Wexford Arts Centre starts off the Wexford Fringe festival with some comedy by Bernard O Shea on Friday 18th October 8pm, better known as resident roving reporter and Georgia Salpa’s love interest on RTÉ’s hugely popular Republic of Telly. Wexford born, US based Helen O leary’s constructive installation exhibition Refusal opens on Saturday19th October 4pm alongside stunning photography works in D’lush café by her daughter Eva. All welcome. Larry Kirwan of Black 47 fame returns on Saturday 19th Oct. 8.30pm bringing about 30 NYC friends with him for his performance of Foster at the Five points celebrating life of the father of American music, Stephen Foster penned by Larry followed by some tunes from his own/Black 47 collection. There will also be a panel discussion about Larry and the influence of immigration on Sunday 20th October at 3pm with panel guests Jackie Hayden former Hot Press General Manager and writer and playwright Billy Roche. FREE supported by The Gathering Ireland. Wexford Drama then take to the stage with the hit play DA by Hugh Leonard from Wednesday 23rd – Sunday 27th October. There will also be lunchtime jazz with Irish/NYC/Dutch band Equinox on Monday 28th October 1pm. Roma Tomelty famed BBC actress and sister to Frances Tomelty (former wife of Sting) stars in the Tony award, moving and funny production Of Kennedy’s Children by acclaimed Centre Stage Northern Ireland on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October 8pm following the lives of a group of remarkable characters who gather in an NYC bar in the aftermath of Kennedy’s assassination. Cáca Mílis Samhain Cabaret is always a great Halloween hit on Friday 1st November with eclectic line up of ghoulish performances 9pm – book early and fancy dress/masques encouraged.
For kids bring them to Stich head by Guy Bass – Young Inklings reading club Saturday 19th October, Age 7-12. Polka Dot by Myriad dance on Friday 1st November 2pm followed by Dust of Your Skeleton Dance workshop 4pm and also to the fantastic Jackula Returns –Dracula’s magician brother’s Magic & Juggling show which was big sell out hit last year on Saturday 2nd November 1.30am & 4pm performances – be sure to book in advance.
Also there will be lots of visual arts activities with Little Artist Club on Saturday19th and 26th Oct 11am for age 7-12 and Space Adventure with lego 1-4pm for Age 8+ and a Carnival Adventures with Lego camp suit age 8+Tuesday 29th –Thursday 31st Oct 10am-2pm.
The final highlight event for the fringe festival will be with the Chicago soul queen Karen Underwood as Singing Nina in the highly acclaimed Nina Simone at Riverbank House Hotel 8.30pm on Saturday 2nd November – will have you dancing and wanting more!