The pantomime season is revving up this week with Mother Goose already on in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, Aladdin in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast and Peter Pan at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Tonight also sees the opening of Sleeping Beauty (left) at the Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork City. Directed by Linda Lewis Byrne, this version of the tale is set in the fairytale country of Corkonia and promises to deliver plenty of digs at the Great, the Good and the Not so Good in local and national public life. The cast includes Karen Atkins as Beauty, Shane Morgan as the Prince and Jim Mulcahy as the Dame, Nurse Gumdrops. Next week sees the opening of Aladdin at the Cork Opera House and Sleeping Beauty at Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin. June Rodgers stars in Cinders at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin which opens on December 26th. In Limerick, pantomimes open immediately after Christmas with Babes in the Wood at the University Concert Hall and Cinderella at the Limerick Institute of Technology Millennium Theatre. In Galway, two pantomimes open in the Townhall Theatre on January 1st – the Renmore Panto Society’s production of Jack & The Beanstalk in the main theatre and Aladdin in the Black Box.
Eavan Boland at Irish PEN