Theatre Nights: Dancing delights, and laughs galore

In her weekly column, Jo Kerrigan gives us the low-down on theatre highlights in Cork for the week ahead
Theatre Nights: Dancing delights, and laughs galore

Giovanni Permice, pictured with former Strictly Come Dancing partner Debbie McGee, plays the Everyman on Sunday. 

CAN you believe it's already March? And there is plenty to look forward to for theatregoers of all ages.

This Saturday, March 2 The Illegals, with Niamh Kavanagh, play the venue on their Eagles and Fleetwood Mac ‘25’ tour; while on Sunday, Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice brings Dance is Life, with his leading lady Luba Mushtuk.

From Wednesday to Friday next week, March 6 to 8 the eagerly-awaited new play from Christiane O’Mahony, Sea Horse, plays the Everyman. Call 021 450 1673 or see for all bookings.

Tonight Ross Browne is at the Cork Opera House with his sparkling new show, Bojangle. Derek Ryan, one of Irish country music’s great stars, is here on Saturday, while Sunday brings a real treat: the Royal Moscow Ballet with Swan Lake at both 2pm and 8pm.

Next week, Mario Rosenstock arrives at the start of the tour of his new show, In Your Face on Wednesday and Thursday.

Booking for all Opera House events on 021 427 0022 or at

Primal, the debut play from Rooney Prize winning author Ciarán Collins, will have its world premiere Tuesday next, March 5, at Cork Arts Theatre. Directed by Shaun O’Connor, and featuring Jack Walsh and Tommy Harris , it is presented as part of the theatre’s ‘Emerging Artists Program 2019’, which will continue with a number of other shows throughout the year. It was made possible by the support of both Cork Arts Theatre and the Arts Council of Ireland.

The story concerns a battle of wits between a professor and his student, and is a dark exploration of masculinity and power structures, punctuated by distinctly Cork humour. Tuesday-Saturday, March 5-9 at 8pm.

Bookings 021 450 5624 or at

The Ortús Chamber Music Festival 2019 is running until Sunday March 3. This year, attendees have a rare opportunity to hear a performance of Messiaen’s seminal Quartet for the End of Time. It will be the final piece performed, by Michael McHale on piano, Jessie Grimes on clarinet, Patrick Rafter on violin and Ortús Co Artistic Director, Sinéad O’Halloran on xello at First Fruits Arts Centre in Watergrasshill on Saturday, March 2 at 8pm. Other venues for the festival over the weekend include the Aula Maxima in UCC, Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh and CIT Cork School of Music, bringing together some of the most talented musicians of their generation to perform in Cork. Tickets on, at Pro Musica in Cork city, or at the door.

Here’s a treat for all the late star’s fans: the Dolan family present Remembering Joe — The Joe Dolan Show — As It Was, at Ballymaloe Grainstore this Sunday, March 3. Tickets can be booked at or by phone on 021 475 7200.

There’s a chance to hear contemporary Irish music ensemble Strung at Ionad Cultúrtha in Ballyvourney today, Friday March 1. Based in Cork, they comprise Maria Ryan (violin/vocals), Lucia Mac Partlin (violin), Séan Warren (cello) and Aonghus McCarthy (piano), all products of Cork School of Music. Strung’s sound radiates with originality, yet has an understated energy that instantly captivates. 8.30pm. Call 026 45733 or see for tickets.

Advance notice that the great Cork Artists Variety Show comes to the Glen Theatre in Banteer on Friday, March 9. Featuring the inimitable Joe Mac, Dan Twomey, Terry McCarthy, Lorainne Manley, and Donal Ring, it’s sure to be a packed house.

And news that the new Glen Theatre Drama Group play season starts later in the month of March — more details as soon as we have them. Call 087 7558752 to book.

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