The Humours of Bandon
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The Humours of Bandon

Fishamble: The New Play Company / Written and performed by Margaret McAuliffe

Thu 23 Feb 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc // Dur: 60 Mins

‘Hammer that floor… don’t be afraid of it.’

For Annie, a teenage Dubliner, Irish Dancing is everything and nothing. At odds with her mother, her teacher, and her bendies, Annie struggles with knowing that, if she gets everything just perfect, then this time she could be, might be, should be: the Irish Open Champion. Or maybe not. And why, actually, is it so important to come first? Does winning really matter?
From the confines of every parochial hall in Ireland, Irish Dancing champions are churned out at a massive rate. Riverdance swells a national pride, must-have costumes cost a fortune, medals and cups build up in drawing rooms, but the public isn’t privy to the blood, sweat and mind-numbing commitment that pave the way to the first place podium.

The Humours of Bandon is a coming of age story, full of heart and wisdom, for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life – or has had to ferry a child to a competition they don’t quite understand.
The Humours of Bandon premiered at Bewleys Café Theatre @ Powerscourt as part of Show in a Bag an artist development initiative of Tiger Dublin Fringe, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors.

WINNER Little Gem Award at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016
NOMINATED Best Performer at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016

Written and performed by Margaret McAuliffe
Direction & Dramaturgy by Stefanie Preissner 

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"Terrific one woman show ... both writing and performance are by turns sharp, charming and hilarious ... All round, a champion turn." ★★★★ The Irish Times

"Truly breathtaking ... a tour de force for McAuliffe ... dazzling performance that really needs to be seen to be believed." ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

"... not surprising that at the end that she received a “Riverdance” like ovation." NoMoreWorkHorse

Jane Eyre An Autobiography
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Jane Eyre An Autobiography

Dyad Productions Starring Rebecca Vaughan

Fri 3 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

From the creators of 'Austen’s Women', 'I, Elizabeth', 'The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe' and 'Dalloway', comes 'Jane Eyre An Autobiography'.

Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage – under its full title – by writer/director Elton Townend Jones.  Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities.
 

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"Hands down the best adaptation of Jane Eyre, in any medium." ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

"Truly extraordinary… one of the most exciting young performers on the British Stage." ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

"A theatrical masterpiece." ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

To Hell In a Handbag
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To Hell In a Handbag

The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism / Written and Performed by Helen Norton & Jonathan White

Fri 10 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €16 (book before 07 January 2017)

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination” – Oscar Wilde

While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from 'The Importance of Being Earnest' are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess, models of Victorian propriety in public. But in private? This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity … and money. A subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic.

Director – Conor Hanratty.
Developed as part of Show in a Bag (2016), an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and the Irish Theatre Institute.

Early Bird: €16 (book before 07 January 2017)

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"Helen Norton and Jonathan White have pulled off a coup with their enchanting visit to the outer rim of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest ... packs extraordinary amounts of plot and top-notch gags into a compact package." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish Times

"Wickedly, side-splittingly funny, in a sophisticated, witty and elegant way ... a joyous romp not to be missed, a worthy homage to its master and progenitor." Sunday Independent

"Helen Norton plays a surprisingly devious Miss Prism while Jonathan White inhabits the bumbling vicar to perfection." Sunday Times

Panti Bliss - High Heels in Low Places
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Panti Bliss - High Heels in Low Places

THISISPOPBABY

Sun 12 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc Age 16+

Join national treasure, performance legend and accidental activist Panti in her hit comedy High Heels in Low Places following a sensational (and scandalous) national tour. Charting brushes with infamy, near misses with fame, and adventures in the seedy underbelly, the ‘High Queen of Ireland’ invites you in to her ultra-padded, hyper-real, stiletto-shaped world, as she swaps stories from the gutter and trades secrets of the stars. Come join Auntie Panti as she embraces you in her over-inflated bosom and promises that you can ask her anything.

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"Hilarious. " Hotpress.

"Wickedly funny." The Independent

"Impeccable one-liners." The Herald

I Hear You and Rejoice
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I Hear You and Rejoice

Loco & Reckless Productions with Mikel Murfi

Thu 6 Apr 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Following the sellout success of 'The Man In The Woman’s Shoes', Mikel Murfi returns with a new one man show.

Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one. Written and performed by Mikel Murfi  'I Hear You and Rejoice' is a tender and joy filled account of a most unlikely marriage.
Meet Huby Patterson and Magic Mick as well as Sylvie, Eugene and Tony Cleary - the amazing no instrumental man. You may never look at life in quite the same way again. This show is the 2nd collaboration between Sligo County Council Arts Service, The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo and Mikel Murfi. It was created for the Bealtaine Festival - Celebrating Creativity As We Age.

MORE ... Mikel Murfi talks about 'The Man in the Woman's Shoes'

MORE ... Audience Reaction to 'The Man in the Woman's Shoes'

MORE ... Mikel chats after a performance

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Dirtbirds
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Dirtbirds

Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

Fri 7 Apr 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

Catch the Dublin Dirtbirds, Carmel and Debs as they chat about life, love and the ever changing size of Kim Kardashian's arse. The Southsiders Eleanor and Emer will be there competing with each about everything from personal trainers to who has the smallest Shitzu. And last but not least the not so beautiful beauty bloggers Dee and Andrea will be live to give you some of the latest make-up tips from 'da town'.

MORE ... How to look like a Dundalk Wag - Tips from da Town

MORE ... Competitive Mothers Eleanor and Eimear discuss their perfect marriages

MORE ... Carmel and Debs discuss parenting skills

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The Game
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The Game

THEATREclub

Sat 8 Apr 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc // Dur: 80 mins (no interval)

The Game explores the act of buying sex - the rules, the language and the power structures.
It’s a play that’s also a real-life game, with levels and consequences.
Five new men have volunteered each night. These men have never played ‘The Game’ before. They’ve no idea what they’re about to do and they won’t be given a script. They are doing this to be part of an event – a symbolic act – that calls us all to consider, to think and to review.
All you have to do is watch.
The Game gives audiences an insight into a world that sits uncomfortably beneath the surface of our day-to-day lives. How we legislate makes a statement about our values. The legal status of prostitution and sex work is a measure of our society. Laws around the world are changing. We’re all affected by those changes.

Devised by Gemma Collins, Grace Dyas and Lauren Larkin with Rachel Moran, Mia deFaoite and other women who have exited prostitution and women currently involved in sex work.

Contains nudity, strong language, sexual references, violence and material that some may find disturbing.
18+

This production is supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaion and Mermaid Arts Centre.
THEATREclub are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.

MORE ... Irish Times Article 'I Want People to Come out of the theatre angry'

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"Director Grace Dyas and her collaborators are determined to show how complex the subject is, and to ask us to think. They succeed, in a work that is brave, horrific and urgent." The Irish Times

The Successful TD by John B Keane
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The Successful TD by John B Keane

Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy and Directed by Michael Scott

Thu 13 Apr 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

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One of your own – a vote for Tull is a vote for yourself!
Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy and Directed by Michael Scott, John B Keane’s ‘The Successful TD’ follows the trials, tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dail in the October Elections. Peppered with Keane's gallery of madcap characters this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start.

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The Quiet Land By Malachy McKenna
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The Quiet Land By Malachy McKenna

Patrick Talbot Productions / Starring Des Keogh and Derry Power & Directed by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh

Sat 6 May 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12 conc

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Two elderly farmers, Eamon and Nashee, meet at a gate on a remote hillside. These men are old friends, old rivals, old neighbours. They are men of heart, of humour, of hardness. Their conversation is a throwback to a gentler time, when silence was as telling as declaration, and meaning was more often found between the lines than on them.

But there's nothing gentle about today's conversation. In facing the bitter reality of their remote defiance, Eamon and Nashee have grown fearful and desperate. Now they are forced to confront each other with some heartbreaking truths that test their friendship to its limit. After today, will they ever again talk on this hillside?

'The Quiet Land' is a celebration of the humour, resilience and endearing innocence of an exiled generation as it struggles to survive in the isolated rural Ireland of today. It is Malachy McKenna's heartfelt tribute to a rare breed of forgotten men who live a long way in off the road.

Winner of the PJ O’Connor Award 2014

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"A glorious, perfectly-pitched pair of performances." ★★★★ The Scotsman

"Two quietly epic performances ... don’t miss it." Emer O Kelly, Sunday Independent

My Real Life by Eoin Colfer
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My Real Life by Eoin Colfer

Starring Don Wycherley & Directed by Ben Barnes

Fri 19 May 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

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Theatre Royal Productions presents Sing Street star Don Wycherley in the touching and entertaining My Real Life by Eoin Colfer.
Wexford man Noel has advanced MS and decides to end it all. While waiting for his overdose to take effect he records an increasingly rambling message for his best friend. Noel has apologies to make and messages to send. He has love in his heart and he wants to declare it even if it’s already too late.  Noel spends what is possibly the last hour of his life re-living the highs and lows of the past forty years and, surprisingly perhaps, it’s not all doom and gloom. 
My Real Life is a play that will make you laugh and make you cry.

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"My Real Life is a surprisingly enthralling evening laden with as much humour as pathos. Wycherley’s performance really is that theatrical cliché – A tour de force." Irish Examiner

"Eoin Colfer’s beautifully worded script ... [and] ... Don Wycherley’s performance is a joy … Don’t miss it. " Waterford News & Star

"It’s more than a theatrical triumph … theatre at its best." Munster Express

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