Arts briefs


CONJURE up a live and local skit akin to TV’s Whose Line is It Anyway? for an idea of what Choke Comedy is up to. Based in Limerick, this collective of performers for unFringed Festival has booked [email protected] Cecil Street for a Wednesday February 4, 10.30pm improvised show.

Of the seven entertainers involved, Ann Blake and Norma Lowney cut their teeth at Impact Theatre Company and Susan Holland is better known for curating at city gallery. According to bubble colleague Charlie Cassey, this interactive piece is driven by audience participation and choice. Giving it ‘choke’?

“Nothing is written or rehearsed or prepared – everything is completely new and no two nights will ever be the same”.

Light-hearted, playful and comic, Baker Place has been the platform to date for Choke Comedy shows.

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Valjean, Javert and the Bishop

CENTRESTAGE Youth Theatre will  open rehearsals for the epic musical Les Miserables in LIT on Saturday February 7 at 3.30pm. The search is for young actors, singers and dancers aged 13 to 18 years to take part. Auditions will take place on Saturday February 14 for the lead roles which include Valjean, Javert, Bishop, Fantine, Cosette, Thenardier, Mrs Thenardier and other roles.

Les Miserables is being staged in UCH in April as part of the Participation and Learning programme.

 Broadway’s legendary musical has been specially adapted to meet the needs of young performers. This author-approved edition has been abridged to a running time of just over two hours, while carefully maintaining the integrity of one of the greatest musicals ever written.

The production will be in the capable hands of Richie Ryan and musical director Máire Keary-Scanlon. Full details from

A Fun Evening of Drama

THE bold claim to offer A Fun Evening of Drama was delivered to Arts page by Castlewood Players in Cratloe. Set aside a night for Saturday January 31 or Sunday Feb 1, or Saturday 7 and Sunday 8, 8pm curtain rise to “three unique stories”.

Castlewood Players will present Brian Friel’s Lovers, comprised of two one-act plays, Winners and Losers, and Bryan McMahon’s The Honeyspike. Lovers is set within families, and is a poignant mix.

The Honeyspike tells the story of a 300mile homeward journey for a group of travellers to Puck Fair. A pending birth drives the drama. 10euro at the door or 25euro for families.

Enable Ireland hosts artist

ENABLE Ireland’s centre at Quinn’s Cross is host to a new exhibition, opening Saturday February 7. Mary Horan is the artist and her catalogue of exhibitions to date include Art Ireland at the RDS in Dublin, where she had a sell-out show in March 2007.  “She also exhibits in various galleries throughout the country, including Lahinch and the Russell Art Gallery,” says Dolores Ryan of EI. “Mary’s work is increasingly sought after by art lovers everywhere”.

Attend this Mungret launch on Saturday 7 and over the following month.