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.
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
Promise & Promiscuity - Friday 10th November, 8pm, Tickets €18/€16.50 (plus €1 Booking Fee)
In four years Promise and Promiscuity has delicately romped all over the world from Stewart Island to Regina, Saskatchewan to Edinburgh to Adelaide to Bath. This one woman multi character musical has charmed and delighted thousands with its wit, innuendo and satirical sparkle.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of a theatre script…must be in want of an audience. Charmingly accomplished Penny Ashton (Austen Found, Hot Pink Bits, Good Morning, Poetry Idol) mashes up the Regency, bonnets and big balls…with alacrity!
Follow the fortunes of Miss Elspeth Slowtree as she battles literary snobbery, her mother’s nerves and Cousin Horatio’s digestions, all armed with a superior wit, excellent ukulele skills and generally being quite bright… you know… for a girl. Balls will be attended, crosses will be stitched and manners will be minded, all with not one ankle in sight. As Elizabeth Bennett herself says “Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.”
And so should you.
Featuring classical masterpieces, reworked by Robbie Ellis with lyrics by Penny Ashton, and 33 direct quotes of Jane Austen’s various books and letters.
Nenagh Players Present Noises Off - Wednesday 15th November - Sunday 19th November, Time TBC, Tickets Prices TBC
Michael Frayn's Noises Off , considered to be one of the greatest farces ever written, takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure.
This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run.
Frayn gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from fluffed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and -- of course -- flying sardines!
Dubliner's Women - Saturday 2nd December, 8pm, Tickets €16/€12.50 (plus €1 Booking Fee)
“Mrs. Mooney dealt with moral problems as a cleaver deals with meat: and in this case she had made up her mind” – The Boarding House
All the seas of the world tumbled about her heart. He was drawing her into them: he would drown her” – Eveline
“They led here to the table amid laughing and joking and she put her hand out in the air as she was told to do. She moved her hand about here and there in the air and descended on one of the saucers. She felt a soft wet substance with her fingers and was surprised that nobody spoke or took off her bandage.” – Clay
Immerse yourself in the hidden worlds of Joycean Dublin with a new adaptation of James Joyce’s iconic collection of Dubliners short stories. Dubliners Women shines a light on the lesser-known women’s stories – The Boarding House, Clay and Eveline, bringing the characters to life in a highly performative and theatrical storytelling style. The script is a faithful adaptation of Joyce’s text, finding the humour and quintessential Irish wit in the stories through performance, drawing you in to the inner narratives of the central characters.
The stories are presented in a strong physical storytelling style, celebrating traditional Irish culture through humour, music and literature, while also exploring the main themes in the text such as reproductive justice, institutionalisation and the complexity of human relationships. The thematic universality of the stories, teamed with their understanding of the particularities of Irish culture and humour, make this a highly enjoyable production.
Directed by Sarah Baxter
Cast Madi O’Carroll, Katie O’Kelly and Gordon Quigley
Costume Design Barbara McCarthy
Lighting Design Cathy O’Carroll
Stage Manager Céin Sookram
Producer Clara Purcell
Graphic Design Conor Gallagher
“…A delicate, balanced and wistful evening of theatre” – The Sunday Independent
“A delight to watch – ****“
“…Old fashioned storytelling that is touching, funny, and performed with gusto by a marvellous cast”
“An hour of near impeccable theatre” – The Reviews Hub
“A clever, lively and thoroughly enjoyable production…” – The Arts Review
Silver Moon - Friday 8th December, 3pm, Tickets €8.00 / €26.00 Family of 4 (plus €1 Booking Fee)
An enchanting Christmas story for children and families.
This masked performance tells the story of two very different children; a little polish girl, Helda and a rich boy, Jurgen, whose adventures together break down barriers on Christmas Eve.
Helda’s imagination is filled with her grandfathers folk tales taught to her through the enchanting voice of the cello. Jurgen is surrounded by beautifully wrapped presents but needs a friend to help make his everyday magical.
Helda takes Jurgen on a journey of creation and fantasy. When the clock strikes midnight and the silver moon is high in the air, the two friends will never be the same again….
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