June/July/August 2017                                                        

Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd June @ 8pm

CallBack theatre present the world premiere of JANEY DILLIS (
Queen of the wild inter...ior) by John Sheehy.  Performed by Cora Fenton. 

Her name is Janey Dillis.  This is the house of Janey Dillis.  Janey hasn't left her house in 25 years. No one has set foot inside her house in 20 years.  Janey deals with her predicament through her wild imagination and is prone to fantastical flights of fantasy that reveal much of her inner self and the wider world that has caused her to become trapped.

Running time 1 hour.  Supported by Limerick Arts Office and Friars' Gate Theatre​

Tickets €12/€10
Saturday 27th May @ 8pm

Gúna Nua presents The Morning After The Life Before by Ann Blake.  Performed by Ann Blake and Lucia Smyth

On a groggy Sunday morning, May 24th 2015, as 62% of Ireland is #hungoverforequality, Ann gets a text from her brother which brings the reality of a new Ireland into sharp focus. "How's the morning after the life before?"  A personal tale and experience of Ireland before and after the referendum on Marriage Equality on May 22nd 2015, The Morning After The Life Before explores and attempts to answer the question in the text message.
Tickets €12/€10          Running time 60 minutes.    

Wednesday 7th June @ 8pm
Footsteps Youth Theatre present The Leaving by Tom Swift

The Leaving revolves around a group of friends searching for answers as they relive the night of their end-of-school debs party, while navigating a drink fuelled mess of mistakes, misunderstandings and murder. Along the way the friends are forced to face the truth and consequences of a night that goes tragically wrong.

Footsteps Youth Theatre is a joint initiative between Foróige and Friars Gate and is proudly a member of Youth Theatre Ireland.
Tickets €12/€10

Friday 9th June @ 8pm  (Rescheduled Date)

Theatre Makers present, by kind permission of the Kelly family The Tayman, the Tomcat and Others

The stories of Eamon Kelly, the Seanachaí as told by Jack Healy.

Adaptation by Ger Fitzgibbon and Jack Healy.  Directed by Ger Fitzgibbon.


Come and hear Jack Healy bring to life a compendium of Eamon Kelly’s most comic and colourful characters.  Carpentry, drink, hat-wearing, emigration and devilment weave their way through these marvellous stories. We hear about runaway fillies, Ned Connors, who was “fierce for the drink”, Bridgie and her curious request to the carpenter, the three-in-a-bed escapade of the Tayman, and Mick the Fiddler with his adventures in New York.

The stories of Eamon Kelly (the Seanachaí) entertained audiences all over Ireland for many years and Jack Healy most recently delighted Cork audiences with his version of Joxer Daly in Juno and the Paycock (Everyman, 2016). The two combine to bring you 'The Tayman, the Tomcat and Others'.

Jack has worked in theatre for over thirty years mainly as an actor and playwright. He has written scripts for The Everyman Palace, Macra Na Feirme and RTÉ Radio.
Tickets €12/€10            Running Time – 65 Minutes

Wednesday 14th June @ 8pm


Dir: Barry Jenkins    USA            2016            110 mins                     Cert: 15A

Barry Jenkins' vital portrait of a South Florida youth revisits the character at three stages in his life, offering rich insights into the contemporary African-American experience.  Presented in association with Access Cinema.

Academy Awards, USA, 2017 - Best Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Adapted Screenplay.  Golden Globes, 2017 – Best Picture

Tickets €7

Friday 16th June @ 8pm

Honest Arts present Punt
Punt  is a story of gambling culture, following one man on the slippery slope to rock bottom after a lifetime of small bets, race meetings, online gauntlets, high stakes card games and the unspoken challenges that go with a life of ‘investing’ in chance.  Performed by Pius McGrath.

Punt follows one man on his journey into addiction, following him on the slippery slope to rock bottom after a lifetime of small bets, race meetings, online gauntlets, high stakes card games and all the unspoken underbelly that goes with a life of ‘investing’ in chance.  Running Time: 75mins

Supported by:
Limerick City & County Council,
Limerick Arts Office
Fishamble - New Play Clinic

Tickets €12/€10                   Friends 2 for 1

Friday 23rd June @ 8pm

Veronica McSwiney in Concert
Join internationally acclaimed pianist Veronica McSwiney as she takes to the stage to present a programme of  wonderful music featuring composers such as Mozart, Debussy, beloved Irish composer John Field plus many more.  This beautiful programme of much loved and some less familiar pieces spanning several centuries has something for everyone.  Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the artistry and talent of this acclaimed performer.

Tickets €15/€12

Sunday 2nd July @ 2.30pm
CallBack Theatre return with the charming Dorothy Dolittle’s Magical Adventure
Dorothy DoLittle is a lovely girl but she is always tired and grumpy. But all that is about to change for Dorothy!  Dorothy lives beside an old tree but what she doesn’t know is that it is a magic fruit tree…the enchanted gateway to a mysterious land called the Land of the DoLots.  With the help of magic DoLot dust Dorothy goes on a magical adventure to the land of the DoLots. There, Dorothy meets Ronnie Run-A-Lot and Clarence Carrot her guardian angels and Miss Aubergine, Queen over all the land who teaches her the all about being fit and healthy. She learns the secrets of the food and exercise pyramids. But the magic dust is stolen!! Will Dorothy get fit and healthy enough to get it back and be able to return home

Suitable for ages 4 – 9

Tickets €7

Wednesday 12th July @ 8pm

Film - La La Land     2016       128mins    Cert:PG
Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.  Presented in association with Access Cinema.

Tickets €7

Saturday 15th July @ 8pm

Bewley’s Café Theatre presents Buridan’s Ass, a comedy by S. R. Plant.  Starring Michael James Ford and Ruairi Heading.  Directed by Iseult Golden

The  outrageous and acclaimed cult comedy Burdan’s Ass, which enjoyed a sell-out run in Bewley’s Café Theatre last year, is going on the road this summer.  Mahone, the last in a line of taxidermists of Russian descent, is struggling to save his dying business. The trade in stuffed animals has hit rock bottom and his only commission, the corpse of a much-loved pet badger, has gone disastrously wrong. Moreover he is beset by a series of emotional and philosophical crises and is haunted by the demons of his philandering past. But, spurred on by his irrepressible apprentice Ernest Blades, Mahone sets out to overcome the paralysing effects of Buridan’s Ass Syndrome and to find redemption through physical passion.

..existential comedy at its best. Beckett would be proud…SUNDAY BUSINESS POST

..a laugh a minute...THE SCOTSMAN

…wildly and darkly comic... SUN INDEPENDENT

…the stuff of comic genius….

Michael James Ford gives a cracker of a performance as the zealously nutty Mahone and Ruairí

Heading is a splendid foil, a kind of bemused Laurel to Ford’s Hardy… MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘a fun-filled, pun-filled introduction to the bizarre world of taxidermy... Ruairí Heading is

delightfully gormless as Mahone’s sidekick’ SUNDAY BUSINESS POST

….all a bit madcap but no less enjoyable for that. NO MORE WORKHORSE

Tickets €12/10                                    Friends 2 for 1
Saturday 22nd July @ 8pm

Jerry Fish and a piano

There’s a tendency for the word ‘unique’ to be bandied around a little too freely in music circles, but that’s the only way to describe Jerry Fish’s genre bending style. A highly charismatic performer who refuses to countenance audiences having anything but a good time, Jerry routinely fills the country’s biggest venues with his travelling musical medicine shows, his swaggering vocal, generous and infectious smile and that fantastic vaudeville moustache. 
Jerry’s swaggering vocal has been described as Tom Waits in a good mood, or Leonard Cohen doing Dean Martin.  Smiles come aplenty and witty lyrics are definitely Mr. Fish’s currency of choice, but Jerry’s songs have been so well crafted that they deserve more than a casual, amused listen.  ‘The Songs & Tall Tales of Jerry Fish’ is an intimate, stripped-down, theatre style show in which Jerry performs his favourite songs from a career spanning over two decades.
Tickets €18/€16     

Saturday 12th August @ 8pm
Festival & Event Committee Kilmallock (FECK) present a screening of Dirty Dancing.  Presented in association with Access Cinema.  
Tickets €10

Friday 18th August @ 8pm

CallBack theatre presents Fred & Alice, written and directed by John Sheehy.  Starring Cora Fenton and Ciaran Bermingham.
A blistering head wreck played at a hilarious pace!
After more than 150 performances, the five star award winning Fred & Alice is back! 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.  Running Time – 1hr.
“Whirling Comedy” - The Irish Times
Tickets €14/€12         

MEDAL WINNER 2016 PPI National Radio Award

*****  The Herald Scotland
****  The Irish Times
****  Irish Examiner
*****  Trip advisor

“Splendid Production and Powerful Performances” – Joe Duffy Presenter RTE

Fred and Alice make wonderful company for each other and for us” – Irish Theatre Magazine

Whirling Comedy” – The Irish Times

Inspired” – Irish Examiner

Please some-one, tour this round Scotland” – The Herald Scotland

“A special piece of work” – Insert Title

Wednesday 23rd August @ 8pm

Loving                            2016                         123 mins         Cert: 12A
The true story of Mildred (Ruth Negga) and Richard (Joel Edgerton) Loving, an inter-racial couple from Virginia, who married in 1958. Their marriage being illegal in the state, both were arrested but given suspended sentences on condition they leave the state, not to return for 25 years.  With understated, sensitive performances by the two leads this is the story of ordinary people forced into an extraordinary situation.

Presented in association with Access Cinema.

Tickets €7

Friday 8th September @ 8pm

A wonderful evening of music and song guaranteed featuring Ann Kirrane, daughter of legendary concertina player, Chris Droney. Ann plays concertina in the same style as her father but these days, her voice is her main instrument. She was born to sing. After the hugely successful launch of her second album at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann last year in Ennis, she toured the east coast of America in Oct and returned to play Texas in March.  Joining Ann will be Garry O’Briain, one of the most sought after accompanists, record producer and member of Buttons & Bows and Boys of the Lough and Ronan Greene, 2008 senior fiddle champion. 

Tickets €12                            



‘Ann has a confidence in her singing and a technique that is at once powerful and emotionally expressive’ – IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE

‘This lady has the most soulful and musical voice’ – Pat Costello, Clare FM

‘An expressive and sincere performance in a beautiful recording’ – Joe Burke

Tickets €12/€10   

Wednesday 13th September @ 8pm

A Quiet Passion

Dir: Terence Davies               UK, Belgium        2016              125 mins         Cert: CLUB

Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duf

Cynthia Nixon stars as the legendary poet Emily Dickinson in this luminous biopic from director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea, Sunset Song).

Emily Dickinson is an ideal subject for a filmmaker as unremittingly erudite as Terence Davies. Now recognized as a genius who committed to paper some of the most important verse in American literature, the 19th-century poet was virtually unknown in her lifetime, with fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems published. A recluse who eventually boarded herself up in her bedroom, Dickinson explored her inner self in great detail. As source material, her story is as poetic as her work itself.

Here it is mostly a world of interiors in which Dickinson's family plays a key role. Indeed, as Emily, portrayed here by Cynthia Nixon, led such a deeply introverted existence, it is her encounters with her mother, father, and sister that provide the hinge around which the film is structured. These moments, familiar to all who know the role that families play in Davies' work, are sensitively rendered, but it is the seamless manner in which Dickinson's luminous poetry is integrated into the film that is the central joy of A Quiet Passion 

You will see no more beautiful a film this year — beautiful in its sumptuous photography, but also in the respect and love that it brings to its subject. The internal lives of poets are hard to visualize, yet Davies, a magician when it comes to understanding the inner workings of the most sensitive of minds, has created an extraordinarily moving account of Emily Dickinson's particular genius. (PIERS HANDLING, Toronto International Film Festival, 2016.)
Presented in association with Access Cinema.

Tickets €7
Friday 22nd September @ 8pm

Culture Night - Georgian Clothing, Customs, and Material Culture presented by Melissa Shiels
Costume Historian and Heritage Expert, Melissa Shiels, will present an assortment of items and clothing ranging from 1775 to 1795 - the year of Jane Austen's birth to the time she wrote her first novella.  Learn about a day in the life of an upper class Georgian woman; come see the 'weird and wonderful' cosmetics and beauty regimes that Georgian ladies followed and the rapidly changing fashions they were devoted to. Melissa will demonstrate how some everyday objects were used and how they were a part of a greater shift in society. 
Admission Free

Thursday 21st September @ 8pm
         The Whistling Girl
The acclaimed Irish duo of singer / actress Honor Heffernan and composer/ keyboard player Trevor Knight (Auto Da Fe), present their new Cabaret/Speakeasy-style show, “The Whistling Girl”. The original and unique music composed by Trevor transforms the poems of Dorothy Parker into songs, using her witty, droll and sometimes heart rending lyrics. Audiences can expect a darkly sardonic evening’s entertainment in which the American wit and critic’s words are given a sonic face-lift fusing ‘dirty’-cabaret, electronic-vaudeville, rock and jazz.  With a lineup of highly renowned Irish musicians the atmosphere for a spellbinding evening of music with a theatrical element is brought to life. Garvan Gallagher bass, Tom Jamieson drums, Ed Deane electric guitar, Ciaran Wilde saxophones, Bill Blackmore / Ray Martin horns.

Each of the songs create individual tableaux or dream moments from Parker’s psyche, conjuring up images from her tempestuous life of outrageous celebrity, as founding member of the notorious Algonquin set in New York, and as civil rights activist in America and Spain during the Spanish Civil War.


 “I shall stay the way I am, because I do not give a damn!”

(Dorothy Parker)

Tickets €15/€12  (Running Time

Saturday 30th September @ 8pm
Dubliners Women - An adaptation of James Joyce’s Dubliners
Adapted for stage by Katie O’Kelly

Starring Katie O’Kelly, Madi O’Carroll & Gordon Quigley

Immerse yourself in the hidden worlds of Eveline, Clay and The Boarding House, three short stories by one of the 20th Century's greatest writers, James Joyce. Dubliners' Women shines a light on the female narratives in Joyce's iconic collection of stories, and their resonances with Ireland today.          

"A bell clanged upon her heart. She felt him seize her hand:
All the seas of the world tumbled about her heart. He was drawing her into them: he would drown her"
- Eveline

"Mrs. Mooney dealt with moral problems as a cleaver deals with meat: and in this case she had made up her mind" - The Boarding House

"They led her to the table amid laughing and joking and she put her hand out in the air as she was told to do. She moved her hand about here and there in the air and descended on one of the saucers. She felt a soft wet substance with her fingers and was surprised that nobody spoke or took off her bandage." - Clay


"[This] production of three of Joyce's Dubliners is a credit to the great man..."
"...A delicate, balanced and wistful evening of theatre
"...[Joyce] would have felt his immortal stories well served by this production, lit as well as it is directed and played"


"A delight to watch - ****"
"...Old fashioned storytelling that is touching, funny, and performed with gusto by a marvellous cast"
"An hour of near impeccable theatre"

"A clever, lively and thoroughly enjoyable production..."
"...inventive and deeply engaging"
"'Dubliners Women' exudes a lively sense of playfulness immersed in an exceptional interplay of light and shadow"

 Tickets €14/€12        Running Time 1 hour 

Friday 13th October @ 8pm

Antelope Productions and the Delmaine String Quartet present The Waterloo Concert.   Featuring Susannah De Wrixon.

This unique event was first presented in Dangan, Co Meath in June 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the Duke of Wellington’s historic connection with the Irish countryside. It features the Delmaine String Quartet and a cast of actors and singers in a programme of music, song, poetry and prose that reflects many aspects of the great battle and its aftermath.


Works by Shostakovich, Beethoven and Schubert are performed alongside pieces composed by the Duke’s own father, Garret Wesley, who was the first professor of music at Trinity College.


Actors Michael James Ford and Gary Jermyn relive the famous battle and the epic rivalry between Wellington and Bonaparte in a narrative that includes works by Lord Byron, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Longford and Rudyard Kipling along with the Iron Duke’s own letters and military dispatches.  The concert also features some of the popular songs of the period, performed by acclaimed chanteuse Susannah De Wrixon, and transports the audience  back to that bloody field in Belgium where the history of Europe was reshaped.

Tickets €15/€12

Wednesday 18th October @ 8pm

The Graduate

Dir: Mike Nicholas        USA      1967   105 mins     Cert: 15

Starring: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katherine Ross, Willem Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson


Director Mike Nichols's THE GRADUATE is the satirical coming-of-age comedy that became an emotional touchstone for an entire generation. In the mid-1960s, Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a confused college graduate, is pulled in myriad directions by family, friends, and associates just days after receiving his degree. Seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), an older friend of the family, Ben carries on an affair with the married woman even as he falls for her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross). However, Ben and Elaine's attempts at romance are threatened by the spiteful rage of Mrs. Robinson, who proceeds to hastily arrange Elaine's marriage to someone else, leading up to one of the most memorable endings in cinema history. With its striking photography and clever editing, THE GRADUATE established Nichols as a major director. The film also made a star out of young Hoffman, who gives an understated portrayal of the perplexed Ben--the actor's first role in a Hollywood film, which he almost didn't get because he wasn't Waspy enough. Outstanding performances by the rest of the cast are highlighted by Bancroft's sexy, embittered turn as Mrs. Robinson and Ross's endearing presence as the gorgeous yet innocent Elaine. The film's impact on popular culture is immeasurable: "Plastics" will live on eternally as depressing but solid career advice, and older women will never eye younger men without fear of becoming a "Mrs. Robinson." Buck Henry (who appears briefly in the film) co-wrote the influential screenplay, based on the novel by Charles Webb, and the soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel remains a movie classic.  Presented in association with Access Cinema.

Tickets €7

Wednesday 18th October @ 11am & Monday 13th November  @ 11am    

Ger Carey Live

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 €10

Friday 20th October @ 8pm

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell.  Adapted and performed by Phelim Drew. 

A man drifting through life, in 1920’s Paris, scraping by in dead end jobs and generally soaking up the rich underbelly of Parisian life, finds himself falling helplessly short and discovering a very different view of life, looking up from below. With a keen understanding of social inequality and a wry sense of humour, he vividly recounts his experiences while down and out. This powerful performance from Phelim Drew brings Orwell’s classic to the stage with humour, empathy and wit.

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell and adapted by Phelim Drew is a show that tells the story of a man, living in Paris, and determined to make a living as a writer. All does not go well however and the adventures, he is forced by his circumstances to recount, are the beginnings of a life in poverty. At times funny and entertaining, from meeting a host of wonderful characters to slaving in hotel and restaurant kitchens and finally to tramp the streets of London it also peppered with the poignant realities of being "At last, genuinely, down and out".

‘Drew dominates the stage’ Emer O’Kelly, - Sunday Independant

‘Captivating performance’ - In Dublin

Tickets €14/€12                   

27th Annual Festival of One Act Drama

Friday 27th, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th 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 -  Tony McCleane Fay

Tickets €12                             Season Ticket €25

Book Club – Wednesday 27th September @ 7pm - Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey.
Wednesday 25th October @ 7pm - The Rosie Project  by Graeme Simsion  
Wednesday 29th November @ 7pm - Nothing on Earth by  Conor O’Callagha

New members welcome.


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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