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2019


autumn 2019

Quick Guide

Sept

Thurs 5th – Fri 6th Sat 7th Sat 14th Thurs 19th Fri 20th Fir 27th & Sat 28th

Mostrim Players Paul Noonan Turf Glen Campbell Still Voices Animal Farm

Oct

Wed 2nd Kevin Dwan Exhibition Thurs 3rd Wet Paint Fri 4th Richard Nelson Sun 6th Brave Giant Wed 9th An Ogeous Brose Thurs 10th Christy Dignam & Joe Jewel Fri 18th & Sat 19th BTG Autumn Antics Tues 22nd The Dig Wed 23rd & Thurs 24th Coisceim Dance Theatre Fri 25th Lords of Strut Sat 26th Playmaking Mon 28th – Sun 3rd Nov Evolution

NOV

Thurs 7th Thurs 7th Fri 8th Sat 9th Thurs 14th - Sat 16th

Library History Month - Schools Melani Fox & Hannah Stow Exhib Gina & the Champions One Book Variety Show


Quick Guide

Wed 20th Thurs 21st Tues 26th Thurs 28th & Fri 29th Sat 30th

Dec

Tues 3rd Wed 4th Fri 6th Sat 7th Mon 9th Thurs 11th Fri 13th Sat 14th Fri 20th

Jan 2020

Sun 5th Fri 24th - Sat 1st

March

Thurs 5th

Much Ado About Nothing Library History Month - Public Swan Lake The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket Mick Flavin Flower Club Gala St Christopher’s Exhibition St Christopher’s Show Abba Forever Ger Carey Twas The Night Before Christmas Peter Regan All for Me Grog Baby’s First Christmas The Fureys The Wizard of Longford Hansel & Gretel

School shows indicated with this icon

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Twenty 7

Kevin Dwan Weds 2nd Oct

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Strong Common Language

Melani Fox & Hannah Stow Thurs 7th Nov Supported by Co Longford Arts Office County Longford

services

St Christopher’s Exhibition Weds 4th Dec


Early Bird Discount We’re thrilled to have Irish National Opera with us for the first time in an unmissable co-production with Abbey Theatre & Theatre Lovett. Critics and audiences have been raving about Hansel & Gretel and we don’t want you to miss out so we’re offering you this special discount to make sure you book early and secure your seats for what is certain to be one of the highlights of our Spring 2020 season. Normal Ticket price €30/€27 Group rate €90 (family of 4)

Early bird offer €27/€20 when you book before Dec 31st

workshop

Hansel & Gretel

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Baby Bugs with Jessica O’Rourke

17th Sept, 15th October, 19th Nov €8 incl 1 adult, additional adults: €8 each 10.30-11.30 Baby Bugs provides the opportunity for your baby to explore the space around them through their senses and engage with natural materials and sounds. Using different objeckst and spaces for you and your baby to explore together, each session focuses on a different theme from nature, giving the session some light structure. Pre-booking essential 3-16 months


Theatre

Thurs 5 & Fri 6 Sept 8pm €12/€10 =

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Mostrim Players present

The Shooting of More O’Ferrall by Pauline Flood

Directed by Vanessa Flood This is an adaptation of a local historical event leading up to a fatal shooting which took place at Lissard House, Edgeworthstown circa 1935. In a time when fenianism and unfair landlordism were rife and evictions, disease, starvation and extreme poverty were common place, the residents of Sanderson’s Estate took it upon themselves to stand up to, Gerald More O’ Ferrall, the social climbing landlord at the time who was obnoxious, self-righteous, intolerant and a womaniser to boot. A tenants Association was set up to protect their rights and they drafted in the help of the IRA, The Broy Harriers and others to take a stand against unfair landlordism.


music

sat 7 sept 8pm €25 =

Paul Noonan (Bell X1)

Bell X1’s much loved frontman Paul Noonan brings his unique sound to Backstage for a special intimate gig. Paul will perform favourites from the Bell X1 catalogue as well as new songs from the debut solo LP he’s been working on with The Gloaming’s Thomas Barlett. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Ireland’s great songwriters live in Longford

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Theatre

Sat 14 Sept 8pm â‚Ź12/â‚Ź10 =

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Rowan Tolley Company present

Turf

One day, one man, one bog Performed by Longford based performer Frank Farrell, TURF takes an audience on an investigative journey, punctuated with provocative, fiercely athletic and beautifully detailed movement. Situated somewhere deep within the Irish soul, it tells the story of one life, but many selves. TURF searches for the truth hidden in a fractured landscape and explores not how to hold the TURF but how the TURF takes a hold of you. Directed by Rowan Tolley, Turf combines physical performance and live sound (created and played by Thieves of Silence.) TURF has been performed at festivals across the country including Galway Theatre Festival, Shorelines Festival, Culture Night, and an Irish Autumn/Winter Tour 2018. Proudly sponsored by Eddie Valentine & The Spiral Tree, Longford Town


music & film

thurs 19 sept 8pm €25 =

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J and C Promotions present

The Glen Campbell Story Gentle on My Mind Starring Master Guitarist and WellKnown Country Music Personality, Ciarán Rosney with his 5 Piece Band, Featuring such well known musicians as Billy Burgoyne andFiddle Player extraordinaire Denise Boyle. The Show will take you on a Truly Amazing Journey with some of Glen Campbell’s Best known hits, From Rhinestone Cowboy to Wichita Lineman. The Show will also include State of The Art Video Projection with tasteful lighting and a Full Live Music Experience.

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Still Voices Short Film Festival Still Voices Short Film Festival in partnership with The Backstage Theatre Longford are delighted to present a special screening of short films as part of Culture Night 2019. Films screening on the night include 2019 Still Voices Short Film Festival Award Winners and two films from our Made in the Midland’s Selection.… Free Admission Booking essential


theatre

june fri 27 & Sat 28 sept 8pm €12/€ 8 2019 =

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Animal farm Every year Backstage gives our resident Youth Theatre, BYT, the amazing opportunity to work with a professional director. This year the members are lucky enough to work with Director & Performer Andy Crook who will direct them in a new production of Animal Farm by George Orwell. What’s up at Manor Farm? Strange grunts and whinnies of discontent are being heard. The animals are revolting and revolution is in the air. Something is about to happen and it may not be the thing that is wanted. George Orwell’s terrifying fairy story about social and political change and its repercussions told through vivid physical theatre and cabaret performance in this new adaptation of Animal Farm. County Longford

services

Contact Box Office for details about our special Performance for Schools


Photo by Doug Fox-Roberts

Animal Farm


comedy

Thurs 3 oct 8pm €18/16 =

Patrick Talbot Productions Presents

WET PAINT

A play written by and starring Shane Casey (THE YOUNG OFFENDERS) Fresh from his acclaimed performance as Billy Murphy in the TV series The Young Offenders and the feature film of the same name which preceded it, Shane Casey returns to the stage in the 2019 national tour of WET PAINT. It’s 2005 - the country is booming-Jambons are at an alltime high at €2. That blind opera singer guy is coming to Ireland for a special concert in Cork and tickets are impossible to find. Tony has a fresh tan from the Canaries; Pa is wondering how Liverpool will get on in the Champion’s League and Barry’s got a secret. Sound familiar? Inspired by his time as a painter decorator himself, Shane Casey’s very funny play depicts a day-in-thelife of two painter/decorators and their boss during the Celtic Tiger era, when anything was possible-at least inside your head. Also featuring Michael Sands and Ethan Dillon Directed by Patrick Talbot Age Restriction: Over 12s

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music

Fri 4 oct 8pm €15 =

Richard Nelson If you turn on an Irish radio station and hear a pedal steel guitar, chances are that the man in the driving seat is Richard Nelson. The list of musicians he has performed with reads like a who’s who of top Irish musicians, from Van Morrison, Daniel O’Donnell, Mick Flavin, Mary Duff, Philomena Begley, Brendan Quinn and countless others. He has played on over 200 albums over the years. He is one of the most sought after session musicians on the island. To most people the pedal steel guitar is a bizarre, bewildering instrument and the sheer technical prowess required puts most musicians off ever attempting to play it. But to play jazz on the instrument is a testament to the man himself. Richard will be joined by stunning vocalist Stella Bass, Hugh Buckley on Guitar, John P Murray on drums and Michael Mc Ginty on bass.

Stella Bass

Hugh Buckley

Michael Mc Ginty

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Music

Tickets on sale Fri 6th Sept

sun 6 oct 8pm €18 =

Brave Giant

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BRAVE GIANT is coming home on October 6th the celebrate the release of ‘White, Pink + Blue.’ Their debut album will be released on Friday October 4th and we are thrilled the band has chosen Backstage to hold their album launch party concert on Sunday October 6th. Over the last couple of years the Longford natives have shared stages with Hozier, Gavin James, Walking On Cars, Hudson Taylor and numerous others also performing at many festivals including Longitude, Sea Sessions, Indiependence and Electric Picnic in addition to selling out all their Dublin shows to date and notching up over 2.5 million Spotify streams in the process. The guys are thrilled to announce this special hometown show to celebrate the release of ‘White, Pink + Blue’. Podge Gill, who hails from Drumlish says “Before we ever released a single, our home county was so supportive for all our shows. To be able to play our new album live in our home town the weekend of its release holds an extra special significance to us. We cannot wait to do this on Sunday October 6th.”


theatre

weds 9 oct 8pm €18/€16 =

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Big Guerilla Productions present

An Ogeous Brose by John McManus

Seamus O’Rourke & John McManus, the team that brought you ‘The Quare Land’, ‘Danger Money’ and ‘The Cavan Curse’, have teamed up again to bring you another McManus classic ‘An Ogeous Brose’. A grumpy builder, Barney (Seamus O’Rourke) and his young enthusiastic labourer (Charlie McGuinness) arrive on Mogue’s Island to dig a grave in the depts of winter. It’s cold and eerie and full of myth. The more they dig, the more they realise that this was not a good idea. What has Barney Bellew and Hector Hoctor got in common? – Well, it just might be that they are just about to die. An Ogeous Brose is scary and funny in equal measure where you can expect the unexpected... A great night out!


music

thurs 10 oct 8pm €25 =

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Christy Dignam & Joe Jewel Aslan’s extraordinary singer and frontman Christy Dignam and his lifelong friend and co-founder of Aslan, songwriter/guitarist Joe Jewell perform together in this intimate acoustic show featuring the main hit songs of Aslan; Crazy World and This Is, The duo will also perform some very special cover songs by other artists such as David Bowie and Pink Floyd that inspired the duo throughout their rock n roll career with Aslan. Christy and Joe relate many great stories of the origin of the songs, and some stories of their good and bad times on the road. ‘Some Songs and Stories’ is a truly beautiful musical acoustic experience. If you love music and a good laugh, this is the real deal.

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theatre

Fri 18 & Sat 19 oct 8pm €12/ €10 =

BTG present

Autumn Antics Backstage Theatre Group present Autumn Antics, an evening of theatre and music. The Group will stage two one act plays, Still Life by Noel Coward, directed by Ollie Kenny, and All in the Mind, written and directed by Gus Hanley. Music entertainment is being provided by popular local Group, Coffee Beans. Still Life by Noel Coward, directed by Ollie Kenny. Coward’s classic play, which became the movie Brief Encounter, is a tale of innocent flirting and iced buns! This romantic comedy has stood the test of time and still delights audiences everywhere. All in the Mind, written and directed by Gus Hanley. All in the Mind is a play set in the day room of a psychiatric hospital. It explores the relations between the variety of characters who are in the hospital for various reasons. There are moments of fun and moments of sadness as the hidden life of the patients slowly unfold.

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Schools & Family Fun

Aisling Children’s Festival Tues 22 Oct 10am &12pm €5 =

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The Dig

All his life Mac has wanted to be an Archaeologist, to be an expert in finding things and working out what they mean. If only he could stick to the facts and not get carried away with his highfalutin stories. But in a world where facts and figures mean so much more than fairy tale and fantasy, Mac has to dig deeper to prove what he finds is what he thinks it is. Will people believe him, or is this just another of his tall tales? THE DIG spins a classic yarn into a brand new light that will delight and charm audiences young and old. Ages 6+

Aisling Children’s Festival is supported by The Arts Council


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CoisCéim Dance Theatre present

Francis Footwork by David Bolger

From the company that brought you the award-winning The Wolf and Peter. Once upon a dance floor...in a kingdom not so far away, lived Francis Footwork. Now Francis Footwork is no ordinary girl - she is an extraordinary dancer. When young King Two Lefties ascends to the throne, he is convinced by trusted adviser Colonel Headbanger to rule the land with an iron fist. He wants to end all dancing. Francis and her friends come together to teach him a dance lesson he will never forget!   CoisCéim is proud to be funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and supported by Dublin City Council and Culture Ireland. fri 25 Oct 7pm €5 =

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Absolute Legends - Lords of Strut Fusing their signature combination of dizzying acrobatics, riotous comedy and big heart, Street Performance World Champions, unlikely heroes of smash hit RIOT and Britain’s Got Talent favourites, Lords of Strut deliver their most ridiculous and sublime family show to date. Rip-roaringly funny, fantastically bizarre, they are absolute legends!


Family Fun

Aisling Children’s Festival Sat 26 Oct 6pm €5 =

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PlayMaking

With artist in Residence Maisie lee Supported by Arts council

In the first project of its kind in Ireland, this group of talented young writers from across Longford were selected through an open call and have been busy working with Artist In Residence at Backstage, Maisie Lee. Over the summer months Maisie has been helping their creativity shine as they work on writing their own plays. Now these short plays will be performed by professional actors in both Backstage Theatre during Aisling Children’s Festival and at Roscommon Arts Centre. As part of the Creative Counties programme, we were thrilled to be able to also give young writers in Roscommon this incredible opportunity to work with our Artist in Residence in Roscommon Arts Centre. Join us for a performance of ten very special plays by children from both counties as we see their stories come to life on a professional stage, performed by a professional cast. Playmaking is kindly supported by Creative Ireland Longford and Longford Arts Office.


County Longford

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Photo by Doug Fox-Roberts

Aisling Children’s Festival


Dance & Music

28 Oct - 3 nov

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Evolution Stage School presents

TEN

Following their 7 show sellout last year, Evolution Stage School return for their 10th Anniversary show ‘TEN’ with 8 performances. The show will feature music, song and dance from musical theatre, pop and rock. The show will also revisit some old favourites including a tribute to David Bowie and Prince and a Circus Medley. New scenes include a Boyband Tribute and tap dancing to Elvis hits! Early booking advised.  Oct 28th 2.30pm and 7.30pm Oct 29th, 30th, Nov 1st 7.30pm Nov 2nd 2.30pm and 7.30pm  Nov 3rd 5.30pm All tickets €15 On sale Mon 30th Sept 10:30am

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Gina and the Champions

The Greatest Lover Tour Gina, Dale Haze and The Champions established themselves as Ireland’s top attraction in the late seventies and maintained that coveted position right through the eighties. Matching their live success with industry recognition, the band was awarded every accolade there is in the Irish music industry. The Champions made many friends along the way when they played their hits including “The Greatest Lover,” to packed ballrooms such as The Longford Arms, The Sunset Club and The Granada Ballroom in Granard, to name just a few.


workshop

thurs 7 & thurs 21 Nov =

History Month with Longford Library History Month with Longford Library | 7th & 21st Nov Thur 7 Nov Teachers’ seminars: 10am – 4pm As part of their Decade of Centenaries Programme, Longford County Library, Heritage and Archives Services will host seminars on the period 1919-23 for primary and post-primary teachers. They will look at the major events of the period and the main sources available. Free admission, but booking is essential. Thur 21 Nov History Ireland Hedge School: ‘Longford and the Global Irish Revolution’ – 7.30 pm Hosted by Longford County Library, Heritage and Archives Services, the Hedge School will bring together a panel of distinguished historians who will discuss Longford’s part in the War of Independence and the global reach of the events of that period. Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland magazine, will moderate and audience members will have the opportunity to contribute. Free admission, but booking is essential. For more information on both events contact 0433341124 or mmorris@longfordcoco.ie


reading

sat 9 nov 2.30pm €12/€10 =

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One Book Event 2019: Anne Griffin, When All is Said Anne Griffin’s No.1 bestseller has now been published worldwide, in over thirteen languages. Born in Dublin, Anne lives in Mullingar with her husband and son. Anne will be interviewed by RTÉ researcher Paula Shields, followed by a discussion of reader’s questions, about the book. Questions can be asked live or can be submitted by groups in advance of the event by emailing admin@backstage.ie This event is being offered as a One Book selection between County Longford and County Leitrim. One Book is a partnership project supported by Backstage Theatre, The Dock, Longford & Leitrim Library service and Words Ireland. Attendees will have a chance to have their say in the 2020 One Book choice by voting for a title on the day! Event followed by book signing

“Anne Griffin’s debut novel is a must read. Beautifully observed, masterful storytelling – stunning!!” Graham Norton “A hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel, a genuine page-turner.” Donal Ryan


Variety

Thurs 14 - sat 16 nov =

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Longford Variety Group present

WORLD OF Dreams

Longford Variety Group once again takes to the stage with a wealth of talent, bringing musical theatre, song and dance with feature pieces from shows such as Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, Chess, Bat out of Hell, and Tina the musical to name but a few.

Give the gift of a great night out with a theatre voucher

Featuring comedy directed by John Kelly, choreography by Penny Barry, Longford school of Rock and Killoe Ballad Group and an original piece from Charlie Dunne. Opening night special ALL SEATS €10. FRIDAY /SATURDAY €13/€10 On sale mon 30th Oct 10 30am

Available from Box Office

043 33 47888 and online

www.backstage.ie


Comedy

wed 20 nov 8pm €20/€18 =

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Rough Magic presents

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – by William Shakespeare Adapted by Nathan Williams and Ronan Phelan Directed by Ronan Phelan Rough Magic’s new production of Shakespeare’s popular comedy is night full of romance and rumour and country music. On the deck of a deluxe mobile home a group of friends gather for a week-long party full of cocktail-infused debauchery, bad dancing and questionable gender politics and more. Much Ado About Nothing is the original screwball romantic comedy and Rough Magic’s contemporary staging of this classic is a show full deception and excess, sparkling wit and linguistic exuberance. It asks - can we ever truly know the people we love?


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The Irish Times


‘(Ballet Ireland) reaches a new level of artistry with this show.’

H H H H The Irish Times ‘Moving production… beautifully choreographed’ The Sunday Business Post

Dance

‘exuberant and beautiful production’ Irish Mail on Sunday Tues 26 nov 8pm €25/€20 =

Ballet Ireland presents

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€15 under 12’s Family ticket €70

SWAN LAKE

We are delighted to welcome back Ballet Ireland with their stunning production of Swan Lake direct from their run in The Gaiety Theatre This most famous of ballets combines romantic themes, classical technique and ethereal imagery, with Tchaikovsky’s majestic score, to ensure this masterpiece’s immortality. This enduring story of love and tragedy, good and evil, has enthralled audiences since it premiered in 1877. This autumn, 22 leading professional dancers from Ireland and abroad will perform in this breath-taking production which was loved by audiences and critics when last produced by Ballet Ireland.


Family Fun

thurs 28 & fri 29 nov 10am & 11.45am €7 =

Barnstorm Theatre Company presents

The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket

By Sarah Argent - in collaboration with Barnstorm Theatre Company What is friendship? What happens when it goes wrong? What do you have to do to make it work? Poetic, humorous and rich in visual antics, the play explores friendship through a day in the life of Henry and Bucket, two friends who live in a bockety world of discarded objects. Suitable for children aged 4 - 8 Running time: 45 minutes

“Bockety brilliance!”

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The Irish Times “A stand-out piece of children’s theatre”  Irish Theatre Magazine

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music

sat 30 nov 8pm €20 =

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Mick Flavin The “Gentle Giant of Country Music” Mick Flavin has recently been awarded

“The Authentic Voice” of country music. Book your tickets early for his wonderful show at the Backstage Theatre 30th November. As usual we expect it to be a sellout show so when the tickets are gone they’re really gone. On the night Mick will be joined by special guest Trudi Lawlor

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Fri 6 dec 1.30pm €10 =

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Longford Flower Club

Christmas Gala

Longford Flower Club will host its annual Christmas Gala commencing with pre show reception, including mulled wine and mince pies at 7.00pm This year’s Gala entitled “Christmas my Way” will be presented by multiple Chelsea medal winner Christopher White who is a National Demonstrator and a member of NAFAS. Proceeds going to local charities.

The Greatest Christmas Show St Christopher’s services longford present a Christmas concert not to be missed With the theme this year the greatest Christmas show we want you the audience to come along and enjoy a feast of drama dance and music with wonderful guest artists on stage be sure to book early as this books out every year.


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Ger Carey Live A Comic Journey Inside The Teenage Mind Ger Carey is back with his hilarious stand-up comedy show for transition year students.

The Christmas Show

ABBA FOREVER: ABBA FOREVER: The Christmas Show, comes to Backstage for the first time this Christmas season. Touring Ireland for the last 11 years this Abba Tribute band has definitely earned its stripes.  This smash hit Christmas Show is a real excuse to let your hair down.  Indulge in a bit of escapism and sing along to some of the happiest, poppiest music of the last 40 years.  Mamma Mia!  How can you resist it?! Start your Christmas celebrations at Backstage on Sat 7th Dec. Bring the whole office with you!

Tickets €10 Teachers free Booking via Ger on 083-1190024


Schools

wed 11 dec 10am/12pm €7 =

Branar Téatar do Pháistí in assoc with NASC present

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Oíche Roímh an Nollaíg Unwrap the magic of Christmas. The town is preparing for a very special Christmas. Houses are being decorated, cards being written, presents being wrapped and stockings being hung. Join Branar as they take you on a joyful journey through to the most magical night of the year. Inspired by the classic poem, this bilingual show combines storytelling, original live music and puppetry to create a fun and magical festive show.

Duration: 60 minutes approx. Age: 5 years upwards Suitable for all levels of English and Irish

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“Exquisite show for children”

HHHH The Irish Times


music

Fri 13 dec 8pm €15/€10/€40 =

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From Russia With Love An Evening with Pianist

Peter Regan

After a busy summer of concerts in Madrid, Marbella, London, Galway and Dublin, pianist Peter Regan is delighted to be coming home to the Backstage Theatre. Join him for a dazzling evening of virtuoso piano music by Prokofiev, Liszt and Shostakovich - full of thrills, twists and turns,this music is sure to set your heart alight! *Family of four €40

sat 14 dec 8pm €20 =

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ALL FOR ME GROG – THE SONGS AND STORY OF THE DUBLINERS All For Me Grog,’ is the show that brings you the songs and story of Ireland’s most internationally famous folk band of all time – The Dubliners. Presented by The Liberties, who, in replicating the original Dubliners lineup of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciaron Burke and John Sheehan, bring to the stage a show of uncanny similarity to the most fondly remembered and successful Dubliners lineup, ‘The Wild Rover’, Mollie Malone,etc. will have you clapping your hands, stomping your feet and singing along to this uplifting show.


Family fun

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BABY’S FIRST XMAS A gentle magical wonderland of gorgeous harmony singing, little lights and enticing textures created by Anna Newell and David Goodall to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas. This magical show promises to delight and entrance the very tiniest of audience members. To make this a very special experience, audience capacity is very limited to just one adult per baby. Early booking advisable €10 for one baby and their guest

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sun 5 Jan 8pm â‚Ź30 =

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The FUREYS The FUREYS are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world. and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly. The FUREYS have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 42 years and are set for a night to remember in Backstage this January


Family Fun

Panto 2020 Fri 24 jan - Sat 1 Feb €12/€8/€35 =

BYT present

The Wizard of Longford’ written by members of BYT

To celebrate a decade of original pantos BYT are revamping their first ever panto staged right here in Backstage. A little girl went to sleep one night and woke the next morning to find her world had changed and she was transported to a strange land. You all know the story but even stranger things happen when our characters end up in Longford! Fri 24th & 31st 8pm Sat 25th, Sun 26th & Sat 1st Feb 3pm


Theatre/Opera/Family

thurs 5 mar 8pm Tkts from €20 =

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An Irish National Opera / Theatre Lovett /Abbey Theatre co-production.

Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel One of the greatest operas about children. Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is full of music that is sweet and beguiling, and it combines childlike simplicity with heart aching beauty. He wanted a plot that ‘was not made up of murders, brutal deaths, operetta-like nonsense, or sugar-sweet fairy tales’. Do not be fooled. This is a story of greed and starvation, mouth-wateringly sugar-coated. Trouble at home. Two hungry children lost in a haunted forest. The lure of a gingerbread house. The frightening hocus pocus of the predatory Witch. And the smarts of the children who triumph in the end. All wrapped up in the delicious sound world of Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic masterpiece.

Normal Price €30/€27 Early bird offer €27/€20 when you book before Dec 31st Group rate €90 (family of 4)

‘one of the sweetest yet most lushly captivating scores in the entire operatic repertory’ New York Times


Fancy a night out with friends...

We offer a special 10% discount on selected shows when you book a group of 10 or more people! You can also enjoy a drink at our Atrium Bar, open 1 hour before the show. Wheelchair places can be booked via box office on 043 33 47888. If you have any other special requirements be sure to call so we can make your visit as enjoyable as possible. Please be aware that tickets cannot be refunded once purchased. Full terms and conditions visit on backstage.ie


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What's on guide to Longford. Plenty to keep you entertained this Autumn with everything from theatre and dance to comedy, music and family s...

Backstage Theatre Autumn 2019  

What's on guide to Longford. Plenty to keep you entertained this Autumn with everything from theatre and dance to comedy, music and family s...

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