What's on: Tipperary Gig Guide

Literature, music, dance and film- Top events not to be missed this weekend Friday 7 October

Tipperary has another bumper packed schedule of events lined up this weekend with top offerings in music, dance, arts and literature all on the cards across the weekend in Nenagh, Thurles and Tipperary Town.

Niamh Dillon


Niamh Dillon



Literature, music, dance and film- Top events not to be missed this weekend Friday 7 October

Dromineer Literary Festival kicks off

The 12th annual Dromineer Literary Festival will take place this weekend October 6th to 9th. The 2016 programme reflects the diverse and rich talent in today’s international literary scene with visiting artists including Marita Conlon McKenna, Colette Bryce and Don Share among others on the line up. A ‘Meet the Authors’ event will take place on Saturday night at 8pm with Anne Enright, Anthony Glavin and Aideen Henry all in the hotseat. The event will be chaired by 2FM’s Rick O’Shea and take place in St. Mary's, Church of Ireland, Nenagh. A festival exhibition by artist Robert Ryan will round out the weekends events at Lough Derg Yacht Club and Nenagh Arts Centre. Entry is free. For full festival line up details log on to www.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie

Tipperary Dance Platform October 10-16

The international dance festival Tipperary Dance Platform is making its triumphant return to the county this October for the seventh year running bringing both modern and contemporary dance to public spaces, the stage and libraries for six days. A total of 24 events have already been organised for the week long festival showcasing some of the best visual artists and performers in the country. The festival aims to be a platform where dance artists and audiences meet and an opportunity for artists to present their work onstage, in the studio, or in video formats. This family friendly festival has something to suit all ages with dance classes set for all ages and experience levels. To find out more about events in your area visit www.tdp-danceplatform.ie for a full listing of events.

Musical offerings in Tipperary this weekend

In Tipperary town the Excel hosts ‘World of Gilbert & Sullivan’ on Friday 7th October at 8pm. Music and Opera lovers in Tipperary and surrounding area are in for a treat when Gaudeamus Productions, presents the music of Gilbert and Sullivan which includes HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers, to name but a few of the most endearing and loved Operas. The programme will include soloists Derek Ryan, Deirdre Ryan, Sarah Ellen Murphy, (Limerick) John Murphy, Cathal O Donoghue, supported by a chorus drawn from the cream of Tipperary, Thurles and Clonmel Musical Societies together with Orchestra under Conductor/Musical Director Danny Carroll and ably assisted by Musical Director/Repetiteur Mary Rose McNally. The Narrator will be Michael O'Donoghue who also devised this production. Tickets cost €20. For reservations call Tipperary Excel on 062 80520.

Meanwhile over in Thurles Sound Out Theatre will present The Birds at the Source Arts Centre tonight Friday 7 at 8pm. The Birds sees three strangers thrust together in an unnatural post-apocalyptic world. McPherson’s play explores the darkest corners of the human psyche as a hard-wired need to survive takes over. Moral lines blur, and even the most sinister of actions becomes justifiable. Contains strong language; suitable for ages 15 and over. For all bookings and inquiries call Box Office 0504 90204 www.thesourceartscentre.ie 

Then on Saturday night take in the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel: Through The Years tribute concert in the Cathedral town

Bookends perform the most authentic sounding tribute to the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Made up of Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, Bookends have toured extensively with their concerts being described as ‘simply breathtaking’. Performing the songs in a truly captivating way, against a backdrop of images and video footage, their delicate recreation of the unmistakable sound of the American folk-rock duo is something of a masterpiece. Here many of the hits such as ‘The Sound of Silence’, ‘Mrs Robinson’ and ‘The Boxer’ and Bookends’ own beautiful rendition of the unforgettable ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ With early folk gems such as the haunting ‘Sparrow’ and wonderfully poetic ‘Bleecker Street’, alongside music of Simon & Garfunkel’s solo careers, the concert is must see for any music lover.

Bookends - Simon & Garfunkel: Through The Years

The Source Arts Centre Thurles, Saturday 8 October at 9pm. Box Office 0504 90204. www.thesourceartscentre.ie

The sun will come out in Nenagh as Choral Society’s production of Annie hits the stage

The young members of Nenagh Choral Society are al set to let the sun come out tomorrow and for the next few days as they stage the musical Annie: The Musical in the Scouts Hall.

Annie: The Musical runs from Thursday, October 6, to Sunday, October 9, at 8pm in the Scouts Hall, with a matinée performance on Sunday at 6pm. The box office is open in the Scouts' Hall, or call 086-3122725 to book your tickets. Adult tickets cost €15, with child tickets at €10.

And finally....Birr is certainly the place to be for film enthusiasts this weekend

Offline Film Fest

Visit the heritage town of Birr, Co. Offaly for the 7th annual Offline Film Festival, running from October 8th to 12th, which is set to welcome locals and international visitors to discuss and share their love of film. The festival will show a selection of feature films and shorts of which over 700 are submitted every year. A selection of screenings and workshops will also take place for students and young film makers. For more information visit www.offlinefestival.com Meanwhile Birr Theatre and Arts Centre will also be hosting a special event on Friday October 7 when a full ensemble of the Irish Chamber Orchestra present ‘The Magic of the Movies’. Under the direction of Katherine Hunka, the Irish Chamber Orchestra will showcase some of Hollywood’s best film music- from classic movies scores to today’s most popular soundtracks. The show is certainly one not to be missed as it will only visit Birr and Limerick this October. Tickets: €20/€18/€10 (U13). Time 8pm. For more info and to book: www.birrtheatre.com Box Office (057) 91 22911