Strule Arts Centre springs into 2016 with new programme

Strule Arts centre spring programme 2016

Published: 22nd December 2015

Strule Arts Centre has officially launched its Spring 2016 programme of events.


The new 48 page programme, which is packed with comedy, theatre, music, dance, films, workshops and exhibitions from the New Year to the end of April, was unveiled by Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, on Friday 11 December 2015.

This season’s comedy line-up features Jake O’Kane, who takes a look back at stories that made the news in 2015 and Conal Gallen, who returns to Strule Arts Centre by popular demand. David Meade will also be back this season with another jaw-dropping performance, delving into the minds of willing audience participants. The Give My Head Peace Gang will also return for one night only with more topical humour and up to the minute stand-up.

Music lovers will have a choice of performances this season with local favourites Brian Coll, The Knotty Pine String Band and The Drunken Lullabies, Dominic Kirwan, Lisa McHugh, Derek Ryan, JP Mac, Harmonise, and Philomena Begley and Ray Lynam.  The Young Guns of Country will also feature local artists including Gareth Pritchard, Lee Matthews, Keelan, Paul Kelly, Jim Devine and Ritchie Remo.

Back for a second year is the Omagh Jazz and Big Band Festival with The Big Brass Swing Band and Jim McDermott. Gospel Fest Goes West also returns for a second year featuring Live Issue, Laura Dowey, Michael and Teenie Harcus, True Country, Simple Faith and Paul Silcock.

National and International artists Kieran Goss, Frances Black, Cara Dillon, the Harlem Gospel Choir, The Fureys, Celtic Soul, Al Grant and Marc Roberts will also make appearances throughout the season.

Strule Arts Centre has a sound history of providing opportunities for local students to perform on stage and this season is no exception. Omagh High School students will make their Strule Arts Centre stage debut with ‘Bugsy Malone’ while Omagh Academy returns with its ever popular Spring Concert.  The North West Irish Language Drama Festival, Féile Scoildramaíochta, also returns to Strule Arts Centre this spring, showcasing the talents of school children from Tyrone, Fermanagh, Donegal and Derry/Londonderry.

Following successful tours throughout Ireland, the Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre makes a welcome return with a new performance ‘Tost’ which looks at language, communication and the differing views of the world through dance.

For younger audiences, Replay Theatre Company will bring its performance of ‘WiggleGiggle’ which suitable for age 3-5 year olds, while Strule Arts Centre Movie Magic returns with a screening of Disney’s all time classic, Beauty and The Beast.

Due to popular demand, the new programme features a Spring Vintage Tea Dance and a number of film classics including West Side Story and Thelma and Louise, which are celebrating 55 years and 25 years since their original release respectively.

Theatre audiences can also look forward to ‘The Jazzabelles’, a play set in 1950s Belfast based on a trio of Jazz singers and Premier Theatrical Production’s performance of ‘The Cripple of Inishmann’.

For local artists, entries to Tyrone Open Submission can be made until 6 January 2016, with the exhibition opening on January 16 and running for four weeks. Applications to enter can be downloaded from

Other exhibitions include a retrospective exhibition of works by local artist Comhghall Casey, a first solo exhibition by local photographer Pauline McSorley and the annual St Patrick’s Day posters exhibition by local primary schools.

A selection of workshops will also take place throughout spring including the ever popular Creative Kidz Club, Easter craft workshop and Easter egg hunt, and PER4M (music, movement, theatre) for children.  For adults, there will be pottery, one day drawing, furniture restoration and singing.

For further information on the spring events at Strule Arts Centre download the new programme from the related files panel on this webpage. Alternatively, telephone the Box Office on 028 8224 7831.

Tickets for all events are on sale now. Gift vouchers also available.



Related Files
Strule Arts Centre Spring programme 2016
7 MB | pdf | 18 Dec 2015

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