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The­atre List­ings: Peter Craw­ley


The Magic Flute

NI Opera stage Mozart’s fairy­tale. Lyric The­atre. Sep 10-11 7.30pm £10-£20 Lisa Dwan per­forms her tril­ogy of short Beck­ett plays. The MAC. Ends Sep 6 7.45pm £9.50-£25

Punk Rock

Selina Cart­mell di­rects this 2009 play by Si­mon Stephens. Lyric The­atre. Ends Sep 6 7.45pm (w/e mat 2.30pm) £15-£24.50

Una McKe­vitt’s en­ter­tain­ing doc­u­men­tary the­atre piece on the con­di­tion of be­ing ro­man­ti­cally un­at­tached re­turns with a gallery of per­form­ers shar­ing their in­sights and those of oth­ers. Lyric. Sep 5-6 8pm £12.50


West for the Week­end

Liam Heylin’s new com­edy about a cor­rupt lawyer set in 2008, try­ing to sort out work and crim­i­nal­ity be­fore a week­end away with the lads. Gra­nary The­atre Sep 9-13 8pm 112/18 gra­

A Night in Novem­ber

Wil­liam Lyon stars in Marie Jones mono­logue about a Protes­tant brought face to face with his an­tiCatholic big­otry. River­side The­atre. Ends Sep 6 8pm 110 river­sidethe­

What Hap­pened Bridgie Cleary

Tom Mac­In­tyre’s play about a strong-willed woman burned to death in 1895 when she was ac­cused of be­ing a changeling. Also Kilkenny. Balor The­atre, Bally­bofey. Sep 10 8.30pm 115/112 balo­rarts­cen­

Borstal Boy

Peter Coo­nan and Gary Ly­don share the role of Bren­dan Be­han in Frank McMa­hon’s adap­ta­tion of Be­han’s mem­oir about his time in a borstal. Gai­ety The­atre. Prevs Sep 11 opens Sep 15.

Five Min­utes Later

A new play by Lir play­writ­ing grad­u­ate Ellen Flynn which delves into the hopes and fears of char­ac­ters as they seek to meet new peo­ple. The Lir. Ends Sep 6 8pm 115/110 the­

Heart­break House

Róisín McBrinn di­rects George Bernard Shaw’s play set dur­ing the First World War, in which the at­ten­dees at a din­ner party drift through a fog of pre­tence and hypocrisy to­wards their own ruin. Abbey The­atre. Ends Sep 13 7.20pm (Sat mat 2pm) 113-145 www.abbeythe­

The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Hon­est

Bil­lie Traynor’s new play

BRIGIT and BAI­LE­GAN­GAIRE Town Hall The­atre, Pre­views: Brigit Sep 9-10 at 8pm; Bai­le­gan­gaire Sep 11-12 at 8pm, €22/€ 18; Dou­ble-bill Sep 13-14 at 6.30pm, €40/¤35Opens Sep 16-21, al­ter­nat­ing days, €26/€22,Dou­ble-bill Sat and Sun ¤44/€39

In the early 1980s, Tom Murphy took one story and split it in two. The first, in­spired by tale that en­tranced his own chil­dren, turned into Bai­le­gan­gaire. Staged by Druid in 1985 it found a se­nile old woman, Mommo (Marie Mullen, right), grand­mother to two strug­gling women in a di­lap­i­dated Ire­land, trapped in a tale she could not com­plete.

Told with as­ton­ish­ing in­ten­sity by the late Siob­hán McKenna, that pro­duc­tion has be­come some­thing of a legend it­self, in­voked and re­vis­ited with ev­ery re­vival, in­clud­ing an Abbey pro­duc­tion di­rected by Murphy him­self.

The sec­ond part, The Thief of the Christ­mas, staged at the Abbey in the same year, was an op­er­atic telling of the story within Bai­le­gan­gaire, and it has almost been for­got­ten.

Brigit, a tele­vi­sion play for RTÉ, pre­ceded both. Though Murphy has now rewrit­ten it com­pletely for the stage, it is the foun­da­tion of the story, find­ing Mommo and her hus­band Séa­mus silently at war with one another as he takes a frac­tious com­mis­sion to make a statue of St Brigit for the lo­cal church.

Staged to­gether they sug­gest both a delv­ing into the his­tory of story and an ex­pand­ing sense of form. You can go back, it turns out, while still push­ing your­self for­ward.

The Match­maker

Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny bring John B Keane’s multi-role-play­ing drama back to the stage in Michael Scott’s pro­duc­tion. Draiocht, Blan­chard­stown. Sep 11 8pm 118/114

Out of Print

A col­lec­tion of nine short works, pre­sented to­gether as the sto­ries of one young writer strug­gling to put pen to pa­per. The­atre Up­stairs, Lan­ni­gan’s Bar. Ends Sep 6 (Tue-Sat 1pm; Thur- Sat 7pm) 110/18

Pride and Prej­u­dice

imag­ines Gwen­dolen and Cecily, the fa­mously spar­ring young women from Os­car Wilde’s Earnest, re­united 20 years later. Bew­ley’s Café The­atre. Ends Sep 6 18-112 (Lunch 14) be­w­leyscafethe­

Fol­low­ing last year’s re­vival, which be­came a huge hit for the Gate, James Maxwell’s the­atri­cal adap­ta­tion of Jane Austen’s novel is staged once again. Gate The­atre. Ends Sep 20 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm 125) Mon: 125 Tues-Thurs 132, Fri-Sat 35 gateth­e­

Stones in his Pock­ets

Sean Ro­nan’s dip­tych first por­trays a day in the life of a drug-ad­dicted pros­ti­tute. Civic, Tal­laght. Sep 9-13 8.15pm 115/112

Can’TSee ThaT? CaTchThis Borstal Boy

Gai­ety The­atre, Dublin

Ian McEl­hin­ney di­rects Marie Jones’ famed comic two-han­der, for Conor Delaney and Stephen Jones. Civic The­atre, Tal­laght. Ends Sep 6 8pm 118/116 civicthe­

Sweet Dreams Mr Heroin

Ste­wart Roche de­buts a new black com­edy about a young doc­u­men­tary film make. New The­atre. Ends Sep 6 7.30pm 115/112 the­newthe­



Iso­bel Ma­hon and Rose Hen­der­son per­form Ger Gal­lagher’s com­edy about love, life and di­et­ing. Vik­ing The­atre, Clon­tarf. Ends Sep 16 8pm 112 vikingth­e­

What Hap­pened Bridgie Cleary

See Done­gal. Droic­head Arts Cen­tre, Drogheda. Sep 11 droic­

What Hap­pened Bridgie Cleary

See Done­gal. Garage The­atre. Sep 9 8pm garageth­e­

What Hap­pened Bridgie Cleary

See Done­gal. The Source, Thurles. Sep 5 8pm 118/115 the­sourcearts­cen­

What Hap­pened Bridgie Cleary

See Done­gal. Garter Lane. Sep 6 8pm 121/116 garter­

What Hap­pened Bridgie Cleary

A new play by Shaun Dunne ex­plor­ing the Dis­abil­ity Ser­vice Pro­vi­sion in Ire­land. Project Arts. Prev Sep 6 9.15pm 111 opens Sep 7-13 9.15pm See Done­gal. Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre. Sep 7 8pm mer­maid arts­cen­


116/114 pro­jec­tarts­cen­

At Sea

Two mu­si­cians and one per­former com­pose a mo­saic of images and sounds to em­u­late the mem­o­ries of one old man in a new show by Just The Lads. The New The­atre. Prev Sep 8 8.15pm 111 Opens Sep 9-13 8.15pm 115/113 the­newthe­

Bas­tard: A Fam­ily His­tory

Ac­tor Od­die Brad­dell can trace his an­ces­try through a long line of hated his­tor­i­cal fig­ures. What does that make him? Project Arts Cen­tre Cube/ Pre­views Sep 6 1pm 110 Opens Sep 7-12 1pm 112/111 pro­jec­tarts­cen­

Bernarda’s House

Veronica Coburn di­rects her comic and ir­rev­er­ent retelling of Lorca’s tragedy The House of Bernarda Alba. Project Arts Cen­tre Cube. Pre­views un­til Sep 6 6.15pm 111 Opens Sep 7-13 6.15pm 115/113

Be­tween Trees and Wa­ter


Noni Sta­ple­ton per­forms her new solo show, a surreal com­edy of love, long­ing and one woman’s ri­valry with a Charo­lais heifer. Bew­ley’s Café The­atre. Pre­views Sep 116.15pm 110 Opens Sep 13, 17, 18 6.15pm (Sep 14, 16, 19 mat 1pm) 113 Painted Bird Pro­duc­tions try to tell an un­heard story from 1939 us­ing court de­po­si­tions and news­pa­per ar­ti­cles. South Stu­dios. Sep 9-14 7.30pm (Sep 13-14 mat 1pm) 114/112

Down and Out in Paris and London

Phe­lim Drew adapts and per­forms George Or­well’s f mem­oir of drift­ing through life and dis­cov­er­ing a new per­spec­tive. Bew­ley’s. Pre­views Sep 9 6.15pm 110 Opens Sep 10, 13, 18 & 20 1pm (Sep 16 8.15pm) 113

Dublin Old­school

Eat­ing Seals & Seag­ulls’ Eggs

Hit­ting the Mark

How to Build Your First Ro­bot

A sci-fi buddy rom-tragi-com about man’s re­la­tion­ship with tech­nol­ogy. Smock Al­ley The­atre. Pre­views Sep 14 7pm 111 Opens Sep 15-17, 19-20 7pm 114/112 smock­

Em­met Kir­wan and Ian Lloyd An­der­son pay two brothers, lost souls, re­con­nect­ing after two years apart one sum­mer. Bew­ley’s Café The­atre. Pre­views Sep 8 8.30pm 110 Opens Sep 9-11 & 13 8.30pm Sep 14 6.15pm 113 fringe­ Caitríona Ní Mhurchú ex­plores the iso­la­tion of be­ing an Ir­ish speaker in an ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment through the prism of Peig Say­ers. Bew­ley’s Café The­atre. Pre­views Sep 14 9pm 111 Opens Sep 15-20 9pm 115/113

Ram­blin­man stage a new satire in which a strug­gling ac­tor and his best mate are thrown into the weird world of ec­cen­tric soap-stars and cyn­i­cal TV ex­ec­u­tives. Smock Al­ley The­atre. Pre­views un­til Sep 5 6.15pm 111

How to Keep an Alien

Sonya Kelly’s mem­oir about try­ing to se­cure an Ir­ish visa for her Aus­tralian part­ner. Project Arts Cen­tre Cube. Pre­views un­til Sep 5 8.30pm 111 Sep 6-13 8.30pm



The Rest is Ac­tion A Sac­ri­le­gious Les­bian and Ho­mo­sex­ual Pa­rade Sa­muel Beck­ett’s Fiz­zles; Beck­ett in the City

Some Flood

Star Man

The Cen­tre of the Uni­verse

John Do­ran per­forms his new show about cults, invit­ing you to join and telling you why. Bew­ley’s Café The­atre. Pre­views Sep 9 1pm 110 Opens Sep 11-17 1pm Sep 12, 19 &20 6.15pm (Se 17 1pm) 113 fringe­

The Well Rested Ter­ror­ist

This con­cert/play ex­plores the line be­tween fear and ac­tion, fame and in­famy. Pea­cock The­atre. Pre­views Sep 9 9pm 111 Opens Sep 10-13 9pm (Sep 13 1pm) 116/114 fringe­

To Space



An Ir­ish­man’s odyssey through the night­mare land­scape of a world post 9/11. Smock Al­ley The­atre. Pre­views Sep 10 6.30pm 111 Opens Sep 11-14 & 16-18 6.30pm 116/114

The Company’s new show that rad­i­cally reimag­ines the cor­ner­stone of Greek tragedy, The Oresteia. Project Arts Cen­tre. Pre­views un­til Sep 5 6.30pm 111 Opens Sep 6-13 6.30pm 116/114

Company SJ con­tin­ues to pur­sue Beck­ett’s work into the city, here stag­ing an adap­ta­tion of his short prose col­lec­tion in ur­ban Dublin. 14 Hen­ri­etta Street. Pre­views Sep 10 1pm, 5.30pm, 7.30pm 111 Opens Sep 11-17 1pm, 5.30pm, 7.30pm 115/113 fringe­

John Do­ran and Kevin Mooney’s post-apoc­a­lyp­tic com­edy. Smock Al­ley The­atre. Pre­views Sep 6 7pm 111 Open Sep 7-12 7pm 114/112

Ni­amh Shaw, sci­en­tist, co­me­dian and per­former, stages a mul­ti­me­dia im­mer­sive show. Sci­ence Gallery Stu­dio. Pre­views Sep 8 7pm 111 Opens Sep 9-12 7pm Sep 13-14 4.30pm 114/112 fringe­

Ross Dun­gan’s new play tells the story of two men un­known to each other whose fates are des­tined to col­lide in a thrilling show­down. The Lir. Pre­views Sep 15 8.30pm 111 Opens Sep 16-20 8.30pm (Sep 19-20 2pm 115/113)

Mu­si­cian and per­former Brian Flem­ming takes us on a romp through 14 years of cel­e­bra­tion and re­sis­tance. The New The­atre. Pre­views Sep 9 6.15pm 111 Opens Sep 10-13 6.15pm 115/113

Tum­ble Cir­cus present a new solo show from the cir­cus company. Smock Al­ley The­atre. Sep 7-12 7pm 114/ 212

Two best friends from dif­fer­ent back­grounds lead each other to ex­otic beaches and bad de­ci­sions in Red Bear’s new pro­duc­tion. Smock Al­ley. Pre­views Sep 5 8.45pm 111 Opens Sep 6-13 8.45pm 114/112

Ruairí Dono­van’s new per­for­mance be­gins at mid­night and ends at dawn ask­ing au­di­ence and per­form­ers to imag­ine a new fu­ture while oth­ers are fast asleep. D-Light Stu­dios. Sep 6-7 & 13-14 1am (lasts 5 hours) 125

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