The Far Off Hills
Loco and Reckless Productions in association with Nomad Theatre Network
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 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.
Lennox Robinson (1886-1958) was born in Douglas, Co Cork in 1886. He was a dramatist, poet, theatre producer and director. He wrote 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?
Fishamble: The New Play Company
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? Following the runaway international success of Forgotten and Silent, Fishamble presents Pat Kinevane’s third solo play, Underneath, directed by Jim Culleton. This stunning new 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.
Adult Content & Strong Language, Age 16+
Early Bird: €14 (book before 09 Jan 2015)
"Ireland’s excellent Fishamble." Guardian
"Drop everything...book now...captivating, moving and -yes - even unforgettable." Irish Times [on Forgotten]
"Passionate one-man show…carefully wrought production…Kinevane [is] an artist of the theatre." New York Times [on Silent]
On Q Theatre Company
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)
Breda Cashe Productions
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)
"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
Spreacha 2015 - Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Scotland
Lifeboat is the extraordinary true story of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings. Set in World War II, it is a story of courage, a story of survival and a story of enduring friendship. On Friday 13 September 1940, a ship, The City of Benares, set sail from Liverpool for Canada. On board were 90 evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only eleven of the evacuees survived. Two fifteen year old girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive. Lifeboat tells their story.
TUES 24 - THURS 26 MARCH 2014
6 School Shows Available.
Age 9+ / Dur: 75 mins
Spréacha on Tour: School shows will take place in your school.
Tickets: €300 per school show for 120 students (so €2.50 per student)
Request our school booking information sheet by email from email@example.com or by phoning Box Office 01-8852622.
Spréacha is presented by Draíocht in partnership with Fingal County Council.
"I was mesmerised from beginning to end … extraordinary talent." Audience Member
"At the end the audience wiped the tears from their eyes and rose to give them a standing ovation." The Scotsman
Dyad Productions with Rebecca Vaughan
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)
"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
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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Michael Harding - Hanging with the Elephant
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