Directed by Michael Scott
Michael Scott’s iconic production of John B Keane’s hit comedy play The Matchmaker returns starring two of Ireland’s favourite actors, Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny. Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy.
The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn. Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses “The Matchmaker” as an exploration of rural loneliness. Aware that generations of people became masters of their own destinies late in life, and only then began to look for companionship and love, once their duties as minder of aging parents were concluded or they had finally inherited, or were the left over brother or sister.
Using his inimitable way with words and his one sense of “devilment” and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely country people and creates a marvelously colorful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.
Dyad Productions in association with TTI / Director Guy Masterson
Following their previous sell-out performance here at Draiocht, and from the creators of I, Elizabeth and The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe…
Thirteen of Jane Austen’s heroines come to life in this bold revisiting of some of literature’s most celebrated works. In this much-loved Edinburgh sell-out hit, using only Austen’s words, Rebecca Vaughan (I, Elizabeth) becomes Emma Woodhouse, Lizzy Bennet, Mrs Norris, Miss Bates and nine other beautifully observed women in critical moments from Austen’s major novels (including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma) and lesser known or unfinished works. Directed by Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson (Morecambe).
Duration: 70 mins (no interval)
Enjoy a free post-show chat with actress Rebecca Vaughan.
Early Bird: €12 (Book before 05 Sept 2014)
"Nothing short of breathtaking ..." ***** Adelaide Theatre Guide
"Cleverly written and superbly performed." ***** One4Review
"Truly extraordinary… one of the most exciting young performers on the British stage" ***** British Theatre Guide
"A theatrical masterpiece… utterly faultless and vastly entertaining" ***** Three Weeks
Kiss Me Kate
Pioneer Musical & Dramatic Society
The Pioneer Musical & Dramatic Society return to Draíocht with this scintillating and comical Cole Porter musical which tells the story of an egotistical actor and producer named Fred Graham and his ex-wife, Lili Vanessi, who are playing Petruchio and Kate in a production of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. The show has great musical and dance numbers such as ‘Wunderbar’, ‘I Hate Men’, ‘Too darn Hot, ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’ and many more and was the first musical to win the Tony Award for Best Musical.
Director: Pat McElwain, Musical Director: Yvonne McQuillan, Choreographer: Orla Savage.
After Sarah Miles
As part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2014
‘Breathe, says she, just breathe Bobeen. I take deep breaths now. Deep breaths of the salty air’.
After a lifetime of wrestling with the tides, fisherman Bobeen finds it hard to face the sea again. But the discovery he made in the mouth of the harbour almost 30 years ago keeps calling him back. This time it will connect him to what he thought was lost and gone forever. After Sarah Miles follows Bobeen’s journey from 1969 to the present day; from the moment he has his first drink as a 14 year old boy on the set of Ryan’s Daughter, to a blossoming crush which takes his life in an entirely new direction. Don Wycherley gives a towering performance in this acclaimed play, written & directed by Michael Hilliard Mulcahy. Contains some strong language.
Dur: 85 mins (no interval)
Early Bird: €14 (Book before 05 Sept 2014)
"It is pure art, perfection in itself." Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent
In Acting Shakespeare
Pemberley Productions and The Lime Tree Theatre
On tour from the USA and direct from Off-Broadway comes the funny, touching and uplifting story of one man’s discovery of Shakespeare, acting and language. Freely adapted from Sir Ian McKellen’s ‘Acting Shakespeare’ James De Vita tells his own story of a young fisherman searching for a new career. This fun, fervent tribute to one man’s journey with history’s greatest poet deftly weaves Shakespeare’s life with reminiscences of James’ own days on a Long Island fishing boat (and nights as a classical actor).
Early Bird: €12 (Book before 05 Sept 2014)
"A one-man show leaves the audience wanting more, which is exactly what happens ..." The Huffington Post
"In Acting Shakespeare is a splendid, delightfully personal comedic concoction ..." Backstage.com
Gay Byrne Live On Stage
Produced by John McColgan, Abhann Productions
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
Coolmine Musical Society
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
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 strong language (for ages 15+).
Juno and the Paycock
Coolmine Drama Circle
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.
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?
This revival of Lennox Robinson’s classic comedy is given new life under the direction of award-winning Mikel Murfi (creator of The Man in the Woman’s Shoes). A slapstick, boisterous production that’ll leave audiences spinning in their seats!
By agreement with Abbey Theatre Amharclann na Mainistreach
Early Bird: €14 (book before 05 Sept 2014)