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March 2023

WORKSHOP: Wet Felting a Funky Feline with Tamzen Lundy

Saturday 25th March, 2023 - 10:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€35

In this full day course, participants will learn the basics of wet-felting, the world's oldest form of textile making. This is a fabulous introduction to a very sensory craft, suitable for complete beginners and/or intermediate felt-makers who wish to explore 3D felting around a resist template. Tamzen (former chairperson Felt-makers Ireland and textile professional of 20yrs+ experience) will introduce the group to the basics of wet-felting, then move on to felting around a resist to produce a 3D item, you will…

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THEATRE: GomBean

Saturday 25th March, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€15/€12

GomBean is a comedy set in a sleepy town in Sligo. Delivering a lockdown dose of caffeine fuelled fun GomBean opens a lid on Grace O’ Malley’s new coffee van venture. But then a blast from her past, wrestling rival Ruby Stephens, arrives in town decades after making it big. Her arrival literally turns Grace’s world upside down, as she contends to win back her title which she lost at the U18’s Community Games in ’94. Some dreams can’t be…

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FAMILY: The Speks

Sunday 26th March, 2023 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€10

The Speks present a lively show of nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music which will have adults and kids jumping in their seats! Their hand-clapping, toe-tapping, hearty-laughing show is all about life on Glasses Island – a magical island off the coast of Co. Clare where everybody wears glasses! The Speks have won a Parents’ Choice music award in the US where their music has been described as “Riverdance for kids” and they encourage everyone to…

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CINEMA: Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

Monday 27th March, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

In 1957 London, Mrs. Ada Harris, (Lesley Manville) a widowed cleaning lady, becomes taken with one client's haute couture Dior dress. Inspired to buy her own, Ada starts to save her pennies to fulfil her dream. After suddenly receiving a back-dated war-widow's pension windfall, she travels to Paris to do so. She stumbles into a showing of Dior's 10th anniversary collection and is befriended by André, the Dior accountant, and Natasha, a Dior model. However, the Dior director, Claudine (Isabelle…

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THEATRE: Brokentalkers Presents The Examination

Wednesday 29th March, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€18 / €16

‘I’d like the people to know I’m not an animal. Did I cause harm? Yes. Should I be punished? Of course. But do I deserve my human rights? Absolutely I do.’   The Examination is the award-winning production by Brokentalkers exploring mental health and human rights in the prison system. Performed by Brokentalkers’ Gary Keegan and stand-up comedian and former prisoner Willie White.   Featuring Brokentalkers’ distinctive blend of biography, socio-political discourse and breath taking theatricality, The Examination draws on…

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April 2023

NT CONNECTIONS 2023: Straffan Drama Club Presents – Model Behaviour by Jon Brittain

Saturday 1st April, 2023 - 19:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€5

Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to host the National Theatre Connection Festival in 2023 Connections is the National Theatre's annual, UK and Ireland youth theatre festival. The programme has been established for 27 years with a celebrated history of championing the talent of young people from across the UK and Ireland. Every year, NT Connections commission ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK's most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. They work…

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NT CONNECTION 2023: Waterford Youth Arts Presents – Is This Good Enough? By Avaes Mohammad

Saturday 1st April, 2023 - 21:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€5

Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to host the National Theatre Connection Festival in 2023 Connections is the National Theatre's annual, UK and Ireland youth theatre festival. The programme has been established for 27 years with a celebrated history of championing the talent of young people from across the UK and Ireland. Every year, NT Connections commission ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK's most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. They work…

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NT CONNECTIONS 2023: County Limerick Youth Theatre Presents – Model Behaviour by Jon Brittain

Sunday 2nd April, 2023 - 18:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€5

Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to host the National Theatre Connection Festival in 2023 Connections is the National Theatre's annual, UK and Ireland youth theatre festival. The programme has been established for 27 years with a celebrated history of championing the talent of young people from across the UK and Ireland. Every year, NT Connections commission ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK's most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. They work…

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NT CONNECTIONS 2023: Mr. Sands Youth Theatre Presents – The Heights by Lisa McGee

Sunday 2nd April, 2023 - 19:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€5

Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to host the National Theatre Connection Festival in 2023 Connections is the National Theatre's annual, UK and Ireland youth theatre festival. The programme has been established for 27 years with a celebrated history of championing the talent of young people from across the UK and Ireland. Every year, NT Connections commission ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK's most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. They work…

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WORKSHOP: Easter Art Camp with Marta Golubowska

Monday 3rd April, 2023 - 10:00 - Friday 7th April, 2023 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Join us for an adventure with Arts this Easter! In this camp children will have a chance to experience working with artists and art educators from County Kildare. Under the lead of visual artist Marta Golubowska we will get creative with drawing, designing, clay, paper, painting and more. Each day a guest artist will join us to inspire participants to get creative! Monday 3 April - Friday 7 April 10am-2pm daily Suitable for 8-12 years Please bring a packed lunch…

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CINEMA: Return to Dust

Monday 3rd April, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

In the rural Gansu region of China, Ma and Cao are two people who are only seen as inconveniences by their respective families. They are cast off and forced into an arranged marriage. Living a simple but challenging farming life, the couple gradually fall in love. Together, they decide to build their own house. However, a state-ordered demolition process threatens their very way of life. The latest film from director Li Ruijun is a patient, tender story of survival and…

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EARLY YEARS: BabyGROOVE

Tuesday 4th April, 2023 - 11:00
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One event on Tuesday 4th April, 2023 at 12:00

One event on Tuesday 4th April, 2023 at 13:00

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 10:30

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 11:30

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 12:30

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

A chilled out 70’s-inspired adventure for babies under 12 months, full of gorgeous harmony singing and immersive video created by Anna Newell Theatre Adventures, one of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers for young audiences whose work for early years has been seen on six continents. babyGROOVE is part of the 2023 programme from The Network For Extraordinary Audiences and is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. Co-production with The Civic.  Touring to the Network For Extraordinary Audiences.  Funded by Arts Council…

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EARLY YEARS: BabyGROOVE

Tuesday 4th April, 2023 - 12:00
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One event on Tuesday 4th April, 2023 at 12:00

One event on Tuesday 4th April, 2023 at 13:00

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 10:30

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 11:30

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 12:30

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

A chilled out 70’s-inspired adventure for babies under 12 months, full of gorgeous harmony singing and immersive video created by Anna Newell Theatre Adventures, one of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers for young audiences whose work for early years has been seen on six continents. babyGROOVE is part of the 2023 programme from The Network For Extraordinary Audiences and is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. Co-production with The Civic.  Touring to the Network For Extraordinary Audiences.  Funded by Arts Council…

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EARLY YEARS: BabyGROOVE

Tuesday 4th April, 2023 - 13:00
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One event on Tuesday 4th April, 2023 at 12:00

One event on Tuesday 4th April, 2023 at 13:00

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 10:30

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 11:30

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 12:30

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

A chilled out 70’s-inspired adventure for babies under 12 months, full of gorgeous harmony singing and immersive video created by Anna Newell Theatre Adventures, one of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers for young audiences whose work for early years has been seen on six continents. babyGROOVE is part of the 2023 programme from The Network For Extraordinary Audiences and is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. Co-production with The Civic.  Touring to the Network For Extraordinary Audiences.  Funded by Arts Council…

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EARLY YEARS: BabyGROOVE

Wednesday 5th April, 2023 - 10:30
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One event on Tuesday 4th April, 2023 at 12:00

One event on Tuesday 4th April, 2023 at 13:00

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 10:30

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 11:30

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 12:30

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

A chilled out 70’s-inspired adventure for babies under 12 months, full of gorgeous harmony singing and immersive video created by Anna Newell Theatre Adventures, one of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers for young audiences whose work for early years has been seen on six continents. babyGROOVE is part of the 2023 programme from The Network For Extraordinary Audiences and is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. Co-production with The Civic.  Touring to the Network For Extraordinary Audiences.  Funded by Arts Council…

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EARLY YEARS: BabyGROOVE

Wednesday 5th April, 2023 - 11:30
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One event on Tuesday 4th April, 2023 at 12:00

One event on Tuesday 4th April, 2023 at 13:00

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 10:30

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 11:30

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 12:30

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

A chilled out 70’s-inspired adventure for babies under 12 months, full of gorgeous harmony singing and immersive video created by Anna Newell Theatre Adventures, one of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers for young audiences whose work for early years has been seen on six continents. babyGROOVE is part of the 2023 programme from The Network For Extraordinary Audiences and is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. Co-production with The Civic.  Touring to the Network For Extraordinary Audiences.  Funded by Arts Council…

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EARLY YEARS: BabyGROOVE

Wednesday 5th April, 2023 - 12:30
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One event on Tuesday 4th April, 2023 at 12:00

One event on Tuesday 4th April, 2023 at 13:00

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 10:30

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 11:30

One event on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 at 12:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
+ Google Map
€10 (Baby & Adult)

A chilled out 70’s-inspired adventure for babies under 12 months, full of gorgeous harmony singing and immersive video created by Anna Newell Theatre Adventures, one of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers for young audiences whose work for early years has been seen on six continents. babyGROOVE is part of the 2023 programme from The Network For Extraordinary Audiences and is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. Co-production with The Civic.  Touring to the Network For Extraordinary Audiences.  Funded by Arts Council…

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COMEDY: Neil Delamere – Delamerium

Thursday 6th April, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€23

Neil Delamere is back with a brand new show, Delamerium. Expect the usual hilarious stories, wry observations and quick-witted improvisation as our comedy hero tries to makes sense of the world around him. "No TV camera could accurately measure the lightning speed of Delamere's wit"- The Irish Times

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FAMILY CINEMA: Cinderella

Saturday 8th April, 2023 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€4

Disney's classic film Cinderella tells the story of a young girl whose cruel stepmother and stepsisters prevent her from attending the Royal Ball.  With help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, her Fairy Godmother (and a little bit of magic!) she makes it to the Royal Ball where she wins the heart of the Prince. Directed by Clyde Geronimi & Wilfred Jackson | 74 mins | Cert G Images Courtesy of Park Circus/Walt Disney Studios

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MUSIC: The Celtic Tenors

Saturday 8th April, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€28 / €25

Over 20 years together, The Celtic Tenors are marking their return to Riverbank Arts Centre with this ever-popular show featuring snippets from their 9th studio album, An Irish Songbook. Their show will present a selection of some of the best of Irish songs with Rocky Road to Dublin, Red is the Rose and Sweet Sixteen and a healthy dose of the tenor classics like Nessun Dorma and La Donna e Mobile. The Celtic Tenors are delighted to be back doing…

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WORKSHOP: Digi-Creators Camp

Tuesday 11th April, 2023 - 10:00 - Friday 14th April, 2023 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€120

Welcome to a world of storytelling using technology! During this 4 day Digi-Creators Camp you will get lots of hands-on experience making your own movies, podcasts and stop motion animations. Create stories, build worlds and tell them in different ways. VIDEO: Lights, camera, action!. Think of an idea, build a story and script a short film. Learn how to film, create & edit footage on mobile devices, add credits & music and how to share & showcase their film. PODCAST:…

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TALK: Michael Harding – All the Things Left Unsaid

Thursday 13th April, 2023 - 20:00
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One event on Friday 14th April, 2023 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€22

An Evening with Michael Harding For almost fifty years, Michael Harding has been crafting words in a bid to express himself, and to explore truths about the human condition. But even still he found himself unable to say certain things he really wanted to. Then, while in recovery from surgery, he travelled to a cottage on the Atlantic coast and thought again about life and the people who had profoundly affected him over the years: mentors, loves and old friends.…

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TALK: Michael Harding – All the Things Left Unsaid

Friday 14th April, 2023 - 20:00
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One event on Friday 14th April, 2023 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€22

An Evening with Michael Harding For almost fifty years, Michael Harding has been crafting words in a bid to express himself, and to explore truths about the human condition. But even still he found himself unable to say certain things he really wanted to. Then, while in recovery from surgery, he travelled to a cottage on the Atlantic coast and thought again about life and the people who had profoundly affected him over the years: mentors, loves and old friends.…

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MUSIC: Karan Casey

Saturday 15th April, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€20

Irish singer-songwriter Karan Casey celebrates the release of her new album Nine Apples of Gold. The album is an ode to the natural world featuring the songbirds of Portglenone, the moon, conversations from the grave, returning to the wild, listening for the cuckoo as she sleeps. Joined by Sean Óg Graham and Niamh Dunne she will be singing songs from the new album as well as from her extensive back catalogue. Singing songs charged with a sense of social responsibility…

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CINEMA: Vengeance

Monday 17th April, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

Vengeance, the directorial debut from writer and star B.J. Novak (The Office), is a darkly comic thriller about Ben Manalowitz, a journalist and podcaster who travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with. With an ensemble cast that includes Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, Boyd Holbrook, J. Smith-Cameron and Dove Cameron. Directed by B.J. Novak | 107 mins | Cert 15A https://youtu.be/hRZE9W7zWIs

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EARLY YEARS: Music & Sensory Play with Catherine Hartnett

Wednesday 19th April, 2023 - 10:30
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One event on Wednesday 22nd February, 2023 at 10:30

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One event on Wednesday 19th April, 2023 at 10:30

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

Music and sensory play class for toddlers aged 1 to 3 years and parents in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Toddlers will be given the opportunity to learn through music, movement and play, and explore different textures and sounds. This class, led by music teacher Catherine Hartnett promotes adult-child interaction as well as interactions between children. Dance, sing, listen, learn and play with musical instruments, scarves, mirrors, parachutes and more! Duration 60 mins Catherine Hartnett is a music teacher with…

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THEATRE: The Wrens by Dan Colley

Saturday 22nd April, 2023 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€28 (family) / €8 (single)

An odd collection of tricksters live in the gorse bushes at the edge of the town. They're best left alone, the townsfolk say. We've nothing to do with them. What they don't say is; except the odd healing spell, love cure, hair-cut, or to burn them out of their nests once a year. This magic-realist piece for audiences aged 8+ is a poignant, funny, and wildly speculative interpretation of history and myths. A new piece from Riverbank Artist in Residence,…

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CINEMA: The Rose Maker

Monday 24th April, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€7 (early bird) / €9 (on door)

Eve was once a champion rose grower, but after years without a big success her business is on the verge of collapse. She reluctantly starts to consider selling to a successful competitor. In a last-ditch effort to save their livelihoods, Eve’s secretary Rosa brings on three inexperienced workers to help out. Despite her initial hostility to the idea, the new arrivals soon inspire Eve to give rose-designing one last shot… A charming and witty comedy-drama, The Rose Maker is a…

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IFI SCHOOL SCREENING: Mediterraneo: The Law of the Sea / Mediterráneo

Thursday 27th April, 2023 - 10:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 per student (teachers free)

As he learns of the growing humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean Sea, Spanish lifeguard Òscar Camps decides to head to the Greek island of Lesbos along with his reluctant colleague Gerard. Once on the island, they’re faced with the enormity of the situation. With limited resources, the pair struggle to do what they can to help the continued stream of people arriving, working against determined people smugglers and inert local coastguards. Contains dramatised scenes of rescue from refugee crisis…

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MUSIC: The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh

Friday 28th April, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€24

The Illegals return to Riverbank with their ever-popular, classic-rock revue. Every year, The Illegals delve deeper into the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac back-catalogues to keep their dynamic live show fresh but familiar to packed venues throughout Ireland. This year sees Niamh and the band belting out a superb set from the Big Two and ‘connected’ others from the West Coast sound. Led by Niamh Kavanagh, she of the mesmerizing voice and mischievous spirit, The Illegals will take you on a…

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May 2023

SCHOOLS: KYT Presents Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Wednesday 3rd May, 2023 - 11:00
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An event every day that begins at 11:00, repeating until Thursday 4th May, 2023

An event every day that begins at 11:00, repeating until Friday 5th May, 2023

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 per student (teachers free)

Featuring a cast of young people from Kildare schools who are studying the play. They are joined by young volunteers from abroad, making it a truly multicultural production. Kildare Youth Theatre is a project of Crooked House Theatre Company. Each May we stage a play by Shakespeare, usually the text that is prescribed for current 5th years for their Leaving Certificate. This production emphasises the zealous nature of Hamlet’s quest to be the ‘scourge and minister’ of the age. He is…

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SCHOOLS: KYT Presents Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Thursday 4th May, 2023 - 11:00
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An event every day that begins at 11:00, repeating until Thursday 4th May, 2023

An event every day that begins at 11:00, repeating until Friday 5th May, 2023

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 per student (teachers free)

Featuring a cast of young people from Kildare schools who are studying the play. They are joined by young volunteers from abroad, making it a truly multicultural production. Kildare Youth Theatre is a project of Crooked House Theatre Company. Each May we stage a play by Shakespeare, usually the text that is prescribed for current 5th years for their Leaving Certificate. This production emphasises the zealous nature of Hamlet’s quest to be the ‘scourge and minister’ of the age. He is…

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SCHOOLS: KYT Presents Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Friday 5th May, 2023 - 11:00
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An event every day that begins at 11:00, repeating until Thursday 4th May, 2023

An event every day that begins at 11:00, repeating until Friday 5th May, 2023

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 per student (teachers free)

Featuring a cast of young people from Kildare schools who are studying the play. They are joined by young volunteers from abroad, making it a truly multicultural production. Kildare Youth Theatre is a project of Crooked House Theatre Company. Each May we stage a play by Shakespeare, usually the text that is prescribed for current 5th years for their Leaving Certificate. This production emphasises the zealous nature of Hamlet’s quest to be the ‘scourge and minister’ of the age. He is…

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MUSIC: Inni-K

Saturday 6th May, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€20/€18

“One of the most acclaimed voices in the extraordinary revival of traditional and folk music we have witnessed in recent years.” RTÉ Radio 1, Arena Inni-K’s music draws on her extensive background in folk and traditional Irish music, even as she ventures into new musical territories. Her original song-writing (The Hare & the Line 2019 and The King has Two Horse’s Ears 2015), combines ethereal vocals with deft musicianship, evocative lyrics and a unique approach to song-writing. Inni-K’s highly celebrated…

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THEATRE: Country & Irish by Patrick McCabe

Wednesday 10th May, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€18 / €16

Peter Gowen takes the lead in Patrick McCabe’s Beckett-esque one-man show. Meet Donie Burris who overcomes his troubles (which include his treacherous girlfriend, his overbearing Mum and the Midford Mafia) by imagining himself as “The star of his own gangster movie”. Country and Irish is essentially the story of a man at the end of his tether who sets out to tell a story like no other; none you’ve ever heard before. Directed by Conor Hanratty, McCabe’s triumphant theatrical display has…

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SCHOOL SHOW: StrongWomen Science

Friday 12th May, 2023 - 10:30
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An event every day that begins at 12:15, repeating until Friday 12th May, 2023

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 per student (teachers free)

StrongWomen Science is a circus science show for children and families starring two women scientists turned circus performers. Aoife Raleigh is an engineer, Maria Corcoran an environmental scientist. Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop…

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MUSIC NETWORK PRESENTS: Liz Knowles, Niwel Tsumbu & Niall Vallely

Friday 12th May, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€18 / €15

Three musicians, multiple traditions and an abundance of talent would be one way to describe the specially curated powerhouse ensemble of Knowles, Tsumbu and Vallely. Liz Knowles - fiddle/hardanger fiddle Niwel Tsumbu - guitar/vocals Niall Vallely - concertina Genre-bending and label-defying would be another, and this trio will immerse listeners in the striking melodies, beautiful harmonies, and deep rhythmic grooves that result from their collaborative onstage joie de vivre. Bringing together stellar hardingfele and fiddle player Liz Knowles from Kentucky, masterfully elegant Congolese…

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COMEDY: Deirdre O’Kane – Demented

Saturday 13th May, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€22

There's a point beyond burnout where all you can do is laugh, and funny woman Deirdre O'Kane has well and truly reached it. Catch her brilliant new stand-up show, Demented, at Riverbank Arts Centre. "Unique star quality." – The Guardian

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IFI SCHOOL SCREENING: The Path / Der Pfad

Tuesday 16th May, 2023 - 10:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 per student (teachers free)

Based on the novel by Rüdiger Bertram and inspired by true events, Der Pfad follows 12-year old Rolf, as he flees Nazi terror alongside his father and dog in 1940. Assisted by young Núria, their route to freedom is the Pyrenees Mountain Range across France and Spain. What follows is a gripping yet heartwarming tale that speaks on ever-relevant issues of fleeing war and persecution, as two young people learn to support and rely on one another for help. Junior…

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MUSIC: Lisa Lambe – NightVisiting

Friday 26th May, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€22/€20

Songs and stories from the hearth with Lisa Lambe Based on her work with the National Folklore Collection and her recent M.A in Irish Folklore, internationally acclaimed Irish folk singer Lisa Lambe brings us her new project NightVisiting, first commissioned by The National Famine Museum in Strokestown, County Roscommon. Lisa collaborates with renowned traditional musicians alongside local contributors to create a unique performance bespoke to each venue she visits. NightVisiting reconnects us to the social role that night time social house visits…

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THEATRE: John B. Keane’s The Matchmaker

Saturday 27th May, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€25 / €23

One of Ireland's leading dramatic actresses Norma Sheahan joins Jon Kenny (who was part of the Irish comic duo d’Unbelievables with Pat Shortt) for John B. Keane's The Matchmaker. Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy. The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn. Using his inimitable way with words and his sense of “devilment” and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of…

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June 2023

MUSIC: Sharon Shannon

Saturday 10th June, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€31

In June 1989 Sharon was rehearsing and demoing tracks for her first album, when she was whisked away to Glastonbury festival with The Waterboys. In the 30 years that have elapsed since then, Sharon has recorded 10 studio albums; 5 live albums, 4 best of compilations and 3 live concert DVDs. She has received many awards including being the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2009 She has collaborated, recorded and toured with everyone from Willie…

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September 2023

COMEDY: How to Get the Menopause & Enjoy It

Saturday 23rd September, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€22

Anne Gildea is waxing her moustache, slathering on the Oestrogel and boiling with excitement about bringing her fabulous hit show back to Riverbank Arts Centre! How to Get The Menopause and Enjoy It has been wowing audiences and critics alike, and playing to packed house all over Ireland, since it’s sell-out launch last year. On Valentine’s Day 2022 Anne Gildea launched her new show, How to Get The Menopause and Enjoy It, at the Viking Theatre, Clontarf, Dublin. The two-week run was…

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November 2023

COMEDY: Chris Kent – Back At It

Friday 3rd November, 2023 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€20

Cork man Chris Kent makes his first appearance on Riverbanks stage with his brand new show Back At It. After a dose of the real world (having gone back to the day job as an electrician), Chris found himself with two jobs and the ridiculous notion of trying to buy a house. It turns out he did not have enough jobs. Something had to give and shur there’s no future in electricity anyway… “Chris is effortlessly hilarious, an incredible storyteller…

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