All you theatre fans out there have lots to look forward over the coming days with a variety of shows on in Limerick.
The Bridge Below The Town, a brand spanking new play by Pat McCabe, author of darkly comic tomes like The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto, will come to the Lime Tree Theatre this Friday and Saturday nights (March 14 and 15) as part of a national tour.
McCabe describes the play as “6 parts Glenroe to 5 parts Harold Pinter”—quite possibly the most engaging proposition I’ve heard this year.
The blurb is as follows: “Love will survive us all. In this new play The Bridge Below The Town, set in the colourful, innocent world of 1950’s small-town Ireland, Golly Murray discovers this gratifying truth. Almost broken by the travails of life’s struggles, she and her husband Patsy are seen to triumph over adversity in the most extraordinary and uplifting way. From the team that brought you The Dead School comes a rollercoaster production about life, love, Butlins and Nuns who make marla men all to the beat of a classic soundtrack.”
NASC Theatre Network in association with Livin’ Dred Theatre Company produced the play and reunited McCabe with director, Padraic McIntyre. The collaboration previously spawned The Dead School, which was a stellar hit in 2010 and was nominated for three Irish Times Theatre Awards. It toured to full houses nationwide before playing at the Dublin Theatre Festival and The Tricyle Theatre, London.
The impressive cast includes: Malcolm Adams (Ripper Street, Trivia) Lorna Quinn (Fair City) Gina Moxley (Game of Thrones, Stardust, The Butcher Boy) Damian Devaney (The Clinic, Raw) Janet Moran (Trivia, Love/Hate, Breakfast on Pluto) and Catherine Walsh (Eden, Casualty, Druid Synge).
Tickets are €18/16 and I can guarantee that if you ring the box office (061-774774) and scream “I LOVE PAT MCCABE!!!!!” down the phone…you will seriously unnerve a staff member there. Maybe don’t do that but just book online at www.limetreetheatre.ie.
Also available to book on the Lime Tree website/box office is Irish classic, Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey—presented by the long-standing local theatre group, The Quarry Players. That is running all week nightly until Saturday (March 15) in 69 O’Connell Street (former Belltable).
Directed by John Anthony Murphy, Quarry is proud to present “the richly humorous yet deeply moving classic”.
“Set in a time of civil strife, a mother struggles to hold her family together against extreme poverty and a feckless, idler husband who drinks his days away. Hope comes from an unexpected inheritance and for a time the promise of a better life seems possible. Brittle, heroic and heartbreaking, Juno Boyle is not only a woman of her time but a character that resonates still for us today. A searing indictment of social and domestic upheaval, this timeless masterpiece is not to be missed.” Tickets are €15/13.
And in case, you’ve been living in a cave (because the announcements/media saturation is too intense to ignore), the spectacular show, Fuerza Bruta, starts from this Thursday March 13 and runs until March 22 (two shows nightly for the most part). It will run in the Culture Factory, Plassey Park Road, Castletroy. The postmodern show hails from Buenos Aires and has been performed all over the world.
The blurb is: “This show will astonish and amaze you. The fastest-selling show ever at London’s The Roundhouse, and playing to sold out houses around the world, Limerick will host the Irish premier of Fuerza Bruta!”
“Featuring mind-blowing visual effects that must be seen to be believed, it’s an all-standing rave of a show. Join these outstanding performers in a foot-stomping spectacular full of sexual energy, gravity-defying stunts and moments of real wonder – a Kafkaesque suited figure bursting full throttle through a series of moving walls, figures swooping through the shadows, a watery world suspended immediately above the audience. This is an event where worlds collide, where dreams are real, and reality takes a back seat. Give in to it, let go and enjoy the ride.”
More information and booking at www.limerickcityofculture.ie. Tickets can also be purchased at 061-312802 between 9-5.30pm on weekdays. They are priced at €28/20.