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“No child or future generation will ever know what this was like,” writes the central character in Sebastian Faulks’ first World War novel, Birdsong, scribbling in his diary while the Battle of the Somme begins in 1916. Ironically, though, this work of
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. Ends May 10 9pm (Mon & Sat mat 4pm) 115/113
Break a Leg
Peter Sheridan’s new one-man show is about his life in the theatre and the theatre’s role in our lives, a warm and detailed history of turning reality into art with rousing examples for theatre today. Project Arts Centre. Ends May 10 8.15pm projectartscentre.ie
Set in 2022, Paul Howard’s third instalment of his Ross O’Carroll-Kelly plays for Landmark Production finds Kicker as a concerned father whose daughter comes home with his worst nightmare: a young version of him. Gaiety Theatre. Ends May 17 8pm (Sat mat 3pm) 125-149.50
Katie O’Kelly brings performs her solo show in which four shop floor workers negotiate a labyrinth of sequins, hangers, sales targets, bunions and customers who are always right. Donal O’Kelly directs. Draiocht Arts Centre. May 10 8.15pm 115/112 draiocht.ie
Dupont & Davenport
Alan Flanagan’s new play for Refractive Lens is a piece about grief, depression and unquiet hearts, fiction from 1993, has become something like the authentic memory of the Great War for countless readers.
Unflinching in its first-hand, graphic depiction of both a doomed love affair and the numbed report of the carnage of mechanised warfare, it is the young Stephen Wraysford’s memoir of a seismic event which, 100 years since it began, has finally slipped from living memory.
Although it toured to Ireland telling the story of a boy who meets the love of his life and loses him in a road accident. Teacher’s Club, Parnell Sq. Ends May 10 9pm 115/113 (Mon & Sat mat 4pm 110) gaytheatre.ie
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 Easter Rising, but was erased from a famous photograph of the moment. The New Theatre. Ends May 10 7.30pm (Mat Sat and Bank Holiday Mon 2.30pm) 115/110 gaytheatre.ie
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. Ends May 10 7.30pm (Mon & Sat mat 2.30pm) gaytheatre.ie
Fred and Alice
CallBack theatre stages John Sheehy’s play, a quirky love story between a man and a woman who move from institutional care to independent living. Viking Theatre, Clontarf. May 12-24 8pm 110
Here and Now
Inspired by mortgage arrears and walking the Camino, Veronica Dyas presents a performance and installation about housing, homelessness, spirituality and the practice of walking. Project Arts Centre.Installation: May 13-17 11am-6pm free entry, last year, this theatrical adaptation by Rachel Wagstaff returns in a new version, its fourth, which has been revised to bring it closer to a memory play.
The wounded Stephen is first seen in the trenches and his past is summoned up in haunted images – George Banks plays Stephen and Carolin Stoltz as Isabelle (above).
The desire to recall a love lost may make the plot lean more firmly towards romantic Performance: May 15-17 8pm 115/112 projectartscentre.ie
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 where relationships take on a new meaning. Teachers Club, Parnell Sq. Ends May 10 7.30pm (Mon & Sat mat 3pm) 115/112
On the eve of the 1988 Section 28 vote to restrict material promoting homosexuality, Margaret Thatcher gets lost in Soho and accidentally becomes a cabaret sensation in Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford’s camp odyssey. The New Theatre. May 12-17 9pm 115/113 gaytheatre.ie
A New Day
A recently separated woman tries to revive her romantic life while her daughter adjusts to a new independent life at college. Tensions flare when the daughter suspects her mother has already installed a cuckoo in the empty nest. Bewley’s Café Theatre. Ends May 31 1pm 18-112 (light lunch 14) bewleyscafetheatre.com
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho
Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London
Playwright and performer Alison Skilbeck plays The First Lady who visits London in 1941 during World War II. Also Waterford. Draiocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown. May 15 8.15pm 116/114
A Night in November
Padraic sentiment – the novel abandons all sensual yearning against the horror of slaughter where flesh brings no pleasure. There remains still something political and quietly important, though, in such acts of remembrance.
PETER CRAWLEY Can’TSee ThaT? CaTchThis
Lyric Theatre, Belfast McIntyre stars in Marie Jones monologue about a workingclass Protestant brought face to face with anti-Catholic sentiment during the 1993 World Cup qualifier between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. May 15 8pm 118/116
Nixon in China
The acclaimed Wide Open Opera stages John Adams’ great opera set during Richard Nixon’s ground breaking visit to communist China in 1972. The opera’s original director, Michael Cavanagh, directs, Fergus Sheil conducts and Jessica Kennedy choreographs. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. May 11, 14 & 17 7.30pm 115-185 bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
On City Water Hill
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 in Philip St John’s new play. Theatre Upstairs, Lannigan’s Bar. Ends May 17 1pm (Tues-Sat) 7pm (Thurs-Sat) 110 (incl light lunch at 1pm)
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. Ends May 10 8.15pm 112/110 civictheatre.ie
BIRDSONG Everyman Theatre, Cork, May 12-17, 8pm ¤28/¤25 (Students Mon-Wed ¤15) everymancork.com