early booking advised.

Script developed with support from The Abbey Theatre literary department

Contains strong language and simulated gunfire.  Not recommended for children under 13 years.



Visual Art:

transgress: Ian Wieczorek

Official Opening: Thursday 7th March, 8pm

Ian Wieczorek’s latest show explores the phenomenon of borders, and reflects both current socio-political events and a continuing narrative: the border as a physical barrier, its implications and its porosity.

Extending his previous investigations, this body of work comprises painting, video, print and other elements in response to the theme. Wieczorek has exhibited widely both in Ireland and internationally, including EVA International, RHA Annual Exhibition, Claremorris Open Exhibition and recent shows in Austria, Sweden and Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.

Runs until 3rd May. Free admission. All welcome.



Visual Art:

Surface: Maria Garry

Official Opening: Saturday 2nd March, 8pm

Surface exploration along the North Mayo coastline is a recurring theme in Maria Garry’s work.  She sees herself as “the quiet observer and collector, revisiting areas and recording subtle changes, which Nature reveals over time”.

Close examination of delicate textures and layers, which emerge, erode, invade and invite provide exciting starting points for a series of mixed media investigations.

Runs until 3rd May. Free admission. All welcome.

Literature: Michael Harding: On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist

*RESCHEDULED for Saturday 23rd March, 8pm *

michael harding at Ballina Arts Centre

Join best-selling writer and raconteur Michael Harding as he reads from his latest memoir, ruminates on the difference between psychotherapy and religion, and relates the story of his pilgrimage to Skellig Michael, in his ongoing search for meaning.

“Harding’s latest attempt to find meaning in life is searingly honest, funny and self-deprecating” – The Irish Times

“A spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment.” – Books.ie

Tickets: €20 / €18

PLEASE NOTE: This event is currently sold out. If you were lucky enough to get tickets for the original Sold-Out date (Saturday 16th February) your tickets are valid for this and all you have to do is show up on the night as you would have (doors open after 7.30pm). Don’t worry if you can’t make this new night, as refunds are available! If you can’t make the new date please let Ballina Arts Centre know ASAP and they can make sure people on our waiting list can be accommodated.  Any queries, contact the Box Office on 096 73593.

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