Droichead presents Theatre Club Autumn/Winter 2024

  • 27th Sep
  • 20:00
  • Droichead Arts Centre

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Friday 27th September

Droichead are thrilled to announce our THEATRE CLUB for Autumn/Winter 2024. This season we have a programme of six incredible shows, a trip off-site to the Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre and some exciting new works in progress, including one by poet/playwright Dagogo Hart.

The season will kick off with ‘Breaking’ a groundbreaking first play by Amy Kidd presented by Fishamble and the poignant, story of the LGBTQ+ communities in 70’s Belfast ‘Callings’ from Kabosh Theatre Company, Belfast, also featuring new work from Gúna Nua, and Little John Nee, with Deirdre Kinahan's Outrage and Fishamble closing the season. 

Set up in 2017, and heading into its 13th season, Droichead Theatre Club brings audiences together to see a play, and like a book club, our audiences can share their views, thoughts and impressions informally post show with the cast and creatives. If this is your first or your 50th play, it doesn't matter, come along, and be part of the drama at Droichead.

Six great plays (including two works in progress) for €90 including ticket & return bus trip from Drogheda to the Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre. BOOK ONLINE or call 041 9833946 to be part of the Drama at Droichead.

BREAKING | Written by Amy Kidd | Directed by Jim Culleton | Fishamble | FRI 27 SEP | 8PM

‘You can be a bit naïve sometimes.’

Welcome to the world of Sam and Charlie in Breaking, a groundbreaking first play by Amy Kidd. It looks like love, but it tastes like control. How do we judge, when we can’t trust our own judgement? Who do we distrust and who gets the benefit of the doubt?

Breaking asks fascinating and profound questions about how we navigate a world without any simple answers.

MAGIC PLAY | Written by Liam Wilson Smyth | Directed by Paul Meade | Gúna Nua Theatre | THU 3 OCT | 8PM

Alastair Caspar invites you to witness his very last show. In an audacious move, the renowned magician is hanging up his cape and taking over the city in a bid to capture hearts and regain a lost love. What will happen when his meticulously planned mentalism begins to unravel?

Can Alastair keep all the plates spinning, give you something to believe in, and still pull redemption from a hat?

Written by Liam Wilson Smyth and produced by award-winning Gúna Nua Theatre, Magic Play combines comedy, close-up magic and questions of faith and belief in an original and thrilling fusion of magic and theatre.

CALLINGS | Written by Dominic Montague | Directed by Paula McFetridge | Kabosh | SAT 2 NOV | 8PM

Charged with iconic music from the era of the 70s, Callings explores the LGBTQI+ community's survival amid anti-gay headlines, showing how simple connections can change lives.

The play follows Bridget, Helen, Martin, Jason, and Tommy, who found sanctuary through CaraFriend, a 1970s support service. The play highlights their resilience during oppressive times, their resistance against anti-gay campaigns, and their celebration of victories like the Dudgeon vs. UK trial, reflecting on historical challenges and progress.

SAFE HOUSE | by Enda Walsh and Anna Mullarkey | THU 7 NOV | 8PM

Exclusive Theatre Club Trip to the Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre

When the world doesn’t want us or isn’t enough, we make our own worlds.

In an outdoor handball alley in the Irish countryside – amongst rubbish and debris– a young woman, Grace, is living alone.

Through song, music, recorded voice, and film, we’re outside looking at Grace and then inside her fractured thoughts – trying to make some sense of it all. Her past arrives broken and chopped up. The present skips forward and days flip into night, seasons jarring into one another.

SAFE HOUSE is a song cycle, a gig, a smashed-up memory play played out in a handball alley.

NETTLE HORSE | by Little John Nee | THU 28 NOV | 8PM

Little John Nee’s new musical comedy features memorable characters like Dandelion Ní Houlihan, a 103-year-old Boston benefactor. Dispossessed families travel west after winning a lottery by a corrupt councilor under Dandelion’s influence.

In Gortnapuca, carpenters await a building frenzy, Mink Devine sells edible beetles, and a boy finds solace with a circus horse. Set in the near future, Nettle Horse blends storytelling, song, and satire, inviting audiences to a parallel universe. Little John Nee, an award-winning writer, performer, and musician, is known for his unique musical storytelling that is both hilarious and heart-breaking.

OUTRAGE | 30 Nov | by Deirdre Kinahan | Directed by Jim Culleton | Fishamble |SAT 30 NOV | 8PM

‘War makes heroes and demons doesn’t it, so how could war in Ireland be any different?’

Told through two sisters, OUTRAGE explores women's roles in the Irish revolutionary wars, focusing on the Civil War's impact on their minds, bodies, and souls. Alice and Nell are key in arming revolutionaries, organizing civic resistance, and leading the propaganda war. They are fervent, funny, and deeply conflicted as Ireland heads towards a shattering Civil clash that split the nation and continues to haunt Irish politics, society, and culture. OUTRAGE challenges the historical narrative we have all grown up with.