January/February/March/April 2018                                           

Wednesday 10th January @ 8pm

 First Fortnight in partnership with IFI National presents The Drummer & The Keeper   (15A   92 Mins)

 "First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. This film screening is part of the annual First Fortnight Festival."

 The Drummer & The Keeper tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men; Gabriel, a reckless young drummer with bipolar disorder, who revels in rejecting society’s rules and Christopher, a 17 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, who yearns to fit in. This heartwarming story shows the strength of the human bond in the face of adversity. Written and directed by Nick Kelly, whose short film SHOE was shortlisted for an Academy Award, THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER was produced by Kate McColgan for Calico Pictures (FROM THE DARK), with support from the Irish Film Board. The film stars a collection of talented Irish actors including Dermot Murphy (CLEAN BREAK, RAW), Charlie Kelly (THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, JADOTVILLE), Peter Coonan (WHAT RICHARD DID, LOVE/HATE), Aoibhinn McGinnity (MOONE BOY, QUIRKE, LOVE/HATE), Annie Ryan (FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, LAWS OF ATTRACTION), Niamh Algar (WITHOUT NAME) and introducing Jacob Mc Carthy.
Tickets €7


Saturday 20th Jan 8pm

Seán Keane in concert
Seán who is well known for his distinctive voice that is uniquely Irish and yet is loved around the world for his interpretation of songs like, "Isle of hope Isle of Tears",  "From Galway to Gracelands", "  Home away from Home" and many more.   
Tickets €25

Wednesday 31st January @ 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

Saturday 3rd February @ 8pm

Frank Ryan in The Golden Years – the songs we all love to sing.

A nostalgic musical afternoon of the world’s best loved melodies.  Featured renowned tenor Frank Ryan, sporano Sarah O’Mahony and Bethan Lee, piano.   The trio will serve up an evening of classic songs from the American songbook, popular ballads and unforgettable scores from the silver screen.  Produced and directed by Cathal McCabe, RTE.
Tickets €15/€12

Friday 9th March @ 8pm

Take 5 present
Dead Certain by Marcus Lloyd.  Directed by Eugene O'Sullivan 

Starring Aaron Patrick Cowming and Noelle Clarke

Theatre obsessed ex ballet dancer Elizabeth now wheelchair bound lives alone in her country house.  She invites charming good looking actor Michael to read a play she has written.  The large fee makes him jump at the opportunity but he quickly realises that her play shows alarming similarities to real life.  What does fate have in store for them both on this night and how can Michael separate the truth from illusion in this real life game of cat and mouse.   

Tickets €15/€12                                              Friends 2 for 1

Thursday 15th February @ 8pm

Film – Loving Vincent   94 mins, 2017
The final mysterious days in the life of Vincent van Gogh are the subject of investigation in this formally daring work, seven years in the making, that marries live action performance to hand-painted animation in the manner of the artist to create an immersive visual experience where form follows function.  Presented in association with Access Cinema.
Tickets €7

Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th February  & Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th March @ 8pm
Friars’ Gate Theatre presents Arsenic and Old Lace a comedy by Joseph Kesselring.  Directed by Max Hennessy.

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene - but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan, returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé -- all while trying to keep his own sanity as well.
Cast includes: Eddie Cronin,
Mandy Donworth, John English, Brian Finn, Declan Hehir, Max Hennessy, Robin Lee, Padraig Lohan, Seamus Moloney, Edmund O’Reilly, Rayne Tsang, Dermot Ryan, Maria Sheehy.
Tickets €15/€12

Thursday 8th March @ 8pm

Richard Harris International Film Festival present Women In Film

In association with Limerick City and County Council & Friars Gate Theatre

Celebrating the achievements of women in film on International Women's Day #IWD2018 #PressforProgress

Join the Richard Harris International Film Festival Team for an evening celebrating women in film with a selection of the many films by women screened at RHIFF2017.

LULA directed by Aoife O’Kelly                                                                                                       
Based on the true events in 1944 that recount the survival of Regina 'Lula' Jakubowska in war torn Poland, who had to face down German SS officers in an attempt to protect her husband.  Award Winning Short Film produced by Sara Kurp. 

NATIVE directed by Linda Bhreathnach                                                                                                                  
An Irishman in the twilight of his life embarks on an emotional journey to seek out the home and family he had left in his youth.   Starring Patrick Bergin.

A L O N E directed by Kerrie Ahern                                                                                                                                    
A L O N E is about a young girl who goes on an adventure with her camera when she stumbles upon a shy creature in the forest.  This short film is the first short film in "The Mask Trilogy" by Kerrie Ahern.

OH BROTHER directed by Mia Mullarkey                                                                                                             
Fergal has Asperger’s Syndrome and lives a lonely life. Oh Brother is a short comedy drama about two brothers travelling to Amsterdam to find the right escort for Fergal.

JANUARY HYMN directed by Katherine Canty                                                                                               
A reflection on grief, January Hymn sees Clara return home for the first anniversary of her father's death. 

CREAK directed by Elizabeth Dean                                                                        
Never assume it's just the house settling. An original and unexpected telling of the classic Hitchcock blonde as she makes her way through a most ominous night.

Q.E.D. directed by Amy-Joyce Hastings                                                                                                                 
A couple dealing with the aftermath of a terrible accident explore what we will and won't sacrifice for the person we love. 

AMY directed by Leah Morgan                                                                                                     
In this intimate portrait, Amy shares her story in her own words. Despite losing her mother at a young age and battling with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Amy maintains an inspiring zest for life.

Tickets €7

Sunday 11th March @ 8pm 

Isla Grant in concert                                                  
Highly respected singer and prolific songwriter Isla Grant makes a welcome return visit to Ireland after an absence of two years with a beautifully constructed show.  Isla is now established in Ireland, Austraila, New Zealand, the UK, America and Canada as a singer/songwriter of the highest quality.  H er highly entertaining concert show features all her wonderful 'Hit' songs and some new from her
latest album.  Isla's interaction with her audience is second to none and the atmosphere at her live shows is a joy to behold and as always her genial husband Al will make his popular contribution to the show featuring some of the all time Jim Reeves 'Hit Songs'.  Apart from Al Grant, one of Ireland's finest musicians, multi instrumentalist Glen Flynn is an integral part of the Isla Grant sound.
A treat for all Isla Grant fans.

Friday 23rd March @ 8pm

Big Guerilla presents  Padraig Potts’ Guide To Walking.  Written and performed by Seamus O’Rourke.

The play fol­lows the life of Padraig Potts McK­eir­nan, who has a habit of just eat­ing what­ever is on his plate… metaphor­i­cally that is… from grow­ing up near the tiny rur­al vil­lage of Drum­namee, Coun­ty Leitrim in the 70’s and 80’s to falling in love with Sil­via Lang, a per­fect protes­tant girl… to mar­ry­ing Mary Tague, the priests house­keeper, who he nev­er real­ly liked… to get­ting rid of Mary Tague and her moth­er, who he claims invent­ed vine­gar… and even­tu­ally to the real­i­sa­tion that the world isn’t as big as he first thought.

Bursting with the vivacious wit that is the trademark of Seamus O’Rourke’s masterful play-writing, this show will tear at your heart and cripple you with laughter. Both playwright and actor Seamus not only gives us one hell of a script, he also executes a perfect delivery with superb timing, bringing to life through sweat, spittle and purest passion every exquistely crafted and painfully familiar character to influence the journey of our antihero Padraig Potts. This is the tale of a generation lost between the old world ruled by religion and the new world ruled by hearts. Our unsung hero quietly shapes the world whilst accepting all that comes his way. However this is a crossover time. Could there be hope for Padraig yet?

Tickets €12

“One of the highlights of Edinburgh Fringe*****”

Wednesday 25th April @ 8pm

The New Theatre present Norah by Gerard Humphreys.  Directed by Anthony Fox

Starring Juliette Crosbie, Hannah Carnegie, Ethan Dillon, Brendan Quinn, Barbara Dempsey, Ian Meehan

1981 Belfast.  Norah McVeigh is battling to save her brother Kyran. He made the decision to go on hunger strike and has lost consciousness. Norah is now faced with the difficult decision to respect his political choice or save his life.  Through confrontations with the British Foreign Office, the Catholic Church, the RUC, the IRA, and her own family, Norah’s convictions and loyalties are put to the test.

With a cast of six, BBC Stewart Parker award-winning writer Gerard Humphreys has scripted a bold retelling of a tumultuous time in Ireland’s history, recounting the political and moral challenges that faced women as they battled on many fronts to save their families and communities.  Above all, this is a story of family and the untold struggles of those left behind by history.

Tickets €15/€12

Wednesday 28th March @ 7.30pm

Foróige’s Footsteps Youth Theatre, Kilmallock are delighted to stage the Irish premier of The Re-Creator by Rémi Amy, a French play translated by Paul B Nelson which has never been performed before in English.  It is a philosophical apocalyptical comedy about freedom which will appeal to all.


Footsteps Youth Theatre is a proud member of Youth Theatre Ireland and is supported by Friars Gate Theatre.

Tickets €5

Friday 6th April @ 8pm

Kevin McAleer – Guru

Ireland’s brightest lama Kevin McAleer has announced a series of worldwide apparitions in 2018, with mindfulness, bananarama yoga, tai chi with chai tea, avocado dream therapy, vegan dentistry, moon walking with wolves, digital sourdough photography, coffee visualization, and ego massage. 

McAleer trained for 33 years under the legendary Oprah Chopra in Palookaville, before founding the Mindless Nationalism Institute™ in Belfast in 1972. He will be signing copies of his very latest awareness bestseller, The Idiot’s Guide to Low Self Esteem, which has been translated into more than 94,000 languages worldwide and beyond. An evening of divine light entertainment not to be missed.
Tickets €20

Wednesday 11th April @ 8pm

Film - Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Cert: 15A)

Gloria Grahame appeared in films alongside Hollywood icons like Humphrey Bogart and Kirk Douglas, and won a best supporting actress Oscar for her performance in 1952's The Bad and the Beautiful. Thirty years later Grahame is treading the boards in a modest theatre production when she collapses in a Lancaster hotel. With her health failing, she reaches out to former lover, Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner, who takes her back to his family home to recuperate.  Annette Bening and Jamie Bell star in this adaptation of the memoir by Peter Turner.  Presented in association with Access Cinema.
Tickets €7                               Friends 2 for 1

Saturday 14th April @ 8pm

Fourth Wall Theatre Group, Laois present Da by Hugh Leonard

The story revolves around the living memories of Charlie, a grown man who returns home to Ireland after the death of his father only to find the old man’s presence still very much alive.  The comedy is laced with pathos. Leonard peppers the dialogue with memorable one-liners on emotional injury, love, and marriage.
Tickets €15/12

Book Club

Wednesday 31st January @ 7pm - Reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society by May Ann Shafer and Annie Barrows.
Wednesday 28th February @ 7pm - Reading The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry
Wednesday 28th March @ 7pm – The Nightingale by Kirstin Hannah  
Wednesday 25th April @ 7pm – The Longbourn Letters by Rose Servitova 

New members welcome. 


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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