Backstage Theatre Spring 2022 Brochure

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YEARS OF


spring 2022

Quick Guide

January

Sat 8 Sat 15 21-23 & 28-29

Feb

Tues 8 & Wed 9 Thurs 10 - Sat 12 Thurs 17 Fri 18 Sun 20 Wed 23 Thurs 24 Sat 26

YEARS OF

Angelina Carberry Gina & the Champions The Ugly Duckling BYT Panto

Abbey Theatre Every Brilliant Thing Longford Variety Group Are Ya Wide Sham? Seamus O’Rourke The Handyman Swing Cats Story of Swing Bosco Roisin Whelan Man Down Beezneez Theatre Twilight Patrick Feeney


March

Fri 4 Sharyn Ward Sat 5 Cronin Thurs 10-Sat 12 BTG presents Plaza Suite Wed 16 Jon Kenny Crowman Tues 22 Wed 23 Livin Dred & Nomad Tarry Flynn Fri 25 Brendan De Gallai Walls Talk Sat 26 Pilgrim Street 31st-2 April Backstage Theatre presents Pro-Am-Dram

Thurs 14 Thurs 21 Fri 22 Sat 23

Snapshot Hawkswell Theatre Mikel Murfi The Man In The Woman’s Shoes Mikel Murfi I Hear you and Rejoice Kyle Riley No Height Restriction Tour spring 2022

April


Gift Vouchers Available

Our reassurance to you... Q: What if circumstances change and we can’t make the show? A: Don’t worry, if circumstances change, it is possible to amend tickets so no one misses out and vouchers have no expiration date either so you have plenty of time to redeem them.


music

Sat 8 Jan 8pm €12 =

Angelina Carberry & Dan Brouder “Back in Time” – The Album Launch Join Angelina Carberry and Dan Brouder for the launch of their new album Back in Time, recorded by Paul Gurney in Real Worlds Studio, Co. Longford. They are joined on stage by John Blake, Ruairi McGorman and other musicians from the region. A revival of the rich musical heritage of Co. Longford and the Midlands Presented by Longford Live & Local & support by Creative Ireland

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music

sat 15 jan 8pm €25 =

Gina & The Champions

THE HITS & MEMORIES 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 with record breaking attendances at dances and concerts, wherever they performed. Matching their live success with industry recognition, the band was awarded every accolade there is.The Champions made many friends along the way when they played to packed ballrooms such as, The Longford Arms, The Sunset Club, The Granada Ballroom Granard, Ballinagh and many more. So, join us to relive the Hits and Memories of The Champions

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family

fri 21-sat29 jan 3/8pm €12/8/35 =

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Backstage Youth Theatre present a new adaptation of

The Ugly Duckling

It’s dog-eat-dog at ‘McDonald’s City Farm & Petting Zoo’ (Drumlish), where we meet long-term residents Bully, Pinky, Shep and HeeHaw. When Ducky, the duck-billedplatypus, arrives he feels like the runt of the litter, especially when Bully takes an instant dislike to him. Bully by name, Bully by nature! Will the arrival of Prince Harvey, Princess Meg and their maid, Skivvy, put the cat amongst the pigeons or will they ensure that everything ends Happily Ever After?

Fri 21st Jan 8pm Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd 3pm Fri 28th 8pm Sat 29th 3pm €12/€8 (€35 for family of 4)


theatre

tues 8 & wed 9 feb 8pm €22/20 =

An Abbey Theatre production

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Every Brilliant Thing Written by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahue Directed by Andrea Ainsworth

Start your new year with a play about all the things worth living for. Amy Conroy stars in this new production of Duncan Macmillan’s worldwide smash ‘Every Brilliant Thing’. You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. You start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. 1. Ice cream. 2. Water fights. 3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV. 4. The colour yellow. The list keeps growing with you. 31. Birdsong. 1010. Reading something which articulates exactly how you feel but lacked the words to express yourself 1092. Conversation. Jump in and be part of the creative experience as the audience help tell this poignant and hilarious story. Talking honestly and compassionately about mental health, Every Brilliant Thing is an hour of uplifting humour.

the funniest play you’ll see about depression – The Guardian


Music

10/11/12 feb 8pm €13.50/10 =

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Longford Variety Group present

ARE YA WIDE SHAM Join Longford Variety Group for this special show dedicated to the memory of Tom O Brien. Tom was a former cast member whose comedy skills were second to none. He loved being on stage entertaining people (sure he was born for it) and people loved him. Gone but never forgotten Featuring musical pieces from Hairspray, Pretty woman the musical, Everyones Talking about Jamie and multi-Olivier award winning shows Come From Away and Hamilton. This year’s comedy team is again led by the legendary John Kelly we also feature some of Longford best soloists and none other than the King of lockdown Mr Sean Hussey Thurs 10th Feb €10 Fri 11th & Sat 12th Feb €13.50/€10


Theatre

thurs 17 feb 8pm €18/16 =

Hugh Spotten is the local Handyman. He is about to receive an award for his contribution to the community... but all is not what it seems in a small town, falling in on itself. Seamus O’Rourke explores friendship, relationships and how best to get noticed on your last day. The Handyman is hilariously funny, yet a poignant poetic look at small-town life in rural Ireland.

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music

fri 18 feb 8pm €20 =

the Swing Cats

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Join Ireland’s King of Swing Luke Thomas and his band The Swing Cats as they perform a very special PROhibition EDITION of their hit show The Story of Swing. A musical timeline of SWING classics from the 1920’s to the modern day!! Featuring all your favourite SWING and Big Band songs like Sing Sing Sing, Puttin On The Ritz, Mack The Knife to Crooning classics like Mr. Bojangles, Fly Me To The Moon, New York plus many more performed by THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS - Luke Thomas & The Swing Cats!! An absolute must for all SWING music fans


Family

Sun 20 feb 12.30/2.30pm €12.50 =

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bosco’s garden and Hansel & Gretal

Bosco is Bosco, not a boy, not a girl, just a Bosco: a cheeky, lovely, funny, slightlycracked, irrepressible, eternal five-year-old who lives in a box and who loves nothing more than to just be Bosco and meet all the boys and girls. After starring on Irish TV for three decades, you’ll see why Bosco remains a firm favourite for each new generation. Enjoy the enchanted story of Hansel and Gretel where a silly Witch tries to capture Hansel and Gretel but they prove too clever for her. With its brilliant array of characters, lots of fun and excitement throughout this completely interactive live experience with the absolute magic of Puppet Theatre. Age 3+

“Slapstick, silly, and utterly Spectacular from start to finish” Irish examiner


dance

wed 23 feb 8pm €16/14 =

Roisin Whelan Dance presents

MAN DOWN

Man Down RW Aodh is held hostage by caution

and fear, torn between his dreams and desires and the life he is leading. In this thought-provoking and highly theatrical narrative dance, reality isn’t always as it seems. Through a string of encounters, Aodh is faced with split-second choices between the known and unknown. Man Down is a gripping new dance theatre show by Carlow-based choreographer Róisín Whelan. Following an original score by Aoife Kavanagh, four exceptional dancers create the evocative whirlwind of Aodh’s internal world. This physically charged choreography confronts us with our own past, successes and failures.

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theatre

thurs 24 feb 8pm €16/14 =

Beezneez present the world premiere of

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Twilight

John McDwyer’s new play Two friends, who haven’t met for over thirty five years meet for coffee on the patio of a hotel. Why have they not met for all this time and why are they meeting now? McDwyer’s play, whilst containing trade mark humour is a serious exposition of how life choices bring their own consequences. Through a series of denouements, the two friends, the reason for their estrangement revealed, finally find common ground from which they can move on. Featuring two All-Ireland Award winning actors, John McDwyer (Educating Rita) and Tom Walsh (The Communication Cord) Twilight is a play which, as well as providing a fine evening of theatre, will give much food for thought and discussion.


music

sat 26 feb 8pm €25 =

Patrick Feeney and his band

The Country and Gospel Show Patrick Feeney was born to sing and from the tender age of four he wanted to be on stage with his father who played in a local band. His phenomenal success, especially over the past few years, is summed up in three words from the title of Patrick’s first album, back in 2003 – that title says it all… Thanks to You. It’s 16 years since the then teenager released that debut album, and while he has recorded countless songs since, he still lives by the motto that it’s thanks to you, the fans, that he is such a success today. Patrick has legions of fans across Ireland and is a regular guest on TV and Radio. Patrick is known nationally for his remarkable tenor voice. He has won many prestigious awards over the years and is a versatile performer. Why not join one of our finest for an unmissable night of Country and Gospel.

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music

Fri 4 Mar 8pm €15 =

Sharyn Ward Sharyn Ward is a proud traveller from Longford. The mother of two rose to fame in 2019 when her exceptional rendition of Black is the Colour earned her a place in Ireland’s Got Talent final where she sang One Starry Night – a song which “makes me proud to be a Traveller”.

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music

sat 5 mar 8pm €15 =

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Cronin Unplugged with Anna Houston & Steve Wickham on Strings Longford band Cronin launch a new album that was recorded in the historic town of Ballinamuck in Co Longford in December 2021.The night will be an acoustic reworking of some of their classic Cronin and The Aftermath.They will be joined on the night by acclaimed cellist Ann Houston (No Crows) and legendary violin player Steve Wickham (The Waterboys, No Crows). “Blown away...great f**king band.” Alan McGee, Creation Records “Lovely, dark, moody and melodic!!!” Steve Craddock Ocean Colour Scene, The Specials, Paul Weller “You sound like me but in tune.” Nick Cave “Touches of Neil Diamond, Nick Cave, Richard Ashcroft.” Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6


theatre

thur 10-sat12 mar 8pm €15/12 =

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Backstage Theatre Group presents

The Plaza Suite Neil Simon’s classic comedy

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying Suite 719 at the Plaza Hotel in New York! Karen and Sam are a long-married pair whose relationship may be headed for an early checkout. Muriel and Jesse are former high school sweethearts who seem destined for an extended stay. And Norma and Roy are the mother and father of the bride, ready to celebrate their daughter’s nuptials — if only they can get her out of the bathroom!

Neil Simon’s

Plaza Suite

Tony Award winning


theatre

wed 16 mar 8pm €20/18 =

Crowman is Dan Lonergan’s account of the hilarious characters that inhabit his life on a daily basis and a love story that never was. By turns poignant and comic Kenny carries the audience on a rollercoaster ride from his childhood to middle age, from the hurling pitch to the pub and from one uproariously funny character to the other. It is about lost love and the sense of belonging and not belonging to a small community. Most of all it is about the humanity and decency of the local characters found in every rural village and town in Ireland. As Dan himself surmises “some people never had the dance that I had and some people never hear the music.”

”Jon Kenny gives a masterclass in characterisation and physical acting in Crowman” Munster Express

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theatre

tues 22 & wed 23 mar 8pm €20/18 =

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Nomad Theatre Network & Livin Dred Present

tarry flynn

A love-letter to life in rural Ireland. Set in 1930s Cavan, Tarry Flynn tells the hilarious story of the farmer, poet and lover-from-afar, and his quest for big fields, young women and the meaning of life. Kavanagh’s seminal work, adapted for stage by Conall Morrison and directed by Aaron Monaghan is at once heart-breaking & hilarious and promises to be one of the theatrical events of the year.


dance

fri 25 mar 8pm €15 =

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Ériu presents

Walls Talk Walls Talk brings together former Riverdance principal dancer Breandán de Gallaí, and singer Gina Boreham in this deeply moving work. Set against the backdrop of songs from the jazz golden era, this is a show about memories captured in the things around us.

“De Gallai’s dancing is wonderfully beguiling” Irish Independent


music

sat 26 mar 8pm €20 =

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Pilgrim Street Pilgrim St are a collective of musicians strongly influenced by Bluegrass, Old Time Country and Folk Music, fused with traditional folk songs from this side of the Atlantic. Pilgrim St bring a warm and lively atmosphere to their music and have garnered a glowing word of mouth endorsement from venues around the country with their powerhouse live performances. Drawing from fellow luminaries such as Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, The Pogues and Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions outfit, Pilgrim St are about to bring their infectious melodies, harmonies and songs to venues all around the country. With a set-list made up of covers and their own original songs they have graced the stages of Electric Picnic and Vicar street plus toured all over the country. They are about to embark on a Nationwide tour and are looking forward to getting back playing to live audiences again.


theatre

thur 31 mar-sat 2 apr 8pm €18/16 =

Backstage Theatre in assoc with Community Creative Ireland presents

Pro-Am-Dram Directed by Andy Crook

This year we have engaged the talents of professional director Andy Crook to work with not one but two local drama groups to stage an exciting large scale theatre show. Members of Mostrim Players Edgeworthstown & Bea Masterson Drama Group, Legan will work under the direction of Andy to bring you an unmissable production this March. Details will be announced in January so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to book early for a run that is sure to sell out fast!

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theatre

thur 14 apr 8pm €16/14 =

A global event through a local lens “Do you remember where you were when…?” Snapshot is a play inspired by 44 real-life interviews with people in the Sligo area about their experiences of the first lockdown. It is a record of a global event through a local lens. The comedy-drama is set in the early days of the first lockdown. It is a story of two sisters trying to connect in a disconnected world and finding their footing in a changing landscape. Through their relationship, we explore loss, loneliness, and shared memories, all with deft humour and lightness of touch. Duration: 40 mins

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theatre

Thur 21 apr 8pm €20/18 =

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The Man In The Woman’s Shoes Written and performed by Mikel Murfi

We are thrilled to bring you, not one but, two critically acclaimed plays written and performed by Mikel Murfi, one of Ireland’s leading actors. 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 Man In The Woman’s Shoes follows Pat Farnon as he walks to town and back again. It is a beautifully observed piece, utterly simple and widely praised. The show is funny, tender and at times downright daft. With sellout runs in NYC, Philadelphia Abbey Theatre and Tricycle Theatre in London don’t miss this opportunity to see this theatrical treat right on your doorstep

“Astonishing acting….” New York Times

“A miniature masterpiece”

Times of London

“Extraordinary physical performance… sharp observational comedy” Sunday Times

€35 when you book for both Mikel Murfi shows


theatre

fri 22 apr 8pm €20/18 =

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I hear you and rejoice Written and performed by Mikel Murfi

I Hear You and Rejoice is the stunning follow-up play to The Man In The Woman’s Shoes. Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, embarks on a journey he had not quite planned and finds that every twist in the road can bring its own surprises. Written and performed by Mikel Murfi I Hear You and Rejoice is a 2nd collaboration between Sligo County Council Arts Service, The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo, and Mikel Murfi. It was created for the Bealtaine Festival 2016.

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‘This is pure distilled 100 per cent theatrical magic’ The Evening Standard

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‘This is a show that abounds with love’ WhatsOnStage

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‘Murfi is a magical performer’ The Times

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‘A masterclass in the art of the monologue’ Time Out

€35 when you book for both Mikel Murfi shows


music

sat 23 apr 11am €8 =

Kyle Riley’s No Height Restriction Tour It’s kids rock from Kyle Riley. The No Height Restriction Tour features songs from his new album of original children’s music by the same title, but it’s so much more. With a little goody bag for each child, this live music show gets the family stomping, shaking and singing along with Kyle’s catchy tunes, some traditional children’s music and even a pop song or two. Bring your rock toddlers, your little rockers, and cool kids to Kyle’s one of a kind family concert. Perfectly suited for 2-8 year olds and their adults, it’s 60 minutes of musical fun where the kids get to rock.

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