The Riverbank launches new season programme

Dominic Kirwan

Dominic Kirwan

Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge has launched its New Year season of events, with highlights including high definition operatic performances streamed live from some of the most famous stages in the world; music, comedy, theatre and cinema.

Last season, large numbers turned out to watch live streamed opera and ballet performances with The Nutcracker and Aida (Verdi).

These screenings are remarkable, as you got a real insight into the backdrop to these performances, sit in for the interval and you will be taken back by the interviews and the hustle and bustle of what happens during an interval – something you will not see if you were sitting the audience in New York or Moscow.

Les Troyens, streamed live from The Met in New York, gets the season off to an epic start, with a story of love, war and destiny on January 12th.

This will be followed by Maria Stuarda on Saturday January 19th and La Bayadère on Sunday January 27th, a full line up can be found on the website at

The Riverbank also has some great musical names in this season with Paul Brady and Dominic Kirwan performing.

Comedian Neil Delamere will celebrate St Patricks day with us again while Jerry Fish takes to the stage with his acclaimed album ‘Celebrate’ which raised funds for locally-based Barretstown Children’s Charity.

Also welcomed back are The Unthanks. Those of you lucky enough to grab a ticket last time will know what a treat it is to see this award winning folk crew on Friday March 1st.

There will be great laughs with Brendan Grace on March 5th and 6th as he takes to the stage once more. The Nualas will also return on February 1st to bring some cheer with ‘One Night of Dignity’. Chris Kent & Fred Cooke (Republic of Telly & Savage Eye fame) take to the stage together in what will prove to be a hilarious night of comedy!

Pat Kinevane will perform his outstanding play Silent and theatre lovers won’t be disappointed with the range of theatre on offer from local arts group, Silken Thomas Players performing Mercury Fur in late February.

Seamus O’Rourke will be returning with a new play ‘The Sand Park’ following on from the successful and hilarious production of ‘Ride On’ that was performed at the centre in November 2012.

Literature lovers and young readers keep your eyes peeled for a series of events around World Book Day (did someone mention Derek Landy?), while Seachtain na Gaeilge brings an exciting exhibition by Andrew Whitson. Moonfish Theatre presents an unusual version of Pinocchio for secondary schools - not to be missed. Also, watch out for exciting opportunities to engage with Theatre Lovett, our superb artists in residence this year, some nice treats in store.

There will also be a great cinema line-up including ‘What Richard did’, ‘Untouchables’, Love (Amour) and on Valentine’s day ‘Ruby Sparks’ taking us right through from January to March.

All performances can be booked at or by ringing the Riverbank’s box office on 045 448327.




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