Welcome to Nenagh Arts Centre Theatre page! Below you will find information for all the upcoming Theatre performances coming to Nenagh Arts Centre in the near future.

Down And Out In Paris - Saturday 23rd September, 8pm,Tickets €16/€12.50 (plus €1 Booking Fee)

By George Orwell
Adapted and performed by Phelim Drew
Directed by Michael Toumey
Approx. 70 minutes - no interval

This fascinating stage adaptation of George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London sees Phelim Drew bring to life the characters who made up Orwell’s company in his self-imposed life as a tramp at the end of the 1920s.

A man drifting through life, in early 1930s Paris, teaching English and generally soaking up the rich underbelly of Parisian life, finds himself falling helplessly short and discovering a very different view of life, looking up from below. With a keen understanding of social inequality and a wry sense of humour, he vividly recounts his experiences while down and out. Going from a sepia tinted view of poverty in Paris to the more black and white existence in and around London, through characters from a darkly funny Circus to the inhabitants of a Beckettian landscape.

DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON by George Orwell, Adapted by Phelim Drew is a show that tells the story of a man, living in Paris, 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”.

Based on when George Orwell in the late 1920’s went “underground” and worked as a dishwasher in various restaurants in Paris and spent time on the road as a tramp in the London environs ,culminating 15 years later in the publication of “1984?.

“Phelim Drew gives an excellent performance” ***** Irish Mail On Sunday

“Drew dominates the stage” ….Emer O Kelly

“Drew’s performance is superb, his monologue is vivid and colourful… Emphatic and evocative this poetic reimaging is a truly enjoyable performance.” (**** The Public Reviews)

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The Big Fellow - Friday 3rd November, 8pm,Tickets €16/€12.50 (plus €1 Booking Fee)

by Declan Gorman

based on Frank O'Connor's biography of Michael Collins

Performed by Cillian O Gairbhi and Gerard Adlum (Templemore)

* Contains strong language and simulated gunfire. Aged restriction 13+

“If there were no wild boys, there would be no great men” Frank O'Connor's mother wrote to him in 1922, when he was a prisoner-of-war at Gormanston camp. This original play, based on O'Connor's writings, captures the life and times of the wildest boy of them all, Michael Collins, as he graduates from masterminding the most dare-devil raids, prison breaks and escapades of the War of Independence, to commanding the official army of a newly-formed state. Greatness did indeed follow Collins but so too did division, torment and tragedy. And herein lies the mystery. Frank O'Connor fought against Collins' side in the Civil War. So why did he divert from a glittering literary career just a few years later to write a book apparently in praise of his dead enemy?

No dull history lesson, “The Big Fellow” is an imaginative and entertaining piece of non-stop, high-energy theatre, from the action-packed opening images to the gripping conclusion. It is driven by a powerful score composed by Colin Blakey (ex-Waterboys) and Cillian McNamara's evocative lighting. Gerard Adlum and Cillian O Gairbhi give outstanding performances, bringing to vivid life a nation embroiled in the excitement and turmoil of formation.

Following its hugely successful nationwide tour earlier this year, this outstanding play on Michael Collins will have one special showing in Nenagh before transferring to the Mumbai Literature Live Festival where it will be performed as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of India's independence. Not to be missed!

“A combination of physical energy and historical passion ... totally engaging.” Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent

“Insightful, inspiring and profoundly moving... A wonderful use of humour is what differentiates Gorman’s drama from other historical narratives.” Orla O’Dea, Westmeath Examiner

“A clever, powerful theatrical story. The (Kilkenny) audience saluted the writer and two actors with a resounding standing ovation.” Liam Murphy, Munster Express

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Banba Square,
Co. Tipperary
Phone: 067 34400

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