What's On:

Date Time Show Company Details Book
Friday 26th May - 8pm Terminus by Mark O'Rowe Directed by Brendan Dunlea
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Thursday 1st June - 8pm The Nearly Men Directed by Liz Lucas
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Friday 2nd June - 8pm With Time Bric-A-Brac
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Thursday 15th to
Saturday 17th June
- 8pm That's Amore! Directed by James Horgan
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Thursday 22nd to
Saturday 24th June
- 8pm The Comedy Improvised Soap Opera Cabal Theatre Co.
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Summer Lunchtime and Supper Season 2017:

Date Time Show Company Details Book
Wednesday 28th June
to Saturday 1st July
Lunch - 12.30pm
Supper - 8.00pm
The Dock Brief by John Mortimer
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Wednesday 5th to
Saturday 8th July
Lunch - 12.30pm
Supper - 8.00pm
SAFE by Ciarán Coogan
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Wednesday 12th to
Saturday 15th July
Lunch - 12.30pm
Supper - 8.00pm
Seven Ages of Mam by Mark Evans
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Wednesday 19th to
Saturday 22nd July
Lunch - 12.30pm
Supper - 8.00pm
Beneath the Crest of a Wave by Conor Clancy
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Wednesday 26th to
Saturday 29th July
Lunch - 12.30pm
Supper - 8.00pm
After You Get What You Want by Emily Hutt
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Wednesday 2nd to
Saturday 5th August
Lunch - 12.30pm
Supper - 8.00pm
You Have It All Backwards by Mark Evans
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Wednesday 9th to
Saturday 12th August
Lunch - 12.30pm
Supper - 8.00pm
Sex in the Seventies by Linda Waller
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Wednesday 16th to
Saturday 19th August
Lunch - 12.30pm
Supper - 8.00pm
Bedbound by Enda Walsh
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Wednesday 23rd to
Saturday 26th August
Lunch - 12.30pm
Supper - 8.00pm
All Up Front by Dolores Mannion
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The Inheritance

Friday 26th May @ 8.00pm

Terminus

by Mark O'Rowe

'Terminus' by esteemed playwright, Mark O'Rowe, is a delicately interwoven story of three characters told over the course of a single night in Dublin.

A school teacher, her daughter and a darker character with a detrimental chip on his shoulder having resigned himself to the inevitable after selling his soul to Satan. Told entirely in rhyme, Terminus combines language, with stark delivery, to take us on a whirlwind night involving, love, lust, brutality, the supernatural, high speed chases, alcoholism, violence, and innocence (to name but a few of the many themes). The play premiered at the Abbey in 2007 before winning a Fringe First award in 2008 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Starring Blanaid Hennessy, Jackie Sheehan and John Stack, it promises to be a compelling night for the theatre enthusiast with a vast array of talent both on the stage and behind the scenes, pushing the buttons.

Directed by Brendan Dunlea

A teacher in Co. Waterford, Brendan Dunlea has been at the forefront of theatre across drama festivals in recent years. He has the esteemed honour of winning Best Actor at a National level, as well as Best Director when he steered Ballyduff to All-Ireland success in 2004 with “On Raftery’s Hill”. Most recently, he tasted All-Ireland success with Palace Players' "Conversations on a Homecoming", as well as winning top gong as a cast member in “The Gigli Concert”. He brings a multitude of experience and flair with him to this production.

Tickets: €15, €12 conc.
Please note, concession tickets can only be purchased at the box office.

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The Nearly Men

Thursday 1st June @ 8.00pm

The Nearly Men

Regrets and cheap lager hang in the air like Brut aftershave. You can fail loads of times but you only have to succeed once...

A two man play, written and starring Wasps vs Humans (Carl Antony Plover) and Simon David Clark, The Nearly Men is a semi-autobiographical production, drawn from their own experience of writing a comedy series together. A comedy, which nearly made the big time.

Set in the confines of an unkempt bedsit, the play moves between two characters; a failed musician and a rejected scriptwriter and reveals the struggles and frustrations of nearly making it in the TV and music industries.

Searching for the answers, The Nearly Men is a brutally honest account of failure; revealing, raw, poetic and injected with humour, it will move and amuse in equal amounts.  

Running time 1hour 10mins.

Directed by Liz Lucas.

Tickets: €10 (advance or online bookings); €12 on the door.

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With Time

Friday 2nd June @ 8.00pm

Bric-A-Brac present...

With Time

As part of PolskaÉire Festival, Bric-a-Brac have the pleasure of presenting a drama project introducing literary and musical works referring to various life experiences in the context of time.

The theme of the play derives from a reflection on the fact that an abstraction named time is a fundamental element of our existence and applies to all people irrespective of their nationalities.

Starring: Janusz Kempa, Margo Krawczyk, Monika Kucharska, Monika Lubanska, Janusz Luberda, Katarzyna Walkowska, Karolina Zygmunt.

Directed by Monika Kucharska

Tickets: €8

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That's Amore!

Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th June @ 8.00pm

That's Amore!

A delightful evening of short plays all set in romantic Italy...

Five short plays, all with an Italian theme, combine to create an evening full of laughter and love.

Complimentary Italian antipasti is included in the ticket price and will be served after the show.

'Star Cross'd Lovers' by Michelle Maher tells the story of UCC student Ciara Greene who finds herself transformed into Shakespeare's Juliet. That's surprising enough but then Romeo turns up professing undying love! Will this end as badly as the original?

'Black Coffee' by Deanna Ableser sees two strangers at an Italian café enjoy a deliciously flirtatious encounter after an initial, bold proposition. There must be "something in the air".

In 'Road to Damascus' by Suzanne Walsh, two women strike up a conversation on a balcony on the Amalfi Coast. Each is there for very different reasons and have very different stories to tell about the men in their lives.

Italia '90 will forever be etched into the memory of Irish sports fans and in Thomas Garvey's memory more than most. Brenda Donoghue's play, 'Hold Their Breath' brings Thomas back to Italy many years later, accompanied this time by his wife, Harriet. And he has a few surprises up his sleeve!

The final play of the evening is 'Mildred in Italy' by Liz Ryan. Mildred has ended up alone on holiday in Italy having been let down by her friend, Agnes. Mildred has never been abroad before and is feeling a little bit lost and lonely but is determined to try to have a good time anyway. She soon finds out that there's more to Italy than spaghetti!

Running time 1hour 20mins. A complimentary range of antipasti will be served in the bar afterwards so you can make a night of it!

 

Directed by James Horgan.

Tickets: €15

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Comedy Improv Soap Opera

Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th June @ 8.00pm

Cabal Theatre Company presents...

The Comedy Improvised Soap Opera

The gang who brought you the hilarious 'Comedy Improvised Halloween Murder Mystery' are back and this time they are lampooning the TV Soap Opera.

Starring Dominic MacHale (The Young Offenders), Laura O'Mahony (CCCahoots and RTE), Annette Roche, Adrian Scanlan and Laura Harte (Snatch Comedy Improv and The Improv Panto).

Once again, the entire show is improvised. There is no script to fall back on so the cast are entirely reliant on their own very fertile and bonkers imaginations (as well as their considerable talent in improvisation, of course).

And, just to keep the actors constantly on their toes, the audience will provide what may turn out to be hilarious secrets for each character which will be revealed at random moments throughout. All of this is completed before the show starts so that the audience can then sit back, relax and let the hilarity unfold.

Every performance of this show will be different. That is the magic and the attraction of improvisation.

So, come along and join us for an evening of mad-cap entertainment as the wackiest soap opera ever created comes to life right in front of your eyes.

Devised by James Horgan.

Audience comments for the Improv Murder Mystery...
“...brilliant...”
“...hilarious...”
“...best night out ever!...”

Tickets: €15, €12 conc.
Please note, concession tickets can only be purchased at the box office.

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The Dock Brief

Wednesday 28th June to Saturday 1st July

LUNCH: Wednesday to Friday - 12.30pm
SUPPER: Friday and Saturday - 8pm

The Dock Brief

by John Mortimer

John Morgan and David Moore star in this clever and humorous two-hander by John Mortimer, renowned for his Thames TV courtroom drama “Rumpole of the Bailey” and script writer for Granada TV’s ” Brideshead Revisited”.

His skills as a writer are reflected in this delightful play in two scenes in which the prisoner, Herbert Fowle, has the dubious honour of being defended by the barrister, Wilfred Morgenhall who’s knowledge of the law is second only to his hubris and vivid imagination. Morgenhall pulls out all the stops in demonstrating to Fowle his brilliance as an advocate. But as Fowle’s life hangs by a thread, will his unique tactics be enough to save his client?

TICKETS:

LUNCH: €10 (includes light lunch and show)
Lunch is served from 12.30pm. Show starts at 1.10pm.

SUPPER: €20 each or 2 tickets for €35.
Ticket price includes supper, glass of wine / soft drink,
dessert and the show.
Supper is served from 8pm followed by show at 9pm.

Evening show only (without meal) €10 per person.

 

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SAFE

Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th July

LUNCH: Wednesday to Friday - 12.30pm
SUPPER: Friday and Saturday - 8pm

Safe

by Ciarán Coogan

‘Two Goons, One Safe, One Head....’

A hilarious tale of gambling, rolling odds, urban myths, debts, heads, stealing... and giving back!.
Join friends Jimmy and Bren on a surreal cartoon caper across town on a bus, as they go up against the odds and become urban legends! Their quest is to finally beat the Bookie and come out on top.

Starring Colum Coogan and Ciarán Coogan.
Directed by Barry O’Donovan.


TICKETS:

LUNCH: €10 (includes light lunch and show)
Lunch is served from 12.30pm. Show starts at 1.10pm.

SUPPER: €20 each or 2 tickets for €35.
Ticket price includes supper, glass of wine / soft drink,
dessert and the show.
Supper is served from 8pm followed by show at 9pm.

Evening show only (without meal) €10 per person.

 

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Seven Ages of Mam

Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th July

LUNCH: Wednesday to Friday - 12.30pm
SUPPER: Friday and Saturday - 8pm

Seven Ages of Mam

by Mark Evans

Performed by Pauline O’Driscoll

A woman recalls some key events in her life, including gaining the title of “Mammy” and losing her own identity... all while preparing dinner!

Inspired by Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquy from “As You Like It” which divides the life of each man into seven ages – the infant, the schoolboy, the lover, the soldier, the justice, the old man and the invalid. In “Seven Ages of Mam” while preparing dinner for her family, one woman divides her own life into similar ages by recalling key moments - some are comic, some are tragic; all of them explore the lengths we go to in order to find and hang on to our identity.

At times laugh-out-loud funny and at times poignantly heart breaking this one-woman show is brought to you by the writer and performer of the highly acclaimed one woman show “You Have It All Backwards” which played at The Everyman, Smock Alley, Camden Palace, Taste of Syria, Clonakilty and The Engage Arts Festival last year.

Audience reviews for “You Have It All Backwards” (which is also part of our Summer Season - see below)...

“An amazing piece of work - got to the core. Pauline O’Driscoll captured the very essence of her character.”
“Wonderful... a very important and moving piece of theatre.”
“Fantastic... really needs to be seen far and wide!”

TICKETS:

LUNCH: €10 (includes light lunch and show)
Lunch is served from 12.30pm. Show starts at 1.10pm.

SUPPER: €20 each or 2 tickets for €35.
Ticket price includes supper, glass of wine / soft drink,
dessert and the show.
Supper is served from 8pm followed by show at 9pm.

Evening show only (without meal) €10 per person.

 

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Beneath the Crest of a Wave

Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd July

LUNCH: Wednesday to Friday - 12.30pm
SUPPER: Friday and Saturday - 8pm

Beneath the Crest of a Wave

by Conor Clancy

From the writer of Will it Fit in the Van? comes Beneath the Crest of a Wave, a new play written by Conor Clancy and directed by Alan Mooney.

Between the lines of trading jibes, a forlorn robbery, a pricey yet inexpensive wine and some Chilean social commentary, Beneath the Crest of a Wave delves into the seeming chance encounter between two people at a time both “awfully late and predictably early.”

The show centres on the seeming chance encounter of two individuals that initially present the audience with one situation while the play turns on its head towards the ending. As most good plays do, it takes you somewhere unexpected and hopefully for the better. This play is darkly comical and absurdly poetic.

TICKETS:

LUNCH: €10 (includes light lunch and show)
Lunch is served from 12.30pm. Show starts at 1.10pm.

SUPPER: €20 each or 2 tickets for €35.
Ticket price includes supper, glass of wine / soft drink,
dessert and the show.
Supper is served from 8pm followed by show at 9pm.

Evening show only (without meal) €10 per person.

 

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After You Get What You Want

Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th July

LUNCH: Wednesday to Friday - 12.30pm
SUPPER: Friday and Saturday - 8pm

After You Get What You Want

by Emily Hutt

Wandering Star Theatre Company presents After You Get What You Want, a new play written and directed by Emily Hutt.

Three famous Hollywood movie starlets: Clara Bow - the ‘It Girl’ of the 1920’s; Jean Harlow - loved in the 1930’s as the original Blonde Bombshell and - most famous of all, the tragic and beautiful - Marilyn Monroe, who dominated the box office in the 1950’s; come together in an alternate world where they have developed a caring friendship.

Not always heard or understood in their time, we now hear stories of their past and witness as they come to terms with their lives and losses. Throughout the play they share their stories with each other and the audience as we discover that they were connected long before their deaths.

TICKETS:

LUNCH: €10 (includes light lunch and show)
Lunch is served from 12.30pm. Show starts at 1.10pm.

SUPPER: €20 each or 2 tickets for €35.
Ticket price includes supper, glass of wine / soft drink,
dessert and the show.
Supper is served from 8pm followed by show at 9pm.

Evening show only (without meal) €10 per person.

 

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You Have It All Backwards

Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th August

LUNCH: Wednesday to Friday - 12.30pm
SUPPER: Friday and Saturday - 8pm

You Have It All Backwards

by Mark Evans

Performed by Pauline O’Driscoll

You Have It All Backwards tells the story of a Syrian Muslim woman’s journey from university lecturer in Homs, Syria to shop cleaner in Ireland. Originally commissioned for and performed as part of the hugely successful No Borders Theatre production whose mission was to raise awareness of the issues facing refugees and to raise funds for associated charities it subsequently went on to be performed as a solo piece.

Audience Reaction to You Have It All Backwards...

“I saw this play at the Engage Arts Festival, what a wonderful emotional experience, thank you to all involved, especially Pauline O’Driscoll, your work moved me to tears, you made me feel what I’ve only ever been reading and commenting on but never actually feeling... I was overwhelmed by the reaction this incredible one-woman play had on us as an audience. It is such an educational piece and it should be seen in every corner of our green and pleasant safe haven where it would educate and move those who have never faced such fears”

TICKETS:

LUNCH: €10 (includes light lunch and show)
Lunch is served from 12.30pm. Show starts at 1.10pm.

SUPPER: €20 each or 2 tickets for €35.
Ticket price includes supper, glass of wine / soft drink,
dessert and the show.
Supper is served from 8pm followed by show at 9pm.

Evening show only (without meal) €10 per person.

 

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Sex in the Seventies

Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th August

LUNCH: Wednesday to Friday - 12.30pm
SUPPER: Friday and Saturday - 8pm

Sex in the Seventies

Written and Directed by Linda Waller

It is 1977. Eighteen-year-old, first year university students, Robbie and Louise fall head-over-heels in love over a shared passion for music, movies and trashy TV. Kate Bush and The Sex Pistols are in the charts. Starsky and Hutch and Are You Being Served are on the telly. It should be a match made in heaven but their friends are bent on sabotaging the fledging relationship and conflict between Robbie’s middle-class English parents and Louise’s noisy, extended, Irish Catholic family don’t help the situation.

Sex In The Seventies is based around the idea that dating before the advent of mobile phones, texting and email was a very different ballgame. Since today’s swift communiques are out of the question, their turbulent relationship is conducted via a series of notes, cards and love letters. Set against a soundtrack of punk, disco and glam rock the two soul mates struggle to stay together, but unbeknown to Louise, Robbie has a teeny-weeny secret.

Re-live your memories of the decade that taste forgot or discover what it was really like to be young in the 1970s.

TICKETS:

LUNCH: €10 (includes light lunch and show)
Lunch is served from 12.30pm. Show starts at 1.10pm.

SUPPER: €20 each or 2 tickets for €35.
Ticket price includes supper, glass of wine / soft drink,
dessert and the show.
Supper is served from 8pm followed by show at 9pm.

Evening show only (without meal) €10 per person.

 

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Bedbound

Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th August

LUNCH: Wednesday to Friday - 12.30pm
SUPPER: Friday and Saturday - 8pm

Bedbound

by Enda Walsh

“I’ve got nothing to talk to you about.”
“We’re talking now.”
“Yeah, but about nothing.”
“It’s filling the gaps, isn’t it?”
“It’s making the gaps. If we didn’t talk there would be no gaps.”

A Father and a Daughter share a small bed. He talks frantically about his extraordinary past in furniture sales; she talks no less compulsively about anything at all, to fill the terrible silence in her head. Everything is frantic, broken and ugly because they can’t stop talking. If only they could stop and sleep.

‘A play unlike any other I have seen. Enda Walsh’s vision of wounded humanity... has a precision that is entirely his own... an uncomfortable, unforgettable tour-de-force’ - Daily Telegraph

‘holds the attention magnetically... Not for the squeamish or the faint at heart’ - Irish Times

Presented by Tangled Stars Theatre Company.
Directed by Jamie Feehily.


TICKETS:

LUNCH: €10 (includes light lunch and show)
Lunch is served from 12.30pm. Show starts at 1.10pm.

SUPPER: €20 each or 2 tickets for €35.
Ticket price includes supper, glass of wine / soft drink,
dessert and the show.
Supper is served from 8pm followed by show at 9pm.

Evening show only (without meal) €10 per person.

 

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All Up Front

Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th August

LUNCH: Wednesday to Friday - 12.30pm
SUPPER: Friday and Saturday - 8pm

All Up Front

by Dolores Mannion

All Up Front is devised and directed by the Cork Arts Theatre’s Artistic Director, Dolores Mannion.

Tina (played by award-winning Cork actress, Marie O’Donovan) is a well-endowed 30 year-old woman. She possesses a keen sense of self-awareness, which forms her unique and self-deprecating sense of humour.

Tina grows tired of playing second banana to her two melons and goes on a quest for love, but she discovers that her “girls” just wanna have fun!

All Up Front is funny, smart, poignant, fearless, and sexy and a wonderful closing play for our 2017 Summer Season.

TICKETS:

LUNCH: €10 (includes light lunch and show)
Lunch is served from 12.30pm. Show starts at 1.10pm.

SUPPER: €20 each or 2 tickets for €35.
Ticket price includes supper, glass of wine / soft drink,
dessert and the show.
Supper is served from 8pm followed by show at 9pm.

Evening show only (without meal) €10 per person.

 

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