Cork Arts Theatre
Presented by the Polish Arts Festival, Julia is the story of a women’s journey into her inner self through her life experiences. Her emotions on stage are presented in the form of a dancer and the voice of the soul is revealed by singing and music. The performance is bilingual (Polish – English).
Dates: Mar 22
Tel: 021 450 5624 or visit www.corkartstheatre.com
Also at the Cork Arts Theatre: Beyond the Curtain Mar 13 – 21, Fxxx You Tyler Durden Mar 30 – Apr 1
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
In the Name of the Son
This play charts the wrongly imprisoned Gerry Conlon’s remarkable journey into ‘freedom’ as he received and spent over £1million pounds and ran in the same circles as Johnny Depp, Shane McGowan and Daniel Day Lewis. But away from the glamour, his life was spiralling out of control. Plagued with the guilt of believing he was responsible for the death of his father in prison, Conlon struggled with powerful self-loathing. What emerges though from this darkness is the Belfast man’s resilience and eventual life-changing recovery to beat his demons and become a world-renowned Human Rights campaigner against miscarriages of justice, similar to his own.
Dates: Mar 17 – 29
Tel: +44 (0)28 9038 1081 or visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk
Also at the Lyric Theatre this month: Shirley Valentine Feb 27 – Mar 15, The Untold Truth of Captain Hook Mar 6 – 8, The Right Twig Mar 9, Wonders of the Wake Mar 14 – 15, Sauce Mar 27 – 28
Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
Circle of Friends
Adapted from the 1990 coming-of-age novel by Maeve Binchy, big-hearted Benny Hogan, an adored only daughter, and little orphan Eve Malone, are best friends in the small rural town of Knockglen. On their first day at University College Dublin, their lives are turned upside down when they are introduced to the beautiful and sophisticated, Nan Mahon, and the handsome, Jack Foley.
Dates: Mar 31 – Apr 3
Tel: 061 953 400 or visit www.limetreetheatre.ie
Also at Lime Tree this month: What’s Just Happened Mar 4 – 5, Lost in Yonkers Mar 10 – 14, Creative Show Mar 12 – 13, #Whodunnit? Mar 26 – 27
Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow (pictured)
One Love is a joyous exploration of friendship and what it’s like to be in love and have a learning disability. Paul and Orla are engaged and making plans for their future. The play charts their journey towards their big day.
Dates: Mar 7
Tel: 01 272 4030 or visit www.mermaidartscentre.ie
Also at the Mermaid Arts Centre this month: The Writing Life: Richie Sadlier Mar 6, The Ginger Ale Boy Mar 19 – 20
The Everyman, Cork
A wide-eyed stranger alights from a country train. The destination: Mr Knott’s house. The mission: to serve. The story of a nomadic manservant in the home of his unseen master, Samuel Beckett’s 1953 novel comes to the stage in a one-man production starring one of the greatest interpreters of the legendary writer in the world – Barry McGovern.
Dates: Mar 10 – 12
Tel: 021 450 1673 or visit www.everymancork.com
Also at the Everyman this month: Keith Barry – Insanity Mar 13, The Crucible Mar 18 – 19, The Morning After the Life Before Mar 24 – 25, Lords of Strut: Absolute Legends Mar 28, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience Mar 31 – Apr 4
Town Hall Theatre, Galway
3 Hail Marys
A rip-roaring comedy taking Ireland by storm, 3 Hail Marys centres on three characters named Mary who have lived in a nursing home together for over 10 years and have become great friends. However, due to circumstances beyond their control, they are being moved to three separate nursing homes. The play is set around their last few hours together as they decide to celebrate them in style.
Dates: Mar 19 – 21
Tel: 091 569 777 or visit www.tht.ie
Also at the Town Hall this month: The Cherry Orchard Feb 22 – Mar 7, Hansel and Gretel Mar 3, Queen of Technicolor – The Story of Maureen O’Hara Mar 4, Farmer Michael and Kathleen Mar 6, 9 to 5 Mar 10 – 15, The Mai Mar 18, Seminar Mar 19 – 21, Peppa Pig – Best Day Ever Mar 30 – 31
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
Queen of Technicolour – The Story of Maureen O’Hara
This one-woman show marks the centenary of legendary Irish actress Maureen O’Hara who was born in 1920. Star of Hollywood’s golden age, she played roles that often mirrored her true persona as a tough, feisty and courageous woman. Written and performed by Elaine O’ Dwyer, this is an intimate journey with Maureen, revealing the person she was behind the limelight.
Dates: Mar 21
Tel: 056 7761674 or visit www.watergatetheatre.ie
Also at the Watergate this month: Alice and the Wolf Mar 4 – 9, Innit Mar 27