First-Ever Season of Shows Announced in Ballymaloe Grainstore

February 12, 2013

Drama, Music and More to Take Place at Ballymaloe Grainstore from February through May 2013

 For the first time, a complete season of ten shows running from February through May will be presented in Ballymaloe Grainstore.  The line-up includes Gay Byrne – Live on Stage, Phil Coulter, The Fureys & Davey Arthur, Cara O’Sullivan, Brendan Shine, Sharon Shannon, the acclaimed dramas, The Tailor of Inverness and Silent, and tributes to Josef Locke and Count John McCormack.

Ballymaloe Grainstore is a 300-seat performing arts venue located twenty miles east of Cork City.  The only purpose-built venue in East Cork, it combines terrific acoustics with an intimate atmosphere just steps away from the world-famous Ballymaloe House.

Ballymaloe Grainstore was developed by Rory Allen (son of Ballymaloe matriarch, Myrtle Allen) who is an accomplished musician in his own right. Built on the site of a 17th-century building used for storing grain and farm machinery, Rory respectfully maintained its character when creating the venue which opened in 2009.

Over the past few years, Rory has brought in many top-notch performers, but wished to have a complete, dedicated season of shows.  To that end Patrick Talbot Productions is presenting the season of shows which will firmly establish Ballymaloe Grainstore as a superlative addition to the national, regional and local cultural map.  The season will offer East Cork residents – and visitors to the area – the best of drama, music, and more.

The season kicks off with the award-winning The Tailor of Inverness (Fri 22 and Sat 23 February), a mesmerising true story of World War II survival that has earned Glasgow-born Matthew Zajac international acclaim.  His brave biographical play about his Polish father transforms a deeply personal family story into a universal work that has entranced audiences across the world.  The performance combines gripping storytelling with live fiddle music to create an evening of deeply satisfying theatre that moves, entertains and enlightens in equal measure.

Another highlight is Gay Byrne – Live on Stage on Thu 14 March.  In his first solo stage show, Gaybo shares the extraordinary moments he has witnessed or been at the centre of during his fifty-year career.  Ireland’s legendary broadcaster divulges “the greatest show biz stories never told” and uncensored behind-the-scenes tales of stars and star-makers.   It’s a two hour master class in comedic storytelling that The Irish Times calls “superb, exhilarating, ingenious…a thoroughly enjoyable evening.”

Tickets can be booked by phone on 021-4651555 or online at www.ballymaloegrainstore.com.  Packages for pre-show dinner and accommodation in Ballymaloe House are available for all performances – bookings by phone only.

Patrick Talbot Productions and Ballymaloe Grainstore gratefully acknowledge the support of RTÉ Supporting the Arts.

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