I’m so glad the 1st Irish Theatre Festival is back for its seventh season. Produced by Origin Theatre Company, 1st Irish is a mix of top-notch plays, readings and works in progress, by playwrights from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. I’ve attended a number of productions each year since it first started, and I’ve not yet been disappointed.
This year the Festival is offering a number of FREE productions – I’m hoping to get to Breaking Ground on Saturday, September 19th at 3:00; this is a series of readings of works in progress; one of the presenters is Jimmy Kerr, who’s a fabulously funny playwright (Ardnaglass on the Air, House Strictly Private)
I’m also looking forward to seeing Pondling. I attended a reading of this piece by Genevieve Hulme-Beamanthe, its playwright, who will be performing; she was wonderful. The story’s a bit fantastical, but very funny.
Another show on my “to see” list is Celebrity Autobiography also on Saturday, September 19th, but at 9:30 in the evening. Geraldine Hughes is one of the performers – need I say more?
The wonderful Fishamble Theatre Company from Dublin will stage “Little Thing, Big Thing,” a comedy thriller about an ex-con and a nun…
There are lots more, so take a look at the 1st Irish website ,then grab some friends and go buy a ticket or two – you’ll be glad you did.