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Theatre Performances - February to March 2014

Friday, February 21st

Hello Delia Murphy Friday 21st February, 8pm A celebration in story and song of the iconic Delia Murphy, renowned singer who gave the Irish ballad international recognition and ensured its everlasting appeal. Hello Delia Murphy is a recollection by Carmen Cullen, author and niece of Delia Murphy, and commentary on the pivotal role she played in the history of Irish music and song. The show features some of Delia’s much loved and remembered favourites such as The Spinning Wheel and If I were a Blackbird, sung by actress and singer Maureen O'Donovan, with music by Gerry Anderson. 

Tickets: €12 / €10.  Booking essential



Saturday, February 22nd


Signs of a Diva


Presented in partnership with Arts & Disability Ireland No one remembers mousey old Sue, the undertaker from Bingley Bridge.  No one knows she’s a Diva fanatic, until one day she is offered a cabaret spot at Harry’s Place.  Overnight, Tammy Frascati is born and Sue finds herself hurtling to stardom and Las Vegas, signing the songs of her favourite Divas, Billie Holiday, Dusty Springfield, Ella Fitzgerald & Gloria Gaynor. But, as success beckons a handsome stranger pierces Sue’s heart.  What does she do? Can she have both? Caroline Parker gives a virtuoso performance as Sue and her alter ego Tammy ...

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Supported by The Arts Council, the British Council and Xilinx Inc. 

Link: Arts & Disability Ireland Facebook Page

Tickets €15/12



Friday. February 28th 


Peg O' My Heart


Peg O’ My Heart Riverside Theatre Company Friday 28th February, Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd March, 8pm J. Hartley Manners’ long-running Broadway hit from 1912 tells the story of Peg, a poor Irish girl from New York, who gets the surprise of her life when the death of a wealthy uncle summons her to England. Her aristocratic aunt agrees to 'finish' her upbringing, but Peg is not about to forget who she really is, and the battle of wills begins! Ballina-based award-winning Riverside Theatre Company, return to the Ballina Arts Centre stage with this humorous and fun-filled romp, under the direction of Ray Collins.

Tickets: €12 / €10. Booking advised.



Friday, March 7th

Sparkplug Written and performed by Little John Nee Friday 7th March, 8pm Sparkplug Callaghan: bluesman and vintage mechanic is living in his dead uncle’s disused barn. He’s got the blues bad: everyday there’s another funeral, Joe Duffy’s on the radio and the banks are putting people on the side of the road…but across the meadow he sees a vision…his boat has come in. An adventure into the heart of a surreal rural landscape, combining lyrical comic storytelling with original music and songs. ‘This treasure of a show is one for anyone who’s felt like they haven’t belonged, and who believes in magic.

  - Dublin Fringe Festival

Link: RTE Review 

Admission:  €15/€12. Booking advised.



Saturday, March 8th

Conal Gallen: A Bit On The Side

A Bit On The Side Conal Gallen starring in his very own Comedy play! Yes, Conal takes his  hilarious humour to a whole new level in this side-splitting 2 Act comedy farce! Written by Conal and his son Rory, the action takes place in the household of Bridie and Willie Murphy, a couple who have fought the war of marriage, for over 30 years!  It is a love story unlike any other! Wandering eyes, wandering feet, wandering hands.....It's all here! Scenes of nudity have been carefully left out in this saga of sex, drugs and deception! (There weren't any in ...Click here for more info...

Link: Conal Gallen Official Website 

Tickets: €25 Booking essential



Tuesday, March 18th


A Skull in Connemara

A Skull in Connemara By Martin McDonagh Decadent Theatre Company Tuesday 18th March, 2pm & 8pm For one week each autumn, Mick Dowd is hired to disinter the bones in certain sections of his local cemetery, making way for new arrivals.   As the time approaches for him to dig up those of his own late wife, strange rumours regarding his involvement in her sudden death seven years earlier begin to resurface… nosey neighbours, troublesome teenagers and an ambitious Garda contribute to this macabre, funny play.  Winner of the Evening Standard & George Devine Awards for Most Promising Playwright 1996.  Martin ...  Click here for more info...

Link: Decadent Theatre Company Facebook Page

Tickets: €18 / €15. Booking essential.



Friday, March 21st


The Pull


The Pull By Liam Horan & John Corless Half-Solid Productions Fictional GAA club Ballybore, – supposedly founded some 130 years before the foundation of the GAA – finds itself in some financial trouble. But it’s not nearly as big as they think. In fact, they are only €1,000 in debt, but it feels like €1m to the main people involved in the club. They set about trying to solve the problem and decide to pull a dump truck around their home town to raise money and get themselves in the Guinness Book of Records. Chaos ensues and they end up ...Click here for more info...

Link: Half Solid Productions Official Website 

Tickets: €12 / €10. Booking essential.



Friday, March 28th


David Copperfield


David Copperfield By Charles Dickens Hotbuckle Productions Friday 28th March, 8pm Young David Copperfield’s sheltered life with his doting mother is thrown into turmoil when she marries the ruthless and violent Murdstone. Thrust into an uncaring world of poverty and hardship, David must work out who to trust if he is to grow into the man he should become. Gently guided by his closest friend Agnes and his eccentric aunt Betsey Trotwood, can David stay on his true path? Featuring iconic characters such as Uriah Heep and Wilkins Micawber, Charles Disckens’ David Copperfield has remained in the hearts of readers for generations. Capturing the ...

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Link: Hotbuckle Productions Official Website 

Tickets: €15 / €12.  Booking essential.