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, […]
A Story about Mourning What extent would you go to see the person you love again? Bright Eyes is a Dark Comedy which follows four near perfect strangers who are brought together through circumstances and end up spending an alcohol laced evening connecting with each other. They discover over the course of wine, whiskey and music that their meeting was not accidental and perhaps is far more sinister than they could have imagined. Written by: Joe O’Neill Directed by: Eimear Keating Lighting Design: Einne O Connachtáin Set Design: Josh Roxby Cast: Cat Coyle, Eoghan Collins, Joe O’Neill Kevin Maher
From one of musical theatre’s most exciting new composers comes ORDINARY DAYS, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point.) The Rising Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing professional musical theatre pieces to Irish stages with Irish casts, and looks to integrate younger performers with seasoned professionals in all their productions. Written by: Adam Gwon Musical Director: David Wray Directed by: Andrea Basquille Cast: Niall Gallagher, Julie Power, Sean Riddick, Roisin Sullivan
We are delighted to present the world debut of a new, original Irish musical with book by Grace O’Malley and music and lyrics by Ross O’Connor. A small fish in a big pond finds her way to Smock Alley’s Main Space October 15th-19th. When Dublin girl Anna graduates from drama school in London and finds herself waiting tables instead of waiting in the wings, she struggles to find her place in the world. A story about young adults and their transition into the real world, the challenges they face and how those challenges affect their mental health. Book by Grace O’Malley Music by Ross O’Connor Produced by Grace O’Malley & Karen Lee
ballet project[d] presents two new and original new works choreographed by Lauren Speirs at Smock Alley Theater October 24th – 26th. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives” – Jane Austen, Persuasion. An abstract look at how our world shapes us. An exploration of the grey area between negative and positive persuasion. Rational Creatures and Ensnared (Choreography collaboration with Fiona Kania) feature six professional female ballet dancers and music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Zoe Keating, and Max Richter. Rational Creatures explores the topic from a more classical, storytelling point of view while Ensnared examines persuasion from a more abstract, contemporary vantage.” Suitable for ages 3+ About the company… ballet project[d] is Ireland’s youngest and most innovative professional ballet company. Born here in Dublin, we began as an ambitious project which set out to lead a renaissance movement in ballet, making Dublin the most educated and entertained audience worldwide. We hope to bring ballet closer to the mainstream and re-invent some of the outdated conventions that are holding the art form back from thriving in the 21st century.
ballet project[d] presents two new and original works choreographed by Lauren Speirs at Smock Alley Theater October 24th – 26th. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives” – Jane Austen, Persuasion. An abstract look at how our world shapes us. An exploration of the grey area between negative and positive persuasion. Rational Creatures and Ensnared (Choreography collaboration with Fiona Kania) feature six professional female ballet dancers and music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Zoe Keating, and Max Richter. Rational Creatures explores the topic from a more classical, storytelling point of view while Ensnared examines persuasion from a more abstract, contemporary vantage.” Suitable for ages 3+ About the company… “The classic “Studies in Red,” (choreography: Lauren Speirs), 3 girls 2 boys, twists, turns, high kicks and poses in excellent form was a highlight of the Dance Forms show at Edinburgh (Fringe Festival)” – The Komisar Scoop “All I can say is let’s hope Lauren is not a stranger on the Irish ballet scene in future and that this lady can bring such magic back to our theatres soon.” – Ireland Today News Follow ballet projected[d] on Facebook and Instagram and […]
Think of a beautiful tapestry with many vibrant colours. Think Blues, Soul & Jazz. This is the stunning voice of Niamh Strong. Born into the entertainment business, her father Rob Strong is the legendary Blues performer, and brother Andrew Strong was Decco Cuff in The Commitments. Niamh first lifted a microphone at the tender age of 9 when her father was jamming with other musicians, astonishing everyone in the room with an impressive blues run. There and then, it was obvious this little girl had natural talent. Niamh joined her band The Three at 18 and penned several original songs. Four of these songs were selected for her first demo. John Polinsky, a musical lawyer from New York, heard this demo and arranged two showcases in New York in Arlene’s Grocery Store and the Cutting Rooms. Several A&R people from different major record labels attended the showcases which were a huge success. Niamh finally decided to go with Robert E. Pineda from Ray Charles’ company. She was brought to Los Angeles to record one of the original songs and shoot a video. Blues Legend Ray Charles described Niamh as having “moments of genius in her voice.” Niamh returned home to […]