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September/October – Friars’ Gate Theatre

Rose Tinted Glasses an exhibition of oil and acrylic paintings by Kathy Tiernan will be opened by Kevin Tiernan on Thursday 7th September @ 7.30pm.

“Transition” noun: The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another – an exhibition of paintings by Mary St. Leger will open on Friday 6th October @ 7.30pm. All are welcome.
Friday 8th September @ 8pm
Ann Kirrane & Friends
A wonderful evening of music and song guaranteed with 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. Joining Ann will be Garry O’Briain, a sought after accompanists, record producer and member of Buttons & Bows and Boys of the Lough and Ronan Greene, 2008 senior fiddle champion.
Tickets €12/€10 Friends 2 for 1
Wednesday 13th September @ 8pm
A Quiet Passion 125 mins
Cynthia Nixon stars as the legendary poet Emily Dickinson in this luminous biopic from director Terence Davies. Here it is mostly a world of interiors in which Dickinson’s family plays a key role. Indeed, as Emily 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 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. Presented in association with Access Cinema.
Tickets €7
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 – Garvan Gallagher bass, Tom Jamieson drums, Ed Deane electric guitar, Ciaran Wilde saxophones, Bill Blackmore / Ray Martin horns – the atmosphere for a spellbinding evening of music with a theatrical element is brought to life. Running Time – 1hr 20mins
“I shall stay the way I am, because I do not give a damn!” (Dorothy Parker)
Tickets €14/€12

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

Friday 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 delicate, balanced and wistful evening of theatre” THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT
“A delight to watch – ****”
“An hour of near impeccable theatre” THE REVIEWS HUB
Tickets €14/€12 Running Time – 1 hour
Thursday 5th October @ 8pm
Central Arts & The Devious Theatre Company present Pulled by Niamh Moroney
Pulled is an uncompromising, utterly hilarious new comedy about female sexuality and the social
media generation from one of the most exciting and authentic new voices in Irish theatre.
Meet Amanda and Michelle as they retrace their drink-fuelled steps from the night before through
a trail of Twitter, Facebook and selfies. Hungover, emotional and gloriously unapologetic, these two man-eating young wans strut their stuff in front of their imagined audience on social media, in a performance that pushes buttons and boundaries. Running Time – 80 minutes
Tickets €12 Friends 2 for 1

Friday 13th October @ 8pm
Antelope Productions and the Delmaine String Quartet present The Waterloo Concert – Featuring Susannah De Wrixon.
Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the Duke of Wellington’s historic connection with the Irish countryside, 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 the Delmaine String Quartet, and transports the audience back to that bloody field in Belgium where the history of Europe was reshaped. 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.
Tickets €15/€12
Wednesday 18th October @ 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!
Tickets €10 (Teachers Free)

Wednesday 18th October @ 8pm

The Graduate 1967 105 mins Cert: 15
Director Mike Nichols’s The Graduate is the satirical coming-of-age comedy that became an emotional touchstone for an entire generation. The film established Nichols as a major director and 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. Presented in association with Access Cinema.
Tickets €7

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 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”. This powerful performance from Phelim Drew brings Orwell’s classic to the stage with humour, empathy and wit. Running Time: 75 Mins.
‘Drew dominates the stage’ Emer O’Kelly, – Sunday Independent
‘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
Autumn Workshops
Limerick County Youth Theatre – Recommencing Tuesday 5th September
Art Classes for Adults with Robert Ryan – Monday 25th September

Book Club – Wednesday 27st September @ 7pm. Reading Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey
Wednesday 25th October @ 7pm. Reading The Rosie Project by Glen Simpson.
Contact Friars’ Gate for details.