What's On

Monday 27 February – Thursday 2 March , 8pm, €16/€14 Conc.

The Colleen Bawn by Dion Boucicault

presented by The Ennis Players

Directed by Geraldine Greene

This Irish melodrama is based on the tragic story of Ellen Hanley whose murdered body was washed ashore at Moneypoint in Co.  Clare and buried nearby at Burrane cemetery. Boucicault’s play has a much happier ending and in the hands of Ennis Players receives a marvellously irreverent and highly energetic production. In the 1860's The Colleen Bawn was an immediate success in London where it had the longest run in the history of the English stage...it's 230 performances making it the Mousetrap of it's day!

The performance on Monday 27th February will be in aid of Breast Cancer Research.

Saturday 4 March, 1.30pm, Free

Clare Youth Theatre

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2017

Join us for an annual treat where members of CYT present selections from featured authors of this year’s festival and dramatise them in their own inimitable way.

Clare Youth Theatre, under the direction of Theatre Artist Eleanor Feely, is an initiative of the Clare County Arts Office.  The Theatre has a unique artistic vision that is committed to the artistic, personal and social development of the young person.

Wednesday 8 – Saturday 11 March, 8pm, €18

Little Shop of Horrors

presented by Ennis Musical Society

2017 brings Ennis Musical Society back into the 60's with the comedy rock horror that is "Little Shop of Horrors" ln this gleefully gruesome musical Seymour, a poor florist's assistant, allows his craving for fame and fortune to seduce him into playing nursemaid to a man-eating plant. Goings on surrounding the growing plant's demand for more, more, MORE are accompanied by witty parodies of sixties music. Between bites, the carnivorous Audrey II, named after Seymour's secret love, brings down the house singing rhythm and blues à la Otis Reading or James Brown!

A night not to be missed.

Musical Societies can avail of a reduced ticket price of €15 for groups 5+. Please note this offer is not available online and can be booked in person or over the phone.

Tuesday 14 March, €5 on the door

Féile Scoildrámaíochta an Chlaír

Annual presentations of Scoildrámaíocht from schools around the county and beyond.  This makes for excellent entertainment for young and old and it is also a great opportunity for children to perform through the medium of Irish.

Thursday 16 March, 8pm, €22/€20 Conc.

The Successful TD by John B. Keane

presented by Michael Scott Productions

One of your own – a vote for Tull is a vote for yourself! 
The Successful TD follows the Trials, Tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dail in the "October Elections”

Written by John B Keane in 1967 he displays his edge for humor and satire that are uncomfortably close to the politics of today ... Peppered with Keane's gallery of madcap characters this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start.
Tull has roped in the help of his faithful Daughter Kate while his wife nurses her various ailments in bed or Lisdoonvarna ,  but his arch enemy Flannery the local school teacher plans to scupper the election for Tull…

“Any man with a vote is a man to be respected. I’ll play with them, lie to them, sing dumb about them while I have a chance of a vote. That’s my livelihood. Don’t give me no more stink about the truth. Christ told the truth and they crucified Him…”

Based on The Letters of A Successful TD and An Irish Minister of State by John B Keane.
Adapted for the stage by Jon Kenny, Mary McEvoy and Michael Scott
Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy
Directed by Michael Scott

Post-show discussion with Company

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Tuesday 21 March, 7.30pm, Pay What You Feel on the night (bring cash!) | Reserve your tickets in advance

Staging Posts

Staging Posts is a new glór initiative to support artists in creating new work – whilst providing insight for audiences into the development process and the choices that artists make.

The event will be ‘scratch’ in style, with a selection of artists across art-forms sharing brief excerpts from their work-in-progress, with opportunities for audience responses and feedback.

So if you are an arts lover with a curiosity for the new, then join us on this fascinating journey!

Artists interested in applying should click here.

Thursday 23 March, 8pm, €18/€16 conc./€9 under 18s

Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye

by Jim Nolan

‘Pearse, Connolly, McDermott and the rest of their merry men; they died for a Republic. But we don't live in a Republic. We live in an economy.'

Set in a provincial newspaper office in the Irish Midlands in the run up to Easter 2016, the privately owned Inishshannon Chronicle has just been acquired by a media conglomerate and the new brush is about to sweep clean. As the newspaper’s staff adjust to radical changes in its structure and ethos, the town it serves prepares to celebrate a tenuous connection to the Easter Rising. The revelation that this connection is not quite what it seems puts the Chronicle’s editor on a collision course with both his new bosses and the local business and political community.

Jim Nolan has an unapologetic affection for small-town life. But it never blinds him to its dangers and its faults.’ Sunday Independent

the play, essentially a meditation on the shape of the nation as it celebrates the Rising, is lightly metaphorical and stealthily topical.’ Irish Times

a genuine glimpse into what life is really like in the Irish regional newsroom.’ Munster Express

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To kick off our wonderful spring/summer season, we’re offering early bird booking on selected events - this is one of those!

If you book that event on or before close of business on Sunday 12th March, get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Wednesday 3 May, 10.45am, €6
Wednesday 3 May, 7.30pm, €18/€16 con/€9 Under 18s

I, Malvolio

Age 11+ │ Duration 70 mins

Multi-award-winning playwright and performer Tim Crouch re-imagines Twelfth Night in this, his brilliant, hilarious one-man show.

In a charged, unsettling rant, Malvolio – a man ‘notoriously wronged’ – draws us into the madness of Shakespeare's play and forces us to confront our own cruelty.  I, Malvolio is Twelfth Night told from the loser’s perspective. It’s a show for anyone who has ever been told off, called a name, or fallen in love with the wrong person.

…a downright joyous celebration of theatre.’ The Guardian * * * * *

glór Theatre Club Performance

Post-show discussion Tim Crouch

Buy tickets online for the evening show below.
Tickets for the morning show can be purchased from our box office and online here.

Friday 5 May, 7pm, €12/€10 Conc.

Creaking

Presented by Bealtaine in association with glór

Co-created by Oonagh Murphy & Noelle Brown

Rita is tired of her humdrum existence. Her adult children are getting on her nerves and she misses her best pal Mary. It’s time to spice up her life!

Creaking is based on the lives of real-life Irish people in later years. It explores the everyday challenges and pressures facing us as we age, and how we attempt to defy stereotypes. Presented as a staged reading this moving and funny drama documentary will have a new cast of volunteers each night. It is written by  Noelle Brown and directed by Oonagh Murphy.

Post-show discussion with the writer, director and members of the cast.

Duration 60 mins
 

Wednesday 31 May, 7.30pm, €18/€16/€9 for unders 18s

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

presented by Verdant & Pemberley Productions

Ages 8+│Duration 80 Mins

Following the worldwide success of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, Simon Reade adapts and directs this stage version of Morpurgo’s award winning book Private Peaceful.

Private Peaceful is a timely reminder of the heroic sacrifices that were made by those involved in World War 1. The story charts the life of a young soldier, Tommo Peaceful, a private who faces the firing squad for cowardice. As he sits in his cell awaiting sunrise, Tommo, thinks back to some of his fondest memories and reflects on the events that made him the person he is today.

Adapted and directed by Simon Reade
Starring Shane O'Regan

Friday 2 June, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc./ €9 under 18s

I Hear You and Rejoice by Mikel Murfi

presented by Loco and Reckless Productions

Ages 12+ Duration 85 mins

Following the sell-out success of The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, Mikel Murfi returns with a new one man show.

Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one. I Hear You and Rejoice is a tender and joy filled account of a most unlikely marriage.

This show is the second collaboration between Sligo County Council Arts Service, The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo, and Mikel Murfi. Created for the Bealtaine Festival - Celebrating Creativity as We Age.

glór Theatre Club Performance
Post-show discussion with Mikel Murfi