Mary and Me
Pat Talbot Productions in association with Wild Productions
Ireland 1986. A teenage girl begins a series of conversations with a statue of the Virgin Mary in a grotto. Inspired by a true story, ‘Mary and Me’ is a compellingly original and often humorous imagining of a young woman’s search for understanding and meaning at a time of turmoil in her life.
Written & Performed by Irene Kelleher. Directed by Belinda Wild.
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"Not only is Irene Kelleher a brilliant performer, she is also an exceptionally gifted writer." ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
"A superbly crafted piece." ★★★★★ Brighton Argus
"A gripping and absorbing one woman show." ★★★★ The Public Reviews
"Kelleher’s performance is riveting ... she wrings every emotion from her own script in this outstanding solo show. " ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide
Frank Pig Says Hello / The Leaves of Heaven
Dublin Theatre Festival 2017 / Produced by Co-Motion. Directed by Joe O’Byrne
Twenty-five years after it was first presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 1992, Frank Pig Says Hello, the stage version of Pat McCabe's novel The Butcher Boy, returns alongside McCabe's follow up show, The Leaves of Heaven, in a unique double-bill.
Frank Pig Says Hello is a desperately funny and tragic depiction of the life of Francie Brady growing up in a small Irish town in the 1960s and his descent towards the brutal act that shocked the community. The Leaves of Heaven sees Francie many years later as he lives out his days in Dundrum Mental Hospital searching for forgiveness.
Frank Pig Says Hello (90 mins): BOOK NOW
Wed 4 Oct 8pm / Fri 6 Oct 7pm / Sat 7 Oct 2pm & 7pm
Starring: Darragh Byrne and John Ruddy
The Leaves of Heaven (80 mins): BOOK NOW
Thu 5 Oct 8pm * / Fri 6 Oct 9pm / Sat 7 Oct 4pm & 9pm
Starring: Brian Mallon and Mairead Devlin
Single Show €18 / €16 conc / Two Shows €28 / €22 conc
*(to book for 2 shows please phone Draíocht Box Office on 01 8852622)
* The 8pm show of ‘The Leaves of Heaven’ on Thu 05 Oct, will be preceded by a Free Pre-Show New Writing Event at 7.15pm in our Ground Floor Gallery. MORE
Presented by Draíocht and axis:Ballymun in Association with Dublin Theatre Festival.
Sponsored by Paddy Goodwin & Co., Solicitors, Drogheda.
Come To Where I’m From: Dublin
Dublin Theatre Festival 2017
Since 2010 writers from across the British Isles have returned to their home-towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. These plays are performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale. Now COME TO WHERE I'M FROM visits The Fair City to invite five of the city’s finest playwrights to join this celebrated project.
The 130 previously penned plays are available in audio form, for free, on the App Store. Click here to download.
Join us before ‘The Leaves of Heaven’, for this free pre-show reading by the selected Fingal playwright, Elaine Murphy, who will share with us her own unique perspective on her home town.
A Paines Plough and Dublin Theatre Festival production in association with Draiocht, Axis Ballymun, Civic Theatre and Pavilion Theatre.
This is a free but ticketed event. Please phone Box Office on 01-8852622.
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"Conjures an intimacy between us that burns as bright and as potent as striking a match." Exeunt
"A reminder of the enormous tug that place has on us all." The Guardian
Pioneer Musical Society - Celebrating 100 Years
Dolly Gallagher Levi sets New York alight in one of the greatest musicals of all time. Dolly, a matchmaker who has been hired to arrange a marriage for the widowed half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder, has other plans. Recently widowed, Dolly believes that Horace and his fortune will make her the perfect mate. Join Dolly and her irrepressible friends for a story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs and jumping with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage.
Joanne McNally - Bite Me
Directed by Una McKevitt
This is the story of Joanne’s amaaaaaaazing diet.
She didn’t just lose weight though; she lost jobs, friends and fellas, but she didn’t care because she could wear bangles as belts and that’s all that mattered. Then one day, over her morning carrot, Joanne realized she’d lost her mind. Turns out it was pinned to a lost property board up in space, enjoying the view and its new found freedom. Trying to entice it back became the hardest, funniest, greatest and weirdest time of her life.
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"The ability to recount tragedy and still have your audience in stitches … this is McNally’s forte." The Sunday Times
Return to Titanic
With Diver, Speaker & Explorer Rory Golden
In 2000, Rory Golden became the first Irishman to dive down and see the wreck of the Titanic with his own eyes, where it rests 400 miles east of Newfoundland and two-and-a-half miles under the ocean. More people have been to outer space than to these depths of the ocean! That expedition recovered 800 artefacts and it was Rory who discovered the ship’s long-lost wheel. He also brought with him a memorial plaque, presented by Michael Martin, creator of the Titanic Trail in Cobh (where Titanic had its final berthing), to place on the wreck on behalf of the people of Ireland.
With his encyclopaedic knowledge of the ship and over 30 years of diving experience, Rory tells the epic tale of Titanic’s construction in Belfast, its ill-fated maiden voyage and destruction at the hands of an iceberg in 1912, taking 1,517 of its 2,223 passengers with it and its rediscovery in 1985.
This is a fundraising event in aid of the Viking Sub Aqua Club in Coolmine Swimming Pool.
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Romeo and Juliet
Based on Shakespeare's tale of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Against a backdrop of ancient feuds and gang warfare, the ill-fated young couple falls hopelessly in love, but their families are bitter enemies. In order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything.
In Ballet Ireland's production, Shakespeare's tragic tale is transported from the streets of medieval Verona into the classrooms of a modern-day high school. It becomes a play within a play.
The Chaplain at a school divided by gangs and violence brings a fight to a close. He together with their form teacher attempts to show the futility of such behaviour by introducing the pupils to the play of Romeo & Juliet, with the feuding Montague and Capulet families. Each is assigned a character and the action ensues.
"Runacre-Temple taps into a zeitgeist so many other ballet companies desperately want to access right now, making relevant what is often seen as an elitist art form while still honouring its roots ... Runacre-Temple gets it. " The Irish Times
Brokentalkers in Association with Project Arts Centre
A private beach inhabited by a family; a European family.
They are the owners of the beach. The beach has been in their family for generations. The family celebrate a wedding, a union between two sides; each of whom can offer something to the other. Security, prosperity, progeny. During the wedding celebration a stranger arrives on the shore of their beach. The family must decide how to deal with this stranger.
This Beach is a blistering satire of white western privilege made in response to the global refugee crisis, the notion of sovereignty of one people over a piece of land; and the lengths people will go to bar entry to their dominion. Brokentalkers (The Blue Boy, Silver Stars, Have I No Mouth, Circus Animals’ Desertion) have been acclaimed internationally for their pioneering approach to theatre and continue to explore the world we live in with honesty, originality and courage.
Nominated for Best Production and winner of Best Design at Dublin Fringe Awards, nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Irish Times Theatre Awards
Written and Directed by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan
Cast: Pom Boyd, Daniel Reardon, Neimhin Robinson & Bryan Quinn.
Brokentalkers are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.
National Tour 2017 is co-produced by Project Arts Centre.
This Beach was originally co-produced by Goethe Institut, Munich Kammerspiele before it’s sold out run at Dublin Fringe Festival 2016
Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)
"One of the country’s most fearless and path breaking theatre companies." The Irish Times
"… a strong and self-reflexive performance with strong moments of humour throughout." The Reviews Hub
"… a satire of shrugging consciences." The Irish Times
All Shook Up
Coolmine Musical Society
Coolmine Musical Society are delighted to be getting their hips shaking and lips moving with All Shook Up. Now or never is your chance to see this roustabout of a musical, which features the music of Elvis Presley and is based on the story of William Shakespeare’s 12th Night. With characters including charming Chad, eclectic Ed and sassy Miss Sandra, this promises to be a night out with a little less conversation and a lot more music. If music be the food of love, then be a fool and fall in love with All Shook Up.
Close To The Sun
The Corps Ensemble / Written by Philip Doherty
Perth, Australia – home to a generation of lost children of Ireland, an isolated city in a land of myth and music. Irishman Colin prepares for his wedding to Australian sweetheart, Sophie. But things take a turn when his estranged brother Rory appears, bringing demons from their shared past. In this new ensemble play by Philip Doherty, two ancient cultures clash in an epic battle for one Irishman’s loyalty. Will Colin remain in this parched paradise or return to the lush land of his childhood? You know what they say, you can’t go back to a place that doesn’t exist anymore.
Developed at FRINGE LAB with support from Dublin Fringe Festival and in association with Civic Theatre.
This work premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2017
Starring Mary Murray, Neill Fleming, Toni O’Rourke, Edwin Mullane, Sean Doyle, Jed Murray & Michael Bates.
Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)
"A young, energetic and fearless company." The Examiner
The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW2
Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company / Playwrights Deirdre Kinahan, Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy
The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII is a creative re-imagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against Fascism and totalitarianism and refused to accept oppression. The performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers to explore powerful women’s stories in history and themes of gender equality and peace.
The performance features Ode to Ettie Steinberg by internationally-acclaimed playwright Deirdre Kinahan; My Name is Neus by Mary Moynihan and performances including Mary Elmes and Dolores Ibarurri by Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy, remembering stories of powerful women during WWII.
Women’s stories in the performance include Mary Elmes (1908-2002), a Cork woman who was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nations’ for her work saving Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II; Ettie Steinberg (1914-42) the only female Jewish Irish citizen known to have been murdered in Auschwitz; Marta Hillers (1911-2001) from Germany who wrote her autobiography Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) under the name ‘Anonyma’ (Anonymous), detailing her experiences of the last days of WWII as she and over one million other women were raped and abused by Allied soldiers of the Red Army; Neus Català Pallejà (b.1915) from Spain, a member of the United Socialist Party of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War, an active collaborator with the French Resistance during WWII and the only living Spanish survivor of Ravensbrück concentration camp for women; and Dolores Ibárruri, or La Pasionaria (1895-1989), from Spain, a revolutionary leader, political activist, Communist and crusader against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War who created the famous cry ‘They Shall Not Pass’.
Early Bird €14 (Book before 9th Sept 2017)
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