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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. Vik­ing The­atre, Clon­tarf. Ends Dec 20 8pm vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com

Em­met Kir­wan’s ex­cel­lent play, which de­buted at this year’s Fringe, re­turns with Kir­wan and Ian Lloyd An­der­son as two es­tranged brothers hus­tling and striv­ing through the par­ties, un­der­ground raves and home­less­ness of Dublin’s streets. Phillip McMa­hon di­rects. Project Arts Cen­tre. Ends Dec 13 pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie

A per­for­mance for 3-5 year-olds, Lit­tle Big­top’s show in­volves its au­di­ence in pack­ing, pass­ing and stack­ing presents be­fore re­treat­ing inside a gi­ant gift where shadow play and pup­petry cre­ate a beau­ti­ful Christ­mas town con­clud­ing with a per­sonal au­di­ence with Santa. Draiocht, Blan­chard­stown. Ends Dec 13 var­i­ous times from 10am draoicht.ie

Dan Ber­gin’s pointand-click-video-game in­spired pro­duc­tion re­turns for more live in­ter­ac­tion. Project Arts Cen­tre. Ends Dec 13 8.15pm

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Mouse goes on an ad­ven­ture through the deep dark wood. An adap­ta­tion of Ju­lia Don­al­son and Axel Sch­ef­fler’s much-loved pic­ture book. Pow­er­scourt The­atre. Dec 13, 14, 20 & 21 2pm (Fam­ily ticket pow­er­scourtt­hearte.com

See Seven Days. Ends Dec 20 1pm

(light lunch be­w­leyscafethe­atre.com

Based on the truth, Gemma Doorly’s play 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. axis: Bal­ly­mun. Ends Dec 12 8pm axis-bal­ly­mun.ie

Set on the Dublin to Cork train on St Stephen’s Day, this play fol­lows a re­tired doc­tor mak­ing a visit to see his daugh­ter who en­coun­ters a strange bar­rage of fig­ures from this world and another. The Teacher’s Club. Ends Dec 13 8pm ac­tup­classes@gmail.com

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BELFAST

Ger­man style Christ­mas mar­ket in St Anne’s Square, Fri 3pm-8pm; Sat/Sun noon-8pm adm free lidlchrist­mas­mar­kets.com. Also, an­nual Con­ti­nen­tal Christ­mas mar­kets out­side Belfast City Hall, Mon-Wed 10am-8pm; Thurs-Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 1pm-6pm adm free un­til Dec 21 belfastc­ity.gov.uk

DUBLIN

Food and craft mar­kets, sto­ry­telling and pup­pet shows for chil­dren, bar­ber­shop quar­tets,carol singing and horse & car­ridge rides, Sat/Sun 10am-5pm adm free farm­leigh.ie

Ginger­bread houses, roasted chest­nuts and Santa with his elves on this ur­ban farm. Air­field, Dun­drum, Un­til di­rects Stephen Adly Guir­gis’s foul-mouthed com­edy for Orion Pro­duc­tions about feud­ing child­hood sweet­hearts, a man out of prison strug­gling with so­bri­ety and his co­caine-snort­ing lover, with a spon­sor who has his own is­sues of his own. The New The­atre. Ends Dec 20 7.30pm

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Johnny Ward, who re­cently played Love/Hate’s thug­gish Pauley, now stars as Peter Pan... View­ers who stayed up later than the wa­ter­shed to see that story re­solved may have dif­fi­cul­ties ac­cept­ing him as a boy who can fly. Gai­ety The­atre. Ends Jan 25 Mon-Sat 6.30pm (Sat mat 1.30pm, Sun 5.30pm) -

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An­nual sea­sonal vis­i­tors Pony Dance re­turn with another out­ra­geous Christ­mas cracker, fea­tur­ing their lightly at­tired dancers and a live band. Project Arts Cen­tre. Dec 18-20 8pm

pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie Con­all Mor­ri­son di­rects Oliver Gold­smith’s com­edy of mar­riage mar­kets, class di­vi­sions and chi­canery. Abbey The­atre. Ends Jan 31 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) abbeythe­atre.ie

A bilin­gual show from Bra­nar Teatar do Pháistí Dec 22 adults chil­dren

(in­cludes Santa present) 01-9696666 air­field.ie Fam­ily the­atre, mu­sic and sto­ry­telling, short movie screen­ings from Brown Bag Films and draw­ing work­shops with il­lus­tra­tor Ni­amh Sharkey. Smith­field Plaza, Sat 1pm-5.30pm adm free

More than 100 in­de­pen­dent Ir­ish craft-mak­ers, de­sign­ers and artists not found on the high-street will sell their wares along­side the Dublin Flea’s mix of vin­tage, retro and sec­ond-hand fur­ni­ture, clothes and col­lectibles, Block B, off Hay­mar­ket, Smith­field Fri 1pm-7pm; Sat/Sun 11am-6pm dublin­flea.ie or blockt.ie

The Ban­quet­ing Hall will be filled with craft, cloth­ing, books and food stalls for this first ever Christ­mas fair. Op­tional ex­tras in­clude carol singing and sea­sonal film screen­ings. Smock Al­ley based on the clas­sic poem which com­bines live mu­sic and pup­petry. Axis: Bal­ly­mun. Dec 14 4pm & Dec 15 11am ax­is­bal­ly­mun.ie

See Seven Days. Project Arts Cen­tre. Pre­views Dec 15 Opens Dec 16-20 8.15pm pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie

An­neMarie Casey adapts Em­i­lie Bronte’s clas­sic of pas­sion, jeal­ousy and ret­ri­bu­tion for the Gate. Michael Barker-Caven di­rects Kate Stan­ley Bren­nan as Cather­ine and Tom Can­ton as Heathcliff through the an­gu­lar and ab­stracted moors of Paul O’Ma­honey’s set. Gate The­atre. Ends Jan 24 7.30pm

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GAL­WAY

Padraic McIn­tyre’s comic play finds a small Ca­van pub on a stormy St Stephen’s Night ac­ci­den­tally play­ing host to singer Joe Dolan. Town Hall The­atre. Ends Dec 12-13 8pm tht.ie

See Dublin. Town Hall The­atre. Dec 16 7pm Dec 17 10am & 12pm tht.ie

LIM­ER­ICK

See Dublin. Lime Tree The­atre. Dec 15 10am 11.30 3pm Ad­mis­sion free The­atre, 6/7 Ex­change Street Lwr, Tem­ple Bar 01-6770014 smock­alley.com

Aro­mas of spiced Gluh­wein, home­made choco­late and sausage fill the air as you wan­der through the Ger­man-in­spired Christ­mas mar­ket. Pavil­ion Quar­ter, Dun Laoghaire Sat/Sun 11am-7pm adm free dl­revents.ie (Join in the Santa Hat record at­tempt for Barnar­dos on Sun 10.30am)

GAL­WAY

This an­nual feast of in­ter­na­tional food and Christ­mas gifts is a must for vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike. Eyre Square, Un­til Dec 22 gal­way­christ­mas­mar­ket.ie

WATER­FORD

Now in its third year, this sea­sonal fes­ti­val has fun rides, food mar­kets, craft stalls, walk­ing trails, light shows, sto­ry­telling and an ice rink. Water­ford City, var­i­ous venues un­til Dec 23

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The fi­nal Made in Lim­er­ick funded pro­duc­tion of Lim­er­ick City of Cul­ture takes opera on a prom­e­nade through the city on a search for the old­est fe­male res­i­dent, in­volv­ing chance meet­ings, strange en­coun­ters and poignant re­flec­tions on the way. Brian Irvine com­poses and John McIl­duff writes for Wide Open Opera and the Lime Tree The­atre. Lime Tree The­atre. Dec 12-13 8pm

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LOUTH

Brian Irvine con­cocts a fes­tive fam­ily mu­sic show to ex­plore themes of magic, mys­tery and all things snowy with favourite mem­o­ries of win­ter. Droic­head Arts Cen­tre. Dec 10 10am & 12pm droic­head.com

MEATH

Opera The­atre Company and NI Opera stage a co-pro­duc­tion of Donizetti’s clas­sic, comic opera. Di­rec­tor Oliver Mears up­dates the ac­tion to a univer­sity cam­pus where a nerdy Ne­morino har­bours a crush for his teacher Ad­ina. Anna Pat­a­long, John Mol­loy and An­thony Flaum lead the cast in a pro­duc­tion to tour the coun­try. Sol­stice Arts Cen­tre, Na­van. Dec 13 8pm sol­sticearts­cen­tre.com

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