Clonmel Junction Arts Festival 2018



Clonmel Junction Arts Festival 2018 brings it all back home for seven days of culture and summer fun on the banks of the River Suir, July 2 – 8

  • 2018's theatre programme starts with the return of Fishamble: The New Play Company and Olivier award-winning theatre from Pat Kinevane who presents all three of his landmark show- Silent, Forgotten, and Underneath- for audiences to enjoy on three consecutive nights. Pests, written by Vivienne Franzmann and directed by home-grown hero, Clonmel native Jack Reardon, is a fast-paced drama with language that ‘sizzles, skitters and explodes across
 the stage, while The Bold Brigid Cleary, starring Home Grown Hero Eve O’Mahony, recreates the infamous case in which a Ballyvadlea dressmaker was burned to death by her husband.


  • Corkman, and IFTA award-winner for An Klondike, Timmy Creed looks back at twenty one years playing GAA in his site-specific show SPLICED set in a handball alley, asks is it possible to talk about male mental health, self expression and masculinity in the GAA context. Joanne Ryan’s acclaimed one-woman show Eggsistentialism is a funny, tender and moving exploration of reproduction in 21st-century Ireland, while Belfast man Michael Patrick’s terrific one man show My Left Nut looks into men’s health issues which will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. Every Morning I Wake Up and Seem to Forget is a best-selling interactive theatre experience that will lead the audience in pairs, through audio instruction, on a journey by the river- a hidden festival gem. Festival favourite, Julie Sharkey returns with a new show in Hickeys Bakery called Three Fat Women from Antibes.

  • Local choreographer and dancer-in-residence Olwyn Lyons stages her new show Age of Influence, an exciting new collaboration between choreographer Lyons and young local dancers, exploring the ways in which information technology is shaping the views of young people in Ireland today. Olwyn also runs a dance workshop and challenges the over fifty-five-year olds to try on their dance shoes.

  • Funnyman Neil Delamere rolls into town with his brand new stand-up show, Controlled Substance – Don’t miss it! More LOLs with Après Match - one of the best-loved sketch shows on television, poking fun at everyone from Eamon Dunphy to Bono. This brand-new show crunch tackles the high and mighty and elbows the great and good in the face. Blending biting satire with side-splitting lunacy, this is one match you won’t want to miss. 

Olwyn Lyons Dance

  • Music lovers can indulge in The Ruby Sessions (curated by Conor Donovan) on tour bringing the acoustic music club based in Dublin for the past 19 years to Clonmel Junction Arts Festival on Wednesday July 4th. Acts that have graced its candle-lit stage in the past have included: Ed Sheeran, Paulo Nutini, Mumford & Sons, Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, George Ezra, Lisa Hannigan, Paul Brady, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hozier, Jack L, Gabrielle Aplin, Liam O'Maonlai, Cathy Davey and many more. There’s more music with The Cailfornia Feetwarmers; Buile Suibhne composed by Dana Lyn and performed by the RTE Contempo Quartet, Barry McGovern and David Power.

  • The festival music programme also offers the chance to come and see many of Clonmel’s Home-grown Heroes including Pale Rivers’ Eoin Hally who is curating an exciting new programme of up-and-coming music acts for the Camida Street Party (at Narrow Street) and festival favourite Under the Arches. More Home-grown Heroes include legendary DJ Tonie Walsh spinning the decks at the festival club; choreographer Olwyn Lyons will be hosting dance workshops and calling for participants to take part in a new performance piece; and for photography buffs there’s an exhibition that will feature photographers with a connection to Clonmel: including John Kelly, Donal Wylde, Justyna Kielbowicz, Mark Stedman and Cyril Helnwein.

Tumble Circus

  • In conjunction with Earagail, Boyle and Cairde Festivals, celebrate 250 years of circus over four days in The Big Top. Situated in a prime Clonmel location at the Barracks and hosting four days of circus, music and children’s events - don’t miss Ireland’s top acts that include the award-winning Tumble Circus in pursuit of acrobatic divilment. For younger fans, Lulu the Clown - a street artist that can't be contained in any gallery- will sweep you off your feet and drag you into her imagination as she brings Lulu’s World to the Big Top.


  • Author and columnist Michael Harding will join Junction Festival to read from his latest novel and ruminate on life in his own unique style; Blindboy from the Rubberbandits will record his eclectic podcast containing short fiction, interviews and comedy in a live show from one of Ireland’s foremost satirists; and spoken-word poet and playwright Stephen James Smith whose poetry has amassed over 1 million views online, brings a new show with musical responses from Little John Nee.


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