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4 events for... anyone who loves a trip to the theatre

From one woman’s story of life during the Troubles to a musical re-do of a Victorian play.

THEATRE IN IRELAND has never been so exciting. From fresh, vibrant productions of old favourites to new, gripping stories, there’s something for everyone on stage here right now.

Here are four theatrical calendar highlights taking place in the coming days, from a story of Northern Ireland’s Troubles to a play dating back to Victorian times.

Norah by Gerard Humphreys

30712738_10155317850410969_6403924679332986880_o Norah by Gerard Humphreys closes at The New Theatre on Friday before kicking off an Irish tour. Source: Facebook/TheNewTheatre

When: Thursday April 19 and Friday April 20

Where: The New Theatre, Dublin 2 

Award-winning writer Gerard Humphreys’ retelling of the 1983 Hunger Strikes in Northern Ireland centres on Norah, a young woman faced with a difficult choice after her brother joins the strikes and becomes ill. Sensitively told, Norah may not be the most cheerful play in the world, but it’ll certainly prove to be food for thought.

After closing at The New Theatre, Norah’s cast will head to Friars’ Gate Theatre in Limerick, The Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire and Lyric Theatre in Belfast.

Tickets from €13 available here.

4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane

When: April 19 -26

Where: 126 Gallery, Co Galway 

Produced especially for super-cool venue 126 Gallery by up-and-coming Westworks Theatre Company, 4:48 Psychosis is a classic and controversial work by renowned playwright Sarah Kane. Fractured, dizzying and dark, it’s the story of the torment of mental illness that’s a tough watch, but truly incredible.

Director Kieron Smith says the show is “an invitation to step into the shoes of another” for a time.

Tickets from €6 here.

The Colleen Bawn by Dion Boucicault

When: 7 -28 April

Where: Lyric Theatre, Belfast

First performed in 1860, Boucicault’s play has been performed dozens of times over the years, including four separate re-tellings on film. The story is about love, marriage and family – topics just as relevant now as in 1860.

Lyric’s production is full of music and melodrama, performed by the Bruiser Theatre Company. Perfect for a Saturday night culture trip.

Tickets from £10 (€11.50) here.

Take off Your Cornflakes by Rose Henderson and Pat Nolan

21743103_476594676059583_4788740438648938256_n Rose Henderson and Pat Nolan. Source: Facebook/Take Off Your Cornflakes

When: April 21
Where: Hawk’s Well Theatre, Co Sligo

Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, Take Off Your Cornflakes comes to Sligo as part of a whistle-stop tour around Ireland. It’s the story of an older couple, Trish and Tommy, who try to cope when Tommy is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

The play swept the awards board at last year’s Fringe Festival, and was described as “one of the most sensitive, heartfelt, and uplifting shows of the festival.” Bring a packet of tissues, just in case.

Tickets from €16 here.

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