Sitting at the back I can report that the view was good and the sound was remarkably good. The amplification was very subtle and all voices and musical timbres could be heard perfectly. The pit band under MD Noel Lennon made a nice tableau glimpsed from top of the house .
The audience lingered a while in the foyer to greet the performers. Like UCH I feel the venue falls down in creating a convivial apres show atmosphere. Refreshments are not available and it is a bit of a trot to the nearest hostelry. While the venue is a very comfortable one for performers and audience alike, I wonder what the impact of the space will have on the activity in other spaces in the city and if there is quite enough 'product' to fill theatre spaces at UCH, LIT and indeed at the Belltable Arts Centre in the city centre.
Following the show I called in to Dolan's on Dock Road. I enjoyed the last half hour of singer songwriter, Mark Geary's set upstairs at Dolan's on Dock Road. Geary is not a performer I have heard of but he was very easy to listen to and had a relaxed easy rapport with the audience of 30 plus patrons He was supported by singer Grainne Hunt and pianist Mark Kenny. There was a turn from Keith Kelly on harmonica. Perfect late night fare