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October 2018

THEATRE: Jane Eyre

Thursday 18th October, 2018 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€16/€14

Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! I have as much soul as you and full as much heart! The young, orphaned Jane meets with cruelty at the hands of her aunt and then at the school to which she is banished. She eventually finds her freedom and becomes governess to the daughter of the enigmatic Mr Rochester at Thornfield Hall. As Jane and Rochester’s relationship grows, it…

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THEATRE: Holy Mary

Saturday 20th October, 2018 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€18/€16

Holy Mary by Eoin Colfer is the story of two nine year old girls on the days leading up to the social occasion of the year: Their First Holy Communion. Mary and Majella have been mortal enemies since baby infants, and things have gotten even worse since Mary’s daddy moved in with Majella’s mammy. Both girls are searching for a way to insult the other, and Majella thinks she has found a weak spot when she realises that Mary’s Communion…

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November 2018

THEATRE: Bat The Father Rabbit The Son

Wednesday 7th November, 2018 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€15/€12

It’s Dublin in the 1980s. Rabbit is a self-made haulage magnate. But something’s wrong. He cuts a deal with his underling Keogh to help him find his lost moorings. The quest is hampered by his dead father Bat, Citizen Army volunteer and pawn shop assistant, bubbling up. The struggle between father and son, past and present, imagination and reality, spans Dublin. Their voyage out of Howth and up the River Liffey builds to a climax described by The Guardian as…

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COMEDY THEATRE: Alternative Bedtime Stories.

Saturday 24th November, 2018 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€16/€14

Once upon a time, two fair maidens dragged fairy tales kicking and screaming into the 21st century in this sharp and original review of all things “happily ever after”. Follow the trail of breadcrumbs to see your favourite bedtime stories poked with a big stick before being tossed into a cauldron with physical comedy and biting wit. Follow the trail of breadcrumbs into the mind of the MakeyUppers where you will stumble across the stories you thought you knew. Watch…

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December 2018

LOCAL ARTS: KYT presents By The Bog of Cats

Thursday 6th December, 2018 - 20:00
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One event on Friday 7th December, 2018 at 12:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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By the Bog of Cats is Marina Carr’s searing tragedy inspired by Euripides’ Medea and set in the Irish midlands. Spurned by the man she loves Hester Swaine lives as an outcast on the edge of the bog from where most of the settled community want her gone. Faced with the loss of her home and her only child, Hester conjures a desperate and tragic plan to revenge all those who rejected her. The play is directed by Allie Whelan,…

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LOCAL ARTS: KYT presents By The Bog of Cats

Friday 7th December, 2018 - 12:00
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One event on Friday 7th December, 2018 at 12:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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By the Bog of Cats is Marina Carr’s searing tragedy inspired by Euripides’ Medea and set in the Irish midlands. Spurned by the man she loves Hester Swaine lives as an outcast on the edge of the bog from where most of the settled community want her gone. Faced with the loss of her home and her only child, Hester conjures a desperate and tragic plan to revenge all those who rejected her. The play is directed by Allie Whelan,…

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THEATRE: BEFORE – A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane

Saturday 8th December, 2018 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€18/16

From the team that brought you Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent, Before is a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts - for good. Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years. He will meet her in an hour. This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home,…

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February 2019

THEATRE: THE MATCHMAKER by John B. Keane

Thursday 7th February, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€20/€18

THE MATCHMAKER stars Mary McEvoy (best known for her role as Biddie in the long-running RTE series Glenroe) and Irish actor and comedian Jon Kenny (part of the Irish comic duo d’Unbelievables). Jon Kenny is also well known for appearing in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted. Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy. The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O'Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn. Using…

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THEATRE: Port Authority by Conor McPherson

Friday 22nd February, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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A young boy leaves home for the first time, a man begins a job for which he is not qualified, a pensioner receives a mysterious package. As each man confronts the significance of these events, they are forced to take stock of themselves, their feelings, and of the decisions they have made. Painting a vivid picture of life in contemporary Dublin, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson (Seafarer, The Weir and Shining City) weaves together a moving and funny tale of loves…

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THEATRE: Remember To Breathe

Wednesday 27th February, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€16/€14

In a pool in post-earthquake New Zealand, recent emigrant Maeve is learning to swim. Self-professed ‘swimaholic’ coach Doreen eggs her on. But as she struggles to stay afloat, Maeve must do battle with the water and an unresolved dilemma with her much-loved father back home. Mixing serious themes with warm humour, Remember to Breathe is a deeply moving play about moving home and moving on. Written and Directed by Orla Murphy Cast: Liz Fitzgibbon, Raymond Keane, Julie Sharkey. “A multi-layered…

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April 2019

DINNER THEATRE: Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience

Thursday 25th April, 2019 - 19:45
Kildare House Hotel, Dublin Road
Kildare Town, Ireland
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€50 (includes 3-course dinner)

Ten 42 Productions in association with Interactive Theatre International (Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience) presents a brand new show. Transporting guests to The Nags Head for some wheeling, dealing and eating, this fully immersive, highly interactive theatre show makes for a t’riffic night out – you’d be a plonker to miss it! Del Boy and Rodney want to drum up some cash and make a cheeky saving on the side in this fun-filled knees up that has everyone stopping…

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May 2019

LOCAL ARTS: Kildare Youth Theatre present HAMLET

Wednesday 1st May, 2019 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6/€10

So, you are 18. You go abroad to third level. You are a second year in the University of Wittenburg. You study Philosophy and Greek and Roman Civilization. Tragically, your father dies while you are in your first semester of second year. You return home for the funeral, which is massive: people from everywhere come to pay their respects. It lasts for days. Your father was a very well respected man. Three weeks after he dies security is tightened around…

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THEATRE: Pump Girl by Abbie Spallen

Friday 17th May, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€16/€14

There's one in every town, and they call her the Pumpgirl. She works in the garage, changes the oil and thinks she's one of the lads. She's sweet on 'No-Helmet' Hammy, but he loves no one but himself. He's out all night with his racing boys, whilst wife Sinead's off on a joyride of her own, with an ache that's about to be cured. It’s a turbo-charged race through the diesel fumes and country music of the Armagh badlands. Newry…

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THEATRE: And Thank You

Friday 31st May, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€18/€16

And thank you... is a play about an ordinary man living in rural Ireland who gets saved... Saved from a life of pub talk and prophesizing... King John O’Sullivan used to be able to drink fifteen pints without having to piddle, now, it’s every nine. Going to The Gents so often can wear a man out. The story is told by the Reverend Thaddaeus Clancy and O’Sullivan’s two sons, Larry and Martin. The sons run the family shop while Daddy,…

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June 2019

LOCAL ARTS: Riff Raff Drama present: The Will to Surprise

Wednesday 19th June, 2019 - 20:00
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One event on Thursday 20th June, 2019 at 20:00

One event on Friday 21st June, 2019 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€12/€10

Riff Raff Drama Group are back! The Newbridge drama group present the premiere of a hilarious new play, The Will to Surprise by Dave Tiernan, which will leave you in tears of laughter. Old Joe Murphy has passed away, his family are called to hear his last will and testament in his cottage in the country. As the squabbling family arrive to receive their inheritance, greed soon takes over to push them further apart, and the deceased has left a…

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LOCAL ARTS: Riff Raff Drama present: The Will to Surprise

Thursday 20th June, 2019 - 20:00
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One event on Thursday 20th June, 2019 at 20:00

One event on Friday 21st June, 2019 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€12/€10

Riff Raff Drama Group are back! The Newbridge drama group present the premiere of a hilarious new play, The Will to Surprise by Dave Tiernan, which will leave you in tears of laughter. Old Joe Murphy has passed away, his family are called to hear his last will and testament in his cottage in the country. As the squabbling family arrive to receive their inheritance, greed soon takes over to push them further apart, and the deceased has left a…

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LOCAL ARTS: Riff Raff Drama present: The Will to Surprise

Friday 21st June, 2019 - 20:00
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One event on Thursday 20th June, 2019 at 20:00

One event on Friday 21st June, 2019 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€12/€10

Riff Raff Drama Group are back! The Newbridge drama group present the premiere of a hilarious new play, The Will to Surprise by Dave Tiernan, which will leave you in tears of laughter. Old Joe Murphy has passed away, his family are called to hear his last will and testament in his cottage in the country. As the squabbling family arrive to receive their inheritance, greed soon takes over to push them further apart, and the deceased has left a…

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LOCAL ARTS: Kildare Youth Theatre presents The Small Hours

Saturday 22nd June, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€10/€6

This is a chance for local audiences to see The Small Hours by Katherine Soper prior to it being staged in the Dorfman in The National Theatre in London. The Small Hours captures a moment in the lives of 8 teenagers and then follows them through the decades, through climate change and a changing world, until the end of their lives. It is part of the National Theatre (London) Connections programme. The National select 10 productions from 300 to be…

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THEATRE: Aggy’s Anthem (Rehearsed Reading)

Wednesday 26th June, 2019 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE, booking advised

Rehearsed reading of new play by Newbridge-based actor/writer Mary Ryan. Two worlds collide in the Meath Gaeltacht, when a song collector from inner city Dublin arrives for the local festival. Aggy (85) is a Kildare widow, determined to perform her songs and exhibit the lifetime of trophies she has won at local shows, despite neighbour Hunger Houlihan’s efforts to move her out. The high profile cast includes acclaimed storyteller Nuala Hayes (Ros na Rún TG4, Glenroe RTE), Ciaran McMahon (Game…

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July 2019

FAMILY THEATRE: A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Saturday 20th July, 2019 - 12:00
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One event on Saturday 20th July, 2019 at 16:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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In a kitchen, in a theatre, two storytellers and their audience find something remarkable; a very old man with enormous wings. Starting from Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short story 'A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings', Collapsing Horse bring this classic piece of magic-realism to the stage. A young couple find an injured old man outside their house, an old man who just happens to have a pair of enormous wings. The wise neighbour woman tells them he’s an angel. She…

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FAMILY THEATRE: A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Saturday 20th July, 2019 - 16:00
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One event on Saturday 20th July, 2019 at 16:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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In a kitchen, in a theatre, two storytellers and their audience find something remarkable; a very old man with enormous wings. Starting from Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short story 'A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings', Collapsing Horse bring this classic piece of magic-realism to the stage. A young couple find an injured old man outside their house, an old man who just happens to have a pair of enormous wings. The wise neighbour woman tells them he’s an angel. She…

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September 2019

THEATRE: Sophie,  Ben, and other Problems by Conor Burke

Friday 13th September, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€12/€10

Sophie and Ben love each other a lot, but sometimes, they make that a bit too difficult for themselves. Two twenty-somethings who are trying to find their way in the world, they guide us through their lives of low-key alcoholism, deeply rooted regret, and unfortunate sexual mishaps. Join Sophie and Ben as they impart some words of wisdom on life, love, and modern day millennial relationships in a play that has been described by West-End Wilma as "quirky, wholesome, and…

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October 2019

THEATRE: Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan

Saturday 5th October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€18/€16

Patricia has a zest for life and men when she is thrust together with Sean who is languishing in a nursing home. They form a funny and spiky relationship but is friendship the most important thing? Don't miss this humorous and touching play. Deirdre Kinahan is one of Ireland's leading playwrights with recent hits such as Rathmines Road, The Unmanageable Sisters and the internationally renowned Moment. An evening of theatre that will charm you. Not to be missed! Starring Bryan…

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THEATRE: SPLICED by Timmy Creed

Thursday 17th October, 2019 - 20:00
Ballymore Eustace Handball Alley, Sousheen Common
Ballymore Eustace, Kildare W91 HV0V Ireland
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€16/€14

Chalk It Down Productions in association with The Everyman present: SPLICED Timmy is contemplating his 21 years playing GAA. Creed is now bringing sport and drama together exposing his relationship with the fastest field game in the world, hurling. Going along the journey of discovery and self-expression with Timmy is hard hitting, real, and eye-opening to the mental health challenges within sporting institutions. SPLICED is a raw, visceral account of his struggle to become an individual outside the institution that…

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THEATRE: Madhouse

Thursday 24th October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€18/€16

MADHOUSE is based on the unbelievable true life story of comedian PJ Gallagher. When PJ was ten, his Ma, a nurse, moved six men with schizophrenia into the family home to care for them full time. “It was like this. When you went through our front door and turned right, you were in mad land, where the mad lads lived. And when you turned left - me, Ma, Da and the dog. It was madness. Absolute madness.” It’s raining outside…

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THEATRE: Shackleton

Saturday 26th October, 2019 - 20:00
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One event on Sunday 27th October, 2019 at 15:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€20/€18

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold... safe return doubtful.” Shackleton tells the story of the sinking of the ship Endurance on the Antarctic’s icy Weddell Sea in 1916, and the subsequent escape of the Irish expedition leader Ernest Shackleton and his crew from the Antarctic over a period of eighteen months, finally arriving to safety at the whaling station in Stromness on the South Atlantic Island of South Georgia. Born close to the village of Kilkea, in…

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THEATRE: Shackleton

Sunday 27th October, 2019 - 15:00
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One event on Sunday 27th October, 2019 at 15:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€20/€18

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold... safe return doubtful.” Shackleton tells the story of the sinking of the ship Endurance on the Antarctic’s icy Weddell Sea in 1916, and the subsequent escape of the Irish expedition leader Ernest Shackleton and his crew from the Antarctic over a period of eighteen months, finally arriving to safety at the whaling station in Stromness on the South Atlantic Island of South Georgia. Born close to the village of Kilkea, in…

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November 2019

LOCAL ARTS: Newbridge Drama Group Presents – 45 Seconds from Broadway by Neil Simon

Wednesday 6th November, 2019 - 20:00 - Saturday 9th November, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€15/€12

From America’s master of contemporary Broadway comedy, here is a take on behind the scenes action in the entertainment world, this time near the heart of the theatre district. 45 Seconds from Broadway takes place in the legendary “Polish Tea Room” on New York’s 47th Street. Here Broadway theatre personalities gather and schmooze. Great acting roles flourish and home truths are at their best as Neil Simon continues to find humour in even the most painful moments of life This…

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LOCAL ARTS: NEWBRIDGE DRAMA PRESENTS 45 Seconds from Broadway

Wednesday 6th November, 2019 - 20:00
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One event on Thursday 7th November, 2019 at 20:00

One event on Friday 8th November, 2019 at 20:00

One event on Saturday 9th November, 2019 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€15/€12

From America’s master of contemporary Broadway comedy, Neil Simon, here is a take on behind the scenes action in the entertainment world, this time near the heart of the theatre district. 45 Seconds from Broadway takes place in the legendary “Polish Tea Room” on New York’s 47th Street. Here Broadway theatre personalities gather and schmooze. Great acting roles flourish and home truths are at their best as Neil Simon continues to find humour in even the most painful moments of…

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LOCAL ARTS: NEWBRIDGE DRAMA PRESENTS 45 Seconds from Broadway

Thursday 7th November, 2019 - 20:00
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One event on Thursday 7th November, 2019 at 20:00

One event on Friday 8th November, 2019 at 20:00

One event on Saturday 9th November, 2019 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€15/€12

From America’s master of contemporary Broadway comedy, Neil Simon, here is a take on behind the scenes action in the entertainment world, this time near the heart of the theatre district. 45 Seconds from Broadway takes place in the legendary “Polish Tea Room” on New York’s 47th Street. Here Broadway theatre personalities gather and schmooze. Great acting roles flourish and home truths are at their best as Neil Simon continues to find humour in even the most painful moments of…

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LOCAL ARTS: NEWBRIDGE DRAMA PRESENTS 45 Seconds from Broadway

Friday 8th November, 2019 - 20:00
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One event on Thursday 7th November, 2019 at 20:00

One event on Friday 8th November, 2019 at 20:00

One event on Saturday 9th November, 2019 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€15/€12

From America’s master of contemporary Broadway comedy, Neil Simon, here is a take on behind the scenes action in the entertainment world, this time near the heart of the theatre district. 45 Seconds from Broadway takes place in the legendary “Polish Tea Room” on New York’s 47th Street. Here Broadway theatre personalities gather and schmooze. Great acting roles flourish and home truths are at their best as Neil Simon continues to find humour in even the most painful moments of…

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LOCAL ARTS: NEWBRIDGE DRAMA PRESENTS 45 Seconds from Broadway

Saturday 9th November, 2019 - 20:00
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One event on Thursday 7th November, 2019 at 20:00

One event on Friday 8th November, 2019 at 20:00

One event on Saturday 9th November, 2019 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€15/€12

From America’s master of contemporary Broadway comedy, Neil Simon, here is a take on behind the scenes action in the entertainment world, this time near the heart of the theatre district. 45 Seconds from Broadway takes place in the legendary “Polish Tea Room” on New York’s 47th Street. Here Broadway theatre personalities gather and schmooze. Great acting roles flourish and home truths are at their best as Neil Simon continues to find humour in even the most painful moments of…

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THEATRE: EGGSISTENTIALISM by Joanne Ryan

Thursday 14th November, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€16/€14

Joanne Ryan's internationally acclaimed, multi award-winning show is a funny, tender and moving exploration of reproduction in 21st-Century Ireland. Looking down the barrel of her final fertile years, one modern Irish woman goes on a comical quest to uncover the ifs, hows and crucially the whys of reproducing her genes. Mixing animation with stand-up, monologue and hilarious recorded interjections from her mother, Eggsistentialism takes a light-hearted but unflinching look at one of life's most compelling dilemmas: should making a life…

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THEATRE: TOM CREAN

Friday 15th November, 2019 - 20:00
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One event on Saturday 16th November, 2019 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€20/€18

Tom Crean, the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley. Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive the three famous expeditions: Discovery, (1901 – 1904); Terra Nova (1910 – 1913); and Endurance (1914 - 1916). Crean’s story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements…

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THEATRE: TOM CREAN

Saturday 16th November, 2019 - 20:00
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One event on Saturday 16th November, 2019 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€20/€18

Tom Crean, the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley. Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive the three famous expeditions: Discovery, (1901 – 1904); Terra Nova (1910 – 1913); and Endurance (1914 - 1916). Crean’s story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements…

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LOCAL ARTS: Kildare Youth Theatre present WUTHERING HEIGHTS

Tuesday 19th November, 2019 - 19:00
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One event on Wednesday 20th November, 2019 at 19:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€10/€6

'He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” ― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights In this modern adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Gothic fairy-tale, Jane Thornton infuses Wuthering Heights with quick-fire dialogue and an urgency that brings the age-old tale to life for a modern audience. In this searing, wild, and often funny, production, a troupe of storytellers take their audience on a whistle-stop tour of the novel all the while inhabiting…

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LOCAL ARTS: Kildare Youth Theatre present WUTHERING HEIGHTS

Wednesday 20th November, 2019 - 19:00
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One event on Wednesday 20th November, 2019 at 19:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€10/€6

'He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” ― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights In this modern adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Gothic fairy-tale, Jane Thornton infuses Wuthering Heights with quick-fire dialogue and an urgency that brings the age-old tale to life for a modern audience. In this searing, wild, and often funny, production, a troupe of storytellers take their audience on a whistle-stop tour of the novel all the while inhabiting…

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December 2019

THEATRE: WEIGHING IN by Ger Gallagher

Friday 13th December, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€18/€16

Weighing-In is a fast paced comedy play about life, love and dieting - and how we all need to adjust the scales to find the right balance. This topical play deals with the modern obsession of dieting. Set in the Easi-Slim diet club we meet the highly driven Pam (Isobel Mahon) and the motherly Breda (Rose Henderson). Both attend the weekly clinic for the weigh-in and strike up an unlikely friendship. Easi-Slim’s recent new member - upwardly mobile Pam McGowan…

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January 2020

FIRST FORTNIGHT: In One Eye, Out the Other

Saturday 18th January, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€15

The first solo comedy show from Tadhg Hickey introduces you to Feargal; a downtrodden but cheery man who fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming an alcoholic. Using the Catholic calendar as a roadmap, Feargal leads us on a surreal and hilarious journey with many poignant twists in the hope of arriving at a sort of light at the end of the tunnel for the 'bright man’. Written/Performed by Tadhg Hickey. Directed by John McCarthy. Original music by Brian Lane. Produced…

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February 2020

THEATRE: TRAD by Mark Doherty

Thursday 6th February, 2020 - 20:00
Main Street
Newbridge, Kildare W12 D962 Ireland
€18/€16

Following their highly-acclaimed 2018 tour, and their extended sold-out run at the Peacock Theatre, Livin’ Dred Theatre present the award-winning Trad by Mark Doherty. An hilarious, absurd and poignant tale of a 100-year-old Irishman… and his father! Together they set out to discover the son they never knew he had. “There’s a child belonging to me wandering around out there for seventy years and I never met him. I’ve a trip left in me… Get me leg!" Starring Seamus O’Rourke,…

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THEATRE: TINTOWN by Bob Kelly

Thursday 20th February, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€18/€16

With the outbreak of WW2, the Irish government introduces internment without trial for all suspected IRA members, and Bernard Carroll – a naive young Dubliner who believes he is a revolutionary -  is swept up with hundreds of others and held in a ramshackle internment camp on the plains of the Curragh. The camp is packed with militant republicans, left-wing revolutionaries, civil war veterans.  They can leave any time they want, but there’s one catch – they must first renounce…

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THEATRE: CROWMAN by Katie Holly

Thursday 27th February, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€18/€16

Crowman is Dan Lonergan’s account of the hilarious characters that inhabit his life on a daily basis and a true love story that never was. By turns poignant and comic, Jon Kenny carries the audience on a roller-coaster ride from his childhood to middle-age, from the hurling pitch to the pub and from one uproariously funny character to the other. It is about lost love and the sense of belonging and not belonging to a small community. Most of all…

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LOCAL ARTS: Kildare Youth Theatre presents Queen’s County

Friday 28th February, 2020 - 20:00
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One event on Saturday 29th February, 2020 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€10/€8

Queen’s County draws inspiration from the fist trialled plantations operated by the English crown in Ireland in the 16th century in counties Laois and Offaly. The one in Laois became known as Queen’s County. This devised play explores displacement and alienation through the lens of young people’s experience today, and includes episodes on commuting, rural isolation, strangeness and belonging, in one character’s surreal train journey through County Laois en route home from Electric Picnic. The performance is devised by Kildare…

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LOCAL ARTS: Kildare Youth Theatre presents Queen’s County

Saturday 29th February, 2020 - 20:00
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One event on Saturday 29th February, 2020 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Queen’s County draws inspiration from the fist trialled plantations operated by the English crown in Ireland in the 16th century in counties Laois and Offaly. The one in Laois became known as Queen’s County. This devised play explores displacement and alienation through the lens of young people’s experience today, and includes episodes on commuting, rural isolation, strangeness and belonging, in one character’s surreal train journey through County Laois en route home from Electric Picnic. The performance is devised by Kildare…

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June 2020

THEATRE: Keith Walsh is… Pure Mental

Saturday 27th June, 2020 - 21:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
FREE

UPDATE live link is HERE, join us at 9pm: https://www.facebook.com/riverbankartscentre/live/ Riverbank Arts Centre is presenting  a work-in-progress of Keith Walsh’s debut play,  Pure Mental, live-streamed from the Riverbank stage on Saturday, 27th June.  Having finished up a 5-year stint presenting, in the pressure cooker that is a breakfast show, on National Radio, Keith Walsh finally found a bit of time for himself. He decided to take a step back, to try and figure out what the hell was going on in…

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