A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

A Portrait of the Artist

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Young Man by James Joyce

Wishing Conor O’Riordan, Ballinatona the best in his performance in  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce in the Everyman Theatre, Cork  from  Monday 22nd October – Wednesday 24th October.

The show will be finishing in the Siamsa Tire Theatre, Tralee, on the weekend of the  2nd and 3rd of November.

[read more …] “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce”

Culture Night at the Glen Theatre

The Glen Theatre Banteer welcomes everyone to an informal night of entertainment to celebrate Culture Night.   Join us for Drama – Pub Theatre style, story telling, music and song along with a special performance by Deirdre Linehan Toastmasters winner for Ireland and Britain.   Please come along and join in the fun at 8.30pm this evening Friday 21st September.

Autumn/Winter Programme of Music and Drama at the Riverside Park Hotel

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Announces Autumn/Winter Programme at Riverside Park Hotel Macroom!!

We are delighted to present a programme for September to December, packed with entertainment to suit all tastes including Music, Comedy & Theatre with further announcements to be made in the near future!! We hope you will enjoy this feast of local and national talent as we approach the close of the year!!

A Night Of Nights with the Donal Ring Ceilí Band & Guests – Riverside Park Hotel – Friday September 7th at 8.00pm. – Tickets €16

Welcome back to the golden days of Cork entertainment when good old-fashioned humour along with classic music were the order of the day. Headlining the nights will be the wonderful Cork Tenor Terry McCarthy and comedian Frank Twomey, who will have you splitting with laughter.

Special guests on the night are the Donal Ring Ceilí Band, who are now 60 years in the business. Wow! What an achievement. I’m sure Donal Ring Jnr and Terry Mac will do a few songs on the night.

“Walking back to Happiness” – 60’s and 70’s Music Show – Friday September 14th at 8.00pm. – Tickets: €20 / €18 Concession

Walking back to happiness” the music of the 60’s, 70’s and beyond makes a welcome return visit after a terrific response from last year’s show.

Annmarie O’Riordan in Concert – Friday 5th October at 8.30 pm – Tickets: €15 / €12 Concession

Annmarie’s wonderfully distinctive singing voice has become superbly recognisable not only at national level but increasingly on a much wider international scale.  [read more …] “Autumn/Winter Programme of Music and Drama at the Riverside Park Hotel”

Auditions for local production of Mamma Mia!

Lee Valley Enterprise Board are delighted to present Super Trouper- Mamma Mia performed by the Lee Valley Young Players.
Auditions for this production will take place on Sunday 26th August at Riverside Park Hotel from 5pm. The Director and choreographer is Margot Carlile with Gerard Collins as assistant director. For all enquiries contact the box office on (026)41174 / (087) 1663395,  <email>, or send a message on Facebook.

“It Runs in the Family” – Final Performance

The Glen Theatre Drama Group Banteer will do one final performance of “It runs in the Family” written by Ray Cooney and directed by Tadhg O’Keeffe on Saturday 2nd June at the beautiful Everyman Theatre in Cork. This is a hilariously funny fast paced comedy sure to have you in stitches! After two great shows at The Olympia Theatre Dublin and The Market Place Theatre Armagh City we return to Leeside to wrap up for the summer break, with plans for the autumn season well underway new members are welcome to join.

Glen Theatre Drama Group hit the stage

The Glen Theatre Drama Group host the hilarious comedy “Off the Hook” this coming weekend with shows confirmed for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (Nov. 17-19). Once again, the Banteer Group with a key Millstreet involvement are proving that there is no substitute for live entertainment in their latest production under director Cathy Bailey. Early booking is advised for “Off the Hook” , tickets can be pre-booked at the Glen Theatre Box Office at 029-56239.

[read more …] “Glen Theatre Drama Group hit the stage”

World Premiere Of ‘Sir Henry’

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Presents the World Premiere Of

Sir Henry’


As a follow up to last year’s hugely successful Autumn Musical, Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly have created another fantastic Musical which has to be seen. Featuring a stellar local cast, including Seán Óg Ó Duinnín as Sir Henry, we are delighted to announce that this production will be directed by the brilliant Cathal Mac Cabe (RTE).

Based on true events, ‘Sir Henry’ tells the farcical story of the misadventures of Sir Henry Browne Hayes, the notorious Cork based play boy who sought to gain the hand of the young heiress Mary Pike as a sure cure to his financial woes by nefarious means. This man’s actions caused scandal throughout the British Empire in 1797, under the palpable tension of insurrection in Ireland and set against the backdrop of revolution in France and America.  [read more …] “World Premiere Of ‘Sir Henry’”

Grease Lightning!

Rehearsals are well under way for this Youth Theatre production which will showcase the best talent in the Lee Valley area! Directed by Margo Carlisle of the renowned Carlisle Stage School in Cork.
Any profits the Lee Valley Enterprise Board make from thes shows will go back into local projects.

Fri October 6th, Sat October 7th at 8:00pm & Sun October 8th at 3:00pm. Tickets – Adults €15 & Students/Children €10 from 087 1663395 or www.macroom.ie

Auditions coming up for Exciting Local Shows!

Auditions for Grease Lightning: Due to over whelming demand for the return of Youth Theatre in Macroom, Lee Valley Enterprise Board are delighted to invite all youths over 12 years of age from the Lee Valley region to participate in our specially created song and dance production of Grease Lightning, directed by Margo Carlisle of Carlisle Stage School, Cork  with musical director, Macroom’s own Ann Buckley. This will  be an amazing opportunity for young people to develop their artistic skills as they enjoy vocal training, acting, choreography as well as socialise and work as a team on and off the stage. Auditions (12 years of age plus) will take place on Sunday 20th August at 5:00pm at Riverside Park Hotel. You will be required to sing any song of your own choice from a musical and may be required to read lines for character parts. Performacnes will take place on October 6th, 7th & 8th.

Auditions for ‘Sir Henry’Auditions for the exciting new musical ‘Sir Henry’, written by Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly & directed by Cathal MacCabe (RTE), will take place on August 27th at 5:00pm in Riverside Park Hotel Macroom. All are welcome to attend, please spread the word!! Based on true events, this show tells the farcical story of the misadventures of Sir Henry Browne Hayes, the notorious play boy who sought to gain the hand of the young heiress Mary Pike as a sure cure to his financial woes, this story caused scandal throughout the British Empire in 1797. Performance will take place on October 27th,October 28th, October 29thNovember 4th & November 5th.

All queries to Ann Dunne at <email>.

Any profits the Lee Valley Enterprise Board make from these shows will go back into local projects, including the restoration of the Church of Ireland in Macroom to create a cultural & tourism amenity.


The Glen Theatre Drama Group performing “Second Honeymoon” this Friday 14th July at 8pm in The Everyman Theatre Cork

The Glen Theatre Drama Group are doing a performance of “Second Honeymoon“, a hilarious Comedy written by Sam Cree and directed by Tadhg O Keeffe on this Friday 14th July at 8pm in the Everyman Theatre, Cork. Please come along and support this great Group on the Night which promises loads and loads of Laughter and Fun. The Glen Theatre Group are also appearing at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght Dublin on next Sunday Night July 16 and the Group are back on the Road again when they will line out at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on Sunday September 3rd. You can get a taste of the Show on the Video clip here at https://youtu.be/xangUJCat_0
[read more …] “The Glen Theatre Drama Group performing “Second Honeymoon” this Friday 14th July at 8pm in The Everyman Theatre Cork”

Murder at Shandy Hall returns to the Cork Opera House

Having sold out on its debut in Cork Opera House, Ireland’s first murder mystery musical starring Patrick Bergin returns in February 2017. A powerful and original period drama based on a true crime in Victorian County Cork in 1887 and a cast of real characters including a cruel killer; a beautiful governess; a betrayed wife; a canny and clever detective, a brilliant pathologist and a notorious hangman. This production is written and directed by Michael Sheridan based on his best -selling book with music and lyrics by Cork men Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly.

This local production will also act as a fundraiser for Sullane Haven – A Macroom Senior Citizens Project. Details and booking at CorkOperaHouse.ie

Glen Theatre: The Chastitute

The Glen Theatre Drama Group Banteer would like to wish all our patrons a very New year and thank everyone for their continued support for 2017.

The Chastitute is a play written by the late great John B Keane and directed by Tadhg O Keeffe. Performances next weekend:

  • Charity Night for St Josephs Foundation Charleville at The Glen Theatre Banteer on Friday 13th January
  • The Everyman Theatre Cork on Saturday 14th January @ 8.00pm
  • The Civic Theatre Tallaght Dublin on Sunday 15the January @ 8.00pm.

Please tell all your family and friends in Cork and Dublin we would greatly appreciate to support.

Theatre: Circus Pantomonium

2017-01-06-briery-gap-circus-pantomonium-posterA New Year feast of music, comedy and magic is in store at Briery Gap’s exciting Christmas Pantomonium!! Featuring a chorus of over 70 local children as well as the traditional soloists and adult chorus, we are delighted to announce the return of Panto legends Nonie & Donie, a comedic duo without compare. This event is a real Community effort as a cast, chorus, crew and production team of over 100 local people are taking part! Brighten up your Women’s Christmas and New Year with a Circus full of laughter, song and cheer which is suitable for all ages!

Performance dates at Riverside Park Hotel are as follows:

  • January 6th at 7:30pm
  • January 7th at 2:30pm
  • January 8th at 2:30pm

Tickets €12/8 are available online at brierygap.ie or by calling the Box Office on 026 41917!

Murder at Shandy Hall – The Musical


Briery Gap is proud to announce that this original musical at Riverside Park Hotel will star screen legend Patrick Bergin in the role of Dr Philip Cross and will involve director Michael Sheridan, musical director Alan Kiely with production by Briery Gap.
Against the tranquil rural backdrop- the sleepy County Cork village of Dripsey near Coachford- a sensational Victorian murder is played out with a potent mix of love, lust, betrayal and ultimately naked hatred. The entry of a young and beautiful governess into Shandy Hall, the home of [read more …] “Murder at Shandy Hall – The Musical”

Auditions for local production of Murder at Shandy Hall

The Briery Gap will hold Open Auditions for Cast and Chorus on Sunday 7th August at 8:30pm, for their upcoming musical “Murder at Shandy Hall”.

This original musical will open on Thursday 13th October at Riverside Park Hotel and will star Patrick Bergin in the role of Dr Philip Cross and involve director Michael Sheridan.

“Against the tranquil rural backdrop- the sleepy County Cork village of Dripsey near Coachford- a sensational Victorian murder is played out with a potent mix of love, lust, betrayal and ultimately … [read the full background]

Enquiries to Ann Dunne 087 2755080
Briery Gap: email: <email> web: brierygap.ie

Briery Gap Relaunching Cinema

Briery Gap is relaunching Cinema in conjunction with The Castle Hotel this coming Monday, 13th June at 8:30pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated as we begin our journey forward after the recent fire in Briery Gap Theatre. The film being shown is the Oscar winning ‘The Revenant’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

We would like to thank The Castle Hotel for their help and support in hosting this event as well as SuperValu Macroom.

Watch this space as more film screenings will be announced shortly on our website brierygap.ie as well as on our Facebook & Twitter accounts!

The Clonbanin Ambush Play

1921-03-07 Front Page of the New York Times - Report on Clonbanin AmbushSteven O’ Riordan is fundraising to help him complete a newly discovered but unfinished play on the Clonbanin Ambush that has been found in an attic twenty five years after the writer’s death.

The Clonbanin Ambush was written by Cork native Bill Cody, also known as Patrick Vaughan contributor to the Corkman and the initial seeds for this play were sown almost 70 years ago through his encounter with an IRA veteran. It examines the circumstances surrounding a famous IRA ambush of the War of Independence where a large party of Volunteers from Cork and Kerry ambushed a party of British army soldiers in 1921 resulting in the death of the decorated British Brigadier-General Hanway Robert Cumming.

Discovered among Bill’s papers were two copybooks of fascinating historical, dramatic and poetic material dealing with the ambush that lay incomplete at the time of Bill’s death. In this time of seismic Irish revolutionary centenaries the play deserves and demands to be finished to do justice not just to the playwright but to the men who fought and died that day at Clonbanin. [read more …] “The Clonbanin Ambush Play”

Briery Gap: Thomas Kent – 1916 Rebel

On May 9th 1916 Thomas Kent became the only man outside of Dublin to be executed on Irish soil in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Rising. This forgotten story is brought to you by Cork Theatre Company Lantern Productions as part of the 1916 centenary celebrations. The thrilling and heartbreaking story of Cork man Thomas Kent, part of a prominent nationalist family who lived in Castlelyons, follows his journey from his involvement in the land league, to advocating for Irish independence to becoming a well-known member of the Irish Volunteers. Prepared to take part in the Easter Rising, the Kent brothers were devastated by the orders to stand down. This, however, was not to be the end of their fight…

Thomas Kent – 1916 Rebel. Briery Gap Theatre – Thursday May 5th at 8:00pm. Tickets €15. Presented by Lantern Productions (Cork)

Further details and bookings on brierygap.ie

Glen Theatre: Widows’ Paradise

2016-04 Widow's Paradise - Glen Theatre Drama Group - posterWidows’ Paradise
written by Sam Cree directed by Tadhg O Keeffe.

This farcical comedy is set in the 70s and the action takes place in a seaside caravan with five ladies embarking on a strictly Women Only holiday. A case of mistaken caravan identity sends the Widows’ Paradise into disarray with the subsequent arrival of no nonsense Alpha-male Harry his dim-witted sidekick Ernie and Harry’s handsome young son Alan. Add a couple of surprise visitors in the form of Willie and Farmer John and you have what can only be described as hysterical chaos.
What was supposed to be a scene of peace and tranquillity turns into a riotous clash of the sexes, each of the ten characters with his/her own story to tell!.

This hilarious romp is guaranteed to have you in hysterics! Performance on Sunday 17th April @ 8.30pm at the Glen Theatre, Banteer.