Open casting call for 1916 production in Kilkenny

2016 is calling! This Spring Kilkenny is giving over it’s streets and some of it’s much loved historical buildings to a brand new and exciting piece of historically inspired, site specific theatre.

The public of Kilkenny are invited on a journey through the streets of our beautiful city, from the Parade to the Court House, through doorways and slip ways, tracing the steps of Thomas MacDonagh and exploring the stories that are Kilkenny’s contribution to the 1916 Rising.

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Tickets on sale now for The Full Monty with Kilkenny Musical Society

It’s January first, and in January tradition, tickets are now on sale for The Full Monty, presented this April by Kilkenny Musical Society.

In this Americanized musical stage version adapted from the 1997 British film of the same name, six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers, low on both cash and prospects, decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives’ enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. One of them, Jerry, declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they’ll go “the full monty”—strip all the way. As they prepare for the show, working through their fears, self-consciousness, and anxieties, they overcome their inner demons and find strength in their camaraderie.

This year’s cast includes Ciaran Dunphy, Nicole Brennan, Fergal Millar, Sarah Brennan, Aidan Byrne, Elaine O’Hara, Declan Taylor, Rebecca Murphy, Eoghan Fingleton, Delia Larkin, Ben Warner, David Doyle, Dee Gibney, Jerry Gardner, Maeve O’Flynn, Edwina Cummins, John Cross and more. Directed by Christine Scarry.

The show runs at the Watergate from 10-16 April. Book now online or call the box office on 056 7761674.


The Unlucky Cabin Boy on way to Kilkenny

The Unlucky Cabin Boy is a new musical devised by Gúna Nua Theatre Company in conjunction with playwright Mike Finn and The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra and it arrives here at the Watergate on 17 November for a 2 night run.

Stephen O'Leary as Patrick O'Brien in The Unlucky Cabin Boy by MIke Finn Music by David Blake Directed by Paul Meade Photo by Tom Lawlor

Stephen O’Leary as Patrick O’Brien in The Unlucky Cabin Boy by MIke Finn Music by David Blake Directed by Paul Meade Photo by Tom Lawlor

Based on a true story, The Unlucky Cabin Boy tells of the young Patrick O’Brien of Limerick in 1835. In a desperate attempt to escape his life of poverty, he signed himself aboard the Francis Spaight ship as a cabin boy on the ship’s voyage to the New World. On the ship’s return from St. John, New Brunswick, the Francis Spaight encountered a terrible storm and capsized. With several crew members drowned, the remaining sailors were able to right the ship by cutting the mast leaving them utterly stranded in the vast ocean; their provisions, water, and possessions having been lost overboard.

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After two weeks of struggling to survive in severely grim conditions, the crew’s despair drove them to desperate measures and Capitan Gorman resolved that one crew member should die in order to prolong the lives of the others. Our hero, Patrick O’Brien drew lots, called himself on the death lot, and was killed and eaten by the crew. Two other crew members were respectively killed and eaten before the remaining sailors were rescued by passing ship. Continue Reading →