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T: 094 9023733



Branar (Ireland) & Teater Refleksion (Denmark) – The Way Back Home - SCHOOLS THEATRE

Tuesday 12th May @ 10.15am & 12.15pm

When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: he flies into outer space! But as it turns out, he is not alone up there... Branar Téatar and Denmark’s Teater Refleksion have joined forces to produce The Way Back Home, based on the hugely successful book by Irish author Oliver Jeffers. This new show without words combines puppetry, original music and the distinctive and evocative design of Teater Refleksion’s Marianne Agaard to realise a beautiful and imaginative story on stage.

Kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

A show without words for primary school audiences: Junior Infants - 3rd class
Duration: 40 minutes


Green Shoot Productions - My English Tongue, My Irish Heart - DRAMA

Thursday 14th May @ 8.00pm

Gary and Susan are young, educated and Irish. When they can’t settle in Ireland, they take the momentous decision to emigrate to England. What ghosts will they meet along the way and where will their journey really take them? My English Tongue, My Irish Heart takes us on an emotional and psychological journey, a story of love, loss and change criss-crossed by the stories of those who have gone before them, from lawyers and labourers to pickpockets, politicians and professional street preachers. Based on Dr Liam Harte’s acclaimed study “The Literature of the Irish in Britain”, writer/director Martin Lynch’s powerful and moving new drama gives voice to the perplexities of living with, and between, two worlds. There is sorrow, struggle and laughter, and everywhere, the question: where is home for the migrant? Telling the story of Irish emigration to England through the generations, Lynch’s highly innovative play, which boasts a top-notch cast, explodes in a fast-paced, promenade production featuring great songs, dance and Lynch’s trademark humour. You will meet some of the greatest characters ever to catch the Holyhead boat or a Ryanair flight. Oh, did we mention that audience members can take an active part in the play?

Adm. €10 / €7 (concessions)


Abbey Theatre - Maeve’s House - THEATRE

Tuesday 26th May @ 8.00pm

It was as if the magazine in my hands had become a mirror.

After a sell-out run at the Abbey Theatre and an international tour to New York, Maeve’s House is back on tour as part of the Bealtaine festival. This delightful one man show is written by and stars Eamon Morrissey, one of Ireland’s best loved actors.

Maeve Brennan was one of our greatest short story writers. Although she lived in New York, many of her finest stories are set in Ranelagh, Dublin where she grew up. By coincidence Eamon Morrissey was brought up in the same house, and on discovering this, he felt compelled to meet this enigmatic and mysterious woman. This beautiful poignant story, directed by Gerard Stembridge, features extracts from Maeve Brennan’s writing and presents a moving portrait of two artists in conversation across generations.

Eamon Morrissey has been one of Ireland’s best loved actors for over fifty years. He has been involved in over one hundred productions at the Abbey Theatre and is also a well known face on RTÉ’s Fair City.

Adm. €18 / €16 (concessions)




Áisleann Bhéal an Mhuirthead, Belmullet, Mayo

T: 097 81079 


The Mullet Drama Group presents “Cupid Wore Skirts” in Áras Inis Gluaire

Thursday May 21st / Saturday May 23rd and Sunday May 24th

Starts at 8pm Tickets €10 available at Reception at Áras Inis Gluaire

The play is a farcical comedy set in the living room at the rear of Andy Coulter’s antique shop.  Andy is a widower and his family are concerned about him, they think he should get a wife.  To win a bet, he agrees to advertise for a wife which has hilarious consequences!   With nine characters in the play, it will definitely be a great night of laughter!



DruidShakespeare comes to Castlebar!

by William Shakespeare | Adapted by Mark O’Rowe | Directed by Garry Hynes

In a co-production with Lincoln Centre Festival

Shakespeare’s tales of ambition, destruction, responsibility and rebellion are performed with an exceptional cast, live music, thrilling dramatic stage combat bloodshed moments and some of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comic scenes, with a rousing parade of characters.
A fascinating  story of families, wars and the making of nations, DruidShakespeare is an exploration of English history through an Irish lens – the story of three men who would be king. It spans decades, chronicles rebellion and witnesses the rise and fall of great men and those who dare oppose them.
DruidShakespeare is a stand-alone experience so audience members do not need any prior knowledge of the plays or the historical background to enjoy it. Adapted by one of Ireland’s most exciting writers, Mark O’Rowe, DruidShakespeare distills the narratives of these four works into a unified dramatic action. Shakespeare’s language has been preserved, as has the chronology of the plays, but O’Rowe’s adaptation removes ancillary characters and streamlines the narrative to harness the drama of these epic works.
Directed by Tony-award winner Garry Hynes, Mark O’Rowe’s new pared down version of Shakespeare’s four history plays, the key foundational narrative of the English monarchy, will be presented by a 13-strong stellar cast, including members of the Druid Ensemble, the bedrock of the company.
As Shakespeare was writing Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2), and Henry V, English forces were being sent to Ireland to quell rebellions and these expeditions are referred to throughout the plays. Richard II’s story is the loss of innocence. A king since he was a child, when he finds his throne under threat he must consider how a king can become a man. Henry IV’s story is the price of arrogance. Having plucked the crown from his cousin’s head, he enrages nobility and jeopardises the loyalty of his supporters until he has only his family to turn to. Henry V’s is a coming-of-age story. He squanders his youth with scoundrels and mistresses, but must face up to his fate as heir in order to win over nobility and unite his country.
Two giants of theatre – Druid and Shakespeare – together for the first time in over a decade, the production is a special celebration of Druid’s 40th year making theatre. Druid takes four epic works grounded in history and contemporise them with Mark O’Rowe’s incisive adaptation, Conor Linehan’s original music, movement direction from David Bolger, award-winning design from co-director Francis O’Connor and live singing from a 13-strong cast including some of the Druid Ensemble. Cast: Clare Barrett, Derbhle Crotty, Gavin Drea, Bosco Hogan, Garrett Lombard, Karen McCartney, Charlotte McCurry, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Aisling O’Sullivan and Marty Rea.

Suitable for ages 12 years and up.

First showing – full performance over two evenings:

Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th June, 8.30pm.

Duration each evening 3 hours plus intervals.

Second showing:

Saturday 20th June, 2pm, full performance.

Duration 6 hours plus intervals.

Tickets: Full Price €60. Concession €52

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, Castlebar, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000
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