The autumn season of plays at the Moat Theatre in Naas has features productions that will make you laugh, weep, think and feel with a particularly good line-up of drama.
This month, don’t miss Redemption Song from John MacKenna, two Sunday afternoon treats, Mary Kenny’s Allegiance, Frank Pig Says Hello by Patrick McCabe, and Stones in his Pockets from on Q Theatre Company.
Thursday October 3, 8pm. Written by John MacKenna, directed by Marian Brophy
Joe is a small-time builder. As he says himself: “If you never get too big, you never go out of business.” Joe’s marriage to Mary has broken up and Joe’s son has been executed as a result of his involvement in a political uprising. Then there’s the question of whether the young man really is Joe’s son – at the time of her pregnancy Mary had talked about “a stranger standing in the doorway, surrounded by light.” And then, one evening, two young men call to his door with stunning news – they’ve given a lift to a hitchhiker and they swear the man is Joe’s dead son. Everything changes – “If a man has hope, he has something,” Joe says.
MARCH AWAY MY BROTHERS
Sunday October 6, 3pm. Written and performed by Brendan MacQuaile.
March Away My Brothers is a one-man show from the book of the same name by Brendan MacQuaile.
It follows the journey of a young lad, Lawrence Kelly from Bridgefoot Street in Dublin’s Liberties to the Christmas Truce in 1914, somewhere near the Messines ridge in Flanders.
However, Larry’s story is not one of hell and damnation. he is already dead, blown to bits at the now infamous Passchendaele and remembered only as an inscription on the Menin Gate.
Larry looks back with the excitement of the early call to arms still palpable, the Guinness Pals brigade forming after Kitcheners call to arms and the sheer chaos and melee of new troops arriving in France, gung ho, ready to serve the crown, and do their bit before it was ‘Over by Christmas’.
Wednesday, October 9, 8pm. Written by Mary Kenny and directed by Jason Byrne
Allegiance is a dramatised account of a meeting between the two great historical figures, Michael Collins and Winston Churchill.
In 1921, Eamon de Valera ordered Michael Collins to travel to London, with the Irish delegation, to negotiate the Treaty that followed the Truce and the War of Independence.
At a point when the Treaty talks seemed to be in stasis, Churchill and Collins spent a night drinking together, talking, arguing, even singing and reciting poetry. This superb play explores the evening that changed Irish history.
FRANK PIG SAYS HELLO
Saturday October 12, 8 pm. Mill Productions, by Patrick McCabe.
From one of Ireland’s most original writers, Patrick McCabe’s stage version of his acclaimed novel The Butcher Boy, first appeared as part of the 1992 Dublin Theatre Festival.
The story focuses on Francie Brady, a troubled boy struggling to come to terms with himself, his family and ultimately, his entire surroundings. Difficult but rewarding, humorous yet harrowing, Frank Pig Says Hello is at times breathtaking, often haunting and always hugely engrossing.
WILDE ABOUT AFTERNOON TEA
Sunday, October 13, 3pm. Afternoon Tea served in conjunction with a performed reading of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
STONES IN HIS POCKETS
Saturday, October 19, 8 pm. On Q Theatre Company.
A hit in Dublin, Edinburgh, Belfast and the West End of London, Stones in his Pockets is a two-man show about the filming of a Hollywood epic in rural Ireland.
A pair of extras Charlie and Jake, tell the story by taking on all the roles themselves – including that of the know-nothing siren playing the lead…
You can book all or any of these shows at The Moat Theatre Box Office: 045 88 30 30 or online at www.moattheatre.com