Cork Opera House
Gift Grub 2020 Featuring Mario Rosenstock
Ireland’s most successful impressionist and satirist, Mario Rosenstock is celebrating 20 years of Gift Grub by taking a brand spanking new stage show on the road. Featuring the best sketches from the comedy series plus bang up-to-date topical material, Rosenstock’s latest promises to be unmissable. Touring from February until April, for the full list of dates and venues see www.mcd.ie/artists/the-very-best-of-gift-grub-live.
Dates: Feb 25 – 29
Tel: 353 21 427 0022 or visit www.corkoperahouse.ie
Also at Cork Opera House this month: Under the Hawthorn Tree Feb 19
The MAC, Belfast
A Holy Show (pictured)
A Holy Show is a nostalgic comedy based on the 1981 hijacking of an Aer Lingus plane. This was by an ex-Trappist monk with a bottle of water as his weapon, the Pope as his nemesis, and a burning desire to know The Third Secret of Fatima. Touring across Ireland in February and March, for the full list of A Holy Show’s dates and venues visit verdant.ie/portfolio/a-holy-show-by-janet-moran.
Dates: Feb 27 – 29
Tel: 028 9023 5053 or visit www.themaclive.com
Also at The MAC this month: Under the Hawthorn Tree Jan 30 – Feb 9, Poet in da Corner Feb 26 – Mar 1
Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
Written by the award-winning Mark Doherty, Trad is a hilarious, absurd and poignant tale of a 100-year-old Irishman … and his father. Together they set out to discover the son they never knew he had.
Dates: Feb 8
Tel: 061 953 400 or visit www.limetreetheatre.ie
Also at Lime Tree this month: Grounds for Concern Feb 12, Heather Feb 15, Queen of Technicolor Feb 21, Maura Laverty – This Was Your Life Feb 29
Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow
What I (Don’t) Know About Autism
Sandra is looking for love. Gordon is seeking acceptance. Simon just needs these parents to be quiet for two minutes so he can get on with teaching their kids. And Casper? Casper is not here. What I (Don’t) Know About Autism is a sometimes comic, sometimes heart-breaking look at the world of autism. It uses narrative, song and dance in an exploration of this often misunderstood subject matter.
Dates: Feb 15
Tel: 01 272 4030 or visit www.mermaidartscentre.ie
Also at the Mermaid Arts Centre this month: A Holy Show Feb 5
The Everyman, Cork
Keith Barry, the world’s leading TV hypnotist, mentalist and brain hacker, is currently touring across Ireland with his brand new show Insanity. Billed as his most daring and audacious work to date, it features crazy and insane mind-reading, escapology and magic experiments designed to shock, amuse and amaze. Speaking about Insanity to Travel Ireland, Barry said about non-believers attending his show: “I quite like seeing the transition of them being sceptics at the start to not necessarily believers at the end but knowing what they’ve seen is as genuine as it can get. There’s no stooges, actors, plants or camera tricks.” Touring across Ireland until March, for the full list of dates and venues see keithbarry.com/insanity-tour-2020/.
Dates: Feb 15 – 16, Mar 13
Tel: 021 450 1673 or visit www.everymancork.com
Also at the Everyman this month: Crowman Feb 4 – 6, Tintown Feb 9, What I (Don’t) Know About Autism Feb 11 – 13, A Holy Show Feb 17 – 20, Hansel and Gretel Feb 25, Revolting Rhymes Feb 27 – 29
Town Hall Theatre, Galway
I Hear You and Rejoice
Acclaimed playwright and stage actor Mikel Murfi returns with a one man show. Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, embarks on a journey he had not quite planned. In doing so, he finds that every twist in the road can bring its own surprises. The play has garnered rave reviews with the New York Times calling it ‘a many-tongued wonder of Irish storytelling.’
Dates: Feb 6
Tel: 091 569 777 or visit www.tht.ie
Also at the Town Hall this month: Bosco’s Once Upon a Time Tour Feb 2, My Father, My Son Feb 3 – 6, The Man in the Woman’s Shoes Feb 5, Do Fish Sleep? Feb 12 – 15, Dirty Dusting Feb 15, The 10 Dark Secrets of 1798 Feb 18, The Cherry Orchard Feb 22 – Mar 7, Tintown Feb 24, Theatre Room Galway Feb 24
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
The Legend of Luke Kelly
Celebrating the memory and music of one of the greatest folk artists of the 20th century and Ireland’s cultural treasures, The Legend of Luke Kelly sees singer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Kavanagh and his band perform renditions of The Dubliners band member’s songs.
Dates: Feb 28
Tel: 056 7761674 or visit www.watergatetheatre.ie
Also at the Watergate this month: Take Off Your Cornflakes Feb 15, Hansel and Gretel Feb 20, Dirty Dusting Feb 22, The Gingerbread Man Feb 23