Welcome to Theatre at its Very Best: St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

St John'sOne of the many delights of visiting Listowel during Listowel Writers’ Week is St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, located in the Town Square. Formerly a Church of Ireland place of worship, it is now recognised as a premier venue in the South West of Ireland for the promotion of Performing Arts, and certainly no less so during Listowel Writers’ Week.

This year we have, as usual, a very strong line-up of events for you to choose from, including afternoon and evening theatre. Remember, if you purchase a Festival Ticket, by calling the office on 068 21074, your ticket entitles you entry into all afternoon theatre events.

Thursday 29th May 1.00pm

Stefanie-Preissner-e1396951258925[1]Solpadine Is My Boyfriend by Stefanie Preissner. About a new Irish generation who were promised everything – a life of financial stability and job security. They now find themselves queuing – either at the airport to emigrate or at the dole office to sign on. Solpadine Is My Boyfriend enjoyed sell-out runs in Dublin and nationwide.

Thursday 29th May 8.30pm

The Shaughraun abounds with swashbucking heroes, dastardly villians and beautiful damsels in distress, in this comic 19th century masterpiece by Dion Boucicault. The action-packed story centres on Robert, who has returned to Ireland after escaping transportation to Australia. The Shaughraun is a tale of honour, love, bravery and betrayal. Directed and presented by Torch Players.The-Shaughraun-e1396953163232[1]

Friday 30th May 1.00pm

HUGH-O-FLAHERTY-MX3-3-e1396437482452[1]God Has No Country tells the story of the struggles encountered by Kerryman Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty and his colleagues in Rome during the Second World War. The story follows O’Flaherty’s torment as he has to decide to act in defence of those suffering under the tyranny of the Fascists. The play also reflects on his upbringing and education in Killarney, and how joining the priesthood protected him from involvement in the War of Independence. Told with humour and sensitivity, Dublin-based Killarney actor, Donal Courtney’s one-man show aims to bring the heroic deeds and achievements of this extraordinary man to a wider audience.

Friday 30th May 8.30pm

Beowulf is physical, comic and vibrant theatre from one of Ireland’s most skilled performers. It was a hit of the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2013. Beowulf was hailed as an Beowulfinstant classic and is a layered piece of theatrical storytelling that slyly makes the case for art as consolation in the face of great tragedy. It is the story that is told when the unimaginable conversation has to be had – explaining death to your nine-year-old child.  A father’s final chance to connect with his son; a boy with a film-soaked imagination; a cinematic journey through an ancient tale, and brought to vivid life in this one-man stage phenomenon. Written and performed by Bryan Burroughs and developed and directed by David Horan.

Saturday 31st May 1.00pm

NoelOGradyOde to James Joyce: A Portrait of a Tenor breathes new life into James Joyce’s passion for song, as five-times Oireachtas na Gaeilge winner Noel O’Grady presents Portrait of a Singer: Ode to Joyce. Music, and song in particular, was James Joyce’s touchstone. He sang at almost every gathering; at his mother’s deathbed; his son Giogio’s birth; with his dad to reconcile a particular hurt. When Lucia was unwell, he filled their Paris home with song and filled his works with thousands of musical allusions. To date, Noel has performed his Portrait of a Singer: Ode to Joyce in Dublin, London, Trieste, Berlin and Russia.

Saturday 31st May 8.30pm

Revenant tells the story a last minute casting decision. A grave mistake… CarterRevenant_Production_9_medium[1] has found the perfect location to shoot his zombie movie set during the famine – a country house on an island off the coast of Mayo. There is a catch though. He only has three days in which to do it. So when his lead actor drops out the day before shooting starts, Carter is faced with a dilemma – pull the plug on his dream project or cast the mysterious Vardell, an actor of incendiary talent but with a dark past that Carter knows precious little about. As events unfold on the set, Carter soon suspects that he may have made a grave mistake…

Visceral, blackly comic and genuinely scary, Revenant returns after a highly successful run at the New Theatre last November. It has recently been nominated for the Stewart Parker award. Starring Simon Toal and directed by Stewart Roche.

“Roche’s script is a spikenard of playful savagery along with a wealth of sardonic wit….blending the spine-tingling shiver with the knowing smile…genuinely chilling… Simon Toal is a one-man continuum of entertainment.” – The Irish Independent

Paddy ReganSunday 1st June  1.00pm

Join Paddy Regan for a fun, uproarious event that guarantees to have you in fits of laughter as you recognise people you know in the “characters” that populate the stage.  With a great gift for accents and talent for characterisation, Paddy has been telling funny stories for over 30 years to anyone who will listen. In fact, if you put a warm body in front of him he’s off.  As he says himself, he’s “merely talking about the foibles, idiosyncrasies and peccadillos that affect the human condition,” and with his energetic, fast-moving style, audience members sometimes find themselves part of the show.  Paddy has appeared at the Cork Opera House, the Everyman Palace, Jurys Summer Cabaret and many other  venues over the years and has just completed a very successful 2013 Summer Season in Blarney. Don’t miss him … he’ll do you the world of good!

Sunday 1st June 8.30pm

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Silent is the touching and challenging story of homeless McGoldrig who once had splendid things. But he has lost it all – includingSilent his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino, in this brave, bold, beautiful production.  Silent is currently wowing audiences on its extensive Irish tour and also internationally in Europe and the USA. Written and performed by Pat Kinevane and directed by Jim Culleton of Fishamble.

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