Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O’Kelly
Fishamble: The New Play Company & the Strollers Touring Network
In Nigeria, a frightened child puts an old roll of film into the hands of Dublin-bound teacher Sister Martha. In Dublin, ex-con Larry, with a wounded backside, has to get out of the city to rob a convent. Meanwhile, Scarab Oil plans to unleash its new clean fuel of the future.
The film roll Martha is carrying attracts the urgent interest of some very powerful and ambitious people. Sorcha Fox and Donal O’Kelly play Martha and Larry, who take a high octane jump into the brutal world of international energy skullduggery and awaken passions they thought were long behind them. Donal O’Kelly, one of Ireland’s foremost socially engaged playwrights, pulls out all the stops in this new stream-of-consciousness thriller. Directed by Jim Culleton and commissioned by Fishamble in partnership with the STROLLERS Touring Network.
Contains adult content & strong language. Age 16+
Early Bird €12 (Book by 05 Jan 2014)
Written by Robert Massey
There’s more than one way to win the lotto. A new comedy thriller by the accomplished Irish playwright Robert Massey. It is a brilliant example of Massey’s ability to draw from modern life in Ireland and to create a drama that amuses, thrills and delights us, while at the same time challenging us to think about the values we live by, especially in these desperate economic times. In Chancers, at times hilarious at other times tense and taut, he introduces us to three people in desperate straits in the grim aftermath of the Celtic Tiger. But an opportunity for salvation suddenly beckons. Their big chance, their last chance, is right in front of them - will they take it?
Directed by Terry Byrne. Starring Anne Brogan, Luke Griffin, Mary Murray, Andrew Murray
Please note the following cast change since the our January-March 2014 Season Brochure went to print. Maria McDermottroe's role will now be played by Anne Brogan.
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"A fast paced comedy with an exceptional cast that captivated the audience.... comic delight... unforgettable ..." **** The Irish Mail on Sunday
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
The New Theatre & Richie Ryan Promotions
James Joyce signalled his need to escape the nets he claimed Ireland would trap him in – religion and nationality. He would seek to fly ‘above these nets’ and thus began his life long task of sketching the universal human condition he had observed around him in Dublin in the real lives of ordinary people. In the course of ‘A Portrait’, which covered the first decades of his life, we see him creating his own individual aesthetic, as opposed to the dictates of the Church. The novel eventually published in 1916, contains some of the most dramatic scenes in modern literature.
Cast includes Lauren Farrell, Katie O'Kelly, Charles Hughes. Directed by Jimmy Fay.
Early Bird: €12 (book before 05 Jan 2014)
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"imaginative and graceful … Jimmy Fay's direction … plays a great part in the success with its quirky and highly visual approach" Emer O' Kelly, Sunday Independent
"Wonderful … the production manages to become its own piece of art, drawing inspiration from Joyce but also finding its own feet too" Kate O' Connor, Quality Waffle
"" ***** entertainment.ie
"Hughes's performance is awesome. He never wavers from the fanaticism he conveys." **** Colette Sheridan, Irish Examiner
The Love Hungry Farmer
Starring Des Keogh
Des Keogh, one of Ireland’s foremost actors and entertainers, tells the story of John Bosco McLane, a bachelor of ‘indeterminate’ age and according to his own assessment, ‘past his best’ and evidently still a virgin. McLane’s amorous adventures range from the hilarious to the pitiful.
"Keogh is a wonder. A master-storyteller ..." Associated Press
"Des Keogh is superb. A consummate actor wedded to a skilled raconteur, the wine he offers is vintage ..." The Irish Times
"Fiercely serious and bruisingly hilarious ..." New York Times
1959 Pink Thunderbird
OnQ Theatre Company Double Bill
Laundry and Bourbon
In "Laundry & Bourbon" we meet Elizabeth Caulder, a strong-willed, longsuffering Texan housewife who is trying to hold the fort while her husband, Roy, takes off for days at a time, indulging in drunken sprees and extramarital affairs. She is joined by her best friend, the outspoken yet brassy Hattie Dealing, and town gossip and country club member Amy Lee Fullernoy. Together, the three women throw about the kind of rumours that thrive in small towns, becoming ever more intoxicated and forthcoming about everyone's secrets--including their own.
Starring: Fiona Tuohy (as Elizabeth) / Lisa Neville (as Hattie) / Jean Ryan (as Amy Lee).
In "Lone Star", we meet Elizabeth's husband Roy, a Vietnam veteran who has had a difficult time adjusting to the changes that have taken place in his home town while he was at war. He now spends his nights behind Angel's Bar, reliving his glory days and staging mock battles with his younger brother, the sweet but slow-witted Ray. Their evening is interrupted, however, by the arrival of Cletis Fullernoy, who idolizes Roy but has come to give him some bad news. The fallout from Cletis' visit leads the two brothers into a confrontation, as long-hidden secrets are dredged up and Roy is forced to admit that things are never going to be the way they were.
Starring: Paul Cullen (as Roy) / Dermot Brady (as Ray) / Don Whelan (as Cletis)
Director: Carol Ryan / Lighting: Lisa Kearns
An Audience with Jimmy Magee
One of the most iconic figures from RTE Television and Radio, Jimmy Magee recollects anecdotes and tales from over 50 years behind the microphone at World Cups, Olympic Games, The Tour De France, Champions League, World Title Fights, in fact virtually every major sports event of the last half a century. Hear how he christened Pele, nearly had a punch up with Nigel Benn and discovered Maradona. Have your questions at the ready for a lively Q&A.
Written and Performed by Katie O’Kelly
Welcome to the world of fashion retail, a labyrinth of sequins, hangers, sales targets and bunions where ‘the customer is always right’. Four shop employees. One day on the shop floor. A day so jam-packed it is bursting at the seams, and the workers feel as disposable as the clothes they sell. This is a whirlwind solo show by Stage UK Best Solo Performer nominee in the Edinburgh Fringe 2012. Come delve into the hidden world behind the super friendly smiles of our department stores. Laugh, weep and scream!
A Show in a Bag Production. Directed by Donal O'Kelly
Dur 60 mins (no interval)
Early Bird: €10 (Book by 06 April 2014)
"One of those performers with true stage presence." British Theatre Guide
"A kaleidoscopic story ... pitch-perfect O’Kelly." Irish Theatre Magazine
"Moves flawlessly from belly laughs to breaking the audience's hearts." Liberty
Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London
Written & Performed by Alison Skilbeck
Following her critically acclaimed tour of ‘Are There More of You?’, Alison Skilbeck returns with her new solo show exploring the life of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century. In October 1942, Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President, takes a dangerous trip to wartime London. In her last days, as the Cuban Missile Crisis pushes the world to the brink of catastrophe, Eleanor relives her journey and recalls her life, from unhappy child, to unconventional wife.
Directed by Lucy Skilbeck.
"You’ll leave the theatre feeling uplifted and inspired." **** performancereviewed.com
"... incredibly well-composed and elegantly performed." The Stage
A Night in November
Presented by Ramor Theatre
This hilarious show tells the tale of Kenneth McAllister's rebellious journey as he travels from Windsor Park in Belfast to Doran's Bar in New York to watch ‘Jack's Army’ in their quest to win the 1994 World Cup. Kenneth, a regular middle-class Northern Protestant recognises for the first time the pettiness and horror of bigotry as he joins his fellow Northern Ireland football supporters on the terraces of Windsor Park during the world-cup qualifier between the Rep of Ireland and Northern Ireland. In the wake of this match he starts to re-evaluate his life and decides on a momentous change. This production of Marie Jones’ smash-hit one-man show, A Night in November features Padraic McIntyre playing the part of Kenneth. Padraic McIntyre is best known as Artistic Director of Livin Dred Theatre Company and as writer/director of The Night Joe Dolan’s Car Broke Down.
Deathtrap by Ira Levin
Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a ‘dry’ spell which has resulted in a string of failures. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a college student - a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. The student agrees to a collaboration and then the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness keeping the audience enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.
Bigger Picture Projects
A poignant and humorous account of a woman turned detective on a mission to reveal the truth.
‘From an early age I was told I was adopted. In fairness I think my parents had no choice but to tell me, what with me being redheaded with pale skin in a family with dark skin and dark hair – this made it pretty obvious that something wasn’t right. While I loved being able to say I was adopted when I was a child (it made me feel exotic), I also learned that it was a word that was used by adults with a dropped voice. ‘Bad blood will out’ was a phrase that was often thrown about in conversation in relation to adopted children in 70’s Ireland.
Dur: 60 mins (no interval)
Early Bird: €10 (Book by 06 April 2014)
"A moving story … powerful piece of work." **** The Irish Times
"A gentle, sad, funny delight." Sunday Independent
Revenant by Stewart Roche
Starring Simon Toal
Carter has found the perfect location to shoot his zombie movie set during the famine - a country house on an island off the coast of Mayo. The only catch is he has it for just 3 days. So when his lead actor drops out the day before shooting starts, Carter is faced with a dilemma - pull the plug on his dream project or cast the mysterious Vardell, an actor with a dark unknown past. Visceral, blackly comic and genuinely scary.
Fishamble Theatre Company
This is a charming play about the relationship between May and Joe which develops throughout a year of swing dance classes. A play about dancing and music and love and not settling and feeling like an eejit and being brave and having doubts and trying your best and trying new things and thinking outside the box and seeing things clearly and living as well as you can and giving it a lash!
Developed as part of Show in a Bag.
Written by Steve Blount, Peter Daly, Gavin Kostick and Janet Moran.
Winner of Bewley’s Little Gem Award.
Early Booking Advised - Limited Capacity.
"Funny, warm, and well produced, with a rousing finale that’s enough to make you kick up your own heels." ★★★★★ Irish Theatre Magazine
"There's a real sweetness to this comedy. Give it a whirl." ★★★★ Sunday Times
The Dubliners Dilemma
By Declan Gorman
Described as ‘Vivid’ (Irish Times), ‘Remarkable’ (Metro Herald), ‘Ingenious’ (Mail on Sunday) and ‘a compelling performance’ (Irish Theatre Magazine) Declan Gorman’s one-man tram-hurtle through James Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’ is set in 1914. London publisher Grant Richards is determined to re-read Joyce’s controversial manuscript, eight years after rejecting it. Should he risk everything second time around and be the one to launch this volatile but brilliant genius on a world about to descend into the madness of war?
Dur: 50 mins (no interval) & 25 minute AV Presentation
Casus Circus, Australia
Casus is Australia's hottest new circus company featuring artists who have performed with CIRCA, Polytoxic, Legs on the Wall and Briefs Collective. Their debut work Knee Deep is an inventive blend of circus and modern media using traditional and contemporary circus techniques. It’s circus from the heart with astonishing skills and exquisite beauty from four performers at the top of their game.
This is a show about relationships in which the performers are constantly pulling each other up and pushing each other down. They try to stand tall by clambering on each other's shoulders, reaching the sky. But an egg dropped from a height into a bowl is a reminder that if they fall, these performers will smash too. Catastrophe - or at least scrambled eggs - is only a misjudged shift of weight or a mistimed balance away. There's nothing cracked about that or about this awe-inspiring show.
Duration 60 mins (no interval)
Early Bird: €12 (Book before 06 April 2014)
"Raw, modest and utterly astounding." **** Arts Hub, Melbourne Spiegeltent
"Utterly hypnotising." Zenobia Frost, Rave Magazine
"The crowd was in awe." Adelaide Now