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25
Jan
2019
DECLAN NERNEY

25 January 2019 8:00 pm

DECLAN NERNEY
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
MICK FLAVIN & TRUDI LALOR

Declan Nerney is an Irish singer of the Country and Irish genre. Born in the town of Drumlish in County Longford he started at the age of 16 in local band the "The Hi-Lows". His big break came with his autobiographical song "The Marquee in Drumlish".
 
He has a huge following and charts on a regular basis not only in Ireland but in Scotland and England and his recordings are sought worldwide. His work has extensive airplay on stations that feature the Country and Irish genre.

Tickets €25

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26
Jan
2019
And Thank You...

26 January 2019 8:00 pm

And Thank You...

And thank you...

Written and performed by Seamus O’Rourke & Directed by Charles McGuinness

Seamus O’Rourke joins forces with director Charles McGuinness – The team who brought us ‘Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking’ ...

And thank you... is a play about an ordinary man living in rural Ireland who gets saved... Saved from a life of pub talk and prophesising... King John O’Sullivan used to be able to drink fifteen pints without having to piddle, now, it’s every nine... Going to the Gents so often can wear a man out.

The story is told by the Reverend Thaddaeus Clancy and O’Sullivan’s two sons, Larry and Martin. The sons run the family shop while Daddy, the king of McKenna’s bar makes up the rules.

It’s a story of hard work and success and dangling... There’s bad driving and ice hockey and there’s falling down. When the ‘Divel’ starts to gnaw, the kingdom will fall...

And thank you...

Adm €16/14

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02
Feb
2019
The Matchmaker

02 February 2019 8:00 pm

The Matchmaker
THE MATCHMAKER based on the novella “Letters of a County Matchmaker” by JOHN B. KEANE one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, will play at Íontas Theatre, Castleblayney. 

The production stars television favorite Mary McEvoy known for her roles as Biddie in the long running RTE series GLENROE.  Irish Actor and comedian JON KENNY who was part of the Irish comic duo d’Unbelievables with Pat Shortt joins Mary to complete the cast. Kenny is also best known outside Ireland for appearing in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.   Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy.

The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn.  Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses “The Matchmaker” as an exploration of rural loneliness. Aware that generations of people became masters of their own destinies late in life, and only then began to look for companionship and love, once their duties as minder of aging parents were concluded or they had finally inherited, or were the left over brother or sister. 

Using his inimitable way with words and his one sense of “devilment” and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely county people and creates a marvelously colorful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.

The show is directed by Michael Scott

Adm €21 / 19

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08
Feb
2019
The Two Five Ones

08 February 2019 8:00 pm

The Two Five Ones

Let the Two Five Ones whisk you back in time to the golden age of American jazz and blues at this Valentine’s cabaret evening. This local duo consists of Dara MacGabhann, vocals and Andy Hogg, guitar & vocals, both of whom have enjoyed successful musical careers prior to their partnership.   Having released their debut album ‘Sentimental Journey’ last October the duo has been hitting the airwaves both nationally and locally ever since.  The Two Five Ones’ shows are packed with jazz and blues classics from the 1920s through to the 1950s and beyond, and also feature some original compositions in the same genre. With classics from such artists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Bonnie Raitt and the Ink Spots, The Two Five Ones bring a laid-back ambience of elegant sophistication. Special guests including Charlie McGettigan will join the duo on stage, on and off throughout the evening.

Sentimental Journey - Album of the Week Shannonside Northern Sound ‘Arts Hour’

‘Dara has that unique voice which if anything can be compared to Billie Holiday……Andy’s wonderful playing is exactly what’s needed’

- Charlie McGettigan Arts Hour Shannonside Northern Sound


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10
Feb
2019
Little Red Riding Hood & The Silly Billy Wolf

10 February 2019 2:30 pm

Little Red Riding Hood & The Silly Billy Wolf
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD & THE SILLY BILLY WOLF
This colourful, fast-paced all singing and dancing show is a fun and gentle re-telling of the classic fairy-tale of Little Red Riding Hood.  Little Red Riding Hood is adventuring through the woods to visit her Granny, but somewhere along the way the Silly Billy Wolf is waiting.

Children with have great fun joining in on the action, singing songs and playing games and meeting some amazing characters in this original show. & find out why Granny is the coolest Granny in the world! 

With beautiful costumes, stunning stage sets and hilarious characters, this a fun-packed show not to be missed!

Sunday 10th February, 2.30pm, Tickets: €12


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13
Feb
2019
Ceiliúradh Deich mBliana Ghaelscoil Lorgan

13 February 2019 7:00 pm

Ceiliúradh Deich mBliana Ghaelscoil Lorgan
Beidh oíche cheoil, dramaíocht agsu damhsa againn ag comóradh 10 mbliana ar an bhfód. D'oscail Gaelscoil Lorgan i 2008. Beidh páistí, tuismitheoirí agus foireann na scoile ag freastal ar an cheolchoirm speisialta seo chun an chloch-mhíle suntasach a cheiliúradh.

Gaelscoil Lorgan are celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a night of Music, Dance and Drama. The school has grown steadily since it first opened in 2008 and pupils, parents and staff will attend this concert to mark the growth and development of Irish-medium education in Castleblayney. 

Wed 13th Feb, 7pm
Tickets €15

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16
Feb
2019
Fat Chancers

16 February 2019 8:00 pm

Fat Chancers
Irish comedy fans can enjoy a double dose of laughs over the coming months with top Irish stand-ups Bernard O’Shea and Karl Spain in their show, Fat Chancers.
Commenting on the tour, Karl Spain said "Don’t expect massive weight loss or body transformations or Bernard being funny”.

Tickets €22 / 20


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22
Feb
2019
Our House - The Musical

22 February 2019 8:00 pm

Our House - The Musical
The juke box musical is produced by Castleblayney Musical Society and features music and lyrics from the hugely popular ska band Madness including "Baggy Trousers", "Driving in my Car", "It must be Love" and many more favourites. The story follows Joe Casey in a "Sliding Doors" style plot, where we see two life-paths stemming from one decision. It's a punter friendly, high energy show with fantastic choreography, a witty script and spectacularly fast quick changes. It won several Oliver awards in 2003, including "Best Musical"!

Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd February, 8pm, €15/13  

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23
Feb
2019
Our House - The Musical

23 February 2019 8:00 pm

Our House - The Musical
The juke box musical is produced by Castleblayney Musical Society and features music and lyrics from the hugely popular ska band Madness including "Baggy Trousers", "Driving in my Car", "It must be Love" and many more favourites. The story follows Joe Casey in a "Sliding Doors" style plot, where we see two life-paths stemming from one decision. It's a punter friendly, high energy show with fantastic choreography, a witty script and spectacularly fast quick changes. It won several Oliver awards in 2003, including "Best Musical"!

Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd February, 8pm, €15/13  

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01
Mar
2019
CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - BLOOMSDAY (OPENING NIGHT)

01 March 2019 8:00 pm

CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - BLOOMSDAY (OPENING NIGHT)
BLOOMSDAY 
by Steven Dietz 

Presented by 
Gorey Little Theatre

Robert returns to Dublin to reunite with Cait, the woman who captured his heart during a James Joyce literary tour thirty-five years ago. Dancing backwards through time, the older couple retrace their steps to discover their younger selves. Through young Robbie and Caithleen, they relive the unlikely, inevitable events that brought them—only briefly—together. This Irish time travel love story blends wit, humour and heartache into a buoyant, moving appeal for making the most of the present before it is past.

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02
Mar
2019
CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - RABBIT HOLE

02 March 2019 8:00 pm

CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - RABBIT HOLE
RABBIT HOLE
by David Lindsay-Abaire

Presented by 
Glenamaddy Drama Group

Becca and Howie Corbett are a happily married couple whose perfect world is forever changed when their young child is killed by a car. Poignant and often funny, Becca's experiences lead her to find solace in a mysterious relationship with, Jason, the teenage driver of the car that killed their child. Becca's fixation with Jason pulls her away from memories of her child while Howie immerses himself in the past, seeking refuge in outsiders who offer him something Becca is unable to give. The Corbetts choose a path that will determine their fate.

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03
Mar
2019
CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - SAME OLD MOON

03 March 2019 8:00 pm

CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - SAME OLD MOON
SAME OLD MOON
by Geraldine Aron

Presented by 
Compantas Lir

Same Old Moon shows us scenes in the life of Brenda Barnes, the aspirating writer, from age nine to fortyish. We see through her eyes her eccentric and sometimes fiery Irish Family — her wilful and self-destructive Dad, her put-upon, sometimes hot-tempered Mum and others. A charming but not uncritical look at family life.

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04
Mar
2019
CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - SIVE

04 March 2019 8:00 pm

CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - SIVE
SIVE
by John B. Keane

Presented by 
Newtownstewart Theatre Company

Set in a remote area of North Kerry, the play tells the story of the promise in marriage, of the young and beautiful Sive to an old man.

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05
Mar
2019
CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - CASTLES IN THE AIR

05 March 2019 8:00 pm

CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - CASTLES IN THE AIR
CASTLES IN THE AIR
by Martin Lynch

Presented by 
Lislea Dramatic Players

Mary Fullerton has been deserted by her drunken husband and lives in a tower block, subsisting on Valium and Carlsberg Specials. Her son Eddy is a joyrider and her only daughter, Pauline, has the buoyancy to survive and save her family. But if she stays to do so she must abandon her own future.

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06
Mar
2019
CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - THE MILL ON THE FLOSS

06 March 2019 8:00 pm

CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - THE MILL ON THE FLOSS
THE MILL ON THE FLOSS
by Helen Edmundson

Presented by 
Dalkey Players

Adaptation of George Elliot's novel. Set in 1836 Maggie Tulliver is the daughter of a miller in the English midlands. Like many nineteenth century literary girls, her intelligence and emotional capacity outflank those of her family and this causes problems. She is devoted to her brother Tom but he is hopelessly limited in his understanding. Maggie turns to Philip Waken, son of a local lawyer. Disaster strikes their relationship as Mr Tulliver and Waken find themselves enemies over a legal dispute that leaves Tulliver bankrupt.

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07
Mar
2019
CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - THE LOVES OF CASS MAGUIRE

07 March 2019 8:00 pm

CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - THE LOVES OF CASS MAGUIRE
THE LOVES OF CASS MAGUIRE
by Brian Friel

Presented by 
Clann Machua Drama Group

For more than fifty years Cass Maguire has worked a block from Skid Row, among deadbeats and washouts — people who live int he past. This play deals with her return to Ireland and her genteel family's rejection of her. It follows her lonely struggle to rediscover the home she has dreamt of all her life and her eventual surrender to the make believe of Eden House.

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08
Mar
2019
CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

08 March 2019 8:00 pm

CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL - THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
by Oscar Wilde

Presented by 
Ballyshannon Drama Society

A farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. Wilde's best known comedy.

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09
Mar
2019
CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL (CLOSING NIGHT) - BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS

09 March 2019 7:30 pm

CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL (CLOSING NIGHT) - BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
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BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
by Neil Simon

Presented by 
Bridge Drama Group

Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York in September 1937 during The Great Depression, this coming-of-age comedy focuses on Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teen ager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his family, including his older brother Stanley, his parents Kate and Jack, Kate's sister Blanche, and her two daughters, Nora and Laurie, who come to liver there after their father's death.

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15
Mar
2019
Grainne Hunt

15 March 2019 8:00 pm

Grainne Hunt
Grainne Hunt is a contemporary folk singer and songwriter from Carrickmacross. With consistently on-point, captivating vocals and well-honed, insightful songs, Grainne has shared stages with Glen Hansard and Mark Geary. Touring in support of her new record, This Secret, recorded in Nashville, she is playing across Ireland and Europe. This is a cabaret style show. 

Friday 15th March, 8pm

Tickets €15

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23
Mar
2019
Neil Delamere

23 March 2019 8:00 pm

Neil Delamere

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE TOUR

Fresh from a sell-out tour, the star of BBC's The Blame Game and Soft Border Patrol, Neil Delamere, returns to Íontas Theatre with a brand new show. This time he thinks he has that whole "illusion of control" idea sussed. Then again he would think that, wouldn't he?

'You'll be hard-pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe' ***** (Scotsman)
'One lean, mean, comedy, killing machine' ***** (Herald)

Saturday 23rd March, 8pm
€25

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30
Mar
2019
The Blindboy Podcast Live

30 March 2019 8:00 pm

The Blindboy Podcast Live

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 14th SEPT FROM 10am

Blindboy's increased notability away from his band Rubberbandits, has allowed for him to explore wider avenues and create perhaps outrageously mind-altering brainchildren which can only be described as courageous, yet bonkers.

With a number one selling book under his belt and a podcast that has reached interest not only in Ireland but internationally, the satirist could possibly single-handedly change people's mind set on mental health and the deafening stigma it surrounds.

Outspoken, informed and empathetic, Blindboy engages his audience with an unusual touch of realism. There is a very authentic feeling of "freedom" he exhumes which allows his listeners and participants to openly speak their mind without judgement and no topic off limits - certainly an air of belonging encircling the space you find yourself in when listening or in company of Blindboy.

His latest innovative creation, The Blindboy podcast espouses mental health issues but reaches further into an eclectic spectrum of current topics from gun laws to feminism, racism or a bit of history. Blindboy has it covered.

His uncanny ability to articulate what nearly everyone is thinking is unparalleled and something that is sorely needed in Irish society. - The Daily Edge

8pm (Doors 7.30pm)
Adm: €26 (includes €1 Booking Admin fee)


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26
Apr
2019
NOBODY PUTS BERNIE IN A CORNER

26 April 2019 8:00 pm

NOBODY PUTS BERNIE IN A CORNER

Join Bernie Jones on her crazy “Dirty Dancing” themed hen party and get ready to meet her madcap family and friends while you have “The Time Of Your Life!”

 

Bernie is a single mother to her stroppy teenage daughter and from her living room runs an ironing service called “Let’s Get Steaming.”

 

When Bernie’s long-suffering driving instructor pops the question she reluctantly agrees and sets the date!

 

Will she make it down the aisle or will she discover her real-life Johnny Castle?

 

This high energy, hilariously funny comedy show features 90’s disco classics and some iconic songs from Dirty Dancing!

 

If you’re crazy for Swayze and fancy a bit of salsa in your Karaoke, then join Bernie Jones for a wild night of fun and laughter and let’s get this party started!

Adm €21

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27
Apr
2019
NOBODY PUTS BERNIE IN A CORNER

27 April 2019 8:00 pm

NOBODY PUTS BERNIE IN A CORNER

Join Bernie Jones on her crazy “Dirty Dancing” themed hen party and get ready to meet her madcap family and friends while you have “The Time Of Your Life!”

 

Bernie is a single mother to her stroppy teenage daughter and from her living room runs an ironing service called “Let’s Get Steaming.”

 

When Bernie’s long-suffering driving instructor pops the question she reluctantly agrees and sets the date!

 

Will she make it down the aisle or will she discover her real-life Johnny Castle?

 

This high energy, hilariously funny comedy show features 90’s disco classics and some iconic songs from Dirty Dancing!

 

If you’re crazy for Swayze and fancy a bit of salsa in your Karaoke, then join Bernie Jones for a wild night of fun and laughter and let’s get this party started!

Adm €21

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11
May
2019
CROWMAN

11 May 2019 8:00 pm

CROWMAN

Jon Kenny is touring with a new play CROWMAN and will be performing it at a theatre near you shortly. The play received standing ovations every night during a run in Cork Midsummer festival at the Granary. 
In it Jon plays numerous characters but the primary one is Dan, a man in his 50s who is living alone. He is a loner and feels himself an outsider looking in on the community but he discovers during the play that he is not as much an outsider as he thinks. 
When he hears about the passing of a dear friend, he is forced to look back on his own troubled youth and face up to his demons. The play is at times poignant and tragic but also has a warmth and humour as Jon slips seamlessly in and out of the many uproariously funny characters. 
The people he depicts are surreal and humorous but tinged with tragedy and Jon plays each with his amazing ability of character acting and hilarious humour.

 

Review of 'Crowman' by Colette Sheridan 
Irish Examiner 23 Jun 2018 

Set in a sparsely decorated kitchen, this intimate one-man show starring Jon Kenny (D'Unbelievables) feels like a window into the soul of a lonely bachelor, Dan. A crow-hating man who noisily tries to shoo the blighted birds away, Dan measures out his life by the amount of funerals he has to attend every week. They are social occasions with the added bonus of refreshments. 
Dan, who vacillates between high comedy by mimicking TV celebrity chefs; and pathetic admissions, including attending Mass just to connect with another human by shaking hands, is a master at distraction, But one day, hearing a death announcement on the radio. his world is shattered. 
Kenny is brilliant in the role, conveying the gamut of emotions. Katie Holly's script is strong, conjuring up a life of quiet desperation.


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