Green Shield Stamps, a million of them, and Ger Lawless has won them all. It’s Ballymun, it’s 1973 and she’s got 15 friends round for a stamp-sticking party. Over one night, the lives of 15 women collide in Deirdre Kinahan’s new version of Michel Tremblay’s fêted Quebecois comedy.
In exploring the use of music in Samuel Beckett’s work, Gare St Lazare Ireland have created an entirely original performance that defies easy description. A meditation, a celebration, an interpretation; Here All Night’s absence of linear narrative frees us to go where the words and music bring us and offers another way to access both Beckett’s world and our own. Conceived and created by Judy Hegarty Lovett, Conor Lovett, Paul Clark and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Featuring music and texts by Samuel Beckett and an original artwork by Brian O’Doherty. Here All Night includes texts from Watt, First Love, Malone Dies, The Unnamable and Words & Music.
For the first time ever, MusicTown presents a series of concerts at the Abbey Theatre celebrating Dublin as a music city.
Red Raftery is a powerful man and used to getting what he wants. He owns 300 acres of the finest land this side of the Shannon and west of the Pale, where he lives with three generations of his family. But there is something rotten on Raftery’s hill. The fields are full of animal carcasses and there is a stench in the air. Set in a close-knit farming community, Marina Carr’s darkly comic and explosive play pushes a family to the limits.
Bloom’s odyssey is a pandemonium of live music, puppets, dancing, clowning, bowler hats and kazoos. It’s Ulysses as you’ve never imagined it before, a superbly theatrical homage to Joyce’s chronicle of Dublin life and the greatest novel of all time. Created by Abbey Theatre Director Graham McLaren, our production is absurd, brilliant and oodles of fun. 100 audience seats for this production are on the stage, they can be booked here. Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Sat 2pm
Nannie’s Night Out, Seán O’Casey’s 1924 play for the Abbey Theatre had multiple endings – “the ending I wanted, the ending they wanted and the compromise.” Reframed as a searing call to action, ANU invite audiences to jump start this thrilling project and tumble through the private recesses of the theatre to ‘experience’ the play which explores motherhood and addiction. Utilising O’Casey’s necessity for the multiple endings in the original Nannie’s Night Out, we invite audiences to engage with the contemporary changing landscape of Dublin city as we begin to unearth a whole new set of future endings!
Michael hasn’t been home in almost twenty years. Having been kicked out of the seminary and exiled from his family home, he found himself in London, by accident rather than design. But now, the death of his mother sees him back in the small town where he grew up. The place that chewed him up and spat him out. Reunited with his two brothers, their partners and the local clergy, there are questions that want answering and old scores that need laying to rest. Where do you find home, when your family and faith have abandoned you? An Irish funeral brings out the best and worst in people, and a long night of truths lies ahead.
Jimmy’s Hall tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close. A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to reopen the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.