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Writ­ten and set in 1992, but not staged un­til 2002, Marie Jones’s sea­sonal com­edy fol­lows a Belfast cab driver who’d rather work on Christ­mas Eve than suf­fer the cel­e­bra­tions, meet­ing a gallery of char­ac­ters as he goes. Dan Gor­don di­rects. Lyric The­atre. Ends Jan 10 7.45pm (Sat & Sun mat 2.30pm) £22.50/£15 lyricthe­

Ac­ci­den­tal The­atre cre­ate and pre­miere four new plays in the space of a day, with writ­ers given their in­spi­ra­tion the pre­vi­ous evening, script­ing overnight, for re­hearsals the fol­low­ing day and per­for­mances that night. Lyric The­atre. Nov 28 9pm £5 lyricthe­

This year’s Gai­ety Panto gives the old fairy­tale a fun-lov­ing touch as Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood makes her way through a sur­prise-filled woods to her Granny’s cot­tage, with Joe Con­lon as The No­to­ri­ous

Call­Back the­atre stage two short come­dies by Claire Dowie. In the first, a child is cer­tain that a grand­fa­ther’s strange dis­ap­pear­ance re­veals su­per­nat­u­ral pow­ers. In the sec­ond, a mother’s hip op­er­a­tion sets off a chain of events that leads her de­voted daugh­ter into an un­likely as­sas­sin. Bew­ley’s Café The­atre @ Pow­er­scourt. Ends Nov 28 1pm be­w­leyscafethe­ Bryan Bur­roughs’s in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed one-man cin­e­matic jour­ney re­turns for a brief run. In a fi­nal at­tempt to con­nect with his son, a fa­ther ap­peals to his boy’s vivid imag­i­na­tion with a retelling of the an­cient tale, aug­mented with spe­cial ef­fects and poignant mean­ing. Pav­il­ion The­atre. Dec 1 8pm pavil­ionthe­

Michael Har­nett adapts his com­ing of age novel for the stage, in which four teenage boys in 1960s Drum­con­dra face their last sum­mer to­gether while com­ing to terms with the

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