Friday 12th June @ 8pm
Wild Productions present Mrs Shakespeare Written & Directed by Ian Wild. Starring: Irene Kelleher
William Shakespeare finds himself reincarnated in the present day as a woman, which makes it all the more difficult to convince people she/he is the Great Bard. The Globe and the RSC refuse point blank to stage her modern history plays such as Hitler the First and Charles the Third (Not). Frustrated by this lack of recognition, Mrs Shakespeare winds up in a mental asylum, and comes to the conclusion she has made a complete mess of writing ‘Hamlet’ four hundred years earlier. Armed with a quill and beset by a rebellious cast of characters who are anxious not to be rewritten, she embarks on an epic reformulation of theatre’s most famous text under the new title of ‘Ophelia’. But her psychiatrist and the original dramatis personae of the play, are so against the idea, they contrive between them, to send her mad.
"Irene is utterly mesmerising. It is simply one of the bravest stage performances I’ve ever witnessed.
Mrs Shakespeare is demented, brilliant and totally necessary."
"Kelleher was outstanding. Her energy never waned and every line was bursting with character.
Ian Wild’s script is all at once funny, clever, and inspiring and offers the Fringe one of the most interesting plays to see this year.
It was truly a wonderfully written comedy that filled the hour with laughter; a definite must-see."
FIVE ***** BROADWAY BABY
"The excellent Irene Kelleher made the title character wide-eyed and sympathetic, and transformed superbly into the characters."
FIVE ***** and WINNER OF ARGUS ANGEL AWARD- The Argus
"Irene Kelleher delivers an outstanding performance as the high-energy, high-intensity Mrs Shakespeare. An engaging story from beginning to end with some hilarious moments and a couple of wonderful plot-twists. This is a wonderful show, with lots of laugh-out-loud moments and great production values."
FRINGE REVIEW- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SHOW
Tickets €12/€10 Friends 2 for 1
Friday 29th May @ 8pm
Have A Heart is a one-man play written and performed by Seamus Moran and directed by Liam Halligan.
A man who’s recently had a heart transplant thinks that his new heart is talking to him. Is he going insane, suffering side-effects from the medication or could it be possible? Could this really be happening? When his new heart persuades him to embark on a major quest, his life and his world are turned upside down and inside out. He is soon operating well outside his comfort zone where his beliefs, assumptions and view of himself are called into question, tested and challenged. Have A Heart is a wonderfully dynamic and visual piece of theatre about love, obsession and head versus heart that will demand a real tour de force performance. Structured like a detective story, it’s sure to keep audiences guessing and fully engaged throughout.
Seamus Moran has possibly been in every living room or kitchen in the country… not as himself but as beleaguered Bistro owner Mike Gleeson in RTE’s Fair City. For 12 years he suffered the wrath of a string of strong women from Helen through Ava, Yvonne, Geraldine and back to Yvonne, before finally finding a way out, through the restaurant’s faulty fuse box. Since escaping the clutches of his voracious and avaricious suitors, Seamus has played a range of interesting and challenging roles from the philandering, irresponsible bookie in The Galway Races by James Phelan to gangster, bully and would-be country singer The Don in The Boys by Gerard Humphreys at The New Theatre and a tragic, grieving father in Corp + Anam 2 by Darrach Mac Con Iomaire. Have A Heart is Seamus’s second one-man play but the first one he’s written. He’s really looking forward to returning to the New Theatre.
Tickets €12/€10 Friends 2 for 1