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

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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.
COUNTY CORK JUNE 1887.
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

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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.

Drama: Widow’s Paradise

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Widow’s Paradise
Written by Sam Cree and directed by Tadhg O Keeffe

This farcical comedy is set in the 70’s 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 comedy will sure to have you splitting your sides! Come along and join us if your up for a good laugh!

Easter Monday 28th March at 8.30pm. Booking 029 – 56239
Also, at the Glen Theatre: Patrick O Sullivan and Guests on Friday 1st April, and Red Hurley on Sunday 3rd April

Glen Theatre Drama Group Festival

Destiny of Fools at Glen Theatre Nov 2013Friday 4th March “Cash on Delivery” @ 8.30pm
Saturday 5th March “Widows Paradise” @ 8.30pm
Sunday 6th March “Separate Beds” @ 8.30pm

Three hilarious comedy’s sure to have you falling off your seats!

Also, upcoming concerts at the Glen Theatre Banteer:

  • The legendary Donovan on Sun 13th March 2016.
  • Fri 18th March Joe Dolan Tribute Show,
  • Fri 1st April Patrick O Sullivan and Band,
  • Sun 3rd April Red Hurley,
  • Sat 16th April Johnny McEvoy

For details / booking contact: 087 7558752 or 029 56239

[read more …] “Glen Theatre Drama Group Festival”

Drama: Simba the Lion King

Macroom Children’s Drama Group “Starmakers” present their classical musical, ‘Simba the Lion King’, which will feature all of your favourite characters from this much loved story. Hours of practice are taking place and under the skillful eye of Director Martin Clancy this production promises to be something special.

4th/5th March at 8:00pm & Sun 6th at 3:00pm at the Briery Gap

Briery Gap Players Present John B. Keane’s “Moll”

Briery Gap Players Present John B. Keane’s “Moll”

Briery Gap Players return from 12th to 14th Feb at 8:00pm with the classic John B. Keane Comedy “Moll”, directed by Michael Twomey.

The comedy is a hilarious look at life in a rural Irish parochial house.

Tickets €15 and Concessions €12, available from Briery Gap Box Office on 026-41793 or see brierygap.ie.

Millstreet Community School TY Drama Production 2016

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This excellent production of

‘The Plough and the Stars’ by Sean O’Casey

will continue tonight (3rd Feb) and tomorrow night (4th Feb)

at 8pm in the school canteen

Tickets are €8 for adults and €5 for children/students.

For more details, contact the school on 029 70087

— The play gives insight on the impact of the rising on the people of Dublin and reflects on the role of violence in social change. A great night at the theatre awaits all. A special invite to previous cast members, especially all who performed this play (millstreetcommunityschool.ie)

Once upon a time in Macroom……

Sleeping-Beauty-370x590_rszBriery Gap are delighted to announce Christmas Pantomime 2015 “The Sleeping Beauty” from Saturday, December 12th. This is the first time this well-loved fairy-tale has been staged at Briery Gap and celebrates their 16th Panto Production with a cast and chorus of over 120 talented adults and children.

Steeped with humour, music and a sprinkle of romance, this year’s Panto features all the traditional characters of the story with a few surprises sure to entertain anyone that believes in a little magic at Christmas time!

The cast includes Kelly Ann Healy “The Sleeping Beauty”, Luke Horgan as “Prince Philip”, Jim Leahy as “Dame Marge”, Maureen O Brien as “The Wicked Fairy – Maleficent”, Conor Dinneen as “Foxy – Maleficent’s Assistant”, Pat O’Connell as “Lord Chamberlain”, Pat Kelleher and David Lucey as “Matt and Batt”, Finn Brady as “Tiger- The Palace Cat”, Con Foley as “The King, Anita Gallagher as “The Queen”, Ava Rose Gallagher as “The Story Teller” and Theresa Dineen as “Monica”. Not forgetting the Three Fairies – Carmel Mc Carthy as “Flora”, Mary Lynch as “Fauna” and Padraig O’Driscoll as “Merryweather”.

Matinees at 3:00pm: Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th and Evening Performances at 8:00pm: Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th. Ticket prices are €16 for adults, €12 for Children/OAP’s – group rates are also available.

Don’t miss the most magical fairy-tale in the land at Briery Gap, Macroom this Christmas season! To book, contact Briery Gap Box Office on 026-41793, or see brierygap.ie for further information.

Drama: Callaghan’s Place

Update – 20th Nov: Unfortunately the show has had to be cancelled due to a bereavement associated with the drama group. The show has been rescheduled for January 2016.

Killorglin Drama Group present their new production of “Callaghan’s Place”. A two-act play by renowned Sligo-born playwright John Mc Dwyer, (works include ‘Unforgiven’, ‘You’ll never walk alone’, ‘Love is’ and more), it tells the tale of a family struggling to cope with economic and social life. An only daughter is about to leave home. Her father is besotted and bereft at the thought; her mother is ignored and unhappy. Enter an Englishman of unknown reputation or origin into “Callaghan’s Place”, and the tale follows the community’s fascination and curiosity. Who is he, where has he come from and what did he do? The intrigue builds into a crescendo through lively scenes of rich dialogue. This interpretation by Killorglin Drama Group brings the setting to a rural Kerry scene and the storytelling is punctuated throughout with heartfelt truths and hilarious metaphors, guaranteeing a very enjoyable evening’s entertainment!

Friday 20th & Saturday 21st November,  8pm at the Briery Gap.
Tickets: €15 / €12 / €10 please. Bookings: 026 41793

Cork Music Station Broadcasting Live Tonight from 8pm at The Country Hall of Fame Show at The Great Northern Hotel Bundoran

Cork Music Station with DJ Willie Fitzgerald are Broadcasting Live Tonight from 8pm at The Country Hall of Fame Show with many top Artists lined up including the Legendary Big Tom, all this is happening at The Great Northern Hotel Bundoran so do tune in for a Night of Great Entertainment.michael commins

Local Cast of Sullane Players guarantee laughs a plenty this Autumn!

2015-11 Briery Gap - Pretend Sick - posterSullane Players will bring their unique comedic talents back to Briery Gap on Friday 6th& Saturday 7th of November with “Pretend Sick”. A rip-roaring three-act comedy, written by Michael J. Ginnelly. The manipulative Katie pretends to be sick in a bid to ensure her daughter, Mary, stays at home to look after her and Mary’s brother Seán.

Mary struggles to cope with the abuse, hoping that someday her boyfriend of many years will finally pop the question and whisk her away from her mundane life at home!

Ticekts are priced at €12 / €10. To book please contact Briery Gap Box Office on 026-41793 or see brierygap.ie for further details.

Briery Gap: The Real McCoy

The play, set in 1964, focuses on the life of 68 year-old Madge Mulloy who has spent more than 40 years struggling to survive on a small farm with her only daughter Maura. Sadly, Madge has had to live with the fact that her husband Tom simply vanished without a trace within five months of marrying her! The play centres on Tom’s homecoming and explanation of his disappearance. With two love stories, a dominant wife, a frightened husband, a confused curate, a gormless postman and two pedigree gossips, this production has all the ingredients for an unforgettable night of entertainment!

The Real McCoy, by the Sullane Players, will be held at the Briery Gap on the 30th & 31st of October at 8pm – Tickets: €12 / €10

Conal Gallen – A Laugh & A Half!

“Conal is back with what promises to be his best show yet, jam-packed with over 2 hours of hilarious jokes, stories and songs which will have you in stitches from start to finish! He has been writing brand new material along with some firm fan favourites to give his audience, what he considers, “His Best Show Yet”. Loved by audiences young and old, Conal has proved time and time again why he is Ireland’s funniest man with his hilarious, side-splitting brand of comedy.”

Conal Gallen – A Laugh & A Half!
Saturday 12th September at 8:00pm
Briery Gap Theatre, Macroom

Tickets €25 available now from Briery Gap Box Office on 026-41793 or see brierygap.ie

Final Performance of “Family Fever” at Glen Theatre This Sunday

Banteer Drama Group appearing in "Family Fever" by Sam Cree at the Glen Theatre on Sunday, 5th April 2015.  The excellent production continues on various dates.  Bookings on 029 56239.  Click on the images to enlarge.
Banteer Drama Group appearing in “Family Fever” by Sam Cree at the Glen Theatre on Sunday, 5th April 2015. The excellent production ends with its final performance this Sunday, 26th April at 8.30 p.m..  Bookings on 029 56239. Click on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

“Family Fever” at the Glen Theatre

Banteer Drama Group appearing in "Family Fever" by Sam Cree at the Glen Theatre on Sunday, 5th April 2015.  The excellent production continues on various dates.  Bookings on 029 56239.  Click on the images to enlarge.
Banteer Drama Group appearing in “Family Fever” by Sam Cree at the Glen Theatre on Sunday, 5th April 2015. The excellent production continues on various dates. Bookings on 029 56239. Click on the images to enlarge.

Banteer Drama Group “Family Fever” by Sam Cree continues at the Glen Theatre this Sun 12th April at 8:30pm and this hilarious comedy is a follow up to last year’s “Wedding Fever”. As the Galbraith family prepare for Christmas and New Year, Alec Galbraith hopes for a peaceful Christmas. However, Myra, his eldest daughter, is heavily pregnant and is ready to give birth at any moment, while daughter Linda is cooing in a lovesick fashion over the latest object of her affections, the kilted Scotsman Archie McNulty. Stir in a pair of staidly disapproving in-laws, nosy neighbours Willie and Emily Beatty disturbing the peace, some slinky ladies underwear, an amorous Aunt Maud, a nappy-changing scene where flour is used instead of talc to salve the baby’s bottom, and a generous amount of seasonal tippling, and you get the picture!

Everyone is welcome. There is also a show on Sunday 19th April at 8:30pm.

Further details on the Glen Theatre Facebook Page

“Oliver” at the Briery Gap

Briery Gap are delighted to present this year’s Musical “Oliver” to be staged from Friday 24th April 2015 performed by The Briery Gap Players and directed by Kevin Hough of RTE. Join us as Briery Gap players bring Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life!
Friday 24th, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April 2015 at 8:00pm
Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd May 2015 at 8pm
Matinee Sunday 3rd May at 3pm
Admission €16 / Concessions €13 / Matinee €12

Please contact Box Office on 026-41793 for bookings or alternatively check out our website brierygap.ie

“Buds of Ballybunion” in Cullen Community Centre on 26th Feb.

The truly excellent Banteer Drama Group's production of John B. Keane's "The Buds of Ballybunion"
The truly excellent Banteer Drama Group’s production of John B. Keane’s “The Buds of Ballybunion” is at the newly renovated Cullen Community on Thursday, 26th February 2015 at 8.30pm. We thank Patricia Moynihan of Cullen for kindly alerting us to this special occasion.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

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