June/July/August 2017                                                        

Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd June @ 8pm

CallBack theatre present the world premiere of JANEY DILLIS (
Queen of the wild inter...ior) by John Sheehy.  Performed by Cora Fenton. 

Her name is Janey Dillis.  This is the house of Janey Dillis.  Janey hasn't left her house in 25 years. No one has set foot inside her house in 20 years.  Janey deals with her predicament through her wild imagination and is prone to fantastical flights of fantasy that reveal much of her inner self and the wider world that has caused her to become trapped.

Running time 1 hour.  Supported by Limerick Arts Office and Friars' Gate Theatre​

Tickets €12/€10
Saturday 27th May @ 8pm

Gúna Nua presents The Morning After The Life Before by Ann Blake.  Performed by Ann Blake and Lucia Smyth

On a groggy Sunday morning, May 24th 2015, as 62% of Ireland is #hungoverforequality, Ann gets a text from her brother which brings the reality of a new Ireland into sharp focus. "How's the morning after the life before?"  A personal tale and experience of Ireland before and after the referendum on Marriage Equality on May 22nd 2015, The Morning After The Life Before explores and attempts to answer the question in the text message.
Tickets €12/€10          Running time 60 minutes.    

Wednesday 7th June @ 8pm
Footsteps Youth Theatre present The Leaving by Tom Swift

The Leaving revolves around a group of friends searching for answers as they relive the night of their end-of-school debs party, while navigating a drink fuelled mess of mistakes, misunderstandings and murder. Along the way the friends are forced to face the truth and consequences of a night that goes tragically wrong.

Footsteps Youth Theatre is a joint initiative between Foróige and Friars Gate and is proudly a member of Youth Theatre Ireland.
Tickets €12/€10

Friday 9th June @ 8pm  (Rescheduled Date)

Theatre Makers present, by kind permission of the Kelly family The Tayman, the Tomcat and Others

The stories of Eamon Kelly, the Seanachaí as told by Jack Healy.

Adaptation by Ger Fitzgibbon and Jack Healy.  Directed by Ger Fitzgibbon.


Come and hear Jack Healy bring to life a compendium of Eamon Kelly’s most comic and colourful characters.  Carpentry, drink, hat-wearing, emigration and devilment weave their way through these marvellous stories. We hear about runaway fillies, Ned Connors, who was “fierce for the drink”, Bridgie and her curious request to the carpenter, the three-in-a-bed escapade of the Tayman, and Mick the Fiddler with his adventures in New York.

The stories of Eamon Kelly (the Seanachaí) entertained audiences all over Ireland for many years and Jack Healy most recently delighted Cork audiences with his version of Joxer Daly in Juno and the Paycock (Everyman, 2016). The two combine to bring you 'The Tayman, the Tomcat and Others'.

Jack has worked in theatre for over thirty years mainly as an actor and playwright. He has written scripts for The Everyman Palace, Macra Na Feirme and RTÉ Radio.
Tickets €12/€10            Running Time – 65 Minutes

Wednesday 14th June @ 8pm


Dir: Barry Jenkins    USA            2016            110 mins                     Cert: 15A

Barry Jenkins' vital portrait of a South Florida youth revisits the character at three stages in his life, offering rich insights into the contemporary African-American experience.  Presented in association with Access Cinema.

Academy Awards, USA, 2017 - Best Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Adapted Screenplay.  Golden Globes, 2017 – Best Picture

Tickets €7

Friday 16th June @ 8pm

Honest Arts present Punt
Punt  is a story of gambling culture, following one man on the slippery slope to rock bottom after a lifetime of small bets, race meetings, online gauntlets, high stakes card games and the unspoken challenges that go with a life of ‘investing’ in chance.  Performed by Pius McGrath.

Punt follows one man on his journey into addiction, following him on the slippery slope to rock bottom after a lifetime of small bets, race meetings, online gauntlets, high stakes card games and all the unspoken underbelly that goes with a life of ‘investing’ in chance.  Running Time: 75mins

Supported by:
Limerick City & County Council,
Limerick Arts Office
Fishamble - New Play Clinic

Tickets €12/€10                   Friends 2 for 1

Friday 23rd June @ 8pm

Veronica McSwiney in Concert
Join internationally acclaimed pianist Veronica McSwiney as she takes to the stage to present a programme of  wonderful music featuring composers such as Mozart, Debussy, beloved Irish composer John Field plus many more.  This beautiful programme of much loved and some less familiar pieces spanning several centuries has something for everyone.  Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the artistry and talent of this acclaimed performer.

Tickets €15/€12

Sunday 2nd July @ 2.30pm
CallBack Theatre return with the charming Dorothy Dolittle’s Magical Adventure
Dorothy DoLittle is a lovely girl but she is always tired and grumpy. But all that is about to change for Dorothy!  Dorothy lives beside an old tree but what she doesn’t know is that it is a magic fruit tree…the enchanted gateway to a mysterious land called the Land of the DoLots.  With the help of magic DoLot dust Dorothy goes on a magical adventure to the land of the DoLots. There, Dorothy meets Ronnie Run-A-Lot and Clarence Carrot her guardian angels and Miss Aubergine, Queen over all the land who teaches her the all about being fit and healthy. She learns the secrets of the food and exercise pyramids. But the magic dust is stolen!! Will Dorothy get fit and healthy enough to get it back and be able to return home

Suitable for ages 4 – 9

Tickets €7

Wednesday 12th July @ 8pm

Film - La La Land     2016       128mins    Cert:PG
Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.  Presented in association with Access Cinema.

Tickets €7

Saturday 15th July @ 8pm

Bewley’s Café Theatre presents Buridan’s Ass, a comedy by S. R. Plant.  Starring Michael James Ford and Ruairi Heading.  Directed by Iseult Golden

The  outrageous and acclaimed cult comedy Burdan’s Ass, which enjoyed a sell-out run in Bewley’s Café Theatre last year, is going on the road this summer.  Mahone, the last in a line of taxidermists of Russian descent, is struggling to save his dying business. The trade in stuffed animals has hit rock bottom and his only commission, the corpse of a much-loved pet badger, has gone disastrously wrong. Moreover he is beset by a series of emotional and philosophical crises and is haunted by the demons of his philandering past. But, spurred on by his irrepressible apprentice Ernest Blades, Mahone sets out to overcome the paralysing effects of Buridan’s Ass Syndrome and to find redemption through physical passion.

..existential comedy at its best. Beckett would be proud…SUNDAY BUSINESS POST

..a laugh a minute...THE SCOTSMAN

…wildly and darkly comic... SUN INDEPENDENT

…the stuff of comic genius….

Michael James Ford gives a cracker of a performance as the zealously nutty Mahone and Ruairí

Heading is a splendid foil, a kind of bemused Laurel to Ford’s Hardy… MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘a fun-filled, pun-filled introduction to the bizarre world of taxidermy... Ruairí Heading is

delightfully gormless as Mahone’s sidekick’ SUNDAY BUSINESS POST

….all a bit madcap but no less enjoyable for that. NO MORE WORKHORSE

Tickets €12/10                                    Friends 2 for 1
Saturday 22nd July @ 8pm

Jerry Fish and a piano

There’s a tendency for the word ‘unique’ to be bandied around a little too freely in music circles, but that’s the only way to describe Jerry Fish’s genre bending style. A highly charismatic performer who refuses to countenance audiences having anything but a good time, Jerry routinely fills the country’s biggest venues with his travelling musical medicine shows, his swaggering vocal, generous and infectious smile and that fantastic vaudeville moustache. 
Jerry’s swaggering vocal has been described as Tom Waits in a good mood, or Leonard Cohen doing Dean Martin.  Smiles come aplenty and witty lyrics are definitely Mr. Fish’s currency of choice, but Jerry’s songs have been so well crafted that they deserve more than a casual, amused listen.  ‘The Songs & Tall Tales of Jerry Fish’ is an intimate, stripped-down, theatre style show in which Jerry performs his favourite songs from a career spanning over two decades.
Tickets €18/€16     

Saturday 12th August @ 8pm
Festival & Event Committee Kilmallock (FECK) present a screening of Dirty Dancing.  Presented in association with Access Cinema.  
Tickets €10

Friday 18th August @ 8pm

CallBack theatre presents Fred & Alice, written and directed by John Sheehy.  Starring Cora Fenton and Ciaran Birmingham.
A blistering head wreck played at a hilarious pace!
After more than 150 performances, the five star award winning Fred & Alice is back! It’s not easy to get by in this crazy old world is it? But Fred and Alice have discovered that all you really need are 2 tennis rackets, disproportionate reactions to minor accidents, an immature coping strategy and each other.  Fred and Alice first met in the home. It wasn’t really a home but Fred always called it a home because that was where he lived, and if you are not living at home then where are you? It was love at first sight for Alice. Fred didn’t talk to her again for years but then eventually Fred got used to her and it was love at first sight for him too.  From their days in care, to independent living, Fred and Alice negotiate the perils and pitfalls of life and love.  Come see this joyous celebration of individuality.  Running Time – 1hr.
“Whirling Comedy” - The Irish Times
Tickets €14/€12         

MEDAL WINNER 2016 PPI National Radio Award

*****  The Herald Scotland
****  The Irish Times
****  Irish Examiner
*****  Trip advisor

“Splendid Production and Powerful Performances” – Joe Duffy Presenter RTE

Fred and Alice make wonderful company for each other and for us” – Irish Theatre Magazine

Whirling Comedy” – The Irish Times

Inspired” – Irish Examiner

Please some-one, tour this round Scotland” – The Herald Scotland

“A special piece of work” – Insert Title

Wednesday 23rd August @ 8pm

Loving                            2016                         123 mins         Cert: 12A
The true story of Mildred (Ruth Negga) and Richard (Joel Edgerton) Loving, an inter-racial couple from Virginia, who married in 1958. Their marriage being illegal in the state, both were arrested but given suspended sentences on condition they leave the state, not to return for 25 years.  With understated, sensitive performances by the two leads this is the story of ordinary people forced into an extraordinary situation.

Presented in association with Access Cinema.

Tickets €7

Wednesday 18th October @ 11am & Monday 13th November  @ 11am    

Ger Carey Live

Ger Carey is back with his hilarious stand-up comedy show for transition year students. By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of steps, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager! The aim of the show is to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and appreciate the differences of others.
Tickets €10

Book Club – Wednesday 27th September @ 7pm - Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey.
Wednesday 25th October @ 7pm - The Rosie Project  by Graeme Simsion  
Wednesday 29th November @ 7pm - Nothing on Earth by  Conor O’Callagha

New members welcome.


Community and Educational Outreach Programme in association with Limerick City and County Council and Dormant Account Fund

Actively Retired Drama Programme
Transition Year Drama Studies Programme
National School Drama Awareness Programme
Side by Side Integration Programme
Contact Friars’ Gate for details.


If you are an Artist and wish to hold an exhibition in the Gallery please send a proposal, C.V. and at least 6 examples of your work (slides or good quality photographs) to Caoimhe Reidy, Friars' Gate Theatre, Sarsfield St., Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

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