Theatre highlights this October at Roscommon Arts Centre

Hotbuckle's production of Emma is coming to Roscommon Arts Centre this month

Hotbuckle's production of Emma is coming to Roscommon Arts Centre this month

There is theatre to suit all tastes this October at the Arts Centre with a variety of fantastic plays taking to the stage over the next few weeks.

Noni Stapleton brings her award-winning dark comedy Charolais to Roscommon Arts Centre on Thursday October 15 at 8pm. Charolais is an age old tale of female rivalry with a new twist: the other woman is cow, a literal one, a purebred Charolais heifer. Siobhan’s boyfriend is a farmer who devotes considerable attention to his prize heifer at the expense of his very pregnant girlfriend. Siobhan has developed a homicidal jealousy for this Charolais and is feeling equally murderous towards her snobbish soon-to-be mother in law. Having recently returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it received rave reviews, this is one show not to be missed.

Hotbuckle Theatre Company return to the arts centre on Tuesday October 20 at 8pm following previous successful productions Persuasion and David Copperfield. This time they take to the stage with their adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. Emma is handsome, clever and rich but also a bit of a meddler! As her interfering gets out of hand she has to question her judgement. Hotbuckle have a knack of turning classic literature into something extraordinary on stage and this production is no different.  

On Saturday October 24 at 8pm sees Sligo’s Blue Raincoat Theatre company take to the stage with JM Synge’s most famous and controversial play The Playboy of the Western World. Set on the west coast of Ireland, it is a tale of heroism and revulsion in a small community as we see Christy Mahon, who stumbles into a public house in County Mayo claiming he has killed his father. This play was first staged to riots when it opened in the Abbey Theatre in 1907 and while it is well known and has been staged many times, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company will no doubt breathe new life into it. 

Booking for all shows can be made through Roscommon Arts Centre on (090 ) 6625824 or www.roscommonartscentre.ie

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