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Peter Craw­ley pcraw­ley@ir­ish­times.com

BELFAST

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 the Ul­ster Bank Belfast Fes­ti­val at Queen’s. Belfast Water­front. Ends Oct 31 8pm £15/£12 belfast­fes­ti­val.com

Char­lotte Ram­pling brings Sylvia Plath’s po­etry to life ac­com­pa­nied by Ben­jamin Brit­ten’s cello suites. Pre­mieres at the Ul­ster Bank Fes­ti­val at Queen’s. Lyric The­atre. Nov 1 7.30pm £20/£18 lyrictheatre.co.uk

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. Also Lim­er­ick. Lyric The­atre. Nov 4-9 7.45pm (Sat mat 2.30pm, Sun 1.30pm) £24/£20 lyrictheatre.co.uk

Peter Brook’s The­atre Des Bouffes Du Nord bring this well-trav­elled adap­ta­tion of Can Themba’s South African tale of adul­tery dur­ing apartheid. When a lawyer dis­cov­ers his wife’s af­fair, he forces her to treat the suit, aban­doned by her lover, as a phys­i­cal pres­ence in her life. Lyric The­atre. Ends Oct 31 7.45pm £20/ lyrictheatre.co.uk

DERRY

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. The Play­house The­atre. Nov 1 8pm £11/£8 der­ry­play­house.co.uk

Echo Echo En­sem­ble per­form a phys­i­cal the­atre show for au­di­ences of 5 years of age and older. As part of Echo Echo Fes­ti­val of Dance and Move­ment. Nov 6 6pm £5 we­gottick­ets.com/ echoe­chofes­ti­val

DUBLIN

A life-long bach­e­lor at­tempts to pick up girls by join­ing the So­cial­ist Party in Oliver Ea­gle­ton’s com­edy. Feign­ing con­cern for the en­vi­ron­ment, in­jus­tice and the work­ing class, he meets Cass, his po­lar op­po­site, her­self us­ing ro­mance for po­lit­i­cal ends. New The­atre. Ends Nov 1 7.30pm the­newthe­atre.com 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. Civic The­atre, Tal­laght. Ends Nov 1 8pm

(Open­ing night civicthe­atre.ie An an­nual per­for­mance com­bines folk tales, blar­ney and gore for an au­di­ence over 18. Lep­rechaun Mu­seum. Ends Nov 1 lep­rechaun­mu­seum.ie

Stephen Burns and Matt Murphy per­form the life, loves, tri­umphs and tragedies of Os­car Wilde. Pow­er­scourt The­atre. Ends Nov 1 (no show Mon Oct 27) 7.30pm pow­er­scourtthe­atre.com

Based on the truth, Gemma Doorly’s play for Mac­door Pro­duc­tions is the story of a 12-year-old boy who puts on weight after med­i­ca­tion and is bul­lied for it, but holds on to his am­bi­tion to be the great­est front row for­ward who ever played rugby for Ire­land. Smock Al­ley Ends Nov 1 7.30pm smock­alley.com

Elaine Murphy’s mono­logue play for three gen­er­a­tions of women from the same Dublin fam­ily re­turns with Anita Reeves, Hilda Fay and Kate Gil­more. Vik­ing The­atre, Clon­tarf. Un­til Nov 8 8pm vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com

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