GRANAGH Players return to Granagh Community Centre with ‘The Government Inspector’ for two consecutive three-night weekends. Opening this Friday 24 at 8pm, ‘The Government Inspector’ stages nightly into Sunday January 26 and again on Friday 31 into Sunday February 2.
Producer Jimmy Sheehy steers this 13th production that was written in 1836 by Nikolai Gogal. It is adapted by the drama company for an Irish setting in the 1970s and ’80s and the nub is: “The unexpected visit of a Government Inspector causes ructions in the town, namely because the local administrators are corrupt and self-serving.”
The townspeople kick-back because “all the characters in this place are concerned, above all else, with preserving or improving their own status, reputation, and, if applicable, fortune. They engage in lies, accept bribes, mock and criticise others, exhibit vanity, and neglect their duties. For them, the welfare of the town and the townspeople comes second to making sure that they’ve feathered their own nests.”
Ah, well. You will never mistake this south Limerick village for being sleepy hollow again.
Tickets on the door are €10 and €5 for the 8pm show.
Munster’s Red Army
THE Belltable: Connect programme has fostered outstanding theatre works in its short life. Consider Ann Blake’s ‘The Morning After the Night Before’, Mike Finn’s ‘Bread Not Profits’ and Joanne Ryan’s ‘Eggsistentialism’.
A new work, ‘Red Army’ and inspired by Munster Rugby fans’ culture – male and female – is being fashioned. Belltable programmer Marketa Dowling is producer, no less than Conall Morrison directs and the writers are experienced, Helena Close and Marie Boylan. Opening on June 3 for five performances at Lime Tree Theatre. More anon and booking already at www.limetreetheatre.ie
ED HANSOM, who plays a mean saxophone, is signalling the return of Limerick Jazz Workshops to the Learning Hub in Kileely on Tuesday evenings from January 28 into April 28. Then the end of term concert with multiple ensembles playing in sequence and led by skilled professionals will take place in Dolan’s Upstairs on Thursday April 30.
There is also a junior workshop on Saturday mornings that takes place at Peter Dee Academy of Music on O’Connell Avenue.