March/April/May/June 2019                   

Wednesday 3rd April @ 8pm


The New Theatre present The Harvest by Jane McCarthy

Charlotte is back on track, thanks to support from her steadfast husband Malcolm and son, Evan. She thinks she’s found another lifeline in her new friend, Shane. But Shane knows more about her idyllic life than she realises. And just how to destroy it.
The Harvest is a new thriller from acclaimed playwright, Jane McCarthy, about second chances and second lives. What we do when we have them, and what we might do to take them from others.
“The world knows about me. It knows what I did and it doesn’t care anymore. But what about you? What about what you’ve done?”
Director: Matthew Ralli | Dramaturg: Pamela McQueen
Cast: Stephen O'Leary – Evan, Marcus Lamb – Malcolm, John Morton – Shane, Melissa Nolan – Charlotte

As a playwright Jane McCarthy has had three full plays staged, Epilogue (2009) and Overtime (2012, 2013) which received great critical acclaim and a sell out run in The New Theatre Dublin, a venue dedicated to discovering new writers. She was most recently commissioned to write a short radio play, Amy, as part of the sold out event Dead Air in the Bram Stoker Festival 2017. On the strength of Overtime she was selected to be part of Dublin Theatre Festival’s ‘Play- On’ initiative in 2014, an advanced playwriting course taught by Graham Whybrow, former Literary Manager of The Royal Court Theatre, Lon-don. Jane graduated from UCD in 2014 with a first class honours MA in Creative Writing, and was taught by many esteemed writers such as Frank McGuinness, Carlo Gebbler, Eilís Ní Dhuibhne, Paul Perry and James Ryan. She also holds a Degree in English Literature from UCD.

Tickets €15/€12 Friends 2 for 1

Saturday 27th April @ 8pm


Eric Nolan in concert  -   Listen To The River - Debut Tour & Album

Join one of Ireland’s finest and upcoming artists for an evening of breathtaking vocals and captivating songs.  A native of Cork, Eric will take you on a musical journey of bewitching Irish favourites and uplifting anthems.  An enthralling night of entertainment, not to be missed.
Tickets €15

Wednesday 27th March @ 8pm

Film – The Camino Voyage    Dir: Donal O’Ceilleachair    Cert:   PG    98 mins

A 2,500 km Modern Day Celtic Odyssey


A crew including a Writer, two Musicians, an Artist and a Stonemason embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat that they built themselves on an inspiring, and dangerous, 2,500 km modern day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain. This intimate documentary charts the trials and tribulations of a voyage that in the words of the poet and crew member Danny Sheehy, took “sweat, blood and blisters to complete while deepening and renewing friendships, creativity and spirituality in the process”.

Setting sail in their own handmade traditional boat, called a ‘Naomhóg’ against the backdrop of the vast ocean, Danny and his crew share music, stories and wise words. Joyously adventurous and profoundly ennobled by the task, this eclectic crew shared a remarkable journey.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature – Dingle International Film Festival
Presented in association with Access Cinema. 
Tickets €7

Wednesday 17th April @ 8pm


Film – First Man   12A    141 mins

Following on from his six-time Academy Award® winning, La La Land, director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for First Man, the story behind the first manned mission to the moon. Focusing on Neil Armstrong (Gosling), First Man is an acute portrait of the sacrifice, commitment and Armstrong’s emotional resolve in achieving his goal to  land on the moon.


“…a film that I found both powerfully moving and quietly profound.” Mark Kermode, The Observer.

“The magic of Chazelle’s fine film is that it allows us to share directly in that momentous achievement.”  David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

…”Chazelle orchestrates a highly original mood of adventure drenched in anxiety.” Owen Gleiberman, Variety
Presented in association with Access Cinema.
Tickets €7

Thursday 2nd May @ 8pm
Crowman written by Katie Holly.  Performed by Jon Kenny.


 
In this stunning new play by Katie Holly, Jon Kenny plays numerous characters but primarily Dan, a man in his 50s who is living alone. Dan is a loner and feels himself an outsider looking in on the community but he discovers during the play that he is not as much an outsider as he thinks. When he hears about the passing of a dear friend, he is forced to look back on his own troubled youth and face up to his demons.  At times poignant and tragic, this play also has warmth and humour as Jon slips seamlessly in and out of the many uproariously funny characters.  Duration 75 minutes, including interval.
‘Kenny is brilliant in the role’ – The Irish Examiner
Tickets €20/€18

Friday 10th May @ 8pm
Bottom Dog Theatre Company present Smallone rather than Small One written.
And directed by John Murphy. 
Performed by Michelle O’ Flanagan.


Mingey loves her cats, Peru and Club Milks. She hates Sunday mass-ones, blackmange mutts and papery sausages. She is feisty and mischievous and has a heart full of love. She guards her privacy like a treasure. She refuses to be cowed by other people’s view of her or surrender to the sadness she sometimes feels

Moving and tender, Smallone is inspired by people who live lives of quiet privacy, examining the struggles and joys that all of us might feel.

Bottom Dog mark their 11th season with this “small but purrfectly formed” play, by Irish Times Theatre Awards nominee John Murphy.

Tickets €12/€10 Running Time - 75 mins

Thursday 16th May @ 7pm

Film - This is Nicholas followed by Q&A with director Nicholas Ryan Purcell
Presented by East Limerick Family Support Network (ELFS), this documentary chronicles Nicholas’s experience of living with Asperger Syndrome and depression and to celebrate the invaluable support Nicholas received from his family, teachers and neighbours in the village of Emly, Co. Tipperary.  This is a brave and inspirational piece of work, made with clarity and insight by an insider, to greatly enhance our understanding of Asperger Syndrome and depression. This screening will be followed by a Q&A session with director Nicholas Ryan-Purcell. Proceeds from the event are going towards the delivery of Community Counselling Support Services at Hospital Family Resource Centre.
Tickets €7
Wednesday 22nd May @ 12pm
Film – Finding Your Feet    UK    2018      Cert:  12A    111 mins

Starring: Imelda Staunton, Celie Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumly
When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of thirty-five years is having an affair with her best friend she seeks refuge with her estranged, older sister Bif in North London. As a fish out of water, heartbroken Sandra is confronted by her sister's bohemian and irreverent lifestyle but is eventually persuaded to join her community dance class.  In this hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy, the colourful group of defiant and energetic third-agers show Sandra that retirement is in fact only the beginning, and that divorce might just give her a whole new lease of life and love.  Presented in association with Access Cinema as part of the May Film Tour happening during the Bealtaine festival.
Admission Free
Friday 24th May @ 8pm

The Viking Theatre present Where the Willow Meets the Ash by Malachy McKenna
Performed by Tom Lawlor, Michael James Ford, Malachy Mc Kenna.
Directed by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh.

 
Where The Willow Meets The Ash is the much anticipated sequel to Malachy McKenna’s  hugely successful and multi award winning drama, The Quiet Land.  When the chaotic and easy going bachelor farmer Bobby Hogan gets a visit from a smooth talking Englishman, all sorts of local rivalries and ancient grudges are stirred up. Who is this mysterious blow-in? What are his intentions regarding the beautiful barmaid Polish Maria? And, more importantly, what are his plans for  Nayshee’s Acres, site of the old hurling pitch and sacred among generations ?   The appearance of the belligerent old neighbour, Eamon McConnell, introduces new issues in the struggle for the soul of the hillside and, ultimately, heart breaking family secrets are revealed.

Where the Willow Meets the Ash is a serious comedy about stubborn men from the hilarious pen of an outstanding Irish writer.
Tickets €15
Wednesday 29th May @ 8pm
Open Mic Night - Chapter and Verse a night of prose and poetry.
Join us for an eclectic mix of writings. Budding and established writers are invited to share their work in a relaxed atmosphere. Just want to listen?  Sit back and enjoy an evening with a difference. Pieces should be no longer than 5-7mins. 
Admission Free.

Friday 28th June  @ 8pm

Claire Roche in concert
Claire will be presenting songs from her 'From Then To The Here And Now' double album, accompanied on traditional, peddle, and electric harps, plus piano.  Claire has chosen the harp to be her accompaniment, her choir, her veil to the ‘otherworld’. Her words, music and passion gently warms the hearts of those present and fires her spirits into passion, courage, tears, love and laughter.   
Tickets €12 Friends 2 for 1

Friday 21st June @ 8pm
Red Hurley in Concert


Red Hurley is acknowledged throughout Ireland and across the world as one of the finest singers of his generation. Appealing to all ages, musical tastes and cultures, he has moved audiences with his distinctive brand of satin smooth vocal magic.  Red Hurley delivers song after song – each more haunting than the next. Be it a cover version or his own original material, Red makes each one his own.
Tickets €20

Book Club – Wednesday 30th January @ 7pm – Reading The Milkman by Anna Burns.
Wednesday 27th February @ 7pm – A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne. 
Wednesday 27th March @ 6.30 pm - Educated, by Tara Westover
Wednesday 24th April @ 7pm - Normal People by Sally Rooney
Wednesday 29th May @ 7pm -The Only Story by Julian Barnes
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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