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Autumn 2017  Arts & Cultural Programme


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The Confirmation Suit’ by Brendan Behan

Adapted for the stage by Peter Sheridan. Performed by Gary Cooke.

Thursday 9th November 2017 8pm

Brendan Behan is twelve years old and about to make his confirmation. It is a coming of age moment for all Catholic boys, full of excitement and promise.  That’s how it is for Brendan until he learns that his suit is to be made by an elderly seamstress, Miss McCann, who lives upstairs in their tenement house.

Miss McCann specialises in making shrouds for the dead. As Brendan’s father Stephen remarks,”people are only dying to get into one of her creations.” It is not a good omen. Brendan is terrified that his suit will be anything but fashionable and he lives in dread of what he may be forced to wear on his big day. As the story unfolds, the young Brendan becomes more and more agitated. In the end we know that something has to give. The question is whether Brendan will hold it all together or implode.

Written by Behan in 1953, The Confirmation Suit is filled with humour, insight and pathos. It is a story that still resonates today, more than fifty years after its composition.

“Cooke shines as he channels Behan” – The Business Post “Cooke excels as a rich cast of Dubliners” – The Arts Review

Tickets €12 / €10. Pre-booking essential on 066 9478956

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Small Road Festival Events

4- Play On

Saturday 11th November ‘Play On!’ 8.30pm

A comedy which climbs from titivating giggles to side splitting laughter! The thing is this could happen for real in any community in Ireland.
Imagine the scenario! The town drama group are desperately trying to rehearse a play.  “Murder Most Foul” has been written by a local playwright
who has the exasperating habit of changing the script mid rehearsal. With a few days left to opening night the crisis deepens. Can the director, the actors and crew get the show together on time? We hope not! Tickets €15.

5- This is not the life I ordered

Sunday 12th November ‘Not The Life I Ordered’ 8.30pm

Simon, a middle aged accountant, is getting married in the morning to the boss’s daughter. Just as Simon discovers that his highly
respected best man has cried off, Jack, Simon’s musician brother, knocks on the door. Jack has been thrown out by yet another woman and needs a place to
stay.  This musical play brings us on a roller coaster ride from laughter to tears and back as two seemingly opposite siblings prise open deep wounds,
twisting the knife as only those who love and detest us can. Tickets €15. Box Office 066 9478956

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Directed by Len Collin
Screenplay by Christian O’Reilly
Produced by Edwina Forkin

Tuesday 14th November 8pm

A Zanzibar Films production in association with Blue Teapot Theatre Company

Sanctuary cleverly and unobtrusively brings the viewer through the complexities faced by intellectually disabled people wishing to start a

“an auspicious debut feature as a director from Len Collin” Sean Crosson Film Ireland
“I can’t believe how good the movie is” Ray D’Arcy. RTE Radio 1

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Dermot Byrne (accordian), Steve Cooney (guitar) & Trevor Hutchinson (bass)

Saturday 25th November 2017 8pm

Three of our great Traditional musican`s who have in a word done “everything” !!!

The buzz that these 3 generate together is quite amazing.

All have ventured through the years with different genres of music , from cajun to rock and roll  from trad to classical.

Touring of these 3 is seldom , and what is seldom is Brillant.

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frantz-05Frantz THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 8pm

Director: Francois Ozon

Cast: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stotzner

FILM INFO: 113 mins, France, Germany, 2016, CLUB

Ozons enthralling romantic drama, set in post WW1 Germany centres on a grieving woman, Anna, who finds a young Frenchman, Adrien, laying flowers at the grave of her fiancé. Revealing himself to be an old friend of Frantz, Adrien reignites a long departed joy in Anna. But was there more to his relationship with Frantz than is being revealed?

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Their Finest  WEDNESDAY 6TH DECEMBER                                                

Dir:    Lone Scherfig  UK, Sweden  2017   117 mins     Cert: 12A

Language: English, Hungarian

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jeremy Irons, Richard E. Grant


During the war young Welsh copywriter Catrin relocates to London to be with her artist husband. After applying for what she believes to be a secretarial job, Catrin finds herself as a script editor at the Ministry of Information, where she is thrown into providing a “woman’s touch” for the making of a morale-boosting propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.

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Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Donal O’Connor and Gerry O’Beirne

Saturday 9th December 8pm

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is an award-winning traditional singer and musician from Corca Dhuibhne, Co.Kerry. A leading exponent of the sean nós style, her repertoire also includes songs from a wide variety of folk and contemporary sources. Her childhood in West Kerry saw her immersed in a rich cultural environment and vital living tradition, which was to be hugely influential  on the foundation of her distinctive vocal and instrumental sound.

Donal O’Connor, son of the celebrated fiddler Gerry O’Connor and revered singer Eithne Ní Uallacháin of Lá Lugh, multi-instrumentalist Dónal O’Connor has establishing himself as one of Ireland’s leading producers. As a musician and composer he has played and recorded with the likes of Liam Ó Maonlaí, Duke Special, Grainne Holland, Davy Spillane, Moya Brennan, Dónal Lunny, Steve Cooney, Mary Dillon, Cathal McConnell, Bob Brozman, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, John Spillane, Lumiere and Barry Kerr.

Gerry O’Beirne, a native of the west of Ireland and reared there and in west Africa, Gerry O’Beirne is a self taught master of the six and twelve string, slide guitar and ukulele and other stringed instruments. Many of his songs have been recorded by well known artists on the Irish music scene including Mary Black, Maura O’Connell and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. His own albums have received much acclaim around the world, and he produced and arranged music for many others including Patrick Street, Kevin Burke and Micheál O’Domhnaill. Please click here for more information.

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Centre Stage Theatre present

Little Miss Muffet’s Christmas Caper 

Wednesday 13th December 2017

3 shows – 10am, 12noon, 2pm

Miss Muffet’s Tuffet is magic. Every Christmas Day it makes a dream come true, and Ditzi Devilola the Dim Witch wants it!  When it’s stolen, poor Miss Muffet is in great distress – but help is at hand, from a Handsome Prince, Jack and Jill, and a very surprising ally! Will Ditzi, with her friend Murdo the Mad Moo, get away with the Magic Tuffet, or can the friends from Nursery Land stop them in time for Christmas…?

Perhaps? but then of course… there is always that spider??!

Admission: €5 per child. Pre-booking essential on 066 9478956.

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Director: Martin Provost

Cast: Pierre Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet

FILM INFO: 117 mins, France, 2017, 15A

Provost (Violette, Seraphine) unites two of Frances favourite actors in this tender comedy drama about rediscovery and female friendship.  Claire (Frot) is the conscientious Midwife of the title, a single mother whose self-restraint has her living a muted life. Until one day Beatrice (Deneuve), her fathers care-free ex girlfriend makes contact, bringing chaos, joy and memories of happier times.

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Art makes us human and true art can make us truer to who we can be as human beings. The song, the poem, the dance, the painting may be beautiful but they truly move us only if they express emotional truths. These songs of Red have moved me greatly. He sings to me, down in my soul – Dr. Maya Angelou, America’s Poet Laureate & Pulitzer Prize Winn