The Second Coming – a co-production from the Hawk’s Well Theatre and Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company returns to the Hawk’s Well Theatre this summer for two performances during the Tread Softly festival and Fleadh Cheoil 2015. It takes place on Thursday 6th of August for the Tread Softly… Festival and Sunday 9th of August at 8pm kicking off Fleadh Cheoil 2015 at the theatre.
The premiere of The Second Coming took place at the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo in May 2014 where over two nights, audiences were spellbound by this spectacular show which beautifully fuses traditional Irish music, song and dance with aerial circus, theatre, narrative and film. The show then moved to Limerick as part of the Limerick City of Culture Programme before going to Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival ((the largest annual winter music festival of its kind and the UK’s premier celebration of Celtic music) in January 2015 where the production was a resounding success and received fantastic reviews.
The Second Coming centres on the concept of Yeats returning to contemporary Ireland with a message of renewal for today. The show features a seven-strong troupe of gravity-defying dancers, an actor and four musicians and also integrates archive audio and film footage of Yeats himself. Traditional Irish dance provides the foundation for the pulse, rhythms and movement of the piece. What makes The Second Coming so unique is its fusion of traditional Irish dance with contemporary forms and aerial work.
The beautiful musical score used in the piece was composed by the renowned harpist Michael Rooney who lives in Sligo. Integral to the soundscape and visuals of the show also is the integration of audio recordings and film footage of WB Yeats that weaves in between the live music throughout the performance.
Sligo man, Mikel Murfi, is the director of the production. Mikel’s one-man show ‘The Man in the Woman’s Shoes’ originally commissioned by the Hawk’s Well Theatre and Sligo Arts Service won the 2014 ZeBBie Award for Best Theatre Script and the Stewart Parker BBC Radio Drama Award 2013 and was nominated for Best New Play Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013.
Musicians include Michael Rooney on harp, Bríd Harper on fiddle, Martin Meehan on flute and pipes and John Joe Kelly on bodhrán. Performers include dancers Keira Martin, Lee Clayden, Ashlene McFadden, Maire Dee, Ciaran Connolly, Kathryn Cooley, Sianna Bruce and actor Conor Delaney.
The show is garnering a lot of interest from overseas and takes off on a 6 week tour to Germany in October. Performances at the Hawk’s Well Theatre this summer during the Tread Softly festival and Fleadh 2015 are on Thursday 6th and Sunday 9th of August at 8pm. Tickets are €20 (with a special Go See rate of €10 for under 18s) and are available from the Hawk’s Well Theatre on 071 916 1518 and hawkswell.com
“What a triumph… the music was super, world-class, the dancing amazing, the concept, the visuals, great…” – Steve Wickham, The Waterboys
“I feel privileged to have been present at the birth of Riverdance 17 years ago where Irish dancing and music was taken out of the cupboard, and was dusted off, given an adrenalin injection and set free. Last night I felt as if the same was happening again, but this time not only was our culture being set free, but it was being given wings to fly, and I felt privileged to be there.”
Julian Erskine, Producer, Abhann Productions- Julian Erskine (Riverdance)
“Rarely do so many arts come together to make something this exciting and beautiful. The audience sat open-mouthed in wonder…” – Professor Meg Harper, The W. B. Yeats Society /University of Limerick
A joint production by Ireland’s Fidget Feet Aerial Dance and Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Second Coming is a strange but beguiling mix of dialogue, movement and song. Dancers spin round in silken cocoons, climb horizontally up the wall or ascend giant metal spirals, producing one visually arresting image after another. Four musicians deliver an exquisite original score of traditional Irish music” **** The Scotsman
William Butler Yeats is dead, music is deaf, poetry dumb and Irish dance undiscovered. Then like a cosmic egg, it is all reborn in spectacular monochrome and ochre tints. Never slow, the pace quickens as life returns to the celtic music and the dancers take off from the floor to aerial fancy and fantasy. Definitely a must-see. ***** Mumble Dance, Scotland
Come and see the heart of Irish culture within the soul of its greatest poet.
‘Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world’ – The Second Coming, W. B. Yeats
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