Neigh­bour­hood watch

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If the theatre has faith in com­mu­ni­ties, it’s partly be­cause the theatre likes to cre­ate them: groups of people on­stage per­form for groups of people in the au­di­ence. You

Alice Devine. Not For Sale

Hilda Fay per­forms Shay Line­han’s play, a com­edy-drama about a woman strug­gling to cope with re­ces­sion­ary Ire­land. Vik­ing, Clon­tarf. Ends May 9 8pm 112 vikingth­e­atre­

An Ideal Hus­band

Ethan McSweeny re­turns to the Gate to di­rect Wilde’s com­edy of black­mail and po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion. Gate. Ends Jun 14 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) Mon & Mat 125, Tue-Thur 132, Fri-Sat 135

Aunty Ben

Su­per Paua present the story of a nine-year-old girl who loves her Aunty Ben, the drag per­sona of her un­cle. For ages 7+. As part of IDGTF. Teach­ers Club, Par­nell Sq. May 5, 10 & 17 2pm gaythe­

Away From Home

A male es­cort is hired by a clos­eted pre­mier­ship foot­baller and falls in love but strug­gles with the se­crecy and re­pres­sion of ho­mo­pho­bia in pro­fes­sional English foot­ball. As part of IDGTF. Play­ers Theatre, TCD. May 5-10 9pm (Mon & Sat mat 4pm) 115/113 gaythe­

Boys and Girls

Dy­lan Coburn Gray’s ex­cel­lent verse drama fol­lows four char­ac­ters through a night in Dublin in af­fect­ing in­ter­weav­ing mono­logues. As part of Phizz Fest. Brian Boru, Phib­s­bor­ough. May 3 8pm 110

Break a Leg

Peter Sheridan’s ab­sorb­ing new one-man show is about his life in the theatre and take part in a shared ex­pe­ri­ence. Putting a com­mu­nity on the stage, though, can be a trick­ier propo­si­tion.

This week, we have two ef­forts to do pre­cisely that, and two quite dis­tinct ap­proaches. Up­state Theatre Project are tak­ing theatre into the street, while THE­ATRE­club are tak­ing street into the theatre.

For Up­state’s new pro­duc­tion, The Street, at the Drogheda Arts Fes­ti­val, the tes­ti­mony of in­de­pen­dent shop­keep­ers in­forms Colm Ma­her’s script the theatre’s role in our lives. Project Arts Cen­tre. Ends May 10 8.15pm pro­jec­tarts­cen­

Break­ing Dad

Set in 2022, Paul Howard’s third in­stal­ment of his Ross O’Car­roll-Kelly plays finds Kicker as a con­cerned fa­ther whose daugh­ter comes home with his worst nightmare: a young ver­sion of him. Gai­ety. Ends May 17 8pm (Sat mat 3pm) 125-149.50 gai­etythe­

Dupont & Daven­port

Alan Flana­gan’s new play is a piece about a boy who meets the love of his life and loses him in an ac­ci­dent. Teacher’s Club, Par­nell Sq. Pre­views May 5 4pm Opens May 6-10 9pm 115/113 (Mon & Sat mat 4pm 110) gaythe­

Brian Mer­ri­man, the di­rec­tor of the Dublin Gay Theatre Fes­ti­val, de­liv­ers a new play about the nurse El­iz­a­beth O’Far­rell, who con­veyed the sur­ren­der mes­sage of the Ris­ing, but was erased from a fa­mous pho­to­graph of the mo­ment. The New Theatre. May 5-10 7.30pm (Mat Sat and Bank Hol­i­day Mon 2.30pm) 115/110 gaythe­


For the Trum­pets Shall Sound

A woman and her son un­cover her grand­fa­ther’s se­cret his­tory while clean­ing out an at­tic . As part of IDGTF. Play­ers Theatre, TCD. May 5-10 7.30pm (Mon & Sat mat 2.30pm) gaythe­

Kiss of the Chicken King

Co­me­dian Os­car McLen­non for a new prom­e­nade per­for­mance through the once vi­brant shop­ping district of Nar­row West Sreet. Here, a com­mu­nity cast re­play the mem­o­ries and dra­mas of the town, as au­di­ences drift through the spa­ces, ei­ther ac­knowl­edged or un­seen.

Vis­i­bil­ity is a more po­lit­i­cal is­sue in THE­ATRE­club’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with res­i­dents of Lim­er­ick’s Moy­ross, an es­tate long as­so­ci­ated with damn­ing head­lines and rarely in charge of its own story. Work­ing with adapts his book for a gen­remin­gling pro­duc­tion. Project Arts Cen­tre. Ends May 3 8pm 115/112 pro­jec­tarts­cen­

Hugh Travers’ art­ful play de­picts a piv­otal mo­ment in Gerry Ryan’s ca­reer and Ir­ish me­dia cul­ture. Bew­ley’s Café. Ends May 3 1pm 18-112


Leper + Chip

A boy named Leper meets a girl named Chip in Lee Cof­fey’s new play, an ac­cel­er­ated de­pic­tion of love, vi­o­lence and mad­ness in Dublin. Theatre Up­stairs, Lani­gan’s Bar. Ends May 3 Tue-Sat 1pm, Thur-Sat 7pm 110/18 (incl light lunch at 1pm) the­atre­up­

Man Enough

Bri­tish Ex­ist Theatre’s pro­duc­tion fol­lows the 18-year-old Chris, out and proud, who stum­bles into the path of a coke-ad­dicted rent boy. As part of IDGTF. Teach­ers Club, Par­nell Sq. May 5-10 7.30pm (Mon & Sat mat 3pm) 115/112

A New Day Mar­garet Thatcher Queen of Soho

On the eve of the con­tro­ver­sial 1988 Sec­tion 28 vote to re­strict ma­te­rial pro­mot­ing ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, Mar­garet Thatcher gets lost in Soho and a be­comes a cabaret sen­sa­tion in Jon Brit­tain and Matt Ted­ford’s camp odyssey. The New Theatre. May 12-17 9pm 115/113

A re­cently sep­a­ratated woman tries to re­vive her ro­man­tic life while her daugh­ter ad­justs to a new in­de­pen­dent life res­i­dent groups, the show brings the com­mu­nity into the Lime Tree Theatre to por­tray it­self to a wider au­di­ence.

En­cour­ag­ingly, both projects are about the im­por­tance of self-ex­pres­sion and re­spect­ful at­ten­tion: part com­mu­nity theatre, part neigh­bour­hood watch.

Can’TSee ThaT? CaTchThis Small Plas­tic Wars

New Theatre, Dublin at col­lege. Bew­ley’s Café Theatre. Prev May 5-6 Opens May 7-31 1pm 18-112 ( lunch 14)

An award­win­ning film pro­ducer, be­trayed by his wife, has a meet­ing with a pro­fes­sional hit­man on a Dublin hill­top as he plans a grandiose re­venge. Philip St John’s new play is staged at Theatre Up­stairs, Lan­ni­gan’s Bar. May 6-17 1pm (Tues-Sat) 7pm (Thurs-Sat) 110 (incl light lunch at 1pm)

Owen McCaf­ferty’s ex­cel­lent play for the Abbey re­turns for a na­tional tour. . Pea­cock Theatre. Ends May 3 8pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) 125/118


Un­em­ploy­ment has given Joe the time to en­joy his hobby of modelling, but his wife, his kids, the bank, his neme­sis Her­mann and An­gela Merkel have other ideas. Also Galway, Kerry, Kil­dare and Mayo. New Theatre. Ends May 3 7.30pm 115/112 the­newthe­

On City Wa­ter Hill

Queens of Pim­lico

No Tears Pro­duc­tions pre­sents Derek Master­son’s play set in a 1950s ten­e­ment house in Dublin where Alma awaits a bet­ter life as she pre­pares to marry a man once en­gaged to her sis­ter. Civic Theatre, Tal­laght. May 6-10 8.15pm 112/110 civicthe­

Small Plas­tic Wars

Till Death We Part

Amy De Bhrún per­forms in her new onewoman show. May­field, Terenure. Ev­ery Tues­day un­til May 27

MOY­ROSS Lime Tree Theatre, Lim­er­ick Ends May 3 8pm ¤12 lime­treethe­ THE STREET Nar­row West St, Drogheda Ends May 5, 6.30pm and 8.30pm ¤14/¤12 droghedaarts­fes­ti­

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