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Blue Heart Theatre stages an evening of five short plays and songs, all pur­su­ing the theme of love, found and loss. Writ­ers in­clude Mar­garet Perry, Mike Kunze and Erica Mur­ray, with mu­sic by Cal Fol­ger Day. Theatre Up­stairs. Feb 5-20 7pm (Tues-Sat) Mats Wed & Sat 1pm (Ex­clud­ing Feb 6 & 17) the­atre­up­

Au­gust Strind­berg, the Swedish au­thor of Miss Julie and A Dream Play, never took a rosy view of in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tion­ships. This tragi­comic de­pic­tion of a jeal­ous mar­riage and a cor­rupt­ing love tri­an­gle, isn’t any sun­nier. David Greig’s 2008 adap­ta­tion, though, meets its wicked hu­mour head on, while di­rec­tor Aoife Spil­lane-Hinks con­ducts a psy­cho­log­i­cal bat­tle of the sexes. The New Theatre. Ends Feb 6 7.30pm the­newthe­

Eric Miller, a Belfast loy­al­ist, be­lieves that his five-week old grand­daugh­ter is Gerry Adams. The con­ceit of David Ire­land’s lat­est play might be his most au­da­cious yet in this co-pro­duc­tion be­tween the Abbey and the Royal Court. Vicky Feather­stone di­rects Stephen Rea, Ju­lia Dear­don Amy Mol­loy, Wunmi Mosaku and Chris Cor­ri­gan. Pea­cock Stage, Abbey Theatre. Pre­views Feb 11-15 Opens Feb 16 - Mar 19 8pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) abbeythe­ Mark O’Rowe di­rects Sean O’Casey’s clas­sic, set among the Boyle fam­ily in a Dublin ten­e­ment dur­ing the Ir­ish Civil War. De­clan Con­lon plays the shift­less Cap­tain Jack Boyle, shirk­ing work with Marty Rea as his “butty” Joxer Daly, as Derbhle Crotty takes on the role of Juno, the moral cen­tre in a play of political un­rest and fail­ing prom­ises. Peter Coonan, In­grid Craigie, Em­met Kir­wan, Caoimhe O’Mal­ley, Karl Shiels and Fionn Wal­ton round out an im­pres­sive cast. Gate Theatre. Pre­views Feb 11-15 Opens Feb 16-Apr 16 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) Mon & Mats Tues-Thurs Fri-Sat Sk­er­ries Theatre Group goes toe-to-toe with the Gate Theatre with this stag­ing of O’Casey’s play fea­tur­ing the dys­func­tional Boyle fam­ily in a 1920s Dublin ten­e­ment against the back­drop of the Ir­ish Civil War. Lit­tle Theatre. Feb 10-20 (Wed-Sat) 8.15pm 087-2105432

Mark O’Rowe’s 2001 play about two crim­i­nal foot-sol­diers, strug­gling for the loy­alty of a third, is given a fresh air­ing by Corps En­sem­ble. Jed Mur­ray di­rects Rex Ryan, Neil Flem­ing and Ed­win Mul­lane. Vik­ing Theatre. Feb 8-20 8pm vikingth­e­atre­

Mary-Lou McCarthy per­forms Ali White’s mono­logue for the Abbey writ­ten from the per­spec­tive of Sean O’Casey’s con­sump­tive char­ac­ter in ten­e­ment Dublin, now on the pe­riph­eries of the 1913 Lock­out and 1916 Ris­ing. Sylvia Thomp­son sthomp­son@irish­


Vin­tage cloth­ing, bric-a-brac and hand­made goods , Sun 11am-5pm New­mar­ket, dublin­

Check throgh an eclec­tic se­lec­tion of books in Tem­ple Bar Square (Sat/Sun) or buy your week­end food at the ar­ti­san food mar­ket in Meet­ing House Square, Sat morn­ings Ev­ery­thing from cook­ery demon­stra­tions to kung-fu dis­plays in this year of the mon­key, var­i­ous venues, Dublin city cen­tre 01-2225455 dublinchi­ne­se­ David and Stephen Flynn take to the stage to pre­pare recipes from their best-sell­ing book, Pav­il­ion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire. Feb 9 10am & 12pm

pavil­ionthe­ Stephen Kennedy’s new play, the lat­est in a se­ries of Bea­tles-in­spired plays, is the story of their one-time drum­mer, Pete Best, fired shortly be­fore the re­lease of the band’s first sin­gle. Staged by Yap­per­head Theatre Com­pany. The New Theatre. Pre­views Feb 8 Opens Feb 9-13 7.30pm the­newthe­

Malachy McKenna’s award-win­ning ra­dio play crosses over to the stage. Des Keogh and Derry Power play two el­derly farm­ers, steeped in re­silience, hard hu­mour and si­lence, who meet on a re­mote hill­side to share some chal­leng­ing hard truths. Bair­bre Ní Chaoimh di­rects. Bew­ley’s Café Theatre. Pre­views Feb 8 Opens Feb 9-20 1pm (light lunch


Be­fore it was a film, it was a play; be­fore it was a play, it was a book; and be­fore it was a book, it was a not es­pe­cially ex­cit­ing pas­time. Re­al­ity:Check Pro­duc­tions stage the first adap­ta­tion of Irvine Welsh’s novel, in which a young Scot­tish drug ad­dict Mark Ren­ton tries to get clean, with some very dirty re­sults. Smock Al­ley Theatre. Ends Feb 13 7.30pm smock­ Beezneez con­duct a se­cond tour of a com­edy by John McDwyer. Civic Theatre, Tal­laght. Feb 5-6 8pm civicthe­


See Car­low. INEC, Kil­lar­ney. Feb 11 8pm menopau­seire- Thurs 8pm Pav­il­ion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire pavil­ionthe­

Lar Joye, cu­ra­tor of the Na­tional Mu­seum will ex­am­ine the 1916 Ris­ing from a mil­i­tary his­tory in­clud­ing the Rebel plan to take Dublin, the role of the Bri­tish ar­tillery and the ef­fec­tive­ness of the Rebel Weapons, Thurs 1pm Na­tional


In Sk­ib­bercean­nigh, the “World’s Most Live­able Com­mu­nity”, new ar­rival Ruby re­ceives a friendly wel­come from the towns­folk. But out walk­ing one night she finds a mys­te­ri­ous man with no arms and dis­cov­ers all is not what it seems. Mikel Murfi de­vises the new phys­i­cal per­for­mance with One Duck, a com­pany formed by re­cent grad­u­ates of The Lir. Also Louth and Of­faly. River­bank Arts Cen­tre, New­bridge. Feb 5 8pm



Water­gate. Feb 6 8pm wa­ter­gateth­e­


Pat Kinevane’s per­forms his one-man per­for­mance for Fisham­ble, an ex­quis­ite mem­ory play fea­tur­ing four dis­con­nected char­ac­ters in a re­tire­ment home, whose lives grad­u­ally in­ter­sect. Also Tip­per­ary. Belltable. Feb 11 8pm lime­treethe­


See Kil­dare. Droic­head Arts Cen­tre. Feb 5 8.30pm



See Kil­dare. Birr Theatre and Arts Cen­tre. Feb 7 8pm



A com­i­cal look at life, love and eat­ing from Liv­ing Room Theatre. Hawk’s Well theatre Feb 6 8pm hawk­

Mikel Murfi per­forms Mu­seum, Kil­dare St, adm free but ad­vanced book­ing ad­vised 01-6486334 mu­


Cheese mak­ers, bread mak­ers and other ar­ti­san pro­duc­ers are sell­ing their pro­duce (above) in this de­light­ful set­ting, Sat 10am-4pm Kill­rud­dery Es­tate, South­ern Cross Road, Bray adm free kill­rud­ his solo show for Loco and Reck­less Pro­duc­tions 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 Theatre Feb 8 & 11 8pm See Car­low. Hawk’s Well Theatre. Feb 9-10 8pm hawk­


Pat Kinevane’s per­forms his one-man per­for­mance for Fisham­ble, an ex­quis­ite mem­ory play fea­tur­ing four dis­con­nected char­ac­ters in a re­tire­ment home, whose lives grad­u­ally in­ter­sect. Ne­nagh Arts Cen­tre. Feb 5 8pm ne­

See Belfast. Source Arts Cen­tre, Thurles Feb 5 8pm sourcearts­cen­


See Car­low. Na­tional Opera House Feb 5 menopau­seire­


Ol­wen Fouere re­vives her lat­est trans­fix­ing solo take on in­scrutable Ir­ish mas­ter­works. Fol­low­ing her in­ter­na­tion­ally lauded Joycean adap­ta­tion, river­run, this is a per­for­mance of Beck­ett’s spar­ing, ran­domly as­sem­bled short prose piece Less­ness in a co-pro­duc­tion be­tween Gal­way In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val and her com­pany TheEmer­gen­cy­Room. Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre, Bray. Feb 5-6 8pm mer­maid­arts­cen­ Robert Go­gan per­forms his one-man ver­sion of Joyce’s novel. Bless­ing­ton Book­shop, Bless­ing­ton. Feb 10 7pm 045-857730

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