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BELFAST

God Bless the Child 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 Cork. Lyric Theatre. Ends Aug 21 7.45pm (Sat and Sun 2.30pm) £24.50/£15/£10 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

CORK

The Match­maker Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny bring John B Keane’s multi-role-play­ing drama back to the stage in Michael Scott’s pro­duc­tion. Every­man Theatre. Aug 8-13 8pm 126/123 (Stu­dents 19) ev­ery­man­cork.com ProdiJIG: The Rev­o­lu­tion A new show of Ir­ish dance chore­ographed by Alan Kenefick and di­rected by Wayne Jor­dan, with mu­si­cal con­tri­bu­tion from the evoca­tively named Peter Power and the prog trad band Moxie. Per­formed by Kenefick’s dance troupe ProdiJIG, win­ners of Sky’s Got To Dance in 2012. Cork Opera House. Ends Aug 14 cork­op­er­a­house.ie

DUBLIN

47 Roses & Are You Havin’ a Laugh? The ap­peal­ing Peter Sheri­dan per­forms two of his au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal works, staged in suc­ces­sive stints. The first is his fas­ci­nat­ingly frank de­tec­tive story into his late fa­ther’s life-long re­la­tion­ship with an­other woman; the sec­ond is a per­sonal trib­ute to Dublin and the “Gaelic Brain”. Bew­ley’s Café Theatre. 47 Roses: Ends Aug 6; AYHAL: Aug 8- Aug 20 1pm 18-112 (lunch 14) be­w­leyscafethe­atre.com

The Con­stant Wife Ten years since its last ap­pear­ance at the Gate, Som­er­set Maugham’s com­edy of manners re­turns in a new pro­duc­tion di­rected by Alan Stan­ford. The un­flap­pable Con­stance Mid­dle­ton main­tains the ruse of a happy mar­riage while her hus­band phi­lan­ders with her best friend, un­til she de­cides to turn the ta­bles. Tara Egan Langley plays the un­sen­ti­men­tal spouse strik­ing out for in­de­pen­dence with Si­mon O’Gor­man, Caoimhe O’Mal­ley and Peter Gaynor. Gate Theatre. Ends Aug 27 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) Mon & Mat 120-127, Tues-Thurs 134 Fri-Sat 137.50 gate-theatre.ie Ea­monn [From Menswear] Ill-Ad­vised Theatre Com­pany stage a one-man mu­si­cal com­edy about things that aren’t funny, deal­ing with mi­gra­tion, racism, sex­ism and so­cio-eco­nomic divi­sion in so­ci­ety. Writ­ten and per­formed by Fionn Fo­ley of TG4’s EIPIC. Smock Al­ley Theatre. Aug 1-6 8pm 115/112 smock­alley.com

Charo­lais Noni Sta­ple­ton per­forms her new solo show, a sur­real com­edy of love, long­ing and one woman’s ri­valry with a Charo­lais heifer. Vik­ing Theatre, Clon­tarf. Aug 8-20 8pm 112 vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com In­is­fallen Fare Thee Well Sean O’Casey’s life and his leav­ing Dublin is ex­plored in Ed­die Naughton’s new play about one of Ire­land’s most cel­e­brated writ­ers and po­lit­i­cal thinkers. Ro­nan Wil­mot per­forms. The New Theatre. Aug 8-20 7.30pm 116/112.50 the­newthe­atre.com

Maeve Binchy and Fa­mous Ir­ish Writ­ers Walk Be­gin­ning at the Dalkey Cas­tle and Her­itage Cen­tre, this prom­e­nade in­tro­duces par­tic­i­pants to works by Binchy, James Joyce, GB Shaw, Hugh Leonard, Flann O’Brien and oth­ers. Meet at Dalkey Cas­tle & Her­itage Cen­tre. Each Friday 2pm un­til Sep 2, 1.30pm 18.50-113 dalk­ey­cas­tle.com

Mer­cury James Ire­land’s play is a story about the fragility of love when trust is bro­ken and the pos­si­bil­ity of mak­ing an es­cape. The New Theatre. Ends Aug 6 7.30pm 116/112.50 the­newthe­atre.com

The Mys­te­ri­ous His­tory of Things Jack Harte’s new com­edy takes a look at fame and celebrity when two peo­ple ar­rive at the home of The His­to­rian, in­tent to see their names recorded in the an­nals. Vik­ing Theatre, Clon­tarf. Ends Aug 6 112 vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com

Ob­serve the Sons of Ul­ster March­ing To­wards the Somme After an in­ter­na­tional tour of duty of its own, the Abbey’s co-pro­duc­tion with Head­long, Ci­ti­zens Theatre and Liver­pool Every­man & Play­house fi­nally ar­rives in Dublin. Feted English di­rec­tor Jeremy Her­rin is paired with one of Frank McGuin­ness’s most cel­e­brated works, a multi-char­ac­ter drama about union­ist vol­un­teers in the first World War en­gaged in the cat­a­strophic Bat­tle of the Somme and the echoes of the Boyne. Abbey Theatre. Pre­views Aug 6-8 Opens Aug 8 - Sep 24 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm) 113-145 abbeythe­atre.ie

Once Once more, with feel­ing, Land­mark Pro­duc­tions brings back the Tony-award win­ning mu­si­cal based on John Car­ney’s low-bud­get film to Dublin, the city of its set­ting and its spir­i­tual home. Guy meets Girl, in the shape of Sam Cieri and Me­gan Rior­dan, in a mu­si­cal writ­ten by Enda Walsh, di­rected by John Tif­fany, and played out on a set by Bob Crow­ley which dou­bles as a func­tion­ing bar. Olympia Theatre. Ends Aug 27 8pm (Sat mat 3pm) on­ce­mu­si­cal.ie

River­dance Sure, where would we be with­out it? The Ir­ish step mu­si­cal turns 21. Gai­ety Theatre. Ends Sep 4 7.30pm 115-156 (Sat mat 3.30pm Sun 5pm) 120-155 gai­etythe­atre.ie Strolling Through Ulysses Robert Go­gan per­forms his one-man ver­sion of Joyce’s novel. The Stag’s Head. Sun­days 1pm & 7pm 110 eventbrite.ie

KILKENNY

The In­com­plete Works of Shake­speare The leg­endary trav­el­ling French theatre com­pany Footsbarn pitch their tent in Kilkenny for this spe­cially cre­ated work to cel­e­brate the 452nd an­niver­sary of Shake­speare’s birth. Or the 400th an­niver­sary of his death. Ei­ther rea­son is good. As part of Kilkenny Arts Festival. Footsbarn Tent, County Hall. Aug 5-13 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) 128/125 kilken­n­yarts.ie

Be­hind the Dark Blend­ing ac­ro­bat­ics and dance, this per­for­mance ex­plores a mind on the edge of fear, staged at night in the eerie sur­round­ings of Kil­fane Glen and Wa­ter­fall and set to a men­ac­ing orig­i­nal score. Kil­fane Glen and Wa­ter­fall, buses from Cas­tle Park. Aug 9-13 10pm & 11pm 118/116 kilken­n­yarts.ie

The Case­ment Project, A Wake for Roger Case­ment Ol­wen Fouéré, Mang­ina Jones, Una Mul­lally and Fearghus Ó Conchúir all con­trib­ute to this event to mark the ex­tra­or­di­nary life and ig­no­min­ious death of pa­triot/traitor Roger Case­ment. Set Theatre. Aug 5 11.30pm 112/110 kilken­n­yarts.ie

Cuckoo’s Nest The leg­endary Footsbarn per­form one of two works for the Kilkenny Arts Festival. This is an Ir­ish pre­miere of their adap­ta­tion of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, based on the novel, and per­formed us­ing pup­petry and masks. Footsbarn Tent, County Hall. Aug 6 7.30pm, Aug 7 2.30pm, Aug 11 7.30pm, Aug 12 7.30pm & Aug 14 2.30pm 128/125 (fam­ily ticket 180) kilken­n­yarts.ie

Stephen Rea reads Sea­mus Heaney’s Aeneid: Book VI Great story, great telling, great ac­tor. Neil Martin pro­vides the sound­scape, your imag­i­na­tion does the rest. Water­gate Theatre. Aug 6-7 5pm; Dun­more Cave Aug 8 4pm 120/118 kilken­n­yarts.ie

LEITRIM

Lovely Leitrim In its 20th year, Beezneez re­vive John McDwyer’s de­but play about the Gal­lagher fam­ily, farm own­ers on a Leitrim hill­side, whose mother’s dy­ing wish frag­ments the fam­ily. The Dock, Car­rick-on Shan­non. Aug 10-13 8.30pm 117 the­dock.ie

SLIGO

The Cat and the Moon Blue Rain­coat stage Yeats’ story of two beg­gars, one blind, one lame, who come to the well of St Cole­man in search of a cure. Niall Henry di­rects his en­sem­ble for the first in­stal­ment of the com­pany’s A Coun­try Un­der Wave Yeats festival. Also per­formed out­doors at Dooney Rock on Aug 6. Fac­tory Per­for­mance Space. Ends Aug 5 1.10pm; Dooney Rock, Lough Gill. Aug 6 6pm bluerain­coat.com

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