Des Bishop, Damien Dempsey and Josef Locke!

Posted on: 22nd August 2014

Josef Locke helps launch a Playhouse Brochure packed with theatrical, musical and literary treats!


The story of Josef Locke, new plays by Dave Duggan and Padraig Coyle, and the lives of Woodie Guthrie, James Joyce and Flann O'Brien are all at The Playhouse this Autumn!

And this week esteemed baritone Karl McGuckin announced the programme in the role of Josef Locke at the city's commemorative statue of the singer at The City Hotel.

Karl will star in a brand new Playhouse commission exploring Locke's life, music and legacy, along with fellow cast members Peter Davidson as ‘old Josef' and Brenn Doherty as ‘young Josef'.

One of three Playhouse productions staged for the season, ‘Josef Locke' A Grand Adventure' by Felicity McCall will bring the life of Josef Locke to the stage in the unique piece of music theatre in October. Known as ‘The Singing Bobby', Locke established himself as a star of Britain and Ireland's variety halls, becoming one of the most popular (and highly paid) singers of the 1940's and 50's.

The production is part of a packed Playhouse programme, which includes Irish-American funnyman Des Bishop, singer-songwriter Damian Dempsey, Dave Duggan's new multi lingual science fiction play ‘Makaronik', and performances about the life and times of Flann O'Brien, James Joyce, Edward Lear and Woody Guthrie.

The Brothers Grimm fairy tales will also be given an irreverent makeover for Halloween with writer and performer Peter E Davidson, and a special performance reading of a new play about the untold stories of WWI, ‘Silent Night' by journalist, broadcaster and writer Padraig Coyle, will also take place in December.

The Playhouse Big Tickle comedy festival is also back in September with another side splitting line up, including Des Bishop, Micky Bartlett, a comedy production about ‘nonsense poet' Edward Lear by Chatterbox Theatre Company and Simon Thompson's theatrical journey through a clown's life, ‘Clown Noir: This is Me'.

"For this programme, the last during the city's Music City celebrations, we wanted to celebrate our musical legacy in style by honouring ‘Ireland's First Superstar', ‘The Singing Bobby'; our very own Josef Locke!" Playhouse theatre programmer Áine McCarron said.

"This new piece by Felicity McCall brings to life just one of the many esteemed musical, literary and theatrical heavyweights in our last brochure for 2014!

"So whether ‘Flann's Yer Man' in October with Bare Bodkin Theatre Company, or a tour through Joycean Dublin with Donal Kelly is more your thing; whether you'd rather spend a night with a clown, with a soldier in WWI, in heaven with a Titanic Survivor, or spend time in the year 2084 with Aisling Ghear theatre company; we've something for you!"

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For more information and to get a copy of the new September- December 2014 brochure contact The Playhouse on (028)71268027 or download a copy by clicking below!

Sept- Dec 2014 programme


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