Events - TheatreBreaking Dad O’Carroll-Kelly, the southside’s favourite son, is back with more of the hilarious sell–out hit of the year, Breaking Dad. After standing ovations and rave reviews on its first outing, the show makes a highly anticipated return to The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for two weeks only from Monday 16th until Saturday 28th February 2015. The year is 2022. Ireland is in the midst of an unexpected economic boom. The country’s debts have been repaid in full, people are once again selling houses for five times what they’re worth and Bertie Ahern is set to become Taoiseach again at the age of 71. Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is entering his middle years without a care in the world. He’s got a son who’s a professional footballer, a career-minded wife who’s about to land the job of her dreams – and, like good Cognac, his looks just keep improving with age. For Ireland’s most eligible married man, life is good. Until his teenage daughter arrives home from Wesley one night with the captain of the Blackrock College rugby team – and Ross is forced to face up to the lesson that you must reap what you have sown. Paul Howard’s one-of-a-kind character Ross has become the star of a critically acclaimed series of books that satirized Ireland during the years of the boom and have sold close to one million copies in Ireland alone. Starring Rory Nolan as the inimitable Ross and directed by Irish Times Theatre Award winner Jimmy Fay (The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger, Between Foxrock and a Hard Place), Breaking Dad, the third Ross O’Carroll-Kelly stage play, is an absolute must-see. The Christmas Concert Special Guest Meav and live shadow puppet animation by Matthew Robbins. A magical concert designed for all the family, Raymond Briggs’s captivating film has established itself as part of the Christmas festivities for young and old, accompanied by Howard Blake’s score played live by the Orchestra of the National Concert Hall. For 2014, alongside the Walking in the Air and the festive classics, we are pleased to add magical live puppet animation by Matthew Robins and traditional Christmas songs with special guest, the beautiful singer, Meav for a magical and musical Christmas Celebration. Suitable for young children, this is an opportunity for the whole family to share in the music and the magic of Christmas. Experience the magic of the remarkable friendship between James and his snowman and delight in this holiday tradition. A special guest narrator will tell the story of James and the flying snowman as you watch the film on a big screen. A phenomenally popular festive concert, early booking is recommended. Click here for bookings   Elf the Musical months Irish theatre enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating what big show will be unveiled as this year’s Christmas show, at the theatre. We have been tight lipped until now as we have been working on something really special! We are so excited and delighted to reveal that The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre will host ‘ELF THE MUSICAL’ this December. The show will open on December 16th 2014 for a strictly limited season. Join the festive fun as this magical Christmas extravagance comes to Dublin – but don't be on the naughty list by missing out, make sure you book your tickets! Little Gem Murphy’s Little Gem swept the boards during its sell-out run as part of the 2008 Dublin Fringe Festival. It was also the surprise hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that year and the first ever Irish production to receive the prestigious Carol Tambor Award. Now this heart-warming tale of courage, comedy and romance is back and ready to woo audiences once again. Starring the exceptional Anita Reeves and Hilda Fay, with Kate Gilmore, three generations of Irish women recount the happenings of one extraordinary year. The play unfolds in alternating monologues, as each woman greets life’s travails with strength, humour and the occasional vodka and Diet Coke or night of abandon on the salsa dance floor. Party girl Amber has brutal indigestion that the sambucas won’t shift. Lorraine loses it at work and is shipped off to see the “head doctor”. While grandmother Kay “toys with the idea of Kermit” scratching an itch that her ill husband Gem no longer can. Elaine Murphy has said that much of the inspiration for Little Gem came from her own personal experiences and from the women she encountered when she worked in a woman’s health organisation. This enthralling play is a tribute to the unbreakable spirit of all women from the marginalised, less privileged parts of our society. Audiences won’t fail to be entertained by this revealing, poignant and hilarious production. "Gurgles and giggles with life….Elaine Murphy’s delightful first play more than lives up to the title" The Guardian. Early bird tickets for Wednesday 3rd December are available, €18. This play is suitable for persons ages 16+. Singlehood the fine art of being single at the hilarious and uplifting comedy Singlehood. The fantastic ensemble cast bring real life singleton stories to the stage to funny and devastating effect at the Pavilion Theatre. Boasting seven incredible performers, including comedian Eric Lalor, Singlehood is an exclusive look at the personal triumphs and losses we all experience but seldom articulate. Framed by a stomping single’s soundtrack and original songs by Aidan Strangeman, Singlehood is a celebration of what it means to be single today. Renowned for her documentary theatre practice, writer Una McKevitt in collaboration with writer David Coffey (Dan & Becs, Fade St) interviewed real life singletons to bring their raw and revealing stories as well as those of the cast, uproariously to the stage. "Singlehood really shines in it’s sheer honesty...ridiculous, heartbreaking, hilarious..." The Irish Times. Early bird tickets are available for Wednesday 26th November, €17. The show is suitable for persons aged 15+. Kill the Monster your funny on at the Centre for Creative Practices, 15b Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2 with Kill The Monster. This dynamic longform improvisation group emerged from Dublin-based amateur theatre group No Drama Theatre. But just what is “improv” all about? Improv allows for the bizarre, ridiculous, sublime and hilarious as it’s completely unscripted and involves the creation of a scene on the spot from nothing more than the audience’s suggestions. In longform improv, Kill The Monster create not just scene after scene but also seamlessly weave, braid and reveal an unscripted theatrical play from a mere word or anecdote offered by the audience. These theatrical plays unravel before the audience's very eyes over a 30-minute or longer period of time and intertwine plots of romance, revenge, joy, deviousness, excitement, tragedy, comedy and comic tragedy in an incredibly entertaining and spontaneous dramatic spectacle. An innovative experience and one not to be missed. 15b Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2 One Man Two Guvnors Bean’s award-winning play is a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother – who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers – but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. The acclaimed production is based on Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters and has songs by Grant Olding, performed by The Craze.  The physical comedy director is Cal McCrystal, with designs by Mark Thompson, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound design by Paul Arditti, fight direction by Kate Waters and choreography and associate direction by Adam Penford.   ‘Comic perfection. What are you waiting for? Book Now!’  Price: €18.00 - €48.00 Booking:   Shrek the Musical on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is this year’s must-see show for all the family.  Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around!  Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings all the much-loved DreamWorks characters to life, live on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Join the adventure Price: €20.00 - €55.00 Booking: The Matchmaker Scott’s iconic production of John B. Keane’s hit comedy play The Matchmaker returns starring one of Ireland’s greatest comedic talents, Jon Kenny, alongside legendary Irish actor Mary McEvoy. Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy. Follow the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor who makes matches for the lonely and lovelorn from all over the country in this rural spectacle. Revel in Keane’s mischievous trademark wit and his unique way with words in this celebrated production. Keane takes us back to a simpler time, when even phones were few and far between and the only web anyone knew of was the type left behind by spiders. Don't be fooled by its traditional setting, the wisdom and charm of Keane’s work will still leave quite the impression on a modern audience.   Blood Brothers legendary BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning BLOOD BROTHERS. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the Standing Ovation Musical, as inevitably it; “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” Jack Tinker, Daily Mail. Price: €18.00 - €60.00 Booking: Dublin Theatre Festival in 1957, Dublin Theatre Festival is an annual event that brings together artists, theatre-makers and audiences from Ireland and around the world. The festival currently takes place over 18 days from the final Thursday in September to the second Saturday in October .  At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin – its people and its stories – and a commitment to contributing to the vibrant social and cultural life of our capital. The spirit of the festival lies in the people who engage with us as dedicated friends or curious spectators, and we welcome and value the participation of all our artists, audiences and guests. We aim to present a festival that captures the imagination of Dublin’s citizens and nurtures a sense of connection and community in the city.                 Throughout the festival performances take place in venues and locations across the city. Our programme incorporates theatre, music, dance and family events as well as artist talks, public discussions and artist development programmes.  We present classic drama by celebrated companies and artists alongside work by exciting, emerging theatre-makers from home and abroad.                                                                                                                                                                                     Revenant by Purple Heart Theatre Company, written by Stewart Roche, and starring Simon Toal; Revenant boasts the unusual combination of zombies and the Irish famine in a unique and eerie production. Carter 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. The only catch is he has it for just three days. 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 with a dark unknown past. Nominated for the 2014 Stewart Parker Award, audiences will revel in this darkly comic and thrilling production with a frightening edge. “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.” - Irish Independent.   Amanda Coogan/Dublin Theatre of the Deaf a unique, contemporary theatre production performed primarily in Irish Sign Language, and inspired by the history of the deaf community with You Told Me to Wash and Clean My Ears. In 1972, at a time when they were institutionalised and marginalised, the deaf community banded together in their first act of political awakening to protest the shooting dead of Eamonn McDevitt, a 28-year-old deaf man, by the British Army in Strabane. Days before Bloody Sunday, and weeks before its burning down, they marched in protest and solidarity to the British Embassy in Dublin. This rigorously contemporary, challenging new work by Amanda Coogan and the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf weaves live art and community theatre, and takes inspiration from deaf history. The language of this performance is Irish Sign Language (ISL) but it is accessible to all. Wheelchair users can book their tickets directly with Project Arts Centre Box Office - 01 8819613.   Tickets Preview €11 Full Price €16 Concession €14 TEDxDublin to get inspired once again as TEDxDublin returns this September for another day of innovation, information and idea-spreading. With fantastic speakers armed with intriguing notions to share, this year’s theme is “New Landscapes”. Many of today’s most popular careers didn’t even exist ten years ago. Our politics, our leisure time, and even large parts of continents and oceans are changing more rapidly than ever.  Businesses aren’t just innovating in their field, they are inventing entirely new industries. As we find ourselves in a new landscape, full of possibilities, uncertainties, and sea changes; how will you shape the new landscapes of tomorrow? Sparking the capital’s imagination since 2009, TEDxDublin, hosted by the Science Gallery, came from small beginnings to quickly snowball into an initiative involving scores of volunteers, dozens of speakers and a diverse array of unbelievable inspiration. Tardigrade and dance artist Philip Connaughton presents his full-length dance piece ‘Tardigrade’ at the Samuel Beckett Theatre this September as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. Having worked with some of the world’s most esteemed dance companies and been Dance Artist in Residence at axis:Ballymun in 2012, The Irish Times describes Connaughton’s work as a “Sensory outburst… dismissive of theatrical conventions… clear in its intentions and delivery”. ‘Tardigrade’ is a veritable kaleidoscopic feast. As soaring voices emerge from towering creatures, lithe and raucous dance erupts against a backdrop of a projected forest. It's Star Wars, cosmology, biology, artificiality, information overload and technology. Try to understand it or just join in the madness and enjoy the show. One thing’s for sure, it’ll make an impression. Tickets Full price €15 Preview €11 Concession €13 Maeve's House and performed by one of the greats of Irish stage and screen, Eamon Morrissey, Maeve’s House is based on the life and work of Maeve Brennan, one of the country’s most gifted short story writers. Enjoy this delightful one man show at the Pavilion Theatre, as part of Mountains to Sea Festival 2014. Having had a sell-out run at the Abbey Theatre and international tour to New York, audiences have another chance to see this exceptional performance. An unrivalled talent, Maeve Brennan lived in New York, although many of her finest stories are set in 48 Cherryfield Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin, where she grew up. By pure coincidence actor Eamon Morrissey was brought up in the very same house. While performing on Broadway, Eamon was surprised to discover his family home in Maeve’s vivid writing in The New Yorker. He was compelled to meet this enigmatic and mysterious woman. This beautiful poignant story features extracts from Maeve Brennan’s writing and presents a moving portrait of two artists in conversation across generations. Written and performed by Eamon Morrissey, featuring extracts from the writing of Maeve Brennan, Gerard Stembridge directs this engrossing play. "Something that comes close to pure magic" Sunday Independent. Audiences can also enjoy a post show discussion with Eamon Morrissey and Sinead Gleeson on Thursday 11th September. The Centre of the Universe his first one man show, actor John Doran brings his memorable piece The Centre of the Universe to Bewley’s Cafe Theatre as part of this year’s Fringe Festival. With a lot of comedy, plenty of the truisms of life and all the things you don’t consider when you’re not part of a cult, this show is unique to say the least. John is your best friend and he’d like you to join a cult. What’s this? Join a cult? The things with crazy people in them? What’s the cult? Who’s the leader? What do they believe? Shouldn’t I be staying away from cults in general? Short answer, yes. They’re awful things. Demanding, isolating, costly and generally kind of dumb. Except this one, of course. This is a good cult. A cult you want to be in. John presents to you, the cult of personality. Performances 9th, 11th, 17th September - 1pm 12th, 19th, 20th September - 6.15pm 14th September - 8.30pm Star Man a divine mix of circus, comedy and cardboard with Tumble Circus’ new show Star Man, at Smock Alley Theatre this September. With a string of awards to their name, the innovators behind the Fringe hits This Is What we Do For A Living (2012) and Damn the Circus (2013) are sure to delight anyone who appreciates the dark side of feel good, or has ever wondered just why we’re here and why we bother. For years man has looked to the heavens for inspiration and guidance. But now the heavens have come to him. Tumble Circus showcase a unique experience of imaginative and contemporary Irish circus, with a specialty in high skill circus, theatre and comedy. With the company’s aim to create a new and exciting circus that entertains, amazes and is accessible to all - audiences are in for a real treat. Bastard: A Family History every actor is a leading man, some actors have that neverending stint playing Bus Driver #2 or Man Eating in Cafe. One of these actors is Oddie Braddell. You’ve probably seen him. He has appeared completely naked as a dead body in Ripper St., paraded an enormous pair of moustaches around the background of a crucial scene in Game of Thrones, and has even been the voice of the McDonald’s Euro Saver Menu. What you probably didn’t know is that he comes from a long line of complete bastards. Bringing his show Bastard: A Family History to this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival, Braddell reveals all about the abundance of bad un’s in his family tree. Bloody Braddell of Drogheda was an officer in the Cromwellian army with a particular penchant for genocide, John Waller Braddell was land agent who held the record for the highest number of evictions during the famine. What does this make Oddie? All will be divulged at the Project Arts Centre. Tickets Full price €12 Preview €11 Concession €10 Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Dublin Fringe Festival is a curated, multi-disciplinary festival and year-round organisation focusing on new and innovative approaches to the arts. Dublin Fringe Festival supports the development and presentation of new work by Irish and International artists of vision, nurturing artistic ambition and excellence across a range of art forms. An active curator, Dublin Fringe Festival provides an environment in which participating artists challenge, subvert and invigorate their disciplines and practice. Dublin Fringe Festival provides context for new work and demands audience engagement and dialogue. The scale and environment of the festival broadens arts participation, playing a vital role in the fabric of Dublin and Irish cultural life. For 18 days the festival transforms Dublin into an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe. It is a platform for the best new, emerging Irish arts companies and a showcase for the best contemporary theatre and dance shows touring internationally. For artists, the Fringe facilitates an opportunity to innovate, to cross disciplines and boundaries and to find new ways and places to create work. Dublin Fringe, unlike many Fringes internationally, is a wholly curated festival seeking innovative and daring work that impacts, moves and invigorates its audience. See for more information on this years programme. 2Fik Does Strongbow (and Aoife) art itself evolve over an eight-hour performance at George’s Dock, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, with multidisciplinary artist 2Fik. Merging gender, race play and high fashion, innovative French-Moroccan photographer and performance artist 2Fik will perform more than 80 characters from the famous Daniel Maclise painting The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife, to create a brand new contemporary version of it. As an artistic director, photographer and model, 2Fik captures pictures of himself that he likens to a single image, resulting in his image being repeated several times in his photographs, assuming various attitudes and guises. Part of the Dublin Fringe Festival, 2Fik will be questioning the themes of Irishness, religion, gender and history, with this unique reinterpretation featuring characters from his repertoire and many from an Irish context. Posing as men, women and teenagers, the artist's appearance evolves over the eight-hour performance, with the final result being unveiled on 12th September. How to Keep an Alien actor, writer and performer Sonya Kelly for a laugh-out-loud memoir about love and visas, at the Project Arts Centre for this year’s Fringe Festival. Tearfully funny and hilariously tender, Sonya recounts the tale of securing an Irish visa for her Australian partner. They met. They fell in love. Now all they have to do is prove it to the government. Nothing short of a madcap global odyssey, Sonya takes audiences from the stony townlands of Offaly to the leafy depths of the Queensland bush, showing just what a tricky business it is coming from opposite ends of the earth.  Taking all the determination one can muster, a whole lot of heart and a hell of a lot of paperwork, can the couple overcome all three? Find out in this sweet, funny performance. Tickets Preview €11.00 Full price €15.00 Concession €13.00 Dublin Festival Season knows what giddy suprises will be in store this year so pop a big reminder in your diary for September and October for the return of Dublin Festival Season. It is no secret that Dubliners love to party. Dublin’s unique spirit of fun and entertainment is evident in the many festivals and events organised throughout the year. Dublin unleashes an explosion of festivals with ‘Dublin Festival Season’ kicking off in early September and running until the end of October. With festivals and events celebrating everything from arts, architecture, music, film, to food, Guinness and beer, fashion, sport theatre and literature; autumn presents the perfect opportunity to visit this vibrant city of culture. The many festivals you can catch during Dublin Festival Season: Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival Dublin Fashion Festival Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Oktoberfest Culture Night Dublin Theatre Festival Hard Working Class Heroes Open House Dublin Bram Stoker Festival Out of Print Theatre Company present their brand new production Out of Print, at the Theatre Upstairs, above Lanigan’s Bar, 11 Eden Quay, Dublin 1. This boutique 44-seat theatre is the home for new plays and is nationally renowned for its dedication to supporting rising talent. Out of Print showcases stories they didn't want you to hear, the stories that were locked away and left to rot. Tales of lost boys who have grown up too soon, dreams of life without the restrictions of reality, and women who were made to believe that they were beyond sanity and saving. This original production revolves around one young man and his influences coming to life as he struggles to put pen to paper. Audiences will be positively captivated by these out of print stories that are screaming to be told. Performances 26th-30th August, 2nd-6th September: 1pm 28th-30th August, 4th-6th September: 7pm Tickets Adults €10 Students €8