Summer season begins at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Droichead Nua Players will perform The Good Father by Christian O’Reilly on Saturday 12 May. “The Good Father” is a warm, tender and funny love story about two people in their 30’s from different social backgrounds. Jane, a lawyer, and Tim, a painter, meet at a New Year’s Eve party and reluctantly attempt a relationship after she becomes pregnant. Sarcastic, resentful and still trying to please her parents, Jane would prefer to go it alone. But Tim’s open-hearted honesty and persistence gradually wears her down. Estranged from his own father he is desperate to realise a dream he thought beyond him: to be a good father. As resistance turns to love, they begin to glimpse a bright future together, but Jane carries a secret that threatens to tear them apart. Tickets €14 (€10 Bealtaine Festival Special Rate). Group Rates Available. 8pm. Please Note: Adult Content.

Droichead Nua Players will perform The Good Father by Christian O’Reilly on Saturday 12 May. “The Good Father” is a warm, tender and funny love story about two people in their 30’s from different social backgrounds. Jane, a lawyer, and Tim, a painter, meet at a New Year’s Eve party and reluctantly attempt a relationship after she becomes pregnant. Sarcastic, resentful and still trying to please her parents, Jane would prefer to go it alone. But Tim’s open-hearted honesty and persistence gradually wears her down. Estranged from his own father he is desperate to realise a dream he thought beyond him: to be a good father. As resistance turns to love, they begin to glimpse a bright future together, but Jane carries a secret that threatens to tear them apart. Tickets €14 (€10 Bealtaine Festival Special Rate). Group Rates Available. 8pm. Please Note: Adult Content.

Birr Film Club’s Oscar Winners season continues with The Help on Tuesday May 15. Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, it tells of three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed - even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Described by the New Yorker as an “adventurous pianist” Ivan Ilic returns to Birr on Friday May 18. Rapidly gaining a strong international reputation, his career highlights include recitals at Carnegie Hall (New York), the National Concert Hall (Dublin) and the American Academy (Rome) and his upcoming performance in Birr is sure to captivate the audience again.

National Drawing Day, in association with the National Gallery of Ireland takes place on Saturday May 19. Facilitated by graphic designer George Dempsey this is your opportunity to take part in a class and learn new skills in the basics of drawing. There is no charge for this event but pre-booking is essential on (057) 9122911.