Shakespeare On The Loose

Shakespeare On The Loose

Mount Sackville Secondary School

Wed 13 Sep 2017 3PM & 8PM Main Auditorium // €10 Matinee / €15/€12 conc Evening

This is a play inspired by Shakespeare’s female characters.
Ophelia, Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Cordelia, Goneril and Regan are all central characters in Shakespeare’s plays and often determine the ultimate outcome of the tragedies. A popular question among school students is why Shakespeare is still studied in schools around the world? Why has his work thrived for over 500 years? The answer is simple. His stories are still relevant today. That is the essence of this play as it imagines the plight of Shakespeare’s ladies in a modern day setting.

The very issues of ambition, vulnerability, romance, greed and jealousy are the bedrock of Shakespeare’s tragedies. This play discusses these emotions around the table of ‘Loose Women’ hosted by Gabby. ‘Loose Women’ is a daytime talk show where women come together to analyse problems and attempt to solve them.

With a cast of 27 Transition Year students, this play has been Written by Clodagh Havel and Directed by Niamh Dowling, both teachers from Mount Sackville Secondary School.

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O noapte furtunoasă  / A Stormy Night

O noapte furtunoasă  / A Stormy Night

Romanian Community of Ireland

Sat 16 Sep 2017 6PM Main Auditorium // €27

Business-man Dumitrache has entrusted his right-hand man, Chiriac, to spy on Veta, his young and pretty wife. Dumitrache is certain Veta is having an affair. And she is - only her lover is Chiriac himself. But it is his sister-in-law, Veta’s sister, who will cause the downfall of the big secret during one heck of a stormy night.
This hilarious comedy of passion, jealousy, and adultery is impeccably performed by the well-known actors of Bucharest Theatres: Dragoș Ionescu, Afrodita Androne, Tudorel Filimon, Orodel Olaru, Oana Drăghici and Florin Dobre, as they interpret writer Ion Luca Caragiale’s famous characters: Dumitrache, Chiriac, Ipingescu, Veta, Zița, Spiridon and Rică.
Directed by Dan Tudor.

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Mary and Me
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Mary and Me

Pat Talbot Productions in association with Wild Productions

Thu 21 Sep 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc // Dur: 70 mins

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

Hello Dolly!

Hello Dolly!

Pioneer Musical Society - Celebrating 100 Years

Tue 17 - Sat 21 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 Opening Night / €20 Wed-Sat

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.

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Joanne McNally - Bite Me
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Joanne McNally - Bite Me

Directed by Una McKevitt

Tue 24 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc // Dur: 60 mins

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

Return to Titanic

With Diver, Speaker & Explorer Rory Golden

Fri 27 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12.50 conc

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
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Romeo and Juliet

Ballet Ireland

Fri 3 - Sat 4 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €18 conc / €16 Groups 10+

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.

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"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

This Beach
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This Beach

Brokentalkers in Association with Project Arts Centre

Fri 10 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017) // Dur: 80 mins

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 response to the current refugee crisis gripping Europe, 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.

Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)

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"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

All Shook Up

Coolmine Musical Society

Tue 14 - Sat 18 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 Opening Night / €20 Wed-Sat

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.

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Close To The Sun
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Close To The Sun

The CORPS Ensemble / Written by Philip Doherty

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)

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 the support of Dublin Fringe Festival.
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)

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"A young, energetic and fearless company." The Examiner