A visit to Athlone

This is a really overdue blog post but better late than never. A few weeks ago meself and himself headed to Athlone for a rare night out.

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Requiem for Julie


Last night Lucy and I went along to see Requiem for Julie by Sean Purcell at the Hawk’s Well Theatre. This musical was unlike anything I’ve seen before. It told the story of teenager Julie and her struggles to cope with life. I’m not going to tell you too much about the story because if you go and see the show I don’t want to spoil it for you.

Julie and her parents

It was a very well done show, the lighting and staging was perfect. At times I had goose bumps, especially in the second half where Julie was calling for her parents and where Smack was getting aggressive. I realise none of this will make any sense if you haven’t seen the production.

Requiem for Julie

Maria Carbonell will be a name that we hear a lot more of. She is an amazing singer and really made me sit up and listen. The choreography was great too, some of it was very fast-paced and energetic but the cast had no problem singing and dancing…and making it look easy!


Naoise Devaney who played Jaz is also another name to watch for. I thought she was a great actress and a brilliant singer too.

Neil O'Connor

It was great seeing Neil O’Connor who played Joey as he was one of the stage managers in our play we did for our drama class.

Sing me a song

Well done to Man In The Moon Productions and all involved. I still have ‘Sing me a Song’ stuck in my head.

Sweet Charity


Last night we went to see Sweet Charity performed by the Sligo Musical Society at the Hawk’s Well Theatre. It was a very good show, with a great cast and brilliant songs.


I especially liked ‘Rhythm of Life’. It was fantasic….well done Dave Flynn and cast!


It was quite a long show though at almost 3 hours including the break…my bum was starting to go slightly numb. We were in the second row so almost on top of the orchestra which was grand apart from two of the musicians erasing marks they’d made on the sheet music during the show, it was a bit distracting. I’ll remember next time to sit further back.


I do love going to the theatre though, it feels like a ‘proper’ night out. I’m getting quite into musical theatre too. If I lived in Sligo town I’d try to join one of the companies for the craic 😉 The rest of my photos are here.

Jesus Christ Superstar, burgers and the basin

Dublin at Dusk

That’s possibly one of the longest blog titles I’ve ever used! Last week we went to see Jesus Christ Superstar at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin. I saw the Sligo Fun Company perform this show 6 times…so you could say I’m slightly obsessed. To be honest though I was disappointed – the sound in the first half was just too quiet. I could hear people whispering and the girl two seats down didn’t stop eating and rustling papers the whole way through it!

Bord Gais Theatre

Jesus and Mary seemed to be singing very quietly and they were just too ‘clean’ looking. To be honest they reminded me of a shampoo advert! Judas was great, as was Peter. Herod was amusing, not sure about the tassels on his nipples…I’m glad I wasn’t in the front row when he was shaking them – I might have got a tassel in my eye! Judas died too quickly and Jesus died too slowly (if you’ve seen the musical you might know what I’m talking about). There were no moments when the hair stood up on the back of my neck. Rhydian was brilliant as Pontius Pilate and we were delighted to meet him after the show.


We stayed overnight in Dublin in an apartment at the Amberly Guesthouse which was really good for the price. It had two bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. I’d definitely stay there again…and we got a free bottle of wine for booking on their website.

Bobos burgers

We had lunch at Bobo’s burgers which was underwhelming. It’s €10 for a burger (thankfully Lucy had vouchers). My burger had a soggy bottom (sounds a bit like me!) and didn’t have much flavour. The dessert was nice though 🙂

Banana Split

I got a chance to do a bit of exploring. I was asking on twitter for places to see and got a whole list of suggestions so I’ll have plenty to look at next time I go up. As it was a nice dry day I headed to the Blessington Basin, as suggested by Eyeblinks on twitter. It’s like a secret garden in the middle of the city.

The basin

Such a pretty place. I’d never heard about it before, it’s well worth checking out.


I also got a chance to take some night shots of the city which I really enjoyed doing. I didn’t have a tripod so I had to lean on the bridge but I think it works.

Dublin rush hour

River Liffey

So that was our brief Dublin visit.  Lucy’s blog about Dublin is here. You can see the rest of my photos here.


Little Shop of Horrors

IMG_6259Last night I went to the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo to see the Fun Company perform Little Shop of Horrors.


I must have been living under a rock because I’ve never seen the Little Shop of Horrors before but I loved every minute of it!


The fun company put on such a great show. From the lighting to the sound, to the set, to the live band, costumes, make up and of course the fantastic performances. It really is a night not to be missed.

IMG_6515You can catch the show tonight and tomorrow at the Hawk’s Well Theatre…if I wasn’t going away I’d go and see it again. I saw the Fun Company perform Jesus Christ Superstar six times last year! We went to the see the West End production of it at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin on Wednesday and the fun company did a much, much better version of it….but more of that in another blog 🙂


The rest of my photos from the show are here.

Calamity Jane by the Sligo Musical Society

IMG_5245Last night I went along to the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo to see Calamity Jane performed by the Sligo Musical Society. I love the film so was intrigued to see the stage show.

IMG_5201It really was a great production. From the singing and dancing to the costumes and stage set. It’s also suitable for all ages so would be a great show to bring kids to see.

IMG_5818As always I took way too many photos which you can look at here.

IMG_5487You can book tickets from the Hawk’s Well Theatre here.