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Belltable Connect presents The 24 Hour Plays Limerick at the Belltable

Belltable Connect presents The 24 Hour Plays Limerick at the Belltable

Belltable Connect presents The 24 Hour Plays Limerick at the Belltable Limerick, on Saturday, January 20 at 8 pm.

24 Hour Plays Limerick

The directors involved with the 24 Hour Plays Limerick.

An extreme feat of under-pressure production, The 24 Hour Plays ask consummate professionals to produce plays within one day and one night. Five Limerick writers, five directors, and fifteen actors will take part bringing together extraordinary artists to create time-limited theater.

Five short plays will be written, rehearsed and presented all within 24 hours by the best of Limerick’s writing, directing and acting talent.

 Five Limerick writers will take part in the 24 Hour Plays including Mike Finn, Liam McCarthy, Mary Coll, Helena Close and Paul McNamara.

 Mike Finn was the Belltable Artist in Residence 2017, whose rehearsed reading of ‘Bread Not Profits’ took place in Belltable this past December. Liam McCarthy’s production of ‘This Little Piggy’ was part of the last #FamilySaturdays at Belltable programme. Mary Coll launched Silver, a collection of poetry, at Belltable in December 2016. Helena Close has published four novels under the pseudonym Sarah O’Brien with co-writer, Trisha Rainsford. Paul McNamara is a well-known Limerick poet.

 The five directors taking part are Paul Meade, Joan Sheehy, Terry O’Donovan, Tara Doolan and Ann Blake.

24 Hour Plays Limerick

The playwrights involved with 24 Hour Plays Limerick.

 Paul Meade is a writer, director, actor and Artistic Director of Gúna Nua theatre. Paul has directed the multi-award-winning Pondling, as well as The Unlucky Cabin Boy. Joan Sheehy has worked extensively with the Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, and Project Arts Centre in Dublin, as well as Moscow, Leningrad, New York and the Almeida Theatre in London. Terry O’Donovan has directed the award-winning ‘On the Wire’, as well as the recent rehearsed reading of Bread Not Profits at Belltable. Tara Doolan is director of ‘Punt’, which will come to Belltable this coming March. Ann Blake’s production of ‘The Morning After the Life Before’ was performed at Belltable in May of last year.

 The full list of actors taking part in these productions is Pat Ryan, Gene Rooney, Monica Spencer, Joanne Ryan, Jean McGlynn, Cora Fenton, Simon Thompson, Marie Boylan, Frances Healy, Pius McGrath, Shane Whisker, Deirdre Flynn, Zeb Moore, Eilis O’Donnell and Colin Condon.

 The evening promises to delight & excite as leading actors, playwrights & directors create, rehearse, & present five brand new short plays in just 24 hours!

 Book your tickets to see what this talented bunch come up with on Saturday, January 20 for yourself at Belltable by phoning box office on 061 953400, or visiting

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.