Jam-packed season ahead for Riverbank as new programme launched

Aidan Dooley's O'Sullivan Beara.
A queen caught up in the political drama of her age and the Irish chieftain struggling to save his people; drug addiction, paper fights and the lives of cobblers in a small Irish town.

A queen caught up in the political drama of her age and the Irish chieftain struggling to save his people; drug addiction, paper fights and the lives of cobblers in a small Irish town.

These are just some of the diverse works which will be on stage at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge over the coming months.

The Riverbank is launching its Autumn Winter programme this week, and it boasts fascinating theatrical productions from visiting companies.

The weekend of September 20 features both Dyad Production’s I, Elizabeth (which will be staged on Culture Night) and Aidan Dooley’s one-man Our Last Chieftain, O’Sullivan Beara. I, Elizabeth, set at a pivotal point in Elizabeth I’s reign in 1568, uses only the young queen’s own words to explore her struggles in a show that was a sell-out hit in Edinburgh.

O’Sullivan Beara, the following night, uses music, myth and legend to tell the story of the Kinsale chieftain’s long march to save his clan from the Tudor onslaught.

Alison Skilbeck’s one-woman show Are There More Of You? takes ot the stage on October 3. This comedy drama tells the tale of four very different women linked only by a postcode, and their searches for love and happiness.

Icarus Theatre Company brings Othello to the stage for the benefit of exam students on October 9.

Three Men Talking: About Things They Kinda Know About makes a return to the Riverbank Stage on October 10, after a successful performance earlier this year. The show is a ‘slam-poetry’ performance about what it means to be a man in modern Ireland.

Red Kettle Theatre brings Beyond The Brooklyn Sky on October 16 and 17 - a tale of emigrants returned from New York and their intertwined lives, which are a powder keg waiting to explode.

Solpadeine is My Boyfriend, on November 8, is a story about growing up, dealing with change and what happens when your life doesn’t turn out as you planned it.

November 10 sees the return of Fishamble’s production of Guaranteed! Colin Murphy’s drama about the bank guarantee went down a storm when it was on the Newbridge stage earlier this year - coincidentally just as the Anglo tapes scandal broke, and a packed house looks likely.

Fishamble returns again on November 15 with Black Wednesday, a play set in contemporary Ireland about Danni, whose sister and friend have both gone missing.

Nomad presents The Cavalcaders on November 19 and 20. This wonderful memory play features live music as it tracks the lives of a group of men who spend their days working in a cobbler’s in small-town Ireland, and their nights as local musical legends in a barber shop quartet.

Newbridge Drama Group takes to the stage with A WakeIn The West from November 27 to 30.