• 28

      The Salvage Shop

      The Salvage Shop, a drama about the fraught relationship of Sylvia and his son, Eddie, has forgiveness and redemption at its core. Sylvie is dying of cancer but still raging against the local brass and committee and still holding a grudge against Eddie, who left the band at a crucial time for its success. Eddie, meantime, strives to nurse his father and keep the family salvage business going. Struggling with regret and guilt, he comes up with a scheme involving Sylvie's idol, Pavarotti. This heart-warming play is permeated by snatches of powerful operatic tunes and arias that give the work a mythic quality.
      location_on FRIDAY access_time 8:00 PM
    • 29


      Presented by John McArdle and Brian Duffy
      location_on Iontas Theatre access_time 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM
      While Samuel Beckett is known primarily as a dramatist, he began as a writer of prose and continued writing prose thoughout his life. In an intense period of creativity in the late 1940's he wrote three novels, Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable.

      The readings have been selected to highlight the trilogy's themes, tone and style and will be introduced and commented upon by Brian Duffy, a specialist in Beckett's work.

      Playwright, author and actor, John McArdle, will read extracts from all three novels, considered by many to represent Beckett's greatest work.
    • 29

      The Cripple of Inishmaan

      The play is set on the small Aran islands community of Inishmaan in 1934. The Cripple of Inishmaan is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. As word arrives on Inishmaan that the Hollywood Director, Robert O'Flaherty is coming to the neighbouring Island of Inishmore to film Man of Aran, the one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life.
      location_on SATURDAY access_time 8.00 PM
    • 01


      In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl re-imagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story. This quirky contemporary meditation on a much-meditated-upon story is pretty funny, too.
      location_on SUNDAY access_time 8:00 PM
    • 02

      Shoot the Crow

      The play takes place over the course of a single working Friday on a building site in Belfast. Four tilers are in the process of tiling a public toilet and shower area. Ding-Ding, aged 65, is the oldest, with one eye on retirement but little to show for it. Randolph is only 19 and still has hopes that this menial job might lead to a career. Petesy, 36, is the group's alpha male. Socrates, 39, is true to his name earnest and contemplative. Independently, Ding-ding and Petesy hit on the idea of stealing a pallet-load of tiles to make a quick buck, but nothing goes according to plan. Randolph finds himself browbeaten into agreeing to help both, each of them entirely ignorant that the other is planning and identical scam.
      location_on MONDAY access_time 8:00 PM
    • 03

      At the Black Pig's Dyke

      At the Black Pig's Dyke is a story of murder, mystery, fairy tale and tragic love. The play is set on the border of Northern and Southern Ireland where family feuds are passed down through generations. The story is told using the pagan ritual of the mummers' play as a metaphor for Ireland at a time where people laughed at a wake and cried when a child was born. It uses a mix of music, dance, song and rhyming to move between past and present generations, telling of the struggles and hopes of a family torn by sectarian violence and tribal hatred.
      location_on TUESDAY access_time 8:00 PM
    • 04


      The once nationally renowned Fianna Players of Ballynascale have not performed on the Irish Amateur Drama Circuit for over ten years and are about to make their long awaited and much anticipated comeback as they host their first ever Drama Festival in their local town hall. However, before they get to perform their brand new play, and epic tale based on the Táin Bó Cuailgne and the mighty Cúchulainn, tragedy strikes. As their former member Fionn McDevitt returns home from self imposed exhile in Boston, he must face up to the actions of his past and attempt to re-unite the Fianna Players once more to stage their epic production!
      location_on WEDNESDAY access_time 8:00 PM
    • 05

      Steel Magnolias

      All the ladies who are anybody in Chinquapin, Louisiana come to Turvy's Beauty Salon to get their hair done. Wise-cracking Turvy and her eager new assistant Annelle (who isn't sure whether or not she's still married) dispense shampoo and free advice to an array of memorable characters. There's the town's rich curmudgeon Ouiser (I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mod for 40 years), Miss Clairee the eccentric millionaire with a raging sweet tooth and the local social leader M'Lynn whose daughter Shelby — the prettiest girl in town — is about to marry a "Good Ol' Boy". With comedy and tragedy in equal measure, Steel Magnolias is a play filled with hilarious repartee and humorously revealing exchanges. A testament to the touching quality of amiable company in good times and in bad.
      location_on THURSDAY access_time 8:00 PM
    • 06


      Maddy and Rory are devoted parents to three-year old Joshua, committed to keeping him happy and safe. But when an everyday visit to a supermarket café turns into a far more troubling incident, their trust in those closest to them is shattered. They are flung into a well of paranoia. Gnawing away at Maddy is the possibility — just the possibility — that her toddler, Joshua, has been abused by a stranger. Such is her protective instinct that she now perceives everyone as a potential danger to her child. Maddy's neurotic mistrust of the world leads her to a dark place. Gut is a taut psychological thriller that asks who can be trusted with our children, and it is more dangerous not to trust at all? The play is a vision of contemporary society where hyper-vigilance has replaced a sense of community and helpfulness.
      location_on FRIDAY access_time 8:00 PM (No Interval)
    • 07

      Our Few and Evil Days

      A family's seemingly ordinary life is gradually undermined when a middle-aged couple entertain their daughter's new boyfriend. As he begins to take more than a polite interest in them both, secrets are hinted at and boundaries crossed. As cracks open up in the bland surface of their lives, the play moves into the realm of the psychological thriller, building to a disclosure that changes our understanding of all that has gone before. In this commission by the Abbey Theatre, Mark O'Rowe has crafted an unnerving, arresting and shape-shifting play that suggests our reality is already stalked by evils beyond our comprehension.
      location_on SATURDAY access_time 7.30 PM Please note earlier start time - no interval / parental guidance advised