March/ April/ May/June 2017                                    

Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th & Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th March @ 8pm.

Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th & Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th March @ 8pm.

Friars’ Gate Theatre presents Inspector Drake & the Perfekt Crime a comedy by David Tristram.  Directed by Max Hennessy.

When a genius commits a murder, the plan is perfect. But is it foolproof? Inspector Drake faces his greatest-ever challenge. Who is the mysterious Doctor Short, and why did he marry a warthog? Has he murdered his fourth wife - or did she murder him first? These are just some of the questions facing the indomitable Drake in this hilarious play.

Tickets €12/€10

Sunday 5th March @ 2pm
Pop Up Cinema!
Foroige, Kilmallock present a screening of Monsters, Inc
Adults €4/Children €2
Presented in association with Access Cinema

Thursday 16th March @ 8pm
Take 5 presents The Telephone Exchange by Niamh Gleeson
The Telephone Exchange follows the lives of four telephonists working at the Dublin Exchange in 1963.  Their long hours and the colourful calls they are privy to at work offer a welcome distraction from their own personal dramas.

Cast: Grainne Barry, Meghan Bartual Smyth, Dolores Dermody, Eimear Tierney.   Directed by Noelle Clarke.
Tickets €12/€10

Wednesday 22nd March @ 8pm

Film – Young Offenders                  84mins        Cert: 15A
Two teenage boys from Cork steal bicycles and ride off on a quest to find a missing bale of cocaine worth €7,000,000.  Presented in association with Access Cinema. 
Tickets €7

Saturday 25th March @ 8pm

The New Theatre presents Ledwidge by Gerard Humphreys.  Directed by Anthony Fox.
Starring Ethan Dillon, Barbara Dempsey, Ian Meehan, Amy O’Dwyer & Katie O’Kelly

'He shall not hear the bittern cry
In the wild sky where he is lain'

A call to arms, War Poet Francis Ledwidge (Ethan Dillon) is torn between his love for Shivvie (Katie O'Kelly) his friend and confidante and Ellie (Amy O'Dwyer). In spite of their fears he enlists in Captain Dunsany's (Ian Meehan) regiment and is dispatched to Suvla Bay.  Excelling as a sniper, Ledwidge distinguishes himself at Gallipoli but the poet remains conflicted. Gerard Humphreys' play explores the poet's personal struggles with war and his early life as a trade union activist in a class ridden society on the eve of revolution. LEDWIDGE presents its subject in the context of his art and politics, bringing to life the adventurous spirit of Ireland's greatest war poet.

This production will celebrate one hundred years since Francis Ledwidge's death and twenty years presenting new writing by THE NEW THEATRE.
Tickets €15/€12          Duration 80 Min    


Friday 31st March & Saturday 1st April @ 8pm
St. Patrick’s Players, Cloverfield present  Wake In The West by Michael J. Ginnelly
Tom Healy has died and he is being waked in his house by the sea. He has left some unusual funeral instructions which do not sit well at all with his daughter Mary and his estranged son Martin, who has just returned from America for the funeral. Should they bury him properly or give in to his last request?

Tickets €12/€10   

Friday 7th April @ 8pm

Ger Wolfe in Concert
Celebrated Cork songster Ger Wolfe makes his first visit to Friars’ Gate part of his Spring solo tour, promoting his soon-to be-released and seventh C.D.  “The Lark of Mayfield”.  Celebratory, reflective, independent in mind and nature, Ger continues to plough his own way through the Irish musical landscape, ‘ heedless of fad or fashion’ (The Examiner).  Ger is a fine lyricist, poet and composer all rolled into one.   
“The poetic soul of Ireland” John Spillane
Tickets €15/€12

Wednesday 19th April @ 8pm

Film – The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years            135mins Cert:12A
Filmmaker Ron Howard examines the early years of the Beatles, from their club dates in Liverpool, England, to their concert tours in Europe and the rest of the world.  Presented in association with Access Cinema.  

Tickets €7

Saturday 22nd April @ 8pm

Fourth Wall Laois Theatre Group present Big Maggie by John B.Keane
Maggie is determined to create a better life for herself and her children after the death of her husband. Her vision of the future, however, is not one that sits comfortably with her offspring.

Tickets €15/€12

Friday 28th April @ 8pm               Postponed Due to Illness

Up the Hill Jackie, a new play by
Áine Ryan
Jackie is pregnant. Her sister Rita is forcing her to have an abortion. Jackie isn't happy about it though, and now time is running out before the appointment. Is it too late to fix things?

The plot revolves around two sisters, the youngest, Jackie is still in school while Rita is desperate to go London but is staying put until Jackie finishes her education.  Jackie gets pregnant, and tells Rita that the father is Mick, their aunt Maureen's fiancé. Rita feels sixteen year old Jackie is far too immature to have this child, never mind the effect she predicts it would have on their aunt.   All set in London on the weekend of the abortion appointment, the girl's plan goes completely pear shaped when they bump into their aunt unexpectedly also over from Ireland for the weekend.

The play is performed by Áine Ryan and Erin Ryan, also real life sisters.
Tickets €12/€10                        Friends 2 for 1

Saturday 6th May @ 8pm

George Murphy in concert
On Saturday 6th May @ 8pm, Friars’ Gate welcomes George Murphy in concert.  George performs folk songs from Ireland, England, Scotland and the USA made famous by the Dubliners, Peggy Seeger and Ewan Mc Coll.   George exploded onto the Irish music scene after his memorable appearances on the RTE Television show “You’re a Star”. Just out of secondary school at the age of 17 he very quickly took over the Irish music scene. He signed to Sony Ireland and his debut album ‘Dreamed A Dream’ went to No.1 in the Irish charts. The album eventually went on to gain triple Platinum status. George had made a big impact with insiders on the Irish Music scene, Phil Coulter was quoted as saying that George “Is the most exciting vocal find in Ireland”, The late Ronnie Drew was quoted saying “A voice beyond his years.
Tickets €1

Thursday 11th, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th May @ 7pm

  • The County Limerick Youth Theatre present the national premiere of  Agóid by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú
  • Little Lyts present The Elves and the Shoemaker adapted by Betsy Walsh
    Dyna Lyts present Talking with Angels by Neil Duffield

Thursday 11th May @ 7pm

Little Lyts  

Dyna Lyts   

Friday 12th May @ 7pm
Dyna Lyts
County Lyts

Saturday 13th May @ 7pm
Little Lyts
County Lyts

Sunday 14th May @ 7.30pm

KNOCKLONG Community Hall – County Lyts present Agóid.

Tickets €10/€5

Tickets €5

Wednesday 17th May @ 8pm

United Kingdom, A                                                                                        

Dir: Amma Asante     2016        111 mins           Cert: 12A

Starring: Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael , David Oyelowo

The hubbub surrounding an African prince’s marriage to an Englishwoman, just as South Africa was enacting its apartheid laws to separate blacks and whites, becomes both a rousing love story and a triumphant call to justice in A United Kingdom. Based on Susan William’s book Colour Bar, it is a remarkable tale not only because it's a true story, but one where a romance influenced the outcome of British and African history.  Presented in association with Access Cinema. 

Tickets €7.

Friday 19th May @ 8pm

Ivan Ilić in concert
Featuring the work of composers such as
Beethoven, Haydn, Chopin

Ivan is a concert pianist who was born in Belgrade, was educated in California and now, after studying at the conservatory in Paris, is based in France.

Pianist Ivan Ilić took degrees in mathematics and music at the University of California Berkeley before moving to Paris in 2001. He then studied at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, where he was awarded a Premier Prix. The City of Paris sponsored his first recording.  Early career highlights included recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Ireland’s National Concert Hall, Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio, and the American Academy in Rome. He recently gave recital débuts in Vienna, Sao Paulo and Geneva.

Ivan has released many critically acclaimed CDs, including 24 Préludes by Claude Debussy (2008), 22 Chopin Studies by Leopold Godowsky (2012), and For Bunita Marcus by Morton Feldman (2015). All are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and RTÉ Lyric FM.

An exquisitely poised and expressive rendering…spellbinding.
BBC Music Magazine (UK)

Tickets €12/€10                      Friends 2 for 1

Tuesday 23rd May @ 12pm – Part of access>CINEMA's May Film Tour happening during the Bealtaine Festival.            


Director: Sidney Lumet / USA / 1957 / 92 minutes / Certificate: G

Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Jack Klugman

On a hot summer's day, a jury of 12 men is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old Latino accused of killing his father. A guilty verdict will mean an automatic death sentence for the young man, and on the surface it appears to be an open-and-shut case.

When juror no. 8 (Henry Fonda) casts the only not-guilty vote in the first jury ballot, tensions begin to rise. He must persuade the other 11 jury members to take a fresh look at the evidence and convince them of their duty to reach a verdict that is beyond reasonable doubt.

"... too few films take on the art of arguing as a subject; we could certainly use more of them, but until then, Lumet's window into strained civic duty will continue to serve mightily." - Time Out

Admission Free

Thursday 25th May @ 8pm

Torch Players, Limerick present Bookworms by Bernard Farrell
Bookworms is a hilarious comedy centred around an all-female book club and their decision to allow men join them for the first time, with husbands invited in.  Their daily lives spill over into the book discussions. where suspicions are roused and tempers are frayed. Larry, an out-of-work builder, and Robert, a banker, are struggling in different ways. Ann is showing off her home and trying to be the perfect hostess, while Jennifer isn’t used to her position as top-dog being challenged. And poor Dorothy  has had a tough time of it recently, and wants to share her literary opinions with the group. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that books are the last things on anybody’s mind during this explosive evening.
Tickets €15/€12

Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd June @ 8pm
CallBack theatre present the world premiere of JANEY DILLIS (
Queen of the wild inter...ior) by John Sheehy.  Performed by Cora Fenton. 

Her name is Janey Dillis.  This is the house of Janey Dillis.  Janey hasn't left her house in 25 years. No one has set foot inside her house in 20 years.  The last being a disgruntled television licence inspector in 1997.

Janey deals with her predicament through her wild imagination and is prone to fantastical flights of fantasy that reveal much of her inner self and the wider world that has caused her to become trapped.

Running time 1 hour.  Supported by Limerick Arts Office and Friars' Gate Theatre​

Tickets €12/€10

Cora Fenton, actor, Sheila Deegan, Limericks Arts Office, John Sheehy, author and Caoimhe Reidy, curator Friars' Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, taken before a reading of extracts from Janey Dilis a new play by John Sheehy, read by Cora Fenton and performed in front of a small invited audience. The play development was supported by Limerick Arts Office and Friars’ Gate Theatre. Janey Dilis will have its premiere at Friars’ Gate on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd June.
photo Ita West

Saturday 27th May @ 8pm

The Morning After The Life Before by Ann Blake.  Performed by Ann Blake and Lucia Smyth

On a groggy Sunday morning, May 24th 2015, as 62% of Ireland is #hungoverforequality, Ann gets a text from her brother which brings the reality of a new Ireland into sharp focus. "How's the morning after the life before?"  A personal tale and experience of Ireland before and after the referendum on Marriage Equality on May 22nd 2015, The Morning After The Life Before explores and attempts to answer the question in the text message.
Tickets €12/€10          Duration 80 Mins     

Wednesday 7th June @ 8pm
Footsteps Youth Theatre present The Leaving by Tom Swift

The Leaving revolves around a group of friends searching for answers as they relive the night of their end-of-school debs party, while navigating a drink fuelled mess of mistakes, misunderstandings and murder. Along the way the friends are forced to face the truth and consequences of a night that goes tragically wrong.

Footsteps Youth Theatre is a joint initiative between Foróige and Friars Gate and is proudly a member of Youth Theatre Ireland.
Tickets €12/€10

Friday 9th June @ 8pm  (Rescheduled Date)

Theatre Makers present, by kind permission of the Kelly family The Tayman, the Tomcat and Others

The stories of Eamon Kelly, the Seanachaí as told by Jack Healy.

Adaptation by Ger Fitzgibbon and Jack Healy.  Directed by Ger Fitzgibbon.


Come and hear Jack Healy bring to life a compendium of Eamon Kelly’s most comic and colourful characters.  Carpentry, drink, hat-wearing, emigration and devilment weave their way through these marvellous stories. We hear about runaway fillies, Ned Connors, who was “fierce for the drink”, Bridgie and her curious request to the carpenter, the three-in-a-bed escapade of the Tayman, and Mick the Fiddler with his adventures in New York.

The stories of Eamon Kelly (the Seanachaí) entertained audiences all over Ireland for many years and Jack Healy most recently delighted Cork audiences with his version of Joxer Daly in Juno and the Paycock (Everyman, 2016). The two combine to bring you 'The Tayman, the Tomcat and Others'.

Jack has worked in theatre for over thirty years mainly as an actor and playwright. He has written scripts for The Everyman Palace, Macra Na Feirme and RTÉ Radio.
Tickets €12/€10            Running Time – 65 Minutes

Wednesday 14th June @ 8pm


Dir: Barry Jenkins    USA            2016            110 mins                     Cert: 15A

Barry Jenkins' vital portrait of a South Florida youth revisits the character at three stages in his life, offering rich insights into the contemporary African-American experience.  Presented in association with Access Cinema.

Academy Awards, USA, 2017 - Best Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Adapted Screenplay.  Golden Globes, 2017 – Best Picture

Tickets €7

Friday 16th June @ 8pm

Honest Arts present Punt
Punt  is a story of gambling culture, following one man on the slippery slope to rock bottom after a lifetime of small bets, race meetings, online gauntlets, high stakes card games and the unspoken challenges that go with a life of ‘investing’ in chance.  Performed by Pius McGrath.

Punt follows one man on his journey into addiction, following him on the slippery slope to rock bottom after a lifetime of small bets, race meetings, online gauntlets, high stakes card games and all the unspoken underbelly that goes with a life of ‘investing’ in chance.  Running Time: 75mins
Tickets €12/€10                   Friends 2 for 1

Friday 23rd June @ 8pm

Veronica McSwiney in Concert
Join internationally acclaimed pianist Veronica McSwiney as she takes to the stage to present a programme of  wonderful music featuring composers such as Mozart, Debussy, beloved Irish composer John Field plus many more.  This beautiful programme of much loved and some less familiar pieces spanning several centuries has something for everyone.  Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the artistry and talent of this acclaimed performer.

Tickets €15/€12

Wednesday 18th October @ 11am


Monday 13th November  @ 11am   

Ger Carey Live                                                                                                                   

A comic journey inside the teenage mind.  By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of steps, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager!
Tickets €10

Book Club

Wednesday 24th May @ 7pm - The Constant Soldier by William Ryan.  New members welcome. 

New members welcome.

Community and Educational Outreach Programme in association with Limerick City and County Council and Dormant Account Fund

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


If you are an Artist and wish to hold an exhibition in the Gallery please send a proposal, C.V. and at least 6 examples of your work (slides or good quality photographs) to Caoimhe Reidy, Friars' Gate Theatre, Sarsfield St., Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

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