See below for some of the highlights at the Simon Ryan Theatre in May.
May 9th (11.30am) - ‘The Glenn Miller Story’ - the biography of the bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944, with a lot of his arangements, partly in an authentic cast starring James Stewart & June Allyson. Admission: E3.
May 11th (8pm) - ‘The Sand Park’ - ‘The Sand Park’ is the sometimes hilarious account of how James Anthony Lowery, a man in his mid-fifties, comes to terms with the death of his son fifteen years ago and now more recently, his wife Rose. It’s a play about rural Irish life and the way we cope with the inevitable. It’s a play about the fun of life, the ritual of death and what happens when either one is altered. Admission: E15 (concession E12).
May 16th (11am) - ‘Goodnight Irene’ - Julie Sharkey performs Goodnight Irene, a busker called Irene who can’t go home. Guitar playing Irene regals the audiences with stories about the characters she’e met (Itchy who smokes sixty a day, Donal Shakespeare and lots more) while belting out old favourite tunes like ‘O’Brien Has No Place to Go’, ‘King of the Road’, ‘Ely O’Grady’ and of course ‘Goodnight Irene’. Admission: free.
May 21st (3pm) - ‘The Sapphires’ - what a delight ‘The Sapphires’ is! Set at the height of the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement and brimming with Motown hits, this portrait of a late 1960s girl group - Australia’s answer to The Supremes - is a celebration of great music and triumph in the face of adversity. Starring Chris O’Dowd. Admission: E3.
May 24th (8pm) - ‘Break a Leg’ - a new show from acclaimed playwright and director Peter Sheridan based on his memoir, ‘Break A Leg’, which tells the story of his life in the theatre, and meanwhile touches on so much more, delving deeply into Sheridan’s life, as well as the wider culture and politics of Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s. Admission: E12 (E10 group concession).