October/November/December 2018                   

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

1.       The Venue Players, Rathoath, Co. Meath. ‘Keeping Abreast’. Eileen Kavanagh. (Own Group Script). Drama. Confined

2.       Dóchas Drama Group, Killarney, Co. Kerry. ‘Two In Torquay’. Alan Bennett. Light Drama. Confined.

3.       Kilmeen Drama Group, Rossmore, Co. Cork. ‘On The Outside’. Tom Murphy (with Noel O’Donoghue). Drama. Open


Saturday, 27th.


1.       Take 5, Castlelyons, Co. Cork. ‘The Librarian’. James Prideaux. Drama. Confined.

2.       Shannonside Drama Group, Clonlara, Co. Clare. ‘One Man Down’. Loughlin Deegan. Drama. Confined

3.       Corofin Drama Society, Corofin, Co. Clare. ‘Deadline Dawn’. Anthony Booth. Drama. Open.


Sunday, 28th.


1.       Camross Drama Group, Camross, Co. Wexford. ‘Lucy In The Sky’. Tony Layton. Drama. Confined

2.       New Ross Drama Workshop, New Ross, Co Wexford. ‘Spectre’. Don Nigro. Drama. Confined.

3.       Palace Players, Fermoy, Co. Cork. ‘Where Is This Malabar?’. Liam Howard. (Own Group Script). Realistic Drama. Open.

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


Wednesday 7th November @ 8pm – Loving Your Life with Caroline Crotty
Wednesday 14th November @ 8pm - The Nurture of Nature, how the natural world impacts upon mind, body and soul with Fiann Ó Nualláin
Wednesday 21st November @ 8pm - 'The ear is the avenue to the soul' - - A poetics of a new kind of listening With Nóirín Ni Riain
Wednesday 28th November @ 8pm – Bringing change into your life with Bibi Baskin
Tickets €10 per evening

Friday 9th November @ 7pm

Tony Baloney Puppet theatre presents The Man who was Magic
Munster's favourite children's entertainer Tony Baloney is visiting Friars' Gate for one night only, with his new show The Man who was Magic. Inspired by the classic children's book, the show combines magic, puppets, stories and plenty of laughter.  Join Tony and his talking dog as they set off to find the mythic city of Magicia, located a little north of south, a few miles east of west, and just beyond the boundaries of time.  A tale of a talking dog and a wonder-filled journey, where the magic is real.
Tickets €10

Friday 16th November @ 8pm

Film – Lean on Pete     127 mins, 2017
When 15 year old Charley takes a part time summer job with a small time horse-trainer, he develops a powerful bond with Lean on Pete, a racehorse on its last legs.  Wanting to save the horse charley flees wit him on an American cross-country journey.  British director Andrew Haigh creates a moving adaptation of Willy Wlautin’s acclaimed novel.  Presented in association with Access Cinema. 
Tickets €7
Saturday November 24th - 10.30am - 13.30pm
Poetry Workshop with Robyn Rowland - Landscape of the self: here we are, and there  

It is the timber of poetry that wears most surely, and there is no timber
that has not strong roots among the clay and worms. J M Synge wrote

We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.     Dogen (1200-1253)

Landscape can be represented in poetry and creative writing as realism, but it can also come to represent interior life, including the physical, emotional and spiritual landscape of the self.  Finding entry, finding a way into landscape, is a challenge taken up in this workshop. How to become the land or seascape itself. I’ve written myself into many varied landscapes and more recently written on war landscapes.

We look for ourselves in nature in the images that come from landscapes around us. How different are images of desert compared to the green of Limerick. We seem always to be categorising, differentiating, imagining ourselves into the landscape. We can use it to recreate emotion, to explore the self, or meaning, ritual and myth. The varied forms of landscape writing also allow an exploration of history and politics, both personal and political.

We can explore the many approaches in this workshop.

Each participant is given notes to keep which relate to the topic for, as well as copies of Robyn’s and other works which exemplify themes. Each workshop involves a talk on the topic, the exploring of set prompts, a moment of led reflection followed by writing using the skills discussed, and feedback for each participant in the group.

Robyn Rowland is an Irish-Australian citizen living in both countries. She regularly works in Turkey. She has written 13 books, 10 of poetry. Her latest books are Mosaics from the Map (Doire Press, Galway, 2018) and her bi-lingual This Intimate War Gallipoli/Çanakkale 1915 – İçli Dışlı Bir Savaş: Gelibolu/Çanakkale 1915 (Five Islands, 2015; repub., Spinifex Press, Australia, 2018). Turkish translations, Mehmet Ali Çelikel. Robyn’s poetry appears in national and international journals and in over forty anthologies, including eight editions of Best Australian Poems. She has read and taught in Ireland for 35 years and has been invited to read in India, Portugal, Ireland, the UK, the USA, Greece, Austria, Bosnia, Serbia, Turkey and Italy, where, along with Canada, Spain and Japan, she has also been published, sometimes in translation. She has two CDs of poetry, Off the Tongue and Silver Leaving – Poems & Harp with Lynn Saoirse. She has been filmed reading for the National Irish Poetry Reading Archive, James Joyce Library, University College Dublin, available on you tube. www.robynrowland.com
Fee €25

Saturday 1st December @ 8pm

The GAFF and Moyross Community Drama present Bingo! by Carrie Barrett
In Carrie Barrett’s new play, bingo is more than a game of chance and escape.  It is about womanhood and sisterhood.  It is about love and loss. But bingo is a raw deal For Mary; she should be out on the town having fun with her friends. How did she end up in a bingo hall with her mother on a Saturday night at the age of 29? 
Bingo! pares back the complex layers of relationships that are affected by violence and presents a dramatic work that soars between sharp comedy and pain.
Tickets €10
Saturday 8th December @ 8pm

This highly theatrical adaptation of A Christmas Carol brings the colour and vivacity of the greatest of all Christmas stories to the intimate setting of Friars' Gate Theatre.  Three outstanding actors will take you on Scrooge’s ghostly journey to redemption, accompanied by a richly atmospheric live musical score.  A sell-out hit at the Viking Theatre for the past three years, it is the perfect way to experience Dickens’ masterpiece and to share his world of phantoms, darkness, merriment, and everlasting goodwill.

Performed by Michael James Ford , (veteran of the Gate and Abbey  Theatres) Helene Montague (composer, pianist and founding member of Rough Magic Theatre Company ) and Ruairi Heading (RTE’s Rebellion and Element’s Black 47).
Tickets €15

It lingers in the mind... it really is superb. Donnchadh O’Laoire

Don’t miss this delightful version of the classic. Sunday Independent

..,fine dramatic storytelling...perfect for the season. Red Curtain Review

Wednesday 12th December @ 8pm
Open Mic Night

Join us for an evening featuring 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.  Led by Sheila Quealey. 
Admission Free

Friday 14th December @ 8pm
Opera Workshop present The Countess' Salon

The Countess de la Rose makes a special excursion to Friars' Gate Theatre, Kilmallock for her Christmas Salon.

Opera Workshop are delighted to bring the Countess, with her entourage of familiar friends (and enemies), to the Friars' Gate Theatre. The Countess will introduce some new faces, deliver a wonderful programme of opera, song and musical favourites and guarantees an evening of superb entertainment.

The cast include some of Limerick’s best known singers, with Sarah Ellen Murphy Contralto Soloist, Roisin Walsh, Eve Stafford Soprano Soloist, Kevin Neville and Catriona Walsh, and piano accompaniment by Irina Dernova, piano. Directed and produced by Shirley Keane.

Enjoy the warm welcome assured by Friars' Gate Theatre. Dress up and immerse yourself in the evening that is The Countess’ Salon.
Tickets €20
December 17th & 18th 2018 @ 10am & 12pm
Centrestage Theatre Company present Little Bo Peep's Christmas Mix Up.

Every year Bo Peep, BaaBaa and their friend Franz the Farm Boy, take the sheep to the Christmas fair to be shorn but the beautiful Queen of Hearts has lost her phone and turned up to open the Fair too soon. Things could be sorted.. but horror! Bo Peeps sheep are missing and soon… so is Baabaa, just as a very strange witchy person arrives who wants to win Master Chef with her recipe for roast mutton instead of turkey for Christmas Dinner.  Can the boys and girls help find BaaBaa and the sheep and ensure that Santa gets to stay warm and bring Christmas to the whole world?
Centre Stage are regular visitors to Kilmallock.  They return with their usual mix of funny and immediate scripts, simple but spectacular effects, memorable tunes, strong performances and loads of audience participation!
Tickets €8
Wednesday 10th January @ 8pm
First Fortnight in partnership with IFI National presents Two Day, 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
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

Book Club

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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