There’s a special public screening of the acclaimed Irish film Sanctuary at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar followed by a Q&A with actors and crew on Saturday 30th September at 2.00pm. The screening is part of a drama engagement programme involving Blue Teapot Theatre Company, Mayo Down Syndrome and the Linenhall Arts Centre, supported by UPSTART, an initiative of Mayo County Council Arts Office.. 

Larry and Sophie are in love. What could be more natural for them than to want to be alone, together? They bribe the feckless Tom to book them into a hotel for an afternoon’s tryst and look forward to getting to know each other, like countless couples before them. But Larry and Sophie aren’t any couple - they both have intellectual disabilities and Tom is their care worker. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Sanctuary is a truly subversive piece of cinema about two young people trying to be together, in a world doing everything to keep them apart. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with actors Kieran Coppinger (Larry), Charlene Kelly (Sophie), screenplay writer Christian O'Reilly and Creative Consultant Petal Pilley.

Directed by Len Collin, and made in association with Galway’s Blue Teapot Theatre Company, the film won Best First Film at Galway Film Fleadh and Michael Dwyer Discovery Award at Dublin International Film Festival.

“ of the most ambitious, innovative and deeply moving Irish films of recent times.” - Seán Crosson, Film Ireland

“an utter joy of a movie.” - Charlie McBride, Galway Advertiser

“Hilarious, touching and important.”- Luke Maxwell, Dublin Inquirer

“I can't believe how good the movie is.” - Ray D'Arcy, RTE Radio 1

Sanctuary screens at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar followed by a Q&A session on Saturday 30th September at 2.00pm. Cert: 15A. Booking advised.  Tel: 094 9023733 and online booking at

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