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Friars' Gate
Theatre & Arts
Kilmallock. Co. Limerick
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Swan an exhibition of paintings by Kieran Carey will open on Thursday 7th May @ 7.30pm.

Swan continues until Friday 29th May. All are welcome. 


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."

"The excellent Irene Kelleher made the title character wide-eyed and sympathetic, and transformed superbly into the characters."

"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."

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

What Is On In The Theatre
Friday 13th March @ 8pm The Keogh Family in Concert
Friday 20th March @ 8pm Film – Jimmy’s Hall    
Saturday 11th April @ 8pm Dónal Clancy in concert
Saturday 18th April @ 8pm Red Hurley in Concert
Tuesday 12th May @ 8pm Venue – 69 O’Connell Street 
Thursday 18th  – Sunday 21st June & & Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th June @ 8pm Friars’ Gate Theatre presents
It’s The Real McCoy by Tommy Marren.  Directed by Robert Lee.

John Sheehy – Theatre Artist in Residence


Creative Writing Workshops with Sheila Quealey
6 Week Course commencing Monday 13th April – Fee €80

Have you always felt that you wanted to write a story but you didn’t know how to begin? Didn’t know where to begin? Can you start a story but find it hard to finish it? Do you just want to get started writing?   This 6 week course will address these issues. It is a practical workshop that provides solutions for creative writing problems through creative reading and writing exercises. Suitable for the beginner or intermediate writer. 

Drama for Children with Maria O'Neill

Youth Theatre Workshops with Maeve McGrath
Art Classes for Adults with Robert Ryan

Book Club – Monday 18th May @ 7pm – Discussing the film Amour.
                      New members welcome. 

Advanced Creative Writing Workshops with Sheila Quealey

Contact Friars’ Gate for details.

Community and Educational Outreach Programme in association with Limerick City and County Council.

Footsteps Youth Theatre
Actively Retired Drama Programme
Transition Year Drama Studies Programme
National School Drama Awareness Programme
Side by Side Integration Programme
Contact Friars’ Gate for details.

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