Mojo Mickeybo
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Mojo Mickeybo

On Q Theatre Company

Fri 6 - Sat 7 Mar 2015 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

Two actors perform seventeen parts in this fast paced, poetic and colourful play by award winning writer Owen McCafferty. It offers a child's-eye view of 1970s Belfast during one long, hot summer, when every day is a new adventure. Mojo and Mickybo are childhood friends who forge a friendship over a shared love for the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a defiance of the local gang led by “Gank the Wank” and a mania for making dens and digging to Australia, rolling down hills and avoiding their parents spitting bullets at each other. But while the children are busy having mock shoot-outs, the adults are warring for real. Whether it is the verbal bullets that fly between Mojo's parents or the real war that is taking place on the streets of Belfast. Events from the adult world bring reality crashing into a world of myth and make believe. This is a glorious, vivid play full of verbal swagger. Beneath its exuberance is a deep sadness for the blindness of sectarianism, the loss of innocence and how all heroes, even your father, fall in the end.

Dur: 60 mins (no interval)

Little Gem
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Little Gem

Breda Cashe Productions

Thu 12 - Fri 13 Mar 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (book before 09 Jan 2015)

Three generations of women tell us their story of one extraordinary year. Party girl Amber has brutal indigestion that the sambuca’s won’t shift. Lorraine loses it at work and is shipped off to see the ‘head doctor’. While Granny Kay ‘toys with the idea of Kermit’ scratching an itch that Gem no longer can. Be prepared to be enthralled and entertained in this revealing, poignant and hilarious play.


Starring the inimitable Anita Reeves and Hilda Fay with Kate Gilmore. Written and directed by Elaine Murphy.
 

 Early Bird: €14 (book before 09 Jan 2015)

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"Little Gem is a huge optimistic love poem to the spirit of all women." Irish Theatre Magazine

"Blazing authenticity." The Times

"Gurgles and giggles with life … Elaine Murphy’s delightful first play more than lives up to the title." The Guardian

Dalloway
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Dalloway

Dyad Productions with Rebecca Vaughan

Wed 25 Mar 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €12 (Book before 09 Jan 2015)

Its 1923 and the War is over. While Clarissa Dalloway prepares a party in Westminster, Septimus Smith is diagnosed with shell-shock, their memories and dreams magically intertwining with those of 15 other disparate souls, this hot blue day in June. Conjuring the hopes and regrets of middle and upper-class London, this adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s celebrated map of hearts, minds and memories offers a compellingly feminine response to the aftermath of the First World War. Written and directed by Elton Townend Jones (The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe). Performed by Rebecca Vaughan (Female Gothic, I, Elizabeth, Austen’s Women).


Early Bird: €12 (Book before 09 Jan 2015)

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"Richly re-imagined, exquisitely evocative stage adaptation, portrayed with heart breaking poignancy and passion." ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

"Breathtaking solo performance … beautifully designed and directed." ★★★★★ Fringebiscuit

A Prescription for Happiness with Dr Mark Rowe
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A Prescription for Happiness with Dr Mark Rowe

Verdant Productions

Thu 26 Mar 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc

A stimulating and entertaining evening presenting you with a tool-kit for meaning and well-being; a prescription for cultivating inner happiness in your own life. Dr Mark Rowe will take you on an empowering journey that guides you towards living a life filled with happiness, positivity and health. Packed full of life-enhancing information that can have a major impact on your physical, emotional and relationship wellbeing, this event will no doubt have transformative powers for many people. A well-known family doctor and healthcare entrepreneur, with over twenty years of experience, Dr Mark Rowe is practical and down to earth in his delivery and advice about how to create more happiness in your own life. Receive guidance on boosting your happiness and bouncing back from adversity. Dr Mark Rowe shows how you can become an active participant in your greatest asset – your own happiness and prosperity.

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"Dr Rowe has been an incredibly positive influence in my life. I’ve been taking Dr Rowe’s prescription for happiness for some time now and it’s made a huge difference to my life. I’ve lost 5 stone, I work harder, I’m healthier, I’m strengthening my relationships and I savour life more. I can’t recommend Dr Rowe’s workshop highly enough." Cian Foley

"Equips one with all the tools we need to set ourselves firmly on the path to inner happiness and fulfillment. Marks delivery style is full of such integrity and depth of knowledge you will leave ... with renewed vigour and clarity into how best to maximise your sense of well being for the rest of your life ... I would highly recommended this to anyone who wants to get the most out of life and know true happiness." Vivienne McSwiggan

Michael Harding - Hanging with the Elephant - SOLD OUT

Michael Harding - Hanging with the Elephant - SOLD OUT

Sat 28 Mar 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €15

Michael Harding, author of six plays for the Abbey Theatre, including Una Pooka, Misogynist, and Sour Grapes and many more for other Irish theatre companies, he has lived a life of writing, reading acting and talking.

A chronicler of ordinary life in midland Ireland through his column in the Irish Times, no one was more surprised than he when he was struck down with a depression in the summer of 2012. His subsequent record of recovery, the multi-award wining book 'Staring at Lakes', brought him to a whole new level of engagement with audiences throughout the country.

To mark the publication of his latest book 'Hanging with the Elephant', Michael Harding takes to the Draiocht stage for one night only. Hear him speak with openness, honesty and great wit on how he continues to attempt to tame the ‘elephant’ – an Asian metaphor for the unruly mind. Hilarious yet poignant, homespun yet profound, down-to-earth yet prone to amazing flights of fancy, there's nothing quite like an evening with Michael Harding. 

Michael has previously won the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the John Murray Show Listeners Choice Award Book of the Year for his novel Staring at Lakes.

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"‘Often funny, occasionally disturbing and not without its moments of deep sadness, Harding has peeled back his soul and held it out on the palm of his hand for all to see’." Christine Dwyer-Hickey

Far Away From Me
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Far Away From Me

Written and directed by Amy Conroy, Presented by The Ark

Sat 4 Apr 2015 2PM & 4PM / Age 6+ Main Auditorium // €7 Adults / €5 children

Kevin is a little prince … at least that’s what his mum tells him. Kevin likes the idea of being a prince on a horse, a beautiful brown horse with a white splotch down his nose and galloping across the kingdom. His Kingdom. From his bedroom behind the 8th door, on the 8th floor of a tall building (one of eight in a row), Kevin can go anywhere. And he wants to go. Far away from here. So his towering imagination takes him on some high-flying adventures. But there’s a storm coming and he needs to decide what’s real and what’s not real as his fast paced fantasies land with a spectacular bump right there on his bed.

Far Away from Me is a new theatre show written and directed by Amy Conroy, inspired by The Princess and the Pea and infused with the wild energy of aerial performance, dance music and great storytelling.

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The Chronicles of Oggle
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The Chronicles of Oggle

Asylum Productions

Sat 11 Apr 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc

Meet Pakie. An orphan, a storyteller, an adventurer, a survivor. He may not be the sharpest sandwich in the toolbox, but Pakie knows a thing or two about the history of his native town - from the vicious Vikings, to the less-than Christian Brothers. Pakie’s a laugh a minute … but Pakie’s got secrets. Secrets the God fearing people of Oggle may not be ready to hear. This is a hilarious and heart-breaking story of small towns and even smaller minds.

Written and performed by Peter Gowen (Love/Hate, The Butcher Boy),and directed by Donal Gallagher (Love All, Love, Peace & Robbery).

The Chronicles of Oggle premiered in the Mall Arts Centre, in Youghal in April of last year, before transferring to the Everyman stage. 
The production ran for 7 performances and received standing ovations every night.

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"Excellent performance [and] writing ... hilarious ... " **** Irish Examiner

"A comic tale of our times ... startling, enjoyable and sad ... a sharply faceted performance ... " **** Irish Times

"(Gowan) conveys a turbulent upbringing with an infectious animation which has the audience reeling with laughter." playtosee.com

The Games People Play
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The Games People Play

Rise Productions

Fri 17 Apr 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc

Winner of Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and the sell-out success of Dublin Fringe Festival, Rise Productions returns with The Games People Play, the follow-up to their international smash hit Fight Night. Described as “THE state of the nation play for the negative equity generation,” this is a radical re-working of the Tír na nÓg myth. Niamh and Oisín were sold the dream – the house, the life, the kids. But what do you do when everything you ever dreamed of still isn’t enough? The mounting pressure of balancing family and career takes its toll, and one night a series of games starts to escalate, threatening to unravel their suburban paradise. Gripping family drama meets epic Celtic mythology, presented in the trademark ‘Theatre Strong Style’ of Rise Productions.

Dur: 75 mins

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"Riveting ... both a timeless story about two people lost inside a marriage, and a very contemporary Irish horror story of debt, desire and emigration." ★★★★ Irish Theatre Magazine

In Search of Mr B
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In Search of Mr B

Directions Out Theatre Company / Written by Brian Mc Avera

Tue 21 Apr 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €12 (book before 07 April 2015)

Brian Mc Avera’s new comedy is an unconventional and irreverent look at one of Ireland’s most iconic writers. This new work opens with Samuel Beckett waking up in the after-life to find he is challenged by his conscience about his irresponsible behaviour as a young man. 
In Search of Mr B is a surreal and humorous evening of entertainment that incorporates elements of music hall and physical comedy that is played directly to the audience. It promises to be very funny, thought provoking and challenging on the early life of one of the 20th Centuries greatest artists. One of Ireland’s best loved actor’s Bryan Murray (Fair City, Brookside, Bread and Irish RM) stars is this warm and hilarious new play.

Early Bird: €12 (book before 07 April 2015)

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Maeve’s House
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Maeve’s House

Written and performed by Eamon Morrissey

Sat 9 May 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (book before 07 April 2015)

It was as if the magazine in my hands had become a mirror.

After a sell-out run at the Abbey Theatre and an international tour to New York, ‘Maeve’s House’ is back on tour as part of the Bealtaine Festival.
This delightful one man show is written by and stars Eamon Morrissey, one of Ireland’s best loved actors. Maeve Brennan was one of our greatest short story writers. Although she lived in New York, many of her finest stories are set in 48 Cherryfield Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin where she grew up. By coincidence Eamon Morrissey was brought up in the same house. While performing on Broadway, Eamon was surprised to discover his family home in Maeve’s vivid writing in The New Yorker. He was compelled to meet this enigmatic and mysterious woman. This beautiful poignant story features extracts from Maeve Brennan’s writing and presents a moving portrait of two artists in conversation across generations. Eamon Morrissey has been one of Ireland’s best loved actors for over fifty years. He has been involved in over one hundred productions at the Abbey Theatre and is also a well-known face on RTÉ’s Fair City.
Directed by Gerard Stembridge.

Early Bird: €14 (book before 07 April 2015)



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"Engrossing." New York Times

"Something that comes close to pure magic." Sunday Independent

God of Carnage

God of Carnage

Coolmine Drama Circle

Tue 12 - Sat 16 May 2015 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

This fast, furious and very funny comedy is about two sets of parents, one of whose children struck and injured the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. From one-liners to physical comedy it’s pretty action-packed with attempts at having a civilized discussion about whose child is responsible for the fight quickly devolving into finger-pointing, name-calling, stomping around and throwing things. The parents become increasingly agitated, relationships become strained and the evening sinks into absolute chaos.

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My Fair Ladies
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My Fair Ladies

With Des Keogh as George Bernard Shaw

Thu 21 May 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (book before 07 April 2015)

Celebrating his 80th year, one of Ireland’s most renowned actors and performers, Des Keogh, gets to fulfil a life-long ambition - to play legendary Irish man of letters George Bernard Shaw. Following the phenomenal success of his show ‘The Love-Hungry Farmer’ by John B. Keane, and hot on the heels of the acclaimed revival of ‘Moll’ at the Gaiety Theatre in which he has been appearing, Des will perform in a hugely entertaining new play, which he has also devised, about the many ladies in the extraordinary life of one of the greatest playwrights of all time. Shaw not only shares anecdotes about the loves of his life, but also his forthright views on sex, marriage and celibacy, in this special evening of wit, passion and humour. George Bernard Shaw was the author of Pygmalion, which became the universally acclaimed film My Fair Lady.

Early Bird: €14 (book before 07 April 2015)

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Charolais
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Charolais

Bigger Picture Projects

Thu 11 Jun 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €12 conc / Early Bird: €12 (book before 07 April 2015)

‘I watch him pull the cow from the ditch with his bare hands, her big eyes rest on me dead calm as he leans into her and she gives in all trust. I hate that fuckin’ cow’.

Perfectly marbled and bashed about ‘til tender: a surreal comedy of love, longing and one woman’s intense rivalry with a Charolais heifer. This is a muddy place of simmering desire minced with a loneliness that cuts to the bone. If you are fond of cows and dark humour this is the show for you.

Noni's one woman play 'Charolais' won the Bewley's 'Little Gem' award at the Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014. 'Charolais' was a Show In A Bag production in association with Fishamble: The New Play Company. Written and performed by Noni Stapleton, directed and developed by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh.

 Early Bird: €12 (book before 07 April 2015)
 

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The Matchmaker
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The Matchmaker

Directed by Michael Scott. Starring Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny

Fri 26 Jun 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (book before 07 April 2015)

Michael Scott’s iconic production of John B Keane’s hit comedy play The Matchmaker returns starring two of Ireland’s favourite actors, Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny. Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy. The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn. Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses ‘The Matchmaker’ as an exploration of rural loneliness. Using his inimitable way with words and his sense of devilment and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely country people and creates a marvellously colourful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders!

Early Bird: €14 (book before 07 April 2015)

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