Siamsa Tíre has a tremendous theatrical line-up this spring, with plays ranging from the bawdy and irreverent to the touching and the poignant, via all the human emotions in between.
Fight Night by Gavin Kostick takes to the stage on February 12th. This award-winning play charts the comeback of Dan Coyle Junior, a failed amateur boxer who comes from a long line of accomplished fighters.
Living in the shadow of his overbearing father and his brother’s Olympic success, Dan lets his training slip in favour of booze and girls. It’s not until the birth of his own son that his competitive spirit is reignited, and he decides to return to the ring. Played by Aonghus Óg McAnally in a fast-paced performance; this play, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, combines intense and exhilarating physicality with classic working-class Dublin wit.
Next up is Strolling Through Ulysses! – Celebrating 100 Years of Ulysses 1922-2022 on February 26th. This year marks 100 years since the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses and this one-man show performed by Robert Gogan tells the fun-filled story of Bloomsday, the iconic day around which the story is based.
If you’ve always meant to read Ulysses but lacked the time or motivation to do so, this is the perfect play for you. It brings the curious events and quirky characters of the novel to life in a humorous and entertaining way.
Crowman starring Jon Kenny of D’Unbelievables fame will regale audiences on March 3rd with its tale of lost love and what it means to belong to a community.
This one-man show is a window into the soul of a lonely bachelor called Dan who measures out his life by the amount of funerals he has to attend every week. By turns poignant and comic, Kenny carries the audience on a roller-coaster ride from his childhood to middle age, from the hurling pitch to the pub, and from one hilariously funny local character to another.
There’s more comedy in store on March 13th with the rip-roaring 3 Hail Marys. In this play, we join the residents of St Mary’s Nursing Home on a special Friday. Some of the residents are being moved to new nursing homes in different parts of Ireland and for Mary O’Toole, Mary O’Neill, and Mary O’Brien, it’s the end of an era. They’ve been living together in the nursing home for over ten years and despite the odd tantrum and memory lapse, they have become almost inseparable. It’s their last day together and they are going to celebrate it in style!
Halcyon Days on March 26th is another play that will cause audiences to both laugh and cry. Starring Fair City’s Una Crawford, it’s about Patricia, a woman with a zest for life and men, who is suddenly thrust into the life of Seán, a man who lives in a nursing home. They form a funny and spiky partnership where they share stories from their pasts and begin to contemplate sharing a future.
The Man in the Woman’s Shoes will be staged on April 9th. Performed by Mikel Murfi, it’s set in October 1978. Pope John Paul the First is not long dead, autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has some business to do in town.
The play follows him as he walks the five miles from his small white cottage to town and back again and all the marvels that he meets along the way. It’s a hilariously funny tale of an ageing man who has a boundless enthusiasm for life. It’s tender and at times, it’s downright daft. It will leave you uplifted and in love with life again.
With so much theatre to choose from at Siamsa Tíre, some of you may be tempted to buy a Drama Season Ticket. This allows you to enjoy three diverse performances (Fight Night, Crowman, and the upcoming Man in the Woman’s Shoes) and save 20% on the ticket price in the process.
Visit EVENTS for further information or to book tickets to a well-deserved night out at the theatre.