What's On

Saturday 22 September, 8pm, €16/€14 Conc.

Cracks

presented by Quintessence Theatre Company

A powerful piece of devised theatre from An Tain Arts Centre’s Company-In-Residence exploring the issue of mental illness in Ireland.

I’m falling between the cracks in myself, and I don’t know how to crawl back out…

Quintessence Theatre use their innovative physical ensemble story-telling techniques mingled with multi-media platforms of film and music to poignantly explore the profound struggle individuals with mental illness face on a daily basis in Ireland today.

In this darkly comical and deeply moving new play an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness. Devised by the company and directed by Anna Simpson, a Creative Associate of the Pleasance and Practitioner with the Globe, London, this brand new work seeks to expose the lived experience of battling a severe mental illness in an inefficient and unsympathetic system through the eyes of one young woman.

Thursday 4 October, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Frank Pig Says Hello

presented by Co-Motion Media & by Pat McCabe

Directed by Joe O'Byrne
Performed by Darragh Byrne and John Ruddy
Set Design by Robert Ballagh
Lighting Design by Conleth White

Twenty-five years after its first groundbreaking tour, Pat McCabe's Frank Pig Says Hello returns this Autumn to twenty theatres across Ireland, in a new production that brilliantly captures the legendary original.

Desperately funny and yet deeply tragic, Frank Pig Says Hello is one of the great classics of modern Irish theatre. It tells the story of Francie Brady growing up in a small Irish town in the 1960s and his descent towards a brutal act that shocks his community. Described as “one of the saddest and funniest tales I have seen”The Irish Times; “a masterpiece” The Evening Herald and “an extraordinary piece of theatre” The Sunday Independent, the original production coincided with McCabe's Booker-winning novel of the same story entitled “The Butcher Boy”. The play distils Francie's infamous narrative into a riveting evening of pure, concentrated theatre.

Featuring mesmerising performances by two actors, Darragh Byrne and John Ruddy, Frank Pig is regarded as one of the most vivid, hilarious and heartbreaking evocations ever seen on a stage of an Irish childhood and adolescence gone wrong. From the opening live trumpet notes over an image of a happy, comical boy acting the piglet, to the breathtaking depiction of a dark deed, this is theatre at its most entertaining and gripping best.

Saturday 6 October, 7pm , €20/€18 Conc.

Mingling with Molière

presented by Footsbarn Travelling Theatre

Mingling with Molière is a comic masterpiece, composed of two of Molière’s plays: The Forced Marriage and La Jalousie du Barbouillé, telling the story of a couple throughout their marriage. 

Footsbarn Travelling Theatre is one of the world’s leading touring companies, renowned for its exciting adaptations of classics from Shakespeare and Molière and for transcending the barrier of language with its unique blend of visual theatre, music and magic.

Saturday 27 October, 2pm, free but ticketed

Rehearsed Reading of Buttshaft by Fergal McElherron

presented by Rough Magic

Buttshaft is the story of Fea and Caireen, struggling to raise a son with a cruel, painful lineage in the hinterland of Clare. It is a study of women’s need to love, possess, survive and ultimately to make choices based on instinct.  Featuring Ennis native Simone Kirby and directed by the award-winning Lynne Parker with music and sound design by Carl Kennedy. glór plans to present the full production in May 2019 and this is your chance to get a flavour of the play whilst in development.

Saturday 27 October, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

presented by Rough Magic

By James Joyce
Adapted for the stage by Arthur Riordan

Rough Magic Arthur Riordan’s vibrant stage adaptation of James Joyce's seminal novel, brought to life by a dynamic new creative ensemble of actors and designers under Ronan Phelan’s direction.

The spiritual rebellion of Stephen Dedalus and his restless search for self-expression will be brought to life in a thrilling theatrical odyssey. Written during the political and artistic explosion of the early twentieth century, this is Joyce’s manifesto; the dazzling debut of Ireland’s epic re-inventor and architect of the English language.

Directed by Ronan Phelan
Set and Costume Design – Katie Davenport
Lighting Design – Sarah Jane Shiels
Sound Design and Composition – Denis Clohessy

Rough Magic is supported by the Arts Council

Friday 2 November, 8pm , €16/€14 Conc.

Bat The Father Rabbit The Son

Written and performed by Donal O’Kelly

Duration: 80 mins
Ages 12+

Dublin in the 1980s. Rabbit is a self-made haulage magnate. But something’s wrong. He cuts a deal with his underling Keogh to help him find his lost moorings. The quest is hampered by his dead father Bat, Citizen Army volunteer and pawn shop assistant, bubbling up. The struggle between father and son, past and present, imagination and reality, spans Dublin. Their voyage out of Howth and up the River Liffey builds to a climax described by The Guardian as ‘one of the strongest dramatic conclusions I’ve ever seen.’

An explosive exposition of the generation of Irish men that led us to Boom and Bust.

Post-show discussion with Donal O’Kelly.

BAT THE FATHER SHORT TRAILER from Clara Purcell on Vimeo.

Friday 16 November, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Matchmaker

presented by Michael Scott Productions

John B. Keane’s beloved hit comedy follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn from all parts of the country.  At the centre of this celebrated production is John B Keane’s marvellous and mischievous wit coupled by his unparalleled way with words.

John B. Keane takes us back to a simpler time, when even phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.

Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 March,

Sweet about Me

by Jacinta Sheerin

Sweet about Me by Jacinta Sheerin
Wed 6 – Thurs 7 Mar

Sweet About Me, written and performed by glór’s Associate Artist Jacinta Sheerin, is a one woman show about addiction. Set in a treatment centre and based on the lives of five characters, Sweet About Me explores alcohol, heroin and cocaine addiction through the eyes of the central character - 18 year old Bernadette Fagan who has an eating disorder, a controlling mother and a body image to die for.  But food issues seem so trivial in comparison to the people with real problems like shooting heroin? Or does it?  Sweet About Me looks at how society views and ranks addiction. It aims to dispel myths and open our hearts to the toughest characters that we might judge in an every-day encounter.

Jacinta Sheerin is a playwright, actor and dramatherapist from Dublin, living in Ennistymon, Co. Clare. Jacinta has recently become one of glór’s three Associate Artists, and we are delighted to premiere her new work in 2019.