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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | GOING OUT - Peter Craw­ley pcraw­ley@irish­times.com

BELFAST

Death of a Co­me­dian Owen McCaf­ferty’s new play for the Lyric, in a co-pro­duc­tion with the Abbey and Soho Theatre, is a darkly comic story of a stand up comic mak­ing a Faus­tian pact for suc­cess in a cut-throat world. Lyric Theatre. Ends Mar 8 7.45pm (Mat 2.30pm) £20-£24.50 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

Frag­ile Span­ish com­pany Onir­ica Me­canica present a per­for­mance in­volv­ing ro­bots and ob­jects to ex­plore the place that ma­chines and tech­nol­ogy have in our world to­day. Lyric Theatre. Mar 11-12 7.30pm (Thurs­day mat 11am) £10/£8 youn­gatart.co.uk

God Bless the Child Three Frank O’Con­nor short sto­ries - My Oedi­pus Com­plex, The Ge­nius and First Con­fes­sion - are brought to­gether to form a sin­gle full-length play. Also Kerry. Lyric Theatre. Mar 11-21 7.45pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) £22/£18 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

Nipt ‘Nar­row’ A man in a small, cramped house meets a woman and they move in to­gether, and though their love is great the con­fines begin to hurt. As part of Young at Art. Lyric Theatre. Mar 6 - 8 6pm (Sat mat 4pm) lyricthe­atre.co.uk

CORK

Un­der­neath Pat Kinevane’s third solo show for Fisham­ble, di­rected by Jim Cul­leton, is a blackly comic tale of a life lived in se­cret, ex­plor­ing a world be­neath the sur­face and ex­is­tence on the fringes. As part of West Cork Fit-up Fes­ti­val. Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Lisavaird Mar 6 8pm; Her­itage Cen­tre, Bere Is­land Mar 7 7:30pm; Com­mu­nity Hall, Bal­ly­de­hob 8pm 112/110 west­cork­fit-up­fes­ti­val.com

Wit­ness Carmel Win­ters adapts her screen­play Snap for the stage, in which a mother and a son’s re­la­tion­ship un­rav­els in ab­duc­tion and abuse. Win­ters di­rects Kate Stan­ley Bren­nan as both char­ac­ters, the 29-year-old Shan­non and 14-year-old Stephen. Every­man Theatre. Mar 10-14 8pm 122/120 (Stu­dents 19) ev­ery­man­cork.com

DUBLIN 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. As part of Five Lamps Arts Fes­ti­val. Ir­ish Writer’s Cen­tre. Mar 11 7.30pm 110 eventbrite.com

Bas­sam The life of Bas­sam Aramin, co-founder of the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian peace move­ment Com­bat­ants for Peace forms the ba­sis for Idan Meir’s play, per­formed by Fadl Mustapha. axis, Bal­ly­mun. Mar 6 8pm 112/110 8pm axis-bal­ly­mun.ie

The Can­ter­bury Tales Peter McDer­mott adapts Ge­of­frey Chaucer’s The Can­ter­bury Tales where a group of me­dieval pil­grims gather in the Tabard Inn to en­ter­tain each other with sto­ries of ro­mance, re­al­ism and com­edy as they set out on their pil­grim­age. The au­di­ence for DIT’s BA stu­dent pro­duc­tion eat and drink with the pil­grims. Smock Al­ley Theatre. Pre­views Mar 11 Opens Mar 12-14 112/110 smock­alley.com Down and Out in Paris and

Lon­don Phe­lim Drew re­turns with his adap­ta­tion and per­for­mance of Ge­orge Or­well’s fa­mous mem­oir about drift­ing through life on the lowefr rungs of so­ci­ety and dis­cov­er­ing a new per­spec­tive on pol­i­tics and man. Bew­ley’s Café Theatre @ Pow­er­scourt. Pre­views Mar 9 Opens Mar 10-28 1pm 18-112 (light lunch

14) be­w­leyscafethe­atre.com The Girl Who For­got to Sing

Badly Theatre Lovett’s pro­duc­tion of Fine­gan Kruck­e­meyer’s play re­turns to the Ir­ish stage bring­ing the charm­ing story of the re­source­ful and tone-deaf Peggy O’He­garty, to­gether with her magic box set, to the Ir­ish stage. Also Kil­dare. Pav­il­ion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. Mar 10 11am & 4pm Mar 11 10am & 12pm Child: 16.50, Adult 110 (Fam­ily 128) pavil­ionthe­atre.ie

Good Be­hav­iour Kevin O’Con­nor’s new play finds a coun­try girl, Tish, who saw the fu­ture in el­e­gant women at the Cur­ragh Races, and Harry, who sought shel­ter in mar­riage to a strong woman, who both went a step too far. What hap­pens when they meet? New Theatre. Mar 9-14 7.30pm 115/112 the­newthe­atre.com

The Good Fa­ther Chris­tian O’Reilly’s 2002 play, a sim­ple love story that de­vel­ops from a ran­dom en­counter and an un­ex­pected preg­nancy, is restaged by axis in a new pro­duc­tion di­rected by Mark O’Brien and fea­tur­ing Em­met Kir­wan and Nyree Yer­gain­har­sian. Axis, Ba­ly­mun. Mar 9-21 8pm 115/112 ax­is­bal­ly­mun.ie

The Hole Call­Back theatre stages a new play by John Sheehy, in which one man re­moves him­self from so­ci­ety by dig­ging a hole and plung­ing into it to con­sider the mys­ter­ies of the uni­verse. (Note: Bew­ley’s Café Theatre has re­lo­cated to Pow­er­scourt Townhouse while Bew­ley’s is re­fur­bished.) Bew­ley’s Café Theatre @ Pow­er­scourt Townhouse. Un­til Mar 7 1pm

18-112 (light lunch 14) be­w­leyscafethe­atre.com

Hol­low Ground Katie McCann’s new play for Il­lus­trated Pro­duc­tions finds a sis­ter re­turn­ing home to face her past and her brother do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to for­get it. “One story, told from two dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives,” says the blurb. Mono­logue play, asks our sus­pi­cion? Theatre Up­stairs. Mar 10-21 Tues - Sat 1pm, Thurs - Sat 7pm 110/18 the­atre­up­stairs.ie

Lit­tle Gem Elaine Mur­phy’s mono­logue play for three gen­er­a­tions of women from the same Dublin fam­ily re­turns with Anita Reeves, Hilda Fay and Kate Gil­more. Draiocht, Blan­chard­stown. Mar 12-13 8pm 118/114 draiocht.ie A Mid­sum­mer Night’s

Dream Pan Pan’s Gavin Quinn makes his long-awaited di­rec­to­rial de­but at the Abbey Theatre with designer Aedín Cos­grove, the co-Artis­tic Direc­tor of Pan Pan. In a Pan Panesque al­ter­na­tive take on Shake­speare, this stages the clas­sic fan­tasy of love and tor­ment among fairies and mor­tals in a nurs­ing home, with a cast of older ac­tors and sev­eral Pan Pan alumni. Per­haps the Abbey’s most

ad­ven­tur­ous pro­duc­tion of the year. Abbey Theatre. Ends Mar 28 7.30pm abbeythe­atre.ie

Mojo Mick­ybo On the Q Theatre Com­pany present Owen McCaf­ferty’s fast-paced tale of two boys grow­ing up in 1970s Belfast. Draiocht, Blan­chard­stown. Mar 6-7 8.15pm 116/114 draiocht.ie

Pals - The Ir­ish at Gal­lipoli Anu Pro­duc­tions, the in­ven­tive Ir­ish com­pany that has be­come adept at bring­ing sto­ries of the past into the blink­ing light of day, present the un­told sto­ries of the 7th Bat­tal­ion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers dur­ing Word War I, in the heat of the doomed trenches in 1915. Collins Bar­racks. Ends Apr 30 Var­i­ous times pals-theirishat­gal­lipoli.com

Peter Pan On Ice The Rus­sian Ice Stars bring a new adap­ta­tion of JM Bar­ries’s fa­mous story to the frozen wa­ter of the stage. A boy who never grew up en­coun­ters chil­dren Wendy, Michael and John and they skate off to Nev­er­land, to thwart the cold re­venge of Cap­tain Hook and oth­er­wise gen­er­ally chill out. Bord Gais En­ergy Theatre. Mar 10-14 7.30pm (Wed and Sat mat 2.30pm) 120-160 bor­dgaisen­er­gythe­atre.ie

Run / Don’t Run Gary Dug­gan’s new play, set in Span­ish Har­lem in 1999, is the story of a young man flee­ing Dublin who crash lands on his Ir­ish Amer­i­can cousin’s sofa just as his re­la­tion­ship is im­plod­ing get­ting mixed up in small time crime. Aoife Spil­lane-Hinks di­rects Seán Doyle, Aonghus Óg McA­nally and Leah Minto. Also Kilkenny.

Project Arts Cen­tre. Pre­views Mar 9 Opens Mar 10-14 8.15pm 116/114/112 (Sat mat 2.30pm) pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie

Songs of Joyce Sinead Mur­phy and Da­rina Gal­lagher per­form a suite of popular songs from the time of Joyce and in­spired by his works. Theatre @ Findlater. Mar 8-12 8pm 112 findlater.ie

Walk­ing the Road Jamie O’Neill and Clare Mon­nelly per­form Der­mot Bol­ger’s play about Ir­ish war poet Fran­cis Led­widge, nar­rat­ing from death when he was killed, nearly 100 years ago, by a shell in Flan­ders dur­ing WWI. Aaron Mon­aghan di­rects. Seamus En­nis Arts Cen­tre. Mar 7 8pm

115/110 tseac.ie

KERRY

God Bless the Child See Belfast. Siamsa Tire, Tralee. Mar 7-8 8pm 119/116 siamsatire.com

KIL­DARE The Girl Who For­got to Sing

Badly See Dublin. River­bank Arts Cen­tre, New­bridge. Mar 7 2pm & 4pm river­bank.ie

LAOIS A Por­trait of the Artist as a

Young Man Tony Ch­ester­man’s adap­ta­tion of Joyce’s novel, in a pro­duc­tion di­rected by Jimmy Fay, is re­vived for an Ir­ish tour. Du­na­maise Arts Cen­tre, Port­laois. Mar 10 8pm

118/116 du­na­maise.ie

LOUTH

Weigh­ing-In Iso­bel Ma­hon and Rose Hen­der­son per­form Ger Gal­lagher’s com­edy about love, life and di­et­ing. Droic­head Arts Cen­tre. Mar 12-13 8.30pm

115/112 droic­head.com

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