Latest News from the Alley Theatre

Be Part of Strabane District

Culture Night - Friday 19th September

A day/ night of free cultural events

Strabane District Council is calling upon all arts organisations, venues, crafters, shops, bars and restaurants to be part of Culture Night 2014.

On Friday 19th September 2014, in more than 34 towns, cities and counties across the island of Ireland, will programme a variety of cultural and artistic events in celebration of Culture Night 2014, a late-night of free culture for people of all ages.

Organisers, Temple Bar Cultural Trust, state what began as small scale Culture Night in the Temple Bar area in 2006 has become a country wide event  allowing  all sorts of places to come alive with a rich cultural offering of electric atmosphere, colour, music, performance and workshops.  Culture Night provides people with an opportunity to reacquaint or introduce themselves to a vast and rich cultural offering and a platform to celebrate distinct cultural and creative resources.

Culture Night

Culture Night is for everyone to enjoy, this year Strabane will be joining Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Omagh, Armagh, Lisburn and many other cities across the North in hub of activity. Over the past three years a range of events have taken place in Newtownstewart, Castlederg/Killeter, Plumbridge, Sion Mills, Strabane Town, Donemana, Bready and Glenmornan with a clear focus on family –friendly events which has succeeded in attracting people of all ages and backgrounds.

Chairman of Strabane District Council, Councillor Dan Kelly commented ‘We plan to build on the opportunities that Culture Night can bring to the Strabane District and are looking to involve local arts, culture, heritage and all areas of the larger community such as local clubs, schools, as well as retail spaces and arts and cultural centres/organisations in the area. Culture Night is an excellent opportunity to stage a wonderful event and at the same time reach new audiences, raise your public profile and expand your network. Culture Night is fun so now is the time for Strabane District to pull out all the stops and produce an unforgettable and unique evening of FREE cultural experiences for all to enjoy. Examples of past events have included photo exhibitions, cultural gatherings, drama, visual arts, live music, dancing, workshops, poetry readings plus much more. Culture Night is a way for us to come together, collaborate and promote Strabane District arts and culture in all its forms.’

Now is the time to start thinking and planning activities for Culture Night 2014. If you have an exciting idea or would like to get involved in Strabane District Culture Night contact Jacqui Doherty in the Alley Theatre on: 02871884760 or email


Summer Jamm in Strabane

Saturday 14th June

 Outdoor Cinema

Strabane ‘Summer Jamm’ Festival Coming


Get ready for a family fun day out as Summer Jamm in Strabane will return on Saturday 14th June. 

Strabane will come alive with live music, street entertainers, sporting events, gardening & cookery displays, fun fair and food and craft markets just to name a few.

Members from Strabane District Council, The Strabane Chamber of Commerce, The Strabane Vintners Society all joined BBC Radio Foyle Gardener Gareth Austin recently to launch the event.

Summer Jamm Launch

Chairman of Strabane District Council Councillor Ruairi McHugh commented ‘After the success of Strabane’s first Summer Jamm Festival last year we are really looking forward to this year’s event.  Summer Jamm is a civic event to be enjoyed by all of the community. It will be a day of music and fun filled events to suit all ages.  There will be local offers in shops and late night entertainment and offers in many of the bars and restaurants.  I would urge everyone to come along and join in the fun and have a great day and night out ‘In Strabane’.

Live Music

The entertainment starts in the morning as local schools come together toThe Logues celebrate ‘Good Relations Week’ as they perform a range of multi-cultural songs on the main stage.  This will be followed later in the afternoon by Belfast Gypsy Jazz band ‘Manouche’.  Manouche is a Gypsy Jazz guitar duo, Robert and Nicolas, who will be entertaining the crowds with their gypsy swing music.  Then appearing on stage will be the brilliant ‘Logues’ and a party atmosphere is certainly guaranteed! The Castlederg folk rock band composed of vocals, tin whistle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass and drums will certainly have everyone up on their feet dancing. 

Kitchen Garden Advice & Al Fresco Cook Up featuring Gareth Austin and Darren Iddon

Gareth AustinCastle Street will be transformed into an open green space with beautiful planters and flowers and on hand will be BBC Radio Foyle gardening whizz Gareth Austin giving advice in the kitchen garden, from sowing, harvesting and what’s in season now and how to grow your own herbs and vegetables.  Accompanying Gareth will be Derry/Londonderry’s Queens Quay Social Restaurant chef Darren Iddon who will be demonstrating an al-fresco cook-up using seasonal produce and giving some inspiration on what to do with kitchen left overs.

RampRage BMX Jump Show

One the main highlights of the day will be the astonishing RampRage BMX jump show in the Score Site as part of Bike Week.  Backed by a live DJ watch Captain Matt G and his team of junior and senior jump crews defy gravity with Tailwhips, 360 variation, backflips and flairs.  A number of workshops will also be held throughout the day.

Strabane Mini World Cup 2014

Another highlight of the day will be the brilliant ‘Human Foosball Table’.  Watch as local businesses strap themselves into human version of table top football and play it out in heats to be crowned ‘Strabane World Cup Champions’

Food and Craft Market

Browse through Castle Street and tantalise your taste buds with a range of specialised food and beverages throughout the day or see some wonderfully crafted items from local crafters

Fun Fair and Children’s Entertainment

Ramprage BMX
To keep the young ones and teenagers entertained there will be a fun fair throughout the day and into the evening in the Score Site.  There will also be facepainting, balloon modelling, treasure trails, street entertainers and aerial acts throughout the town.

Late Night Entertainment

To take you into the evening many bars around the town will be having special promotions, theme nights and live music including MK’s Bar,  Joes Bar, The Farmers Home, Dicey’s Bar, Charlies Bar, Christy’s Bar, Sweeno McGintys Bar and Devlins’ Bar.

So come along for a great day/ night out in Strabane.  For further information and to book overnight stays contact Strabane Visitor Information Centre on 028 71 384444 or E-Mail

This project is supported by Strabane District Council, the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister via the District Councils’ Good Relations Programme and by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross-border programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.


Alley Theatre Announces Summer  

Programme of Events

To Download Summer Programme Click Here

Summer is definitely in the air as the Alley Summer Programme was launched this week with help from children from the Gaelscoil Ui Dhochartaigh who will be performing The Jungle Book at the end of May along with sponsor of the Alley Theatre Trevor Mealiff from Caffe Fresco.

Programme Launch

From May until August there will be events to suit all ages including music, entertainment, comedy, family events and drama.

Speaking about the new programme Marketing Officer at the Alley Theatre Emma Devine commented ‘ This new events programme has a real variety of entertainment, for music lovers we welcome all genres including country from Michael English, folk, blues and jazz music with Patricia Morris.  We are delighted to be welcoming Hothouse Flowers front man Liam Ó Maonlaí as he mixes traditional Irish along with world and folk music.  The very popular jazz nights are back during July and August with special guests including Triona Sweeney and Joan Talbot.  Welcoming all talents the open mic nights are back during the summer, if you would like to get involved please get in touch.  As an added feature to the open mic nights audiences will be able to avail of a lovely tapas menu from Café Horizon during the performances.    In August we welcome two very talented musicians Arty McGlynn and Shane McAleer in concert together as well as the very talented Matt Woosey later in the month.

If you are looking for a real hoot of a night out don’t miss The Foyle Follies in May.  Full of big hair, big numbers and big big hair you do not want to miss this brand new show featuring Strabane’s very own Dusty Drawers.  For lovers of stand up comedy Colin Geddis presents Not Safe for Work a hybrid blend of side splitting inappropriate stand up material and trademark viral video sketches.  RTE’s Meet the Neighbours star Gearóid Farrelly brings his comedy madness in the middle of August.

Master Hypnotisit and Mentalist Dale Thomas comes to the Alley for the first time in May with his brand new show Mind Conceive.  Dale blends the art of hypnosis with some of the most exciting illusions you will ever see.  This is a family show that will suit all ages. 

Cabaret Style

Many of the shows in the Summer Programme will be in the cabaret style audotrium offering audiences a much more relaxed atmosphere, these performances will be marked in the programme of events.

As always the Alley programme is full of fun loving family events including Much Ado Stage School with ‘Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat’, Encore Performing Arts Academy with ‘Encore at the Movies: Once Upon A Song ‘and Black Air Theatre Group with ‘The Little Shop of Horrors.’

With a full programme of beautiful exhibitions in the Alley Gallery and arts development workshops, the Alley Summer Programme is definitely one to see.’ concluded Emma

To Download Programme of Events Click Here

Older Stories:

Black Air Theatre Group & Friends Donate

Cheque to CLIC Sargent NI

Black Air Theatre Group & Friends came together last week to present a cheque to CLIC Sargent for an amazing £1117.80 which was raised through two productions of Broadway Blockbusters that was shown at the Alley Theatre last December.

Clic Sargent

Over two nights at the Alley Theatre the musical extravaganza featured songs, scenes and music from the very best musicals including: ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Grease’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Rent’, ‘WICKED’, ‘Calamity Jane’ and lots more.  Performing on the night were children from Muchado Stage School, Pop Tap Dance Academy and Class Act Theatre Group.

Ryan Quinn Musical Director from Black Air Theatre Group said ‘We are delighted to have raised so much money for this wonderful charity.  The show was a great success and I would like to thank everyone involved and everyone who came to support it.’

Nadine Campbell, Fundraising Manager from CLIC Sargent NI continued ‘Thank you so much to Black Air Theatre Group and to all the groups involved for donating this wonderful cheque.  This donation is going towards the Northern Ireland Home from Home appeal.   In 2013 CLIC Sargent announced the commitment to build two Homes from Home within walking distance of the both primary treatment centres in Belfast.  It is with great pleasure that we can inform you that the first CLIC Sargent Home from Home in Northern Ireland is now open at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and the first families are already using the home.  

In addition to the children’s Home from Home, CLIC Sargent is fundraising to complete a second Home from Home for young people (16-24 years of age) and their families attending the Belfast City Hospital for cancer treatment.  With continued support we are working hard to raise the remaining funds needed in order to complete the project by the end of 2014.’
For more information on CLIC Sargent NI visit