Bealtaine 2012

The arts services of South and North Tipperary County Council together with Tipperary Libraries have once again co-ordinated the Tipperary Bealtaine Festival 2012, celebrating creativity as we age.

The arts services of South and North Tipperary County Council together with Tipperary Libraries have once again co-ordinated the Tipperary Bealtaine Festival 2012, celebrating creativity as we age.

The festival has got off to a great start and there are plenty of events still to come.

Events being held during the festival at South Tipperary County Museum, Clonmel include the screening of two films, in association with Access Cinema; An American in Paris will be screened on May 17th at 2.15pm (also screening at Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir on May 15th at 8.15pm) and My House in Umbria on May 24th at 2.15pm (also screening at Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir on May 22nd at 8.15pm).

Why not try something a bit different with An evening of Tango with Jazmin & Niall which will be held on May 24th at 7.30pm. No experience needed - just a sense of fun. Admission is free to all the above events, but places are limited so booking is essential.

Contact: 052 613 4565 or 052 613 4552 to book.

The festival is also hosting the production The Fat Women of Antibes by W. Somerset Maugham performed by Julie Sharkey.

This hilarious production is unique as the story is narrated by its infamous author, the actress plays out the various roles, allowing the audience a charming listening experience as well as a live theatrical one.

The performances are being held at Tipperary Excel on May 18th at 11am - contact 062 80520 to book and Cashel Library on May 18th at 2pm - contact 062 63825 to book. Admission free.

South Tipperary Arts Service in collaboration with Clonmel Junction Festival present; Transular Paradise by Theatre Ad Infinitum on May 23rd at 7.30pm for one night only at the White Memorial Theatre.

The piece is performed by two actors and one musician, who plays accordion and sings while also elegantly performing on stage the role of stage manager. The two actors, who trained in the famous le Coq school in Paris, speak never a word and perform much of the play behind simple masks.  However their physical dialogue and the feeling and intent of the piece is evident, powerful and deeply touching. Translunar Paradise performed to sell out houses for three weeks in The Barbican Centre in London earlier this year.

It will be in Clonmel for just one night between productions in major cities such as Athens, Milan, Jerusalem and Sao Paolo amongst others. Tickets are available from the Clonmel Junction Festival Office: Central House, 20 Parnell Street, Clonmel and the Common Thread Cafe, 15 Parnell Street, Clonmel.

You can book by phone on 052 612 9339 or online - junctionfestival.com. Tickets can also be purchased at Premier Music, O’Connell Street Clonmel (052 612 9811).

Admission costs E15 (concession E12).

Festival brochures are also available from South Tipperary County Museum and Libraries.

For further information please contact: South Tipperary Arts Office, 052 34565, email sally.oleary@southtippcoco.ie or www.southtipparts.ie.