January/February 2019                   

Wednesday 16th January @ 8pm
First Fortnight in partnership with IFI National presents Two Days, One Night  (15A)  95 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.
Oscar winner Marion Cotillard is impressive as Sandra, a woman who returns to work at solar plant after suffering from depression to find out that her colleagues have chosen to take a yearly bonus at the expense of her job. She has just one weekend to convince them to change their minds in order to regain her position. What follows is arguably the Dardenne brothers' greatest cinematic achievement to date..
Tickets €7
Friday 25th January @ 8pm
Brigid Clery written and performed by Eve O’Mahony

This one woman show describes the life and events which led to the death of Brigid Cleary, the last woman to be burned in Ireland. She is accused of being a changeling and is ultimately burned to death at the hands of her husband in Tipperary in 1895.  The character of Brigid is the main narrator throughout the performance but her story is also told by a host of other characters.   She tells the bittersweet story of her life as a successful business woman living in a patriarchal society and the details which lead to her tragic death. This moving play brings forth a whole slew of issues - issues of inequality, tradition and superstition, progression and ignorance, group mentality and individual steadfastness, independence and interdependence and the role of women in early 20th century rural Ireland society. Tickets €12 Running Time – 50 minutes Friends 2 for 1
Wednesday 30th January @ 8pm
The Lady and the Unicorn written and presented by Carol O’Neill

A fun filled hour long multimedia art talk inspired by European Celtic mythology with over 30 artists and artworks celebrated including:
* W.B. Yeats & Lady Jane Wilde's Irish folklore writings.
* Mythological sculptures throughout Europe.
* The Children of Lir sculptures & the 1916 Rising.
* Hollywood`s depictions of ancient Celtic myths.
* Surrealist painters & the Celtic myth influences.
* Dragon & Unicorn art depicted from medieval times to present day.
* 15th century French tapestries and Icelandic troll art at the Venice Biennale.
* Music, Film, writings, paintings, sculptures and architecture are all celebrated.
Tickets €8
Saturday 2nd  February @ 8pm
Seán Keane in concert

Sean will be joined by Pat Coyne on Guitar and Fergus Feely in mandocello.   Seán who hails from Caherlistrane released his 11th solo album Gratitude during the summer accompanied by the RTE Concert Orchestra.   Seán will be mixing some of the new songs with the classics like Isle of Hope Isle of Tears, Galway to Graceland, Fields of Gold to many songs and tunes during the night.  Join Seán and the lads a great night of music where Seán plays up to five instruments on stage.
Tickets €25
Friday 8th February @ pm
HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr - A True Story of Hollywood Glamour and Scientific Genius - written and performed by Heather Massie

Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than the most beautiful woman in the world. She invented frequency hopping and spread spectrum technology that make the world of wireless communication tick. From Austria to Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy, and intrigue to the very cell phone in your pocket, she was there!

HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr explores the life, inventions and person of Hedy Lamarr, Viennese-born Hollywood film star of the 1930s-1950s. Known as The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Hedy Lamarr stored away knowledge of munitions while married to Austrian arms dealer, Fritz Mandl. She employed this knowledge to support the US Navy’s war effort during WWII by inventing The Secret Communication System with composer George Antheil, to make torpedoes more accurate. Also referred to as Frequency Hopping or Spread Spectrum Technology, her invention is used today in cell phones, WiFi, CDMA, GPS, Bluetooth and a myriad of other wireless systems.

Having studied Astrophysics with dreams of becoming an astronaut, Heather Massie marries her loves of art and science in the person of Hedy Lamarr. She brings Hedy to life while interacting with the audience, and unearths the truth behind how such a glamorous actress could create an invention which is ubiquitous today. Massie says, "I use the story of the unexpected genius of Hedy Lamarr to inspire the audience to find ways each day to make the world a better place, and to encourage young women in endeavours of science and technology."
Tickets €15/€12
Best Actress - 2017 Galway Fringe, Galway, Ireland
Outstanding Performance in a Solo Play - 2017 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC
Audience Choice & Sold Out Awards - 2017 IndyFringe, Indianapolis, IN
Audience Choice - 2017 Shenandoah Fringe, Staunton, VA

Wednesday 20th February @ 8pm
Film – Faces Places     PG    89 mins    Dirs: Agnès Varda, JR

Language: French
Director Agnès Varda and photographer and muralist JR journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship, in this moving and playful documentary.  ravelling from town to town in JR’s van, repuposed as a gigantic camera, they set about photographing people at home or work, and pasting
these images in public spaces. Along the way they create a moving meditation on friendship, cinema and the power of art on people’s life.  Presented in association with Access Cinema.
Tickets €7

Friday 15th March @ 8pmSweet About Me, a play about addiction.  A new solo show, written and performed by Jacinta Sheerin

From the co-creator of Waiting for IKEA and I’m not ADHD I’m BOLD

Sweet About Me, a play about addiction.  A new solo show, written and performed by Jacinta Sheerin the co- creator of Waitingfor IKEA and I'm not ADHD I'm BOLD

Sweet About Me, written and performed by Jacinta Sheerin, is a one woman show about addiction. Set in a treatment centre and based on the lives of five characters, Sweet About Me explores alcohol, heroin and cocaine addiction through the eyes of the central character – 18 year old Bernadette Fagan who has an eating disorder, a controlling mother and a body image to die for.  But food issues seem so trivial in comparison to the people with real problems like shooting heroin? Or does it?  Sweet About Me looks at how society views and ranks addiction. It aims to dispel myths and open our hearts to the toughest characters that we might judge in an every-day encounter.

Jacinta Sheerin is a playwright, actor and dramatherapist from Dublin, living in Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
Tickets €12/€10

Saturday 23rd March @ 8pm

Ireland’s Call by John Connors

Follow the lives and family histories of three young men as they grow up in Coolock on Dublin's northside. What shapes them and entices them to a life of crime? Examining issues of class, religion and identity, this new play is an unflinching exploration of the Irish psyche, bringing our collective guilts, secrets and flaws to the surface.
Tickets €15/€12

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: Fionn Foley – 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


Friday 12th April @ 8pm
ILA Productions presents ELECTRIC, a new play written by Ali Hardiman,  starring Ericka Roe & Ali Hardiman and directed by Clare Maguire  with original beats by Sam Hardiman.

Baby wipes, glitter and cans at the ready, Joni and Scarlett head off on their respective weekends.
From two walks of life and residing on two sides of the festival, the pair unexpectedly meet in the neon fields of Electric Picnic. Hysterically riotous and soul-stirring, ELECTRIC probes our innate prejudices
and preconceived notions of who we are while taking you on the session of a lifetime!

Festival season is too far away, let's get this party started!

"Smart, funny, utterly engaging, with surprising subtlety and depth, “ELECTRIC” is not just irresistible good fun, it’s the closest thing to heaven you’re likely to experience for quite some time."
The Arts Review

“The play ended with the audience rising to their feet & cheering, proving that Electric is a play not to be missed.”‬   The Review Hub

Tickets €12/€10

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

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 @ 7pm - 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.

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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