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An En­emy of the Peo­ple Re­cent vis­i­tors to the Dublin The­atre Fes­ti­val, Berlin’s Schaubuhne follow Ham­let with di­rec­tor Thomas Oster­meier’s cel­e­brated pro­duc­tion of Ib­sen’s para­ble about a cor­rupt city, a lone whis­tle-blower and a fickle pub­lic. As part of Belfast Fes­ti­val at Queens. Grand Opera House. Oct 23-25 7.30pm £21.50 - £31.50 (con­ces­sion £15) belfast­fes­ti­

The Holy Holy Bus Brass Neck The­atre Company present a new com­edy about a pil­grim­age that leaves a West Belfast parish ev­ery year to tour the holy sites of Ire­land, known as The Holy Holy Bus. Four women em­bark on an ad­ven­ture that will change their lives for good. As part of Belfast Fes­ti­val at Queens. Belfast Water­front. Pre­views Oct 21 £10 Opens Oct 22-31 8pm £15/£12 belfast­fes­ti­

More Than a Flag Writer Dan Gor­don works with 18 young East Belfast Bands­men to find out how East Belfast an­swered the call to arms dur­ing World War I and to cre­ate a spe­cial per­for­mance with songs, po­etry, mu­sic and drama that com­mem­o­rates this part of the city’s her­itage. Bal­ly­macar­rett Orange Hall. Oct 23-25 7.30pm £7/£5 belfast­fes­ti­

Pen­te­cost Ste­wart Parker’s fi­nal, ex­tra­or­di­nary play, set dur­ing the Ul­ster Worker’s Strike, finds four di­vided friends squat­ting in the home of proud loy­al­ist Lily Matthews, long dead, but a haunt­ing pres­ence still. Jimmy Fay di­rects. Lyric The­atre. Ends Oct 18 7.45pm (Sat & Sun mat 2.30pm) £10-£24.50

Sky­hawk The best­selling chil­dren’s book about a wildlife ad­ven­ture is given a mu­si­cal

adap­ta­tion. Lyric The­atre. Ends Oct 21 Var­i­ous times £10/£5


De­fender of the Faith Deca­dent The­atre Company stage Stu­art Carolan’s first play, set on an Ar­magh farm in the 1980s, where a men­ac­ing vis­i­tor ar­rives to a fam­ily en­trenched in paramil­i­tarism, charged with root­ing out a po­lice in­former. An­drew Flynn di­rects. Also Gal­way and Sligo. Ev­ery­man The­atre. Ends Oct 18 8pm 125/120 ev­ery­man­


Sive The Abbey’s pro­duc­tion of John B Keane’s 1959 tragedy of land, prop­erty and the mar­riage mar­ket in ru­ral Ire­land goes on tour. Róisín O’Neill re­turns as the young Sive with some new ad­di­tions to the cast, in­clud­ing Gavin Drea, Deirdre Mol­loy and Derry Power un­der Con­all Mor­ri­son’s di­rec­tion. An Gri­anán, Let­terkenny. Oct 21-25 8pm (Thurs mat 11am & Sat mat 2.30pm) 125/120 an­gri­


44 Seville Place Peter Sheri­dan per­forms in a new adap­ta­tion of his ear­lier mem­oir about grow­ing up in 1960s Dublin, in a fam­ily of seven, near the north docks. Mag­gie Byrne di­rects. Dalkey Cas­tle & Her­itage Cen­tre. Oct 19 7.30pm 115 dalk­ey­cas­

Borstal Boy Peter Coo­nan and Gary Ly­don share the role of Bren­dan Be­han, younger and older, in Frank McMa­hon’s adap­ta­tion of Be­han’s mem­oir about his time in a borstal dis­cov­er­ing more to the world than a repub­li­can view. Con­all Mor­ri­son di­rects the pro­duc­tion for Ver­dant Pro­duc­tions and the Gai­ety. Gai­ety The­atre. Ends Oct 25 7.30pm (Wed & Sat mat 3pm) tick­et­mas­

The Im­por­tance of Be­ing

Wilde Stephen Burns and Matt Murphy per­form the life, loves, tri­umphs and tragedies of Os­car Wilde. Pow­er­scourt The­atre. Oct 21 - Nov 1 (no show Mon Oct 27) 7.30pm 115/112 pow­er­scourtthe­

Jimmy Ti­tanic Colin Hamell per­forms Bernard McMul­lan’s one-man com­edy about two proud ship­yard work­ers who make it onto the Ti­tanic and never make it off. Also Kilkenny and Water­ford. Civic The­atre, Tal­laght. Oct 22-25 8.15pm

115/112 civicthe­

Man 1, Bank 0 Bres­lin Pro­duc­tions stages Amer­i­can writer Pa­trick Combs’s one-man com­edy based on his real ac­count of suc­cess­fully de­posit­ing a $95,000 junk mail cheque into his bank ac­count – and his en­su­ing le­gal bat­tles. Civic The­atre Tal­laght. Oct 22 8pm 118/116 civicthe­

The Mariner Au­thor Hugo Hamil­ton’s new play for the Gate, set in 1916, finds a Royal Navy sailor re­turn from the First World War un­able to speak and changed ut­terly by his ex­pe­ri­ence. Steadily his iden­tity is un­rav­elled as con­flict be­tween his wife and mother in­ten­si­fies. Pa­trick Ma­son di­rects In­grid Craigie, Sam O’Ma­hony and Lisa Dwyer Hogg. Gate The­atre. Ends Oct 25 125 gateth­e­

Mary Mas­sacre Johnny McKnight’s story of two dis­ap­pointed women wait­ing at a candy floss ma­chine on Irvine Moor in­volves two over­lap­ping sto­ries of se­crets and a love of physics, with a layer of loss and de­cep­tion be­neath. New The­atre. Oct 13-18 7.30pm 112/110 the­newthe­

Men With­out Souls John Sheehy fol­lows up his ex­cel­lent play Fred & Alice with a new com­edy for Call Back The­atre about a best­selling writer with a chip on his shoul­der feud­ing with his Es­to­nian neigh­bour, a small-time crim­i­nal, and the stu­dent writer who de­cides to me­di­ate be­tween the two. Fri­ars Gate. Ends Oct 19 8pm 115/113 fri­ars­

Mind­ing Frankie Shay Line­han adapts Maeve Binchy’s novel for a one-act play, di­rected by Mar­garet Dunne. As part of Dalkey Cre­ates writ­ing fes­ti­val. Dalkey Cas­tle & Her­itage Cen­tre. Oct 18 7.30pm 112.50 dalk­ey­cas­ No Smoke With­out Fire The ex­cel­lent Mary Mur­ray re­turns with her one-woman show, writ­ten by Paddy Mur­ray, in which she plays six women in­ter­mit­tently gossiping in the smoking area of a Dublin pub while spilling clues to a post of­fice rob­bery of

160,000. Vik­ing The­atre, Clon­tarf. Ends Oct 25 110 vikingth­e­atre­

Our Few and Evil Days Mark O’Rowe’s first new play since 2007’s Ter­mi­nus marks his Abbey stage de­but, where Sinéad Cu­sack, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Ian Lloyd An­der­son and Charlie Murphy play a nor­mal fam­ily whose re­la­tion­ships con­ceal shock­ing truths and a terrifying re­al­ity. Abbey The­atre. Ends Oct 25 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm) 113-140 abbeythe­

Pa­trick Ka­vanagh - A Life PJ Brady stages a one-man show about the emo­tional and spir­i­tual jour­ney of the great Ir­ish writer, from his child­hood in Mon­aghan to his days on Raglan Road from the 1940s to 60s, with ex­cerpts from his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy and recitals of his po­etry. Cathal Quinn di­rects. Bew­leys Café The­atre. Ends Nov 11pm 18- 12 (Light lunch 14) be­w­leyscafe­

Pro­to­type A new fes­ti­val of play­ful so­cial in­ter­ac­tion from Make and Do com­bines per­for­mances, work­shops and talks. A se­ries of in­ter­ac­tive games let you see through re­mov­able cam­era eyes, joust to a Bach sound­track, throw shapes and win glow sticks at a silent disco, duel with foam and play chase in the dark with flash­lights. A Dou­ble Bill of per­for­mances in­cludes Dan Ber­gin’s Blast, a point-and-click ad­ven­ture game, and Pat Ashe’s Sev­eral Amaz­ing Things About Tetris (1984). (Oct 17 7pm, Oct 18 6pm) Project Arts Cen­tre. Oct 17-18 Var­i­ous events, 11.30am-8pm One day pass:

110, Two-day pass: 115 pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre Shrek The Mu­si­cal The DreamWorks an­i­ma­tion gets a mu­si­cal makeover as the green ogre and his don­key jour­ney through fairy-tale lands to res­cue the picky Princess Fiona from a fire-breath­ing dragon. Bord Gais En­ergy The­atre. Oct 21-29 7.30pm (Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm, Sun 1.30pm) 120-155 bor­dgaisen­er­gythe­ Tales of Bal­ly­cum­ber Sk­er­ries The­atre Group stage Se­bas­tian Barry’s re­cent play, of mem­o­ries, lone­li­ness, re­gret and un­re­quited love. Lit­tle The­atre, Sk­er­ries. Oct 17-18; Oct 22-25 8.15pm 112/110 087-2105432

The Way Back Home Ire­land’s Bra­nar Téatar do Pháistí and Den­mark’s Teater Re­flek­sion col­lab­o­rate on a pup­pet and mu­sic en­riched ver­sion of the Oliver Jef­fers story of a boy who flies into outer space and makes an emer­gency land­ing on the moon. For ages 3-8. Draiocht, Blan­chard­stown. Oct 21 5pm Oct 22 10am & 12pm 17/15; axis, Bal­ly­mun. Oct 22 7pm & Oct 23 10am, 12pm 16/15 axis-bal­ly­


In Act­ing Shake­speare Adapted from Ian McKellen’s Act­ing Shake­speare, Amer­i­can per­former James De Vita’s show tells of how a young fish­er­man found a new ca­reer, en­twin­ing Shake­speare’s life with De Vita’s rem­i­nis­cences of mov­ing from a Long Is­land fish­ing boat to the stage. Town Hall The­atre. Oct 20 8pm 115


Sive The Abbey’s pro­duc­tion of John B Keane’s 1959 tragedy of land, prop­erty and the mar­riage mar­ket in ru­ral Ire­land goes on tour. Róisín O’Neill re­turns as the young Sive with some new ad­di­tions to the cast, in­clud­ing Gavin Drea, Deirdre Mol­loy and Derry Power un­der Con­all Mor­ri­son’s di­rec­tion. Si­amsa Tíre, Tralee. Ends Oct 18 8pm 126/121

Sylvia ARGur­ney’s play fol­lows a cou­ple who re­lo­cate from the sub­urbs to Man­hat­tan when their chil­dren have grown up. When Greg be­friends a stray dog, Kate dis­cov­ers she has be­come a ri­val for his at­ten­tions. Si­amsa Tíre, Tralee. Oct 23 8pm 116/112/15


Jimmy Ti­tanic See Dublin. Hole in the Wall. Oct 18 8pm 115/112 holeinthe­

Mon­day’s Child Barn­storm tell the sim­ple poetic story of a bond be­tween an old woman and a young girl, singing, danc­ing and dress­ing up in a dream­like gar­den while ex­plor­ing a trea­sure trove of mem­o­ries. For ages 4+. Barn The­atre. Oct 18 2.30pm & 4pm

16 (Fam­ily 120) barn­

Nest A three day event across per­form­ing arts dis­ci­plines at­tempts to de­fine the essence of be­ing a fe­male per­for­mance artist in the in­dus­try to­day across a se­ries of events, work­shops and talks. 41 Par­lia­ment St. Oct 17-19 Shows 17, Gigs 110 Day ticket 150, Week­end Ticket 1100 nestk­


Bual­adh Bos Chil­dren’s Fes­ti­val The fes­ti­val of work for young au­di­ences con­tin­ues with Fibín’s dou­ble bill of Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate English and Ir­ish plays, An Tri­ail & Othello (Oct 20-23 10.30am) and the par­tic­i­pa­tory The Odyssey Ex­pe­ri­ence (Oct 21-22 10am &12.30pm). 69 O’Con­nell Street. Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues un­til Oct 31 lime­treethe­


Tues­days With Mor­rie Terry Byrne and An­drew Mur­ray per­form in this stage adap­ta­tion of Mitch Al­bom’s best­selling mem­oir of life lessons learned from his for­mer col­lege pro­fes­sor bat­tling with Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease. Breda Cashe di­rects. Droic­head Arts Cen­tre. Oct 23-24 8.30pm 118/115 droic­


De­fender of the Faith Deca­dent The­atre Company stage Stu­art Carolan’s first play, set on an Ar­magh farm in the 1980s, where a men­ac­ing vis­i­tor ar­rives to a fam­ily en­trenched in paramil­i­tarism, charged with root­ing out a po­lice in­former. An­drew Flynn di­rects. Li­nen­hall Arts Cen­tre. Oct 20-21 8pm 116/114 the­li­nen­


In Act­ing Shake­speare See Gal­way. Hawk’s Well The­atre. Oct 23 8pm 118/116 hawk­ The Play­boy of the Western

World Blue Rain­coat The­atre Company stage JM Synge’s clas­sic for the first time, aim­ing to take the story of Christy Ma­hon, the self-cre­ated fa­ther slayer, in a new di­rec­tion. The phys­i­cal-the­atre en­sem­ble share the roles for di­rec­tor Niall Henry. The Fac­tory Per­for­mance Space. Pre­views Oct 20-21 Opens Oct 22 - Nov 1 8pm bluerain­


Counter Cul­ture Katie O’Kelly brings per­forms her solo show in which four shop floor work­ers ne­go­ti­ate a labyrinth of se­quins, hang­ers and cus­tomers who are al­ways right. Donal O’Kelly di­rects. Cen­tral Hall. Oct 17-18 8pm 110/17 imag­in­earts­fes­ti­

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 while ne­go­ti­at­ing the chal­lenges of both sit­u­a­tions. Cen­tral Hall. Oct 20-21 8pm 115/112 imag­in­earts­fes­ti­

Jimmy Ti­tanic See Dublin. The­atre Royal. Oct 17 8pm 118/116 the­


Othello & An Tri­ail See Gal­way. Dean Crowe The­atre. Ends Oct 17 10.30am 12.30pm 126/122.50 dean­crowethe­


WexFour Four of Wex­ford’s finest writ­ers de­liver a short play each to this 40th an­niver­sary for Ire­land’s old­est re­gional arts cen­tre. John Banville’s Prine Charm­ing and the Dame, Billy Roches’s The Dog and Bone, Eoin Colfer’s My Real Life and Colm Toibín’s Ero­sion are staged to­gether fea­tur­ing An­drea Irvine, Mark Lam­bert and Don Wycherley di­rected by Ben Barnes. Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre. Pre­views Oct 22 Opens Oct 23-25 8pm (Sat mat 3pm) wex­for­darts­cen­


Creepy Jimmy Jimmy, an in­no­cent thir­tysome­thing from Bray, has been busy since Mammy and Daddy died twenty-seven and a half weeks ago. Aaron and Sarah Len­non Ross’s piece chron­i­cles his failed Skele­ton Mu­seum Project, the Pre­cious Chil­dren’s’ Play­time Van and Party Bus, The Hairy Dolly Pro­posal and fi­nally his (cur­rently suc­cess­ful) new Dog­gie Por­trait business. Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre, Bray. Oct 23 8pm 116/114 mer­maid­arts­cen­

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