The new Spring Brochure for Sean Hollywood Arts Centre and Newry Town Hall is out and here is a taste of events to help banish those winter blues.


From 17-25 January and keeping with tradition, Newry Pantomine Players will bring the classical fairytale, ‘Cinderella’ to Newry Town Hall. Don’t miss out on this magical adventure full of farcical songs, music, dancing, and some familiar faces.

Herstory Light Festival
Herstory Light Festival

A Day With Bruiser

On Monday 20 January, Bruiser Theatre Company will present, ‘A Day with Bruiser’. Working with a range of expert facilitators, GCSE and A-Level pupils will rotate around three dynamic workshops covering text, movement and voice. This will equip them with the skills they need to create exciting devised pieces.  The facilitators will work with the students to develop an understanding of the industry as a whole and the day will end with a short, live performance by Bruiser. School bookings are now open and there are 10 bursary spaces available. 

Herstory Light Festival

As part of the International Herstory Light Festival, an annual global event celebrating women and equality, the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre will host a series of events from 31 January until 1 February. The first of these events, ‘Growing Old Disgracefully’ on Friday 31 January, is a comedic look at Lua McIlwraith’s joys and woes of growing older. On Saturday 1 February the Arts Centre will host artist, Kevin Dwan who will give a talk about his exhibition, ‘Sometimes She…’ showing in the Carroll Gallery from Monday 6 January until Monday 3 February, featuring 13 statues celebrating the feminine goddess. On the same date there will be a showing of the documentary, ‘He Named Me Malala’ about the young Pakistani female activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, who has spoken out for the rights of girls, especially the right to an education.

The Joxer Esq

Also on show in February at the Sean Hollywood - actor Phelim Drew stars in Sean O’Casey’s, ‘The Joxer Esq.’ – a through provoking gander at one of Irish literature’s most loveable chancers. The playful scrounger from the classic, ‘Juno and the Paycock’, takes centre stage from the pen of Eddie Naughton (Inishfallen Fare Thee Well) on Friday 7 February.


Willow Productions also makes a welcome return with the memorable play, ‘RUBY!’ on Thursday 20 February.  Written by Michael Cameron, Directed by Colm G. Doran and starring Libby Smyth, the play portrays the darker side of Belfast born, Ruby Murray who was one of the most popular singing stars in the world in the 1950’s. She was the only recording artist in history to have five songs in the top twenty on the same week. 

Mother Goose

This month also promises more panto antics by Warrenpoint Pantomime Club in their wonderful production of ‘Mother Goose’, which will run in Warrenpoint Town Hall from Sunday 9 until Sunday 16 February. Rounding the month of on Saturday 29 February, is the incredible David Meade in his new show for 2020, ‘Catch Meade if you Can’.  Meade’s funniest and most interactive show yet will be showing at Newry Town Hall - make sure you catch it!

To find out more about all the shows and workshops at the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre and Newry Town Hall, contact Box Office on 028 3031 3180 or pick up a copy of their programme.

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