Droichead Presents Drama: Theatre Club Autumn 2019

  • 19th Sep
  • 20:00
  • 6 for €96
  • Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street
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Thursday 19th September

Our hugely successful THEATRE CLUB returns this autumn, with a programme of six unique shows to engage and entertain audiences. And for the first time ever, this season we’ll be taking our THEATRE CLUB on the road, with a trip offsite to the Abbey Theatre in Dublin!

THEATRE CLUB brings people together to see a play, and then discuss it afterwards. Like a book club, you can share your views, thoughts and impressions in the relaxed, informal setting of our café/bar.

Book online or call 041 9833946 to be part of the Drama at Droichead. See six great plays for €96, including ticket & return bus trip to the Abbey Theatre.

Note on assigned seating:
We believe that every seat in our Stockwell St. theatre is a good seat. Book your THEATRE CLUB membership online or by phone, and we will assign seats for you for each performance. If you have any particular preferences or requirements, please let us know at the time of booking by informing box office staff, or leaving a note in the comments section of your online booking.

THEATRE CLUB AUTUMN 2019

BEFORE – THU 19 SEPT | 8PM
BY PAT KINEVANE | FISHAMBLE: THE NEW PLAY COMPANY |  DIRECTED BY JIM CULLETON

From the Olivier Award-winning team of Fishamble and Pat Kinevane, Before is a new play with much music, composed by Denis Clohessy. The story unfolds in Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts - for good.  Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years. He will meet her in an hour. This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street.  Some folk are impossible to buy for…

Soul-searching, achingly touching gem” - The Sunday Times

Before was commissioned by Fishamble and was developed with the support of the Arts Council, National Theatre Studio (London), Pavilion Theatre, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Georganne Aldrich Heller, Robert Leroy, and The Strollers Touring Network.

HALCYON DAYS – SAT 12 OCT | 8PM
BY DEIRDRE KINAHAN | DIRECTED BY JOE DEVLIN

Patricia has a zest for life and men, when she is thrust together with Sean, who is languishing in a nursing home. They form a funny and spiky relationship, but is friendship the most important thing? Don't miss this humorous and touching play from Deirdre Kinahan, one of Ireland's leading playwrights and writer of such recent hits as Rathmines Road, The Unmanageable Sisters and the internationally renowned Moment. Starring Bryan Murray (Fair City, Irish RM and Bread) and Una Crawford (Fair City).

A fine emotionally-astute and elegant writer”- Irish Independent

LAST ORDERS AT THE DOCKSIDE – WED 23 OCT | 7.30PM
BY DERMOT BOLGER | DIRECTED BY GRAHAM MC LAREN

Theatre Club Trip to the Abbey Theatre | Theatre Club Exclusive | Bus will depart from bus bay by Drogheda Courthouse at 6:00pm please arrive by 5.45pm. 

Our inaugural trip offsite is to the Abbey Theatre, and will include a post-show tea/coffee and chat in the Abbey Bar. 

Dublin Port, 1980.

Following the death of an elderly docker, his friends gather in the local pub, The Dockside, to celebrate his life. Emotions run high and a powder keg of friction comes to a head as a dockland community come to terms with the challenge of building new lives when old ways get swept away.

Over the course of an evening awash with songs, sharp Dublin wit and tales of life on the Docks, hidden tensions expose fault lines in their complex relationships. After the success of Ulysses, Dermot Bolger and Graham McLaren reunite to present this new play as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2019.

Writer: Dermot Bolger
Director: Graham McLaren
Movement Director: Vicki Manderson
Set and Costume: Alyson Cummins
Lighting Design: Paul Keogan
Composer: Ray Harman
Sound Design: Matt Padden
Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth
Casting: Maureen Hughes and Sarah Jones

#ME TOO, THREE, FOUR …  - THU 7 NOV | 8PM
QUINTESSENCE THEATRE | DIRECTED BY ANNA SIMPSON

Everyone acted so shocked when the stories broke, like they were these violating waves crashing against the shore of our consciousness. But we all knew it was happening. We allowed it to happen.

Inspired by the bravery of the 'Silence Breakers' and viral #MeToo movement Quintessence Theatre’s new play #MeToo, Three, Four… explores the impact of that movement on daily lives of real people: those with lived experience of sexual harassment and abuse daring to make their voices heard, male panic and backlash, and personal, painful reassessments of past experiences and the true meaning of consent, all through the eyes of four Irish women and men living and reliving their lives in a world of sexual politics defined by power imbalances.

Quintessence Theatre: Theatre Company in residence at Droichead Arts Centre 2019/20 funded by the Arts Council.

CLASS – THU 14 NOV | 8PM
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY ISEULT GOLDEN & DAVID HORAN

Following a hugely successful run at Galway International Arts Festival, a slew of sold out performances on the Peacock Stage, a Fringe First Award in Edinburgh, and a sold out run in the Bush Theatre. Brian and Donna’s son is nine years old, and he’s struggling. That’s what his teacher says. Says he should see a psychologist. But Brian and Donna never liked school, never liked teachers. So are they going to trust this one? And should they? An explosive triple confrontation over learning difficulties, love and entitlement. Funny, heartbreaking and beautifully observed, Class is new Irish writing at its finest.

THE LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF HENRY VAN DYKE – THU 21 NOV | 8PM
BY KARRIM JALALI | DIRECTED BY JOY HARRISON

Originally from Termonfeckin and now living and working in London, Niall Murphy stars in this acclaimed UK production, and is delighted to bring it home for its Drogheda debut. What do men talk about when left to their own devices? Men who aren’t particularly interested in football or cars, aren’t into gaming, and aren’t very successful with women? In amongst exchanging anecdotes and insults, they might get around to discussing and planning a play. The play might even be good. If only they could agree on what story to tell and how to tell it…

Sublime performances from Nathan Wright and Niall Murphy” - Theatre Weekly

 

Each of these shows will be available for booking individually from Monday August 6th.



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