From Comic to Dark to Downright Bizarre: Our Theatre Events

As always, we have an excellent selection of afternoon and evening theatre events to choose from, all taking place at the historic St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre in Listowel Town Square.

We’re especially delighted to present Sadhbh Moriarty’s play ‘In Light of Salt Rings They Drew, which won the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Competition at Listowel Writers’ Week 2015, on Sunday evening. Sadhbh is one of a new generation of young playwrights and we expect we’ll be seeing much more of her in the future.

St John’s Theatre will also host an exhibition of artist and illustrator P.J. Lynch’s wonderful line drawings and illustrations entitled ‘Pilgrims, Princesses And Beardy Old Men’ and which will be on display throughout the week.

Meanwhile, take a look at our great selection of afternoon and evening theatre.

Thursday 2nd June

The Everlasting Book Tour

The Everlasting Book Tour

Lunchtime Theatre: Everlasting Book Tour

Time:  1.00pm  Venue:  St John’s Theatre  Admission: €12/€10

Dubliner Ian MacPherson won the first London Time Out Comedy Award. He gave up an award-winning career in stand-up to become a full-time writer. This is the story of his journey from performer to author. His novels include Deep Probings, Posterity Now and The Autobiography of Ireland’s Greatest Living Genius. The Everlasting Book Tour premiered at the Assembly Rooms for the Edinburgh Festival 2015. He is currently writing a crime novel set on the mean streets of Clontarf. He lives in Glasgow’s West End with poet Magi Gibson, his many awards, and a suitcase full of memories.

‘One of the most creative and intelligent comedians I’ve ever seen’ – The Guardian

Evening Theatre: The Cripple of Inishmaan

The Cripple of Inismaan

The Cripple of Inismaan

Time:  8.30pm  Venue:  St John’s Theatre  Admission: €15

Following on from the success of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest last year, Torch Players will now present Martin McDonagh’s comic drama, The Cripple of Inishmaan. Set on the Aran Islands, the inhabitants are excited to learn of the arrival of a Hollywood film crew on the neighbouring island and to everyone’s surprise, the local cripple, young Billy Claven, gets a chance to shine … or so it seems! A very funny and sad play.

Friday 3rd June 

Macklin: Method & Madness

Macklin: Method & Madness

Lunchtime Theatre: Macklin: Method & Madness

Time:  1.00pm  Venue:  St John’s Theatre  Admission: €12/€10

An historical comedy about the strolling player from Donegal who survived a murder charge to become a giant of the London stage.  Charles Macklin rose from humble origins in Donegal to a triumphant career on the London stage. Valentine’s Day, 1941, marks the bicentenary of Macklin’s greatest success – his debut as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. His performance was the sensation of the age and thrilled and terrified royalty and commoners alike. The play is written and performed by Gary Jermyn and Michael James Ford.

“ The premise is great fun and performed with appealing gusto by the two authors..”  Sunday Independent

Evening Theatre: Pilgrim

Pilgrim

Pilgrim

Time:  8.30pm  Venue:  St John’s Theatre  Admission: €15

Written by award-winning playwright Philip Doherty and performed by Rex Ryan (Dublin fringe Best Actor nomination), Pilgrim is an Irishman’s wild odyssey across America set ablaze by 9/11. It is a powerful new comedy/drama about a hard-edged youth coming of age on a pilgrimage home for the birth of his son.

The Herald – Simply stunning ***** (5 Stars)

Edinburgh Reporter –  ‘a one man show whirlwind … a lyrical bath in Tequila as Dylan Thomas and Joyce dip in liberally’  **** (4 Stars)

Irish Examiner – ‘Uplifting and inspiring … a meticulously crafted piece of writing’.

Saturday 4th June

Overshadowed

Overshadowed

Lunchtime Theatre: Overshadowed

Time:  1.00pm  Venue:  St John’s Theatre  Admission: €12/€10

Imogene used to be sparkly, vivacious and outgoing. She used to fancy lads, have curves and love chips. Recently, however, she has become withdrawn, gaunt, obsessed with exercise. The reason? Caol, her new “best friend”, has cast a dark shadow over Imogene’s life.

Invisible to everyone except Imogene, Caol will not rest until Imogene has been reduced to a shadow of her former self. Eva O’Connor’s sharp new writing aims to provoke compassion and debate around the subject of eating disorders, by separating the sufferer from the condition.

‘A dark, compassionate, sometimes funny exploration of eating disorders.’  Irish Times.

Evening Theatre: Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit

Time:  8.30pm  Venue:  St John’s Theatre  Admission: €15

This Noel Coward smash comedy hit offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, remarried but haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium”, Madame Arcati. As the personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth is accidentally killed and joins Elvira and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

Presented by Listowel Drama Group, this  production recently won 2nd place at the Kerry, North Cork and Tipperary drama festivals, and won 13 awards overall including Most Entertaining Production, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Young Actress, Best Stage Management, Best Set, Best Costume, Best Lighting and Sound Awards.

Sunday 5th June

Tony Guerin

Tony Guerin

Lunchtime Theatre: Stage Reading of Jury PM by Tony Guerin

Time:  12.00pm  Venue:  Seanchaí Kerry Writers’ Museum   Admission: €10

Listowel native Tony Guerin is part of the new wave of Listowel Playwrights and his first play Cuckoo Blue electrified local audiences. His other plays include Solo Run, Hummin, Laird of Doon, Costa from the Moon, Cupid and An Arrow for all Seasons. Tony’s new play Jury PM observes the chemistry that can exist among the judiciary. This event will be a stage reading of Jury PM by Lartigue Theatre Group.

Evening Theatre: In Light of Salt Rings They Drew

In Light of Salt Rings They Drew

In Light of Salt Rings They Drew

Time:  8.30pm  Venue: St John’s Theatre  Admission: €15

This play written by Sadhbh Moriarty won the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Competition at Listowel Writers’ Week 2015. The play delves into the cognitive workings of a fragile mind as it endeavours to maintain its nobility through a bizarre and often traumatic landscape. A triumph of humour and friendship as safeguards against the vulnerability of brilliance.

“New playwright Sadhbh Moriarty trumpets her arrival with her stage play In Light of Salt Rings they Drew – intricate and intriguing and dripping with pain-filled humanity. It is a stunning debut indeed” – Billy Roche

Theatre tickets can be booked online here or by calling the office on 00353 (0) 68 21074