The Village Arts Centre

The The Village Arts Centre is a non-profit organisation keeping you up to date with the best of drama, comedy and music in their many guises. As like all such facilities hosting live entertainment, we depend very much on you, the public, to help fill our seats. It is also worth remembering that many of those who take to the stage here, depend on your support for their living.

February 16th | Philadelphia, Here I Come

One of Brian Friel’s prized plays ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’ (and I can say, this writer’s favourite play), is being staged in The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth by Brideview Drama on this Saturday night (16th) at 8pm sharp.

The play follows a day in the life of Gareth O’Donnell who is heading off to Philadelphia the following morning.  A story of heartbreak, emigration, hopes, dreams, youth and old age, ‘Philadelphia’ is a story relatable to many. 

‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’ is set in the 1960s, an era where feelings are kept under lock and key, where communication between father and son is practically non existent. The American Dream swirls in every young person’s head and we see Gar O’Donnell on his last night at home befor he leaves for Philadelphia.

The stellar cast includes Sean Ahern, Kris Cowming, John Stack, Helen Aherne, Gráinne Barry, Liam Roche, Gavin Hallahan, Emma Walsh, Ted O’Brien, Conor Goulding, John Cullinane and Eoghan Hennessy led by the directing duo of Jack Aherne and Tomas Roche.

Following on from last year’s success with ‘Stolen Child’, Brideview Drama will contest 8 competitions around the country throughout the month of March on the festival circuit. 

Please note – starts 8pm sharp, tickets €12.

February 22nd | John Spillane

In October 2017 the acclaimed Irish singer and songwriter John Spillane, celebrated 35 years of an ever-consistent vastly illuminating and exciting career within the world of music.

Having sold over 100,000 albums in Ireland, John has also been awarded with two Meteor Irish Music Awards for ‘Best Act Folk’ and ‘Traditional’ act. His songs have been covered by many Irish folk lumineer’s such as Christy Moore, Sean Keane, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Solas, Mary Black, Méav, Sinéad Lohan and Sharon Shannon.

He also presented four TV series for TG4 ‘Spillane an Fánaí’, series one and two, and ‘Na Bailéid’, series one and two and has published a book of songs and stories entitled ‘Will we be Brilliant or What?’ 

“I got a full-time permanent and pensionable job on my 18th birthday as a bank official in the Bank of Ireland. Two years later I left that job to become a full-time professional musician. My mother nearly killed me,” John says.

“I have played with many bands and musical outfits and served a number of musical apprenticeships. As well as solo work, I have played with groups such as Sabre, The Stargazers and Nomos and with individuals such as Jimmy Crowley, Declan Sinnott and Noel Shine to name but some.”

He has also on occasion played with many outstanding musicians like Jimmy McCarthy, Maaba Maal, Christy Moore, Sinead Lohan, Pauline Scanlon and Mick Flannery.

“I have had a fantastic musical journey. Some of the high points include teaming up with my manager Lorcan Ennis in 2000, signing to EMI Records 1n 2001, and of course the release of my many albums.

John has sung and played music in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Austria, Poland, Holland, Switzerland, U.S.A., Canada, Bermuda, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Zambia, Senegal, China and Japan.  

However, you don’t have to travel to any of those far away places – you can see John in concert at The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Friday, February 22 at 8pm. Tickets €15 now on sale at usual outlets or call 025-32227 or 087-6492514.

February 7th | ‘Hedy – The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr’

Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than the most beautiful woman in the world. She invented Frequency Hopping and Spread Spectrum Technology that make the world of wireless communication tick.

‘Hedy – The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr’ is a
true story of Hollywood glamour icon and scientific genius. From Austria to
Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy, and intrigue to the very cell phone in
your pocket, she was there! 

Written and performed by Heather Massie, it has been
described as ‘captivating; by The Huffington Post, ‘fascinating’ by The Belfast
Times and ‘highly entertaining’ by Splash Magazine.

In performing this highly acclaimed piece, Heather
Massie says that in doing so, her mission is to inspire audiences to
find ways each day to make the world a better place, to encourage young women
in endeavours of science and technology and to establish Hedy Lamarr as a
role model for intelligence and ingenuity.

‘Hedy – The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr’ comes to The
Village Arts Centre on Thursday, February 7.

January 28th | Special Consensus

The ever popular Special Consensus from Illinois USA are making their umpteenth tour of Ireland and yet another visit to Kilworth.

They have filled venues in Ireland for over 20 years. This is a testament to how great this Grammy nominated Bluegrass Band is.

Founded over 40 years ago by the incomparable Greg Cahill on banjo/vocals. The band also includes Rick Faris (guitar/vocals, Dan Embarks, bass/vocals and NickDumas (mandolin/vocals).

Anyone who has seen Special Consensus, knows how fantastic they are. With great vocals and red hot picking, they are one of the best bluegrass bands in the business. 

Come and see them in The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Monday night, January 28.

January 21st | The Petersens

The Petersens Bluegrass Band from Branson, Missouri, USA kick off the 2019 Bluegrass season at The Village Arts Centre,  Kilworth on this coming Monday, January 21.

The show starts at 8pm sharp. Tickets are €15 and are available from the usual outlets.

This time, the Petersens come as a six piece band with five family members and one non-member, Emmett Franz.

Excellent instrumentally, their sibling harmonies make them a stand out as something really special, with great arrangements of classic bluegrass, Gospel and country music.

Every May, Silver Dollar City on the outskirts of Branson, have a month long Bluegrass Festival and The Petersens are noted performers there.

The Petersens feature Ellen Petersen (banjo/vocals), Julianne Petersen (mandolin/vocals), Katie Petersen (fiddle/vocals), Matt Petersen (guitar/vocals), Karen Petersen (bass/vocals) and Emmett Franz (dobro/vocals).

Tickets from The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615), call 087-7921771 or 087-6492514.

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