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January 2017

First Fortnight presents Infinitely Polar Bear

Wednesday 18th January, 2017 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€8
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Boston in the late ‘70s; Cameron (Mark Ruffalo) is struggling with bipolar disorder; the future appears uncertain for his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) and their two daughters when a particularly difficult period sees him both fired from his job and hospitalised. When she is awarded a business scholarship to attend Columbia University, Maggie convinces her reluctant husband – convalescing at home on lithium treatment - to look after the girls for the eighteen months she’ll be in New York, a…

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NB Theatre presents: Creaking

Friday 20th January, 2017 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€12

Combining humour and pathos, Creaking examines the everyday challenges and pressures on the mental health of older people in Irish society through the eyes of 79 year-old indomitable Rita. Presented as a staged reading, Creaking is a unique movement documentary for theatre that combines original text, with an improvised vocal score.This immersive theatre event will be followed by a post-show discussion with the director, writer and members of the cast. Written by Noelle Brown co-created by Oonagh Murphy & Noelle…

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January 2019

First Fortnight: Build-a-Guild interactive gaming

Wednesday 16th January, 2019 - 18:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE

Build a Guild is a gaming group for adults which focuses on social and personal development for those of our community experiencing isolation, whether it be from mental health issues, disability or any other type of issue that may isolate someone. Our aim is to bring folk together in a safe environment through interactive play. We will play a selection of hilarious fill in the blank games on your smartphone's web browser @ JackBox.tv, using an Xbox One, Welcome to…

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TALK: Arts and Wellbeing in Kildare

Wednesday 16th January, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE

As part of Riverbank Arts Centre's  First Fortnight programme of events, John Conway will host a panel talk with artists, theatre makers, and musicians who deliver, arts, health and well being projects with the support of Kildare County Council Arts Service. Join us for a presentation of projects that explore the link between arts and wellbeing from a number of unique perspectives. The projects, which range from theatre, film and photography, are focused around three specific communities: children, young people,…

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FIRST FORTNIGHT: Griese Youth Theatre presents: Burying Your Brother in the Pavement

Friday 18th January, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€5

Burying Your Brother in the Pavement by Jack Thorne is a play that tackles the story of a teenage girl grieving for her dead brother with emotional honesty and imaginative flair. Written specifically for young people, it was commissioned as part of the 2008 National Theatre Connections Festival and premiered by youth theatres across the UK and Ireland. Griese Youth Theatre from Ballitore, County Kildare originally staged this show in Riverbank Arts Centre in June 2018. Griese Youth Theatre (GYT)…

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FIRST FORTNIGHT: Just Keep Swimming Workshop (7-9 years)

Saturday 19th January, 2019 - 10:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€4

Just Keep Swimming is a Wellbeing & Resilience workshop for children aged 7-9 years old based on the theme of the ocean. Like "Finding Dory", this Arts and Crafts workshop is about exploring family connections, learning how to embrace your emotions and reaching out to friends and family for support. Using storytelling and creative activities, children will explore strategies to "just keep swimming" like Dory's famous mantra. First Fortnight facilitators will be available to talk to parents after the workshop.…

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FIRST FORTNIGHT: Great Barrier Reef – Resilience Workshop (ages 10-12 years)

Saturday 19th January, 2019 - 12:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€4

Great Barrier Reef is a Wellbeing & Resilience workshop for children aged 10-12 years old based on the theme of the ocean. The children will take on the persona of a great sea world explorer and look at the barrier reef like a big wide family with lots of branches and connections. Using storytelling and fun creative activities, children will explore what makes them unique and different and how to grow connections with the world around them. The workshop will…

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FIRST FORTNIGHT Family Day: Finding Dory

Saturday 19th January, 2019 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€4

Disney•Pixar's Finding Dory reunites everyone’s favourite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL•E) the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.

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FIRST FORTNIGHT: LYSIS

Wednesday 23rd January, 2019 - 17:00
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One event on Thursday 24th January, 2019 at 17:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€10

Upstate Theatre Project in association with Droichead Arts Centre present Lysis Lysis definition: (biology) the disintegration of a cell by rupture of the cell wall or membrane (medical) the subsidence of one or more symptoms of an acute disease Based on the writings and testimonies of people living with mental health issues, Lysis is a docudrama that traces the experiences of five individuals. This audio-visual installation is a forthright portrait of people side-lined by society through everyday stigma, prejudice and general…

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FIRST FORTNIGHT: LYSIS

Thursday 24th January, 2019 - 17:00
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One event on Thursday 24th January, 2019 at 17:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€10

Upstate Theatre Project in association with Droichead Arts Centre present Lysis Lysis definition: (biology) the disintegration of a cell by rupture of the cell wall or membrane (medical) the subsidence of one or more symptoms of an acute disease Based on the writings and testimonies of people living with mental health issues, Lysis is a docudrama that traces the experiences of five individuals. This audio-visual installation is a forthright portrait of people side-lined by society through everyday stigma, prejudice and general…

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January 2020

VISUAL ARTS: The Creative Well Archive Project

Saturday 11th January, 2020 - 09:30 - Wednesday 5th February, 2020 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Admission Free

In 2021 The Creative Well and “This Must Be the Place” will celebrate 10 years of arts and health in Kildare.  So this year we will be gathering The Well, its participants and its work since its inception to create a celebratory publication for our 10-year anniversary.   The Creative Well visual arts programme of work aims to build and support well-being and rich life experiences by encouraging adults to engage with their creativity through visual art. Designed for people with…

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First Fortnight Cinema: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Thursday 16th January, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, a tragic-comedy directed by Milos Forman and starring Jack Nicholson, is about a free-spirited rogue who takes over the ward of a mental hospital through a combination of ingenuity and chutzpah. Based on Ken Kesey’s celebrated novel, the film uses a metaphorical framework - the madhouse - to symbolise the individual against the system, the story gets its power from the innumerable details which reveal what life is about in a mental institution. Director…

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FAMILY: Storytelling Yoga with Nicola Foxe

Saturday 18th January, 2020 - 10:00
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One event on Saturday 18th January, 2020 at 11:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€10 (Adult & Child)

Using popular titles such as 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and 'The Gruffalo', Nicola Foxe combines the wonders of storytelling with the benefits of yoga creating a captivating 'Yoga Storytelling' experience for the children. Moving their way through the beginning and middle to the end of the session, the children will learn breathing techniques and a sequence of poses all to the tune of their favourite stories. Nicola is a child yoga specialist, an SNA and has been teaching…

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WORKSHOP: Batman Needs a Break

Saturday 18th January, 2020 - 10:30
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One event on Saturday 18th January, 2020 at 12:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€10

Pow… Sock… Smash… Batman spends so much time fighting crime and pouring over clues in the deep dark Batcave that he is exhausted. But when he finally gets a holiday, he discovers that he hasn’t a clue how to relax! He tries baking to see if that will help him to calm down but it turns out he’s not very good at it. What else can he do to just chill out? During this workshop, hosted by Batman himself, you…

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FAMILY: Storytelling Yoga with Nicola Foxe

Saturday 18th January, 2020 - 11:30
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One event on Saturday 18th January, 2020 at 11:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€10 (Adult & Child)

Using popular titles such as 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and 'The Gruffalo', Nicola Foxe combines the wonders of storytelling with the benefits of yoga creating a captivating 'Yoga Storytelling' experience for the children. Moving their way through the beginning and middle to the end of the session, the children will learn breathing techniques and a sequence of poses all to the tune of their favourite stories. Nicola is a child yoga specialist, an SNA and has been teaching…

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FAMILY: Peter Donnelly – Miggeldy and Me

Saturday 18th January, 2020 - 12:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€3/€10 FAMILY

++ Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been postponed until Summer 2020 - please keep an eye on our website for further details ++ The story behind the President books! The President of Ireland, a tale of forgotten glasses, the adventures of a wandering V.I.C (Very Important Cat) and a big surprise! Join author and illustrator Peter Donnelly for a very special First Fortnight family event based on his bestselling, award winning books, The President’s Glasses, The President’s Cat…

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WORKSHOP: Batman Needs a Break

Saturday 18th January, 2020 - 12:00
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One event on Saturday 18th January, 2020 at 12:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€10

Pow… Sock… Smash… Batman spends so much time fighting crime and pouring over clues in the deep dark Batcave that he is exhausted. But when he finally gets a holiday, he discovers that he hasn’t a clue how to relax! He tries baking to see if that will help him to calm down but it turns out he’s not very good at it. What else can he do to just chill out? During this workshop, hosted by Batman himself, you…

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FAMILY CINEMA: UP

Saturday 18th January, 2020 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€4

From the revolutionary minds of Pixar Animation Studios and the acclaimed director of MONSTERS, INC. comes a hilarious uplifting adventure where the sky is no longer the limit. Carl Fredicksen, a retired balloon salesman, is part rascal, part dreamer who is ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets off to the lost world of his childhood dreams. Unbeknownst to Carl, Russell, an overeager 8-year old Wilderness Explorer who has never…

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FIRST FORTNIGHT: In One Eye, Out the Other

Saturday 18th January, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€15

The first solo comedy show from Tadhg Hickey introduces you to Feargal; a downtrodden but cheery man who fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming an alcoholic. Using the Catholic calendar as a roadmap, Feargal leads us on a surreal and hilarious journey with many poignant twists in the hope of arriving at a sort of light at the end of the tunnel for the 'bright man’. Written/Performed by Tadhg Hickey. Directed by John McCarthy. Original music by Brian Lane. Produced…

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January 2021

ONLINE THEATRE: Mustard by Eva O’Connor

Thursday 21st January, 2021 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 per device

Fishamble: The New Play Company, in association with Sunday's Child Theatre Presents When E meets the man of her dreams, a professional cyclist, love hits her in the pubic bone like a train. But when it ends she plummets into a black hole of heartbreak at the speed of a doped up team on the Tour de France. A one-woman show about heartbreak, madness and how condiments are the ultimate coping mechanism, by award-winning playwright & performer Eva O’Connor. WINNER…

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ONLINE FAMILY WORKSHOP: Create a Mood Book with Marta Golubowska

Saturday 23rd January, 2021 - 10:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€5

Does happiness have a colour? Does anger have a shape? In this workshop hosted by artist Marta Golubowska, children will create 'mood books' for sketches and collages to express their emotions. Using music, colours and shapes as prompts,  participating children will create a series of collages, based on a 'flying scissors' technique inspired by Matisse.  Children will be invited to focus on their emotions - and reflect these feelings in their artwork The sketchbook can kept and used to express…

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ONLINE QUIZ: Good news quiz with JUNEFEST

Thursday 28th January, 2021 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

We are teaming up with June Fest as part of the First Fortnight festival to bring you a 'good news' version of their online quiz. It will be full of fun questions, comedy and positivity to help banish the January blues! There will also be lots of prizes up for grabs for the winners. You can join the online quiz through your phone, tablet, laptop or PC.  You can take part solo or field a team from your sofa -…

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