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Ed­u­cat­ing Rita

The Lyric’s new pro­duc­tion of Willy Rus­sell’s com­edy about education, class and the sexes trans­poses the orig­i­nal from Liverpool to Belfast. Here, Kerri Quinn plays Rita, the hair­dresser tired of a con­fined ex­is­tence who en­rols in an Open Univer­sity course in English lit­er­a­ture taught by a dis­so­lute lec­turer, played by Stephen Kennedy. Emma Jor­dan di­rects. Lyric Theatre. Ends Feb 28 7.45pm (Sat & Sun mat 2.30pm) £15-£24.50 lyricthe­

CAR­LOW The Man in the Woman’s Shoes

Mikel Murfi per­forms 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. Vis­ual. Feb 14 8pm

€17/€15 vi­su­al­car­

CA­VAN The Kings of the Kil­burn High Road

Livin Dred re­vives Jimmy Mur­phy’s play from 2000, set among a group of Lon­don-Ir­ish builders who left home in the 1970s, as they wake the death of one of their mem­bers. Padraic McIn­tyre di­rects Phe­lim Drew, Mal­colm Adams, Arthur Rior­dan, Sea­mus O’Rourke and Char­lie Bon­ner in a tour­ing pro­duc­tion. Also Done­gal. Ramor Theatre, Vir­ginia. Ends Feb 16 ramorthe­


Juno and the Pay­cock

Ger Fitzgib­bon di­rects Sean O’Casey’s not-too-sel­dom re­vived clas­sic (see below) set in a Dublin ten­e­ment dur­ing the Ir­ish Civil War where the for­tunes of the chaot­i­cally dys­func­tional Boyle fam­ily rise and fall. Ev­ery­man Theatre. Ends Feb 20 8pm (Schools per­for­mance Feb 12 11am)

€26/€23 (Stu­dents €15 Mon-Thurs) ev­ery­man­

The Kings of the Kil­burn High Road

An Gri­anan Theatre, Let­terkenny. Feb 17-18 8pm €20/€15 an­gri­anan


All That Fall

Pan Pan re­vives its re­mark­able and evoca­tive in­stal­la­tion, here plac­ing the au­di­ence on the Abbey Theatre’s stage, unit­ing a dis­arm­ingly de­signed space with a care­fully de­tailed recorded per­for­mance of Beck­ett’s ra­dio play. The jour­ney of seventy-some­thing Maddy Rooney to the Boghill Rail­way Sta­tion to col­lect her hus­band is sim­i­larly lay­ered with com­edy, mys­tery and al­lu­sion in di­rec­tor Gavin Quinn’s pro­duc­tion. Abbey Theatre. Ends Feb 20 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm (Feb 11 7pm & 9pm only) €25/€20 abbeythe­

Big Mag­gie

Druid re­vives its ex­cel­lent 2011 pro­duc­tion of John B Keane’s 1969 play, di­rected by Garry Hynes. Ais­ling O’Sul­li­van re­turns as an in­domitable Ir­ish ma­tri­arch, de­ter­mined to se­cure her fam­ily’s sur­vival and fu­ture at the ex­pense of her chil­dren’s de­sires. Orig­i­nal stars Keith Duffy and John Olohan are joined by Clare Bar­rett, Char­lotte McCurry, Karen McCart­ney and Joan Sheehy. Gai­ety Theatre. Ends Mar 12

€21-€46 0818-719388 gai­etythe­

Cou­ples + Pairs

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. Ends Feb 20 7pm (Tues-Sat) Mats Wed & Sat 1pm (Ex­clud­ing Feb 6 & 17) the­atre­up­

Cyprus Av­enue

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 un­til Feb 15 Opens Feb 16 - Mar 19 8pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) €25/€18 abbeythe­

Juno and the Pay­cock

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 un­til Feb 15 Opens Feb 16-Apr 16 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) Mon & Mats €25; Tues-Thurs €32; Fri-Sat €35

Juno and the Pay­cock

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. Ends Feb 20 (Wed-Sat) 8.15pm €12/€10 087-2105432

This Beach

Bro­kentalk­ers present a work in de­vel­op­ment, a re­sponse to the refugee cri­sis and no­tions of sovereignty. One fam­ily are faced with the ar­rival of a soli­tary out­sider to what they con­sider to be “their” beach. The pro­duc­tion pre­mieres later in Mu­nich Kam­mer­spiele. Civic Theatre, Tal­laght. Feb 12 8pm €10 civicthe­

This Lime Tree Bower

Conor McPherson’s 1995 mono­logue play, an early suc­cess for the writer and di­rec­tor, finds an­other gen­er­a­tion of mak­ers. Eoghan Car­rick di­rects Peter Daly, Stephen Jones and David Fen­nelly as three re­lated men who re­late the story of an event­ful week through in­ter­twin­ing per­spec­tives. Pro­ject Arts Cen­tre. Pre­views Feb 16-17 Opens Feb 18-27 8.15pm €15 pro­jec­tarts­cen­

Made in China

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. Ends Feb 20 8pm €12 vikingth­e­atre­

Pete Best of the Bea­tles

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. Ends Feb 13 7.30pm

€16/€12.50 the­newthea-

The Quiet Land

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. Ends Feb 20 1pm €8-€12 (light lunch €4) be­w­leyscafethe­

Smock Al­lies: Scene + Heard Fes­ti­val

Fifty-two orig­i­nal pieces will cy­cle through Smock Al­ley’s spa­ces over the course of three weeks, each pre­sented by lo­cal artists. Some events are staged in tan­dem with meals. Smock Al­ley Theatre. Feb 17-Mar 5

€15/€12 smock­

Sure Thing

Eric O’Brien and Jed Mur­ray dive into Ir­ish gam­bling cul­ture in their play for Show in a Bag, first seen dur­ing last year’s Fringe, where book­ies and their clients make the third-big­gest gam­bling na­tion in the world. Axis, Bal­ly­mun. Feb 18-19 8pm

€12/€10 ax­is­bal­ly­


John Mor­ton’s new play, staged in as­so­ci­a­tion with White La­bel, is a dark com­edy about a shel­tered girl and the boy she in­vites over for din­ner. The New Theatre. Feb 15-27 7.30pm €16/€12.50 the­newthe­


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 €15/€12 smock­


Ger Gal­lagher’s new play finds an ag­ing lady, Jenny, mourn­ing the re­cent loss of her neigh­bour and re­treat­ing to the kitchen of her ram­bling Dublin 4 res­i­dence as the Celtic Tiger en­ters its twi­light. A bullish son tries to get her to leave the house as a new neigh­bour could seek her help. Caro­line FitzGer­ald di­rects Geral­dine Plun­kett, Mar­cus Lamb, Jenn McGuirk and Si­mon Toal. Dolmen Theatre. Feb 15-27 8pm €15 dol­menthe­


The Cau­casian Chalk Cir­cle

Stu­dents of NUIG’s Drama pro­gramme per­form Brecht’s slice of Epic Theatre, about a ser­vant girl flee­ing the war torn city with the Royal baby in a per­for­mance that is part ad­ven­ture, part cabaret di­rected by Max Haf­fler. Mick Lally Theatre. Feb 17-20 8pm

€10/€8 druid.tick­et­

Dead School

Deca­dent Theatre re­vive the com­pany’s re­cent pro­duc­tion of Pa­trick McCabe’s play, adapted from his novel. Two men, a head­mas­ter and a teacher from dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions, clash with one an­other in an Ir­ish school in the 1970s, both de­scend­ing into mad­ness. Town Hall Theatre. Feb 18-27 8pm €20/€18

LIM­ER­ICK Lan­guage Un­Be­com­ing A Lady

Bot­tom Dog Theatre Com­pany brings back Myles Breen’s 2009 one-man show. Set in the dress­ing room of an ag­ing drag queen, it re­counts the life and loves of a gay man in Ire­land and the di­vas who gave him strength. Liam O’Brien di­rects. Siamsa Tire Feb 12 8pm €16/€13


Pat Kinevane’s solo per­for­mance for Fisham­ble (per­formed on al­ter­nate nights with his play Un­der­neath), one part whimsy to two parts acid, re­turns to let the home­less Valentino, with silent movie idol looks, re­call the many sui­cide at­tempts of his brother, Pearse. Belltable. Feb 12 8pm

€15 lime­treethe­


Pat Kinevane’s dark comic tale for Fisham­ble (per­formed on al­ter­nat­ing nights with his play Silent), is a story of a life lived in se­cret, ex­plor­ing a world be­neath the sur­face. Belltable. Feb 13 8pm

€15 lime­treethe­


Menopause The Mu­si­cal

An­other life stage gets a mu­si­cal out­ing in this com­mer­cial jug­ger­naut, back for a fresh wave of tour­ing, which par­o­dies pop hits of the 60s and 70s and stars Mary Byrne, Sue Collins, Ni­amh Ka­vanagh and Linda Nolan. Also Tip­per­ary. TLT, Drogheda. Feb 12 8pm menopau­seire­

Small Plas­tic Wars

Pat McGrath’s per­for­mance gets a wel­come re­vival. Un­em­ploy­ment has fi­nally given Joe the time to en­joy his hobby of modelling, but his wife, his kids, the bank, his neme­sis Her­mann and An­gela Merkel have other ideas. Droic­head Arts Cen­tre. Feb 12 8.30pm €15/€12 droic­


I’m the One For You

Skreen/Donard Drama Group stage the ro­man­tic com­edy of a wid­ower farmer obliv­i­ous to the de­sires of his cleaner, who is in turn fan­cied by an­other bach­e­lor farmer. When a newly ar­rived di­vorcee turns his head, mixed in­ten­tions be­gin to pile up. Hawk’s Well theatre Feb 13 8pm €12.50/€10 hawk­


Menopause The Mu­si­cal

See Louth. The Source, Thurles. Feb 13 8pm menopau­seire­

The Mir­a­cle Worker

Ne­nagh Play­ers stage this adap­ta­tion of the life of He­len Keller, ren­dered blind, deaf and mute from in­fancy, who learns to com­mu­ni­cate with her gov­erness Anne O’Sul­li­van. Ne­nagh Arts Cen­tre. Feb 17-18 8pm €13 ne­

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