Folk Music and Tense Drama Come to Down Arts Centre
Down Arts Centre will be welcoming Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player, Daoiri Farrell and a tense drama based on the trials of Oscar Wilde to brighten up the days following the Saint Patrick’s celebrations.
The Dublin-born singer will make his appearance on Friday 22 March while Oscar Wilde will take centre stage on Saturday 23 March with both shows kicking off at 8pm.
Before beginning his stellar career as a bouzouki player and traditional singer, Daoiri worked as an electrician. After bursting onto the folk scene, and with plaudits from Christy Moore and Donal Lunny, Daoirí released an acclaimed first album, toured around the world and picked up two BBC Radio Two Folk Awards for Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track.
If tense and compelling drama is more to your taste, then ‘The Trials of Oscar Wilde’ will definitely be of interest. Merlin Holland, Wilde’s only surviving grandson, and international director John O’Connor, have collected and dramatised Court records, notes from journalists and newspaper reports of the three trials involving Ireland’s flawed genius.
Produced by Centre Stage (by arrangement with Samuel French), the play uses the actual transcript of Edward Carson’s brilliant cross examination in the first of the trials and includes Wilde’s last heartfelt words after sentencing.
For a full list of all the entertainment in Down Arts Centre this season, please pick up a brochure from Down Arts Centre. Full programme details are also available online at www.downartscentre.com and to join the mailing list, please call Box Office on 028 4461 0747.