For the very first time the popular long running HeadStuff Lectures is leaving Dublin and is coming west to Sligo for Cairde Festival! Join comedian and presenter Gearóid Farrelly for a fun night of ‘Lectures’ with wonderful speakers talking passionately about different topics Thursday 12th July at the Hawk’s Well theatre. HeadStuff Lectures are not mass, not school and definitely not Ted Talks. This will be an evening of short presentations on anything from popular culture to global catastrophes.
HeadStuff have curated a cracking evening with fantastic speakers for the Sligo event. Comedian Gearóid Farrelly will host, bringing his mischievous and charming humour to the proceedings. Guests include: Kevin McGahern, Eve Darcy, Ciaran Conliffe, Tony Cantwell & Aine Gallagher. Some of the lectures for the night have just been revealed and include:
How To Give The Best Best Man’s Speech by Cathal Toe (Kevin McGahern)
An Idiot’s Guide To Being A Human – Eve Darcy
(Basically it’s about life and whether or not there’s any meaning to it)
Stanley’s Last Trip: An Itinerary of Errors – Ciaran Conliffe
This is the story of one of the last great Victorian adventures in Africa. A tale of reckless incompetence, of death in the Congo, and of a scandal that tainted a proud Irish family’s reputation forever after.
Irish Matters – Aine Gallagher
Irish Matters’…’an exploration of why speaking Irish is exactly the same as making mug cakes’.
Soft As Shit Priests: – Tony Cantwell
An investigative deep-dive into the softening morals of the priesthood compared to their predecessors a decade or two ago – priests have gone soft, and Tony is here to expose it.
Gearóid Farrelly is a polished live performer and he is popping to Sligo fresh from his summer U.K. tour with Sarah Millican. Gearóid is instantly recognisable from Irish comedy festivals and regularly appears on tour with Neil Delamere. On TV Gearóid is probably best known for playing Pat the conjoined-twin of Gerry (PJ Gallagher) in “Meet Your Neighbours” (RTE). He was also a regular on “The Panel”, “The Savage Eye” and “The Blame Game” on BBC1.
Known best as the host of RTE shows: “Republic of Telly”, “Hardy Bucks”, “Fast & Furious” and “America” Kevin McGahern has also a well-deserved reputation as one of Ireland’s top stand-ups with surrealist and observational humour perfectly mixed into one hairy Cavan man. He most recently stole the show as love-sick Jim, in Alison Spittle’s smash comedy T.V. “Nowhere Fast” RTE (2017).
Eve Darcy is a stand-up comedian and co-hosts the ‘AFOG Pod’ – a podcast about mental and emotional health. Eve also recently performed her own solo show entitled ‘Arousal & Valence’ in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre and will soon be performing an extended version in the Harbour Playhouse Theatre (June 23, 24, 25) entitled ‘When Anxiety Goes Berserk’.
Belfast based Ciaran Conliffe is a professional programmer and has been writing, on and off, since he was five years old. He’s been shortlisted for and won awards, both completed and failed NaNoWriMo. Rants on Twitter way more than is healthy. In his spare time, he does software engineering and gets paid for it. He is also the history columnist for Headstuff website.
Tony Cantwell defies labels. He has created some of Ireland’s biggest viral video sensations. Fan favourite characters such as Ploon, Your Ma’s Mate, The Dublin Frenchman, Homer/Irish Dad and Gavin Salad.
Just added to this fantastic line-up is Aine Gallagher is an award-winning comedian and resident MC of the Bright Club, a science comedy night.
HeadStuff Lectures are not mass, not school and definitely not Ted Talks. This will be an evening of short presentations on anything from popular culture to global catastrophes. Or anything in between. Talks About Stuff You Didn’t Think You’d Care About. Tickets for HeadStuff Lectures, Thurs 12 July 2018, 8pm cost €14. All tickets will have a €1 Development Fee surcharge and are available from the Hawk’s Well Theatre box office on 071-91/61518 or book online at www.hawkswell.com