UPDATE: Online sales for Moh kouyaté and The Lost Brothers at McGrory’s Hotel Culdaff have now ceased. Check with McGrory’s on Tel +353 (0) 74 9379104 for availability before travelling. Online sales for shows at the Wild Atlantic Weekend in Malin have also ceased. Get from the on-site box office each day (Saturday and Sunday), but please arrive early to get tickets for the shows you want to see. The Bunbeg Pier shows of the Foyle Punt have SOLD OUT, please do not travel if you don’t have a ticket.
Wild Atlantic week-end
Malin, The village Green
1pm – 5.30pm each day – €5 per show
1pm (45mins)- Lords of Strut present Absolute Legends (a Lords of Strut & thisispopbaby production)
All their lives they wanted to be famous. To get there they need to make the perfect dance routine, but they need your help. In this dance fantasy adventure brothers Sean and Seamus rock out some banging moves, run into trouble, have a few tantrums, cause a teensy bit of mayhem and find out if fame is really what they’re looking for after all. Street Performance World Champions, unlikely heroes of smash hit RIOT and Britain’s Got Talent favourites, Lords of Strut deliver their most ridiculous and sublime family show to date. Rip-roaringly funny, fantastically bizarre, and absolute legends!
2.30pm (1hr) – Tumblecircus
Forget what you think Irish circus is, and give you and your family one hammer smashing great hour of extraordinary feats of circus skills. Laugh, be enlightened and entertained by a cast of five internationally renowned circus artists – acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and clowns – from Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia engaged in the pursuit of circus devilment.
Taking place on the Village Green in the most northern village on the Wild Atlantic Way, Malin will play host to some of the most imaginative theatre, street and circus performers from across the island of Ireland.
3.45pm (30mins) – Ballet Poulet
Presented by Fanzini. Two world class Olympian-level idiots bring to you their latest masterpiece. She has prepared a poetic, delicate and tender ballet. He has prepared a bad ass display of mayhem. She loves dancing, he loves chickens. Nut-cracking and Swan Faking their way into your lives, these two will make you really question which came first…her tutu or his toupée?
4.45pm (70mins) – Manny Man’s History of Ireland On Stage
Based on his series of books and YouTube videos, John D Ruddy brings Manny Man and the History of Ireland to the stage. Watch Syn and Oppy as they plough through Irish history with illustrated cut-outs and craziness! From the Ice Age all the way to Ireland today and all in less than 90 minutes, with the same tongue-in-cheek humour Manny Man is known for. When it comes to fun history, Manny Man is your only man!
8pm – €20/€18
Sung in soussou, in malinké and diakhanké, these three languages represent the rich culture of Moh’s native identity. His songs continue the epic tales of music from Guinea and a journey into the heart of the Mandingo culture, never departing from the wisdom of a griot. It’s also infectiously funky, if you caught Femi Kuti in 2017 or Vieux Farka Toure in 2016 at the same venue, expect the same non-stop energy and calibre of musicianship of this amazing artist.
Their expansive sound merges funky beats and virtuosic improvisation with melodic song-writing and lush vocal harmonies.
Ériu presents, Rite of spring
Letterkenny, An Grianan Theatre
8pm – €10 / €8
Ériu is a company of elite Irish dancers, many of whom have been principals in Riverdance, and company Artist Director, Breandán de Gallaí’s Irish dance shows are unconventional, modern and thought-provoking.
It is a show about mob-mentality, about hiding behind others for fear of being made the target. It makes us confront our reluctance to stand up and to take charge of our own thoughts, values and feelings, and demands that we let ourselves be seen and heard regardless of the consequences.
Eric Lalor – Live!
Ballybofey, Balor Arts Centre
8pm – €15
Back when the Balor monthly comedy club was a thing – regularly packing out on a Monday night – Eric Lalor was emerging as one of Ireland’s most popular opening acts – for some of the biggest names in Irish comedy including Des Bishop, Andrew Maxwell, Jason Byrne and more. Since then, he’s done pretty well for himself. Combining roles of one of the top draws in Irish comedy with his ongoing star turn as mega villain Cathal Spillane in RTE’s Fair City, Eric is a regular act at the prestigious Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival, Electric Picnic, Galway Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and Iveagh Gardens Festivals.
UPDATE: The Bunbeg Pier shows of the Foyle Punt have SOLD OUT, please do not travel if you don’t have a ticket.
Foyle Punt SOLD OUT
Bunbeg, Bunbeg Pier
8pm – €15/€12
A new co-commissioned site-specific theatre piece by Earagail Arts Festival and the team who made She Knit The Roof and Destination Donut, Foyle Punt is the first project of The Local Group, a new company making unique performance projects in off-the-grid locations, bringing the best theatre and interdisciplinary performance to underserved communities in Ireland’s most rugged rural landscapes and concrete suburbia.
The jewel among them is the Foyle Punt, a racing boat that only the McDonalds make. Philip and Brian McDonald are the last boatbuilders in this line.
What value does an old punt carry in the north-west, and what use is a small wooden boat like this today? Featuring Philip McDonald, and Libyan-Irish singer Farah Elle, Foyle Punt explores the unique history, craft and skill that runs through McDonald veins to imagine a new kind of future for small boats in safe harbours.