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October 2017

VISUAL ARTS: A World Of Colour

Saturday 28th October, 2017 - Saturday 16th December, 2017
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
FREE

The Art Of Beatrice Alemagna and Chris Haughton. Curated by Sarah Webb A true feast for the eyes, this exhibition brings together two of the most exciting illustrators working in children’s books today, Beatrice Alemagna and Chris Haughton. Enter their world of the imagination, featuring art work from their award-winning picture books. Both are masters of composition and colour, and their work is lively and full of humour. Beatrice Alemagna was born in Bologna and now works and lives in…

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November 2017

FAMILY THEATRE: They Called Her Vivaldi

Sunday 19th November, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€8/€28 family

Family favourites Theatre Lovett return with this upbeat comedy-adventure. A sensitive musical-prodigy makes a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world. As our young heroine journeys over cobblestones and canals, we learn about love, loss, the place of salt in our diet and the courage to lose our footing without losing our way. "Theatre Lovett, one of the most imaginative and indispensable companies at work today." The Irish Times For ages 7 plus and adults of all ages. Starring…

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School Show: They Called Her Vivaldi

Monday 20th November, 2017
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€6

Edward M. Haberdasher has crafted very peculiar earmuffs for his very particular daughter Cecilia Maria. (The earmuffs come with three settings: Snowflake, Tinkly Bells and, for hardcore noise-prevention scenarios, Cheesegrater). Don’t shout about it but Cecilia Maria thinks they make her look fascinating and has whispered her thanks. This is an upbeat comedy-adventure about a sensitive musical-prodigy making a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world. Starring Genevieve Hulme Beaman and Louis Lovett Ages: 7+

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CINEMA: A Man Called Ove

Monday 20th November, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€6/€9

Ove (Rolf Lassgård) is a retiree struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife - a struggle that he angrily takes out on his neighbours by strictly enforcing the estate rules. Ove’s world is unexpectedly turned upside down when a young family move in next door. Despite his initial resistance, Ove slowly forms a bond with his new neighbours and discovers a whole new side of life... Based on a novel and nominated for Best Foreign Language…

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Music Network presents Quatuor Voce (France)

Wednesday 22nd November, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€15/12

The award-winning French string quartet bring their effortlessly sophisticated artistry to bear on an eclectic programme. From the romantic despair of Bartók to the triumph of the romantic hero Beethoven, discover these masterpieces of the human spirit! Beyond the lyricism, the technical brilliance, and the obvious joy in playing together, what strikes audiences most about Quatuor Voce is their spirit of adventure. Here is an ensemble that knows the music from the inside, knows where it can be allowed to…

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THEATRE: The Good Father

Thursday 23rd November, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€18/€16

New Year’s Eve. A house party like any other, in a suburb like any other. Two very different strangers meet, each looking for a new start and to shake off the disappointments of the past. But champagne, cheap lager and their chance encounter leads this unlikely couple to an unplanned pregnancy. Against all odds, can they make their newfound family a success? Winner of the Stewart Parker Award, this heartfelt, moving drama charts their journey of love, loss, and redemption.…

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SPECIAL SCREENING: Loving Vincent

Friday 24th November, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€8

  Over 62,000 oil paintings and a cast including Chris O'Dowd and Saoirse Ronan bring the story of Vincent Van Gogh's life and death to the screen in the world's first feature-length painted animation. It sounds mad: inspired by a letter Vincent Van Gogh penned in the week before he died, in which he noted that "we cannot speak other than by our paintings", Oscar-winning filmmaker Hugh Welchman (Peter and the Wolf) and Polish painter Dorota Kobiela decided to make…

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CBI Christmas Book Clinic

Saturday 25th November, 2017 - 11:00 AM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
FREE

Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop along to the Book Clinic! In 2017 CBI is bringing the Book Clinic nationwide, and we’re looking forward to returning to Riverbank Arts Centre! The Book Clinic is always free of charge. Please note that although we endeavour to operate each clinic on a drop-in basis, a waiting list may…

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FAMILY THEATRE: White

Sunday 26th November, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€8/€28 family

A performance for 2-4 year olds Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White.  Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night.  Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. We watch, we help.  The world is bright, ordered and white.  But high up in the trees, all is not white.  Colour appears.  First red... then yellow... then blue.. White is a playful, highly visual show for very young…

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School Show: White

Monday 27th November, 2017
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€6

Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White.  Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night.  Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. We watch, we help.  The world is bright, ordered and white.  But high up in the trees, all is not white.  Colour appears.  First red... then yellow... then blue.. White is a playful, highly visual show for very young children and is a perfect first time…

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CINEMA: Inversion

Monday 27th November, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€6/€9

Behnam Behzadi’s film is a sombre, subdued family drama set in Tehran about the insidious patriarchal forces that conspire, almost without entirely knowing it and certainly without admitting it, against independent-minded women. It is a misogynist oppression as all-pervasive as the smog that settles everywhere on the city. Toxic air puts an elderly woman in hospital with doctor’s orders to leave the city for cleaner climes. Someone must move north with her, and her family soon decide that her unmarried,…

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Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

Thursday 30th November, 2017 - 7:45 PM
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An event every day that begins at 7:45pm, repeating until Friday 1st December, 2017

€48

Born in Brisbane in April 1997, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is a worldwide hit, appearing in around 20 countries. Chaos greets audiences as soon as they walk through the door. In this fully immersive experience, the audience become diners in the infamous ‘Faulty’ restaurant, served a 3-course meal by Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Expect lashings of laughter, huge bowls full of spontaneity and as much participation as individual audience members want. And with 70% of the show improvised, no two performances are ever the…

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Riff Raff Drama Group presents High Hopes For Affairs

Thursday 30th November, 2017 - 8:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 8:00pm, repeating until Saturday 2nd December, 2017

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€12/€10

Hilarious Comedy Written by Dave Tiernan The year is 1980, John Hope and his Mother Helen own and run High Hopes Hotel, Business is quiet, and when Helen is absent for some weeks she entrusts her son John to keep things in order, but with wedding plans to sort out John is distracted and when his Fiancé Marie and her Family arrive for the weekend their plans go awry, with more unusual Guests arriving it adds confusion and Mayhem and…

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December 2017

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

Friday 1st December, 2017 - 7:45 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 7:45pm, repeating until Friday 1st December, 2017

€48

Born in Brisbane in April 1997, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is a worldwide hit, appearing in around 20 countries. Chaos greets audiences as soon as they walk through the door. In this fully immersive experience, the audience become diners in the infamous ‘Faulty’ restaurant, served a 3-course meal by Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Expect lashings of laughter, huge bowls full of spontaneity and as much participation as individual audience members want. And with 70% of the show improvised, no two performances are ever the…

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Riff Raff Drama Group presents High Hopes For Affairs

Friday 1st December, 2017 - 8:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 8:00pm, repeating until Saturday 2nd December, 2017

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€12/€10

Hilarious Comedy Written by Dave Tiernan The year is 1980, John Hope and his Mother Helen own and run High Hopes Hotel, Business is quiet, and when Helen is absent for some weeks she entrusts her son John to keep things in order, but with wedding plans to sort out John is distracted and when his Fiancé Marie and her Family arrive for the weekend their plans go awry, with more unusual Guests arriving it adds confusion and Mayhem and…

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Riff Raff Drama Group presents High Hopes For Affairs

Saturday 2nd December, 2017 - 8:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 8:00pm, repeating until Saturday 2nd December, 2017

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€12/€10

Hilarious Comedy Written by Dave Tiernan The year is 1980, John Hope and his Mother Helen own and run High Hopes Hotel, Business is quiet, and when Helen is absent for some weeks she entrusts her son John to keep things in order, but with wedding plans to sort out John is distracted and when his Fiancé Marie and her Family arrive for the weekend their plans go awry, with more unusual Guests arriving it adds confusion and Mayhem and…

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MUSIC: Vladimir & Anton

Sunday 3rd December, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€20/18

Vladimir & Anton are back to wow audiences with more of their flamboyance, charm, wit and virtuosic skill. Join them on this sentimental journey as the duelling brothers premiere brand new arrangements of well-known songs that we’ve all grown up with. Vladimir and Anton are Slovakian sibling musicians with a shared rare gift – mastery of the classical violin. These young virtuosi have been playing together for almost twenty years. Described by the London Evening Standard as, “the Nigel Kennedy’s…

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CINEMA: Frantz

Monday 4th December, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€6/€9

Frantz finds writer-director François Ozon thoughtfully probing the aftermath of World War I through the memories and relationships of loved ones left behind. Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, Frantz recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war's "lost generation": Anna, a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien, a French veteran of the war who…

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MUSIC: Home For Christmas, Niall O’Sullivan and Friends

Thursday 7th December, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€20/€18

Celebrate this holiday season in the company of Ireland’s foremost trumpeter Niall O’Sullivan. Guest vocalists Shóna and Simon Morgan will join Niall and his fellow musicians to perform an evening of Christmas favourites alongside timeless classics taken from his three #1 selling records. Hear winter delights such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, White Christmas, the Christmas Song, Stardust, Over the Rainbow and of course Home for Christmas. Following the success of their nationwide Valentine’s tour, this evening promises…

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A Concert Celebrating Kare’s 50th Year with Luka Bloom

Friday 8th December, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€20

Luka Bloom has been described as an Irish folk Legend. The Newbridge Troubadour, one time Barry Moore, has been recording and touring ,worldwide, for over forty years now. A still fresh faced, Luka Bloom relishes the process of making music with his exquisitely produced and arranged , thought provoking acoustic songs, sung with heart and soul. Recently moved to North Clare to enjoy the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way Luka Bloom has his roots firmly in County Kildare. He…

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WORKSHOP: Porcelain Snowflakes

Saturday 9th December, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€15

Join ceramic artist Isobel Egan for this creative and innovative workshop which will result in a unique porcelain snowflake for each participant. Following exercises to excite and inspire the imagination, children will roll, make, draw, score, mark, emboss images and learn how to apply colour to porcelain resulting in a beautiful porcelain snowflake for Christmas. Natural light will illuminate the magical translucent porcelain snowflake when hung by a window. Isobel will then take the porcelain snowflakes away to be fired…

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FAMILY THEATRE: Hansel And Gretel

Sunday 10th December, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€8/€28 family

Is hunger stronger than love? In this story it seems to be as the poor woodsman’s empty stomach goes to his head, he gives in to the bony step-mother and they leave Hansel and Gretel in the forest, not just once but twice and the second time there won’t be any moonstones to follow back home. Instead they follow their noses to the sugary heart of darkness… A musical theatre version of this classic brother and sister tale of adventure…

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School Show: Hansel And Gretel

Monday 11th December, 2017
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€6

Is hunger stronger than love? In this story it seems to be as the poor woodsman’s empty stomach goes to his head, he gives in to the bony step-mother and they leave Hansel and Gretel in the forest, not just once but twice and the second time there won’t be any moonstones to follow back home. Instead they follow their noses to the sugary heart of darkness… A musical theatre version of this classic brother and sister tale of adventure…

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CINEMA: After The Storm

Monday 11th December, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€6/€9

 Ryota  wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to…

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WORKSHOP: Little Lámha – Tree Time

Wednesday 13th December, 2017 - 11:00 AM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€7 adult & child

These workshops are designed for young children working together with their grown-up. Visual artist Beth O’Halloran will guide these fun and creative sessions. Together you will explore colour, shapes and storytelling in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Let's make our own free-standing Christmas trees to decorate the table on Christmas day. We will make 3-D Christmas trees and decorate to our hearts content!

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Crooning at Christmas

Thursday 14th December, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€20/€18

A firm favourite on our Christmas schedule, Emmerdale star Liam O’Brien returns with his original show “Crooning at Christmas” – a tribute to yuletide swing. Now in its 13th year, this nationwide tour is packed full of seasonal hits like White Christmas, Let it Snow, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and many more. The Irish ambassador of swing will take you on a sentimental journey with iconic songs by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé. A night for…

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FAMILY CINEMA: A Muppet Christmas Carol

Saturday 16th December, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€4

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets -- Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle -- weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases -- past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption…

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CINEMA: The Midwife

Monday 18th December, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€6/€9

Director Martin Provost (Violette, Seraphine) unites two of Frances favourite actors in his tender comedy drama about female friendship and rediscovery. Catherines Deneuve and Frot play very different women whose shaky reconnection after a number of decades allows them both to learn valuable life lessons from one another. Claire (Frot) is the conscientious Midwife of the title, a single mother whose reservations and self-restraint have left her living an isolated life. Until the day her deceased father’s ex-girlfriend makes contact.…

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Meet Me Under The Mistletoe

Thursday 21st December, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€15/€12

For fans of Highly Strung, there’s only one place to be on this solstice evening. The ladies are delighted to return to the Riverbank for their annual Christmas show of classics old and new with a twist. The four friends’ diverse musical backgrounds generates an original, warm sound which for many heralds the start of the festive season. Highly Strung lets the light in on the darkest night of the year with a quirky perspective on favourites from O’Carolan to…

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February 2018

SCHOOL SCREENING: The Golden Dream/La Jaula de Oro

Tuesday 20th February, 2018
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

A group of Guatemalan teenagers attempt to make their way to the U.S.A., dreaming of the better life that the country promises, but they are ill equipped, both physically and emotionally, for the challenges they face getting there. This is an absorbing and suspenseful drama, excellently acted by its three non-professional leads. Guatemala/Spain/ Mexico  • 2013 • Drama • 108 min • English subtitles Director: Diego Quemada-Díez This screening is presented in association with IFI Education

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THEATRE: Swan Lake/Loch na hEala

Saturday 24th February, 2018 - Sunday 25th February, 2018
€25/20

Following a critically acclaimed international tour that included Dublin Theatre Festival; Sadler’s Wells, London and Sydney Opera House, The winner of best production and best costume design at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017 comes to Riverbank Arts Centre for two nights only. From the imagination of one of Ireland’s foremost dance and theatre makers comes a magical adaptation of one of the most famous of all story ballets, Swan Lake.   Michael Keegan-Dolan has forged a searing new vision for…

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March 2018

School Show: Romeo and Juliet

Friday 2nd March, 2018
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

Shakespeare comes to life in The Romeo & Juliet Session! The bard directs a group of modern actors in his great romantic tragedy. However, problems arise as Mr. Shakespeare’s sixteenth century attitudes and demeanor clash with those of the modern performers. Arguments, discussion and enlightenment ensue! Cyclone once again introduces students to one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays with stunning performances, historical background, discussion of major themes and audience participation and interaction.

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SCHOOL SCREENING: Goodbye Berlin/Tschick

Tuesday 13th March, 2018
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

Maik is a daydreamer who goes unnoticed by his classroom crush; Andrej is an oddball kid from Russia with an eccentric taste for Hawaiian shirts. The two form an unlikely bond when Andrej shows up at Maik’s door with a “borrowed” blue Lada, and the prospect of an impromptu road trip beckons. Based on the bestselling German novel Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf, Tschick is a funny, endearing, coming-of-age film with fresh verve of its own. Germany…

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April 2018

MUSIC: Date Night With Niamh Kavanagh and Paul Megahy (The Illegals)

Saturday 7th April, 2018 - 8:00 PM
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€18

Join Niamh Kavanagh as she celebrates the 25th anniversary of her Eurovision win with a retrospective of special songs from the course of her extensive career. Expect familiar favourites interpreted in Niamh's inimitable fashion, and accompanied by guitarist Paul Megahy. An intimate evening of gorgeous sounds awaits, with a sprinkle of chat and craic for good measure!

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May 2018

SCHOOL SHOW: Macbeth

Wednesday 2nd May, 2018 - Thursday 3rd May, 2018
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€6

Following on the success of 2017's production of King Lear Kildare Youth Theagtre stage one of Shakespeare's bloodier tragedies. This is the 4th time the youth theatre have staged the play since 2003. This new production explores the dramatic rise of an ambitious couple, hungry for control, despearte to be respected, and ruthless in their pursuit of dominace. It mirrors events on the political world today, from the triumph of far-right leaders in Europe, to the USA, Turkey and North…

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