This Season

Stones In His Pockets  (STUDIO) by Marie Jones - 15 to 22 Sept.’18

A ‘sad, hilarious and irresistible’ two-man show about the filming of a Hollywood “Oirish” epic in County Kerry. A pair of local lads, Charlie and Jake, who have been recruited as extras, tell the story by playing all 15 characters (male and female!) themselves. What happens when rural impoverished Ireland meets Hollywood money has unexpected consequences – both joyous and tragic.
Winner of 2 Olivier Awards.

Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen – 27 Oct. to 03 Nov.’18

Following our production of A Doll’s House in October 2016, we move on to Henrik Ibsen’s next masterpiece. Its subject matter was considered incredibly shocking, when it was first performed, but many of the issues which it raises resonate today. As devastating secrets are revealed, Helen Alving is left with a final agonising choice. This remains a very powerful dramatic work.

Death and the Maiden (STUDIO) by Ariel Dorfman - 21 to 24 Nov.’18 

Ariel Dorfman’s explosively provocative, award-winning drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy. Gerardo Escobar has just been chosen to head the commission that will investigate the crimes of the old regime when his car breaks down and he is picked up by Doctor Roberto Miranda. However, on hearing Miranda’s voice, Gerardo’s wife, Paulina , thinks she recognizes him . Was he someone she has met before in more sinister circumstances? Tense and absorbing drama.

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward - 08 to 15 Dec.’18

An often-revived classic comedy from the playwright who gave us Private Lives and Hay Fever. When Charles Condomine invites the somewhat eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to conduct a seance at his house, he finds himself haunted by the spirit of his first wife, Elvira,  much to the consternation of his second wife, Ruth, who is unable to see or hear what her husband can. This play has remained a firm favourite with audiences since its first performance in 1941. A perfect antidote to the winter blues!

The Thrill of Love by Amanda Whittington - 26 Jan. to 02 Feb.’19

This gripping play dramatises the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and takes a fresh look at the woman behind the headlines. As a nightclub hostess and divorcee with a young child to look after, she meets and becomes obsessed with a wealthy, womanising racing driver. Why does their relationship end in murder? Why does she plead ‘not guilty’ but offer no defence? These are just some of the questions raised in this fascinating play. Ultimately, we must decide whether Ruth Ellis received justice as we perceive it today. Wonderfully drawn characters portrayed in a most compelling drama.

Molly Sweeney (STUDIO) by Brian Friel - 20 to 23 Feb.’19

This play by one of Ireland’s foremost playwrights tells the story of Molly, a woman who has been blind from infancy, who undergoes an operation intended to restore her sight. We hear the story from the perspectives of Molly, her husband Frank, and the surgeon Paddy Rice, as three interwoven monologues that together form a powerful drama underscoring the connection between vision and understanding. Beautifully observed, this most thought-provoking play packs a huge dramatic and emotional punch.

A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller - 09 to 16 Mar.’19

Eddie Carbone is an Italian longshoreman in the New York docks. He agrees to shelter his wife’s cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, who arrive as illegal immigrants from Sicily. When his wife’s young niece, Catherine, falls for Rodolpho, Eddie’s jealousy and obsession lead to an unforgivable crime against his family and the Sicilian community with tragic results. Classic Arthur Miller, this compelling drama is loosely based on a real-life incident. 

Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn - 18 to 25 May’19

An ingenious comic thriller from the pen of our most prolific playwright whose work has been regularly performed on the Chads stage. Set in a hotel suite, the action moves backwards and forwards through time in two twenty year intervals. Can potential murder victims be saved by rewriting the past? What can Poopay Dayseer, a professional dominatrix, do to save herself from the murderous Julian and prevent the murders of Reece’s two wives? Ayckbourn at his most inventive.