May/June/July/August 2018                                           

Friday 11th May @ 8pm 

Orlaith Keane in concert                                                  
The members of the Keane family are the most naturalistic singers in the world; Orlaith Keane is just that and she certainly has the Keane gene. Being daughter to Matt and niece to Sean and Dolores has certainly been an influence on her, but Orlaith is carving out a niche for herself that defines her as an artist in her own right. 
Tickets €15

Thursday 17th May@ 8pm

Lyra Vocal Ensemble, St. Petersburg, Russia

  • ·         Evgenii Tsvetkov – tenor
  • ·         Marina Busse – soprano
  • ·         Aleksei Goloviznin – basso
  • ·         Zlata Gogol – contralto 

The Ensemble are professional musicians singing in various churches around St. Petersburg.  Some of them are also soloists with musical theatres in the city.  Through their performances they want to introduce the musical heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church as well as the traditions of Russian folk music and popular classics.  The programme will include work by Davydov, Rakhmaninov, Strauss, Prokofiev and many more.                          
Tickets €10

Friday 18th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th May @ 7pm

County Limerick Youth Theatre presents

18th May  - Little Lyts Jack in the Beanstalk & Dyna Lyts Acme Thunderer

19th May -  CoLyts It Only Ever Happens In The Movies and DynaLyts Acme Thunderer

20th May  - CoLyts It Only Ever Happens In The Movies and Little Lyts Jack in the Beanstalk

Tickets €10/€5

Wednesday 23rd May @ 11.30am – May Film Festival in association with Access Cinema.

Dir: Clint Eastwood     2016      96  mins    Cert: 12a
On January 15, 2009, just moments after takeoff, US Airways Flight 1549 made a forced water landing in New York City’s icy cold Hudson River. The poise and skill of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger ensured the safety of all 155 passengers and crew.  Shortly after, investigators used computer simulations to charge Sullenberger and his co-pilot with having put the passengers and the plane needlessly at risk. Clint Eastwood, tells the story of Sullenberger’s multiple ordeals with economy and precision, achieving a tone that echoes its protagonist’s grace under pressure.
Admission Free

Wednesday 30th 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

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
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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

Friday 20th July @ 7pm
​Following a week's development, ​Callback ​theatre in association with Friars’ Gate Theatre present a rehearsed reading ​of extracts ​from their upcoming play Sonia by John Sheehy.  Performed by Cora Fenton.  Directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks. 

Question and answer session to follow reading.


Sonia – a new play celebrating one of Cork’s greatest living legends, Olympic and World Champion runner Sonia O’Sullivan.  The ​play, which will premiere in September ​​in Friars' Gate, will  feature dramatic visuals and an intense physical performance from Cora Fenton.  A show that ​will ​relive the heroics and heartache of Sonia O’Sullivan’s sporting career​, a woman that captured the spirit of the nation! This ​will be a rollercoaster ride through the highs and lows of the highly competitive and unforgiving world of athletics. All Sonia ever wanted was to run the perfect race. How much would you sacrifice to be the best?

Kindly supported by Ballyhoura Development CLG, Limerick City and County Council and Cork City Council. 

Admission Free

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

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 28th June


Limerick City and County Council present Lime Mortar Conference and Workshop

Book Club

Wednesday 25th April @ 7pm – The Longbourn Letters by Rose Servitova

Wednesday 30th May @ 7pm– Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

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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