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BELFAST

Cathe­dral Quar­ter Arts Fes­ti­val Belfast’s his­toric cen­tre hosts its 16th an­nual fes­ti­val with a se­lec­tion of stal­wart tour­ing shows and lo­cal pro­duc­tions, in­clud­ing a typ­i­cally provoca­tive new play

by Martin Lynch, My English Tongue, My Ir­ish Heart, and a new pro­duc­tion of Owen

McCaf­ferty’s well-loved Mojo

Mick­ybo. Var­i­ous. Ends May 10 cqaf.com

Frank Pig Says Hello Orig­i­nal adap­ta­tion of Pat McCabe’s

vis­ceral novel The Butcher

Boy. Lyric Theatre. May 12-14 8pm (Mat Wed 10.30am) £12/£10 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

The Shadow of a Gun­man The least-fre­quently pro­duced play of Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Tril­ogy in a co-pro­duc­tion with the Abbey Theatre. Di­rected by Wayne Jor­dan, who has a rep­u­ta­tion of turn­ing worn clas­sics into gold. Lyric Theatre. Ends June 6 £15/24.50 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

CORK

The Man in the Woman’s

Shoes Mikel Murfi is still walk­ing his ex­tra­or­di­nary one­man show across the coun­try. Cork Opera House. May 9 8pm

120-125 cork­op­er­a­house.com

DUBLIN

Be­fore Mon­sters Were

Made A new play from the pro­lific Ross Dun­gan, set in 1960s ru­ral Ire­land, fo­cuses on a man strug­gling to hold his mar­riage to­gether just as a lo­cal girl meets an un­timely death and ru­mours and sus­pi­cions test the trust be­tween peo­ple. Ben Kidd di­rects. Project Arts Cen­tre. Ends May 16 8pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) 118/116 pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie

Bar­dot Bites A griev­ing loyal daugh­ter gets even with her greedy sis­ter in this re­venge com­edy by Mary Curtin. Dol­men Theatre. May 11-30 8pm 112 dol­menthe­atre.ie

Be­ing Nor­we­gian Gemma Doorley and Karl Shiels star in David Greig’s mas­terly one-act about fum­bling fore­play and a one-night stand. Bew­leys Cafe Theatre, at Pow­er­scourt Townhouse. Ends May 30 1pm.

18-112 (light lunch 14) be­w­leyscafethe­atre.ie

Deadly Clas­si­cal verse meets con­tem­po­rary youth cul­ture in Paddy Cuneen’s play about knife crime. Pea­cock Theatre. May 11-15 12pm/7pm (no 12pm per­for­mance on 15 May)

115 abbeythe­atre.ie

The Field Fifty years since it was first staged, John B Keane’s ru­ral tragedy, about the Bull McCabe, the land he worked, and a stranger who gets in the way of his plans, re­turns for a ma­jor pro­duc­tion. Padraic McIn­tyre di­rects au­thor, play­wright, colum­nist and oc­ca­sional ac­tor Michael Harding as the Bull. Gai­ety Theatre. Ends May 16 7.30pm (Sat mat 3pm) from 122.50 gai­etythe­atre.ie

Hedda Gabler De­liv­er­ing a new ver­sion of Ib­sen for the Abbey, while ready­ing a new in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Shake­speare for Druid, Mark O’Rowe is one of the few Ir­ish writ­ers not cur­rently try­ing to write like Mark O’Rowe. Annabelle Comyn di­rects Catherine Walker in the role of Hedda, the vic­tim and the bad­die in a play about a so­ci­ety “where a woman can­not be her­self”. Abbey Theatre. Ends May 16 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm)

113-145 abbeythe­atre.ie

Fam­ished Cas­tle See Water­ford. Pav­il­ion Theatre May 12-23 8pm (Mat Sat 2.30pm) 120/ 16/14/12 pavil­ionthe­atre.com

To Kill a Mock­ing­bird Stage adap­ta­tion of Harper Lee’s only book (so far) makes a timely visit as stu­dents start re­vis­ing for ex­ams. Bord Gais En­ergy Theatre. Ends May 9 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm; No show Wed) 115-140 bor­dgaisen­ergy.ie

Lit­tle Thing/Big Thing Donal O’Kelly turns his right­eous writ­ing hand to an­other two-han­der, about in­ter­na­tional en­ergy skull­dug­gery and a cor­po­ra­tion called Scarab En­ergy. Any re­sem­blance to real life cor­po­ra­tions is, of course, ac­ci­den­tal. Project Arts Cen­tre. Ends May 15 8pm Mat Sat 3pm 118/ 16 pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie

Maeve’s House Ea­monn Mor­ris­sey’s au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal trib­ute to writer Maeve Bren­nan. Per­formed as part of Beal­taine Fes­ti­val Draoicht. May 9 8pm 118 draoicht.ie

Civic Theatre May 14-16 8pm

120/ 16 civicthe­atre.ie

My Fair Ladies Des Keogh per­forms his solo piece about Ge­orge Bernard Shaw and the women in his life. Vik­ing Theatre, Clon­tarf. Ends May 9 8pm 115 vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com

Port Author­ity Conor McPher­son’s mov­ing se­ries of in­ter­linked mono­logues pro­vide a pro­found med­i­ta­tion on mar­riage among other things. Vik­ing Theatre, Clon­tarf. May 13-30 8pm 115 vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com

Romeo and Juliet Romeo loved Juliet. Juliet, she felt the same. When he put his arms around her, he said, “Julie, baby, you’re my flame.” Wayne Jor­dan giveth the Gate a con­tem­po­rary spin on Shake­speare’s tragedy, a play so con­tin­u­ally given a con­tem­po­rary spin, it makes you dizzy. Gate Theatre. Ends May 16 7.30pm (Sat Mat 2pm) 125/135 gateth­e­atre.ie Tom Crean: Antarc­tic

Ex­plorer Olympia Theatre. May 11-16 8.00pm (Mat Sat 3.00pm) From 125 tom­cre­an­show.com

GAL­WAY

Gal­way Theatre Fes­ti­val Lo­cal work gets a plat­form at Gal­way Theatre Fes­ti­val. High­lights in­clude Mac Beata, an Ir­ish lan­guage trans­la­tion of Shake­speare’s Scot­tish play and the first glimpse of a new play by Jar­lath Tivin,

Plea­sure Ground. Var­i­ous venues Ends May 9. gal­waythe­atre­fes­ti­val.com

LIM­ER­ICK

The Games Peo­ple Play State of the na­tion play for a new gen­er­a­tion as the youths of Tir na nOg find their dreams go­ing bust. Lime Tree Theatre. May 9 8pm 116/ 14 lime­treethe­atre.ie See also Wick­low Tom Crean: Antarc­tic

Ex­plorer An in­trepid one-man show about ex­plorer Tom Crean that has scaled the heights of suc­cess since it pre­miered in 2003. Lime Tree Theatre. May 8 8pm 120/ 18 tom­cre­an­show.com See also Dublin

MAYO

The Way Back Home See Seven Days. Charm­ing word­less adap­ta­tion of Oliver Jef­fers’ beau­ti­ful pic­ture book by Bra­nar. The pup­petry is the stuff that (good) dreams are made of. Li­nen­hall Arts Cen­tre. May 12 10.15am/12.15pm 12 the­li­nen­hall.com

MEATH

The Way Back Home Source Arts Cen­tre, Na­van. May 14 10am/12pm 110 / 17 sol­sticearts­cen­tre.com

WATER­FORD

Fam­ished Cas­tle Out of town try-out for Hi­lary Fan­nin’s new play about ex-lovers land­bound in De­par­tures. Rec­ol­lec­tions chart a re­la­tion­ship (and so­ci­ety) that goes from boom to bust. Theatre Royal. Ends May 9 8pm. 120/ 16 the­atreroyal.ie See also Dublin

WICK­LOW

The Games Peo­ple Play Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre, Bray May 12 8pm 116/ 14 mer­maid­arts­cen­tre.ie

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