Deborah Wiseman will be appearing in Moliéres The School for Wives at The New Theatre from 3rd-15th August. Directed by Peter Reid for AC Productions.
Nichola Mac Evilly, John Carty and Fiona McGeown appear in The Only Jealousy of Emer for Blue Raincoat Theatre Co until August 7th at The Factory Performance Space, Sligo.
The show, as part of the ‘Tread Softly Festival’ runs daily at 1.10pm with lunch provided from 12.30pm from The Sweet Beat Café.
Gerard Adlum will be appearing in Bob & Judy at Theatre Upstairs from the 28th July – 8th August.
The play, written by Gerard is the second instalment in Fast Intent’s Trilogy of new plays at Theatre Upstairs, as part of their Residency for 2015. For booking and more information see here
Check out this glowing review from The Sunday Business Post for The Importance of Being Honest, starting Deirdre Monaghan. The show must end this Saturday 25th!
It’s often tempting to wonder what becomes of characters when a story, novel or play ends. In the Importance of Being Honest, Billie Traynor takes a bold imaginative leap, writing a future for the two female protagonists in Oscar Wilde’s most famous dramatic work.
The Importance of Being Earnest left Gwendolen and Cecily at the point of marriage. Traynor picks them up 20 years later, in 1913. Cecily, ensconced on her country estate, fills her days with interpretive dance, meditation and mantras: “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.”
When Gwendolen arrives unannounced from the city, the women take tea in the garden, engaging in a fraught and often very funny conversation that exposes their fundamental differences.
While Cecily embraces a somewhat rarefied version of modernity and wears informal, free-flowing clothes, Gwendolen believes in good corsetry and laments the trend of men appearing for dinner in “complete undress”, ie, without a bow tie.
Gwendolen (played by Billie Traynor) gets most of the best lines. Gloriously self-deluded and an outrageous snob, she has, as she realises to her horror, turned into her mother, the infamous, indomitable Lady Bracknell.
Traynor includes several references to the original play, and though full of wonderful Wildean aphorisms – “Marriage is a contract between a man and a woman in which neither has a right to happiness” – The Importance of Being Honest is a homage to, rather than an attempted emulation of Wilde.
Unlike her predecessor, Traynor is not determined to avoid an overtly serious message. Women’s suffrage is almost immediately a point of contention between Cecily and Gwendolen, who calls Emmeline Pankhurst a “Bolshevik she-devil”.
For the most part, the issues are character-driven and explored with an admirable lightness of touch. Traynor and Deirdre Monaghan (who plays Cecily) counterbalance each other brilliantly, their instinctive comic timing accentuating the wit of the script.
As they grapple with their own personal conflicts – imperfect marriages, advancing age, increasingly independent children – the women also explore their attitudes towards gender politics and, while it remains faithful to the period in which it is set, the play has plenty of contemporary relevance.
Nichola, John and Fiona are currently appearing in At The Hawks Well for Blue Raincoat Theatre Company at The Factory, Sligo.
The show directed by Niall Henry runs until July 17th. Tickets and more information can be found here
Deirdre Monaghan is currently appearing in “The Importance of Being Honest”- Billie Traynor’s irreverent “what if” play about two of Oscar Wilde’s most loved characters, Cecily and Gwendolyn.
Why not visit Bewleys Café Theatre in their temporary home on the top floor of the Powerscourt centre and check out this charming lunchtime fare, directed by Liam Halligan. Runs until July 25th.
Tom Moran begins shooting in Bratislava this week for an upcoming Slovakian Romantic Comedy. He will play opposite Gabriela Marcinkova in the film which is expected to be released in Slovakia in the Spring of 2016.
Congratulations to Donncha O’Dea who has been cast as ‘Ma’ in Eejit Of Love at Greenside @ Nicholson as part of Edinburgh Fringe, from 7th-29th August. For more information check out the website here
Check out this review for Saints & Sinners at The New Theatre, directed by Cathal Quinn for Mouth on Fire Theatre Company and starring Deborah Wiseman. Deborah plays Sibby in The Pot of Broth! Read the review here
Nichola MacEvilly plays Lilly Yeats in the story of the two sisters of the infamous brothers Jack the painter and William the poet.
Commissioned by the Lily Lolly Craftfest with the support of Yeats2015, the story draws us into the challenging and creative lives of the two sisters, with an occasional wry insight and commentary on the antics of their brothers William and Jack.
For more details and information on the production see here