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The Apprentice | Hawk's Well Theatre.

Tríona O'Donnell

Hi guys!

It feels like an age since I sat down to write. It’s something I kind of abandoned much earlier this year. The big news since my last post is that we got married over the summer. I had thought about sharing some photos and telling you about it, but I think this post is more of a priority! Here’s why…

On Sunday night I went to the Hawk’s Well Theatre to see David Kitt. I was delighted to get a ticket last minute as I was sure it’d be a sell-out. I used to listen to David Kitt in my teens and early twenties and his music always transports me back to special moments growing up; listening to mixed tapes (precious old homemade gifts), which I can no longer listen to in the car; and fond memories of home life.

David Kitt Sligo

I was really shocked and a bit sad to count less than 30 people in the auditorium just before 8pm. I couldn’t believe it. I know I don’t go to the theatre often enough, but when I do, I always really enjoy it, I feel energised and hopeful and promise myself to make more of an effort to attend regularly.

Shortly after 8pm there was probably a crowd of 50-60... lucky for us, sure, as it was such an intimate gig, but a pity all the same that there wasn’t a better turnout. The theatre should have been full! That’s when I knew I had to help spread the word about an upcoming show called The Apprentice - to do my bit - before it’s too late.

Here is the cast of this musical comedy by Shaun Purcell - small in size, but big on personality and projection!


Directed by Micki Murray, the comic also stars in the show alongside leads Declan Walsh, Elaine Gordon, Luke Devaney, Patrick Ellwood, Vanessa Saunders, Brendan Tierney, Michael Fox, Maggie Curley and Stephen Rushe.

I go to see Shaun Purcell’s show every autumn. All the music in these shows is original. Shaun writes all his own plays and songs and composes his own music; he really is an extraordinary local talent. Over the past couple of years his works have explored darker issues and tragedies, but this year’s production is much more upbeat in the form of a comedy. Expect lots of laughs and a love story.

I normally go to see my friend Vanessa take part, but this year they were looking for some chorus members and I was kinda at a loose end - with no wedding to organise, I needed a new project to channel my energy! Plus, being part of Strictly Come Dancing, a hugely successful fundraiser for Sligo Rugby Club (we helped raise close to €70,000), was one of the most enjoyable experiences in my life (and I don’t use the superlative lightly); I loved the camaraderie, the whole process and the dancing itself, of course. You wouldn’t believe the come-down I experienced after such elation, I knew I had to get involved in something again. Joining me are a few fellow Strictly dancers and friendly faces who have proven to be great singing talents!


I’m not telling you about this show because I so desperately want you to come see me, by any means. Even Julian can’t get his head around it (quote on quote) : ‘We’re together ten years and I’ve never heard you sing well.’

It’s the truth, or at least that’s what I’ve come to believe, but in my defence, I haven’t sung in 15 years - not since our choir (obligatory) at school. We each have different talents and fortés, right? Variety’s the key - that’s the spice of life! That’s one of the lines from our opening song.

I’m encouraging you to come see the show as, I can assure you, there are so many talented actors and singers involved and not only will you have a great, uplifting evening and share a few giggles, you’ll be supporting a wonderful local facility.

All proceeds Sligo Cancer Support Centre.

You’ll see me dancing in the background - I shied away from any singing. You wouldn’t believe how awkward I can get in certain situations out of my comfort zone. I hadn’t really mentioned the show to anyone until now, but I’ve realised that it’s up to each cast member to get bums on seats and we don’t want to perform to an empty auditorium. Choreography is by Ingrid McLoughlin - my favourite part of rehearsals!

I urge you to please get booking your seats.

The show only runs for 2 nights and it’s suitable for all age groups.

There is also a matinee at 11am on Wednesday 3rd.

Bígí ann! Bígí linn!

Dates: Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd October.

Time: 8pm.

Venue: Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo.

Our community is generally very good at supporting local so we’d like to thank those who have already booked tickets and shown their support.

Book here.

If you’re travelling to Sligo for our show, The Glasshouse is kindly offering the following special rates: Standard Single: €70, Standard Double: €80, Deluxe River Facing Single Room: €90, Deluxe Double/Twin: €100. Each includes breakfast.

Call +353 71 91 94 300 or email to make your booking. Just mention the show (The Apprentice) to avail of these special offers.

We hope to see you very soon.


T xo