Theatre Nights: From comedy kicks to serious drama

In our weekly column Jo Kerrigan gives us the low-down on what exciting productions are treading the boards in Cork
Theatre Nights: From comedy kicks to serious drama
On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry, directed by Jim Culleton is at Cork Opera House next Tuesday, February 26.

PLENTY of fun with Ross O’Carroll-Kelly at the Opera House until Saturday with Postcards from the Ledge. On Sunday, Mike Denver is here with guests Philomena Begley and Ray Lynam, while on Tuesday Fishamble bring the much-awaited Blueberry Hill, after its triumphant premiere at the Dublin Theatre Festival. And to finish off February in style, that great evergreen comedian Brendan Grace brings his show to Leeside on Wednesday and Thursday February 27 and 28. Booking for all Opera House shows on 021 427 0022 or www.corkoperahouse.ie.

Last chance tonight to see Rapids at Everyman. Exploring instances of disclosure and the presence of stigma in the lives of men and women who are HIV+ in Ireland today, this new work by Shaun Dunne and Talking Shop Ensemble is the result of collaboration with several groups from the HIV+ community, and will take you through the myriad of perspectives and experiences that compound what it means to live positive in this country.

“A lot of people here are afraid to speak about their HIV status,” says Shaun Dunne. “We promised that we would never betray their confidence and that we would make sure they were safe. When they finally started talking, they wouldn’t stop.”

Next week at the Everyman, This is the Funeral of Your Life is a heartwarming and uplifting show about death and the challenges of living. Created and directed by Louise White, it features Philip Connaughton (dancer), Lucy Miller (actress) and Michelle O’Rourke (mezzo soprano). That’s Monday 25 to 26, with a post-show talk on Monday. Meanwhile Wednesday to Friday next week, Seahorse is a darkly comic play about the anxiety of being a woman in modern Ireland, presented by For The Birds Theatre Company. Contact 021 450 1673 or www.everymancork.com for all bookings.

All the glamour of the classic musicals will be at the Cork Arts Theatre, Monday to Wednesday of next week, when the talented students of the Montfort College of Performing Arts present Broadway Kidz. The Montfort College is celebrating its 56th year of showcasing the best of Cork young talent. 021 450 5624 or www.corkartstheatre.com.

And advance notice of the Ortús Chamber Music Festival 2019, from March 1 to 3. This year its audiences are offered a rare opportunity to hear a performance of Messiaen’s seminal Quartet for the End of Time. This wonderful work, composed and first played while Messiaen was imprisoned by the Nazi’s in WWII, will be performed at the First Fruits Arts Centre in Watergrasshall on Saturday March 2 at 8pm. The opening concert takes place on Friday March 1 in UCC’s Aula Max, offering the Dohnanyi piano quintet no 1 paired with the Schumann piano quintet in E flat major. At the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh on the Saturday night, concertgoers can enjoy works by Beethoven and Dvorak as well as Sean Doherty’s intriguing No Go for Uileann pipes and string quartet; and the final concert in the Curtis Auditorium at 3pm on Sunday, March 3, will feature works by Stravinsky, Hans Gal and Brahms. See www.ortus.ie, and tickets also at Pro Musica or on the door.

Advance notice too of a chance to see new original work by emerging Irish theatre makers with Roots/Routes at the Firkin Crane March 7 to 9. Final year students from the Department of Theatre at UCC have chosen stories by Edgar Allan Poe, the Brothers Grimm, H.P. Lovecraft and Christina Rossetti to adapt for their showcase. 7.30pm start. www.firkincrane.ie

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