RSC: Othello (Live) in SGC Dungarvan

From Wednesday, August 26th (One Night Only) – Book Now

Othello is the greatest general of his age. A fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies. But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him. As they plot in the shadows, Othello realises too late that the greatest danger lies not in the hatred of others, but his own fragile and destructive pride. After more than a decade working in film and television on projects from Star Wars to Holby City, Hugh Quarshie returns to the RSC to play Shakespeare’s Othello. He was last seen with us in Faust and Julius Caesar (1996). Hugh will play opposite Lucian Msamati in the role of Iago, returning to the RSC following his role as Pericles in 2006. The production is directed by Iqbal Khan (Much Ado About Nothing, 2012).
‘A stimulating interpretation, full of provocations and fresh compulsion’ ‘Joanna Vanderham’s Desdemona is tough, independent and sexy and Ayesha Dharker elegant and bitter as Emilia’

Unity in SGC Dungarvan

Playing Wednesday, August 12th (One Night Only)- Book Now

Seven years in the making, UNITY is a new documentary that explores humanity’s hopeful transformation from living by killing into living by loving. It is a unique film about compassion for all beings, or all “expressions of life,” and going beyond all “separation based on form,” and beyond perceiving opposites. Writer/Director Shaun Monson, collaborating with an astounding cast of 100 celebrity narrators (never before gathered in the history of film-making), presents a message of love, tragedy and hope, all set against the backdrop of some of the most compelling 20th and 21st Century footage imaginable.

Presented in chapters, (like its predecessor EARTHLINGS) UNITY takes an in-depth look at what it truly means to be human, to be mortal, and to be incarnate in this world. The film explores our brief existence among the Cosmos (Chapter I), then moves on to the perceptions of our Mind (Chapter II), the nature of our Body (Chapter III), the infinite capacity of our Heart (Chapter IV), and ultimately to the mysterious energy of the Soul (Chapter V). Initially, these chapters will appear unrelated to each other. But as the film progresses it becomes clear that all life is interconnected, and each chapter represents the totality of our mortal experience, which is only measured in decades.

With a cast of 100 voices all speaking as one voice, UNITY is a genuine cinematic experience unlike any other.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in SGC Dungarvan

From Thursday, July 30th – Book Now

After the events of Ghost Protocol, the IMF is being disbanded, and all its agents find themselves without the safety of their group identity. Ethan Hunt however, is nowhere to be found, and the CIA begin to ask questions.

Turns out he’s off investigating the mysterious organisation of assassins known as the Syndicate. After a run-in with some seriously shady characters, he manages to break out with the assistance of an unknown agent who he is forced to trust on the spot.

Back with his former IMF colleagues, Ethan reports that the Syndicate is very much real and in full operation, with their mission being to take down the IMF completely. With their safety compromised, Ethan and the team must figure out a way to stop the Syndicate before they wreak havoc and destroy them all for good.

The fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise sees Tom Cruise return to one of his most famous roles, accompanied by Jeremy Renner (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Simon Pegg (The World’s End), and Alec Baldwin (Still Alice). Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a thrilling action adventure that is sure to thrill and amaze.

Hot Pursuit in SGC Dungarvan

From Friday, July 31th – Book Now

Vicente Cortez is one of the most dangerous and notorious drug dealers around, and when the police secure his wife (Sofia Vergara) as the key witness in the case against him, their task is to keep her safe. Witnesses against Cortez usually end up in a body bag, so they have to take extra care to ensure she can testify.

The problem is, the officer assigned to the project (Reese Witherspoon) isn’t exactly what you’d call the sharpest tool in the box. From the moment she greets Cortez’s wife, she realises that this is all going to be a lot harder than she expected, and getting them both back to safety seems almost impossible.

Starring Reese Witherspoon (Wild, Inherent Vice) and Sofia Vergara (Wild Card, New Year’s Eve), Hot Pursuit comes courtesy of director Anne Fletcher, whose previous hits include The Proposal and 27 Dresses. With a quick-fire script and thrilling on-screen chemistry between the two leads, Hot Pursuit is a hilarious action comedy.

Inside Out Movie in SGC Dungarvan

From Friday, July 24th – Find Out More

Inside OutInside the head of each and every one of us live five emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. These figures see us through every new situation that comes our way; in Riley’s case, this means the big move from her home in the Midwest over to San Francisco. She’s struggling to adapt to her new environment, and neither she nor her parents can figure out what she’s feeling.

Cue the five emotions, who spend their time in Headquarters: the part of Riley’s brain that governs her moods. Joy is usually the one in charge, but with so much going on all around her, it seems that keeping Riley’s spirits up might prove more difficult than they all imagined. Can Joy and the team see Riley through this traumatic time?

From the brains behind such hits as Monsters, Inc. and Up comes this innovative and moving animation about the stuff that goes on within our heads. Starring Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Kyle MacLachlan, Inside Out is a very special cinematic experience that is a treat for all the family.

“Everyman” Live at the SGC Dungarvan, Thurs, July 16th at 7pm. (FROM JIM RYAN)

There’s a great treat in store for theatrelovers, the late-fifteenth century Morality play, “Everyman”, Live from London’s National Theatre; one of the oldest plays in English drama, it’s rarely performed nowadays. So, given the excellent standards we have come to expect from The ‘National’, in the past few years at the SGC, and in my own case, over many decades now, it’s a rare opportunity for those who love the theatre to see one of the great seminal plays in our theatre.

17. Everyman (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Photo by Richard Hubert-Smith.

In the NT production, Everyman is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who first came to international prominence in the marvellous 2013 film, “12 Years a Slave”. Ejiofor, who played the slave, Solomon Northrop, was nominated for an Oscar and won a Bafta award for his role in that film; I thought it a superb film and Ejiofor was simply magnificent as the slave in a real-life story of Northrop, a freeman, who was sold in Washington D.C. and spent 12 years in slavery in Louisiana. I look forward eagerly to seeing Ejiofor in the role of Everyman in this live screening.

16. Everyman (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Fellowship, Senses & Wits. Photo by Richard Hubert-Smith

“Everyman”, a pre-Reformation drama (written c. 1500), is of the genre Morality Play, a dramatic allegory. The Morality Play is a dramatisation of the battle between good and evil in the human soul, of man’s search for salvation and the temptations to which he is subject on his journey through life. “Everyman”, (“The Summoning of Everyman”, it its full title), is written in Middle English.  Morality plays such as “Everyman” have been a great influence on our theatre – Marlowe’s “Dr Faustus”, to cite but one.

24. Everyman (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Goods (Amy Griffiths, Clemmie Sveaas, Joshua Lacey, Nicholas Karimi). Photo by Richard Hubert-Smith

“Everyman” is an allegorical tale in which the hero is summoned by Death. A messenger is sent to tell him that God is about to sit in judgement on his soul. When Everyman tries to get people and things from his life on earth to accompany him and plead his case before God, his Good Deeds alone go with him on that road.

31. Knowledge (Penny Layden) and Everyman (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Everyboy. Photo by Richard Hubert-Smith

“Everyman” is a play that asks probing questions of all of us about what are the really important things in our lives. Coming from the ‘National’, with a great leading actor and a great supporting cast, I believe it’s not to be missed.

Song of the Sea Movie in SGC Dungarvan AMHRÁN NA MARA

From Friday, July 10th – Find Out More

Song of the SeaYears after the death of their mother, Ben and his little sister Saoirse live with their dad in a lighthouse by the coast. Saoirse is a quiet child – in fact, she has never spoken a word, and Ben finds her incredibly frustrating. One night, she goes exploring in the beautiful white coat that used to belong to her mother, and when she approaches the sea, she discovers the mystical secret at the heart of who she is.

Ben and Saoirse’s grandmother becomes worried about the children, and takes them to live with her in the city. But Saoirse’s emotional connection to the sea proves difficult to overcome. Can she stay true to who she really is, or will the distance keep her from herself, and the mother she never knew?

This enchanting film has been nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, and has received a lot of positive praise since its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. With a really entrancing soundtrack that captures the spirit of this legend, Song of the Sea is utterly charming, and a real treat for cinema-goers.

AMHRÁN NA MARA
Ag Oscailt 10 Iuil 2015 – Tuilleadh A Fháil Amach

Blianta tar éis bás a mháthair, bíonn Ben agus a dheirfiúir beag Saoirse ina chónaí lena n-athair i dteach solais in aice an chósta. Is páiste ciúin í Saoirse. I ndáiríre, níl sí tar éis focal a rá ariamh, agus bíonn frustrachas ar Bhen faoi seo. Oíche amháin, téann sí ag féachaint thart, agus cóta álainn bán a mháthair uirthi. Nuair a thagann sí cois farraige, tagann sí ar an rúndiamhair a thugann míniú di faoi cé hí féin.
Tagann imní ar Mamó Ben agus Saoirse fúthu, agus tógann sí iad chun cónaí léi sa chathair. Ach ní féidir dlúthcheangal Saoirse leis an bhfarraige a shárú. An féidir léi fanacht dílis di féin, nó an scarfaidh an fhad í uaithí féin agus an máthair nach raibh aithne aici uirthi ariamh?
Bhí an scannán aoibhinn seo ainmnithe don scannán beochana is fearr ag Gradaim an Acadamh, agus tá neart moladh dearfach faighte ag an scannán ó bhí sé léirithe don chéad uair ag Féile Scannáin Idirnáisiúnta Toronto 2014. Le fuaimrian draíochtach a léiríonn go maith spiorad an finscéal, tá Amhrán na Mara íontach mealltach agus mar phléisiúir mór do dhaoine a théann chuig an bpictiúrlann.