Theatre Upstairs presents THE YULE TIDE TALES, a cycle of new plays based on classic

Christmas tales, set against the backdrop of a modern day Dublin.

VENUE: Theatre Upstairs @ Lanigan’s Bar, Eden Quay, Dublin 1

DATES: December 3RD – 21ST

Tickets: €10 /€8 (including a light lunch) or €25 for full cycle

For bookings call 085 7727375 or emailtupstairsbookings@gmail.com

 

O. Henry’s THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, a re-imagining by Gemma Doorly, based on the original story.

O. Henry’s original short story, first published in 1905 centres around a young couple at Christmas time dealing with the challenge of buying secret gifts for one another with limited means. Gemma Doorly’s dark comedy now introduces us to the modern day, James and Della who have recently downsized to a small flat, just off the M50. Now that James has been made redundant, his continuous Facebook rants and public outbursts are starting to take their toll on even the most positive of individuals, his ever optimistic wife Della. With nothing but each other this Christmas, will they ring in the new year together or will their relationship go down the chimney?

 

WRITTEN & DIRECTED by Gemma Doorly

PERFORMED by Jim Roche and Gene Rooney

 

PERFORMANCE DATES: 

Wednesday, Dec. 4TH @ 1PM

Saturday, Dec. 7TH @ 1PM & 7PM

Tuesday, Dec. 10TH @ 7PM (OMNIBUS PERFORMANCE)

Friday, Dec. 13TH @ 1PM & 7PM

Sunday, Dec. 15TH @ 3PM

Tuesday, Dec. 17TH @ 1PM

Friday, Dec. 20TH @ 1PM & 7PM

 

 

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, a re-imaging by Gary Duggan, based on the original story by Philip Van Doren Stern.

This familiar festive story by Philip Van Doren Stern tells the tale of good man driven to the brink of suicide on Christmas Eve, when a guardian angel approaches and shows him a world without his existence. This December, Gary Duggan brings his trademark contemporary style to this familiar fable and we find ourselves at The Summit Inn in Howth where we meet Georgie Travers, on edge at last orders on Christmas Eve. The barman has disappeared to pull down the shutters, leaving Georgie with one other straggler. This oddball, Laurence, won’t let Georgie finish his last pint in peace, working hard to convince his new bar buddy that Georgie’s life till now has not been one monster disappointment for all involved. And there’s a better possible future for Georgie than his own planned moonlit stroll to the cliff walk…

 

WRITTEN & DIRECTED by Gary Duggan

PERFORMED by Stephen Kelly and Gerard Byrne

 

PERFORMANCE DATES / TIMES:

Friday, Dec. 6TH @ 1PM & 7PM

Sunday, Dec. 8TH @ 3PM

Tuesday, Dec. 10TH @ 1PM

Tuesday, Dec. 10TH @ 7PM (OMNIBUS PERFORMANCE)

Thursday, Dec. 12TH @ 1PM & 7PM

Wednesday, Dec. 18TH @ 1PM

Saturday, Dec. 21ST @ 1PM & 7PM

 

 

Hans Christian Anderson’s THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL, a re-imagining by Katie McCann, based on the original story. 

This classic Victorian tale by Hans Christian Anderson tells of a young peasant girl forced to sell matches alone on the street but who finds hope in the flames of the dim light of her matches. In this modern re-imagining Katie McCann brings us to the harsh streets of Dublin City on Christmas Eve. A headstrong but lonely girl, is sent out by her father to make one last drug sale before the clock ticks down to Christmas day and the city grinds to a halt. But as the shoppers depart and the snow covers the streets, the seedy side of the city starts to creep into life and things may not be as simple as she had hoped…

 

WRITTEN & PERFORMED by Katie McCann

DIRECTED by Karl Shiels

 

PERFORMANCE DATES / TIMES:

Tuesday, Dec. 3RD @ 1PM & 7PM

Thursday, Dec. 5TH @ 1PM & 7PM

Tuesday, Dec. 10TH @ 7PM (OMNIBUS PERFORMANCE)

Wednesday, Dec. 11TH @ 1PM

Saturday, Dec. 14TH @ 1PM & 7PM

Monday, Dec. 16TH @ 1PM

Thursday, Dec. 19TH @ 1PM & 7PM