THEATRE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | GOING OUT - Peter Craw­ley pcraw­ley@irish­times.com

BELFAST

The Nest Ex­pect­ing par­ents, Martha and Kurt, do ev­ery­thing to pro­vide for the security of their child, but a chance to make some quick money through du­bi­ous means throws ev­ery­thing into peril. Ian Rick­son di­rects Caoil­fhionn Dunne and Lau­rence Kin­lan in Franz Xaver Kroetz’s play, in a new trans­la­tion by Conor McPher­son, with mu­sic by PJ Har­vey, in a co-pro­duc­tion be­tween the Lyric and the Young Vic. Lyric Theatre. Ends Oct 22 £15-£24.50 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

St Joan Jimmy Fay di­rects Bernard Shaw’s tragedy about the life, trial and death of Joan of Arc, a young woman guided by voices, act­ing in good faith, cap­tured and ac­cused of heresy, caught be­tween the forces of the Church and the Law. Lisa Dwyer Hogg plays Joan. Lyric Theatre. Ends Oct 8 7.45pm (Sat & sun 2.30pm) £15-£24.50 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

CORK

Fred and Alice Cal­lBack theatre stages a new play by John Sheehy, a quirky love story be­tween a man and a woman who move from in­sti­tu­tional care to in­de­pen­dent liv­ing while ne­go­ti­at­ing the chal­lenges of both sit­u­a­tions. Also Water­ford. Ev­ery­man Theatre. Oct 3-7 8pm ev­ery­man­cork.com

DUBLIN

Bai­le­gan­gaire No­mad in as­so­ci­a­tion with Livin Dred stage Tom Mur­phy’s dark and trans­porta­tive play about three women, a se­nile mother and her two di­vided daugh­ters, at­tempt­ing to free them­selves from the sto­ries and trau­mas of the past. Padraic MacIn­tyre di­rects Joan Sheehy, Clare Mon­nelly and Maeve Fitzger­ald. Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. Oct 7-8 8pm €20/€18 pavil­ionthe­atre.ie

DUSK A new verse play by Ea­monn Carr for Red Iron Pro­duc­tions, di­rected by De­nis Con­way, fea­tures the ghost of Cú Chu­lainn in con­ver­sa­tion with a mod­ern young woman, with his neme­sis, the god­dess Mor­ri­gan, played by a dancer. Con­way, Gar­rett Lom­bard and Caoimhe Mulc­ahy per­form. The New Theatre. Oct 11-15 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) €16/€12.50 the­newthe­atre.com

Fran­ner & Joey Lit­tle Shadow Theatre Com­pany stage a new play by Ed­die Naughton about two heroin ad­dicts trapped in a cy­cle of self-de­struc­tion hid­ing out af­ter a bun­gled rob­bery. The Teach­ers Club. Ends Oct 8 8pm €12/€10 lit­tle­shad­owthe­atre@gmail.com

Ham­let A moody prince is or­dered to avenge his fa­ther’s mur­der, at the hands of his un­cle, who has mar­ried his mother, so he pre­tends to be mad, abuses his girl­friend, her dad and his mother, stages a play, kills a by­stander, goes abroad, comes back, leaps into a grave, fights a duel with his dead girl­friend’s brother, kills his op­po­nent, and his un­cle, and dies along with al­most every­body else. The Mill Theatre stages a re­fresher pro­duc­tion for stu­dents. Mill Theatre, Dun­drum. Ends Oct 28 10am, 1.30pm & 7.30pm €18/€15

The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Os­car Michael Judd per­forms an edited ver­sion of Micheál MacLi­ammóir’s one-man show from the 1960S. Bew­leys Café Theatre @ Pow­er­scourt Town­house. Ends Oct 15 1pm €8-€12 (light lunch 14) be­w­leyscafethe­atre.com

The Leaves of Heaven Pat McCabe takes up the story of his novel, play and film, The Butcher Boy, by con­tin­u­ing the story of Fran­cie Brady, now one of the last res­i­dents in Dun­drum Men­tal Hospi­tal where he has spent most of his adult life. Long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor Joe O’Byrne di­rects Brian Mal­lon and Kate O’Toole for Co-Mo­tion. The Com­plex. Pre­views Oct 11-12 Opens Oct 13-22 7.30pm €18/€15 tick­ets.ie

The Love-Hun­gry Farmer Des Keogh re­turns with his 2003 solo per­for­mance, based on John B. Keane’s story, in which the stage vet­eran plays the some­thing-year-old vir­gin, John Bosco McLane, on his last at­tempt to find a suit­able wife. Dol­men Theatre, Cor­nelscourt. Ends Oct 15 8pm €15 dol­menthe­atre.ie

Mind­ing Frankie Peter Sheridan di­rects an adap­ta­tion of Maeve Binchy’s novel for a one-act play. The al­co­holic Noel dis­cov­ers him­self a sin­gle par­ent, de­ter­mined to be a good fa­ther be­fore a so­cial worker takes his baby away. Vik­ing Theatre, Clon­tarf. Ends Oct 15 8pm €15 vikingth­e­atre.com

The Rocky Hor­ror Show When their car breaks down, earnest col­lege sweet­hearts Brad and ar­rive at the omi­nous home of Dr Frank N Furter in Richard O’Brien’s leg­endary mega-cult, a blend of out­ra­geous mu­sic, sci-fi, hor­ror, com­edy and catch­phrases. Var­i­ous fa­mil­iar faces from stage and screen adorn this pro­duc­tion, but the true stars, hope­fully, will al­ways be the au­di­ence. Dress up, re­vise the lines, bring toast. Bord Gais En­ergy Theatre. Ends Oct 8 €20 bor­dgaisen­er­gythe­atre.ie

Sig­na­to­ries Trans­fer­ring to the Olympia Theatre fol­low­ing an ear­lier pro­duc­tion this year in Kil­main­ham Gaol, this project finds each of the sig­na­to­ries to the Procla­ma­tion given a voice by a sep­a­rate writer. Olympia Theatre. Ends Oct 8 8pm €38.50/€33 tick­et­mas­ter.ie

GAL­WAY

The Pil­low­man Deca­dent Theatre Com­pany re­vives last year’s as­sured pro­duc­tion of Martin McDonagh’s favourite play, sel­dom-per­formed in Ire­land, now tour­ing widely. Set re­fresh­ingly far from his grisly par­ody of the Wesht, it finds a young writer and his brother in pri­son, ques­tioned by state po­lice about the chil­dren’s tales he writes and the copy­cat killings they have in­spired. Also Kerry. Town Hall Theatre. Oct 10-15 8pm tht.ie

KERRY

The Pil­low­man See Gal­way. Si­amsa Tíre, Traláee. Ends Oct 7 8pm €23/€19 siamsatire.com

KIL­DARE

Strange Feath­ers Ire­land’s Fid­get Feet and Ice­land’s Bird & Bat stage an aerial dance show for chil­dren in which two lit­tle birds learn to fly. River­bank Arts Cen­tre, New­bridge. Sep 30 10am & 12pm Oct 1-2 10.30am & 12.30pm river­bank.ie

LAOIS

The God Box: A Daugh­ter’s

Story Mary Lou Quin­lan per­forms her one-woman play based on her own mem­oir. Fol­low­ing her mother’s death she dis­cov­ered small con­tain­ers stuffed with hun­dred of notes shar­ing her mother’s in­ner­most thoughts, scrib­bling her cares and wor­ries on loose sheafs. Writ­ten with Martha Wooll­ner, the show is about learn­ing to let go. Tour­ing. Du­na­maise Arts Cen­tre Oct 13 8pm €18/€16 du­na­maise.ie

LOUTH

Foxy Divil A homeless man re­counts his his­tory and in­sights on life in the streets in Stage­mad Theatre Com­pany’s new play. Lit­tle Duke Theatre, Drogheda. Oct 8 8pm €10 lit­tle­duke.com

LIM­ER­ICK

The Beauty Queen of

Leenane Garry Hynes di­rects a new pro­duc­tion of Martin McDonagh’s first play, which brought both him and Druid to the world’s at­ten­tion. Lime Tree Theatre. Oct 11-15 8pm lime­treethe­atre.ie

Over­shad­owed Eva O’Con­nor’s lat­est play is the story of a girl re­duced to a shadow of her for­mer self, tor­mented by her imag­ined friend Caol to starve and ex­er­cise. Us­ing pup­petry and phys­i­cal per­for­mance, Sun­day Child ex­plore the dis­torted world of eat­ing dis­or­ders. Belltable. Oct 8 8pm €16/€14 lime­treethe­atre.ie

TY­RONE

Scorch In­spired by real court cases, Stacey Gregg’s award-win­ning mono­logue play fol­lows the story of Kes (played by Amy McAl­lis­ter), a gen­der-cu­ri­ous teen who dis­cov­ers an al­ter­nate iden­tity on­line with real life con­se­quences. Emma Jor­dan di­rects for Prime Cut. The Al­ley Theatre, Stra­bane. Oct 7 8pm al­ley-theatre.com

WATER­FORD

Fred and Alice See Cork. Oct 8 8pm the­atreroyal.ie

DUBLIN THEATRE FES­TI­VAL

Alien Doc­u­men­tary Una McKe­vitt makes a depar­ture from her usual prac­tice in doc­u­men­tary theatre to weave to­gether fact and fic­tion in a new piece about the pos­si­bil­i­ties of an­other world and the un­rav­el­ling of the mys­ter­ies of the uni­verse. PJ Gal­lagher, Molly O’Ma­hony and James Scales per­form. Project Arts Cen­tre. Ends Oct 15 7.45pm (Sat & Sun mat 2.45pm) €14-€20

The Cir­cus An­i­mals’ De­ser­tion Bro­kentalk­ers present a new piece of dance theatre, chore­ographed by Jes­sica Kennedy, which is in­spired by the au­to­matic writ­ing experiments of Ge­orgie and W.B. Yeats, im­ages from Yeats’ plays, ro­man­tic ideas of na­tion­al­ism and uglier re­al­ties. Sa­muel Beck­ett Theatre. Ends Oct 8 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) €15-€25

Death at In­ter­vals In­spired by José Sara­m­ago’s darkly hu­mor­ous novel, Kel­lie Hughes di­rects Ol­wen Fouéré and Ray­mond Scan­nell in her own adap­ta­tion. An un­re­mark­able mu­si­cian meets death, who takes a be­guil­ing hu­man form and con­sid­ers re­tir­ing from her mor­tal du­ties. Smock Al­ley Theatre. Ends Oct 8 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) €15-€25

Ev­ery Bril­liant Thing Writ­ten by Dun­can Macmil­lan and per­former Jonny Don­ahue, Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre com­pany’s in­ter­na­tional suc­cess finds a nar­ra­tor un­able to cheer up his de­pressed mother who then en­deav­ours to com­pile a list of ev­ery­thing that makes life worth liv­ing. Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. Oct 11-16 8pm (Ex­tra perf Oct 15-16 5pm) €19-€21

Done­gal A new mu­si­cal from Frank McGuin­ness with com­po­si­tions by Kevin Do­herty fol­lows the de­clin­ing for­tunes of the Day fam­ily, de­pen­dent on the Ir­ish coun­try mu­sic star Irene whose star is fast fad­ing. Con­all Mor­ri­son di­rects. Abbey Theatre. Ends Oct 15 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm) €13-€45

The Fa­ther Writ­ten by Flo­rian Zeller and trans­lated by Christo­pher Hamp­ton, the shift­ing re­al­i­ties of this play re­flect the mind of An­dre, a re­tired dancer liv­ing with his daugh­ter and her hus­band - or per­haps a re­tired en­gi­neer re­ceiv­ing a visit from his daugh­ter and her boyfriend? Var­i­ously awarded and trans­lated it maps a mind in dis­in­te­gra­tion. Ethan McSweeny di­rects Owen Roe, Fiona Bell, Si­mon O’Gor­man, Peter Gaynor, So­phie Robin­son and Char­lotte McCurry. Gate Theatre. Ends Oct 22 7.30pm Mon-Wed & Mats €27, Thurs-Sat €30 gateth­e­atre.ie

First Love Barry McGovern per­forms the text of Beck­ett’s mor­dant novella, in which the un­named pro­tag­o­nist finds him­self homeless and adrift, un­will­ingly pur­sued by a young woman. Michael Col­gan, who di­rected First Love ten years ago with Ralph Fi­ennes in Syd­ney, here di­rects the Gate Theatre’s new pro­duc­tion. O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere. Oct 12-15 8pm (Mat Oct 15-16 3pm) €20-€25

It’s Not Over THEATRE­club re­turn with a ver­sion of Plough and the Stars staged as a four-and-a-half-hour provo­ca­tion that in­cludes dis­il­lu­sion over 1916 and its cen­te­nary, a live band, a bar, and the in­put of for­mer IRA Vol­un­teers. Sa­muel Beck­ett Theatre. Pre­views Oct 11 6pm Opens Oct 12,14 & 15 6pm Oct 16 mat 2pm €15-€25

The Re­mains of Maisie

Dug­gan Carmel Win­ters’s new play for the Abbey finds a tur­bu­lent fam­ily in limbo when a woman re­turns to Ire­land for her mother’s fu­neral, but finds the corpse cu­ri­ously happy with the sit­u­a­tion. Pea­cock Theatre. Ends Oct 15 8pm (Mats 2.30pm) €13-€20

The Seag­ull The Corn Ex­change stage a new ver­sion of Chekhov’s early suc­cess, writ­ten by Michael West and An­nie Ryan, here turn­ing the frus­trated artist Trepliov into a woman, played by Genevieve Hulme-Bea­man, where the pur­suit of love and art takes a tor­tu­ous and tor­tured jour­ney. Gai­ety Theatre. Ends Oct 16 7.30pm (Sat & Sun mat 2.30pm; Sun Oct 16 1.30pm) €15-€45

Swan Lake/ Loch na hEala Chore­og­ra­pher Michael Kee­gan-Dolan re­turns with a new adap­ta­tion of Swan Lake, rein­ter­pret­ing the story for Mid­lands Ire­land, us­ing story-telling tra­di­tions, text and song, a com­pany of 14 dancers led by Mikel Murfi (who is to­tally not a dancer) and backed by Dublin band Slow Mov­ing Clouds who play live. O’Reilly Theatre. Ends Oct 9 7.30pm (Oct 9 6.30pm) €20-€35

These Rooms ANU and CoisCéim col­lab­o­rate on the third part of a 1916-in­spired trip­tych, ex­plor­ing the re­bel­lion through the eyes of civil­ians when the ris­ing flooded into their homes on North King Street, com­bin­ing real tes­ti­monies from 38 women with con­tem­po­rary dance, vis­ual art and theatre. 85/86 Up­per Dorset Street. Ends Oct 16 4.30pm/ 7.30pm/ 9.30pm (times vary) €15-€25.

This is Not a Love Story Swedish per­for­mance and film artist Gu­nilla Heil­born’s show com­bines text, move­ment, video and im­agery to fol­low the tale of two re­luc­tant he­roes, as though in a chore­ographed road movie, in which con­text and con­nec­tions keep slip­ping away. Project Arts Cen­tre. Oct 12-14 7.30pm €20-€25

Wish­ful Be­gin­nings Nor­way’s VERK Pro­duk­sjoner pur­sue a fa­mil­iar post­dra­matic style - epic or vaudevil­lian - to col­lect sto­ries and dis­cus­sions themed around con­cerns that so­ci­ety is head­ing the wrong way and get­ting there fast. Project Arts Cen­tre. Ends Oct 8 7.30pm €20-€25

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