Last night, the centre-piece of the Earagail Arts Festival launched at An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny.
Amajuba- Like Doves We Rise sees four actors telling stories from their different stages of their lives in South Africa. And it is, by some distance, the most powerful dramatic piece I have ever seen. The performance runs until Saturday (July 16th), and I would highly recommend it to everyone. It’s well worth seeing.
I have no problem in emphatically endorsing this play, and recommending it to anyone who will listen. While not overly-suited to a family audience, this powerful play graphically illustrates the difficulties of life in South Africa in recent decades.
Last night was also my first chance to address an audience, as Mayor, during the Errigal Arts Festival. The festival contributes greatly to the cultural life of Letterkenny and Donegal, and takes up a huge amount of work year round. The success of the festival is a credit to the excellent work of the organising team.
The performance was attended by Her Excellency, Melanie Verwoerd, South African Ambassador to Ireland. I had the honour of welcoming her on behalf of Letterkenny Town Council, with Cllr Dessie Larkin and Michael McLoone (Donegal County Manager) welcoming her on behalf on the County Council.
The Errigal Arts Festival continues until Sunday, July 17th.