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Stage Irish(?): A Miscellany of Dion Boucicault’s Irish Melodramas Directed by Tim Loane

Stage Irish(?): A Miscellany of Dion Boucicault’s Irish Melodramas Directed by Tim Loane

5 Mar 2015 8:00PM - 5 Mar 2015 10:00PM

Description:

Until relatively recently, official histories of Irish theatre were characterised by Abbey Theatre director Hugh Hunt’s view that this vital Victorian period of drama dominated by Dion Boucicault was “best forgotten”- an attitude shared by the same institution’s founders, W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, who despised the popular theatre stage (and the plebs who packed it). And yet, Boucicault’s influence is pervasive. It ghosts generations of later playwrights’ work: the comic double-acts and music hall knockabout of O’Casey, Beckett, and Behan. Even Conn the Shraughraun’s famous wake scene – fittingly restaged in Parker’s play to enact Boucicault’s stage exit from life – shadows Synge’s Riders to the Sea.
In recent years, historians, scholars and practitioners have helped to recuperate Boucicault’s work and to demolish earlier attitudes that disregarded him as a cheap hack. Audiences too have also demonstrated their appreciation of his work as several recent productions by the Abbey and Druid Theatres, and the National Theatre, London have played to packed houses. In the second event of this new initiative between Drama and English, Tim Loane will direct selected excerpts from Boucicault’s classic melodramas The Shraughraun, the Colleen Dawn and Arraghna-Pogue. This miscellany is intended to give an impressionistic overview of some of his most successful works.


Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: £4

Pains of Youth By Ferdinand Bruckner in a version by Martin Crimp

Pains of Youth By Ferdinand Bruckner in a version by Martin Crimp

10 Mar 2015 7:30PM - 12 Mar 2015 10:00PM

Description:

Vienna, 1923. A discontented post-war generation diagnose youth to be their sickness and do their best to destroy it.
Bourgeois existence or suicide. There are no other choices.
Promiscuous, pitiless and bored, six sexually entangled medical students restlessly wander in and out of a boarding house, cramming, drinking, taunting, spying. Freder savagely experiments with the young, pretty maid while a part of him pines for his former lover, Desiree, a wild, disillusioned aristocrat. Petrell abandons Marie for the ruthless underdog Irene. Marie doesn’t waste any time weeping - Desiree wants her.

Book your tickets:  studentshows@qub.ac.uk


Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: £5 / £7

those you pass on the Street By Laurence McKeown

those you pass on the Street By Laurence McKeown

27 Mar 2015 8:00PM - 28 Mar 2015 10:00PM

Description:

Friday 27th March, 8pm
Saturday 27th March, 8pm

Elizabeth walks into a Sinn Fein constituency office seeking assistance regarding anti-social behaviour in her area. Frank takes her details and promises to look into it. He later learns she is the widow of an RUC man killed by the IRA, and is warned to tread carefully. This brief encounter poses challenges for personal preconceptions and beliefs, straining family and political loyalties.
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Those You Pass on the Street explores the complexities of dealing with the legacy of conflict, especially when that conflict is localised and personal. It contrasts party political positioning with individual needs. It challenges the view that any mechanism for dealing with the past is simply about ‘whose side gets what’. This show will run for approx one hour and after Saturday’s performance, there will be a postshow discussion with the playwright, Dr Laurence McKeown; Kabosh’s artistic director, Paula McFetridge, chaired by Dr Mark Phelan


Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: £7

Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls Directed by Maggie Cronin

Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls Directed by Maggie Cronin

29 Apr 2015 7:30PM - 2 May 2015 10:00PM

Description: “If Margaret Thatcher wins on Thursday, I warn you not to be ordinary. I warn you not to be young. I warn you not to fall ill. I warn you not to get old.” Neil Kinnock, pre-general election speech, 1983.
Set in the early Thatcher years, Top Girls examines women’s lives and experiences at a time of great social change. Caryl Churchill daringly employs historical and modern characters to encounter each other, coincide and clash in this dazzling and poignant play. Their debate is, of course, still relevant today.
*For tickets please phone: 02890 971382 and email studentshows@qub.ac.uk
Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: £8 / £6 concession*

Scene from Within: Mark Applebaum’s Pre-Composition (2002) and Velimir Khlebnikov’s Mrs. Laneen (1913)

Scene from Within: Mark Applebaum’s Pre-Composition (2002) and Velimir Khlebnikov’s Mrs. Laneen (1913)

6 May 2015 7:00PM - 7 May 2015 9:00PM

Description: In these two works, separated by nearly a century, but strikingly akin in concept, the spectator/listener is invited into the psychical processes of another human being during a moment of heightened experience. For Pre-Composition, we are welcomed into the mind of a composer (Applebaum himself?) as he prepares his next piece. In Mrs. Laneen we enter the disordered mind of a woman in ill-health, possibly nearing death. The two pieces, presented together for the first time, offer a unique sound and theatre experience that presents a take on creativity and mental illness surprisingly consonant with current ideas in neuroscience.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: £3, Free for students

North meets South: Jimmy Fay in Conversation with Fiach MacConghail

North meets South: Jimmy Fay in Conversation with Fiach MacConghail

7 May 2015 4:00PM - 7 May 2015 6:00PM

Description: QUB Drama are delighted to play host to a special conversation between Jimmy Fay, (Executive Producer of the Lyric Theatre) and Fiach MacConghail (Director of the Abbey Theatre), on the eve of an historic co-production between both theatres of Sean O’Casey’s classic play, Shadow of a Gunman.
As Fiach completes a decade in charge of the Abbey Theatre, and Jimmy his first year at the Lyric, it seems a timely occasion to invite you to join the artistic leaders of the two most important theatre institutions on the island of Ireland to reflect on past, present and future of Irish drama.
Admission is free and tickets are available at the door (capacity is limited to 120).
Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: FREE

Mad Forest By Caryl Churchill

Mad Forest By Caryl Churchill

12 May 2015 7:30PM - 14 May 2015 10:00PM

Description: Did we have a Revolution or a putsch? Who was shooting on the 21st? And who was shooting on the 22nd? Was the army shooting on the 21st or did some shoot and some not shoot? Or were the Securitate disguised in army uniforms? And were they still shooting on the 22nd? Were they now disguised as Securitate? Where did the flags come from? Who put loudhailers in the square? How could they publish a newspaper so soon? Who got Ceausescu to call everyone together? Where are the bodies?
In December 1989, Romanian Communist Party Leader Nicolae Ceausescu’s regime was overthrown by the people of communist controlled Romania, during a series of violent protests, deadly riots and chaos in the capital. Shortly after the bloodbath Caryl Churchill and a group of students travelled to Bucharest and through interviews with people from all backgrounds, Churchill has complied the first hand accounts of the Revolution into the story of ‘Mad Forest’. The three act play set before, during and after the Revolution is thought provoking, gripping and entertaining. Presenting a wide-lensed account of Romanians from all walks of life, there is as much authenticity in the dialogue as in the silences.
Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: £7 / £5