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.
This rarely performed musical 'Kiss Me Kate', runs from Tuesday 30th September to Saturday 4th October in Draiocht - it's been over 9 years since this show was put on last - or so we believe (O'Connell Musical Society in May 2005!)
With a front line consisting of Jen McGann, Damien Hurley, Bronwyn Andrews, Stephen Ryan, Rory Robinson, Paul Laycock, Justin Parkes, John Furlong, Orla Walsh and Gavin Quigley, it's set to be a good one!
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)
Don Wycherley (born 1967 in Skibbereen, County Cork) is an Irish actor, probably best known for the portrayal of Father Cyril McDuff in the comedy Father Ted. Other roles include Raymond in Bachelors Walk and Fr. Aidan O'Connell in Ballykissangel.
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). Directed by John Langs.
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
"Splendid ... hysterically funny ... Imaginatively written and performed with zest and honesty by the endearing, handsome DeVita ... " Backstage.com
"An absolutely magical evening ... a lyrical soaring, meditation on class, on fatherhood, on art and the manic and inexplicable force that drives us towards our baffling and unavoidable callings ..." Dean Bakopoulos, Author
"A crate, a cane, a chair - it takes immeasurable talent to entertain and enlighten so very much ... with so very little in the prop closet." David Sklar, Theatre Junkie
"Brought gales of laughter from the capacity crowd ... mixing comedy with poignancy for a truly hilarious recollection of personal development ..." Michael Muckian, The Shepherd Express
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.
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!
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. 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.
Lennox Robinson (1886-1958)
Lennox Robinson 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.
Lennox Robinson Bursary Award
In his will Lennox Robinson bequeathed his estate to his wife and determined that on her death the copyright would pass to the National Theatre Society Limited, now the Abbey Theatre. His wish was that the copyrights assigned to the Abbey would be held as a trust fund to be called The Lennox Robinson Trust. The Trust was to be used “in aid of the following persons: Playwrights, Players, Producers, Stage Designers and Stage Musicians, Any Other Servant of the Theatre.” Since 1977 The Abbey Theatre has administered this fund by making awards to theatre practitioners. Past recipients include, Brien Vahey, Frank Flood, Blaithin Sheerin, Bronwen Casson, Dave Nolan, Dermot Bolger, Alan Gilsenan, Conall Morrison and Melanie Clarke Pullen.
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