My Heart and I - The Life and Loves of Josef Locke
Starring Shane McDonagh & John White
'My heart and I' is a brand new show which traces the life and loves of the great Irish Tenor Josef Locke. Interwoven with many of the songs he made famous throughout his long and astonishingly dramatic career, there are performances of 'Goodbye'; 'Hear my Song'; 'Macushla'; 'I’ll walk beside you'; 'La Donna é Mobile'; 'We all have a song in our Hearts'; alongside dramatic recreations of the triumphs of his career as well as the tragedies of his many marriage break-ups, personal feuds, moments of self-doubt, and of course, his well -known run in with the British Inland Revenue.
Shane McDonagh, a young Tenor with an astounding voice takes the part of Locke while John White, writer and accompanist, fills in as the myriad of fellow artists, agents, and marriage partners of Locke’s long and eventful life. This is the many facets of Josef Locke, both good and not so good, with moments of transcendence by way of some of the most beautiful melodies ever written for the tenor voice.
Dur 90 Mins / Age 12+
Millennium Forum Productions / Written by Brian Foster
Myra McLaughlin is a homeless Dublin street drinker. Foul-mouthed and feisty, she is also funny and self-deprecating. It’s a bitterly cold, December morning. Desperate for her first drink of the day, she begs from, insults, even dances for the passing throngs on Grafton Street. As she re-creates her life story, playing all the characters and acting out all the events that have led her to this pitiful existence, we see Dublin life and death at its funniest, rawest and cruellest. Myra’s Story is packed full of energy, humour and drama. We all know a Myra McLaughlin. She is our sister, our brother, our parent, our friend. She is us … there but for the grace of god.
Starring Fionna Hewitt-Twamley.
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"Magnificent." ★★★★★ Irish Examiner
"Spellbinding performance of pathos, power and poise." RTE Guide
"Warm, funny, exasperating and ultimately tragic." Belfast Telegraph
Holy Mary by Eoin Colfer
Breda Cashe Productions
Holy Mary is the story of two nine year old girls on the days leading up to the social occasion of the year: Their First Holy Communion. Mary and Majella have been mortal enemies since baby infants, and things have gotten even worse since Mary’s daddy moved in with Majella’s mammy. Both girls are searching for a way to insult the other, and Majella thinks she has found a weak spot when she realises that Mary’s Communion dress is actually a second hand dress that she herself donated to the Vincent dePaul. Will Majella use this devastating information to publicly take down her nemesis with a vicious rhyme? Or will she realise that maybe she and Mary are not so different and that maybe they could be allies instead of enemies?
In typical Colfer fashion the characters are very real and very funny. The cast of two play two mothers, a benevolent priest, a patient teacher, a misguided father and two cheeky and lovable nine year olds. Holy Mary, a hilarious and heartbreaking tale of Communion, confusion and consternation.
Starring Mary Murray and Jacinta Sheerin.
Directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks.
Suitable for age 12+
Michael Collins - A Musical Drama
Coolmine Musical Society
TUE 13 – FRI 16 NOV 8PM / SAT 17 NOV 2PM & 8PM
Coolmine Musical Society are privileged to be taking to the stage with Michael Collins - A Musical Drama. It tells the story of turbulent events preceding the foundation of the State, from 1916, through the War of Independence and the Civil War, not to mention the love affair triangle between Collins, his fiancée Kitty Kiernan and top Republican firebrand Harry Boland. Since writer & composer Bryan Flynn’s masterpiece opened to critical acclaim in 2009, it has raised the bar with its visual and dramatic production. Coolmine Musical Society is proud to be flying this flag of freedom high.
Starring Kevin Fagan (Michael Collins), Nicole Lamb (Kitty Kiernan), Liam Egan (Harry Boland), Seamus Sullivan (Eamon De Valera) & Colin Flynn (Joe Emmet), with Niamh Carroll, Kathy Kelly, Jim Walsh, Orla Walsh, Matthew Williams and the Coolmine Chorus.
Book, Music & Lyrics by Bryan Flynn.
Produced by arrangement with Michael Collins Production Trust.
Director: Pat McElwain. Musical Director: Dave McGauran. Choreographer: Nicole McDonald.
Coolmine Musical Society has been in existence since 1981 and their mission has always been to bring musical theatre and entertainment to the community and further afield. Coolmine Musical Society originally performed their shows in Coolmine Community School, before they moved into Draìocht, opening the theatre in 2001 with Oliver!. Over the years they’ve taken to the stage in Draìocht with shows including My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, Jesus Christ Superstar and last year’s production of All Shook Up for which they were delighted to be shortlisted and indeed win a number of awards at the AIMS Awards in Killarney earlier this year.
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Before - A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane
Fishamble: The New Play Company
From the team that brought you Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent, Before is a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts - for good. Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years. He will meet her in an hour. This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street. Some folk are impossible to buy for…
Before was commissioned by Fishamble and has been in development with the support of the Arts Council, National Theatre Studio (London), Pavilion Theatre and The Strollers Touring Network.
Written & Performed by Pat Kinevane
Directed by Jim Culleton
Composed by Denis Clohessy
Costume Stylist Catherine Condell
Choreographer Emma O’Kane
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What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?
Written and performed by Emma O'Grady
One month before his death, retired civil servant and man of few words Paddy O’Grady had a sudden urge to talk. Using a portable cassette tape recorder, he recorded 15 hours of material: stories about leprechauns, aliens and lonely pharmacists; absurdist political satire; musings on life, love and death; radio shows with advertisements for products that never existed; ballads and poetry and memories of life as a civil servant.
Paddy’s granddaughter, Emma O’Grady, later discovered he had written plays, poems and short stories in the 1950s and until now his work has been without an audience. This one-woman show examines the fractured and fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them and what we could be instead. A piece about emotional inheritance and grief for wasted creativity that serves as both a tribute and a warning.
Supported by the Arts Council, Galway City Council, Galway Theatre Festival, Mermaid Arts Centre and Áras Éanna (Inis Oírr)
Directed by: Jonathan Gunning, Catherine Ireton, Caroline Lynch, Andy Smith.
"...a multi-layered theatrical mosaic ... [Emma] created a deep, warm, and rewarding conversation with this departed and fascinating man ... a compelling, bravura performance." Galway Advertiser
"... a striking piece of theatrical work, which will ensure O’Grady’s well-earned place in the Irish theatre canon. This is a playwright to watch." Reviews Hub
Michael Harding: On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist
Join Michael Harding as he reads from his latest memoir, ruminates on the difference between psychotherapy and religion and relates the story of his pilgrimage to Skellig Michael, in his ongoing search for meaning.
After many therapy sessions focused on an effort to uncover personal truth, and long solitary months on the road with a one man show, Harding is finally led to an artists' retreat in the shadow of Skellig Michael. Mixing stories from the road with dispatches from his Irish Times columns, On Tuesdays I'm a Buddhist is a spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment.
'What happens between one story and the next? That's the really interesting part. That's the space where we find bliss; where we float sometimes, suspended, and only for a brief moment. Perhaps only for a few scarce moments in an entire life.'
"Harding’s latest attempt to find meaning in life is searingly honest, funny and self-deprecating." The Irish Times
"A spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment." Books.ie
Epiphany - Based on James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’
A young Irish migrant tumbles upon James Joyce's 'The Dead' in a German library and borrows a copy to read over his first Christmas away from home. Declan Gorman's new solo show combines autobiography with a magical telling of Joyce's great story evoking a snow-coated festive evening in Edwardian Dublin. Reading 'The Dead' awakens unexpected emotions and literary longings in the mind of the would-be writer. Gorman's performance skilfully blends Joyce's masterpiece of a man falling apart with an honest and often hilarious look-back at a life spent chasing the wrong dreams. Long-awaited follow up to Gorman's internationally acclaimed 'The Dubliners Dilemma', this is the perfect pre-Christmas entertainment for theatre lovers.
Directed by Gerard Lee. Written and performed by Declan Gorman. Age 13+.
Developed with the support of bursaries from The Arts Council and Fingal County Council.
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"Declan Gorman is a compelling performer." Irish Theatre Magazine
"Mesmerising – and not only for Joyce fans." Metro Herald
Singing for Survival
Run of the Mill Theatre In collaboration with St John of God Community Services Liffey Region
TUE 29 JAN 8PM / WED 30 JAN 1.30PM & 8PM
A near future. A wasteland. In the time between Before and After, a group of contestants reside in a place known only as The Centre. When the promise of a better future beckons beyond the walls, they must prepare for the opportunity of a lifetime. But are they really singing for their shot? Or are they singing for their survival? Run of the Mill Theatre return to Draíocht with a new dystopian fable exploring politics, power and places in our world.
Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.
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