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MacLe­man ex­plores the hu­man drive to in­vent, to col­lect, and to cre­ate in draw­ing, ob­ject-mak­ing, in­stal­la­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tive projects. The Dock, St Ge­orge’s Ter­race, Car­rick-On-Shannon Un­til June 11 the­


Cu­ra­tor Koyo Kouoh’s choice of works and projects by more than 50 Ir­ish and in­ter­na­tional artists. Kerry Group for­mer Golden Vale Milk Plant, NCR, O’Cal­laghan Strand; Lim­er­ick City Gallery, Pery Sq; The Hunt Mu­seum, Rut­land St; Bourne Vin­cent Gallery, UL; Grey­hound Sta­dium, Green Park Un­til July 17


GMIT Mayo Cam­pus grad­u­ates. St Mary’s Hall, GMIT Mayo Cam­pus, Castle­bar Un­til June 4

Tara Mo­ran-Woods ex­plores the life of a vis­ually im­paired per­son. Li­nen­hall Arts Cen­tre, Li­nen­hall St, Castle­bar Un­til June 4 the­li­nen­


Cen­te­nary dis­play in­clud­ing march­ing banners of a Meath branch of the Ir­ish Na­tional Vol­un­teers and more, plus pho­to­graphic doc­u­men­ta­tion and arte­facts. With sev­eral per­for­mances through­out the run. Sol­stice Arts Cen­tre, Rail­way St, Na­van Un­til June 4 sol­sticearts­cen­


Nol­laig Mol­loy’s sculp­tures stem from re­search into the im­pact of the 1916 Ris­ing on the next gen­er­a­tion of young peo­ple in post-in­de­pen­dence Ire­land. Roscom­mon Arts Cen­tre, Cir­cu­lar Road, Roscom­mon Un­til June arts­cen­tre@ roscom­mon­


A retrospective of the work of An­drew Pike of KCAT Stu­dios, in­clud­ing paint­ing and an­i­ma­tion. Damer House Gallery, Ro­screa 087-2065111


Al­le­gra Pe­senti cu­rates Lis­more’s an­nual group show, with a di­verse col­lec­tion of artists. Lis­more Cas­tle Arts, Lis­more Un­til Septem­ber 30 lis­more­


Tom Byrne’s paint­ings of the 16 lead­ers ex­e­cuted in 1916, and Paul Woods’ evo­ca­tions of the scars and devastation left by the Ris­ing. Luan Gallery, Grace Road, Athlone Un­til June 19 athlon­eart­sand­ luan-gallery


Wexford Cam­pus of Art and De­sign IT Car­low Fine Art grad­u­a­tion show with work by Ann Breen, Deirdre But­timer, Lisa Dunne, Fran Greene, Gina Murphy, Danny O’Brien, Martin Read­ing, Sandra Ryan, Breda Stacey and Zane Su­tra. Wexford Arts Cen­tre, Corn­mar- ket Un­til June 16 wex­for­darts­cen­


Peter Craw­ley pcraw­ley@irish­


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. Also Dublin and Mon­aghan. Mar­ket Place. May 27 8pm mar­ket­placear­


Rawlife The­atre Com­pany and the Lyric stage a new play by Pearse El­liot, a black com­edy about two al­co­holics in a des­o­late Belfast coun­cil house, vis­ited by a stranger as the night grows darker. Martin McSharry di­rects. Lyric The­atre. Ends Jun 5 £10-£17 lyricthe­

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 lyricthe­


Martin McDon­agh’s scabrous com­edy about a mocked and dis­abled young man in 1930s west of Ire­land cast in Robert O’Fla­herty’s Man of Aran gets an­other air­ing by Torch Play­ers. Also Kerry and Lim­er­ick. Cul­turlann Sweeney, Kil­kee. May 29 8pm cul­


Big Telly re­vives its adap­ta­tion of Spike Mil­li­gan’s an­ar­chic comic novel, cre­ated by Vin­cent Hig­gins and the com­pany. Also Derry. Ev­ery­man The­atre. May 30-Jun 2 8pm ev­ery­man­


See Cork. River­side The­atre, Col­eraine. May 28 8pm river­sidethe­


See Armagh. Gai­ety The­atre. May 30-Jun 4 8pm from gai­etythe­

When a party thrown for wealthy woman, Selma, be­gins to break down only true friends prove a solid foun­da­tion be­neath boom­time Ire­land. Caro­line Fitzger­ald di­rects Iso­bel Ma­hon’s play. Dol­men The­atre. Ends Jun 4 8pm dol­menthe­

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. Ends May 28 7.30pm the­newthe­

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 gai­etythe­

Stephen Jones’s play won a Ste­wart Parker Trust/BBC NI Ra­dio Drama Award this year with its dark com­edy of two lost in­di­vid­u­als, 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 Cafe The­atre @ Pow­er­scourt. Ends Jun 11, 1pm (light lunch be­w­leyscafethe­

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


Seanan McDon­nell’s new play, pre­sented by Sugar Coat The­atre, is a sci-fi rom-com 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. The­atre Up­stairs, Lan­ni­gan’s. Ends Jun 4 Tues-Sat 7pm (Wed & Sat mat 1pm) the­atre­up­

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. Ends Jun 11 8pm vikingth­e­atre­

Fresh from its Olivier-award win­ning suc­cess in Lon­don, Pat Kinevane’s ac­com­plished and widely-toured one-man per­for­mance for Fisham­ble – one part whimsy to two parts acid – re­turns. The home­less Valentino, with silent movie idol looks, re­calls the many sui­cide at­tempts of his brother, Pearse. Pavil­ion The­atre, Dún Laoghaire. May 31-Jun 4, 8pm

pavil­ionthe­ Robert Go­gan per­forms his one-man ver­sion of Joyce’s novel. The Stag’s Head. Sun­days 1pm & 7pm

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 The Gigli Concert 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



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 Kilkenny and Meath. Town Hall The­atre. Jun 1, 8pm 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, Ian-Lloyd Anderson, David Ganly, Janet Mo­ran and Nyree Yer­gain­har­sian. Town Hall The­atre. Ends May 28 8pm

(Thurs mat 11am


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


See Gal­way. Water­gate The­atre Jun 1 8pm wa­ter­gateth­e­


Three Frank O’Con­nor short sto­ries – My Oedi­pus Com­plex, The Ge­nius and First Confession – are brought to­gether to form a sin­gle full-length play. Also Roscom­mon and Tipperary. Lime Tree The­atre. May 28 8pm lime­treethe­


See Armagh. Garage The­atre. May 28 8pm garageth­e­


See Lim­er­ick. Roscom­mon Arts Cen­tre. Jun 1 8pm roscom­monarts­cen­


See Lim­er­ick. Source Arts Cen­tre May 27 8pm the­sourcearts­cen­


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. Sounds like Roche all right. Na­tional Opera House. Ends May 28


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