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utilises the ground-break­ing pup­petry of Hand­spring Pup­pet Com­pany to bring the an­i­mals to life. Bord Gais En­ergy Theatre. Ends Apr 26 7.30pm (Wed and Sat mat 2.30pm) 120-160 bor­dgaisen­er­gythe­

Genevieve Hul­meBea­man re­vives her award­win­ning solo show for Gúna Nua about a psy­chotic young girl liv­ing on an Ir­ish farm, in­fat­u­ated with French style, chick­en­chas­ing, daisy chains, cat-killing and a fateful day at the pond. Mick Lally Theatre. Apr 17-19 8pm 115/112


Stones in His Pock­ets

Ian McEl­hin­ney di­rects Marie Jones’ famed comic two-han­der, for which Damian Kear­ney and Stephen Jones are the two ex­tras on a film set of an US movie shot in Ire­land, while also play­ing ev­ery other char­ac­ter in a quiet Ir­ish com­mu­nity. The Black Box Theatre. Ends Apr 12 8pm 122/118

The Buds of Bally­bunion

John B Keane’s mu­si­cal com­edy tells the story of farm­ing fam­i­lies who hol­i­day in the re­sort town af­ter the har­vest has been saved. St Johns Theatre, Lis­towel. Ends Apr 13 8pm 115/112 stjohn­sthe­atrelis­

Woman Stood Re­gard­less

In­spired by the re­silience and hope of a Women’s Sup­port Group, the chore­og­ra­pher Cather­ine Young has cre­ated her first full-length dance piece. Also Dublin. Si­amsa Tire, Tralee. Apr 11 8pm 113/111

Lady Win­der­mere’s Fan

St Brigid’s Drama Group stage Os­car Wilde’s com­edy. Droic­head Arts Cen­tre, Drogheda. Ends Apr 12 8pm 112 droic­

See Dublin. Back­stage Theatre. Apr 15-16 8.30pm 120/118 back­


The Nose

Patrick J. O’Reilly’s new adap­ta­tion of Nikolai Gogol’s short satir­i­cal fa­ble about bu­reau­cracy and a man whose nose runs away and starts climb­ing the ranks. Li­nen­hall Arts Cen­tre. Apr 16 8pm 116/114 the­li­nen­

For­got­ten & Silent

Pat Kinevane’s per­forms his two one­man shows for Fisham­ble on suc­ces­sive days. The first is a mem­ory play fea­tur­ing four dis­con­nected el­derly char­ac­ters. In the next, the men­tally dis­or­dered Valentino re­calls the many ab­surd sui­cide at­tempts of his brother. The Source Arts Cen­tre, Thurles. Apr 11-12 8pm 118/115 the­sourcearts­cen­

Hu­man Child

Dan Col­ley’s well­re­ceived play is about a way­ward young girl whisked by fairies into a fan­tasy land where she is fi­nally un­der­stood. Mermaid Arts Cen­tre, Bray. Apr 16-17 3pm & 7pm 110/18 (fam­ily ticket 130) mer­maid­arts­cen­

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