Nenagh Arts Centre upcoming events

Italian Cinema Epic features at Nenagh Arts Centre

The 1963 Italian film ‘The Leopard’ screens at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 2nd December in Nenagh Arts Centre.

claudia-cardinale-theleopardThis epic film by director Luchino Visconti tells the story of the changes wrought by the battle for Italian independence in the mid-19th Century. Burt Lancaster stars as a Sicilian Prince who realises that he must compromise his ideals in order to protect his family and his estate into the future. The arrival of the vivacious Claudia Cardinale, a lower class merchant’s daughter, to marry his son offers him the opportunity to safeguard his house by making a pact with her wealthy family.

The film, large in scope and grandeur, is similar in many ways to ‘Gone With the Wind’ as the sweep of history passes over a family, changing them utterly. The film closes with what is regarded as one of the great scenes in cinema history, the famous ballroom scene, with sumptuous sets and costume encapsulating the now-fading world of the Prince for one last time.

Patrons should note that the film is just over three hours long and has subtitles. Booking in advance from the Arts Centre on 067 34900. Tickets are €6.

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Outspoken Priest looks at future of Catholic Church in Ireland

Well known Redemptorist priest Fr. Tony Flannery comes to Nenagh Arts Centre on Wednesday evening, 8th of December at 8 p.m. to speak as part of the Arts Centre’s ongoing Town Hall meetings. Flannery, who writes a monthly column for the Redemptorist Magazine ‘Reality’ is in Nenagh to discuss the difficulties facing the church at this time and to suggest ways forward for clergy and laity alike.

tf1947l1While much criticism has been leveled at bishops and the higher echelons of the clergy, Flannery along with others, is one of the chief proponents of the Association of Catholic Priests which hopes to “provide a voice for Irish Catholic Priests at a time when that voice is largely silent and needs to be expressed.” The Association also notes other aims of allowing an opportunity for priests “to engage proactively with the crucial debates” in Irish society and seek “full implementation of the vision and teaching of the Second Vatican Council”. It would also seek “a redesigning of ministry in the church” so as to involve “the entire faith community”, and a restructuring of governance in the church, encouraging service rather than power and a culture of transparency “particularly in the appointment of church leaders”. These meetings have been attended in significant numbers by priests from across the country.

Town Hall Meetings are free and those attending can ask the speaker questions following his initial presentation. More details on this and other Arts Centre events on www.nenagharts.com

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Award-Winning Play ‘Grenades’ comes to Nenagh

Tara McKevitt’s play ‘Grenades’ was originally produced as a radio play after winning the PJ O’Connor Drama Awards and now is presented as a one-hander at Nenagh Arts Centre at 8 p.m. on Thursday 9th of December.

As she waits in a prison, the play’s protagonist Nuala Kelly, played by Emma O’Grady, weaves together significant memories from her childhood, relaying them to the audience in an enthralling, heart-wrenching monologue. Set in Northern Ireland during the 70s and 80s, this work dramatises the immense impact outside events on the insular world of a child. The writing sensitively captures youthful innocence confronted by the dark world that exists about her.

The play is presented by Mephisto Theatre Company and directed by Caroline Lynch. As well as performing the main role of Nuala, Emma O’Grady presents the childlike caricatures of the people that make up her world – her Grandad, her classmate Elaine and her teacher Sister Mary. Many of these impersonations imbue the early scenes with endearing comedy, before the drama ventures into darker territory. However this is not another play about the Troubles, but an evocative piece on survival in difficult times.

Tickets are available from Nenagh Arts Centre on 067 34900, online at www.nenagharts.com or in person at the Arts Centre’s reception in Banba Square.

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