Gay Byrne Live On Stage - SOLD OUT
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Gay Byrne Live On Stage - SOLD OUT

Produced by John McColgan, Abhann Productions

Sat 1 Nov 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €20

Gay Byrne, one of the most loved television and radio personalities in Irish history will perform his show, GAY BYRNE, LIVE ON STAGE, as part of a short Irish tour. Following sell-out shows last year, this is an exclusive chance to enjoy Gay Byrne at his best in a live performance telling some of the greatest show-biz stories never told in a hilarious evening’s entertainment, described as “a master class in comedy”.

In his five decade broadcasting career, Gay Byrne hosted the Late Late from 1962 to 1999 and was the first presenter to ever interview the Beatles on TV, he is recognized as “the man who changed Ireland”, both on his RTÉ morning radio show and the weekly Late Late Show  where he introduced Ireland to modernity – and then stood back to witness the brawl!
From senior politicians to senior clergy to the brightest stars in the Hollywood firmament, he has been a confessor figure to the good, the bad and the ugly. At 80, he’s now in happy semi-retirement but during his exhilarating two hour plus show, he talks about all the extraordinary moments he has witnessed or been at the centre of.
Listen to the behind-the-scenes stories of the stars and the star-makers with Ireland’s foremost legendary broadcaster in his first solo stage show.

"Exhilarating..superb..ingenious...a thoroughly enjoyable evening" The Irish Times

Chess

Chess

Coolmine Musical Society

Tue 11 - Sat 15 Nov 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // TUES PREVIEW: €17 / WED-SAT €20

The exciting and highly acclaimed musical ‘Chess’ uses the ancient game of chess as a metaphor for romantic rivalries and East-West political intrigue. From Tyrol to Thailand the players, lovers and politicians make their moves to the pulse of the monumental rock score including the hits ‘One Night in Bangkok’ and ’I Know Him So Well’. Add in Coolmine’s great cast and chorus and your enjoyment will be part of the game!

Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Lyrics by Tim Rice.

Defender of the Faith
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Defender of the Faith

Decadent Theatre

Tue 18 - Wed 19 Nov 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc

Galway based Decadent Theatre are back with one of the most anticipated productions of 2014. ‘Defender of the Faith’ is the debut play of Stuart Carolan the author and creator of RTE’s infamous, LOVE/HATE.

Defender of the Faith is a brilliant thriller set on a farm in Armagh 1986. The play tells the story of a family, entrenched in paramilitarism and under the constant watch of British forces. When a visitor arrives with the job of rooting out a police informer, paranoia grips the farm. Joe, his son Thomas, and a long-serving farm hand, Barney, all fall under suspicion. The family's isolated farm becomes the setting for the electrifying exploration of a family tested by loyalty and love. ‘Defender Of The Faith’ is blackly comic and chillingly real, with an atmosphere taut with tension.
Directed by Andrew Flynn and starring
 Peter Gowen (as Joe), Lalor Roddy (as Barney), Michael Ford-Fitzgerald (as Thomas), Diarmuid De Faoite (as JJ) and Anthony Brophy (as Unknown Man).

Contains some very strong language (for ages 15+).

Juno and the Paycock - SOLD OUT

Juno and the Paycock - SOLD OUT

Coolmine Drama Circle

Tue 18 - Sat 22 Nov 2014 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

Set in the tenements of Dublin during the Irish Civil War, 1922-1923, this tragic/comedy tells the tale of a family's struggle with poverty, love, betrayal and where to get the next 'ball of malt'. Juno, typical strong mother of Mary and Johnny and wife to 'Captain' Boyle, an irresponsible drunk, navigate the seas of family life while being pulled apart by political unrest. When the family learn of an inheritance from a distant relative it seems all their problems are solved but life in a Dublin tenement is never that easy.



The Far Off Hills
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The Far Off Hills

Loco and Reckless Productions in association with Nomad Theatre Network

Mon 1 - Tue 2 Dec 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (book before 05 Sept 2014)

A hilarious tale of scheming siblings, love and general jiggery-pokery. Set in a sleepy town in rural Ireland, everything is set to change in the lives of Patrick Clancy and his three daughters. A looming eye operation, a daughter soon to leave for the convent, the arrival of the young and devilishly handsome Pierce Hegarty, the gloomy presence of Harold Mahoney - the biggest moaner in Ireland – ever … Will the Clancy household be able to withstand the pressure?

Marian rules the household strictly, much to the dismay of Patrick and her more fun-loving younger sisters Pet and Ducky. Harold Mahony, one of the greatest moaners in Ireland – ever, has his sights set on the blissfully unaware oldest daughter. All is set to change however, with the arrival of the energetic young and devilishly handsome, Pierce Hegarty. Feeling left out in the cold by Marian’s admirers, the two younger girls hatch a plan to get rid of their older sister which ends with unexpected results.

This revival of Lennox Robinson’s classic comedy is given new life under the direction of award-winning Mikel Murfi (The Man in the Woman’s Shoes/Ballyturk). A slapstick, boisterous production that’ll leave audiences spinning in their seats! 

Starring 
Niamh McGrath, Julie Sharkey, Caoimhe O’Malley & Steve Blount.

By agreement with Abbey Theatre Amharclann na Mainistreach

Early Bird: €14 (book before 05 Sept 2014)


THE PLAY
The first production of The Far Off Hills took place in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on October 22, 1928 and was Robinson’s first three-act comedy of Irish life since The White-Headed Boy in 1916. A light-hearted portrayal of the marriage game, it has its roots in the same provincial background as that of the earlier plays but ends on a more optimistic note, as all the characters (except the fickle servant Ellen) realise their ambitions. Played originally by the Abbey Theatre Irish Players during their 1932 tour of America, The Far Off Hills proved the first comedy success of their 1937 engagement and was continued for a run of 47 performances.


THE PLAYWRIGHT
Lennox Robinson (1886-1958) was born in Douglas, Co Cork in 1886. He was a dramatist, poet, theatre producer and director. His first play, The Cross Roads was performed in the Abbey Theatre in 1909. He became Manager and Director of the theatre towards the end of that year, following the death of J. M. Synge. He resigned in 1914 but returned to the Abbey Theatre in 1918 as manager and producer, and was appointed to the board of the theatre in 1923. He spent many years as director of the Abbey School of Acting.
He continued to write many plays throughout the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. During this period he wrote The Big House (1926), The Far Off Hills (1928) and Drama at Inish (1933), which, when it transferred to Broadway, was called Is Life Worth Living? He edited Lady Gregory’s Journals (1946) and The Oxford Book of Irish Verse with Donagh McDonagh (1958). In 1951 Lennox Robinson published Ireland’s Abbey Theatre, the first full-length history of the company. He remained on the Abbey board until his death in 1958.

Michael Harding - Hanging with the Elephant

Michael Harding - Hanging with the Elephant

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.

"‘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