Travel Ireland Magazine’s February Theatre Guide

Mermaid Arts Centre


Exploring instances of disclosure and the presence of stigma in the lives of men and women who are HIV positive in Ireland today, Talking Shop Ensemble and Shaun Dunne present Rapids; their smash hit, form-flipping piece of documentary theatre that looks to playfully and respectfully make the private public.

Dates: Feb 15

Tel: 01 272 4030 or visit here.

Also at the Mermaid Arts Centre this month: Woolly’s Quest Feb 26, Acting for the Future Feb 28

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Motown The Musical

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.  Motown the Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed history and features a live orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘I’ll Be There’, ‘Dancing in the Street’, ‘Stop! In the Name of Love’, ‘My Girl’ and ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’. For more details, click here.

Dates: Feb 5 – 23

Tel: 01 677 7999 or visit here.

Also at Bord Gáis this month: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake Feb 26 – Mar 2

The Abbey Theatre

Glasgow Girls / The Country Girls

Two female driven plays are the highlights of February at the Abbey. The first is Scottish musical drama Glasgow Girls based on the true story of seven teenagers, whose lives change forever when their friend and her asylum-seeking family are forcibly taken from their home to be deported. Also, at the Abbey is The Country Girls, an adaption of Edna O’Brien’s era defining novel. It centres on two young women who leave the safety of their convent school in search of life and love in the big city. For more details on the latter, click here.

Dates: Feb 13 – 16 / Feb 23 – Apr 6

Tel: 01 887 2200 or visit here.

The Helix

Big Shot The Musical – Lauryn Gaffney

Following success in the UK and US, this original award-winning Broadway style Irish musical will take to the stage for one night only. It tells the story of a savvy defense lawyer thriving in New York. Despite his ambitions, he falls in love with a struggling Irish artist. However, the relationship threatens the lawyer’s career and the dubious new defense case he has taken on. Does he follow his heart or stick with his legal client obligations?

Dates: Feb 22

Tel: 01 700 7000 or visit here.

The Olympia Theatre

The Night Joe Dolan’s Car Broke Down

This hit music and comedy show is returning to The Olympia Theatre for its 8th run where it has been enjoyed by over 60,000 people to date. It tells the story of a rural pub in Cavan that unexpectedly receives a knock on its door from legendary Irish singer Joe Dolan, bringing the night’s entertainment to a whole new level. For more details, click here.

Dates: Feb 11 – 16

Tel: 01 679 3323 or visit here.

The Gaiety Theatre

The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh

An ensemble cast including Ian O’Reilly (Moone Boy), Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (Derry Girls), Phelim Drew (My Left Foot) and Rosaleen Linehan (The Butcher Boy) lead this production of Oscar-winner Martin McDonagh’s 1996 play. Set in the 1930s, it’s about a boy who tries to escape the gossip and boredom of his Aran Islands’ village when an American film crew arrives.

Dates: Feb – Mar 9

Tel: 0818 719 388 or visit here.

Smock Alley Theatre

Smock Allies: Scene + Heard

Scene + Heard is a Dublin 8 based festival that showcases the best tasters of never-before-seen theatre, comedy and music from all over Ireland. This year will see 105 works showcased with audiences able to give feedback in a myriad of ways – secret ballot, live Twitter feed, Q&A and more.

Dates: Feb 13 – Mar 2

Tel 01 677 0014 or visit here.

Also at Smock Alley this month: Kracked Feb 5 – 9, Thirteen Steps to the Attic Feb 8 – 9

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