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August 2019

WORKSHOP: Bilingual drama workshop with Fizz & Chips

Saturday 24th August, 2019 - 11:30
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One event on Saturday 24th August, 2019 at 13:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE, booking advised

Fizz and Chips Theatre Company are running bilingual drama workshops as Gaeilge agus Béarla for children aged 5-12. Explore movement, sound, and voice in a fun and friendly environment through Irish and English. The Company are working on a new theatre show for children and will introduce some scenes and themes to play around with. Orlaith Carr, Eoin O'Dubhghaill and Orla Ní Thiobraide are theatre-makers and actors who have worked on many Irish language productions including Ros na Rún on…

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WORKSHOP: Bilingual drama workshop with Fizz & Chips

Saturday 24th August, 2019 - 13:00
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One event on Saturday 24th August, 2019 at 11:30

One event on Saturday 24th August, 2019 at 13:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE, booking advised

Fizz and Chips Theatre Company are running bilingual drama workshops as Gaeilge agus Béarla for children aged 5-12. Explore movement, sound, and voice in a fun and friendly environment through Irish and English. The Company are working on a new theatre show for children and will introduce some scenes and themes to play around with. Orlaith Carr, Eoin O'Dubhghaill and Orla Ní Thiobraide are theatre-makers and actors who have worked on many Irish language productions including Ros na Rún on…

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FAMILY: An Lasairéan – work-in-progress

Saturday 31st August, 2019 - 12:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE, booking advised

Fizz and Chips Theatre Company are developing a new show for children and they want your help. They are in the very early stages of creation and are holding an open sharing to get your feedback on some ideas for their new show An Lasairéan. An Lasairéan is a bilingual show as Gaeilge agus Béarla telling the story of a young bird (The Flamingo) who has just moved to Ireland, through dance, music and text. This short performance you will…

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September 2019

FAMILY CINEMA: TOY STORY 4

Saturday 7th September, 2019 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€4

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up…

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CINEMA: ROCKETMAN

Monday 9th September, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story - set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton - tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. ROCKETMAN also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s…

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Margaret Atwood – Live in Cinemas

Tuesday 10th September, 2019 - 19:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€15/€12

On Tuesday, September 10th, the wait will be over….The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor. The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and a protest against misogyny and…

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THEATRE: Sophie,  Ben, and other Problems by Conor Burke

Friday 13th September, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€12/€10

Sophie and Ben love each other a lot, but sometimes, they make that a bit too difficult for themselves. Two twenty-somethings who are trying to find their way in the world, they guide us through their lives of low-key alcoholism, deeply rooted regret, and unfortunate sexual mishaps. Join Sophie and Ben as they impart some words of wisdom on life, love, and modern day millennial relationships in a play that has been described by West-End Wilma as "quirky, wholesome, and…

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COMEDY – DIRTBIRDS Self-Help Tour

Saturday 14th September, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€20/€18

Back by popular demand...! If making the school lunches, doing the jaysus homework and dodging the guards because your NCT is out by two years is sending you over the edge, you are not alone. Come and join the Dirtbirds as they navigate the stresses and strains of modern life in their brand new comedy show ‘Dirtbirds’ self-help tour’. This rip roaring two hours of comedy gold is a unique blend of hilarious sketch comedy and stand up. Brand new characters…

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VISUAL ARTS: TOTALLY EAST

Monday 16th September, 2019 - 10:00 - Friday 27th September, 2019 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE

Photos by Harald Hauswald Text/Curation by Stefan Wolle Remembering the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, this photography exhibition powerfully portrays everyday situations in the GDR. Harald Hauswald images feature run-down façades, punks and ordinary workers, he simply wanted to document everyday life — without knowing that the Berlin Wall would one day come down. This exhibition gives a unique view into East German life using QR codes that link to short video interviews on YouTube, in…

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CINEMA: GLORIA BELL

Monday 16th September, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

Gloria (Julianne Moore), a free spirited divorcée, spends her days selling insurance and her nights dancing to disco anthems at an LA singles club for the over fifties. Struggling to retain her cheerful outlook in a world where women her age are considered invisible, she finds the potential for romance when she meets newly-divorced Arnold (John Turturro) and embarks on the complicated, joyful journey of new found love. As Gloria navigates the challenges life sends her way, she maintains her…

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SPECIAL SCREENING: AMAZING GRACE – Aretha Franklin

Thursday 19th September, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

Entering the venue unobtrusively, she smiles briefly, gathers herself for a moment and then starts to sing. Gently at first, but then ever more powerfully, her voice begins to carry the audience away into the infinity of paradise. In January 1972, Aretha Franklin made her legendary album ‘Amazing Grace’ with the Southern California Community Choir and Reverend James Cleveland in the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. At the height of her fame, she made the decision to…

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CULTURE NIGHT: The Lady and the Unicorn

Friday 20th September, 2019 - 18:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE, booking advised

The Lady and the Unicorn is a fun multimedia one-woman show. With the aid of a screen and projector and a table full of props Carol O’Neill shares her favourite artworks inspired in one way or another by Celtic mythology. Over 30 artists are celebrated including medieval unicorn tapestries with hidden mysteries, mythical hare sculptures by the wonderful Barry Flanagan and Dragons that inspired Andy Warhol and are still inspiring Game of Thrones TV show today. WB Yeats gets a…

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CINEMA: RAFIKI

Monday 23rd September, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

Hotly anticipated at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Rafiki tells the story of two young women, Kena and Ziki, who find love despite mounting political and family pressures. Based on Monica Arac de Nyeko’s short story, which won the 2007 Caine Prize for African fiction, director Wanuri Kahiu (Pumzi) adds bold, cutting edge vision to produce one of the freshest Kenyan queer movies to date. Like its equally brilliant predecessor Stories of Our Lives, Rafiki faced a hostile response from…

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FAMILY: ADOLETA

Saturday 28th September, 2019 - 12:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€8/€28 FAMILY

A-do-le-TA! is a dance theatre piece that joyously explores friendship and play. Come with Joy and Sky into a world where everything is possible - a tent can be a crab, an umbrella can be a cloud and the moon can sing! Through play two friends overcome differences and together imagine, create and expand their reality and yours. Ages 3 - 6   Presented by LittleLion Dance Theatre

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FAMILY EVENT: InThePicture in association with Sightsavers Ireland

Saturday 28th September, 2019 - 13:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE

#InThePicture Join Sightsavers Ireland on September 28th for a celebration of art, inclusion and equality. We are celebrating the launch of our brand new #InThePicture engagement programme for primary school children supported by Irish Aid. Join us for a day of art-based fun while learning a little bit more about disability inclusion, community empowerment and the Sustainable Development Goals. Disability inclusion is at the very heart of Sightsavers’ work, whether it is access to education, healthcare or political participation.  This…

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CINEMA: FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY

Monday 30th September, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

Rural Ireland during the 1960s; teenage traveller Frances (a break-out performance from Hazel Doupe) has to learn to fend for herself and her brother following her father Michael’s (Dara Devaney) imprisonment. Inspired by her father’s love of Muhammad Ali she develops a passion for boxing. When Michael is released, their peaceful life in the camp in picturesque West Cork is uprooted as he decides to take his family back on the road. Patriarchal and controlling, Michael demands that Frances adhere…

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October 2019

EARLY YEARS: Little Movers and Shakers – Creative Dance

Wednesday 2nd October, 2019 - 11:00
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One event on Wednesday 23rd October, 2019 at 11:00

One event on Wednesday 27th November, 2019 at 11:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€8 (adult & toddler)

Little Movers and Shakers - Creative Dance is a movement workshop for parents/guardians and toddlers/young children, where joyful, spontaneous expression is encouraged. Suitable for all, this is an opportunity to dance with your child - or alongside them - and learn some new moves yourself. Selma Daniel is a Dance Artist with over 20 years experience in dance performance, choreography and education. In 2019, she founded LittleLion Dance Theatre who presented A-do-le-TA!  at Riverbank Arts Centre in September. 2nd October…

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SPECIAL SCREENING: THE CAMINO VOYAGE

Thursday 3rd October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

A crew including a Writer, two Musicians, an Artist and a Stonemason embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat that they built themselves on an inspiring, and dangerous, 2,500 km modern day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain. This intimate documentary charts the trials and tribulations of a voyage that in the words of the poet and crew member Danny Sheehy, took “sweat, blood and blisters to complete while deepening and renewing friendships,…

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VISUAL ART: In Transition

Friday 4th October, 2019 - 10:00 - Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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'In Transition' is an exhibition by Transition Year students from St. Farnan's Post Primary School, Prosperous, Co. Kildare, which took as its starting point the work of iconic photographers including Michael Kenna, Steve Mc Curry and Eliot Porter. Students conducted research and were encouraged to be inspired and influenced by these photographic styles and/or themes, techniques and imagery. Students responded by creating their own photographs, echoing and interpreting these major photographers, using only their mobile phone. The main aim when…

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LIVE ART: Green Skies, A Double Rhythm

Saturday 5th October, 2019 - 12:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE, booking required

Green Skies, A Double Rhythm is a new provocative site specific performance that looks at the ‘Wrens of the Curragh’; a marginalised community of women that lived in gorse bushes outside the army base in Kildare in the 19th Century. These women worked as sex workers and were outcast from society. Their actions and words are documented only through police, court, prison, hospital and workhouse records. Using the location to contextualise the past and create a discussion around women’s rights…

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THEATRE: Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan

Saturday 5th October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€18/€16

Patricia has a zest for life and men when she is thrust together with Sean who is languishing in a nursing home. They form a funny and spiky relationship but is friendship the most important thing? Don't miss this humorous and touching play. Deirdre Kinahan is one of Ireland's leading playwrights with recent hits such as Rathmines Road, The Unmanageable Sisters and the internationally renowned Moment. An evening of theatre that will charm you. Not to be missed! Starring Bryan…

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FAMILY THEATRE: Stick by Me by Andy Manley

Sunday 6th October, 2019 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€8/€28 FAMILY

When I wake up you are there Ready? Let’s run, play, hide. Follow me Don’t get lost. I will stick by you If you will Stick by me Stick by Me is a quirky, new show about friendship and play, and the importance of treasuring little things. Created by Andy Manley and Ian Cameron, co-creators of international hit show White. Stick by Me was originally presented at Edinburgh International Children's Festival and commissioned by Gulbenkian **** “What a wonderfully wise…

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CINEMA: DIEGO MARADONA

Monday 7th October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

When Diego Maradona arrived in Naples in 1984, for a world-record fee, the cities cherished football team was transformed from lowly underachievers to Italian and European Champions. Venerated as a God, Maradona was subsumed into a city riddled with corruption, where even the Devil needed bodyguards. The third film from Asif Kapadia, the Oscar-winning director of Amy, is constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage. Kapadia skilfully unfurls an incredible story of sporting success, the creation of a myth…

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School Show: The Dig

Thursday 10th October, 2019 - 10:00
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One event on Friday 11th October, 2019 at 10:00

One event on Friday 11th October, 2019 at 12:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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All his life Mac has wanted to be an Archaeologist, to be an expert in finding things and working out what they mean. If only he could stick to the facts and not get carried away with his highfalutin stories. But in a world where facts and figures mean so much more than fairy tale and fantasy, Mac has to dig deeper to prove what he finds is what he thinks it is. Will people believe him, or is this…

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School Show: The Dig

Thursday 10th October, 2019 - 12:00
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One event on Friday 11th October, 2019 at 12:00

One event on Friday 11th October, 2019 at 12:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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All his life Mac has wanted to be an Archaeologist, to be an expert in finding things and working out what they mean. If only he could stick to the facts and not get carried away with his highfalutin stories. But in a world where facts and figures mean so much more than fairy tale and fantasy, Mac has to dig deeper to prove what he finds is what he thinks it is. Will people believe him, or is this…

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School Show: The Dig

Friday 11th October, 2019 - 10:00
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One event on Thursday 10th October, 2019 at 12:00

One event on Friday 11th October, 2019 at 10:00

One event on Friday 11th October, 2019 at 12:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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All his life Mac has wanted to be an Archaeologist, to be an expert in finding things and working out what they mean. If only he could stick to the facts and not get carried away with his highfalutin stories. But in a world where facts and figures mean so much more than fairy tale and fantasy, Mac has to dig deeper to prove what he finds is what he thinks it is. Will people believe him, or is this…

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School Show: The Dig

Friday 11th October, 2019 - 12:00
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One event on Thursday 10th October, 2019 at 12:00

One event on Friday 11th October, 2019 at 12:00

One event on Friday 11th October, 2019 at 12:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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All his life Mac has wanted to be an Archaeologist, to be an expert in finding things and working out what they mean. If only he could stick to the facts and not get carried away with his highfalutin stories. But in a world where facts and figures mean so much more than fairy tale and fantasy, Mac has to dig deeper to prove what he finds is what he thinks it is. Will people believe him, or is this…

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TALK: My Wild Atlantic Journey with Colin Stafford-Johnson

Friday 11th October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€16/€14

Join wildlife filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson on a journey of discovery along the western seaboard of Ireland. Colin has been walking, exploring and filming wildlife along Ireland's wild Atlantic coast over the last 15 years. He recently presented the BBC series 'Wild Ireland - Edge of the World' - that featured some of his highlights. But there are many more! Come and hear tales of adventure and misadventure from years spent tracking down some of Ireland's most elusive creatures - all…

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WORKSHOP: Come Rain or Shine – STEAM workshop with Future Makers Collective

Saturday 12th October, 2019 - 10:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€12

Riverbank Arts Centre has joined forces once again with the Future Makers' Collective to bring you 'Come Rain or Shine'. In this two-hour workshop, we will be exploring the science behind various weather conditions, including rainfall, wind, tornados, rainbows and sunshine, through our own experiments and some arts and crafts. As one of our many ongoing STEAM projects, this workshop is based on The Great Irish Weather Book by Joanna Donnelly (illustrated by Fuchsia McAree) and is suitable for any…

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FAMILY CINEMA: PICK OF THE LITTER

Saturday 12th October, 2019 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€4

Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. Cameras follow these pups through an intense two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, these remarkable animals rely on a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human. The stakes…

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COMEDY: Further Ted

Saturday 12th October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€18

Culchie Warriors brings two of the most memorable characters from Father Ted together for a night of hilarious stand up, sketches and musical comedy plus a chance to compete in a "Lovely Girls" competition. Joe Rooney (Father Damo) and Patrick McDonnell (Eoin McLove) are renowned stand-up comedians with a unique take on Irish society. Between them they have written and appeared in some of the most popular TV comedies of the last ten years; Naked Camera, Killinascully and The Savage…

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CINEMA: SUNSET

Monday 14th October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

1913, Budapest, the enigmatic Írisz Leiter (Juli Jakab) arrives in the Hungarian capital to seek employment at her deceased parents’ department store. Treated with suspicion she is rebuffed by new owner Oszkár Brill (Vlad Ivanov). But Írisz return precipitates the unearthing of family secrets and a violent, rogue brother, who is wanted for the murder of a Hungarian count. More expansive and less claustrophobic than his Oscar winning film Son of Saul, Nemes once again keeps his camera close to…

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KRF: Movie Night: The Wind That Shakes The Barley explored by Liz Gillis

Wednesday 16th October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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This year Kildare Readers’ Festival embarks on a new venture - 'Movie Night' will explore famous books, events or themes through the medium of film. For 2019 KRF has teamed up with the County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee to screen Ken Loach's The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a somewhat controversial exploration of the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. Author and historian, Liz Gillis will be in attendance to discuss her book on the…

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THEATRE: SPLICED by Timmy Creed

Thursday 17th October, 2019 - 20:00
Ballymore Eustace Handball Alley, Sousheen Common
Ballymore Eustace, Kildare W91 HV0V Ireland
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€16/€14

Chalk It Down Productions in association with The Everyman present: SPLICED Timmy is contemplating his 21 years playing GAA. Creed is now bringing sport and drama together exposing his relationship with the fastest field game in the world, hurling. Going along the journey of discovery and self-expression with Timmy is hard hitting, real, and eye-opening to the mental health challenges within sporting institutions. SPLICED is a raw, visceral account of his struggle to become an individual outside the institution that…

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KRF: Douglas Kennedy in conversation with Rick O’Shea

Friday 18th October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Kildare Readers’ Festival presents a special event honouring acclaimed writer Douglas Kennedy, international bestselling author of The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness, and The Heat of Betrayal. Douglas will discuss his successful career with radio personality and noted champion of literature, Rick O’Shea. Rick has previously curated the Imagine Arts Festival and has hosted multiple Irish book festivals. Part of Kildare Readers Festival - for details of all events, see www.kildarereadersfestival.ie 

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KRF: Ten Books You Should Read with Stefanie Preissner and Ferdia Mac Anna

Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 10:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Join us for the ever popular Ten Books You Should Read! Our guests Stefanie Preissner and Ferdia Mac Anna will select five books each that they would recommend and delve into the stories to illustrate why we should give them a try. Stefanie Preissner - Munich-born, Mallow-raised - is the creator of hit comedy-drama series Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope.  Stefanie has also produced a series of short documentaries entitled How To Adult which she presents for RTÉ's online platform RTÉ…

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KRF: Joseph O Connor, Kit De Waal and Henrietta McKervey

Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 12:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE, booking advised

The Kildare Readers’ Festival is delighted to welcome back celebrated novelist, screenwriter, and playwright Joseph O'Connor (Star of the Sea, Ghost Light, Shadowplay), who will be joined by Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2017 winner Kit De Waal (My Name is Leon, The Trick to Time) for a discussion moderated by acclaimed author Henrietta McKervey (What Becomes Of Us, The Heart of Everything). Fans of literary fiction will be treated to an in-depth discussion on various aspects of…

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KRF: Persona Poetry Workshop with Christodoulos Makris

Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE, booking required

Participants will be guided by Christodoulos Makris to make use of public texts to compose poetry in the personae of a range of current figures. This is a fun and interactive workshop, with the techniques employed adaptable to writing other kinds of poetry. Participants will also create an 'exquisite corpse' (a communally composed poem). Christodoulos is acclaimed as one of the leading practitioners of experimental poetry. All levels of experience welcome. Part of Kildare Readers Festival – for details of…

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KRF: The First Page: Writing that compelling opening to your next short story

Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE, booking required

Pauline Clooney, founder of the Kildare Writing Centre, will lead a workshop about 'openings' and how to make sure that the reader turns the first page and continues with your story. Using a guided free-write as a stimulus, the group will explore the elements of craft expected on the first page of a story, culminating in an opening to their next short story. All levels of experience welcome. Part of Kildare Readers Festival – for details of all events, see www.kildarereadersfestival.ie 

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KRF: ‘Hot Off The Press’ event & Dennis O’Driscoll Literary Awards presentation

Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 16:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE, booking advised

Join the participants from 'The First Page' and 'Persona Poetry' workshops led by Pauline Clooney and Christodoulus Makris for a sharing of work created that very afternoon - so 'hot off the press' that it might burn your fingers! We will also present the prestigious Dennis O'Driscoll Literary Bursary awards 2019 to an emerging and professional writer from County Kildare. Come and meet the awardees who will read some of their work, adjudicated by Alan McMonagle, while remembering Dennis O'Driscoll…

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KRF: Ian Maleney and Jamie Goldrick live audio-visual literary documentary

Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE, booking advised

Set around a small family farm on the edge of a bog, a few miles from the river Shannon, Minor Monuments is a live audio-visual essay unfolding from the landscape of the Irish midlands. Taking in the physical and philosophical power of sound and music, and the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on a family, Ian Maleney questions the nature of home, memory, and the complex nature of belonging. The show weaves live reading with voice recordings, music, the ambient sound…

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KRF: Something Wicked This Way Comes with Niamh Boyce, Stacey Halls and Martina Devlin

Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 20:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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'Tis the season of Samhain and the Kildare Readers’ Festival will celebrate with an exciting panel discussion examining the depiction and characterisation of witches within the canon of literature. Whether it's horror fiction or historical non-fiction, Witches and Wiccan culture have provided rich material for authors and scholars throughout the years. On hand for a riveting discourse on the topic will be acclaimed novelists Stacey Halls (The Familiars), Niamh Boyce (The Herbalist, Her Kind), and Martina Devlin (Truth & Dare, About Sisterland, The House Where It Happened).   Part of Kildare…

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KRF: Sunday Morning Sessions with Dermot Bolger and John Boyne

Sunday 20th October, 2019 - 10:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Kildare Readers’ Festival is elated that Dermot Bolger (An Ark of Light, The Family on Paradise Pier) will return to our ever popular “Sunday Morning Sessions” for a relaxed and intimate conversation with acclaimed novelist and short story writer, John Boyne (The Hearts Invisible Furies, The Absolutist, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas). In a not-to-be-missed pairing, Dermot will provide an insight into John Boyne’s work and life experience that has led to his success. Part of Kildare Readers Festival…

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KRF: Emilie Pine and Arnold Fanning in conversation with Emily Hourican

Sunday 20th October, 2019 - 12:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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The Kildare Readers’ Festival welcomes a duo of celebrated Irish authors, Emilie Pine (Notes to Self) and Arnold Thomas Fanning (Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery), for a candid panel discussion on the most intimate of literature endeavours: memoirs. This event will be moderated by author and magazine editor, Emily Hourican (How to Really Be a Mother).   Part of Kildare Readers Festival – for details of all events, see www.kildarereadersfestival.ie 

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CINEMA: ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Monday 21st October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

Los Angeles under a flaming sunset, rows of towering palm trees swaying in the breeze. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino's latest masterpiece, is imbued with the aesthetics of the City of Angels' inimitable glamour. Set in 1969, this Hollywood pastiche is the filmmaker's ode to the city of his childhood years, and inevitably stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as Rick and Cliff, inspired by the life of Burt Reynolds. The Hollywood Hills at the height of…

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