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We all know what she should do, but what would you do…? After the success of Glass Mask Theatre’s debut production ‘Idlewild’ by Jimmy Murphy, Smock Alley’s company-in-residence invites you back to the Boys’ School for Jimmy’s latest play, The Seamster’s Daughter. Megan always dreamt of meeting her birth father, but after discovering she was conceived through rape she sets out in search of a monster only to be conflicted when she doesn’t find one. Through Megan’s story Glass Mask presents a challenging and conflicting drama that looks at consent, choice and the right to life.

An improvised soap opera… with puppets! Fur City is an improvised soap opera… with puppets! Completely made up on the spot based on suggestions from the audience, this hilarious soap parody features some of Ireland’s most talented comedy performers and improvisers, and a cast of puppet pals. Directed by: Dave Coffey & Kelly Shatter Cast: Luke Benson (Twitter/Instagram ) Tony Cantwell (Twitter/Instagram) Dave Coffey (Twitter/Instagram) Ali Fox (Twitter/Instagram) Peter McGann (Twitter/Instagram) Pearl O’Rourke (Instagram) Kelly Shatter (Twitter/Instagram) Age suitability 18+ When Kelly Shatter and Dave Coffey merge their comedy powers (like Captain Planet’s Planeteers) they form the hybrid super-creative known as ‘Shaffey’. After a year of sell-out shows with ‘Improv TV’, where they parodied reality shows like ‘First Dates’ and ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’, Shaffey are back to turn their particular brand of improv parody on the beloved soap opera – with a little help from some friends, both human and puppet.

People don’t always get what they deserve. Spotless is a darkly humorous and gripping suburban thriller from award-winning writer Gary Duggan. Forty-something Genevieve has downsized from an affluent suburb and struggles with life in her new home backing onto a grim block of flats. Jenny, a leaving cert student who lives in the flats, wants a way out. While Genevieve clings to her last chance of having children, Jenny avoids unwanted attention from the opposite sex. When these two very different women become entangled with a mysterious young man, neither woman’s life will ever be the same again. CAST : Ciara O’Callaghan and Emma Willis WRITTEN BY: Gary Duggan DIRECTED BY: Aoife Spillane-Hinks SOUND DESIGN BY: Denis Clohessy Age Suitability 15+ Running time : 90 mins Rise Productions is Company in Residence in Smock Alley’s Main Space. A multi-award winning company, Rise has toured extensively both nationally and internationally with shows such as Fight Night, The Games People Play, At The Ford, The Good Father, Celebrating Christie and Kicking All The Boxes. Visit the Rise Productions website. Follow Rise on Twitter. Like them on Facebook.

American College Dublin 2 – 4 May 2019 | 8pm | Main Space Ireland’s premiere musical theatre degree students present the quintessential backstage musical. Conceived by Michael Bennett Books by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante Music by Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics by Edward Kleban Licensed by Music Scope DIRECTED BY: Mary MacDonagh MUSICAL DIRECTION BY: David Wray CHOREOGRAPHED BY: Mary MacDonagh PRODUCED BY: Deirdre Masterson CAST: Students of American College Dublin LIGHTING DESIGN BY: Derek O’ Neill SET DESIGN BY: Marie Cusack SOUND DESIGN BY: Terry Heron

6 – 11 May 2019 | 7pm | 3pm on Sat 11th We have lost many great writers over the years. Where are they now? Do they come to life every time you read one of their stories or plays? Are they in the hearts of the children studying them for exams? No. They’re in heaven arguing over who is the greatest… obviously! Join Oscar Wilde, Mary Shelley and their…“friends” as they ask you, the audience, to help them decide who is truly the greatest writer of all time. Glorious Shambles Productions will take you on a comedic and light-hearted celebration of some of the most famous writers in the English-speaking world. Age Suitability : 8+ Running time : 70 mins Written by : Elijah Egan & Chris Moran Directed by : Vincent Moran Lighting Design by : David Doyle Cast : Ceara Carney, Aidan Keane, Vincent Moran

Presented by Decadent Theatre Company There’s one in every town, and they call her the Pumpgirl. She works in the garage, changes the oil and thinks she’s one of the lads. She’s sweet on ‘No-Helmet’ Hammy, but he loves no one but himself. He’s out all night with his racing boys, whilst wife Sinead’s off on a joyride of her own, with an ache that’s about to be cured. It’s a turbo-charged race through the diesel fumes and country music of the Armagh badlands. Newry playwright Abbie Spallen’s explosively comic play takes us deep into the unspoken thoughts and darkest desires of three lives destined to collide. 12 May 2019 | 7:30pm | Main Space Jolene O’Hara as Pumpgirl Patrick Ryan as Hammie Seona Tully as Sinead Written by Abbie Spallen Directed by Andrew Flynn Lighting Design by Mike O’Halloran Set Design by Owen MacCarthaigh Costume Design by Petra Breathnach Abbie Spallen comes out all guns blazing, with a piece of sparky and intricately observed writing. – The Guardian ★★★★ Spallen creates and peoples the borderlands of south Armagh with remarkable finesse. Showing plenty of writerly flourishes and psychological wisdom, she is a vital and hugely intelligent talent. This revival of her […]

A romp through the life and loves of Josef Locke. After its sell-out debut in Draíocht, Blanchardstown last October, ‘My Heart and I’ lands in the heart of the capital. This two-man show brings you the fellow artists, agents and marriage partners of this working class hero whose extraordinary voice soared over the bustle of showbiz wheeling and dealing as he clambered to the top of his profession, no matter what. His roller coaster career is marked by the songs he made famous; Goodbye, Hear My Song, La Donna é Mobile to name but a few. The young tenor Shane McDonagh will once again mesmerise audiences with the astounding range and quality of his voice as Locke. John White, as well as accompanying, takes the roles of those who loved, hated, admired or were perplexed by one of the finest tenors of his generation.

The stars of the HBO docu-series ‘On Tour with Asperger’s Are Us’ perform a brand new live sketch comedy show for people who enjoy highly verbal absurdist humour. The first comedy troupe composed of people with Asperger’s Syndrome performs their trademark absurdist sketches, ripe with hilarious wordplay and unexpected breaking of social conventions. “Instead of focusing on the condition, the four men who make up the troupe perform skits and monologues that reflect their thoughts, perspectives and offbeat sensibilities, often characterized by deadpan and absurd humor… the guys are not looking for sympathy laughs or polite applause. Their show is not an autism awareness campaign, they say. They want people to laugh simply because they’re funny.” – NewYork Times Running time : 90 mins including an interval Age Guideline : 11+ Follow Asperger’s Are Us on Facebook and for more information on the comedy troupe visit their website.

A ripping yarn about a gang of Irish rebels taking on the Chicago underworld Chicago, 1923. After a failed assassination attempt on Eamon de Valera, a rogue Cumann na mBán unit flee across the Atlantic to escape the law. With Prohibition in full swing, they earn their keep by making bootleg poitín and selling it on to the Chicago mob. From Devious Theatre, the Kilkenny company behind the 2016 smash hit The Hellfire Squad, comes the second blood-soaked, blackly-comic installment of the Ripping Yarn Trilogy. Written by: Peter McGann + John Morton Directed by: Sarah Baxter Produced by: Clara Purcell About the company: Devious Theatre were founded in Kilkenny in 2006. We perform different works in different spaces for different audiences using different methods. Our work hops genre but stays rooted in a style of comedy we have honed over the years. We don’t like labels. Thus, our artistic credo is mostly ADHD based and fairly guerrilla. To this end, our goal is to kidnap as many young people away from gigs and cinemas and pubs and drag them to the theatre. We have performed 25 productions to date, become the first theatre artists in residence in Kilkenny Arts Office, […]