Pat Shortt and Liam Lawton on stage in Birr

THE students from InStep Stage School will be treading the boards at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre this Thursday and Friday, May 3 & 4 with their production ‘Spectacular Spectacular’. With song, dance and musical mayhem this performance is sure to thrill and delight.

THE students from InStep Stage School will be treading the boards at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre this Thursday and Friday, May 3 & 4 with their production ‘Spectacular Spectacular’. With song, dance and musical mayhem this performance is sure to thrill and delight.

The indomitable Pat Shortt returns to Birr this Saturday, May 5 with his new one man show ‘I Am The Band’.

This show is a tribute to Dixie Walsh, a solo lounge musician, who previously appeared in ‘You Won’t Get Away With That Here’ and ‘The Hall’ and the audience are his friends and peers come to celebrate his career.

During the night Dixie reminisces about the path his career has taken and the struggles he has had to endure to get to the top of his game. This will be an unmissable night of hilarity.

For twenty years now, the name Liam Lawton has been synonymous with sacred and inspirational music and his haunting melodies and lyrical texts have earned him many accolades.

This special 20th Anniversary Tour which comes to Birr on Tuesday, May 8, celebrates the songs and their stories, many of which have become identified with special and significant events in the history of the last 20 years.

Also as part of these celebrations Liam has produced an audio book 'Prayers of Hope and Healing'. This is a series of reflections and prayers with beautiful orchestral music based on his book 'The Hope Prayer'. This promises to be a moving night of reflection and song and one not to be missed.

Droichead Nua Players will perform The Good Father by Christian O’Reilly on Saturday, May 12. Set in Dublin in the late 1990’s the play, which centres around two characters, is both gripping and funny and O'Reilly's sharp dialogue and excellent characterisation give his play a taut freshness that is utterly absorbing.

The story is fairly commonplace - a chance meeting at a New Year's party results in an unexpected pregnancy. How Tim and Jane deal with this situation is alternately funny, sad and ultimately tragic. 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.

For further information contact (057) 9122911 or www.birrtheatre.com