February entertainment at Birr Theatre & arts Centre

Banagher Drama Group bring Cripple of Inish Mann to Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Friday February 10 and Saturday February 11.

Banagher Drama Group bring Cripple of Inish Mann to Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Friday February 10 and Saturday February 11.

On Inishmaan in 1934 there’s nothing for Cripple Billy, but when the island newsman, Johnny Pateen Mike announces the arrival on neighbouring Inishmore of the yank, Robert Flaherty, direct from Hollywood to make “The Man of Aran” all changes. Can Billy seize his chance to escape, to make sense of who he is and trace his beginnings? A tale of sorrow, sarcasm, sudden and brutal violence, of strong language and dark humour, set in a time in Ireland where such emotions were strong and never far away.

Potiche is Birr Film Club’s presentation on Tuesday February 14. Suzanne is the submissive, housebound wife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol, who oversees his umbrella factory with an iron fist and is equally tyrannical with his children and “trophy wife”. When the workers go on strike and take Robert hostage, Suzanne steps in to manage the factory. To everyone’s surprise, she proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. But when Robert returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated... - Venice International Film Festival 2010.

Evergreen launch their new EP on Saturday February 18. omprised of members from Birr, Tullamore and Moate with support acts by Niamh Kenny and Johnny Zero this is a great opportunity to see the best of Offaly’s up and coming talent. Mineral bar only.

Coming Soon: RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet: Resident String Quartet to RTÉ and widely regarded as one of Europe’s most successful string quartets they enjoy a thriving international career in performance and recording and consistently champion the work of Irish composers in concerts and broadcasts throughout Ireland and abroad.

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

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre acknowledges support from The Arts Council