|Coming in Jan 2014 – Pantomime with Centrestage, Limerick - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! Family tickets now available.
Friday 8th November @ 8pm
Back of the Hand Productions present Danny and the Deep Blue Sea written John Patrick Shanley.
Performed by Edwin Mullane (DruidMurphy, Whacker Murphy’s Bad Buzz) and Clodagh Downing (Patsy Dick, Lauren Begaun)
Two lost souls collide in a Bronx dive bar. One is haunted by her past; the other is controlled by his anger.
Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning author, John Patrick Shanley’s (Doubt, Moonstruck) breakthrough play is a raw, funny and poignant romantic tale. The setting is a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society's rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. A new and explosive production directed by Irish Times Theatre Awards nominee, Peter Reid (Pinter x 4).
“An explosive, deeply affecting study of alienation and the redemptive power of love…the play is the equivalent of sitting at ringside watching a prize fight that concludes in a loving embrace." —NY Times.
"…a funny, frightening, hypnotically fascinating evening of theatre…" —Drama-Logue.
Tickets €12/€10 Friends 2 for 1
Friday 15th November @ 8pm
An evening with Crystal Swing
Crystal Swing comprises Mary Murray-Burke and her son and daughter, Derek and Dervla Burke. Since the band's video of the song, 'He Drinks Tequila' was posted on YouTube in January, 2010, the band has become an international hit - its website and YouTube videos attracting over a million hits to date.
Friday 22nd November @ 8pm
A young man reflects on his life, recalling the outrageous experiences that have moulded the man he has become – arrogant, egotistical and self absorbed. On Friday 22nd November @ 8pm, actor Pius McGrath gives us an insight into what it means to be a male conforming to the norms of society, where characteristics of honour, loyalty and courage can fall to the wayside in favour of meaningless sex and bad male role models. Contains some sexual references and adult content. Over 14s.
The Mid-Knight Cowboy is written and performed by Pius McGrath and directed by Tara Doolan. In this new writing from Ireland, McGrath takes a piercing look at what it means to be a man in post
economic boom Ireland. Fresh from Edinburgh Fringe 2013, performed on Broadway as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival in November. Tis show is not to be missed. McGrath plays three generations of Irish men, from the same family, at different points in their lives. This provides both a fast paced, exciting performance and a varied commentary. Showcasing both the honesty in McGrath's writing and skill as an accomplished performer. Told with classic Irish humour, honesty, and artistic fervor through raunchy real-life experiences, The Mid-Knight Cowboy follows MacCumhaill’s failing efforts to find contentment within himself by filling his emptiness with countless conquests and meaningless affairs. This social commentary piece uses an innovative style of writing and performance and, while humorous and brash, it is also a hard hitting honest portrayal of a young man’s emotional realization
and growing self-awareness. Produced by Honest Arts Production Company
Tickets €12/€10 Friends 2 for 1
Friday 29th November @ 8pm
Jack L – The Great Wall of China Tour
Join us for an unforgettable evening of musical entertainment with one of Ireland’s most popular singer/songwriters and exceptional performers. Featuring songs from his smash hit album The 27 Club. Plus support.
Wednesday 11th December @ 8pm
The IDEAS: Integrated Drama Education and Arts Society are hosting a youth arts film festival at the Friars' Gate on Wednesday 11th December @ 8pm that will provide an opportunity for young filmmakers in the County to showcase their work. The IDEAS group will also be showing the premier of their own film Becoming Butterflies that show the story of Ritchie and how a conflict between his love of dance and his love of his family become resolved through the support of his friends. The Becoming Butterflies film is part of a long term project funded by the Youth in Action programme that was created by the IDEAS group to allow them to explore issues concerning youth with disability and has seen them work with choreographer Mireya Coloma, participate in the COPE dance festival in Cork and work with young filmmaker Hannah Quinn Mulligan over the past six months. As one of the participants from the St Joseph's Foundation exclaimed, "it's hard work but it's worth it!" Films will be shown from a diverse set of young people, including The County Limerick Youth Theatre, Glenstal Abbey School and Kilmallock's own footsteps Youth theatre among others. The IDEAS group are delighted that so many young people wish to take part in their festival, as Fiona Colton who plays "Jane ' in the becoming Butterflies film explains, "It's really important. Everyone should have the opportunity to do the things they're able for. If they don't that is wrong because it makes people uncomfortable. This project is about everybody with different disabilities, that they can do anything."
Thursday 12th December @ 8pm
The Limerick Women Warriors present Blackguarded: Our Vagina Dialogues
This sensitive and moving performance, inspired by Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, pulls the curtain back on women’s issues and lets the light in. These are the stories of every woman. This show challenges stereotypes and tells secrets. It is a unique interpretation of growing up female in Ireland.
Monday 16th December @ 8pm
Open Mic Night - Chapter and Verse a night of prose and poetry.
Join us for an eclectic mix of writings. Budding and established writers are invited to share their work in a relaxed atmosphere. Just want to listen? Sit back and enjoy an evening with a difference. Pieces should be no longer than 5-7mins.
Friday 20th December @ 8pm
Film – Meet Me in St. Louis
Dir: Vincente Minnelli USA 1944 110mins Cert:
Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Leon Ames, Tom Drake
One of the greatest films of all time and a true Christmas favourite. Set at the turn of the century,
Meet Me in St Louis hints at an era about to vanish, when the simple pleasures of the 19th century
are soon to be overtaken by a brave new world. Even the most granite-minded cynics will have
difficulty in holding back a tear as Garland sings 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'.
Wednesday 8th January @ 8pm
Film – Behind the Candelabra
Dir: Steven Soderbergh USA 2013 118 mins Cert: 15A
Starring: Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Rob Lowe
Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of
excess both on and off stage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and despite their age difference and seemingly differently worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five year love affair. Presented in association with Access Cinema.
Saturday 11th January @ 8pm
Ceoltoiri Sliabh Luachra present A Musical Journey through the History of Ireland
A group of 16 young performers from the Sliabh Luachra area along the Cork, Kerry, Limerick border perform some of the oldest traditional music and dance of Ireland. Some of their music goes back the book of William Ballet published in 1584 and to the Neal collection published in 1724 while some of their dances go back to An Rince Mor which was danced at the fair of Carman in the year 1200 and at Kinsale in 1689 to welcome King James to Ireland. The perform many of the old and now forgotten traditional step dances as well as some of the old traditional Jigs, Reels, and Hornpipes.
This two hour show which is narrated throughout links this ancient music, song, and dance with the major events in the history of Ireland.
Friday 17th January @ 7pm, Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th @ 3pm & 7pm
Tickets €12.50 Child / €15 Adult. Family 2 adult & 2 children €50
Friday 24th January @ 7pm, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th @ 3pm & 7pm
CentreStage Productions (Limerick) & Friars’ Gate Theatre presents the wonderful family pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
The enchanting story of a young girl whose beauty bewitches a Prince and makes an enemy of her evil Step Mother. The love of seven dwarves keeps her safe until she is woken by her one true love with a kiss. The humble apple takes a battering in this beloved tale but in the end it all turns out Happily Ever After.
Friday 31st January @ 8pm
Take 5 Drama Group, Castlelyons present Little Gem by Elaine Murphy. Directed by Noelle Clarke.
Starring Andrea Kidd, Yvonne Seymour and Noelle Clarke.
Kay’s got an itch that Gem can’t scratch (but maybe Kermit can)… Lorraine attacks a customer at work and her boss wants her to see a psychiatrist … Amber has fierce bad indigestion and the sambucas aren’t getting rid of it. Then there’s Paul, who’s just using Amber until he can get to Australia … and there's the hairy man who fancies Lorraine but fails to rise to the occasion… and of course Gem , who doesn’t like the neighbours coming in to ‘mind’ him. And if all that wasn’t bad enough, Little Gem makes his presence felt and well....life is never the same again.
Wednesday 5th February @ 8pm
Film – Blancanieves
Dir: Pablo Berger Spain, France 2012 104 mins Cert: CLUB
In this unique and unforgettable tribute to European silent films, the fairy tale of Snow White is transposed with great effect into the world of bullfighting in 1920s Spain. Beautifully shot in black and white and featuring fabulous flamenco music, a very evil stepmother, and a band of bullfighting dwarves, Blancanieves is a magical retelling of a classic story. Presented in association with Access Cinema.
Winner - Best Film, Bucharest International Film Festival 2012
Winner - Special Jury Prize, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013
“An unexpected gift from the gods of pure cinema. 5*” (Film.com).
Short Film – Unheard
Dir: Carla Maria Tighe 15 mins
A short drama about a young musician who loses her hearing but gains something more. The cast include Hannah O'Reilly, Sheila Moylette, Padraic McIntyre and musician Miriam Donoghue.
Friday 8th February @ 8pm
The Godot Company, London in association with Richard Ryan Promotions present Happy Days by Samuel Beckett.
Happy Days is the third of Samuel Beckett's great comic/tragic full length plays on the human condition; Waiting for Godot and Endgame being the others. Our heroine Winnie, a housewife who is married to Willie, find themselves alone in a barren wilderness. In this often hilarious play, Winnie depends on Willie for company and support even though he spends most of his time sleeping. She finds comfort in her literary quotations and in the contents of her black bag which she delves into throughout her Happy Day.
Starring Colette Kelly (Rockaby, Beckett x3 (2012), Footfalls, Beckett x3 (2013) and Oengus MacNamara who has performed in every Irish Tour by The Godot Company.
Tickets €12/€10 Friends 2 for 1
Friday 21st February @ 8pm
We Banjo 3 – Music Network Tour.
Featuring 3 tenor banjos, fiddle, mandolins, tenor guitars, guitars, banjolin and vocals, We Banjo 3 combine Irish music with Old-Time American, Ragtime and Bluegrass to produce an exciting, fun, invigorating sound guaranteed to thrill audiences. Tenor banjoist Enda Scahill has been in the music performance and recording business for many years and has toured extensively in the US and Europe. He has now teamed up with Ireland’s hottest young banjo players, brothers Martin and David Howley. With over 10 All-Ireland titles to their name, Martin and David bring scintillating rhythm, verve and innovation to their music. Add in the worldclass multi-instrumentalist Fergal Scahill on fiddle, guitar and bodhran and whole melting pot comes alight! We Banjo 3 play with swing and soul, effortlessly combining the best of Irish and Bluegrass banjo music, mining the rich vein of the American Old Time tradition and thoroughly reinventing the banjo band sound. Modern rhythms, traditional melodies, virtuosic technique and innovative arrangements of music and song add up to an incredible feast of banjo and mandolin music – guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping.
Sunday 2nd March @ 8pm
The New Theatre & Richie Ryan Promotions present A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
James Joyce signalled his need to escape the nets he claimed Ireland would trap him in – religion and nationality. He would seek to fly ‘above these nets’ and thus began his life-long task of sketching the universal human condition he had observed around him in Dublin in the real lives of ordinary people. In the course of ‘A Portrait’, which covered the first decades of his life, we see him creating his own individual aesthetic, as opposed to the dictates of the Church. The novel eventually published in 1916, contains some of the most dramatic scenes in modern literature.
Friday 28th & Saturday 29th March @ 8pm
CallBack theatre present Fred & Alice, written and directed by John Sheehy. Starring Cora Fenton and Ciaran Birmingham.
A blistering head wreck played at a hilarious pace!
It’s not easy to get by in this crazy old world is it? But Fred and Alice have discovered that all you really need are 2 tennis rackets, a freezer full of ready meals and an immature coping strategy.
Fred and Alice first met in the home. It wasn’t really a home but Fred always called it a home because that was where he lived, and if you are not living at home then where are you? It was love at first sight for Alice. Fred didn’t talk to her again for years but then eventually Fred got used to her and it was love at first sight for him too. From their days in care, to independent living, Fred and Alice negotiate the perils and pitfalls of life and love.
Come see this joyous celebration of individuality.
One of the Biggest Hits of Last year is Back!
**** Whirling Comedy - The Irish Times
**** Irish Examiner **** Playstosee.com
Since its premiere last year Fred and Alice have been touring to venues and festivals around the country, having great fun and playing to packed houses. CallBack is delighted to have been awarded a touring grant by the Arts Council of Ireland for this 2014 tour. John has recently been awarded a Theatre Artist in Residence by the Arts Council and is working on his next play The Hole which will goes into production this year. John’s next play Men without Souls has received funding from Limerick City of Culture and will be premiered in Friars’ Gate Theatre in October 2014.
Fred & Alice has received rave reviews including:
- “clever and absorbing stuff” - The Irish Times
“a charming encounter led by an encouraging, unconventional melody” - The Irish Times
- “Imaginative and escapist theatricality” - The Irish Times
- “a charming and uplifting dash of theatre” - PlaystoSee.com
- “Fred and Alice make wonderful company for each other and for us” - Irish Theatre Magazine
- “Lively, imaginative and life affirming” - Irish Theatre Magazine
- “Conclusive Script and Strong Characterisation.....The Eloquence and fluency of both actors is remarkable” - Playstosee.com
Memoir Writing with Sheila Quealey – Day Time Course – Jan 2014.
Introduction to Creative Writing with Sheila Quealey – Day Time Course – Jan 2014.
Creative Writing: Advanced Course with Sheila Quealey.
Irish Traditional Music Classes with Brian FitzGerald.
Arts & Crafts for Children with Jane Howe.
Drama for Children with Maria O’Neill.
Youth Theatre Workshops with Lisa O’Connor.
Art Classes for Adults with Robert Ryan.
Book Club - Monday 16th December @ 7pm. Reading Pin Head Duffy by Helena Close.
Monday January 20th @ 7pm - The Thing About December by Donal Ryan.
Contact Friars’ Gate for details.
Community and Educational Outreach Programme in association with Limerick County Council
Footsteps Youth Theatre
Actively Retired Drama Programme
Transition Year Drama Studies Programme
National School Drama Awareness Programme
Shoulder to Shoulder 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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