Drámaíocht - Theatre

Unique International Theatre Company to visit Castlebar.

Mayo County Council Arts Office is delighted to present The Lawnmower’s Independent Theatre Company at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Thursday 12th November at 8pm.

The Lawnmowers are brought to Mayo by the Arts & Disability Networking Pilot, a partnership initiative of the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland and Mayo County Council Arts Office.

Since 1986 The Lawnmowers has been a vibrant company run by and for people with learning difficulties. The Lawnmowers employ people with learning difficulties and use performance based shows and workshops to lay the foundations for learning disabled people to participate fully in their own society, shape their lives and achieve their aspirations.

This is a unique opportunity to see an internationally recognized theatre company shine in County Mayo – challenging pre-conceptions of what learning disabled theatre can be – an event not to missed.

The Lawnmowers ‘Cabaret of fools’ is a series of beautifully-crafted comic and tragic sketches exploring universal themes such as love, death and memory, using full character mask, commedia dell’arte and clown. Cabaret of fools takes the audience on a wonderful journey into their comical observations of the world.  Their influences include Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Jacques Tati, who were the greatest comic performers of their generation. All the sketches are wordless and very physical, accompanied by an array of wonderful music and beautiful imagery.

Ticket prices are €12.00 and €8.00 concessions. For bookings contact the Linenhall Arts Centre Castlebar, Co. Mayo, 094 902 3733 or linenhall@anu.ie .

For further information about the Arts and Disability Networking Pilot project contact: The Arts Office, Áras an Contae, The Mall, Castlebar, Co Mayo. 094 90 24444 ext 7558/ 7551. Email mayoarts@mayococo.ie .




Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo. 

T: 094 9023733

E: linenhall@anu.ie

W: www.thelinenhall.com



Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th November @ 8.00pm

DoYou Playhouse - Multiplex

A comedy written by Christopher William Hill, Multiplex revolves around the lives of a group of young cinema ushers obsessed with films. Reality and fantasy blur, as they imagine their own films under the direction of film-buff King. But King’s leadership is challenged when new usher Mouse arrives and the pecking order begins to disintegrate. Expect plenty of laughs as Castlebar-based youth drama group DoYou Playhouse delivers its latest success with a cast of some of Mayo’s very best young acting talent from 13-18 years of age. DoYou is the brainchild of Donna Ruane and Oisín Herraghty, two highly experienced members of the Mayo drama community who have been delivering top quality youth productions since 2002. Multiplex looks set to be their latest triumph. And remember, youth theatre isn’t just for young people, it’s for everyone. Enjoy!  Adm.: €10 / €5 (concessions)



Wednesday 18th November @ 11.30am & 2.00pm

Armed Eye Film & Theatre Co. - Psycho Spaghetti

Ger Carey’s Psycho Spaghetti is a brilliant comedy written specifically for young people aged between 15 and 18. This hilarious one-man show attempts to answer the age-old question:  just what is going on inside the teenage brain? The show aims to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and view themselves as part of a bigger picture. A show perfect for Transition Year students, LCA, Youth Reach and even grown-ups!

Adm.: €10  NB: Booking through Armed Eye. Tel: 059 9141333


Thursday 26th November @ 8.00pm

The Nomadic Theatre Group - The Rare Oul’ Times                                               

Set in 1950s Dublin in the back room of the Bailey public house, Ireland's two most volatile drinkers and literary figures, Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh, discuss with great humour their lives, loves, successes and failures. The comedic play sympathetically highlights the complexities of both men, their fiery temperaments, their love of the written and spoken word and their longing for recognition. The Rare Oul' Times shows Behan at his most outrageous and Kavanagh at his most vitriolic, while the humour, poetry, songs and pints of porter flow. Written by Ken McElroy in 2003 for the Edinburgh Festival, this two-act play featuring Ken Mc Elroy as Patrick Kavanagh and Oliver Moore as Brendan Behan has toured widely in Ireland and the UK.  Adm.: €15 / €12 (concessions)





T: 097 81079


Thursday 5th November @ 8pm – Over the Rainbow, The Eva Cassidy Story.  

Only venue in Mayo hosting this musical!  Since its first performance ‘Over the Rainbow’ has received rapturous receptions and inspired cathartic outpourings of emotion.  This is the poignant and moving story of Washington born singer Eva Cassidy.  This show has now received standing ovations throughout the UK and Ireland and was a huge hit in Holland, winning “Best Production of the Year”.  It is now destined for the Middle East and other territories throughout the World and features the sensational Scottish singer and Musicality winner, DONNA HAZELTON playing Barbara Cassidy (Eva’s mother) and DAVID PAISLEY (Holby City, Casualty & River City). and CASUALTY for the BBC.lso "  By the time of her death, she was unknown outside Washington but within four years Terry Wogan discovered and promoted her haunting interpretation of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ to the top of the chart.  This compelling, award-winning Musical play journeys through her life, from her idyllic childhood growing up in a musical family, to her studio work with boyfriend and mentor Chris Biondo; to the exuberant live recording of Blues Alley and finally to her tragically premature death at the age of only 33 years.  We've also just heard some exciting news regarding a cast member - Michael Cookson (playing Hugh Cassidy - Eva's father).  He has just secured a role in a new Steven Spielberg film entitled Hereafter.  It is being directed by Clint Eastwood and is also starring Matt Damon. 



Michael D. O'Callaghan's "Ballyroswell" in the Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Belmullet on Friday 27th November 2009 at 8pm

Directed by Edith Geraghty this hilarious comedy by this award winning playwright is not to be missed

Ticket only: €10.00

Dinner & Theatre €40.00

All the proceeds from ticket sales for the show will be donated to the Irish Wheelchair Association

To book call 097 82975 or 086 0820266



Eden performed in Mayo- Wesport Leisure Centre Sat 21st Nov 8pm.

Coinciding with RTE'S showing of series two of “Pure Mule", also written by Eugene O Brine - Rain Rocks and Reeks presents "EDEN"

In a small provincial town, Billy and Breda's 10th wedding anniversary is looming.

Despite having two young children, their marriage has spiralled into a stale monotony.

The distance between them seems to grow by the day. He spends his time

with the lads at the local pub, leaving Breda at home with the telly and the kids.

Billy clings to the booze, and fantasizes about a younger woman, while Breda clings onto distant memories of good times gone by, believing that their big night out will rekindle the spark that once was there.

But will it?

Eden is set in Edenderry in pre Celtic Tiger Ireland.

The characters Billy and Breda both give their own version of the same night out on the town with hilarious and tragic moments.

Neither communicates with each other on stage, yet holds the audiences attention until the very end.  Prepare for a night of gritty, realistic theatre- not for the faint hearted!

Enjoy Eugene O’Brien’s award winning play by Mayo’s newest professional theatre company.

Rain, Rocks and Reeks enjoyed a sell out pilot tour of EDEN IN Spring 2009.

Polished and honest performances from Hazel MC Lynn and Paul Mekitarian.

Don’t miss your last chance to see Eden performed in Mayo- Westport Leisure Centre Sat 21st Nov 8pm.



THE TOWN HALL THEATRE, KILTIMAGH                             

T: 094-9381494


Jon Kenny’s hilarious new show for Town Hall Theatre

As the Celtic Tiger seems to have slunk into a corner , curled into a ball and gone to sleep, God only knows where-has anyone seen him-  and our newspapers are full of stories of doom and gloom and bad weather, an evening of hilarious comedy with the inimitable Jon Kenny is just what  the doctor ordered. We could all do with a good dose of that! So turn off your televisions and radios – they’re only making you sick – and come out for an evening of craic.

‘He has an uncanny eye for the most absurd elements of life as we know it while at the same time lampooning the idiocies spawned by recently discovered (and just as quickly lost) affluence’ (Hotpress – March 11 2009)

‘Jon Kenny drips country. If you hung him out to dry what you’d find if you looked in the puddle below would be a reflection of rural Ireland over the past few decades, warts and all’ (Donegal News)

‘I’m not says I …I’m Fine’ heralds a return for Jon to the type of work that made his reputation as one of the most talented comedians in Ireland.

Jon uses the changing face of contemporary Ireland as the scaffold

on which to build his hilarious observations and characters. Running through such contrasting experiences as supporting Munster rugby to visiting a health spa, Kenny takes no prisoners and delights in emphasizing the humour in everyday life.

This is a thrilling experience for lovers of comedy everywhere and it comes to the Town Hall Theatre, Kiltimagh on December 18th at 8p.m. Tickets, priced at €15, are available at the door, or in advance at the IRD Office or by calling 094-9381494.