Pro­ject Arts Cen­tre, Dublin

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - PETER CRAW­LEY

THE MAN IN WOMAN’S SHOES Var­i­ous venues, Kil­dare, Louth, Meath, Tip­per­ary See list­ings They say that a jour­ney of a thou­sand miles be­gins with a sin­gle step. So, as he cov­ers a con­sid­er­able dis­tance dur­ing a 13-county tour of his new show for the Beal­taine Fes­ti­val, let’s hope that ac­tor/di­rec­tor Mikel Murfi is more sen­si­bly shod than his char­ac­ter. The play, in­spired by mem­o­ries and sto­ries col­lected from older peo­ple in Sligo last year, 15-18 8.15pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) 114/112 pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie The Lion King It’s the cir­cle of fran­chise. Julie Tay­mor’s pup­pet-aug­mented the­atri­cal ver­sion of the El­ton Johnem­bossed an­i­mated Dis­ney film fi­nally reaches Dublin. And it moves us all. Bord Gáis En­ergy Theatre Un­til Jun 9 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm 125-165) 120-185 bor­dgaisen­er­gythe­atre.ie Mak­ing Lemon­ade Sylvia Beat­ley’s new play fol­lows Blade, a man whose ef­forts to cheat chaos lead to a life de­ter­mined by car­nage. The New Theatre May 13-18 7.30pm 115/112 the­newthe­atre.com Mass Ap­peal Bill C Davis’s com­edy-drama fo­cuses on a con­flict be­tween a pop­u­lar Catholic priest and an ide­al­is­tic sem­i­nar­ian sent to his parish. Red Raven Theatre stages the two-han­der, di­rected by the author. Mill Theatre, Dun­drum May 10-11 8.15pm 112/110 millthe­atre.ie Once in a While the Odd Thing Hap­pens Com­pany D stages Paul God­frey’s bio­drama about the com­poser Ben­jamin Brit­ton and his strug­gle to come to terms with his sex­u­al­ity in WWIIera Eng­land and Amer­ica. Vik­ing Theatre May 13-25 8pm 110 vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com fol­lows the jour­ney of ag­ing Pat Farnon man who en­thu­si­as­ti­cally sets out one Oc­to­ber day in 1978 on a 10-mile round-trip to town wear­ing a pair of women’s shoes. En­coun­ter­ing sev­eral mar­vels along the way, it be­comes a quirky Odyssey.

That won’t sound un­fa­mil­iar to fans of Murfi’s work, which nor­mally com­bines phys­i­cally adept per­for­mance and a com­i­cally sur­real sen­si­bil­ity since his days with Barab­bas, and has an­i­mated his ap­proach as a di­rec­tor for Mac­nas, Druid, the Abbey and oth­ers. But while this of­fers a rare chance Mrs War­ren’s Pro­fes­sion It’s the old­est pro­fes­sion there is, next to theatre. Pa­trick Ma­son di­rects a blue-chip cast, in­clud­ing Sor­cha Cu­sack, David Yel­land and Rebecca O’Mara, in Bernard Shaw’s ever-shift­ing polemic about moral­ity and com­merce. Gate Theatre Un­til May 18 7.30pm 120-135 gateth­e­atre.ie The Pic­ture of Do­rian Gray Alice Cogh­lan’s adap­ta­tion of Os­car Wilde’s moral fa­ble has Si­mon Courcy, Michael James Ford and Michael Win­der share the telling of the Gothic nar­ra­tive as Basil, Lord Henry and Do­rian. Royal Dublin So­ci­ety Mem­ber’s Club May 10 6.30pm rds.ie Also Sligo Rebecca Moira Walsh and Sandy­ford Lit­tle Theatre adapt the ra­dio play ver­sion of Daphne du Mau­rier’s fa­mous novel. Mill Theatre, Dun­drum Ends May 11 8pm 115/ 112 millthe­atre.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, ThursSun 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 to see Murfi back on the stage, the show’s own re­turn jour­ney is more cel­e­bra­tory, bring­ing the cre­ativ­ity and sto­ries of its col­lab­o­ra­tors back to them while en­tic­ing a broader au­di­ence.

Most peo­ple will travel shorter dis­tances than Murfi to get to know th­ese char­ac­ters, but ev­ery­one gets to walk a mile in their shoes.

The Les­son Swing­ing Six­ties Lon­don, with the hit songs of the fe­male singers of the era. Pow­er­scourt Theatre Ends May 11 7.30pm shout­mu­si­calire­land.com Tom Crean – Antarc­tic Ex­plorer Tom Crean, a man of few words but some ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­tions, served with Scott and Shack­le­ton on three leg­endary ex­pe­di­tions. Ai­dan Doo­ley’s pop­u­lar, lon­grun­ning solo show re­turns to do the talk­ing for him. Olympia Theatre May 13-18 8pm (Sat mat 3pm) 120-135 tick­et­mas­ter.ie Tues­days With Mor­rie Terry Byrne and An­drew Mur­ray per­form in this adap­ta­tion of Mitch Al­bom’s best­selling mem­oir of life lessons learned from his for­mer col­lege pro­fes­sor bat­tling with Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease. Gai­ety Theatre May 13-18 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) 119.65-130.20 gai­etythe­atre.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 stand-up. Theatre Up­stairs@ Lan­ni­gan’s Bar Ends May 11 1pm tup­stairs­book­ings@gmail.com

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Fishy Tales A two-day se­ries of talks and events built around two of Donal O’Kelly’s solo plays writ­ten 25 years apart: Bat the

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