A host of theatre premiering locally this week and next week

There is a veritable feast of theatre coming up in Limerick in the next while, kicking off this very week. I’m hoping to see as much of it as possible and I hope that a well deserved audience will turn out for as many of these productions as possible. The Abbey filled a lot of seats for Sive last week so there is a hunger for theatre but supporting local work is vitally important.

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The Unlucky Cabin Boy

A musical by the name of The Unlucky Cabin Boy will have its world premiere in the Lime Tree Theatre from this Wednesday, November 5 and run nightly until November 8.

Produced by the acclaimed Gúna Nua Theatre Company and directed by Paul Meade, the play was written By Mike Finn (writer of Pigtown) with music & lyrics by David Blake. Music will be performed by The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra (the band which Blake is a member of). The Unlucky Cabin Boy has a real Limerick flavour with Limerickmen Meade at the helm and Finn writing along with local band, BPLO. The blurb promises it will “be a highlight of Limerick City of Culture 2014”.

“In 1835 a ship sailed out of Limerick Docks with a cargo of emigrants bound for the New World. It never came back… It tells the true story of the wreck of the Francis Spaight and the terrible acts of desperation that took place on board.”

The cast includes: Susannah De Wrixon, Damien Devaney, Enda Kilroy and Kevin Shackleton.

Tickets are: adults €18 and students/unwaged €15. Book on  061-774774 and www.limetreetheatre.ie.

PULSE II

Pulse IIThe first of four new pieces of work is on this Friday, November 7, as part of PULSE II. This is the “second phase of Limerick City of Culture’s Theatre Legacy Programme through which theatre makers and audiences can enjoy tasters of emerging work from established and new voices from Limerick’s theatre landscape”.

The other dates are: November 21, 29 and December 6. Each piece will last for roughly 30 minutes to be presented in the HUB @ Red Cross Hall, 36 Cecil Street—beside Tom Collins’ Pub (the Belltable was off-site in this venue while it was renovated a few years back). Each performance is followed by a reception for audience and all those involved in each work.

Whitby (November 7 @ 8pm): Directed by Joan Sheehy, Whitby is based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula – a Gothic masterpiece that has fascinated readers for over a century. Dancer, Colin Dunne and actors, Malcolm Adams and Courtney McKeon will embark on their own voyage of discovery, merging text and movement to present a haunting work in development for the inaugural perfomance of PULSE II.

Limbo (November 21 @ 8pm): Directed by Maeve Stone, Limbo sets out to ask questions around the issue of direct provision. Collaborating with dancer Angie Smalis and musician Rory Grubb In a short piece that fuses movement and live music, Limbo explores a story so close, it’s nearly impossible to see.

Everything, Sometimes (November 29 @ 8pm): Everything, Sometimes is an interdisciplinary piece directed by dance artist Nora Rodríguez in collaboration with actor Kevin Kiely Jnr. and Shane Vaughan. It is based on a personal dream where fraternal ties, death and memories are the substances of this new experimental performance.

The Weyward Sisters (December 6 @ 8pm): Directed by Donal Gallagher, in collaboration with actors Cora Fenton, Joanne Ryan and Marie Boylan, this dark comedy features three sisters, harbingers of darkness, who have had previous lives in Hesiod’s Theogony in Irish mythology and in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Tickets including post-show reception are €7. Booking: 087-6047262 or theatrelegacyproject@gmail.com. More information at www.facebook.com/pulsetheatrelegacy.

On The Wire

On the Wire (7)On the Wire—“caught between no man’s land and home”—a new promenade theatre production, explores what happens after a soldier returns home from World War I will run from November 11-15.

The devised theatre production from Wildebeest Theatre Company, explores a soldier’s return to Limerick after the Great War. “Inspired by real-life stories of Limerick people who left for the war, and those who were left behind, On the Wire takes the audience on an intimate, poignant journey through the aftermath of war. Written and performed by a cast of Limerick theatre artists including Mike Finn and Amanda Minihan, and directed by Terry O’Donovan”, this site-specific production will run at 6pm and 8pm daily at The Sailor’s Home on O’Curry Street.

“It’s February 1919. Jack arrives home to Limerick. The war is over but, for Jack, the battle carries on.  How can he return to his family and life back home, when he is haunted by all he has seen; all that he doesn’t want to remember, but is unable to forget?  Opening on the anniversary of Armistice Day, November 11, On the Wire is a dramatic exploration of life in Limerick at the time of the Great War.  Combining archival material—including personal stories, photos and diary entries gleaned from research by historian Eamonn T Gardiner—with original design, the impressive Sailor’s Home is brought back to life in this thought-provoking promenade performance, created to mark the centenary of World War I.”

I’ve always been fascinated to see inside this regal building. My grandmother hails from around the corner in O’Curry Place (‘the block’ as it’s referred to locally) and it’s always exciting to enjoy theatre in an unconventional space. And my grá for promenade theatre has been well documented.

The cast also includes Marie Boylan, Conor Madden and Shane Whisker. Local company, Wildebeest’s past productions include TAN, Tanalogues, A Different Animal and The Real World.

Tickets are €15/€12.00 from www.onthewire2014.com. On the Wire is presented in association with Limerick City of Culture.

The Lighthouse Keeper

logoAnother local company, Amalgamotion, will bring its latest production, The Lighthouse Keeper, to Dance Limerick, St John’s Square, from November 11 (preview) until November 15. It will run at 8.30pm nightly with 2.30pm matinees daily from November 13-15.

“Directed by Ciarda Tobin and written by Ella Daly with dramaturgical support by Helena Enright, The Lighthouse Keeper chronicles that moment in time when life comes full circle and the parent who cared for and nurtured you in infancy needs care and nurturing in old age. The baton is passed and you become the lighthouse keeper.”

The cast includes: Aidan Crowe, Georgina Miller, Joanne Ryan and Monica Spencer.

Amalgamotion is an award winning local theatre company, founded in March 2002 and past productions include Walking Away, The Fisherman’s Son and Less than a Year. Tickets are €15/13 and available from http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-lighthouse-keeper-tickets-13724322819.

More information available from: amalgamotion@gmail.com. This production is also supported by Limerick City of Culture.

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