Solas Sessions - Westport Theatre 

Drama – Poetry – Storytelling

Theatre from your Home!

Like every theatre across the globe, Westport Town Hall had to close its doors as the Covid 19 Pandemic took the reins of control over just about every move that humanity dares to make and indeed will make in this uncertain future. Legendary belief for centuries is that all theatres should keep at least one light on over the stage to ensure the space will never be left in complete darkness – referred to as the Ghost Light. This particular rule in theatre also maintains the prevailing superstition that most theatres are actually haunted and a ghost light is kept on to appease ghosts! Not wanting to upset any ghosts and ultimately in an effort to keep some theatre activities available to its community – the diplomatic people at Westport Town Hall have come up with a way to bring drama, poetry and storytelling from the stage to the living room.


Solas Sessions is an initiative being put together by Westport Town Hall in collaboration with writer, actor and facilitator Donal Courtney to shine a theatrical light whereby budding artists, playwrights and all-round "Joe-soaps" with a story to tell have the equal opportunity come up with a monologue, poem or piece of drama based on a subject relevant to times past, present or future - ideally relative to your local area and its people.  


The idea is that anyone can submit a piece that will then be recited, read and delivered live to a captive audience by either the writer/composer themselves, or a professional actor – all carefully curated to put the piece on our virtual stage! 


Actor Donal Courtney, who hails from Killarney in Co. Kerry is a professional actor who has performed his critically-acclaimed one-man show “God has no Country” in Westport on 3 occasions over the past couple of years. Donal also teaches at the acclaimed Gaiety School of Acting where he has trained and mentored many well known actors including his fellow Killarney native, Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender.


Remember the Seanchaí from years ago that would visit you and generations of your family, entertaining you in the heart of your home with stories, spoken word and maybe even songs to inspire you and always remind you of where you came from and give hope for what the future holds? Well, that is what we are looking to revive....


It is envisioned that any written piece to be performed should be no more than 1,000 words in length and the theatre along with Donal Courtney will be on hand to advise and guide participants in what promises to be an exciting new venture for Westport.


Anyone interested should contact the theatre via Email:

or call Rosaleen directly on 085 877 9796 for further details.

Town Hall TheatreThe Octagon, Westport, Co Mayo, Ireland, F28 R240

Phone: +353 98 28459


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