Droichead Presents Drama: Theatre Club Spring 2019

  • 2nd May
  • 20:00
  • 7 for €77
  • Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946

Theatre Club returns with an exciting season of acclaimed plays that will engage and entertain.  After a hugely successful 2018 which saw amazing productions such as Teac Damhsa's unforgettable and epic Swan Lake/Loch Na hEala and Roddy Doyle and The Abbey Theatre's hilarious Two Pints visit Drogheda, Theatre Club is back in 2019, with a brand new programme of brilliant Irish productions. Featuring new plays, award winning plays, plays inspired by characters from plays and the Gate Theatre on Tours first ever play on the Droichead stage. 

Theatre Club brings audiences together to see terrific plays, and then chat and discuss it afterwards. Like a book club, our audiences can share their views, thoughts and impressions in the relaxed, informal setting of our café /bar after the show over a glass of wine or a cup of tea. 
And this season we're upping the ante with no less than 7 highly acclaimed plays in the programme, but you'll be glad to hear that membership is still terrific value with the chance to see all 7 plays for just €77. 

We're very happy to invite you to be part of the Drama at Droichead. 

To book, call 041 9833946, and see 7 plays for just €77. 

Thur 21 Feb | 8pm | €16/€14

Dublin in the 1980s. Rabbit is a self-made haulage magnate. But something’s wrong. He cuts a deal with his underling Keogh to help him find his lost moorings. The quest is hampered by his dead father Bat, Citizen Army volunteer and pawn shop assistant, bubbling up. The struggle between father and son, past and present, imagination and reality, spans Dublin. Their voyage out of Howth and up the River Liffey builds to a climax described by The Guardian as ‘one of the strongest dramatic conclusions I’ve ever seen.’

An explosive exposition of the generation of Irish men that led us to Boom and Bust. 

Written thirty years ago, and first presented by Rough Magic for the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1988, Bat has toured to New York, Chicago, London, Edinburgh, Australia and New Zealand.

A powerhouse in performance and language .. theatrical genius” Enda Walsh

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/273307791

THUR 28 FEB | 8PM | €16/€14

Exploring instances of disclosure and the presence of stigma in the lives of men and women who are HIV+ in Ireland today, Talking Shop Ensemble and Shaun Dunne make their Droichead Arts Centre debut with Rapids; their smash hit show that looks to playfully and respectfully make the private public. The company have collaborated with several groups from the HIV+ community, from young men in rural Ireland to migrant women seeking asylum, this form-flipping piece of documentary theatre will take you through the myriad of perspectives and experiences that compound what it means to live positive in this country. 

This project is supported by Mermaid Arts Centre, HIV Ireland and ACT UP Dublin.

“A sophisticated and bracing piece on living with HIV in Ireland… A work as involving and compassionate as Rapids could be the beginning of an antidote” **** Irish Times


THUR 7 MAR | 8PM | €16/€14

In a swimming pool in post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand, recent Irish emigrant Maeve is learning to swim. ‘Swimaholic’ coach Doreen eggs her on. But Maeve’s head and heart keep drawing her home to an unsolved dilemma with her much loved father Johnny. Follow Maeve as she tries to swim free of the ties that bind. Mixing serious themes with warm humor Remember to Breathe is a deeply moving play about moving home and moving on

Remember to Breathe won the Lustrum Award at Edinburgh Fringe and was nominated for Fishamble Best New Play Award and the BBC International Playwriting Award. It sold out its Tiger Dublin Fringe run  as well as completing a successful run at Edinburgh 2016.

“A multi-layered father-daughter tale. Intelligent, captivating and deeply moving. Orla Murphy shows she has some serious talent” - The Irish Examiner



THUR 14 MAR | 8PM | €16/€14

Sweet About Me is a one woman show about addiction. Set in a treatment centre over the course of a month, we get to meet all the clients, hear their stories and witness their recovery, or relapse. It explores alcohol, heroin and cocaine addiction through the eyes of the central character, 18 year old Bernadette Fagan who has an eating disorder, a controlling mother and a body image to die for.  But food seems so trivial in comparison to the people with real problems like shooting heroin? Or does it?  

Sweet About Me looks at how society views and ranks addiction. It aims to dispel myths and open our hearts to the toughest characters that we might judge in an every-day encounter, proving that no matter what walk of life you come from, addiction never discriminates.

“The script is sharp and laugh out loud funny. Sheerin clearly belongs on stage”.  Irish Theatre Magazine on Sheerin’s play ‘Waiting for Ikea’


THUR 21 MAR | 8PM | €16/€14

DroicheadTheatreClub is delighted to welcome back the return of this highly successful show! Charlie is a kleptomaniac - the doctor told her. Reckons it stems from childhood trauma. But she has the robbin’ completely under control these days. For real.
She has a bit of a mouth on her, but she’s only trying to be funny, give everyone a laugh, not cause trouble, like. Not today, of all days. She loves that little boy more than she ever thought it was possible to love another human. There’s a lot riding on these 24 hours, and if she keeps her head down, she’ll get him back.

Everyone has a story to tell... but... there's a time and a place. This is neither. Follow Charlie the queen of self-sabotage as she tries desperately - for once in her life – to keep her mouth shut long enough to make it count.

Charlie's a Clepto was nominated for Best New Play and Best Actress at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and for the Stewart Parker Trust New Playwright Bursary in 2017 A fast-paced and funny play about motherhood, messing up, and doing your best to make it up.

A play that has a lightness of touch and a big heart” – NoMoreWorkhorse

 Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mT4QFCZ8YY


| 8PM | €16/€14

Phelim Drew
returns to Droichead with Sean O’Casey’s playful scrounger from the classic, Juno and The Paycock, taking centre stage in this intriguing new one man show directed by Karl Shiels.

With events that were to alter the course of Irish history as a backdrop, Joxer Daly Esq. charts an everyman journey  from respectable member of The Foresters Association to a vagabond scraping by with only his wit to use as collateral. From the 1913 Lock Out, to the Rising - and the events of O’Casey’s classic The Plough and the Stars - to the  birth of a new divided Nationalism, in Juno and The Paycock, we see it all through the eyes of a survivor like no other. Joxer Daly is an ordinary person trying to navigate the difficult waters of what was Dublin in the period leading up to the birth of a Republic.

Performed by Phelim Drew, Joxer’s love of language, humour, literature and song, together with a drinkers purple  recollection, makes this a performance like no other. Entertaining and funny, Joxer Daly Esq. is a thought provoking gander at one of Irish Literatures most loveable chancers!

“Phelim Drew is perfect for the part. He is every inch a Joxer.” - Irish Independent


The Rape of Lucrece | Gate Theatre on Tour
Thursday May 2 | 8pm | €18/€16

In this exquisite interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragic poem, The Rape of Lucrece, internationally acclaimed Irish actress and singer Camille O’Sullivan narrates the fates of Tarquin and Lucrece. Inhabiting the souls of both characters, Camille weaves a tale of violence and lust, innocence and power. The poem’s tragedy is fully revealed in this visceral production through the hypnotic musical performance of 12 songs with O’Sullivan’s long-time collaborator Feargal Murray.
The original production was staged to great acclaim and sold out houses at the Edinburgh Festival (2012), Sydney Festival (2013) and Dublin Theatre Festival (2013). In Spring 2018, Camille O’Sullivan returned to the Gate Theatre for the first time since her role as the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd (2007) to redevelop this piece as a Gate Theatre production. Music & Performance -  Feargal Murray & Camille O’Sullivan | Director  - Elizabeth Freestone​
O’Sullivan’s performance is brilliant and touching. She is a major star and this poetic and musical sequence is an ideal vehicle for her talent.” The Irish Independent

Celebrating Poetry Day Ireland,  a major one-day festival of Irish poetry held on Thursday 2 May 2019.
In association with Drogheda Arts Festival 2019

To book your Theatre Club place, call 041 9833946.