The Brass Works Launch Summer 2018 Alley Theatre Programme

25 April, 2018

Be entertained at the Alley Theatre this Spring/Summer as a packed programme of events has just been released and launched by children from Brass Works. This season from May - September includes top comedy drama with Nuala & Noleen in ‘It’s Wine O’Clock’, music from the legendary ‘Dublin City Ramblers’, ‘Dominic Kirwan’ and ‘The 4 of Us’, Summer Schools, Stand Up Comedy, Children’s Theatre and lots more.

May is full of comedy, music and original theatre. After popular demand our men over 55 years of age are back in ‘Are You Going for Another Mineral?’  A night of musical nostalgia as the men take to the stage after partaking in the Music to your Ears III project. 

Girls enjoy the best nights laugh in the craziest wedding of the year ‘It’s Wine O’Clock’ With the Winebulance providing the drink, the band ‘Keeping er Lit’ and the craziest guests, get ready for a rip roaring laugh out loud feel good tonic.  Plus there will even be a special wine promotion on the night.

Ethan McDowell brings a special documentary on the 12th May ‘Children of the Troubles’ which explores the different stories of those whose lives were changed during the troubles.

If you love fairytales with a twist then come along to the comedy ‘Bedtime Stories’ by Makey Uppers,  Fairy Tales which have been dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming with a sharp and original review of all things ‘happily ever after’!  Over 16 only.

The Arts Academy are proud to present an original musical by David Oliver and Cat McGinty ‘Time’ at the end of May.  Join us on a trip back to the 1990’s with an inspired soundtrack to accompany this unique and colourful musical for the whole family.

This programme is packed with Children’s Theatre from leading theatre companies all over Ireland.  CBeebies Patrick Lynch brings the classic ‘Tom Thumb’ to life in a playful and fascinating show for children aged 3 and above.  If your kids love math and science then prepare to be dazzled and bewildered by Cahoot’s NI’s ‘Danny Carmo’s Mathematical Mysteries where math, theatre and digital technology collide. For little audiences under 5 Snoozle and The Lullabugs are here in this rockabilly – rockabye interactive show.  This show will be a relaxed performance including chilled out harmonies and calming sensory activities.  If you love dogs then you will not want to miss ‘Woofle’ as singer songwriter Dan Leith brings lots of furry fun about Dan and his dog with lots of silly songs and stories.  Party and boogie with ‘Jo Jingles’ at the end of June and sing Jo’s favourite songs.  Bring your teddy along for Tom Sweenys ‘Teddy Bears Sing – Along’ in August, bring your cushion, teddy and be prepared for lots of singing, dancing and stories.

Celebrating Strabane love of Brass Band Music will be a unique collaboration between Knocakavoe School, Strabane Brass Band and The Brass Works in ‘Bringing Music to Life’ as part of the TADA Festival in June.  Come and see this wonderful concert celebrating young talent.

Encore Performing Art Academy presents ‘Broadway Babes’ in June in this end of year showcase as they bring Broadway Theatre to the stage for all to enjoy.

Keep the kids busy this summer as the Alley Theatre have two summer schools this July and August.  After popular demand the ‘Summer School of Rock’ by the Arts Academy returns for a week in July. Let the kids unleash their inner rock star as they will learn guitar, drums, singing, songwriting, digital sound, lighting and technical and lots more in this fun filled week with a final showcase at the end in front of family and friends.  No previous musical experience is required. Suitable for 7 years and over.  Book your place now through the Alley Theatre Box Office

If you love acting, singing and dancing and are aged 7 – 18 years old then ‘The Wizard of Oz Summer Project’ by The North West Youth Theatre is for you.  For 3 weeks in August take part in creating the fabulous stage production of the Wizard of Oz.  Could you be the Star of the Wizard of Oz?  Send your details to

The Summer months are full of music as our Open Mic Nights are back hosted by Gary Elliott. If you would like to take part then get in touch. Always a favorite Jazz Gazette return with their exceptional Summer Jazz Nights throughout August. Other music highlights throughout the summer include Iron Maiden Tribute, Karen Underwood, The Soda Popz – a jukebox Jive Rock n Roll Show, The HardChargers, Wookalily and The 4 of Us. 

Not to be missed are some of our Autumn Highlights which our now on sale including ‘Tyrone Pipers Day’ featuring Fred Morrison & Paddy Keenan, Mike Denver, Neil Delamere and Phil Coulter..

The Alley Theatre Art Gallery will be hosting a range of exquisite exhibitions throughout May – August.  All free to attend, see for more information

Jacqueline Doherty Venue Manager Alley Theatre commented ‘We are delighted to be welcoming such a varied and packed programme of events this Summer.  From beautiful exhibitions from local artist’s  and from all over Ireland to entertaining shows and original talent come along and enjoy a night out at the Alley this Summer. Pick up your programme of events or check out what’s on online.  Make a night of it and enjoy a pre – theatre meal deal and ticket package for selected shows in Masala Indian Restaurant.  We look forward to welcoming you to the Alley Theatre this Summer.’

To book tickets for any of the events outlined contact the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or online at  Download our programme online and keep up to date on the Alley Theatre Social Media Channels.

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