For most people the festive Christmas over-indulgence is a thing of the past. Mid-January seems the right time to fully embrace 2017, dive back in and see what's going on. We can of course help you take that all important dive. For the next two weeks we offer top quality theatre, music, literature and cinema in our very own city centre venue - Belltable. So join in, get back into the swing of things, come out into the bright lights!
Our Belltable programme is jam packed over the next two weeks, you are sure to find something to tickle your fancy. Theatre lovers will be pleased to know Callback Theatre return to Limerick to present Fred & Alice, an endearing love story starring Cora Fenton and Ciaran Bermingham Saturday, 21st Jan. RTE's Joe Duffy described it as a "Splendid production with powerful performances".
Theatre: Fred and Alice
Jan 21st, 8pm
Literary evening: Gough, Ryan and Durack
Jan 26th, 8pm
Theatre: Ubu on the Table
Jan 27th, 8pm
Visit our website www.limetreetheatre.ie for a full list of events in both venues for the season ahead. Lime Tree Theatre events will begin again early February, check here for highlights and updates.
VENUE: Lime Tree Theatre
We are delighted to announce composer Anne-Marie O’Farrell is back with us for a series of four musical workshops this season.The first workshop is this Saturday, 21st January which starts at 2.30pm. Age 7-10 years.
Mark Saturday, 28th January in the diary for workshop 2, click here for more information.
Belltable:Connect Theatre Makers 2017
Theatre Makers is a 6-month theatre development programme responding to the identified need to create with guidance and support from mentors, giving participants an impetus to develop new works. The programme facilitates artists to stretch their creative comfort zone and to explore in a safe and stimulating environment.
Belltable:Connect Theatre Makers 2017 is led by two main mentors – playwright Deirdre Kinahan and director Lynne Parker. Visiting mentors include Tim Crouch (UK),Théâtre de la Pire Espèce (Canada), Rebecca Perry (Canada), among others.
We want to take this opportunity to congratulate all the participants for 2017:
Ann Blake, Caoimhe Dunn, Eadaoin O’Donoghue, Fionnuala Gygax, Henry Martin, Joan Somers Donnelly, Joanne Ryan, John Galvin, Liam McCarthy, Maeve Stone, Mags O’Donoghue and Rob Moloney.
Belltable:Connect Award in Limerick Fringe 2017
We are delighted to partner with Limerick Fringe 2017 to offer a ‘Belltable:Connect Award’ to a production in the Limerick Fringe. The production can be in any artistic genre, as judged by Limerick Fringe judging panel. The winning production will be part of the Belltable season programme. Click here for more information.
Mind your manners and always play with the tableware.
We have a very exciting performance for you on the 27th of January. Give a big welcome to Théâtre de la Pire Espèce – Québec’s foremost object theatre company who bring us Ubu On The Table. After over 800 performances around the world, in more than 15 countries, this acclaimed adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi comes to Ireland.
Using utensils that double as gorging tools and weapons, two talented actor-puppeteers hammer out a small-scale fresco of grandiose buffoonery. This is a subversive, quirky and immensely enjoyable show.
Capacity 100 | Language: English| Age 14+ |
Strong language and puppet scenes of an adult nature! Be warned...
Co presented by
Belltable & Limericks Writers' Centre
A Literary Evening with Julian Gough, Donal Ryan and Michael & Austin Durack
Belltable, Jan 26th, €12/€10
IRISH FILM INSTITUTE @ BELLTABLE
It was fantastic to see so many cinema lovers out in force last week for Captain America, the feedback on the evening was encouraging. Please find the titles for the next four weeks listed below. Click here to go directly to our website to book tickets or to find out more!
Top tip for today - keep in mind If you book online you receive 10% off the ticket price for cinema, which also helps avoid queuing on the night of a screening.
Belltable | Monday, 23rd Jan | 8pm | €8
After Love sees Belgian director Joachim Lafosse return to similar territory to that of Private Property, his debut from 2006, namely the division of a shared life and property following a marital breakup. Marie (Bernice Bejo) and Boris (Cedric Kahn) are calling it quits having been together for fifteen years; she is the breadwinner in the relationship, her savings and a gift from her wealthy parents having bought the well-appointed home they inhabit with their young twin daughters. Boris, a contractor between jobs, feels he has a claim on 50% of the apartment as his renovations greatly increased its market value, an argument which gains no traction with the increasingly harried Marie who is anxious for him to move out. Recriminations and point-scoring arguments escalate as both parties take up intransigent positions in this tightly controlled, emotionally resonant drama. (Notes by David O’Mahony IFI)
Watch Trailer Here
Belltable | Monday, 30th Jan. | 8pm | €8
Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the town of Paterson, New Jersey; he’s also an aspiring poet, an admirer of William Carlos Williams, a famed Paterson chronicler. Jim Jarmusch’s gentle celebration of small town hopes and dreams is, however, nowhere near as self-referential as this scenario might appear. Paterson’s life is one of routine: he drives his bus, composing a few lines of poetry on his lunch break; he brings Marvin his English bulldog (Molly, a deserving winner of the Palm Dog at Cannes) for a nightly walk, stopping in for just one beer at his local before returning home to his wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), who hopes to become a professional baker, or country-and-western singer, whichever works out. Keenly attuned to the comedy of repetition, and the rhythms of a contented life, Jarmusch’s humanist film proves effortlessly charming. (Notes by David O’Mahony, IFI).
Belltable | Monday, February 6th | 8pm | €8
Seven years after the release of A Single Man, fashion designer Tom Ford returns to filmmaking with another accomplished adaptation, this time of Austin Wright’s critically esteemed 1993 novel ‘Tony and Susan’. Amy Adams plays a prosperous but disillusioned gallery-owner who is deeply affected when a manuscript entitled ‘Nocturnal Animals’, written by her ex-husband and dedicated to her, arrives at her home. Afflicted by long, sleepless nights, she recalls the grim betrayal she committed that ended her marriage as she reads the book, a sombre, menacing story that plays out onscreen as she envisages it, with her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal) assuming the role of a man who, after suffering unimaginable loss, sets out to seek revenge with the help of an intrepid and resolute detective (Michael Shannon). A crisp and astute psychological thriller with rare depth, Nocturnal Animals is worthy of the praise and acclaim it has already received.
Watch Trailer Here
Belltable | February 13th | 8pm | €8
Acclaimed screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer of some of the best American films of the last two decades (Lost in Translation, Brokeback Mountain), James Schamus makes his directorial debut with an adaptation of Philip Roth’s autobiographical novel from 2008.The year is 1951; Marcus Metzner’s (Logan Lerman) enrolment at Winesburg Ohio University exempts him from military service in Korea. On campus the principled young man locks ideological horns with roommates, teachers and deans alike, his sense of self being further challenged by the superior sexual confidence of Olivia (Sarah Gadon), for whom he is falling. To his credit, Schamus finds a cinematic language for Roth’s famously knotty prose and much of Indignation is comprised of increasingly impassioned conversations, the centrepiece of which being an extraordinary two-hander between the avowedly atheist Marcus and the equivocating Dean Caudwell (Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Tracey letts).
115 mins | France/Poland | 2016 | Digital | Subtitled
Belltable | January 20th | 8pm | €8
Poland, the winter of 1945; an isolated community of Benedictine nuns are the target for systematic abuse at the hands of the occupying Russian forces in Anne Fontaine’s (Coco Before Chanel) assured, sober period piece. A semi-fictionalised account of true events, TheInnocents sees Mathilde Beaulieu (Lou de Laâge), a French Red Cross worker and former Resistance fighter become embroiled in a tragedy when she helps a young nun seeking treatment for a sister whom she claims is close to death. Visiting the abbey, Mathilde finds many of the nuns in an advanced state of pregnancy; compelled to action, she must first contend with the hierarchies of power within the convent, who will stop at nothing to suppress the shame of such a scandal, if she is to give these women the help they require.
Watch Trailer Here
127 mins | USA | 2015 | Digital
Belltable | February 27th | 8pm | €8
When an eleven-year-old girl is killed in the crossfire of a shootout between rival gangs the Trojans and Spartans, Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris), girlfriend to Spartan leader Chi-Raq (Nick Cannon) decides enough is enough, and rallies her sisters to withhold all sexual favours until a cessation of hostilities is observed. Spike Lee’s unlikely reimagining of an ancient Greek drama is the prolific director’s most cinematically exuberant, politically engaged and vital film in many years. Taking the bones of Aristophanes’ comedy Lysistrata, and its anti-war female-led sex strike, Lee fashions a bracingly current cri de coeur against black-on-black violence in Southside Chicago, an area that has seen more Americans killed in the past fifteen years than the Afghan and Iraq wars combined, which playfully honours its theatrical roots with one-man Greek Chorus Dolmedes (Samuel L. Jackson) punctuating the action with delightfully effusive commentary.
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN - THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN – Screening
Belltable | Saturday, 4th March | 2.30pm | €8
From Academy Award winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson comes the epic The Adventures of Tintin – The Secret of the Unicorn. Racing to uncover the secrets of a sunken ship that may hold a vast fortune, but also an ancient curse, Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy embark on an action-packed journey around the world. Fun for the whole family!
Lime Tree Theatre news:
Back in early December 2016 the Lime Tree Theatre was delighted to announce that it will play host to the world premiere production of Angela’s Ashes - the musical based on the multi-million-selling novel by Frank McCourt.
The show will premiere at the Lime Tree Theatre in the first two weeks of July, prior to a two week run at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin and before it embarks on a long journey that will hopefully see it on the West End or Broadway. This is a fantastic event for all of Limerick and our literary heritage.
Running from July 6th - July 15th 2017. Click here for more information.