Arts Over Borders 2019 Artists Line-Up


Tickets for ‘Happy Days: Enniskillen International Beckett Festival‘, ‘A Wilde Weekend’ and ‘Lughnasa FrielFest’ available NOW!!!



The 2019 Arts Over Borders Summer Festivals July 25 – August 18

  • 7th Happy Days: Enniskillen International Beckett Festival | July 25 – 28 2019 |
  • 2nd A Wilde Weekend: Wildetown, Home of the Happy Prince, Enniskillen | August 2 – 5 2019 |
  • 4th Lughnasa FrielFest | August 9 – 18 2019 |


Happy Days: Enniskillen International Beckett Festival
Ever tried. Ever failed. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
July 25 – 28 2019
  • OPENING FESTIVAL TALK: Diarmaid Ferriter: Talk on The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics.  July 25, 7.30pm
  • Three Beckett short plays with the Mark Morris Dance Group (World Premiere). Enniskillen Royal Grammar (formerly Portora Royal School), The Regal & Cherry Island.  July 25 – 28, various times
  • Ohio Impromptu by Samuel Beckett. Dir Adrian Dunbar. Devenish Island. July 25 – 28, various times
  • Assumption read by Adrian Dunbar. Chapel of Enniskillen Royal Grammar (i.e. Portora). July 26, 9.30pm
  • Pas Moi & Not I by Samuel Beckett – Clara Simpson. Chapel of Enniskillen Royal Grammar (i.e. Portora). July 26, 7.30pm & July 27, 3pm
  • Cascando by Samuel Beckett. Pan Pan Theatre.  Site specific performance promenade. Grounds of old Portora Royal School.  July 26 – 28, various times
  • Schwanengesang (Swansong) by Franz Schubert. Director Romeo Castellucci (UK & Ireland Premier). Ardhowen Theatre.  July 27, 8pm & July 28, 5pm
  • All Mankind Is Us: Walking for Waiting for Godot. Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark.  July 27, 4pm & July 28, 4.30pm
  • Morning Recital – Late piano works of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Scriabin with Saskia Giorgini (Winner 2016 Salzburg Piano Prize). St. Macartin’s Cathedral.  July 27, 11.30am
  • Winterreise by Franz Schubert – Roderick Williams & Julius Drake. St. Macartin’s Cathedral.  July 28, 3pm
  • Alannah Hopkin and Sally Phipps with Carlo Gebler. A discussion on late creativity.  Alannah Hopkin is the widow of Aidan Higgins and Sally Phipps is the daughter of Molly Keane.  July 28, 1.30pm


A Wilde Weekend by Lough Ernest
A trivial festival for serious people!
August 2 – 5 2019
  • OPENING FESTIVAL TALK: WILDETALK: Matthew Sturgis on his 2018 biography of Oscar Wilde.  August 2, 8pm
  • WILDETHEATRE: At Home with Oscar Wilde – Excerpts of Wilde’s plays performed at his old school, Portora (Enniskillen Royal Grammar). Director David Grant.  August 2 – 5, various times
  • WILDEFILM: The Happy Prince. Directed by Rupert Everett. The Regal, Enniskillen. August 2, 9.30pm [BAR OPEN]
  • WILDETOWN READINGS. Being held in various Market Town shops in Enniskillen. August 2 & 3, 6pm – 8pm
  • WILDEFILM: Dorian Gray. The Regal, Enniskillen. August 3, 9pm [BAR OPEN]
  • WILDETALK: Commissioned talk by Philip Hoare, entitled Wilde, Swimming.  August 3, 7.30pm
  • WILDETALK: Franny Moyle (biographer of Constance Wilde) & Cate Haste (biographer of Alma Mahler) followed by performance of Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder song cycle with Ruby Philogene MBE.  August 3, 3pm
  • WILDEMUSIC: Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler. Performed by Ruby Philogene MBE (mezzo soprano) and Maya Irgalina (piano). August 3, 4.30pm
  • WILDETRIP: The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. Bus journey to secret garden for reading.  August 4, 2pm
  • WILDETALK: Clare Pollard. Poet and playwright Clare Pollard shines a light on some of our best-loved childhood stories, their histories and what they really mean.  August 4, 12.30pm
  • BBC 3 Radio Commissioned Essays: Featuring writers Philip Hoare and Sinead Gleeson. Recorded to be broadcast for Autumn 2019! August 4, 6pm 
  • WILDESONG: Closing Concert: Richard Strauss Four Last Songs and other songs. Siobhan Stagg (Soprano) & Julius Drake (piano).  August 4, 7.30pm
  • Go and see THE HAPPY PRINCE STATUE in gold leaf, with ‘dead swallow’ in bronze by sculpture Alan Milligan at the Prince’s feet. Forthill Park, Enniskillen. July 25 – August 18


Lughnasa FrielFest: Donegal Here I Come! and Derry-Donegal, Overcome!

August 9 – 18

  • OPENING FESTIVAL TALKGary Younge on the importance of James Baldwin’s life and work for today’s society. The Playhouse.  August 16, 6pm
  • Faith Healer by Brian Friel. West Donegal. Bus journey promenade presentation.  August 9 – 11 & August 16 – 18, various times
  • Homer by the Sea on Donegal & Causeway Coast beaches.  August 15 – 18, various times
  • Freedom of the City by Brian Friel. The Guildhall, Derry-Londonderry. Promenade presentation. Director Jonathan Moore starring Siobhan McSweeney (Sister Michael) of Derry Girls.  August 15 – 18, various times
  • The Yalta Game by Brian Friel. Sean McGinley & Marie Mullen. St. Eugene’s Hall Moville.  August 16 – 18, various times
  • Ed Vulliamy: Talk by the journalist and writer of the book When Words Fail: A Life With Music, War and Peace.  August 17, 3pm
  • The Enemy Within by Brian Friel. Kabosh Theatre with all female production. Showing in Derry & Omagh. August 16, 7.30pm & August 17, 11.30am


Here are some of the great actors from previous Arts Over Borders festivals


If you would like to support us for our 2019 Festivals with a donation we would be very grateful, no matter how small your donation – click here

If you would like to give a little more to this year’s events please see the opportunities in our Patron’s Programme for name sponsoring to help a performance happen. You can donate anything from £500 to £2,500! – click here

Each year, in helping to make the festivals happen, we carry the spirit of a Beckett cliché
‘We can’t go on. We’ll go on’

Help us go on!

Thank you.

Seán Doran & Liam Browne

Festival Curators – Arts Over Borders




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