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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

Break­ing Dad

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

Counter Cul­ture

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

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 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.


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

The Sea­farer


BIRD­SONG Ev­ery­man Theatre, Cork, May 12-17, 8pm ¤28/¤25 (Stu­dents Mon-Wed ¤15) ev­ery­man­cork.com

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