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BELFAST

The Games Peo­ple Play Gavin Ko­stick’s re­work­ing of the myth of Tír na nÓg for Rise Pro­duc­tions, win­ner of The Ir­ish Times Theatre Award for Best Play in 2014, re­turns . Also Tip­per­ary and Sligo. Lyric Theatre. May 15-16 8pm £14 (Sat mat 2.45pm, Sun May 17 perf 1.30pm £12) 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

CAR­LOW

Jockey The lat­est show from Wil­lFredd Theatre, co-de­vel­oped, choreographed and per­formed by Emma O’Kane, traces the dancer’s horse rac­ing her­itage – her grand­fa­ther was a blood­stock agent and a rac­ing jour­nal­ist – and her re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence learn­ing to ride. Also Dublin as part of Dublin Dance Fes­ti­val. Vis­ual. May 15-16 8pm 117/115 vi­su­al­car­low.ie

CORK

Charo­lais Noni Sta­ple­ton per­forms her new solo show, a sur­real com­edy of love, long­ing and one woman’s ri­valry with a Charo­lais heifer. Every­man Theatre. May 13-16 118/116 ev­ery­man­cork.com

DUBLIN

Alas Awake Drawing on con­tem­po­rary choral work, col­lage, im­pro­vi­sa­tion, live elec­tron­ics and in­stal­la­tion, Seán Mac Erlaine presents an ab­stract homage to Fin­negan’s

Wake. As part of the In­ter­na­tional Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val. 13 North Great Ge­orge’s St. May 21-24 9pm (ex­tra shows Sat & Sun 7.30pm) 112/110 il­f­dublin.com

Be­fore Mon­sters Were

Made 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. Ends May 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. Ends May 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 re­turns for a ma­jor pro­duc­tion. Gai­ety Theatre. Ends May 30 7.30pm (Sat mat 3pm) from 122.50 gai­etythe­atre.ie

Have a Heart Fol­low­ing a heart trans­plant a man be­gins to hear his new heart talk­ing to him, and though he doubts his san­ity, he lets it per­suade him to em­bark on a ma­jor quest. New Theatre. May 18-23 7.30pm 115/112 the­newthe­atre.com

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

Jockey See Car­low. Sa­muel Beck­ett Theatre May 20-22 8pm 122/118 tcd.ie

Fam­ished Cas­tle Hi­lary Fan­nin’s play about ex-lovers land­bound in De­par­tures. Rec­ol­lec­tions chart a re­la­tion­ship (and so­ci­ety) that goes from boom to bust. Pav­il­ion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. Un­til May 23. 120/116

The Gigli Con­cert Tom Mur­phy makes his be­lated de­but at the Gate Theatre with his ex­tra­or­di­nary play about spir­i­tual yearn­ing and cor­roded souls, where an Ir­ish­man vis­its a quack to learn to sing like the Ital­ian opera singer Be­ni­amino Gigli. David Grindley di­rects De­nis Con­way, De­clan Con­lon and Dawn Brad­field. Gate Theatre. Pre­views May 21-25 Opens May 26 7.30pm (Sat Mat 2.30pm) Mon & Mat 125, Tues-Thurs 132, Fri-Sat 132 gate-theatre.ie

In­ter­na­tional Dublin Gay

Theatre Fes­ti­val The an­nual fes­ti­val of work cu­rated along a gay theme concludes with var­i­ous events in smaller venues around the city. Var­i­ous venues. Ends May 17 gaythe­atre.ie Lit­tle Thing/Big Thing Donal O’Kelly turns his right­eous hand to an­other two-han­der, about in­ter­na­tional en­ergy skull­dug­gery and a cor­po­ra­tion called Scarab En­ergy. Any re­sem­blance to real life cor­po­ra­tions is, of course, purely in­ten­tional. 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 Civic Theatre, Tal­laght. Ends May 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. Also Kilkenny, Lim­er­ick, Water­ford. Draíocht, Blan­chard­stown.

May 21 8pm 118/114 draiocht.ie

The Only Jeal­ousy of Emer Yemi and Deji Ad­nuga of Nige­rian Car­ni­val Ire­land per­form in Yeats’s short play, part of his Cuchu­lain Cy­cle and ex­per­i­ment with Ja­panese Noh theatre, with de­sign by Robert Bal­lagh. As part of the In­ter­na­tional Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val Dublin. Hen­ri­etta Street. May 16-18 6pm & 8pm

110/18 il­f­dublin.com

Port Author­ity Conor McPher­son’s 2001 mono­logue play in­ter­weaves the sto­ries of three gen­er­a­tions of Dublin men. Vik­ing Theatre, Clon­tarf. Ends May 30 8pm 115 vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com

Pa­per Princess Monkey- shine’s new show for younger chil­dren, us­ing a minia­ture theatre with tiny lights, is based on Elisa Kleven’s story of a pa­per princess who blows away and tries to find her way home. The Ark. May 16 10.30am & 12.30pm 15 ark.ie

Peru­vian Voodoo Three men move through Dublin un­aware that their sto­ries in­ter­twine in a new black com­edy from Lee Cof­fey, au­thor of last year’s Leper + Chip for Bit­ter Like a Lemon. Theatre Up­stairs, Lan­ni­gan’s Bar. May 19-30 7pm (Wed & Sat mat 1pm)

110/18 the­atre­up­stairs.ie

Rigo­letto Selina Cart­mell, a dab hand at ex­tra­or­di­nary spec­ta­cles, di­rects a newly com­mis­sioned ver­sion of Verdi’s opera by Ma­rina Carr, a writer familiar with dark ma­te­rial. Opera Theatre Com­pany’s pro­duc­tion opens in Wex­ford then tours . Also Louth, Meath and Wex­ford. O’Reilly Theatre. May 21 & 23 8pm 138/135 en­ter­tain­ment.ie

Romeo and Juliet 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

Se­ri­ously Now Ger­man lit­er­ary trans­la­tor Petra Kindler stages her one-woman per­for­mance, a piece of con­fes­sional sto­ry­telling on the joys and per­ils of cross-cul­tural cre­ative work, sur­viv­ing home­made hur­ri­canes and the chal­lenge of laugh­ing with a Ger­man. Books Up­stairs. May 14-15 8pm 110 eventbrite.ie

Tom Crean: Antarc­tic

Ex­plorer An in­trepid one-man show about ex­plorer Tom Crean. Olympia Theatre. May 11-16 8.00pm (Mat Sat 3.00pm) From 125 tom­cre­an­show.com

Un­der­neath Pat Kinevane’s third solo show for Fisham­ble, di­rected by Jim Cul­leton, is a blackly comic tale nar­rated from be­yond and within the grave by an ami­able woman who sought a richer life than a world of sur­face. Axis, Bal­ly­mun. May 15-16 8pm

115/112 axis-bal­ly­mun.ie

GAL­WAY

DruidShake­speare See Seven Days. Mick Lally Theatre. May 17-30 5pm (Sat May 30 2pm) 160/152 druid.ie Strolling Through Ulysses Robert Go­gan per­forms his one-man ver­sion of Joyce’s novel. The Vil­lage Book­shop, Moy­cullen. May 15 7pm 110 091-868612 The Way Back Home Charm­ing word­less adap­ta­tion of Oliver Jef­fers’ beau­ti­ful pic­ture book by Bra­nar. The pup­petry is the stuff that (good) dreams are made of. Also Wick­low. Town Hall Theatre. May 16-17 1pm & 3pm 112/110 tht.ie

KERRY

Lucinda Sly John MacKenna drama­tises the tragic love story of Lucinda Sly for Mend & makedo, about the Ir­ish woman in her 50s, and her much younger lover, who were sen­tenced to death, in 1835, for the mur­der of Lucinda’s abu­sive hus­band. Also Water­ford. St John’s Theatre, Lis­towel. May 28 stjohn­sthe­atrelis­towel.com

KILKENNY

My Fair Ladies See Dublin. Water­gate Theatre. May 17 8pm 114/112 wa­ter­gateth­e­atre.com

LIM­ER­ICK

My Fair Ladies See Dublin. Area Cen­tre, South­hill. May 19 8pm 15 061-603710; Cor­pus Christi Pri­mary School, Moy­ross. May 20 8pm 15 061-455166

LOUTH

Rigo­letto See Gal­way. An Tain Arts Cen­tre, Dun­dalk. May 17 8pm 130/127 an­tain.ie

MEATH

The First Punk in Old­cas­tle Freda Donoghue’s play cen­tres on an un­em­ployed man, Paddy, whose wife has left him for an­other woman. What has hap­pened to the first punk in Old­cas­tle? The Cen­tral, Na­van. May 20 8pm 110 thecen­tral.ie

Rigo­letto See Dublin. Sol­stice Arts Cen­tre, Na­van. May 19 8pm 130/127 sol­sticearts­cen­tre.com

SLIGO

The Man in the Woman’s

Shoes Mikel Murfi per­forms his solo show, de­vel­oped for Beal­taine and based on tales shared by older peo­ple across Sligo, in which a man makes a trip to town in a pair of heels. Hawk’s Well. May 15 8pm

115/112 hawk­swell.com

TIP­PER­ARY

The Games

Peo­ple Play See Belfast. Croc an Óir, Mul­li­na­hone. Cro­canoir.com

WATER­FORD

Lucinda Sly See Kerry. Cen­tral Arts. May 23 cen­tralarts.ie

My Fair Ladies See Dublin. Garter Lane. Ends May 16 8pm

121/116 garter­lane.ie

WEX­FORD

Rigo­letto See Dublin. Na­tional Opera House, Wex­ford. May 15 8pm 130/127 na­tion­al­op­er­a­house.ie

WICK­LOW

The Games Peo­ple Play Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre, Bray May 12 8pm 116/ 14 mer­maid­arts­cen­tre.ie Stage­mad present Ian Wild’s play, a com­edy themed around the no­tion, and ex­e­cu­tion, of re­venge. Most likely. Cen­tral Arts, Ends Apr 25 8pm 110 cen­tralarts.ie

The Way Back Home See Gal­way. Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre, Bray. May 19-20 10am & 12pm

18 mer­maid­arts­cen­tre.ie

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