Sullane Sessions

Sullane Sessions, a new acoustic concert series taking place in Macroom's Briery Gap Theatre is delighted to announce the fourth instalment in its current series "John Blek & The Rats" who will be in Macroom for a rare acoustic performance on Saturday 23rd August.

John Blek & The Rats are a folk and country group from Cork City whose infectious brand of Americana influenced balladry has travelled up and down the roads of Ireland, the UK and Europe, kicking up the dust in the dark corners for the last few years. John Blek & The Rats take inspiration from range of musical styles such as the outlaw country of Willie Nelson, the protest ballads of Woody Guthrie, the 100 mile-an-hour lyricism of Jack Keruoac and the melancholic country rock of Neil Young.

Special Guests on the night are Clonakilty Band "LOWMountain", who have built a steady following locally, through their own gigs but also by playing support to more established acts such as Dog Tail Soup and Mick Flannery. Being invited to go to Dingle to record for Other Voices was the highpoint of an already great year for this band.

Theatre Bar opens at 8pm, show at 9pm. Tickets are just €10 and can be purchased in advance from Briery Gap Box Office on 026-41793 or online through For information and updates, check out

Briery Gap Cultural Centre


Briery Gap


Briery Gap Cultural Centre
Main Street
County Cork

Booking: Tel: 026 41793   Fax: 026 41764
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The Briery Gap Cultural Centre presents:

1. The best possible professional arts programme for the Lee Valley and surrounding area.

2. A Venue of Excellence for Audience and Performers.

3. A Varied programme of events to include all members of the community.

4. To encourage the use of the venue by making it available to established amateur groups and societies, Youth Groups and Film Makers.

5. Workshops for Youth and Adults in Theatre and Film

6. A strong artistic educational programme to include all age groups from Primary to 3rd Level

7. Encourage the use of the venue to clubs and societies for meetings and conferences.


Briery Gap County Mayors Community Awards




Briery Gap nominated for County Mayors Community Awards
Briery Gap Community Group Events have been shortlisted for an award at the County Cork Mayor's Community & Voluntary Awards on June 3rd 2015. The groups collectively include Youth Theatre, Christmas Pantomime and the annual Musical.
Briery Gap's Youth Theatre was established to develop the creative talents of teenagers around Macroom and surrounding areas and to promote their artistic talents through theatre performance and production. The Youth Theatre meet Monday's at 7.00pm in Briery Gap. All youths aged 12 – 21 are welcome. The group includes many talented actors and musicians, but members are also involved in set designn, costumes, lighting, dancing and all aspects of the performing arts.
Briery Gap celebrates 16 years of Pantomime this year, with a dedicated cast of up to 150 performers, the annual production has gained a reputation as one of the best Panto's in the country. This year's show promises to be even bigger and better than before – oh no it isn't – oh yes it is!

Briery Gap Player's most recent production "Oliver!" was it's sixth Spring Musical and the most successful to date, having already presented classics such as Oklahoma, Calamity Jane, Showboat, South Pacific and The Sound of Music. As a testament to the reputation and success of the productions, the group have been invited to perform at Cork's iconic Everyman Theatre for the past two years running. The wonderfully talented RTE Director, Kevin Hough has been with the group since the beginning, working alongside Briery Gap Manager & Musical Director Ann Dunne, Ann Egan, Costume Designer Rita O'Brien, Set Designer Denis Coleman, not to mention an enthusiastic cast and crew of talented Macrompian's who work hard to put the "razzle dazzle" on for appreciative audiences year after year.

Briery Gap is delighted to be nominated for this special honour and very proud of all of the dedicated individuals that come together to make these groups so successful.

Briery Gap - Backstage Academy


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Backstage Academy of Performing Arts, recognised nationally for it's work with young people, has opened a Performing Arts Academy for 7-18 year olds at the Briery Gap Centre, Macroom.

The Academy runs every Saturday from 10am-12.30pm and during the two and a half hour session each week students, grouped by age, will undertake workshops on a variety of performing arts subjects from Drama, Mime and Comedy to Dance (hip-hop/street/jazz), Musical Theatre and acting for Film/TV.

Backstage has been running for fifteen years and has Academies in several locations around the country The staff are a unique combination of teacher and performing arts practicioner, well known in the industry. Backstage students can be seen in various shows from TV series 'Fair City','Moone Boy',' Game of Thrones' and 'Amber' to the summer production of 'Grease' at Cork Opera House and 'the Exam' at the Moat Theatre in Naas.A group of Backstage students have just returned from performing at the Edinburgh Festival. At Backstage there is an emphasis on teaching students core performing arts skills and the work encourages self confidence and develops communication skills.

Backstage are holding Open Days on Saturdays-28th September, 5th October and 12th October from 10am-12.30pm so that students have the opportunity to experience the work of the company before enrolling. In fact nobody can join Backstage without first spending a session with them. Application forms will be available at the Open Days. Entry to the Open Days are free of charge but you must arrive in time for a 10am start and be prepared to stay for the full session-no need to book in advance-just come along.
Fees are 15 Euro per weekly two and a half hour session, paid weekly. Further information from Briery Gap or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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