REBEL REBEL
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REBEL REBEL

Aisling O'Mara and Robbie O'Connor / ANU Productions

Thu 24 Mar 2016 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €12 conc / Early Bird: €12 (book before 09 Jan 2016) // Dur: 60 mins

Dublin, 24 April 1916. Dropping their costumes in the dressing room, two of lreland's leading actors abandon their matinee of Yeats’ Cathleen Ni Houlihan, the play which more than any other in the Abbey’s repertoire symbolised the link between the cultural revival and the Irish revolution. Instead, they take their revolvers and march to Dublin Castle. Inciting each other all the way, they fire the first shots of the rebellion changing the course of Irish history.

Created by LIR graduates Aisling O'Mara and Robbie O'Connor and Directed by Louise Lowe for Show in a Bag 2015, Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival, the critically acclaimed REBEL REBEL played to sold-out houses for the duration of the run and was nominated for the Bewley's Little Gem Award (Most Exciting Production under 60 mins). This historical play (derived from real-life testimonies) chronicles the eventful first hour of the 1916 Easter Rebellion when two Abbey actors, Helena Molony and Sean Connolly take over Dublin Castle, leading to him being fatally shot in her arms on the roof of City Hall.

Some adult content Age 14+

Early Bird: €12 (book before 09 Jan 2016)

Swing
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Swing

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Thu 31 Mar 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €12 (Book before 09 Jan 2016) // Dur: 60 mins

An international hit, fresh from New York, Paris, Edinburgh and New Zealand. A comedy 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. With rock and roll music. It'll make you want to dance.

Starring Arthur Riordan and Gene Rooney.
Written by Steve Blount, Peter Daly, Gavin Kostick and Janet Moran.
Developed as part of Show in a Bag, an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors.
Fishamble: The New Play Company is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council. Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.

Early Bird: €12 (Book before 09 Jan 2016)

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"Winning.. charming.. you want to join them on the floor' CRITICS' PICK" ★★★★★ New York Times

"Funny, inspirational and heart-warming.. big Fringe hit." ★★★★★ The Scotsman

"A treat of a show, go on, go on, go on - just go." ★★★★★ Herald Scotland

"Funny, warm, and well produced, with a rousing finale that’s enough to make you kick up your own heels." ★★★★★ Irish Theatre Magazine

"Try Swing. You’d really be an eejit not to." ★★★★ Broadway Baby

Forgotten / Silent / Underneath
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Forgotten / Silent / Underneath

Fishamble: The New Play Company’s Trilogy by Pat Kinevane

Sat 2 Apr - Sat 11 Jun 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // Early Bird: €15 (Book before 09 Jan 2016) / Age 14+

SAT 02 APR 8PM  Forgotten
SAT 07 MAY 8PM  Silent
SAT 11 JUN 8PM  Underneath

Book for 1 show at €18 / €16 conc per ticket
Book for 2 shows at €16 / €14 conc per ticket
Book for 3 shows at €15 / €13 conc per ticket
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Early Bird: €15 (Book before 09 Jan 2016)

After almost ten years of touring nationally and internationally, to great critical acclaim, Fishamble: The New Play Company makes a welcome return to Draíocht with a trilogy of plays written and performed by Pat Kinevane and Directed by Jim Culleton. These three plays are full of Kinevane's characteristic humour and darkness, matched with his unique performance style and the expertise of Fishamble.


Forgotten / SAT 02 APR 8PM / Dur: 80 mins
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Silent / SAT 07 MAY 8PM / Dur: 90 mins
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Underneath  / SAT 11 JUN 8PM / Dur: 90 mins
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Fishamble: The New Play Company is a multi-award winning company dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work for the theatre. Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council. Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.
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Forgotten by Pat Kinevane
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Forgotten by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Sat 2 Apr 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Age 14+

‘Has no one a skitter o’ dignity left?’ … Flor wants to bath himself … Dora wants her chowder now … Gustus wants his house back …  Eucharia wants to make an announcement …

With exhilarating theatricality and haunting honesty, Kinevane’s captivating performance brings to life these sometimes forgotten voices of society. Now in its seventh year of touring Ireland and abroad, Forgotten has been performed in over 100 performances to audiences in England, Scotland, France, Czech Republic, Iceland, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, as well as in the U.S. to New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.

‘beautifully written and vivid … uniquely memorable’ The New Yorker
‘Drop everything. Book now … captivating, moving and - yes - even unforgettable' The Irish Times
‘an incredibly moving piece of theatre … unequivocally beautiful’   The Scotsman

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The Big Fellow by Declan Gorman
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The Big Fellow by Declan Gorman

Based on Frank O’Connor’s Biography of Michael Collins

Fri 29 Apr 2016 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €10 / €8 conc

Draíocht audiences will be treated to a once-off sneak preview of Declan Gorman's much-anticipated new play prior to its world premiere at the 2016 Drogheda Arts Festival. With original sound design by ex-Waterboys composer, Colin Blakey,The Big Fellow is a non-stop, edge-of-your-seat theatrical adventure, laced with humour and scenes of daring and intrigue. It presents the compelling story of Michael Collins: his rise from unknown volunteer in the GPO to military leader who brought down an empire only to meet his untimely death at the hands of former comrades. Much more than a straightforward dramatisation of the life of a hero, however, this is also the story of his biographer, the literary genius Frank O’Connor, who witnessed traumatic scenes as a timid adolescent soldier fighting against Collins and is now seeking to make reparation. As The Big Fellow is conjured to unruly and mischievous life by his writer, the epic tale of the birth of a nation is re-lived by both men: the one who survived it and came to understand the disappointment that inevitably follows the dream and the tragic hero who perished in his effort to broker a waking compromise.

Presented by Co-Motion Media In association with Drogheda Arts Festival.
Original music by Colin Blakey. Script developed with the support of The Abbey Theatre.
Dur 2hrs 15mins (inc interval) / Age 13+

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"Frank O’Connor is doing for Ireland what Chekhov did for Russia." William Butler Yeats

"Declan Gorman writes and directs with an innate knowledge of theatre and a mastery of vernacular language." The Irish News

Jimmy White in Conversation with Eddie Rowley
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Jimmy White in Conversation with Eddie Rowley

Fri 6 May 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €22 conc

One of the most popular snooker players ever to pick up a cue, Jimmy White talks to acclaimed journalist Eddie Rowley about his life both on the table and behind the scenes in the world of snooker. The highs – 33 tournament wins, World Doubles Champion (with Alex Higgins), wild nights with Higgins, Kirk Stevens and Showbiz stars like Ronnie Wood. And the lows – gambling and of course his battle with drugs. Jimmy tells it all in his straight forward and often hilarious way.

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Silent by Pat Kinevane
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Silent by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Sat 7 May 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Age 14+ // Dur: 90 mins (no interval)

‘Hopeless, helpless, in-the-way person’ … Homeless McGoldrig once had splendid things. But he has lost it all - including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino, in this brave, bold, beautiful production.

‘passionate one-man show… stunning’. New York Times
‘a must-see if ever there was one’  The List
‘unflinching, intensely physical performance … bristling with black humour'. The Scotsman
‘fabulous dance of whirling words'    The Herald
'dazzling theatricality' The Guardian
‘remarkable…to be in that audience was to experience a rare synergy between performer and the performed-to...Marvellous’ Irish Independent


Fishamble: The New Play Company is a multi-award winning company dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work for the theatre. Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council. Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland. www.fishamble.com

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CARE
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CARE

WillFredd Theatre Company

Thu 19 May 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Groups 10+ €14 / Early Bird: €14 (Book before 08 April 2016)

On a hilltop in Blanchardstown, staff are working around the clock. They make tea. They paint nails. They refill syringe drivers. Some pray. Some don’t. Everyone they care for is dying.

WillFredd Theatre’s CARE gives audiences an insight into the day-to-day world of Hospice Staff. Developed over a year spent in consultation with Irish Hospices, CARE fuses movement, live music and theatre, celebrating the people who help you live until you die. Every word, sound and image in CARE is drawn from daily Hospice life. With a little bit of Elvis thrown in for good measure.

WillFredd Theatre is one of Ireland's leading young theatre companies. They have presented work in 2015 at Dublin Theatre Festival (BEES!), Dublin Dance Festival (JOCKEY) and the Abbey Theatre (FOLLOW). 

Early Bird: €14 (Book before 08 April 2016)

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"Constantly inventive, affectionate and beautifully performed." The Irish Times

Cheshire Cats by Gail Young
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Cheshire Cats by Gail Young

Coolmine Drama Circle

Tue 24 - Sat 28 May 2016 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

Grown women, aching feet and charity; Cheshire Cats is a cross between a girl's night out and a real mission to support a cause close to many hearts. This is the story of a group of women planning to participate in the Moonwalk in aid of the Breast Cancer Charity. Five women are attempting to walk 13 miles in their decorated bras and brand new runners, but the sixth member of their team doesn't seem up for the challenge. It follows this team of women training for and participating in the charity race and is a comic drama to pay tribute to charity walkers, race organisers and marshals everywhere. 

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Underneath by Pat Kinevane
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Underneath by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Sat 11 Jun 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Age 14+ // Dur: 90 mins (no interval)

‘You never know what’s around the corner, do ya?’ … Sticks and stones didn't break Her bones, but words and pointing crushed Her. Is Beauty really only skin deep? Does Ugliness hide somewhere deeper? This stunning play is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret, a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface and what lies underneath.
'extraordinary … sit back and enjoy.' New York Times
'brilliant...striking...excellent'  Irish Times
'intensely physical...beautifully presented'  Sunday Business Post
‘extraordinary…stunning…ninety of the most perfect minutes you’ll spend’    Scotsman

Fishamble: The New Play Company is a multi-award winning company dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work for the theatre. Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council. Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland. www.fishamble.com

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