Limerick playwright Mike Finn returns this summer with a new site-responsive production Waiting For Poirot


LIMERICK playwright Mike Finn returns this summer with a new site-responsive production Waiting For Poirot.

Following on from the hugely successful run of Bread Not Profits in Cleeve’s Factory back in 2019, Limerick audiences are in for a real treat with this new comedy.

Audiences will experience a fast paced, laugh-out-loud, gripping, awe-inspiring, cliché-ridden, high octane romp. .

Waiting For Poirot will transform the park every evening into a hive of activity in the People’s Park this July.

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll wish there were toilets.

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The year is 1925 and the fledgling Irish Free State is trying to find its way in the world while emerging from the shadow of a deadly War of Independence.

Meanwhile, a bloody Civil War pitted brother against brother, father against son, uncle against aunt, second cousin against third cousin once removed and neighbour against the fella around the corner who owns the butchers.

Into this scene rolls a traveling group of players who labour under the title of Sir Montague Garrick’s Travelling Theatre & Electric Cinematograph who have taken up residence in the People’s Park, Limerick. Here, they plan to present the blood-curdling melodrama, Murder In The Red Barn – if they can remember the lines.

However, the curtain has barely risen on this classic play when one of the actors turns up dead! Enter Maguire and Patterson two ex-IRA gunmen turned policemen who are determined to get to the bottom of the case. Meanwhile, a world famous detective is due in town – will he solve the case before them?

However, in a world where nothing is what it appears to be and no one is who they claim to be it will take all of Maguire and Patterson’s training to bring the perpetrator to justice. The trouble is, they haven’t had any training. Meanwhile, the body’s gone missing.

With more twists than a helter-skelter and more surprises than a tuppenny Lucky Bag, Waiting For Poirot will have you on the edge of your seat. If you are on a seat. Which you won’t be.

“We feel privileged to have the opportunity to present one of the first live shows in the mid-west region to an ‘in person’ audience this summer, working alongside the incomparable team of playwright Mike Finn, Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable and our ensemble cast and creatives.” a spokesperson for Honest Arts said.

“The team at Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable could not be more thrilled and delighted to be able to return to live performance, in the company of our best and brightest Limerick theatre talents.

“What better way to mark the beginning of the end of this terrible pandemic than a tall tale written specifically for the people of Limerick by our very own Mike Finn.” Louise Donlon added.

Due to ongoing government restrictions Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable will ensure all our staff, art workers and audiences coming to the show will work within the government guidelines to keep everyone connected to the production safe.

This production would not be possible without the support of the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council.

More announcements to come before the end of May, watch this space.

Bookings will open late May on – dates, times and booking details will be announced shortly.