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,

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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

KERRY

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

KIL­DARE

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

KILKENNY

The Man in Woman’s Shoes See Dublin. Water­gate Theatre May 4 8pm 114/111 water­gate theatre.com

LOUTH

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

MAYO

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

OF­FALY

Are There More of You? See Dublin. Birr Theatre and Arts Cen­tre May 4 8pm 116/114 bir­rthe­atre.com

ROSCOM­MON

The Man in Woman’s Shoes See Dublin. Roscom­mon Arts Cen­tre May 3 8pm 114/112 roscom­monarts­cen­tre.ie

SLIGO

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

WATER­FORD

Oliver Reed – Wild Thing See Kil­dare. Theatre Royal. May 9 8pm 120/118 the­atreroyal.ie

WEST­MEATH

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

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