Fraught journeys of families. Though they now resemble a themed diptych with some significant cast changes, the shows touring the country for the NASC network still count as a feast. Set in a bar called The White House in 1970s Galway,
It’s almost a year since Druid’s phenomenal production of these Tom Murphy plays opened in London, and there’s a certain poetry that their dramas of exile and return should be out on the road again, wandering.
The plays, originally staged as a trio (with the daringly stark Famine), trace the deep roots of dispossession and emigration in the rivetingly The Undutchable), drama (a teenager’s fatal party in BRB; a soldier in Iraq turned stripper in Strip Search; and a new production of Neil LaBute’s Bash), and assorted readings, seminars and discussions. Various venues May 6-19 gaytheatre.ie The Lion King It’s the circle of franchise. Julie Taymor’s puppet-augmented theatrical version of the Elton Johnembossed Disney film reaches Dublin. And it moves us all. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Until Jun 9 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm 125165) 120-185 bordgaisenergy theatre.ie Macklin: Method and Madness Gary Jermyn and Michael James Ford’s play is set in a BBC radio studio during the Blitz, where a broadcast celebrating 18th Century actor will go ahead come hell or air-raid warning. As part of Phizz Fest. Pillar Room, Mater Hospital May 5 7pm 110 phizzfest.ie The Man in the Woman’s Shoes Mikel Murfi performs a new solo show for Hawk’s Well Theatre, based on tales shared by older people across Sligo, in which a man makes a trip from his cottage to town in a pair of heels. Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire. May 8 7.30pm 15 paviliontheatre. ie; axis: Ballymun May 9 1pm 110 axis-ballymun.ie Also Kilkenny and Roscommon Museum DIT Conservatory stages Tina Howe’s absurdist satire on how we respond to Conversations on a Homecoming attempts to rekindle idealism in an Ireland of curdled promises, where the returned emigrant Michael and his cynical “twin” Tom argue through a night warped with booze, humour and heartbreak.
In A Whistle in the Dark’s cramped Coventry home in 1960, a violent family of Mayo contemporary art. DIT Rathmines Theatre Ends May 3 7pm 110/15 entertainment.ie Mrs Warren’s Profession It’s the oldest profession there is, outside of the theatre. Patrick Mason directs a blue-chip cast, including Sorcha Cusack, David Yelland and Rebecca O’Mara, in GB Shaw’s ever-shifting polemic about morality and commerce. Gate Theatre Until May 18 7.30pm 120-135 gatetheatre.ie Rebecca Moira Walsh and Sandyford Little Theatre adapt the radio version of Daphne du Maurier’s famous novel. Mill Theatre, Dundrum. May 8-11 8pm 115/ 112 milltheatre.ie Richard II See Cork. Peacock Theatre Ends May 4 8pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) 125/118 abbey theatre.ie The Robert Emmet Experience Performed near the execution site of the failed rebel, Neville Carlyle Style’s drama draws from Dion Boucicault’s wildly inaccurate biography together with contemporary documents. Arthur’s Pub Weds 8pm, Thurs - Sun mat 3pm Until Oct 118 (incl dinner), 115 (incl a pint) 112 (incl a tea) arthurspub.ie Shout! The Mod Musical The musical comedy revue, set in swinging ’60s London, features the songs of the female singers of the era, including Lulu and Dusty Springfield. Powerscourt Theatre May 6-11 7.30pm shoutmusicalireland.com men establish their territory while tearing themselves apart. It is a compellingly brutal play about poverty – impoverished language and self-definition in particular – which builds tragedy from a dubious sense of pride.
Director Garry Hynes and her ensemble probe deep into the Irish psyche with these plays, but their emotional effect is as immediate and visceral as a heated argument – or a wallop to the chest. Richard II Everyman Theatre, Cork; Peacock Theatre, Dublin Something Stronger for Fred and Jane Dublin Shakespeare meld together three plays focusing on women by Sebastian Barry, August Strindberg and Tennessee Williams. Theatre@ 36, Teachers Club Ends May 4 8pm 115/112 085-8432881 The Songs of Grievance and Hope Inspired by the experiences of protesters resisting corrupt systems, Sean Millar’s stage performance and song cycle is performed by real people in hopeful remonstration against current failings. Project Arts Centre May 7-9 8pm 110 projectartscentre.ie Spinal Krapp Zeb Moore performs his one-man show, telling comic stories of a northside Dublin childhood in a manic performance of song, dance and anecdotal stand-up. Theatre Upstairs@Lannigan’s Bar Until May 11 1pm (Tues/Wed extra perf 7pm) tupstairsbookings@gmail. com
Are There More of You? See Dublin. Feile na Bealtaine, Dingle May 3 6pm 110 feilena bealtaine.ie Kindly Leave the Stage Baroque Theatre stages John Chapman’s farce of stage personalities and their egos. St John’s Theatre, Listowel May 9 8pm 112/110 stjohnstheatrelistowel.ie Sétanta See Cork. Halla na Feothanaí, Dingle May 5-6 8pm 115/112 087-7994488
Oliver Reed – Wild Thing Rob Crouch performs a solo show as Oliver Reed, the alcoholic movie star who was as celebrated – if that’s the right word – for his hellraising as his talents. Moat Theatre, Naas. May 8 8pm 118/ 116 moattheatre.com Also Waterford When We Were Married JB Priestley’s farce follows three couples celebrating their simultaneous silver wedding anniversaries in 1910. Riverbank Arts Centre Ends May 4 8pm 112/110 riverbank.ie
The Man in Woman’s Shoes See Dublin. Watergate Theatre May 4 8pm 114/111 watergate theatre.com
Break a Leg See Dublin. Part of the Drogheda Arts Festival. Droichead Arts Centre May 4-5 8.30pm 110/18 droichead.com The Far Side Feidlim Cannon, one half of Brokentalkers, works with seven locals to create a living history of Drogheda through real and sometimes surreal recollections. As part of the Drogheda Arts Festival. Droichead Arts Centre May 3 8.30pm 15 droichead.com Home Director Louise Lowe and a community cast devise three site-specific events that provide snapshots of home life. Part of the Drogheda Arts Festival. Rowan Heights, Marley’s Lane May 3-6 5.30pm/6.30pm/8pm/ 9pm (Sat-Mon extra perf 3pm/ 4pm) 110/18 droghedaarts festival.ie
The Salvage Shop In Jim Nolan’s play, a gruff bandmaster nurses unfulfilled dreams in his twilight years while his exiled son attempts to enlist Pavarotti in a late reconciliation. Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar May 9-10 8pm 114/112 thelinenhall.com
Are There More of You? See Dublin. Birr Theatre and Arts Centre May 4 8pm 116/114 birrtheatre.com
The Man in Woman’s Shoes See Dublin. Roscommon Arts Centre May 3 8pm 114/112 roscommonartscentre.ie
The Factory Girls Five Donegal women stage a lock-in protest in a shirt factory when faced with redundancy in Frank McGuinness’s early play. Hawkswell Theatre May 8-9 8pm 118/115 hawkswell.com
Oliver Reed – Wild Thing See Kildare. Theatre Royal. May 9 8pm 120/118 theatreroyal.ie
Guerrilla Days in Ireland Rebel leader Tom Barry’s account of his campaign as commander of the West Cork Flying Column is adapted for the stage by Neil Pearson. Mullingar Arts Centre May 3-4 117/114 mullingard artscentre.ie
DRUIDMURPHY: A WHISTLE IN THE DARK & CONVERSATIONS ON A HOMECOMING Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Until May 11 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) €15-€40 gaietytheatre.ie