Quintessence Theatre Company (in association with An Táin Arts Centre)
A powerful piece of devised theatre from An Tain Arts Centre’s Company-In-Residence exploring the issue of mental illness in Ireland.
I used to be just like everybody else: Whole. Complete. Unshattered, unbroken….normal. I’m falling between the cracks in myself, and I don’t know how to crawl back out…
Quintessence Theatre use their innovative physical ensemble story-telling techniques mingled with multi-media platforms of film and music to poignantly explore the profound struggle individuals with mental illness face on a daily basis in Ireland today.
In this darkly comical and deeply moving new play an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness.
Devised by the company and directed by Anna Simpson, a Creative Associate of the Pleasance and Practitioner with the Globe, London, this brand new work seeks to expose the lived experience of battling a severe mental illness in an inefficient and unsympathetic system through the eyes of one young woman.
This islandwide tour of CRACKS is funded by the Arts Council (An Chomhairle Ealaíon) and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
CAST: Leah Rossiter / Anthony Kinahan / Fiona Keenan O’Brien
Dur: 90 mins + 20 min post show discusion
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"Brave, daring and innovative…has a virtuoso flair and arresting boldness. A substantial piece of theatre." Peter Hughes, Northern Standard
"Went to see this amazing play last night! I have to say it was brilliant! It portrays a young persons struggle with their mental health and demonstrates how those around also struggle to understand." Bairbre Kelly, Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Decadent Theatre Company
Decadent Theatre Company returns with another powerful production.
The Mai is an epic tale of three generations of a family inspired by love but shattered by inescapable reality. It is both wildly funny and humorously tragic.
The play centres on a formidable forty-year-old woman, a teacher known as The Mai, whose husband Robert, a musician, has always felt stifled by her ideals of perfection. After seventeen years he leaves her, whereupon she sets about decorating a dream house in the hope that he will one day return to her. From her fairytale castle set in the West of Ireland, on the banks of the legendary Owl Lake, The Mai waits by the window for him to return. The play opens in this world on the day of Robert’s return after an absence of four years.
Throughout Mai’s and Robert’s troubled reunion appear the memorable characters that comprise the three generations of her family. These are her two sisters meddling in the affairs of her three daughters with comical tenacity while towering above them all is the irreverent matriarch, Grandma Fraochlan, who presides over all with her “ancient and fantastical memory”, reminding them that the past is looming over the present.
Directed by Andrew Flynn.
Starring Derbhle Crotty, Stella McCusker, Maeve FitzGerald.
My Left Nut
Pan Narrans Theatre / By Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney
The True Story of a Belfast boy growing up with no father to guide him through, and a giant ball to weigh him down.
400 millilitres. That’s how much liquid was drained from Michael’s left testicle when he was a teenager. That’s more than a can of coke. He should have told someone sooner, but who could he turn to? His dad died ten years ago and besides, school is full of rumours about what the giant bulge in his trousers actually is. Who wants to stop that?
Initially created through the Show in a Bag programme, supported by Fishamble, The Irish Theatre Institute and The Dublin Fringe Festival with additional support from Prime Cut Production’s REVEAL programme.
Dur: 60 Mins / Age 12+
"Laughing one minute, crying the next… a terrific performance of a touching story." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Sunday Times Ireland
"Intimacy Through Comedy." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish Times
"My Left Nut is what fringe theatre is all about; it’s an hour of fresh, pure entertainment that shouldn’t be missed." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Reviews Hub
"Heart-warming and charming, a documentation of the struggle to find one’s true self in the face of personal trauma." ★ ★ ★ ★ TN2
Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 in Draíocht
Dublin Theatre Festival is back in Draíocht in October.
Save the Dates & stay tuned for more!
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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 working class 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.
Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 September 2018)
"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 Maeve Fitzgerald and Mary Murray.
Directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks.
Suitable for age 12+
Michael Collins - A Musical Drama
Coolmine Musical Society
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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.
Early Bird €14 (Book before 7th Sept 2018)
"...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.
Early Bird: €10 (Book before 7th Sept 2018)
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