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Someone needs to do something about National Cultural Centre

first_imgDear Editor,Emmanuella and Success are stars, and Mark Angel is a good creator of contemporary slapstick comedy with an uncanny ability to leverage the social media pathway to success. Their live show, now on tour, is a triumph for the YouTube content creators— and a glimpse of the claimed promises of new media.Having said that, ‘Emmanuella for Emancipation’ at the National Cultural Centre was highway robbery. The technical production was the worst I have experienced on either side of the proscenium in over four decades.I performed consistently on that stage in our premier theatre from the late 70s into the 90s, at no point during that time would the audience have been subjected to the abuse we paid for on Wednesday night.Except for dance recitals and pantomime, hearing the words spoken by those on stage is critical to the enjoyment of the show. For comedy, it is even more critical because there is no point to comedy if you miss the punch-lines.To see the adorable and precocious Success struggle with a microphone on her head and a microphone in her hand simultaneously, and still carry a bowl with water, and still try to deliver her lines and action was distressing. The actors were trying their best, but the inadequate sound system and its hapless operators were very trying.We were made to endure deteriorating seats designed, built, and installed in 1972, and not recently refurbished. We’ll limit our use of the toilet facilities, and some of us will skip going to the bar at intermission. But if we can’t hear the actors, clearly, there is no point buying tickets to get dressed up in these fancy clothes and make the journey to the National Cultural Centre. For crying out loud, we have Mark Angel Comedy on YouTube already.Someone needs to do something about the National Cultural Centre and they need to do it fast. Given the Centre’s history, it is a downright shame that this is what we are offering to performers, producers, and patrons. Whoever should be ashamed, should be.Sincerely,Alex Grahamlast_img read more

An Independence Day could be on the cards for Ireland

first_imgIreland could be getting its very own Independence Day to celebrate the anniversary of the meeting of the first Dáil on the 21st of January 1919.FF Senator Keith Swanick is putting forth the Declaration of Independence Bill Day, and is hopeful that the legislation recognising this important event be enacted before the 100th anniversary next year.Before you get too excited – it won’t be a public holiday. “The Declaration of Independence Day Bill seeks to formally recognise 21st January and allow for it to be commemorated by schools, public bodies and community groups. I am not proposing a public holiday but I believe the importance of this occasion needs to be marked,” Swanick says.“The Bill received widespread support in the Seanad and has now passed Second Stage.“Next year is the 100th anniversary of the first Dáil meeting and it would be extremely fitting if the legislation was in place before then.”Exactly 99 years ago today, history was made in the Round Room of Mansion House as the first Dáil Éireann took place. Three Donegal politicians who agreed to help form the first Dáil were all from the Sinn Féin party.They were: Joseph O’Doherty (originally from Derry, representing Donegal North), Peter Ward (Donegal South), and Joseph Aloysius Sweeney (from Burtonport, representing Donegal West).“The 1918 general election and meeting of the first Dáil on 21 January 1919 transformed this island and changed the course of our history. It was an exciting and progressive period in Ireland, seeing the implementation of a new democratic programme as well as the extension of the vote to women aged 30 and over. The Representation of the People Act 1918 caused the electorate to almost triple. It also saw our first female representative Countess Markievicz elected ”, said Senator Swanick.An Independence Day could be on the cards for Ireland was last modified: January 21st, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:21 january 1919Dail Eireannindependence daylast_img read more