June/July/AugustSeptember/October 2018                                           

Wednesday 6th June @ 7.30pm

Foróige’s Footsteps Youth Theatre, Kilmallock are delighted to present -

Trapped by Fear by Aisling O’ Leary - A tense thriller about three young people who rush into a dark room fleeing an unspecified danger. As danger looms they must make some harsh decisions that will seal their fate.

A piece of Me by Seoid Ní Laoire – a play which poses questions on reality, subjectivity and happiness.

Footsteps Youth Theatre is a Foróige run youth theatre based in Kilmallock and are proud members of Youth Theatre Ireland.
Tickets €5

Friday 8th June @ 8pm

And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet written and performed by Caroline Burns Cooke
4xFive Star Reviews The Argus Broadway Baby Remote Goat and Fringe Guru

Caroline Burns Cooke has written and performs a funny, life affirming piece that bristles with humanity. It starts with a prayer and ends with that same prayer, underlining the journey, before the final coda squeezes the heart.  And The Rope ...' is dark, enthralling, and unremittingly entertaining; a one woman show inspired by 1984's Kerry Babies scandal, when an Irish mother was accused of killing her two children. Cooke and director Colin Watkeys have together succeeded in telling this extraordinary story with all the humour and immediacy of an Irish bar room raconteur, Guinness in hand, a light caress to the grim facts, a good yarn. She has you by the arm and you are immersed. Truth not drama informs a play '...dedicated to women who have suffered at the hands of mistaken ideologies'.  It never preaches nor condemns, instead it squeezes the heart with a glint in the eye.

Tickets €12                             Running Time - 1hr

Thursday 14th June @ 8pm

Richard Harris Summer Screenings in the County 

  • ·         A Very Irish Family - Directed by Emmet Kelly
  • ·         Marky’s Bad Week - Directed by Daniel Holmwood
  • ·         Gustav - Directed by Ken Williams & Denis Fitzpatrick
  • ·         The King - Directed by Daniel Cooper
  • ·         Acorn - Directed by Kevin de la Isla O’Neill
  • ·         Burden - Directed by Johnny Cullen                                                                                                                 
  • ·         “An Mhallacht” Directed by Cóilín Ó Scolaí 
  • ·         Saving Santa -  Directed by Keith O’Grady

A Very Irish Family - Directed by Emmet Kelly

Family Bonds are strained, as Europe is sundered by war in 1914. A well-to-do Irish nationalist family struggles with conflicting loyalties and the politically ambitious family patriarch is forced to re-evaluate his priorities when his idealistic sons volunteer to fight in France and Gallipoli following the outbreak of war.

Marky’s Bad Week - Directed by Daniel Holmwood

"After having the worst week of his life, Marky decides to take the edge off with a spliff. Things go from bad to worse when he realises he's lost his nodge of hash."

Gustav - Directed by Ken Williams & Denis Fitzpatrick

A man wakes up with a strange tune in his head. But what is it? And how did it get there?

The King - Directed by Daniel Cooper

A 17th Century King lost in a foreign village flees a mob that has mistaken him for a madman. Armed and panicked, he breaks into a cathedral and holds a priest hostage, forcing him to transcribe his death note while they wait for the cavalry to arrive.

Acorn - Directed by Kevin de la Isla O’Neill

Busy-body mother Maureen battles Principal Finan during a parent-teacher meeting concerning her son Greg and his unusual behaviour during the school’s nativity play rehearsals.

Burden - Directed by Johnny Cullen

A young celtic warrior carries her father to safety until she encounters an old enemy

“An Mhallacht” Directed by Cóilín Ó Scolaí

The Mayo Football Team are once again in the GAA All Ireland Final: Dr Donal Green has his loyalties tested when he discovers that one of his comatose patients is the last living player from the infamous cursed Mayo team of 1951.

Saving Santa - Directed by Keith O’Grady

A little girl by the name of Ruby Fair, is still dealing with her mother's death when she comes across a seemingly destitute man in the street. He's a street drinker who bears a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. Despite his protestations, she takes great comfort in helping him.

Tickets €7

Friday 22nd June @ 8pm

Elle Marie O’Dwyer in Concert
Multi award winning traditional singer Elle Marie O' Dwyer will perform traditional ballads and folk songs, accompanied by her three piece band. Elle Marie hails from Freemount, North Cork. Since the release of her first album in 2012, she has graced stages all over Ireland and abroad. She brings a freshness and originality to Ireland's old ballads, while the inclusion of some recently written folk songs add a contemporary flavour to her show.

Tickets €15

Wednesday 27th June @ 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!
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.
“Whirling Comedy” - The Irish Times
Tickets €12/€10                                  Friends 2 for 1         

Saturday 7th July @ 8pm

Carolyn Walsh in Concert

Carolyn Walsh is a singer, songwriter and musician who comes from a large musical Irish family.   Carolyn embraces her musical heritage, her latest tour is called "Irish Blue" and she also has a Christmas programme called "Christmas Lights in Harold's Cross". At her gigs she is accompanied by a guitarist, but she will also play the guitar, harp and ukulele herself. 

Her first CD, "Songs for Ireland- Festival Edition", features six songs, from "Amazing Grace" to "Hail, glorious Saint Patrick", songs that in good Irish tradition are not only songs, but sung stories, which is why the track "Colcannon" stays unaccompanied. 

Close your eyes and let the voice of Carolyn Walsh take you to Ireland- fly with the fairies, look out onto the wild Irish Sea and feel the vastness of the skies.
Tickets €12

Friday 13th July @ 8pm

Magic in My Eyes: the Love Poems of Thomas Hardy

Performed by Michael James Ford, Jane McGrath, Elliot Moriarty and the Delmaine String Quartet

This new collaboration with the Delmaine String Quartet explores one of the great romances in literary history - Thomas Hardy's courtship of Emma Gifford and their subsequent long and difficult marriage.  Despite years of estrangement, Emma's death in 1912 inspired Hardy to write some of the greatest love poetry in the English language and the piece charts the course of their relationship through his verse, journals and autobiography.  The Quartet have selected music that reflects this emotional landscape drawn from the work of the great 19th and 20th Century composers.  Hardy's world of rural Wessex is also represented through folk music and song.  
Tickets €15/€12

Wednesday 18th July @ 8pm

Darkest Hour    Dir: Joe Wright    2018   125 mins  Cert: PG

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.  Presented in association with Access Cinema.

Tickets €7

Saturday 11th August @ 3pm
Miriam Lambert Puppeteer presents Goldilocks and the Three Bears 

Imagine a storybook that comes alive! Miriam Lambert, is delighted to present “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” where the story comes alive within her original two-tier puppet booth. Peek and Boo, Miriam’s signature characters guide the children to the tale of a little girl who pays a visit to the home of the adorable baby bear!  Suitability: Family.             Duration 45 min

Tickets €7     

Wednesday 22nd August @ 8pm

Film – Maudie   (Cert 15A)

Dir: Aisling Walsh Ireland, Canada 2016 115 mins

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett

Irish filmmaker Aisling Walsh directs Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke in this biopic of Maud Lewis, the inspiring  woman who, despite suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, went on to become one of Canada's most celebrated folk artists.  Presented in association with Access Cinema.

Tickets €7

Saturday 1st September @ 8pm
Lakedaemon in association with Theatre Upstairs present Hero by Ken Rogan.  Performed by Daithí Mac Suibhne.


Hero is an original work about a man’s struggles with love. Life quickly grows more complicated for Smithy (Daithí Mac Suibhne) after a chance encounter with Marissa. This is one man's hilarious, down to earth odyssey through love, ankle injuries and what happens when you don't know how to lose...


Daithí is currently appearing as Emmet O'Brien in RTÉ's Fair City. He was also a series regular in seasons 19 and 20 of the Irish-language soap opera, Ros na Rún for TG4 along with roles in Éirí Amach Amú (Wrecking the Rising), Corp+Anam 2 and Scúp.  He featured as Ospak in The New Theatre's The Assassination of Brian Boru, in Hatch at the MAC Belfast, as Feste in Twelfth Night for AC Productions in Dublin and a cross-border tour of Lady Windermere's Fan for the Belfast-based Bruiser Theatre Company. He also appeared at The Abbey Theatre in Roddy Doyle's adaptation of Gogol's The Government Inspector.


Sharp, incisive, witty and original… this show could do the rounds for years to come” No More Workhorse

“Unusual in its tenderness in this macho world” Emer O'Kelly, Sunday Independent

“Daithí Mac Suibhne’s razor sharp turn” Exeunt Magazine

“One of the most touching love stories told by a man” Yana Patrakova



Tickets €15/€12    Running Time – 60 Mins                   Friends 2 for 1

Saturday 8th September @ 8pm
Gospel Unity – German Gospel Choir

Expanding their cultural experiences has always been of interest to the members of the choir. Previous international trips have included Norway, South Africa and Canada.  The repertoire includes English and African songs, traditional and international Gospel Music as well as spirituals; all with powerful themes and positive messages. Their honest and heartfelt singing never fails to draw enthusiastic response from their varied audiences.  GOSPEL UNITY is under the direction of Ulrike Bourehil and will have both piano and percussion accompaniment. It was formed in 1999 by a small group of dedicated singers, who are thrilled to think that their enterprise will be bringing them to Kilmallock.   Additionally, the Choir has participated in various workshops with international Gospel songwriters and producers including Hans Christian Jochimsen from Denmark, Joakim Arenius from Sweden and Northern Harmony Choir from Vermont.
Tickets €10

Wednesday 12th September @ 8pm
Making the Grade

Dir: Ken Wardrop      2017    Ireland     86 mins     Cert: G
Making the Grade invites us into the world of the piano lesson. Every year teachers
and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams.  This endearing and uplifting documentary explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades. This is a story of the transformative power of music and may inspire us all to keep making the grade.  Presented in association with Access cinema. 
Tickets €7

Friday 21st September @ 6.30pm

Culture Night

Book Binding Workshop with Marian Sheehan Ahern
Artist Marian Sheehan Ahern will lead this interactive book binding workshop.  Children will create a hardback accordion book that can be illustrated with Irish folklore and poems. Suitable for children aged 8 - 13 years.

Limited numbers, booking essential.

Friday 28th September @ 8pm
JACK LUKEMAN  - “Magic Days - Magic Nights”

Jack has spent much of 2017 touring throughout Europe with such luminaries as Jools Holland, Imelda May, Neil Sedaka and Aerosmith! He is also performed a marathon 4-month English tour which is bringing the news of this phenomenal artist to many new fans all over Britain.   There's something for every taste in Jack's music. His most recent best-selling album of original material Magic Days was deemed his “best work ever” by The Hot Press and Irish Times amongst others, and was ALBUM OF THE MONTH  on RTE, Radio One.

Like all of Jack’s shows, “Magic Days” means “Magic Nights” when you go to this amazing show, with Jack and his band. It promises to a very magical night that will no doubt live long in the memory.

  “Jack is one of the greatest interpreters of song lyrics I have heard in recent years”.........Christopher Riddle (Leader of The Nelson Riddle Orchestra)
“As with all great shows, it’s over too soon”……Edinburgh Evening News
  “A gorgeous, versatile Baritone”…………………... The Washington Post
  “Jack L’s voice is an irresistible force of nature”…..The Irish Times
What a voice…what a performer!......... The Los Angeles Times
Ticket €25
Saturday 13th October @ 8pm
CRACKS by Quintessence Theatre Company

CRACKS is a darkly comic & deeply moving new play in which an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness.
Quintessence Theatre use their innovative physical ensemble story-telling techniques mingled with multi-media platforms of film and music to poignantly explore the profound struggle individuals with mental illness face on a daily basis in Ireland today.
Cast - Leah Rossiter, Anthony Kinahan, Fiona Keenan O’Brien
Tickets 15/€12   Running Time – 90 mins followed by post show discussion
Monday, October 15th and Wednesday, November 14th
Ger Carey LIve - A Comic Journey Inside the Teenage Mind
Time: 11am to 1pm
Tickets: €10 (Teachers free)

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 are
only €10 and teachers are free.

Thursday 18th October @ 8pm
Speckintime presents The Curse of the Button Accordion - written and performed by comedian Sharon Mannion
Comedian Sharon Mannion pens a hilarious show based on her worries, fears and adventures growing up in a Roscommon village. Will she live up to the expectations of her ex-showband star father and her Midwest FM radio-loving mother?  On receiving a shiny button accordion, Sharon is thrust into the local limelight. But things soon turn sour, when she starts to wonder if Frank the Accordion might have her cursed.
‘Faultless performance’ ****  The Reviews Hub
‘Hilarious – full of humour’ **** Red Curtain Reviews
Tickets €15/€12   Running Time – 1 hour       Friends 2 for 1

Wednesday 24th October @ 8pm

Summer 1993   (Estiu 1993)
Dir:  Carla Simón 2017 Spain 97 mins   Cert: Club
Language: Catalan

This autobiographical feature explores six-year old Frida conflict as she moves to her Uncle’s farm in Barcelona, following her mother’s death.  Struggling to adjust and process her loss, she also has to contend with an annoying new little sister.  The performances of the two children are disarmingly natural in this gorgeous, yet unsentimental film.  Presented in association with Access cinema. 
Tickets €7.
28th Annual Festival of One Act Drama

Friday 26th, Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October @ 8pm
A feast of drama - three evening of drama with some of the best amateur drama groups in the country.  Three one act plays a night for three nights!  
Adjudicator – Lee Wilson A.D.A.
Tickets €12/€10 Season Ticket €25

Book Club

Wednesday 26th September @ 7pm - The Trick of Time by Kit de Waal
Wednesday 31st October @ 7pm - From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan
Wednesday 28th November @ 7pm - The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney
Wednesday 12th December @ 7pm - Short story ; Guests of the Nation by Frank O’Connor   Available here: http://www.csus.edu/indiv/m/maddendw/the-oxford-book-of-short-stories_29guestsofthenation.pdf

Narrative 4 present a Storytelling Programme for Older People – Free – Tuesday 16th January @ 2pm. 

Children’s Art Club with Jane Howe – commencing Thursday 25th  January

Storytelling Workshops with Sheila Quealey – commencing Wednesday 31st Jan - 6 Weeks – 1.30 – 3.30pm, Fee €80

County Limerick Youth Theatre – commencing Tuesday 23rd January


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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