Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. This year, it will take place on Friday September 22 2017. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Cultural Institutions, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge.
ALL events are free and will take place in the foyer.
5 p.m. - Theatre - The Seven Ages of Man
The Seven Ages of Man is the title of the Discovering Drama Play that Olga Conway and her students will present on Culture Night. Her senior students explore the idea of the seven stages of man through various scenes from different plays linked by the famous Shakespearean speech. The week of creativity culminated in a performance at the Wolfe Stage School in Cork City. The students are thrilled to be bringing an abridged version to the National Opera House for Culture Night!
5.30 p.m. - Music - Gleeson School Junior Choir
The Gleeson School Junior Choir, under the guidance of Darina and Nicola, will woo you with their sweet din and are the cutest little people to grace a performance space. The choir is made up of primary school girls and boys from all around Wexford who come together every Thursday evening to sing, sing, sing! They have great fun and have developed some great friendships which quintessentially reflects the values of The Gleeson School of Music.
6 p.m. - Contemporary Word Play
The actors, writers and directors of Word Play Actors and Writers’ Studio present a site-specific performance created especially for Culture Night at the National Opera House. The ensemble piece draws from the creative talents of the local artistic community to create an exhilarating contemporary performance that will prove even greater than the sum of its parts. Performers include Samantha Freegrove, Lucinda Kelly, Zoe Dunlop Doyle, Denise Leahy, Julie Fox, Ryan O’Donnell, Fiona McDermott, Vivian Hayes, Jennafer Boyd, Mary O’Connor and Cat Black. Writers include Elaine Larkin, Sandra Walsh, Joy Redmond, Adrian Wisdom and Carol Long. Produced by Heather Hadrill and Alison Martin.
6.15 p.m. - Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts - Contemporary/modern theatre and lyrical dance performance.
Students from the ages of 13 to 18 years from the Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts will grace the foyer at the National Opera House to perform an array of various dance genres such as contemporary, modern theatre and lyrical dance to an eclectic piece of music that demonstrates the symbolisms of dance culture.
Established in 1965 the school is well known throughout Wexford for their stunning performances over the last 50 years in Ballet, Modern Theatre and now most recently their Musical Theatre Classes. They are currently preparing for their upcoming ballet The Nutcracker at the National Opera House in November.
6.30 p.m. - The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde presented by White Feather Theatre Company
White Feather Theatre Company presents Thomas Kilroy’s The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde.
The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde traces the hidden life of Constance Lloyd, wife of Oscar Wilde and mother of their children. Her story explores the gender and sexuality of people who belonged to a future and untangles the shifting lines in the complex relationship between her, her husband, and his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. Through a drama of magical transformations, mysterious and masked figures set against the background of one of the most notorious cases in British legal history, the play divines the cost of the characters conduct, Oscar’s plea for salvation in Constance’s eyes, and her heroic exertion to reclaim a state of grace.
Starring Olga Conway, Ronan P. Byrne and directed by Heather Hadrill.
7 p.m. - Gleeson School of Music presents their all-adult Irish Music Ensemble
The Gleeson School of Music present their all-adult Irish Music Ensemble, many participants in this are beginners on their chosen instruments. Their hard work and commitment is inspirational not to mention their bravery to take to the stage and perform live!
7.30 p.m. - Wexford Light Opera Society
Having Celebrated its Centenary Year 2011, Wexford Light Opera Society is one of the oldest musical societies in the country and their performance in the National Opera House for Culture Night is one of the firm favourites with audience. Not to be missed!
8 p.m. - Synthesis - a showcase of the best of Wexford's avant garde contemporary dance curated by Dee Grant.
Synthesis - a showcase of the best of Wexford's avant garde contemporary dance curated by Dance Artist, Dee Grant.
8.30 p.m. - Guitarist and Vocalist Ronan Morris
No stranger to the National Opera House is guitarist and vocalist Ronan Morris. This inspirational and talented musician’s only hopes for success are that he can put a smile on more and more of the gloomy faces of Wexford’s main street on wet Monday mornings.
9 p.m. - The fantastic Wexford Improv Group!
The Wexford Improv Group, will make you laugh, cry, feel ashamed and even a little bit frightened! Live long and Improv!
9.15 p.m. - The Irish College of Music Theatre
Deirdre Masterson, Aileen Donohoe and Kelli Ann Masterson with accompanist Cyril Murphy will present a flavour of operatic and musical theatre favourites.