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Rough Magic stage Ste­wart Parker’s dense, play­ful and ref­er­en­tial play from 1984. On the eve of his ex­e­cu­tion, Henry Joy McCracken, one of the rebels of the 1798 Ris­ing, watches his life un­furl through seven ages of man, and in the styles of seven canon­i­cal Ir­ish writ­ers from Sheri­dan to Beck­ett. Lynne Parker di­rects a cast that in­cludes Paul Mal­lon, Eleanor Methven, Rory Nolan, Ali White and Char­lotte McCurry. Lyric Theatre. Ends May 29, 7.45pm (Sat & Sun mat 2.30pm) £10-£24.50, lyricthe­atre.co.uk

CLARE

Opera Tour­ing Com­pany cel­e­brates 30 years in ex­is­tence with a new pro­duc­tion of Puc­cini’s ubiq­ui­tous opera, fea­tur­ing Máire Flavin as the seam­stress Mimi and Pablo Bem­sch as poet Rodolpho. Com­pany found­ing mem­ber Ben Barnes di­rects a ver­sion set in 1930s Paris. Also Done­gal. Glór, En­nis. May 22, 8pm glor.ie Martin McDon­agh’s scabrous comedy about a mocked and dis­abled young man in 1930s west of Ire­land cast in Robert O’Fla­herty’s gets an­other air­ing by Torch Play­ers. Also Kerry and Lim­er­ick. Cul­turlann Sweeney, Kil­kee. May 29, 8pm, cul­turlannsweeney.ie

CORK

Harold Pin­ter’s first pro­fes­sion­ally staged play from 1958, open­ing up a me­nac­ing av­enue for theatre of the ab­surd, finds a lodger in a sleepy sea­side town be­come a hunted fig­ure. Lon­don Clas­sic Theatre tour the play around Ire­land. Every­man Theatre. Ends May 21, 8pm ev­ery­man­cork.com

DONE­GAL

See Clare. An Gri­anán, Let­terkenny. May 25, an­gri­anan.com

DUBLIN

Andrew Kenny’s new play is a one-man show that ex­am­ines the per­sonal fail­ings and cir­cum­stances be­yond our con­trol that con­spire to cre­ate dis­as­ter, and how to make sense of it all. New Theatre. Ends May 21, 7.30pm

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Wil­lFredd Theatre re­vives this in­tel­li­gent and imag­i­na­tive show about hospice care for an Ir­ish tour. Us­ing move­ment, live mu­sic and text drawn from daily life among staff, So­phie Mot­ley di­rects mu­si­cians and fel­low per­form­ers through an il­lu­mi­nat­ing and moving pro­duc­tion. Pavil­ion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire. May 21, 8pm

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Heads on Stage Theatre present Christian O’Reilly’s re­cent play about two lonely Dublin­ers who find love and hope in their later years. Axis, Bal­ly­mun. Ends May 21, 8pm ax­is­bal­ly­mun.ie

Crime and cabaret fold into each other with se­duc­tive re­sults in this

CORK

The food­ies’ par­adise trans­forms it­self into a hot­pot of in­ter­na­tional de­bate and dis­cus­sion about­the fu­ture of food and drink un­der the theme,

Fri-Sun, Bal­ly­maloe Cook­ery School, 021 464 5777 lit­fest.ie

DUBLIN

A rich mix of writ­ers gather to read from and dis­cuss their work. High­lights in­clude Cathy Rentzen­brink and Decca Aitken­head’s ac­counts of loss, Sun 2pm, Smock Al­ley Theatre, ¤10/¤8; Pales­tinian refugee poet and ac­tivist, Rafeef Zi­adah, Sun 8pm, Pea­cock Theatre ¤12/¤10; The Big De­bate about the Spec­tre of Global Ji­had with Jean-Pierre Filiu and Shi­raz Ma­her, Mon 8pm, Smock Al­ley Theatre ¤12/¤10; en­dur­ing mu­si­cal from Kan­der, Ebb and Fosse, set in 1920s Chicago. John Par­tridge plays the lawyer Billy Flynn, Hayley Ta­mad­don is the guilty-as-sin Roxie Hart and Sam Bai­ley is the prison diva Mama Mor­ton. Bord Gáis En­ergy Theatre. Ends May 21, 7.30pm (Thurs & Sat mat 2.30pm) bor­dgaisen­er­gythe­atre.ie

New com­pany Blue Heart Theatre stage Mike Bartlett’s provoca­tive play about iden­tity pol­i­tics and the lim­i­ta­tions of choice. On a break from his boyfriend, John falls for the girl of his dreams and is racked with guilt and in­de­ci­sion. Ge­off O’Ke­effe di­rects. The New Theatre. May 23-28, 7.30pm the­newthe­atre.com Be­fore it was a movie, Al­fred Uhry’s story be­gan life on the stage to de­pict a 25-year re­la­tion­ship be­tween an el­derly white Jewish woman and her African-Amer­i­can driver in the Amer­i­can South, and a friend­ship de­vel­oped dur­ing the ad­vance of the civil rights era. Gwen Tay­lor and Ernest Perry Jr play the leads, with Si­mon Delaney as Daisy’s son Boolie. Gai­ety Theatre. Ends May 28, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) from gai­etythe­atre.ie

Hap­py­bag Pro­duc­tions stage John Mur­phy’s play about Lana Lavelle, a one-time Las Ve­gas star who re­turned to Ire­land to raise two daugh­ters. Ru­moured to have had an af­fair with The King, she decides to make her come­back with her daugh­ters in tow. Mark Lam­bert di­rects. Olympia Theatre. Ends May 21 (Sat mat 3pm) 8pm olympia.ie

Stephen Jones’s play won a Ste­wart Parker Trust/BBC NI Ra­dio Drama Award this year with its dark comedy of two lost in­di­vid­u­als, Ide Na Tine/ Sweet Fire: The Joni Mitchell Project, Tues 8pm Smock Al­ley Theatre, ¤10/¤8; Rus­sian jour­nal­ist, Svet­lana Alex­ievich, Wed 8pm, Ed­mund Burke Theatre, Trin­ity Col­lege ¤12/¤10; Olivia Laing and Amy Lip­trot on lone­li­ness, Thurs 6pm, Smock Al­ley Theatre, ¤12/¤10 il­f­dublin.com

A great place buy and eat out­doors af­ter a brac­ing walk in the park or by the sea, Sat 10am-4pm/Sun 11am-4pm Mar­lay Park, Adam and Eva, locked in a bath­room to­gether dur­ing a New Year’s Eve party. The stage ver­sion, di­rected by Karl Shiels with Jones and Seána Ker­slake, comes to Bew­leys in Awake and Sing’s pro­duc­tion. Bew­leys CafeTheatre @ Pow­er­scourt. Ends Jun 11 1pm

(light lunch be­w­leyscafethe­atre.com Padraic McIn­tyre di­rects a new pro­duc­tion of Tom MacIntyre’s 1995 play about Michael Collins and Ea­mon de Valera’s re­la­tion­ship, fea­tur­ing Dar­ren Killeen and Matthew O’Brien as the di­vided Ir­ish lead­ers. Mill Theatre, Dun­drum. Ends May 21, 8pm millthe­atre.ie Broth­ers Jim and Peter Sheri­dan col­lab­o­rate for the first time in many years for a work based on the life of Bren­dan Be­han, a touch­stone for both, drawn from his mem­oir Gary Cooke, Ryan An­drews and Andrew Mur­ray per­form, di­rected by Peter Sheri­dan. Vik­ing Theatre, Clon­tarf. Ends May 21, 8pm vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com Joe Dowl­ing re­turns to the Abbey to di­rect Shake­speare’s tragedy of the Moor of Venice, driven to jealous rage through the ma­nip­u­la­tions of his de­monic at­ten­dant Iago. Con­ceived as a “con­tem­po­rary thriller” this pro­duc­tion casts Peter Ma­con as Othello, Marty Rea as Iago and Re­becca O’Mara as Des­de­mona. Abbey Theatre. Ends Jun 11, 7.30pm

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Seanan Mcdon­nell’s new play, pre­sented by Sugar Coat Theatre, is a sci-fi rom­com about an im­per­fect cou­ple’s search for the perfect date, tak­ing place in a dat­ing cu­bi­cle where ei­ther part­ner can wipe all mem­ory of the date at any mis­step and be­gin again. Rath­farn­ham & Sun 11am-4pm Peo­ple‘s Park, Dún Laoghaire, dl­r­coco.ie Or­ganic gar­dener Klaus Lait­en­berger will speak about grow­ing un­usual veg­eta­bles, Sat 2pm Na­tional Botanic Gar­dens (above), adm free but booking es­sen­tial 01-8570909, botan­ic­gar­dens.ie Adults can join in this na­tional cel­e­bra­tion Theatre Up­stairs, Lan­ni­gan’s. Pre­views May 20-21 Opens May 24-Jun 4 Tues-Sat 7pm (Wed & Sat mat 1pm) the­atre­up­stairs.ie

Cana­dian play­wright Ge­orge F Walker’s dark comedy finds a dys­func­tional fam­ily lurch­ing into a thriller story, as a mother at­tempts to swin­dle mur­der­ous thugs, plung­ing the rest of the fam­ily into dan­ger. Liam Hal­li­gan di­rects for Whirligig Theatre. Vik­ing Theatre, Clon­tarf. May 23 - Jun 11, 8pm

vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com Robert Go­gan per­forms his one-man ver­sion of Joyce’s novel. The Stag’s Head. Sun­days 1pm & 7pm eventbrite.ie Pur­ple Coat Pro­duc­tions stage an evening of short plays by Harold Pin­ter. Smock Al­ley Theatre. May 20-21, 8pm

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Ed­ward Al­bee’s sem­i­nal play of 1966 finds an older, lac­er­at­ing cou­ple Ge­orge and Martha host­ing a younger pair for din­ner where all hell breaks loose. David Grind­ley, who last helmed

for the Gate, re­turns to di­rect De­clan Con­lon, Fiona Bell, Mark Hu­ber­man and So­phie Robinson. Gate Theatre. Ends Jun 11, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) Mon & Mats Tues-Thurs Fri-Sat

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GAL­WAY

Fol­low­ing the Abbey’s sold-out run di­rec­tor Sean Holmes’s fresh, stripped-down and con­tem­po­rary ver­sion of O’Casey’s clas­sic, hits the road. Some­where be­tween pre­sen­ta­tional and post-dra­matic its cast in­cludes Eileen Walsh, Kate Stan­ley Bren­nan, A de­bate about how art and artists ap­proach mi­gra­tion, iden­tity, mo­bil­ity, ter­ri­tory, ab­sence and si­lence across political, ge­o­graph­i­cal, cul­tural and so­cio-eco­nomic di­vides, Thurs 2pm-4.30pm Fringe Lab, Fo­ley St, adm free but booking ad­vised, dublin­dance­fes­ti­val.ie Events in­clude walks in the Physics Gar­den in St Anne’s Park, Dublin, Sat, and herb walks and talks in Tul­low, Co Car­low, and Ca­her­daniel, Co Kerry, na­tion­al­herb­week.ie A pop­u­lar spot to stock up on home­made foods and crafts and have lunch out­doors, Sat 10am-4pm, Kill­rud­dery Gar­dens, South­ern Cross Road, Bray, kill­rud­dery.com Ian-Lloyd An­der­son, David Ganly, Janet Mo­ran and Nyree Yer­gain­har­sian. Town Hall Theatre. May 24-28 8pm

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KERRY

See Clare. St John’s Theatre, Lis­towel. Jun 2, 8pm, stjohn­sthe­atrelis­towel.ie

KIL­DARE

Based on Frank O’Con­nor’s bi­og­ra­phy of Michael Collins, De­clan Gor­man’s new play casts Ger­ard Ad­lum as O’Con­nor and Cil­lian O’Gairbhi as Collins to present the rise of the mil­i­tary leader from GPO vol­un­teer to Free State fighter, as seen through the eyes of his biog­ra­pher. Also Mon­aghan. River­bank Arts Cen­tre. May 20, 8pm, river­bank.ie

LIM­ER­ICK

See Clare. Fri­ars­gate, Kil­mal­lock, May 26, fri­ars­gate.ie

LOUTH

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. Droic­head Arts Cen­tre. May 20, 8.30pm

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MON­AGHAN

See Kil­dare. Garage Theatre. May 21, 8pm garageth­e­atre.com

WEX­FORD

Scalder Theatre presents the pre­miere of a new Billy Roche play, a bit­ter­sweet story of love lost, dreams shat­tered and char­ac­ters cling­ing to the prom­ise of a re­demp­tive fu­ture. Na­tional Opera House. Pre­views May 23, Open May 24-28 na­tion­al­op­er­a­house.ie

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