Press Release


Mend and Makedo Theatre Co. present Redemption Song.

John MacKenna’s new one-man play is a warm, moving, often funny and sometimes terrifyingly sad story of three people – Joe, Mary and their son. It is a powerful and gripping contemporary retelling of an old story.

Joe is a small time builder. As he says himself, “If you never get to big, you never go out of business”. Joe’s marriage to Mary has broken up and Joe’s son has been executed as a result of his involvement in a political uprising. And then there’s the question of paternity, whether the young man really was Joe’s son – at the time of her pregnancy Mary had talked about “a stranger standing in the doorway, surrounded by light”. But work has been Joe’s answer to every problem that life has thrown at him.

One evening two young men call to his door with stunning news – they have given a lift to a hitch-hiker and they swear the man was Joe’s dead son. Everything changes – “If a man has hope, he has something”.

Written & performed by John MacKenna and directed by Marion Brophy, Redemption Song will perform for one night at the Sessions House Arts Centre, Logan St, Thomastown on  Friday 11th Oct at 8pm. Tickets €10. For further information contact Mary 087 682 8904


Fancy yourself a bit of a writer, Don’t miss our

Weekend Radio Playwriting workshops.

The first workshop will be held this weekend 5th & 6th Oct in the Sessions House.


Weekend Radio Playwriting Workshops

Sat 5th & Sun 6th Oct 10 – 5pm

Sat 19th & Sun 20th Oct 10 – 5pm

Cost – €25       Venue – Sessions House, Logan St.


Radio Drama and Performance Workshop – wherein a radio play will be devised, developed, scripted and performed, specifically for and about The Sessions House Arts Centre, the old Court House and Gaol in Thomastown, Kilkenny
Incorporating the rich history of the building, participants will devise a short piece for radio which they will subsequently perform and record under the facilitation of award winning playwright, Gillian Grattan.

To Book a place, contact Mary 087 682 8904

• Development of a story and plot which directly relates to Sessions House.
• Devising and writing of the script or scripts.
• Performance of the piece by participants for recording.
• Sound effects which will be sourced by participants as the project will be recorded in the traditional style: ie: no computerised effects.
• Music, an original piece to be devised by participants.
• Recording the piece, in a professional studio setting



Mission Statement

The Sessions House Arts Centre operating as a non-profit organization endeavours to provide a focal hub, which will nurture existing artistic activities, provide a platform for emerging artists and engage the wider community in ongoing creative pursuits.

With a spirit of trust, openness and generosity we will embrace the heritage of the community, integrating traditional and contemporary practices and technologies.

This facility will offer an all inclusive, neutral space in the heart of town to cater for every age group and practitioners of all disciplines.  It will provide opportunities for anyone who wishes to be involved in the arts.